Marijuana and Cannabis News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Florida man busted for pot sues judge; judge sues back
By Jack Daniel in Legislation, News, Say what?
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Plenty of people say and do really stupid things every day in this country, whether weed is part of the equation or not. It's just collectively painful when one of "our people" screws up and makes all cannabis enthusiasts look bad, and for some reason those cases seem to come out of the state of Florida all too often.

Stoner MacGyver: Space Buckets keep your grow on the down-low
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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The tiny confines of the Space Bucket.

Editor's note: We realize the vast majority of marijuana users are living in places where growing cannabis is legal and people don't have to hide. That in mind, we wanted to highlight a home-spun, stealth growing operation we thought was perfect for those of you who wanted to grow small amounts in places where cannabis cultivation is still frowned upon.

All you need to grow your own weed is a bucket and a dream. That's the message behind "Space Buckets," an innovative marijuana growing method designed with a tiny circular footprint. For about a hundred bucks, and a weeekend's worth of work, you can build a microfarm that yields up to two ounces of herb at a time.

WeedMaps tells New York Times to stop testing employees for pot
By William Breathes in Culture, Media
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

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The New York Times made huge headlines over the weekend when its editorial board called for the "national legalization" of marijuana. Pro-pot groups were crawling over each other so they could be among the first to offer the deepest, we-are-not-worthy bows to the newspaper of record in the United States. After all, who among them would disagree with the Times' assertion that " ... the federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."

But one Southern California-based medical-weed information service said, Hold on just a second: It turns out the paper, which said in its editorial that cannabis is "far less dangerous than alcohol," still tests new employees for marijuana.

LA Weekly has the rest.


Colorado man gets three years' probation for feeding teenage minors pot cookies
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, much has been made of children accidentally ingesting edible marijuana -- but what about when people intentionally feed it to kids? Last week Davirak Ky pleaded guilty to distributing a controlled substance and child abuse for feeding two minors cannabis-infused cookies. In exchange, Ky received three years of probation, must undergo drug and alcohol treatment, and has to take a class on the effects of drugs on children -- but he will avoid prison time if he stays out of trouble