Marijuana and Cannabis News
Cash strapped police precincts are getting especially aggressive on traffic stops, since the revenue the patrol cops draw from writing tickets helps to keep the lights on back at the station. But when not enough people are caught texting while driving, or failing to come to a complete stop, or speeding away from bank robberies, a cop's gotta do what a cop's gotta do.
With no time for pesky little things like warrants, cops these days can search your vehicle - regardless of your past criminal record, or lack of - with nothing more than what they like to call probable cause. All too often, all an officer has to say to gain their all-important probable cause is that they can smell weed in the car.
Yesterday, we told you about a campaign to scare kids off of pot that uses a giant rat cage and the statement: "Don't be a Lab Rat". Never mind the fact that criminalizing cannabis and keeping it illegal will likely get those same kids put in a similar cage down at the county jail.
Mike Sukle, the advertising agency pro who worked with Colorado officials to develop a new anti-pot campaign, had a significant challenge on his hands. He wanted to warn teens away from marijuana use without engaging in the sort of hyperbole they'd likely reject. Hence, "Don't Be a Lab Rat," which presents controversial facts and then asks viewers the equivalent of "Wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry?"
In February of this year, local pro-cannabis activists in Kern County in Southern California concocted a defense of pot dispensaries that you have to be toking on some top shelf herbs to come up with.
Their argument was that by forcing the closure or re-location of the vast majority of local medical marijuana storefronts, they would be violating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by making the region's cannabis consumers drive their pollution-spewing cars even further to get their medication.
Half-baked or not, the defense stood up in court and the de facto ban on medical marijuana in Kern County was delayed. As we reported at the time, the court's decision set a potential landmark precedent for other counties or cities on the verge on instituting their own crackdowns on the chron. The example we used was San Diego, and sure enough, America's Finest City has become the new proving ground.
Twitter.com Wiz Khalifa in an El Paso jail cell.
Don't expect to see Wiz Khalifa performing in Texas any time soon. At least, not until he gets the warrant for his arrest cleared up with an El Paso, Texas court.
This should not equal life in prison.
Back in May, we told you about Jacob Lavoro, a 19-year-old who was arrested in Round Rock, Texas after cops busted in his door and found a tray of pot brownies. Lavoro isn't simply facing pot charges, he's looking at anywhere from ten years to life in prison thanks to ass-backwards laws in Texas regarding hash and hash oil and how products are weighed
Operating under the Department of Transportation since its inception in 1966, the Federal Railroad Administration's stated mission is to "enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future".
Since 1986, the FRA has been federally mandated to perform drug and alcohol tests on railroad employees. These tests include pre-employment screening, random and/or "reasonable suspicion" testing, and post-accident tests. Traditionally, the testing excluded what the railroads refer to as "maintenance-of-way employees", those whose job it is to service the tracks and infrastructure.
But facing increasing pressure from Congress in the nation's capital, the FRA has proposed an expansion of its drug testing to include all employees, and even independent contractors and volunteers.
Washington D.C. effectively decriminalized possession of up to one ounce of marijuana July 17, but that hardly means the end to marijuana-related arrests.
According to DCist, there were 26 arrests involving cannabis during the first two weeks of decriminalization-- July 17 to July 31-- just one less than the amount of citations (27) issued for possession. Data from D.C. Police says the 26 arrests were for public consumption, distribution, possession with the intent to distribute and possession of more than one ounce.
After spending five years in six different prisons across six different states, Canada's Marc Emery has been scheduled for release and is due back in Canada between August 10th and the 25th.
He recently gave his first interview to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) since earning that release, and if authorities in either country thought he may just silently go about his business after being caged up with thieves and killers for a half a decade, they have sorely underestimated the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot".
As we reported yesterday, 88 percent of Florida voters polled say they support medical marijuana. That number is among the highest medical pot has ever polled in any state, and our friends at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times point out that it's freakishly high for a poll in the Sunshine state:
"Floridians have been supporting the idea of legalized medical marijuana since the idea of it getting onto the ballot was brought up. With each successive poll, Florida has shown a growing support for medical weed. Now the latest Quinnipiac poll released Monday gives us the clearest picture to changing attitudes. According to the survey, nearly 90 percent of Floridians polled say they back the legalization of medical marijuana."
The internet was abuzz this weekend about the announcement from the New York Times regarding a series of editorial articles to be released in the upcoming week covering the argument in favor of legalizing marijuana nationwide.
Though the title of the series may not be too creative, "High Time" will consist of a week's worth of interactive articles, web-based seminars, and Q&A sessions that promise to take an honest look at all sides of the debate.