Marijuana and Cannabis News

Have 19,000 Patients Dropped Off the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry This Year?
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Medical marijuana patient numbers dipped to their second lowest total since recreational cannabis sales began in January. As of the end of July, there were 111,804 medical marijuana patients on the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment statistics -- just 825 patients more than were on the list January 1 -- even though more than 20,000 new-patient applications were submitted over that span.


Marijuana Task Force Recommends Permanent Pot Sales Ban in One of the Largest Colorado Counties
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Jefferson County, Colorado.

Jefferson County, Colorado has resisted marijuana businesses for years -- and that seems unlikely to change anytime soon. Several months before Jeffco's current moratorium is set to expire, the county's Marijuana Task Force has issued a 134-page report arguing that cannabis sales should be permanently banned.


Texas Could Bring In $166 Million Annually From Legalizing Marijuana
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Good news for ganja supporters across the country: Texas, land of big businesses and economic prosperity, could stand to gain a ton of money from legalizing marijuana -- over $166 million per year, by some estimates. That's a Texas Miracle if we've ever heard one.

Of course, it would also take a miracle...


Boston-area Couple Arrested Selling Medical Cannabis on Facebook
By William Breathes in Say what?
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

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We figured most people knew by now that Facebook is not the best place to advertise illegal and quasi-legal activities. But apparently we're wrong.

Case and point? Mark and Holly Harrington of Tewksbury, Mass. The pair were busted this week after allegedly openly selling weed via the social media giant. And no, they weren't being discreet. The pair's site was dubbed HTM Gardening LLC and they had forms for new patients to fill out.


Pennsylvania Senate Passes Non-Smoking Medical Marijuana Bill But Time is Running Out
By William Breathes in Legislation, Medical, News
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

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The Pennsylvania Senate yesterday approved a measure that would legalize the medical use of some forms of cannabis, though chances of the bill being approved by the state House in the final days of the session aren't very high.

Even then, the bill would have to overcome the stone wall that is the governor's office.


Chicago Mayor Wants Pot Decriminalization Statewide for 15 Grams or Less, Won't Budge on Legalizing
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week said he doesn't want people caught with small amounts of pot facing felony charges anymore and is pushing for decriminalization across the state.

Just don't ask him to back legalizing anything, yet.


'I Was Choked by the NYPD': New York's Chokehold Problem Isn't Going Away
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm
As far as Angel Martinez was concerned, the police officer at the front desk that night wasn't much more than an inconvenience. Sure, he'd refused to take Martinez's complaint. He was even a little rude about it. But for Martinez, after a night in Queens central booking, with his face battered and welts blooming all over his body, that officer was an afterthought.

Martinez was more concerned about the other two cops. The ones he says kicked his ass for no good reason. The ones who'd approached him and started patting him down without a word of explanation. The ones who slammed his face into a parked car, then onto the sidewalk, when he objected. The ones who ruined the new plaid button-down he'd bought for a job interview earlier that day -- torn it to shreds.

Florida Democrats Tire of National Committee Chair Because of Anti-Medical Marijuana Stance
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Florida's own Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has been the chair of the Democratic National Committee since 2011, has been a rising star in Washington. She had high ambitions and was a trusted mouthpiece by the Obama administration.

But lately, Wasserman Schultz has been making headlines for the wrong reasons -- including opposing Florida's proposed medical marijuana ballot initiative -- and more and more insiders from within her party are fed up with her, according to a detailed report/ hit piece by Politico. More at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.


Marijuana Poll Showing Unhappiness Over Legalization Embraced by Anti-Pot Activists
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Anti-pot activists have embraced a survey showing that the majority of Coloradans are unhappy with marijuana legalization even though other analyses find exactly the opposite. The latest poll to address this issue comes from Suffolk University. The results are synopsized like so: Colorado voters may be having second thoughts about the legalization of marijuana. A slight majority of voters (50.2 percent) say they do not agree with the decision to legalize recreational marijuana in that state -- a decision made by voters in 2012 -- while 46 percent continue to support the decision. Nearly 49 percent do not approve of how the state is managing legalized pot, compared to 42 percent who approve.

Approximately four seconds after these results were made public, the folks from Project SAM, a group that opposes cannabis legalization, weighed in.


Scientist Wants to Test Spokane, Washington Sewage for THC
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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The problem with surveys in research is that, inevitably, you'll have a percentage of people will be dishonest in them. But poo and pee? They always tells the truth.

That's the premise behind American Civil Liberties lawyer Alison Holcomb's proposal at a Spokane City Council subcommittee meeting this past week.

"Nobody can lie about what's showing up in the sewage," Holcomb said to council.