Marijuana and Cannabis News

Coast Guard Seized $23 Million in Cocaine in Caribbean
By William Breathes in News
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded 719 kilograms of cocaine last Thursday at its station in Miami Beach. That came with an estimated street value of about $23 million.
The coke was intercepted in the Caribbean on September 8 by Coast Guard Cutter Bear.

The cutter spotted a 208-foot cargo boat in the waters northeast of Panama. The crew boarded the boat, and found several hidden parcels on board. The powder inside tested positive as cocaine, and the shipment was seized. Thirteen suspected smugglers were arrested.

No, Texas is NOT Allowing Medical and Recreational Pot
By William Breathes in News
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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Sorry Texas, but the article going around proclaiming that Gov. Rick Perry is signing a recreational and medical pot bill into law on September 29 is fake. The Texas legislature isn't even in session until January 13, 2015.


Misleading Headline Says 10% of Americans Go to Work Baked
By Jack Daniel in Legalize It, News, Say what?
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Is 10% of America's workforce really toking up before clocking in?

There is a headline making the rounds from Mashable.com right now whose headline bluntly states, "Nearly 10% of Americans Go to Work High on Weed".

Now, if you visit Mashable.com for news about anything other than maybe potato recipes, you were likely too blinded by the cutesy illustrated infographic attached to the article to have noticed how shoddy the actual attempt at journalism was.


Arizona Marijuana-Legalization Campaign for 2016 Ballot Measure Becomes Official
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Proponents of a 2016 citizens' initiative in Arizona that aims to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older filed paperwork with the state on Thursday, the first step in their campaign.

The Marijuana Policy Project of Arizona initiative still has a long way to go before becoming a law. But if it's successful, it would reverse about 80 years of marijuana prohibition in Arizona, raise millions in tax revenue and potentially end black-market sales of the plant.

More at the Phoenix New Times.


Colorado Group Gives out Marijuana to Hundreds of Veterans
By William Breathes in News
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Operation Grow4Vets, a group we've reported on in the past, gave out marijuana and marijuana edibles to hundreds of veterans in Colorado over the weekend dubbed the Denver Cannabis Givewaway Event.

The giveaway, at a Quality Inn in Denver on Saturday, was open to everyone 21 and up. Under Colorado law, adults can give away up to an ounce of herb at a time to other consenting adults over 21.


"F*ck it, I quit": Alaska TV Reporter Admits Owning Marijuana Business, Quits on Air
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Charlo Greene.

Charlo Greene, a TV reporter in Anchorage, Alaska, knows how to make an exit. During a report last night on the 10 o'clock news in Anchorage, Greene did a report on the Alaska Cannabis Club - a local group pushing for the legalization of limited amounts of cannabis this fall. When the station panned back to Greene for the live shot, she dropped a bomb on everyone: she's the owner of the club.

As for her reporter job? Greene puts it bluntly: "Fuck it."


Wisconsin Police Chief Comes Out in Favor of Cannabis Legalization
By Jack Daniel in Legalize It, Media, News
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Madison Wisconsin Police Chief Mike Kovak wants to legalize weed

The war on drugs, specifically the battle against marijuana, has been an "abject failure". So says the Police Chief of Madison, Wisconsin, Mike Koval.

Koval is an officer of the streets, having shot up from the rank of Sergeant all the way to Police Chief with no stops in between. During his three decades in uniform, Koval has become convinced that the fight against cannabis is a massive drain on resources, and only serves as a distraction from the truly harmful drugs, like heroin.


Girl Suspended from School for Writing About Marijuana
By Mike Adams in News, Say what?
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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A Missouri school district is now up against an angry dad after suspending his daughter for the majority of the 2014 school year because they found references to marijuana written in her personal journal. What is even more disgusting is that her disciplinary papers indicated that she had been suspended for "possession of a controlled substance," even though she is not guilty of anything other than penning her thoughts.

Minnesota Vikings Player Released After News of Pot Bust Surfaces
By William Breathes in News, Stoned Sports
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Yesterday, the Vikings released wide receiver Jerome Simpson with little fanfare. The reason? A traffic citation that occurred... over two months ago. Keep in mind Simpson, no stranger to booze- and drug-related controversy, was pulled over with an open bottle and marijuana in his vehicle. That being the case, we asked Bloomington Deputy Chief Rick Hart why he wasn't arrested. Hart says not arresting somebody in that situation is "very typical."

"Unless there's ongoing criminal conduct, or a history of not responding to a citation, it's very appropriate to issue a citation," Hart says. "The primary reason to arrest [someone] is to stop criminal behavior... the officers made a determination that he was not intoxicated."

Never mind that the NFL has updated their marijuana policy within the last week to allow for more leniency in pot testing punishments, Simpson won't be playing in Minnesota this year. More at the Minneapolis City Pages.


Can You Refuse to Identify Yourself to Police?
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

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The story of actress Daniele Watts' confrontation with police last week has sparked a raging debate in Los Angeles. Do you have the right, as Watts insisted, to refuse to identify yourself to cops? In situations like the one Watts found herself in last Thursday, in which a caller alleged to the police that she was having sex in a car in the middle of the day, the practical answer is ... probably not.

Now, it's a little complicated: The ACLU of Southern California is in Watts' corner, saying you do have the right to refuse, while the union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles Police Department officers says you don't have that right, not if you're being detained for questioning.