Marijuana and Cannabis News

St. Louis-area boy accidentally shoots brother, media blames marijuana
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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A tragic accident involving a four-year-old shooting his three-year-old brother occurred Sunday. Fortunately, the younger brother is OK, but because the father was in another room allegedly smoking marijuana, the St. Louis County police and local media decided to make that the focus of the story.

The shooting happened around noon on Sunday. A loaded gun was hidden inside a closet, and the child was able to reach it. He and his brother played with the gun and it went off, a bullet striking the younger brother in the left shoulder. The child was treated at a local hospital for soft-tissue injury and released.

Phoenix residents caught with more than 1,200 pounds of pot driving back from Mexico on 4/20
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm


Three Phoenix residents were caught trying to bring back more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana to the United States in RVs, on the pot holiday of "4/20."

If the more seasoned drug-smugglers can get caught crossing the border by hiding drugs in specially fabricated compartments or inside bodily orifices, you can bet the pot-filled RV plot didn't go over so well.

Louisiana bill reducing marijuana possession penalties dies in committee
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Louisiana lawmakers will not be reducing the penalties for the possession of an ounce of marijuana and have decided to maintain some of the harshest pot penalties in the country.

The sad thing? The reductions still would have made criminals out of cannabis users and those caught still faced up to six months in jail and $500 fines as before. In fact, it wouldn't have really done much of anything - yet lawmakers still were opposed to it based on knee-jerk principles alone.

Washington D.C. marijuana decriminalization faces GOP hurdle
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

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While the elected officials of our nation's capital have already decided that decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana is the best thing for their city, the move still has to be approved by the U.S. House as per federal law. More accurately, the bill has to be disapproved in 60 days or less, giving congress the option of ignoring the move and letting it become law by default.

But that doesn't look like it will be the case, as a Republican-controlled House subcommittee plans to discuss the matter.

Puerto Rico considering legalizing pot, prostitution to ease national financial crisis
By William Breathes in Global, News
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:20 am


After eight years of their economy going into the gutter, Puerto Rico is kicking around the idea of giving their tourism industry a boost by legalizing marijuana use. And if that doesn't get you down to the tiny little Caribbean island, they're also considering legalizing prostitution.

Arizona marijuana DUI case tossed by courts, rules inactive metabolites don't equal impairment
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Arizonans no longer risk getting a DUI for driving with an inactive metabolite of marijuana in their blood following a ruling by the state's high court.

The Arizona Supreme Court announced this morning that it was reaffirming the trial court's decision to dump the case of Hrach Shilgevorkyan, who was prosecuted for driving while impaired after a blood test revealed the presence of marijuana. New Times covered the case and overall issue in detail in the Phoenix New Times May 2013 article "Riding High."

Anti-pot group freaks out over 4/20 events in Denver
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm


Believe it or not, some Colorado locals were less than thrilled about the annual 4/20 event in Denver this year. But few observers were as negative as Smart Colorado, an organization devoted to "protecting youth from marijuana." In the wake of the rally, the group put out a statement under the heading "Smart Colorado Speaks About Shocking 4/20 Activities" that decried the gathering in terms that a pot advocate heavily involved in the Civic Center spectacle describes as "hysterical."

British media downplays size of 4/20 rally in Hyde Park
By William Breathes in Culture, Global, News
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm

"Dozens" of people at the 4/20 rally in Hyde Park, from U.K. NORML.

It seems the British media have no issue portraying this past weekend's 4/20 rally in London's Hyde Park as a miserable, wet failure with only "dozens" of attendees when -- according to those who were actually there -- that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Texas survey shows 93 percent support for decriminalizing cannabis
By William Breathes in News
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:20 am


The idea of Texas as a marijuana-hating state might not be exactly accurate according to a study this week from Progress Texas that shows 92 percent of 9,000 Texans surveyed want the plant legalized and 93 percent want it decriminalized.

The study coincides with the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws putting up a billboard in the Metroplex advertising for the 2014 Global Marijuana March on May 3 in Fort Worth with the slogan "Isn't it high time you got involved?"

Florida lawmakers approve punishing doctors who write fraudulent CBD recommendations
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Apparently the Florida legislature didn't get the memo that CBD doesn't get you high. Currently, lawmakers are working on a CBD-only bill that would give children suffering from rare seizure disorders to access to the extract. It should be a no-brainer. But because CBD is pot-related, lawmakers are still freaked out about it being abused.