Marijuana and Cannabis News

Marijuana: Reviewing The User's Guide to Colorado Marijuana Law
By William Breathes in Opinion, Products
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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The concept behind The User's Guide to Colorado Marijuana Law, a guidebook penned by Robert M. Linz, the associate director and head of public services at the University of Colorado School of Law, is a solid one. But the paperback format almost certainly ensures that this resource won't be relevant forever.

Linz has arranged his book into two major categories: "Part One: Personal Use of Marijuana," and "Part Two: Commercial Use of Marijuana." The guide lays out information in a simple Q&A format. For example, the opening section contains questions such as "How old do I need to be to legally consume marijuana?" and "How much marijuana may I possess?" -- the types of inquiries that dispensary owners are probably tired of answering. Linz cites appropriate legislation in his answers for readers and consumers.


Colorado Court to Decide if Medical Marijuana Use is a Right, Activists Push for Common Sense
By William Breathes in Legalize It, Medical, News
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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The Colorado Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow on whether or not employers should be able to fire employees for using cannabis off-work. The case stems from Brandon Coats, a former DISH Network phone operator who was fired from his job in 2010 after he failed a test for marijuana. Coates, who was left in a wheelchair for life after a car accident as a teen, says he only uses the cannabis off work and that his employer fired him inappropriately.

Colorado business officials and the state Attorney General's office have come out in support of DISH's decision, but a group of vocal Colorado advocates have jumped in on Coates' side and are imploring the courts to decide for patients and not for big business interests.


Orange County Cop Accused of Soliciting Prostitute Gets $10,000 a Month Not to Work
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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Here's a head-scratcher: Vahak Mardoun Mardikian got demoted in 2012 by the Glendale Police Department for harassing and belittling other cops, but later the city's Civil Service Commission sided with Mardikian. He was ultimately give a huge settlement, basically by claiming that the department, half of which is made up of Armenian, black and Latino cops, is anti-Armenian.

But on Aug. 8, Markidian got tossed in Clark County jail for allegedly giving Las Vegas vice detective Justine Gatus $275 for anal sex -- and, well, to fill her gas tank. That's what Nevada court records show, obtained by the scrappy Glendale News Press. But now he's going to start collecting $10,000 a month off taxpayers-- and he gets to retire at age 50 on the taxpayer dime. Is this OK?


California Pot Shop Fined Day After Day
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Steve Castillo, owner of The Variety Co-op medical marijuana dispensary, is being fined by the County on a near-daily basis. It's quickly adding up - when he spoke with the Weekly, Castillo estimated the County fines he and his landladies have incurred at approximately $56,000.

The Variety Co-op is a marijuana dispensary situated in Midway City, one of a handful of unincorporated areas in Orange County. Unincorporated land tends to attract dispensaries, as they eliminate pesky city councils and enforcement. County officials have the final say on most things in unincorporated areas. More at the OC Weekly.


San Diego couple suing officers who raided their cannabis garden
By Jack Daniel in Growing, Legalize It, News
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Deborah & Dennis Little had their home raided in 2012, now they're fighting back

Two years ago, in September of 2012, a law enforcement helicopter buzzed over the top of Dennis Little's land in the quiet country town of Ramona, California. One month later, a joint task force comprised of local law enforcement officers and DEA agents kicked down Mr. Little's door and arrested him and his wife on suspicion of cultivating illegal amounts of marijuana.

In March of 2013, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis took them to court on the charges, and one full year later, in March of this year, they beat her at her own game and were fully acquitted of all charges by a jury of their peers.

With two years of their lives turned upside down, thousands of dollars lost to lawyers and courts, and a hard reputation to shake in a small town, one might think that the Little's would be happy to put it all behind them. But they have some justice of their own to attend to first.


Dabber in the State House? Yes, if AZ's CD4 Voters Elect Democrat Mikel Weisser
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Mikel Weisser.

The first member of the U.S. House of Representatives who publicly admits to "dabbing" could be Arizona Democrat Mikel Weisser.

The odds may be slim of this occurring since Weisser's facing off against incumbent Republican Paul Gosar in expansive and conservative Congressional District 4, which includes Kingman, Prescott and part of Maricopa County. He's a former plumber and middle-school teacher, an ultra-leftie, and the current leader of Safer Arizona, a group that tried unsuccessfully to get a cannabis-legalization measure on the ballot this year.

Weisser brings a plethora of personal experience to the national debate over loosened marijuana laws -- in fact, when we last met him, he brought it in an Altoid tin. More at the Phoenix New Times.


Boca Raton Wants to Keep Marijuana Businesses Out For At Least a Year
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

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With the vote on Amendment 2 a mere six weeks away, polls seem to be indicating that medical marijuana will be made legal in Florida. Some people fear that will lead to weed dispensaries popping up everywhere throughout Florida. But, Boca Raton wants to keep dispensaries out of town, at least for a while, even if Amendment 2 does pass. On Tuesday, the city introduced an ordinance that would put a moratorium on dispensaries for at least a year.

This, just a few weeks after Boca hosted business seminars for those interested in getting into the weed dispensary business.


Is the word "Marijuana" Racist?
By William Breathes in Culture, Say what?
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 9:20 am

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It's a debate that has raged for years: is the word "marijuana" racist? No, but plenty of people will tell you that it is because it's rooted in the dark ages of cannabis history when white America began to purposefully associate cannabis with brown-skinned Mexicans as a way of creating more of a racial divide between the two cultures. It's something we've examined in detail for more than two years in our Cannabis Time Capsule blog over at Westword.com. So does "marijuana" have a dubious history as a word? Yeah. But is it racist? No. We've moved past all of that and the term -- which wasn't racist then -- stuck.

But you'll still get the cannabis activist holdouts with no sense of humor or history who swear up and down that it's racist to call cannabis "marijuana" or get offended when you refer to ganja as anything but "cannabis". Case and point? Whoever runs the @MNCannabis twitter handle. Read more at the Minneapolis City Pages.


Undercover DEA Op Busts 9 in San Diego Hash Oil Sting
By Jack Daniel in Legalize It, News
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Many people in the cannabis community heard the news via social media apps like Facebook and Instagram way before the San Diego Division of the DEA put out a press release and the local news media caught on.

On Wednesday of last week, the DEA announced that on September 16th, 2014, they arrested nine San Diego area residents after successful raids on multiple locations in the takedown stage of a yearlong investigation they oh-so-cleverly dubbed Operation: Shattered Dreams.


2 Live Crew, The Weed Interview: "Sex On Weed, That's A Smoked Sausage"
By Jacob Katel in Culture
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm
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Once upon a time in the 90's, the 2 Live Crew went to the Supreme Court for the right to record, perform, and sell songs like "We Want Some Pussy," "Me So Horny," and "Face Down Ass Up."

They are first amendment heroes of the highest order, and free speech warriors whose contributions to global culture will never be forgotten. They also believe in legalizing marijuana, the medical benefits of cannabis, and the right of all Americans to spark the herb if they so choose. Here's what Fresh Kid Ice, and Brother Marquis had to say about Indica, smuggling dirty music, and the true meaning of smoked sausage ahead of their September 27th and 28th Colorado concerts at Platinum 84 strip club in Denver.