Marijuana and Cannabis News
Patrick Quinn, from a screenshot of KHOU coverage.
Police in this country have a problem. Sure, there may be some good, honest cops out there but they're too often overshadowed by bully-creeps like 26-year-old Patrick Quinn, a school district cop in Houston.
During a recent traffic stop, Quinn allegedly told a woman he smelled weed in the car. That's not what he wanted to be smelling, though. Nope. His olfactory glands were tuned to other things: her feet and underwear.
As we enter the final stretch for elections, news had been quite somber for the passage of medical marijuana. After a year of strong initial polling that indicated Amendment 2 would be pushed through by voters, recent weeks have shown that the initiative was in danger of falling short and failing to pass. One pollster even said medical marijuana in Florida "is done."
But a new poll conducted in the past week by public opinion research firm Anzalone Liszt Grove -- called one of the most reliable pollsters by FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver -- shows that Amendment 2 is still very much alive and, according to this data, will pass come November 4.
By next year, there may be as many as a thousand medical cannabis patients in northern Minnesota, though it's seeming less and less likely that any of them will pick up their supplies in Duluth. Earlier this month, the city's planning committee proposed a six-month moratorium on cannabis manufacturers or distributors, giving city officials time to consider how a facility would affect the homestead.
On Monday, city council president Linda Krug cited zoning concerns and asked, "Where would it have the least amount of destruction to neighborhoods and people's lives?" But the city might not be having this discussion at all if it weren't for Jim Carlson, owner of the Last Place on Earth, a downtown headship. He was sentenced recently to 17 and a half years in prison for allegedly selling synthetic drugs. Carlson maintains that he did nothing wrong: He sold incense and bath salts, some of which came with a warning not to consume. But consume people did -- causing the city establishment to gasp.
A new report put together by the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union finds that black people are way more likely to be arrested for low-level, non-violent offenses in Minneapolis than whites.
Using the Minneapolis Police Department's own data, the report finds that from 2004 to 2012, blacks in Minneapolis were 11.5 more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites; 8.86 times more likely to be arrested for disorderly conduct; 7.54 times more likely to be arrested for vagrancy; and 16.39 times more likely to be arrested for curfew/loitering. More at the Minneapolis City Pages.
An unexpected result of Colorado's legalization of limited marijuana sales for recreational purposes has been a rise in the number of academic studies about whether the change has been good or bad for the state. A few months ago, a paper released by the Brookings Institution found that the rollout was succeeding. But a new analysis by a Harvard economist, released under the auspices of the Cato Institute, offers a more mixed view: It suggests that the nightmares predicted by critics haven't come to pass, but neither have many of the benefits foreseen by advocates of reform.
The inaugural National Cannabis Industry Association's Infused Products and Extraction Symposium kicked off last night with a cocktail reception and networking event; today, the symposium started in earnest with two different tracks for attendees. "This is an area of the industry that's creating a lot of conversations right now," says NCIA deputy director Taylor West, "so the timing is great for this. And it'll be a great opportunity for people in that sector to compare notes about how they're planning for the complicated regulatory future."
West says that after the first-ever NCIA national conference in June, the organization started brainstorming sector-specific events for members. "A lot of our members are pretty experienced," notes West, "and the Cannabusiness 101 lectures are too simple for them. So we wanted to start creating some events that allow for a deep dive into parts of the industry that are important -- and infused products is obviously a large and rapidly growing sector of the industry."
FlickrCommons Virginia Ervin gave up college and motherhood to protect her criminal boyfriend after he set her and her baby on fire
"She then realized that both her and her child's hair were on fire"
Not the sort of words you'll ever hear leading up to a 'Mother of the Year' acceptance speech, but those just so happen to be the exact words written in the affidavit prepared by officers from the Missoula Police Department after investigating the aftermath of a hash oil related explosion earlier this month.
18-year old Virginia Ervin, a student at the University of Montana, initially avoided being arrested in connection to the apartment explosion that we reported on two weeks ago. As the smoke was still clearing on the scene, she readily admitted that she made a conscious decision to "just chill" with her infant child in the same apartment where the highly explosive hash oil extraction was being performed. Still, she walked away free...until last Friday.
Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon.
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, says he will most certainly vote to legalize limited amounts of marijuana in Oregon next week. Merkley tells Talking Points Memo that he's tired of seeing resources wasted on a failed war on pot.
"I think folks on both sides of the argument make a good case," Merkley said. "And there is concern about a series of new products -- and we don't have a real track record from Colorado and Washington. But I feel on balance that we spend a lot of money on our criminal justice system in the wrong places and I lean in favor of this ballot measure."
Flickr/Anupam Kamal edited by Toke of the Town.
While the trigger-happy pukes of the American drug war beat down the doors of innocent citizens, armed to the teeth and prepared to rain down hell on any man, woman or child who stands in their way of busting petty drug offenders, one California tech firm hopes to prevent this brutality with a new watchdog device aimed at monitoring the psychopaths in blue.