Marijuana and Cannabis News
Lots of folks get a little lonely around the holidays, and they all deal with it in their own way. For 30-year old Jared Kreft, the best way he could think of to cope with the holiday blues was to seek out a little romance.
When he entered some stranger's barn last Wednesday night in Wasau, Wisconsin, he knew he was trespassing... but love was in the air.
Late last week Oklahoma and Nebraska filed suit in the U.S. Supreme Court to halt Colorado's implementation of Amendment 64. Basically, both states say they are tired of dealing with marijuana that crosses the border. In the suit, they claim that Colorado cannabis ties up law enforcement agencies and is wreaking havoc on police and state trooper budgets. And now it seems another neighbor to the east is mulling jumping on the bandwagon.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been debating whether to sue Colorado for months, according to his staff. Jennifer Rapp, spokeswoman for Schmidt, told KMBC News that Schmidt is still "weighing his options."
Our own William Breathes has the full story over at the Latest Word.
An important state appellate court decision was just announced that may have just set a major precedent in how California cannabis law will view concentrated forms of THC.
Until now, hash makers and lovers alike felt as though they were operating in a very, very grey area of California's 18-year old medical marijuana laws. But on Wednesday of last week, one man's day in court gave Cali's cannabis enthusiasts a rare occasion to cheer.
This year has not been a good one for the NYPD. The department has found itself in an uphill PR battle for pretty much all of 2014, starting as far back as December 2013 with then-Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's announcement that Bill Bratton, considered to be the architect of the NYPD's much-reviled "broken windows" policing policy, would be returning to the force as its commissioner. There was the death of Eric Garner, who was killed when Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo used an apparent chokehold while trying to arrest him for selling illegal cigarettes on Staten Island. There was the shooting death of Akai Gurley at the hands of a rookie police officer. And then there was the Garner grand jury decision and the subsequent protests. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the NYPD will probably be happier than anyone to see the ball drop on New Year's Eve.
Even messier than gay marriage, the wild inconsistencies of marijuana policies across the nation are really too chaotic for anyone to keep up with. In the span of a week, the federal government came out in support of medical marijuana, and two states neighboring Colorado sued the weed mecca over its lax laws.
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Congress's shift on medical marijuana policy came rolled up in a massive spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday. For the first time, the federal government is giving individual states the option to decide whether weed has any medicinal value. For more, visit the Minneapolis City Pages.
Richard DeLisi, sentenced to three consecutive 30-year terms, or 90 years, for a marijuana importation conviction in 1989, will remain incarcerated. Judge Michael E. Raiden denied a motion requesting a review of his sentence last week. DeLisi has spent the past 26 years behind bars for a nonviolent offense that has a normal guideline sentence range of 12 to 17 years.
The feds' beef was that the Pouras brothers were knowingly leasing the property in question to a medical marijuana business by the name of Shambhala Healing. The dispensary was located within 1000 feet of two parks, placing it in violation of the Controlled Substances Act. The United States federal government eventually shook the landlords down for six figures, but they weren't quite satisfied with that.
Anna Cozy, the owner of Colorado Alternative Medicine in South Denver, has been arrested and accused of faking documents related to her marijuana business and supplying them to inspectors. According to a report from the Denver D.A.'s office, Cozy was charged with two counts of attempting to influence a public servant and three counts of forgery.
According to the arrest affidavit on view below, the investigation started in late November, after a Marijuana Enforcement Division investigator suspected Cozy of handing over forged documents regarding a Marijuana Infused Product (MIPs) license and the store's grow operation.
Stephen Colbert isn't going anywhere -- other than CBS, where he's been chosen to take over the Late Night franchise from David Letterman. But last week was his final episode of his signature show, The Colbert Report, on which he's given plenty of coverage to cannabis. Below, check out one our favorite of all time.
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Videos: Stephen Colbert dubs Colorado "Potsylvania" in hilarious "reports"
Published March 14, 2014 at Westword.com. Page down for the video.
We told you late last week about the lawsuit filed in federal court by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against the state of Colorado over the legalization. Basically, their complaint is that marijuana from Colorado is finding it's way to their states and causing law enforcement to work overtime busting people for minor amounts of ganja.
We'd say it's a surprise, but it's not an anyone that has been paying attention to the growing rift between the two states over the last few months would probably agree. The Denver Westword has more on the border battles.