Marijuana and Cannabis News

How Denver Westword baked a marijuana apple pie for the Denver County Fair
By William Breathes in Culture, Say what?
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm


Straight off the cooling rack, the pie hit all the right notes. Its filling was gooey and sweet, full of chewy chunks of apple, its Dutch-style crust crumbly and buttery, with pleasant herbal overtones. This pie wouldn't have been out of place at a family picnic or Thanksgiving dinner -- if not for the fact that it was packed to the rim with marijuana.
We'd decided to bake a weed-infused pie in order to do our bit for the upcoming Denver County Fair.

Inspired by Colorado's legal-weed wave, earlier this year the fair announced it would have a pot pavilion that put a stoner spin on traditional county fair festivities, complete with Grateful Dead karaoke and a prize for the best marijuana plant. In the months leading up to the fair, the buzz around the pot component grew big enough that organizers axed a planned beer pavilion and doubled the area devoted to cannabis.

Ask a Stoner: Can I make weed tea?
By William Breathes in Culture
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:20 am

Denver Westword.

Editor's note: Our sister paper, the Denver Westword, runs a weekly marijuana advice column, Ask a Stoner. Today, we bring you one of the more frequently-asked questions:

Dear Stoner: Can you just brew up cannabis like tea and drink it to get stoned? I figure a bud in a teabag in the morning is much easier than taking an afternoon to make myself butter and then all those fatty treats. -- T Sipper

Missouri prison work crew finds 678 pounds of herb on side of highway
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:20 am


Did you or somebody you know accidentally leave more than 600 pounds of marijuana on the side of a road in Missouri? Because if you did, we have some bad news: Cops got it.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that a prison work crew cleaning up the side of a road near St. Joseph in northeast Missouri stumbled upon a substantial sativa stash.

"In all, there were 678 one-pound marijuana packages and three large sacks of loose weed," Mike Donaldson, commander of the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, tells the News-Press. Read more at the Riverfront Times.

"Prince of Pot" Marc Emery gives first Canadian interview since release from US federal prison
By Jack Daniel in Follow that story, Legalize It
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:20 am


After spending five years in six different prisons across six different states, Canada's Marc Emery has been scheduled for release and is due back in Canada between August 10th and the 25th.

He recently gave his first interview to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) since earning that release, and if authorities in either country thought he may just silently go about his business after being caged up with thieves and killers for a half a decade, they have sorely underestimated the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot".

New York governor pushed to expedite state MMJ program after two epileptic children die
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Anna Conte passed away July 17.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to acting Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker on Tuesday asking Zucker to consider expediting the medical marijuana legalization specifically for epileptic children in New York.

Cuomo's letter comes after two children, nine-year-old Anna Conte and three-year-old Olivia Marie Newton, died this month. In June, state legislators passed the Compassionate Care Act, legalizing marijuana for patients with conditions including epilepsy, but legalization will not be implemented in the state for at least 18 months.

Colorado health officials want new rules for the Medical Marijuana Registry
By William Breathes in Medical, News, Say what?
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm


State health officials are calling for a public rule-making committee this fall to iron out details involving the medical marijuana patient registry, including limiting the ability of caregivers to serve more than five patients. In a letter to the Colorado Board of Health earlier this month, Ron Hyman, director of the Medical Marijuana Registry, outlined areas that he says will require a rule-making hearing on September 16.

High-CBD oil hemp oil has been legal in Florida since 2003
By William Breathes in CBD, Medical, Say what?
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:20 am


Moriah Barnhardt has a three-year-old daughter, Dahlia, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last May. Anecdotal evidence suggests that a soon-to-be-legal brand of low-THC pot called Charlotte's Web might help her condition. If not, legalizing medical marijuana as a whole would give her a plethora of treatment options by allowing her to tweak the formula she administers to her kid.

But this Tampa mom doesn't need to wait for 2015, or for Florida voters to make up their minds. She's one of the many parents who are already purchasing hemp oil online and making Rick Scott's decree obsolete before it even happens. Read more over at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.

St. Louis radio station owner running pro-marijuana ads
By William Breathes in Culture, News
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:20 am

Toke of the Town edit of image by Theredmonkey/Commons.

It's a dream of every radio station owner, but a dream that has probably never been realized until now.

"They're actually thanking me for the ads," says Elmo Donze, owner of classic-rock station KBDZ (93.1 FM) in Perryville. "This has never happened before."

But it's not the ads for car insurance or ambulance chasers that people are praising. Rather, people are grateful for the $10,000 worth of advertisements endorsing medical marijuana legislation that Donze donated to Show-Me Cannabis earlier this year. Such a move might be considered politically risky for the more corporate radio behemoths, but if Donze's effort is any indication, listeners love it. More at the Riverfront Times.

High-CBD Charlotte's Web strain more hype than help?
By William Breathes in Medical, Opinion
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 9:20 am
Charlotte's Web in flower.

Over the last year one marijuana strain has gained more attention than any other. Charlotte's Web, a high-CBD strain bred out by, Realm of Caring, a group of dispensary owners in Colorado has quickly become a buzz-word among lawmakers across the U.S. The effect is that many people seem to think that Charlotte's Web is the only high-CBD strain out there, and that children suffering from seizures must have access to Charlotte's Web specifically.

While the strain has definitely been shown to help children, it isn't the only one despite what the PR machine behind Realm of Caring would have everyone believe. Eleven states passed high-CBD laws this past session, and many of them use Charlotte's Web specifically in their names. Included in that is a bill submitted this week dubbed the Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp act of 2014 which would legalize the proprietary strain federally.

Three New York guards indicted for smuggling cocaine and oxys into prison
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:27 am

Matt Green/Flickr.

The correctional officer-jail inmate relationship is often a fraught one, rife with resentment, misunderstandings and violence. But sometimes, just sometimes, the two groups can put aside their differences and work together. That's the silver lining we can take from the news that two current Rikers COs, Steven Dominguez and Divine Rahming, have been charged with smuggling cocaine and oxycodone into the prison with the help of an inmate and his girlfriend. Another former Rikers guard, Deleon Gifth, who resigned earlier this year, was arrested Monday on charges that he was paid $500 to deliver what he thought was oxycodone to an inmate back in February.

The Village Voice has more on these three stooges.