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  • Increasing numbers of older Baby Boomers are using marijuana: study

    02/24/2020 8:42:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 111 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | February 24th, 2020 | By Linda Carroll
    (Reuters) - In just four years, marijuana use grew by 75% among Americans aged 65 and older, according to a new study, and researchers expressed concern over a lack of information on the potential health implications. The increase was most pronounced in women, those with higher incomes and more education, according to a report published on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings continue a trend seen over the last decade, said the study's lead author, Benjamin Han, an assistant professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care at the New York University School of Medicine. "Consider that not even 10...
  • Governors Across U.S. Step Up Push To Legalize Marijuana In Their States

    02/21/2020 8:04:13 AM PST · by NobleFree · 86 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 11, 2020 | Tom Angell
    State legislatures across the U.S. have convened for new sessions over the past month, and a growing number of governors are taking steps to push lawmakers to include legalizing marijuana as part of their 2020 agendas. At least 10 governors have gone so far as to put language ending marijuana prohibition in their annual budget requests, or used their State of the State speeches to pressure legislators to act on cannabis reform. Some are proactively addressing the issue, while others appear to be mostly reacting to support that has already built up among lawmakers. But altogether, it’s clear that top...
  • BROWNS LINEMAN GREG ROBINSON BUSTED FOR 157 LBS. OF WEED Facing Up To 20 Yrs In Prison

    02/19/2020 6:55:57 PM PST · by RummyChick · 73 replies
    tmz ^ | 2/19/2020 | tmz
    4:45 PM PT -- TMZ Sports has learned that Greg Robinson was busted with 156.9 pounds of marijuana, according to law enforcement docs. Robinson -- who was also with 26-year-old ex-NFL player Quan Bray -- was stopped around 7:15 PM on Monday evening after a Border Patrol drug-sniffing dog alerted to the rear cargo door of their 2020 Chevy Tahoe. According to the docs, Robinson and Bray were NOT reentering the country from Mexico -- rather they were trying to get from Los Angeles to Louisiana and hit the checkpoint on the way. The agents performed a follow-up search and...
  • Nearly $25M Available to Substance Use Prevention Coalitions in New Partnership Between ONDCP and CDC

    02/19/2020 8:58:40 AM PST · by ransomnote · 21 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | February 18, 2020 | White House
    Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which begins this year’s process of awarding funds to community coalitions focused on preventing youth substance use.For FY 2020, this will allow 200 new communities to receive direct financial help totaling $25 million from the White House to prevent illicit drug use and save lives.“Educating our youth about the dangers of substance use is critical to preventing and ending the crisis of addiction in America.  ONDCP’s Drug-Free Communities are proven,...
  • Los Angeles to Dismiss 66,000 Marijuana Convictions: DA...

    02/14/2020 8:02:41 AM PST · by caww · 18 replies
    theepochtimes ^ | 2/14/2020 | JACK PHILLIPS
    The dismissals include 62,000 felony convictions for marijuana cases dating back to 1961 and around 4,000 misdemeanor cases, District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office said in a news release. “As a result of our actions, these convictions should no longer burden those who have struggled to find a job or a place to live because of their criminal record,” Lacey said in a press conference in announcing the move. She added that it’s the largest mass dismissal of marijuana cases in state history.
  • Cannabis legalization bill derailed in Senate panel (Legal Pot dead in NM this year)

    02/13/2020 4:12:28 PM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 12, 2020 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – The push to add New Mexico to the ranks of states that have legalized recreational cannabis for adult use will have to wait another year. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 late Wednesday to table a high-profile marijuana legalization bill, as two Democrats joined with Republicans to block it from advancing. Backers acknowledged the measure is all but dead for this year’s 30-day session, which ends next week, but said they plan to try again in 2021. “We’d have no chance of getting it through now,” the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, said in...
  • Being Browns fan not enough for medical marijuana, board rules

    02/12/2020 8:01:01 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 16 replies
    CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Living through the pain of being a Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals fan isn’t enough to obtain a medical marijuana license. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Ohio State Medical Board committee rejected a petition for the condition “being a Bengals or Browns fan.”
  • Survey Finds People Who Identify as Left-Wing More Likely to Have Been Diagnosed With a Mental Illness

    02/12/2020 4:24:58 PM PST · by Its All Over Except ... · 55 replies
    Summit News ^ | 2/12/2020 | Paul Joseph Watson
    The data speaks for itself. A new survey of more than 8,000 people has found that those who identify with left-wing political beliefs are more likely to have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Ann Coulter’s “liberalism is a mental disorder” catchphrase has become something of a clichéd meme, but the data appears to support it. Carried out by Slate Star Codex, the online survey collected a wealth of data from respondents about their education, demographic, lifestyle and political views. The results show that people who occupy the farther left end of the political spectrum are more likely to have...
  • Michael Bloomberg on marijuana: Legalizing 'another addictive narcotic' is perhaps 'stupidest thing anybody has ever done'

    02/09/2020 7:15:56 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 209 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 23, 2020 | Tim Marcin
    Former New York City Mayor—and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—Michael Bloomberg called efforts to legalize marijuana "perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done." Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Tuesday, Bloomberg said on the subject, according to WBNG-TV: "We have a different kind of problem in America, for example. Last year, in 2017, 72,000 Americans [overdosed] on drugs. In 2018, more people than that are OD-ing on drugs, have OD'd on drugs. And today, incidentally, we are trying to legalize another addictive narcotic, which is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done. We've got...
  • New CDC: Drug overdose rates in the era of legalized marijuana.

    01/30/2020 8:14:28 AM PST · by dangus · 106 replies
    CDC data for death rates, and Wikipedia data for state laws. | Dangus
    Does legalized marijuana prevent people from turning towards more dangerous drugs, like opioids, to manage pain and withdrawal? Or does marijuana continue to act as a "gateway" drug, even after obtaining it no longer requires someone to enter into a shady underworld? The CDC just released its summation of 2018 deaths due to drug overdoses. (THIS IS FOR ALL OVERDOSES, NOT MARIJUANA OVERDOSES; I'm looking at how marijuana relates to overdoses from other drugs!) When I saw that death rates from drug overdoses (largely due to opioids, but with cocaine and other drugs playing an increasing role) had declined for...
  • Arizona Grandmother Sentenced to 21 Years in Fatal Shooting of Twin Boys With Autism

    01/28/2020 5:52:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 90 replies
    ktla ^ | 01/28/2020
    A Pima County Superior Court judge sentenced 56-year-old Dorothy Flood on Monday in the killings of Jorden and Jaden Webb last April. Flood was the guardian and sole caregiver for the boys after her daughter died in 2017. According to court documents, the twins had severe autism and were nonverbal, and detectives said Flood told a relative that they boys had become too much for her as the boys had been having trouble sleeping. Flood originally was charged with first-degree murder but she pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter as part of a deal with prosecutors. Flood will be given...
  • Oprah and Amy Schumer Want Gayle King to Smoke Weed

    01/24/2020 11:07:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2020 | Leah Bitsky
    SNIP “We both have a dream in life and that is to get Gayle to smoke weed,” Winfrey said of her best friend, while talking with Schumer on a recent episode of her podcast “Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations.” Winfrey explained that as long as she’s known the “CBS This Morning” co-host, King has stayed away from the hard stuff. “In all the years that I’ve been besties with Gayle and that’s since 1976, and I’ve been with Stedman [Graham] since 1685, in all those years neither he nor Gayle has ever had a sip of anything,” she said, adding that...
  • Israeli woman convicted in Russia considers it unnecessary to ask Putin for pardon

    01/23/2020 10:14:09 PM PST · by NorseViking · 12 replies
    Gazeta ^ | January 23, 2020
    The Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, Tatyana Moskalkova, said that the condemned Israeli-American drug smuggler, Naama Issakhar, did not write an independent petition for clemency to the Russian leader. This is reported by Interfax . She said that the girl is convinced that the appeal of her mother and the leadership of Israel is enough. At the same time, the Ombudsman added that she hoped for a successful resolution of the situation and early release of the girl. Moskvalkova also emphasized that Issakhar has no complaints about the conditions of detention: the camp's barrack has a refrigerator, TV, hot...
  • Thieves across U.S. mistake hemp fields for marijuana

    01/15/2020 11:00:11 AM PST · by Red Badger · 92 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 19, 2019 / 2:00 AM | By Jessie Higgins
    A hemp field near Fresno, Calif., is marked with a no trespassing sign that indicates the plant growing here is hemp, not marijuana. Photo courtesy of Fresno County Sheriff's Office =================================================================== EVANSVILLE, Ind., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Across the country, newly legal hemp plants are being mistaken for their close cousin, marijuana. And they're attracting thieves. "They thought they stumbled upon the field of dreams," said Ashleigh Baldwin, a hemp grower in Coopersburg, Pa., who experienced two people stealing hemp from her fields last summer. "It really does look, smell and feel a lot like marijuana." While a hemp is...
  • Woman allegedly punched boyfriend in the face two times for leaving her dog out in the rain (mug shot)

    01/13/2020 5:00:39 AM PST · by simpson96 · 48 replies
    Fox 10 Phoenix ^ | 1/11/2020 | Austin Williams
    MYRTLE POINT, Ore. - Melissa Morris was arrested on New Year’s Eve after she told deputies she punched her boyfriend in the face for leaving her dog outside in the rain. Police say they responded to a call of a suspected assault where they were met by the Oregon woman’s boyfriend, James, who said she punched him in the face two times. Investigators say they saw a marble-sized welt and scratch mark on James’ right eyebrow. James told police that he was talking to Morris when she began hitting him. Morris was then taken into custody on a domestic...
  • Virginia’s Giddy Gun Controllers: Will next Monday’s big protests in Richmond come too late?

    01/13/2020 5:35:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    American Spectator ^ | January 13, 2020 | Jed Babbin
    Calling the state legislature into session last Wednesday, Gov. Ralph Northam could not have been more elated. His Democrats have taken over the state legislature and are giddily preparing to exercise every ounce of their new-found powers. Northam’s expansive legislative agenda includes: passage of the long-dead Equal Rights Amendment (the deadline for ratification expired in 1982); decriminalization of marijuana; big spending on “save the planet” environmental nonsense; further liberalization of abortion laws; and, of course, far-reaching strict gun controls.
  • This State Will Make Marijuana History Come November

    01/11/2020 11:52:59 AM PST · by NobleFree · 69 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | Jan 11, 2020 | Sean Williams
    Despite the drubbing that marijuana stocks took in 2019, it was still a year filled with cannabis firsts. We witnessed Canada become the first industrialized country to launch derivative pot products and watched Illinois do what New Jersey and New York failed to do -- legalize recreational weed while also passing an expungement clause for those people with previous cannabis possession or use convictions. The current year also looks as if it'll be filled with marijuana milestones. For instance, Mexico should become the third country in the world to give adult-use cannabis the green light by no later than the...
  • Throwback Thursday: Making Better Mistakes Tomorrow For Over 100 Years

    01/09/2020 4:48:44 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 1-9-20 | MOTUS
    “It was characteristic of the Jazz Age that it had no interest in politics at all. It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, writing about the Twenties in 1931 This year Throwback Thursdays will be dedicated to a look back at how we have changed – or not – during the past century.  First I would update Fitzgerald’s quote for the Roaring Twenties of the 21st century: “It was characteristic of the Jazzed Age that it had...
  • Marijuana Will Be Legalized in New York in 2020, Cuomo Vows (cut $6 billion budget gap)

    01/08/2020 8:22:58 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    NYT ^ | Jan 08, 2020 | Jesse McKinley and Luis Ferré-Sadurní
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vowed on Wednesday to legalize marijuana in New York, prioritizing a push that fell apart last year amid tensions over who should be allowed to sell the drug and where the revenue should go. The governor described the effort as a long overdue criminal justice reform that could help salve wounds in communities affected by the decades-long war on drugs. “For decades, communities of color were disproportionately affected by the unequal enforcement of marijuana laws,” Mr. Cuomo said in his annual State of the State address. “Let’s legalize adult use of marijuana.” The effort comes as...
  • Northam backs marijuana decriminalization, raising felony larceny threshold to $1,000 (Virginia)

    01/04/2020 11:08:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 03, 2020 | Mel Leonor
    Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday that he would throw his weight behind the decriminalization of marijuana in Virginia this year but said he wants to study full legalization before going further. Northam announced legislation Friday that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense carrying a $50 penalty, instead of a criminal misdemeanor. The proposal is part of a broader “criminal justice reform agenda” that includes changes to the state’s parole system, a higher threshold for theft to be considered a felony, and an increase to the age at which a young offender can be tried...