Marijuana and Cannabis News

Pot Edibles Lawsuit Update: More Than 100 People Sickened at Denver County Fair?
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:20 am


Last month, we told you about a class-action lawsuit accusing a Denver County Fair vendor of giving away pot-infused candy without informing patrons, reportedly resulting in a number of them becoming ill.

Now, the figure is growing. Six more people have joined the complaint, which maintains that the total victims could exceed a hundred. The original suit was filed by Jordan Coombs, who said he was so sickened by the candy he ate at the booth operated by LivWell, a company that operates under the Beyond Broadway moniker, that during the drive away from the fair -- with his wife behind the wheel, fortunately -- he "projectile vomited uncontrollably in his car."

More at the Latest Word.

Cannabis Grand Cru To Take Over Aspen in November
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

Aspen, CO - Home of the 1st Annual Cannabis Grand Cru - November 14th-16th, 2014

When it comes to the changing of the seasons, and outstanding venues for cannabis themed events, nobody does it quite like Colorado. Aspen in the fall, much like the trees it is named after, radiates a golden glimmer leading into the first snowfall of the year.

From Friday November 14th - Sunday November 16th those attending the Cannabis Grand Cru will take over the entire Sky Hotel in Aspen for a 3-day event full of seminars, Q&A sessions, hands-on learning, and loads of entertainment. Tickets for this 21+ members-only experience will be made available only by invitation. The good news is, we've got the scoop on how to get yours.

Aussies Caught With Pot Face Death Penalty In China
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:20 am


With a constant flow of cannabis-related headlines pouring out of Canada, the United States, and Mexico on a daily basis, it is easy to overlook the fact that public support for legal cannabis use is on the rise on continents all around the globe.

In Australia, marijuana is by far the most popular and widely used drug, with over 1/3rd of all Aussie's over the age of 22 admitting to having taken a toke or two in their time. But as it becomes increasingly more popular in their home country, those same Aussies have begun to take their stash with them when traveling abroad, and simple pot possession has several of them facing possible death penalties as they sit in Chinese prisons awaiting their fates.

California Man Facing Three Years for Planting Pot Pipe, Weed in School Volunteer's Car
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Kent Wycliffe Easter.

The second time was a charm for prosecutors as a jury this afternoon found Kent Wycliffe Easter guilty in his retrial for planting drugs in the PT Cruiser of a school volunteer the Irvine attorney's wife thought had insulted their then-5-year-old son. Easter was convicted of false imprisonment by fraud and deceit. Jurors in his first trial had deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt on that same felony count.

It's one of the strangest court battles we've followed here at Toke of the Town, easily rivaling the worst daytime soap opera script ever produced. And our friends at the OC Weekly have all the juicy details.

Philadelphia Mayor Will Sign Pot Decriminalization Measure After Changes
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:20 am

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You'll soon be able to have a little weed here and not be a criminal.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says he will finally sign a measure decriminalizing up to 30 grams of pot in the City of Brotherly Love that City Council approved back in June. His only demand: he still wants to waste the time of the courts with pot tickets.

The original draft approved by council made possession 30 grams or less akin to a parking ticket in that you could simply mail in your $25 fine. Nutter is okay with keeping the $25 fine and keeping it off of people's records, but wants to make the offense a "non-summary" charge that requires an appearance before a city judge.

3-Judge Panel in New Mexico Rules Worker's Comp Must Pay For Man's Cannabis
Monday, September 8, 2014 at 8:20 am


The conflict between the increasing numbers of state laws favoring the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana, and the federal government's insistence on keeping its use highly illegal, has led to a dangerous amount of grey area attached to any of the various pot laws passed around the country so far.

One place where this grey area is in full effect every single day - whether the boss knows it or not - is the workplace. Though the courts have historically favored the employer in cases involving medical marijuana, one man in New Mexico just bucked that trend in a Worker's Comp decision whose ripple effects could set a very meaningful precedent for future cases.

Another Huge Pot Bust Near Houston, but Cops Make Few Arrests
Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

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It's becoming a sadly regular occurrence that Houston-area police are busting huge pot grows. Tuesday, cops in Polk County northeast of Houston say they busted a grow with more than 9,600 plants.

But there have been few arrests made, and try as they might you can still buy pot today in Houston.

Kent Wycliffe Easter's Monumental Drug Planting Retrial: Now with More Bombshells!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm


The most monumental case in the history of Orange County -- nay, MAN! -- opened Thursday with bombshell details! You want instances, mild-mannered public? Check out these:

Drugs were planted in the car of a mom volunteering at an Irvine elementary school because an attorney couple misunderstood her meaning when she referred to their 5-year-old son as being "slow;" the husband allegedly spoke with an Indian accent when he called police on the volunteer and identified himself with the name of an Indian neighbor; and the same hubby royally pissed off his scheming (and since convicted) wife by coming home sick the night of Valentine's Day, when she had planned a romantic night out with her firefighter lover--this revelation coming from the defense!

Follow the rest of this daytime soap strange saga over at OC Weekly.

Robert Platshorn, Who Served Almost 30 Years in Prison for Pot, Is Finally a Free Man
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:20 am


Robert Platshorn is getting high today. That is, he's going on an airplane. High Times called him up yesterday to say that he's being gifted free tickets to this weekend's Cannabis Cup in Seattle. The reason? After 28 years in prison and six years on probation for smuggling weed, the West Palm Beach resident is finally a free man.

The 71-year-old was part of the Black Tuna Gang -- a sophisticated drug ring that became the feds' first big bust in the War on Drugs. In the ensuing years, he's become a pot icon. Not only has he served the longest-ever sentence for a marijuana-related crime but he's become an outspoken advocate on the benefits of medical cannabis for seniors.

Court Rules No Immunity For Officer Accused of Excessive Force
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 9:20 am


It's probably pretty fair to say that Cletis Williams didn't have a whole lot of respect for the law.

With a rap sheet as long as his Arkansas drawl, including an alleged "previous altercation" with local police, Williams' literal and legal contempt for the court system of Jonesboro, Arkansas had earned him a whopping 23 arrest warrants.

Even at the tender age of 57, the 6'2" 250 pound Williams was not a hard man to find, and it wasn't long before Jonesboro PD came looking for their version of southern justice.