Marijuana and Cannabis News

Defendant in Major New York Marijuana Trafficking Case Found Murdered in LA
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Akiva "David" Saltzman.

A New York man facing prison time for pot trafficking was found shot execution-style in a burned out car in Los Angeles earlier this month. The New York Daily News is reporting that Akiva "David" Saltzman was killed on October 3, though his attorney is saying it is unrelated to the case.


Pennsylvania House Refuses to Address Medical Marijuana Proposal
By William Breathes in Legislation, Medical, News
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Sorry, Pennsylvanians in need of pain relief, suffering from seizures, wasting away from chronic nausea and dying of cancer or AIDS, you're going to wait until next year at least for your state to allow you to access medical cannabis.

The State House of Representatives yesterday made it clear they aren't going to vote on a medical marijuana proposal that has already been approved by the state Senate. House leaders say they have too many issues with the bill and need to hold hearings to iron things out - things they can't accomplish by the end of today, when the legislature adjourns.


Poll: Delaware Wants Legal Marijuana
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

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"Hi, we're in Delaware."

A University of Delaware poll released this week shows that 56 percent of Delawareans would support the legalizaiton and regulation of limited amounts of cannabis.
The poll, conducted on 902 adults in September, showed a meager 39 percent opposed marijuana - that group mostly populated by old conservative voters.

NorCal Bust Nets Hundreds of Pounds of Weed, Millions in Cash, Gold, and Silver... and Some Nunchucks
By Jack Daniel in Legalize It, News
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Law enforcement officers in the northern California town of Sebastopol, in Sonoma County, responded to a call from local firefighters who reported coming across a large marijuana growing operation while attempting to extinguish a fire raging in the same building.

Guns, ammo, indoor and outdoor marijuana plants growing; all of these are pretty standard discoveries in a bust like this, usually along with some cash and other valuables. In this case, a record amount of each was seized in what local cops are saying may be the largest financial grab in the county's history.


Colorado Suit That Could Free Thousands of Prisoners Headed to State Supreme Court
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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Randy Ankeney was once a rising star in the Colorado Republican party, only to become a pariah after being found guilty of numerous sex crimes. However, he now has the opportunity to impact the state in a completely different way. A complaint he brought about alleged prisoner-release violations by the Colorado Department of Corrections is headed to the state supreme court, and if it's successful, his attorney, David Lane, says it could result in potentially thousands of inmates who've been incarcerated too long being freed -- including marijuana prisoners. Denver Westword has the full story.


Santa Ana Mayor Honored Cop Sued For Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Man
By William Breathes in FTP, News, Say what?
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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"Oink, oink, oink."

In a prelude to city council chaos in Santa Ana over a 'Fuck the Police' hat last week, Mayor Miguel Pulido praised policemen amid jeers during a previous meeting. Santa Ana Police officer John G. Rodriguez received a service award as one of the honorees on September 2 for being on the force 25 years--almost as long as the reign of the Pulidiato itself!

"He's received two Santa Ana police department service medals of valor for actions during encounters with armed suspects," the Don Papi said, mentioning the cop's many credentials. Left out, of course, is the fact that lawsuits filed this year allege officer Rodriguez used excessive and lethal force in shooting Travis Mock, an unarmed man, in the back last year in an incident that also left another man, Jason Hallstrom, dead.


Things More Addictive Than Marijuana: Google Glass
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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The 1995 movie Strange Days was about the distant, high-tech future that would bring amazing and dark technology to our world in ... the year 2000. Yeah. If you can get past that part, the film could be seen as fairly prescient. The main character (played by Ralph Fiennes) is a space-age drug dealer who peddles software for your virtual reality gear. You know, so you can "jack in" and "wire trip."

Don't laugh. We're nearly 14 years past the dawn of the millennium, but we now now have virtual reality headgear. It's called Google Glass. And with it you can virtually trip all day watching porn or whatever else you like, if you so desire. And that, says a Southern California researcher, could be addictive indeed.


Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian Candidate for Governor, Wants to Fully Legalize Marijuana
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Adrian Wyllie.

When Adrian Wyllie is elected the next governor of Florida, he's going to legalize all marijuana and have it regulated like alcohol. That's just one of a plethora of libertarian ideas from the Libertarian candidate, who is looking to take down establishment candidates Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

Like any Libertarian, he believes government should mind its own damned business and stop meddling in people's lives. That includes same-sex marriage, taxes, Medicare, and, yep, weed. But no one knows this. Because he's not even getting an opportunity to debate it with Scott or Crist directly, which is significant. Because while Wyllie's chances of actually winning this thing are slim to none, he might just tip the scales one way or the other for those other two guys. More at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.


Oregon Marijuana Legalization Leading in Latest Polls
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Oregon's Measure 91, which would legalize limited amounts of pot in the state, should pass according to polls conducted this week. The survey, conducted by Oregon Public Broadcasting, showed that 52 percent of voters approve the measure while only 41 percent opposed it.

But it's not a lock yet, and advocates say voters still need to remember to show up or mail in their ballots. And no, that's not a bad pot joke about forgetful stoners.


Disc Golfer Rejects Cop's Stoner Stereotype, Refuses Vehicle Search
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Aspen Snowmass/Flickr.

"Why is it everyone who plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?"

While it's true that there are plenty of tokers on the disc golf greens, a bag full of frisbees is not an indication that someone smokes cannabis. Nor is it ever probable cause for a nosy cop to search your car, as this disc golfer in Iowa shows us in the video below with his smart refusal of a search despite the (rather obvious) baiting from the cop. It's a video worth watching a few times because it's exactly how the situation should have been handled: