Marijuana and Cannabis News
Established in 1910, the University of Mississippi boasts an enrollment of well over 16,000 students. The Rebels from "Ole Miss", as it is commonly referred to, have not brought back a national championship since their football team did it back in 1962.
What the campus is more famous for, in counter-culture circles anyway, is the fact that the government has been growing weed there for "research purposes" for decades.
But with more and more private and foreign labs returning study after study outlining the vast medicinal benefits to the cannabis plant, the feds are looking to crank up their own production in hopes of giving their own researchers a chance at being relevant in the discussion of cannabis use.
Back in April, Denver police botched a 911 call that left a mother of three children dead, shot by her husband in front of her children. But what the media seemed to focus on the most was the husband's alleged psychosis caused by eating a piece of a marijuana edible, according to Denver cops and Denver DA's office, who says blood tests showed "low-level" THC amounts.
It's a story that kicked off controversy in Colorado surrounding edibles, and played heavily into lawmakers passing new, strict (and some would say useless) regulations on edibles manufacturing, potency and sales.
Now the family of Christine Kirk is finally speaking out, though they aren't talking about the pot edibles or even the night of the murder. Instead, they want to tell the story of an amazing mother, daughter and sister. Read about Kirk from the people who loved her over at the Denver Westword.
In a January interview with The New Yorker magazine, President Obama now famously stated, "As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."
Since that interview, ESPN sent a reporter into NFL locker rooms across the league asking 100 professional football players whether or not they agree with President Obama's comments. The players' replies are not very surprising, but unfortunately, neither is the NFL's reaction to just blow it off.
A few months back we told you about Jacob Lavoro, who was facing life in jail after cops falsely charged him with distributing more than 400 grams of hash by using the entire weight of a batch of hash brownies instead of just the four grams he allegedly used.
Thankfully, someone in Williamson County, Texas has a heart. Or a least a brain that can listen to logic, as the charges that could have brought him a mandatory 10 years or a maximum of life in prison have been dropped. He is still facing two lower-degree felonies and up to 20 years in jail, however.
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.