Marijuana and Cannabis News

Take a Cooking Lesson From Vice's Grandma of Ganja
By William Breathes in Culture, Medical, News
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

This is exactly what marijuana cooking needed: a 91-year-old Italian grandmother that knows how to throw down in the kitchen teaching her skills to the masses via the internet.

For what it's worth, Aurora Leveroni, star of Vice's "Munchies" series doesn't partake in the pot she cooks -- but she knows it can help and wants to share her love of healing through food with the world.

Colorado Parents Face Child Abuse Charges After Vomiting Child Tests Positive for Pot
By William Breathes in News
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Flickr/Andrew Bain.
In recent months, officials and marijuana activists alike have been calling for cannabis users to make sure their stash isn't accessible to children. Alysia Lombard and Mario Hollerway are accused of ignoring that advice and a lot more in relation to their three-year-old daughter, who tested positive for THC after vomiting at an area hospital. The story also includes cannabutter, expired red cards and a T-shirt of crack cocaine.

Dallas Police Department to Add 200 Body Cameras in January
By William Breathes in FTP
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

A body camera from the Taser corporation.
Citing the need to increase transparency, accountability and community engagement, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said that his department will use forfeiture funds to purchase 200 body cameras that will begin recording early next year.

The move comes in the midst of statewide movement toward using the cameras. State Senator Royce West introduced a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would require all police departments in the state to purchase and use the cameras. The Fort Worth Police Department already has 600 of the cameras and Lancaster, Duncanville and Denton's departments are looking to get their hands on some. Susan Hawk, the newly elected Dallas district attorney, has offered to buy body cameras for DPD with funds from her office as well. More at the Dallas Observer.

Watch Out, Houston; Those Ecstasy Pills You're About to Swallow May Actually Be Meth in Disguise
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

Not a bunch of Froot Loops.
You should probably think twice before ingesting those blue and yellow or purple (illicit) pills you scored on the Houston streets recently. While the dude slangin' on the corner may have told you those colorful tabs were ecstasy, it may actually be meth in disguise.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office shut down a couple of major drug labs in northwest Harris County Monday, where investigators say pill manufacturers were whipping up methamphetamine pills but disguising them to look like ecstasy. Not awesome at all.

More at the Houston Press.

Botulism from Heroin Spikes in Orange County
By William Breathes in Say what?
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

Need another reason to avoid heroin (other than the fact that it's fucking heroin?) Orange County, California Health Care Agency officials say three people have been hospitalized over the past month for botulism associated with injecting heroin--and that two of those folks wound up in intensive care.

OC Weekly has more.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Is Still Spending Tons Of Taxpayer Cash Trying To Drug Test State Employees
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

Rick Scott can't stop thinking about pee.
A federal judge told him to drop the plan. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals told him it was illegal. Then the U.S. Supreme Court refused to listen to his arguments. Even the facts are against him (the program wastes more money than it would ever "save").

But despite losing over and over in every court around, Gov. Rick Scott is still fighting for the right to force state employees to pee in a cup. And the legal bills for his quixotic quest are now inching toward a cool million bucks -- funded, of course, by taxpayers.

Nebraska, Oklahoma Sue Colorado To Stop Pot Laws
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News, Say what?
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

William Breathes.
Girl Scout Cookies grown in Colorado.
Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a federal lawsuit against Colorado, urging the feds to shut down Colorado's marijuana industry that they say is bleeding over into their state and costing their taxpayers millions.

Which would be valid if cops in those states weren't bringing it on themselves by profiling Colorado drivers, pulling people over for made-up infractions and busting people for minor amounts that they probably wouldn't have searched for in the past. Oh, and don't think for a second that these cops - all of which are milking their department overtime pay for court appearances - mind the busts at all. Basically: they've brought the "problem" on themselves, are personally reaping financial benefit for it, and now want Colorado taxpayers to chip in to pay for their scam.

Ten Best Colorado Medical Marijuana Strains of 2014
By William Breathes in Culture, Dispensaries
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Our sister paper in Colorado, The Denver Westword, has been paying your's truly to shop for and toke cannabis for five years running as the nation's first newspaper marijuana dispensary critic (it's a rough life).

And out of the 100+ strains I brought home, there were ten standouts that made the cut for Westword's Best Strains of 2014.

A Candid Conversation With a Marijuana Anonymous Member
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

With the tide of public opinion rapidly turning against the dangers of reefer madness, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who considers marijuana to be the deadly gateway drug portrayed in D.A.R.E. class and alarmist after-school specials. And yet there are many people who, while they still support the legalization of recreational cannabis, have struggled with an addiction to weed.

Last week, Toke caught up with one such person, a 30-year-old creative type we'll call Jonathan, who began attending Marijuana Anonymous meetings in Los Angeles six months ago and hasn't gotten high since. Head over to West Coast Sound for more.

Indiana State Senator Promises Medical Cannabis Bill for 2015 Session
By William Breathes in Legislation, Medical
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

Indiana State Sen. Karen Tallian.
Emboldened by recent federal developments that seemingly gives states more authority to regulate medical cannabis, an Indiana state Senator says she's ready to (once again) push a medical marijuana bill through the state legislature.

State Sen. Karen Tallian has unsuccessfully ran marijuana-related bills for years (including decriminalization measures) that didn't even get the respect of a hearing in a committee. But Tallian says that the time is right to have a real discussion about legalizing marijuana for medical uses in her state and urged Republicans on the other side of the aisle to get their heads out of the sand.