Marijuana and Cannabis News
Only a few months ago, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom called a press conference to announce that "marijuana is not a medicine." It may come as a surprise, then, that the Minnesota Law Enforcement Coalition recently outlined for lawmakers the perimeters in which they could work with a medical marijuana bill. Backstrom was unavailable for comment, but Pipestone County Sheriff Dan Delaney, another member of the Minnesota Law Enforcement Coalition, took our call.
"I'm not a doctor," Delaney explains, but if the medical community believes this could benefit patients, "Who am I to say that is wrong?"
Minneapolis City Pages has more.
Think the New Jersey Department of Health has your back if you're an MMJ patient? You're wrong.
Only 78 percent of New Jersey's 1,670 medical marijuana patients have made a marijuana purchase from one of only three medical marijuana dispensaries around the state, things are going just fine according to the state Health Department. Not only that, but the department has no plans to expand the list of qualifying conditions until at least next year. Sorry those of you with severe, chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder - you'll have to go on being a criminal if you choose to use cannabis.
California has allowed for the compassionate use of marijuana since 1996. And while the state has become known for it's medical pot tolerance, the industry has gone unchecked since it's inception. Despite some cities and municipalities banning marijuana collectives, the system seems to work well for everyone involved.
Except, of course, the government. But a California lawmaker wants to change that, and has introduced a bill that would establish state oversight on the industry while butting into the business of doctors and their patients.
Last October, when the Denver City Council was debating an ordinance that would have established fines and even jail time for home pot smoking that could be smelled from neighboring properties, we put together a list of the five Colorado places that smell worse than the pot smoker next door. Our top pick: Greeley, due to the aroma from the community's meatpacking industry -- and plenty of our readers agreed.
But in tiny Greeley, Colorado, one barber shop finds the aroma of weed considerably more offensive, and won't serve anyone who reeks of it. Denver Westword has more.
When news of a girl scout selling cookies outside a Colorado marijuana dispensary went viral last month, it had far-reaching consequences for a St. Louis family: they were "fired" from the dog walking service they had been a customer of for years.
It all started when Tricia Moyer, a mother of two and a Girl Scout troop leader, thought the idea of a 13-year-old with the business sense to sell delicious Thin Mints outside of a marijuana dispensary was funny. So she did what tens of thousands of other Americans did and shared a photo on Facebook. Tricia didn't realize that the owners of her dog-walking service -- Pack Leader, Plus Inc. -- are devout Christians who don't believe there was anything funny about it at all. Riverfrtont Times has more on this out-of-touch couple.
The stories people tell about consuming cannabis-infused foods, simply referred to most commonly as edibles, range from one extreme end of the spectrum, to the other. You'll hear of the scrawny guy that claims to ingest a few hundred milligrams of THC in a few brownies without batting an eye. Or you might know that big dude who has psychedelic experiences after a half of a pot cookie.
More often than not, we are satisfied to chalk that range of effects and experiences up to basic physiology - metabolism, diet, that sort of thing. But occasionally, the morals of the maker of the edibles can come into question, particularly if patients are consistently let down by a certain brand.
A recent expose by the Denver Post showed how some edible companies are taking advantage of retailers and customers in a relatively regulation-free environment.
Here's how officials from various Orange County police agencies say two young Ontario men visiting relatives here got their kicks: robbing marijuana smoke accessory shops at gunpoint.
A dozen armed robberies pinned to Raul Ochoa, 20, and Eric Camacho Gonzalez, 18, also include shoe stores, t-shirt shops, a nail salon and a Metro PCS store--all in Anaheim, Santa Ana or Garden Grove--that were struck. The OC Weekly has more.
The snitch knew many things about Luis Silva. He or she knew knew his name, date of birth and address. He or she could describe the 41-year-old father's grey Dodge Charger with a paper tag and knew that Silva wasn't supposed to be driving it, because his license had been suspended 10 times. But one thing the tipster didn't know was how many marijuana plants Silva was harvesting inside his home.
The first clue should have come from Silva's housing situation: He lived in a 300-square-foot Miami Springs efficiency with two kids and a dog. The operation couldn't have been much bigger than a dorm-room set-up, by necessity.
But what officers found was worse than a college freshman's get-rich-quick scheme. It was actually kind of sad. Cops found nothing more than some frail-looking plants hanging from wire hangers in a closet. In all, they seized 515 grams worth of weed, as well as an instructional manual on how to grow it. Miami New Times has the rest.
Although it has been a U.S. territory since we swiped it from the Spaniards in 1898, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is rarely taken into consideration when discussing American politics.
But with the issue of various levels of cannabis reform quickly becoming a dominant topic of debate here on the mainland, there is a rising wave of support for a 3-way blast of more progressive pot legislation for Puerto Ricans.
Yeah, mon. It looks like things might get a likkle bit mo' irie in Jamaica in the coming year as Jamaican Science, Technology, Energy and Mining minister Philip Paulwell says decriminalization is coming soon.
"Ganja will be decriminalized in Jamaica this year and emphasized that Jamaica cannot be allowed to be left behind on the issue," Paulwell told Jamaica's Cannabis Commercial and Medical Research Taskforce leader Dealana Seiveright.