Marijuana and Cannabis News

Nevada medical marijuana dispensaries could open early 2015
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Legal marijuana will be sold here soon.

Nevada's head of the state medical marijuana program says that, pending local approval, medical marijuana dispensaries could open in "early" 2015.

But first, the state will have to grant licenses. Yesterday marked the last day Nevada medical marijuana business hopefuls could drop off applications. Roughly 370 people applied, and out of that 66 will be chosen.

Miami Democrats want to legalize recreational cannabis in Florida
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Phishhead Kush.

The Miami-Dade Democrats have a new chairman and on one hot-button issue, he's got one of the strongest positions in the state: Sen. Dwight Bullard thinks marijuana should be legal not just for medical purposes but for recreational use.

"Marijuana, whether medical or recreational, could be another way of generating revenue in Florida," Bullard tells Riptide. "It has a potential for real positive economic impact with real small business growth."


Cannabis users in federal housing are being evicted
By Mike Adams in News
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

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The government would rather see pot smokers homeless.

Despite Colorado having passed legislation to legalize limited amounts of marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 and up, some residents remain victimized by lingering, antiquated pot laws. Indeed, the purgatory between a progressive state law and federal prohibition have continued to wreak havoc on residents like 87-year-old Lea Olivier, who was recently evicted from federal housing after an inspector claimed to smell weed. Now, she has less than two weeks to find a new place to live.

Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan, arrested for pot in Beijing
By William Breathes in Culture, Global, News
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Jackie Chan in Drunken Master.

The son of world-famous actor Jackie Chan has been arrested in Beijing for cannabis consumption and possession. Tolerance for cannabis use in parts of China is clearly not high, as Jaycee Chan faces anywhere from three years in jail or execution.

Yes, death for weed.


Colorado ski town pot shop fighting to stay on Main Street
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Breckenridge, Colorado has a well-founded reputation for progressive marijuana policy. The town's voters decriminalized pot in 2009, years before the passage of Amendment 64.

Nonetheless, officials passed a law banning new pot shops from opening on Main Street, and a grandfather clause for the Breckenridge Cannabis Club, which was already located there, is about to expire. But the latter's co-owner says an extension has been granted and she's hopeful the BCC will be allowed to remain for the long term. More at the Denver Westword.


Autopsy doc suggests that weed made Michael Brown act "in a crazy way" the night he was shot by police
By Jack Daniel in Medical, News, Say what?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

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There is so much speculation surrounding the killing of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite eyewitness accounts, a federal investigation by the Justice Department, and three separate autopsies, there is still no common consensus as to what exactly happened that fateful day.

Much like in the case of the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, there seems to be a go-to formula that the defenders of the shooters tend to roll out each time we face one of these tragedies, and it seems to always paint the dead victim as a dangerous pothead.


Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul Weed Interview: "I Make Noodles With Weed Butter"
By Jacob Katel in Culture
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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DJ Paul and cohorts

DJ Paul isn't just a codeine syrup sippin' Memphis thug. He's an Academy Award winner alongside his Three 6 Mafia brethren for their original song "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp," for the movie Hustle & Flow.

He's got an album dropping September 2nd, The Killjoy Club, with the Insane Clown Posse, and another soon after with Da Mafia 6ix, who he is currently on tour with.

He's also an avid pot head and bbq sauce impresario who loves marijuana edibles and having a good time. Here's what he had to say about smoking Headbanger, starting a dispensary, and what he thinks of dabs.
Marijuana Policy Project on how to improve the Minnesota medical cannabis program for everyone
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Earlier this month, high-ranking folks from the health department staffers gave an all-day presentation about pot. They urged the public to take a look at the first draft of rules governing the program, as well as the application for growers, and be honest.

In response, the DC-based Marijuana Policy Project, whose lobbyists played a key role in getting legislation passed here, submitted a six-page critique. The goal, writes Robert Capecchi, a deputy director, should be to avoid regulating the growers out of business while offering protections for patients and the facilities that produce the medicine.


Laguna Beach, California's Wilderness Park Is Full of Weed
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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William Breathes.

Back in the 1960s, Laguna Beach was full of hippies and weed. And acid. And also love. Now the hippies, acid and some of the love are gone, but the weed is apparently still here.
Lots of it. Until a few hours ago, that is.

This morning, according to a CNS report, Orange County Sheriff's Department narcotics investigators discovered a "marijuana cultivation" area in the Muddy Canyon area of the Laguna Wilderness Park. "The location is south of the SR 73 toll road, east of Newport Coast Drive near East Coastal Peak Park and Ridge Park Road," CNS reports. "The plants are located on property in OC Parks jurisdiction, outside city limits."

Nick Schou at the OC Weekly has the rest.

Hey, Jeb Bush: Medical Marijuana Won't Kill Florida's Tourism
By William Breathes in Medical, Opinion
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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"Jebby" Bush.

Former governor wants Florida to stay kid-friendly. You know, like Disney World. That's why people shouldn't vote yes on Amendment Two in November. In a statement released yesterday, Dubya's brother put it this way:

"Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire."