Marijuana and Cannabis News
The Drug Policy Alliance Wednesday filed ballot initiative language last week that would legalize up to an ounce of pot and four plants for adults over 21 in California as well as allow for recreational cannabis sales with a tax of up to 25 percent.
But as of now, nobody seems willing to push it. According to a blog post at StopTheDrugWar.org last night, DPA officials say they aren't sure if they are even going to push for the measure right now due to remaining shell shock from failure of 2010's Proposition 19 that would have legalized recreational cannabis in the Golden State.
Sensible British Columbia Campaign organizer Dana Larsen Sunday announced that the ballot initiative they had been pushing to decriminalize marijuana possession failed to collect enough signature in time for the deadline.
Still, the group says they collected 200,000 signatures and that they're looking forward to 2015 with another plan to prevent police from enforcing marijuana laws in the Canadian province.
Almost every Friday for the last year, Denver Westword has dug up a vintage marijuana-related news article from a treasure trove of small town newspapers. Here's an old Cannabis Time Capsule they've dug up from nearly 136 years ago. It appeared in the now-defunct Colorado Banner newspaper out of Boulder. This December 13, 1877 brief details the schemes of a Philadelphia snake-oil salesman hooking unsuspecting victims on the opium-like wonders of hashish! Cue scary music.
Click over to the Westword for more.
Of course, since the "news" is actually based on outdated and disproved science, California plastic surgeon Anthony Youn says when daily smokers come to him for man-boob reduction, the first thing he tells them is to stop smoking cannabis. LA Weekly has more on what the plastic surgeon has to say.
Hold onto to your e-cigarettes and vape pens while you can, people, because using them in Los Angeles might soon be banned in the same places that prohibit lighting up regular smokes including beaches, bars and restaraunts.
The L.A. City Council today will consider a new motion to be introduced by Councilman Mitch O'Farrell that would treat electronic devices the same way that cigarette smoking is regulated in town. LA Weekly has more.
November 1 was bad day for Atlanta's Amy Seiber. After waking up and heading to her job at Wendy's to flip burgers all day, she realized that the half-blunt she had saved for herself had gone missing.
That's bad, but not the really bad part. The bad part is that her blunt was a few miles away in the kitchen of some fast-food junkie ready to scarf down her quarter-pounder with chee'. More specifically: inside the bun of said quarter-pounder with chee.
Update: Dec. 6, 8:20 a.m. - Yesterday the Florida Supreme Court began hearing arguments for and against a proposed medical marijuana ballot initiative. Opponents say the language is too vague and would create a free for all for people seeking to use cannabis legally but don't have a valid medical condition.
The Justices all seemed to take that argument the most seriously, with several agreeing at least in discussion that the measure is written too broadly.
Hey there pot smoker! By chance, do you live in Portland, Maine and have up to 2.5 ounces of pot on your possession right now? You do? Well guess what, that's legal.
Thanks to a whopping 67 percent vote back on November 5, the entire city has legalized the possession of limited amounts of pot for adults over 21. Smoking it in public is still illegal though, as is selling it, growing it, distributing it, importing it and even smoking it in their apartments is illegal if your landlords are uncool about it.
Brothers and sisters fighting is nothing new. My sister and I are in our 30s and still bicker and argue over trivial stuff all the time. But smothering your sister with a pillow and threatening to put her in a "permanent sleep"?
That's taking things a little too far.
Morocco has long been known as a Mecca of cannabis cultivation and hash exportation, with Moroccan hash long prized for its potency and quality. The only thing keeping it from becoming an accepted commodity is that pesky thing called "legality," as cannabis isn't legal in Morocco.
But that might change soon. The Moroccan parliament has begun hearings on the possibility of legalizing the production and exportation of cannabis for medical and industrial purposes.