Marijuana and Cannabis News
In his weekly ESPN The Magazine column this week, NFL commentator Howard Bryant argues that the NFL is in the position to "actually lead, to open a discussion about medicinal marijuana and about the culture of pain maintenance among its players."
Instead, he says, they're blowing it like a bad fourth-down, goal-line play with little time left on the clock.
For the first time a Field Poll survey of California voters shows that a majority believe marijuana should be legalized and regulated sales to adults with ID should be allowed. A previous poll conducted in 2010 showed a 50 percent split among voters just months before Proposition 19 failed in California.
Only 31 percent of the state opposes legalization.
Marijuana fans were up in arms when we reported last year on USC research that suggested a link between pot smoking and testicular cancer. Well, this should raise your spirits. Swiss researchers using mice as subjects believe there could be a possible positive link between weed and better erections.
Nanette Gonzalez/LA Weekly.
Update 12/11/13 - 8:20 a.m.: Uruguay yesterday became the first country in the world to legalize and regulate cannabis sales as well as legalize the home cultivation for adults over 21. The Uruguayan Senate yesterday gave final approval to the proposed measure, passing the bill over to President Jose Mujica, who is expected to sign it into law. The bill passed with a 16-13 majority.
"Today is an historic day. Many countries of Latin America, and many governments, will take this law as an example," Sen. Constanza Moreira said after the vote.
This should probably be widely known information at this point, but do not try and smuggle pot out of Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport. After 40 years of being known as the pot capitol of the Caribbean, the police have made it pretty hard to get through one of their largest airports.
Take yesterday, for example, when cops busted four different, unrelated groups of people trying to get ganja out of the country netting a total of 156.4 pounds of compressed buds according to the Jamaica Observer.
Three marijuana-related bills in Michigan leaped initial hurdles this morning, passing out of the House Judiciary committee. The first would allow for medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the state again legally and the other makes legal marijuana-infused products including edibles and tinctures.
A third measure passed allowing pharmacies to sell and produce "pharmaceutical grade" cannabis that is if the FDA ever allows such a thing to happen. All three measures move on to the full House for consideration.
The relatively calm and temperate coastal waters stretching between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California have long served as an alternate route for drug smugglers hoping to avoid the heavily congested and scrutinized overland border crossing checkpoints separating the two countries.
From paddling pounds of pot over on surfboards, to cramming kilos of chronic into claustrophobic garage-built submarines, authorities on both sides of the border have pretty much seen it all when it comes to maritime marijuana smuggling on the west coast. Startling though, is what seems to be a recent uptick in interdiction involving gunfire, and whether or not that is a result of new, more aggressive tactics by the Coast Guard.
At a briefing yesterday morning, Public Safety Committee chair Sheffie Kadane wondered why business owners aren't punished when police catch someone doing or selling drugs at a bar or restaurant. "My understanding is in some of these places, it's just blatantly out in the open there, passing drugs, selling drugs ... Shouldn't the owner be liable some way if they're doing drugs in his facility, whether he knows it or not -- and I'm sure he knows it."
Yesterday, Denver city councilwoman Susan Shepherd predicted that an amendment allowing people to smoke pot on their front porches and front lawns -- a reversal of a ban that seemed certain to pass -- would be approved at a meeting last night, and she was right. The new rules sailed through.
The Drug Policy Alliance Wednesday filed ballot initiative language last week that would legalize up to an ounce of pot and four plants for adults over 21 in California as well as allow for recreational cannabis sales with a tax of up to 25 percent.
But as of now, nobody seems willing to push it. According to a blog post at StopTheDrugWar.org last night, DPA officials say they aren't sure if they are even going to push for the measure right now due to remaining shell shock from failure of 2010's Proposition 19 that would have legalized recreational cannabis in the Golden State.