Marijuana and Cannabis News

Chicago Bans (Already Illegal) Weed Smoking in City Parks and Harbors
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Don't light up your herb in a Chicago park or harbor, or you could be facing a $500 smoking ticket.

Well, you could also be facing a lot of other charges. Including a $500 civic charge for possession of up to 15 grams (or 30 days in jail for a little more than that), or a $750 fine and up to a year in jail for paraphernalia possession if the officer is a real dick. And they'll bust you, oh they'll bust you.

But now the Chicago Parks District wants you to know they mean business as well.


Philadelphia Mayor Sets October 20 as Decriminalization Day
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:20 am

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This year, 10/20 is the new 4/20. At least, in Philly where Mayor Michael Nutter says he will have the bill signed by that soon-to-be stoney Monday.

We reported earlier this week that the Philadelphia City Council reconvenes this week to a proposal making 30 grams of pot or less a civil infraction that has been sitting on lawmakers desks all summer break. Council comes back today and will get the measure on the fast track to becoming law.


How the University of Arizona Fired Pot Researcher Sue Sisley After a State Senator Complained
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Phoenix New Times 2014.

Dr. Sue Sisley was about to conduct some of the most important cannabis research in the United States when she was abruptly fired from her job at the University of Arizona this past June for what she says (and what clearly appears to be) purely political reasons.

Our cohorts at the Phoenix New Times have done an amazing job looking into what happened and, more importantly, what is in store for Sisley's study that looks at how military veterans can use cannabis to help treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.


Eleven New Rec-Sales Dispensaries Opened in Colorado in July-August
By Amber Taufen in Legalize It, News
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Pink House Pearl Facebook page
More photos below.
Eleven dispensaries opened their to recreational marijuana users age 21 and older in Colorado in recent weeks -- ten in August, plus one that we missed in our July roundup. The total includes four in Denver, three in Boulder and one each in four different municipalities around the state. Here's our the latest batch:

Tennessee Man Butt-Dials 911, Gets Arrested for Pot
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Redrum0486 at English Wikipedia.

Butt-dialing on a cell phone used to be much more common back when buttons actually existed on cell phones (like the one above). These days, you've got to have an old-school phone or really try to accidentally call someone from your pocket - except for 911, which a lot of phones have as an auto-call feature with the idea being that you don't need to be unlocking someone's phone to call for emergency help.

It seems that 25-year-old Grant O'Connor of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. discovered that the hard way this week after accidentally calling the cops and getting himself arrested for weed.


Government Study on 4,000 Teens in Australia and New Zealand Claims Link Between Marijuana Use and Suicide (Sort of)
By William Breathes in Global, News, Say what?
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

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A study out of Australia and New Zealand this week claims that daily pot use by teens leads to more than half dropping out of school, and greatly increases the likelihood that they'll drop out of college, try to kill themselves and if they'll end up on welfare.

But they aren't really saying that. They actually say they found no "causal" relationship between pot and depression, only increased odds of a link. They also say didn't find enough evidence to support their claim that adolescent teen users were seven times more likely to kill themselves. But that doesn't stop them from spreading the fear around just the same.


Study: Female Mice Build Up Tolerance to Pot Faster than Male Mice
By William Breathes in Medical, News, Say what?
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

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A Washington State University study shows that female mice are more susceptible to the pain-relieving qualities of cannabis than male mice, but that increased sensitivity means the female mice also developed a higher tolerance faster than the males.

The study could provide valuable insight into future testing of cannabis use, which has predominantly been done on men.


Accused California Bath Salts Drug Dealer Loses Bail Fight
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Lift your right hand, stretch your index finger as far as you can from your thumb and know that is about how close an accused, international "bath salts" drug kingpin from Newport Coast came to winning pre-trial release from custody.

Facing a 16-count federal indictment and a potential mandatory life in prison sentence, Sean Libbert, a 38-year-old convicted felon, has vigorously fought his no-bail status after a news-making June arrest involving the manufacturing of hallucinogenic, synthetic cocaine and marijuana commonly packaged as "Spice." More at the OC Weekly.


Iowa Pot Grower and Cancer Patient Avoids Jailtime
By Jack Daniel in Growing, Medical, News
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:20 am

"Instead of putting this guy in jail, somebody should be studying him," Dr. Charles Goldman, cancer surgeon at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines

Unless you are one of the very few who qualify for Iowa's recently passed, and highly restrictive, medical marijuana program, the law is clear in the Hawkeye State when it comes to possessing and growing cannabis.

A first offense of possessing any amount of weed in Iowa can earn you a fat $1000 fine and up to six months in the clink. If they catch you growing pot in Iowa, you'll be looking at a much steeper fine and anywhere from five, to twenty five, years in prison.

So it was kind of a big deal when 48-year old Benton Mackenzie left the courtroom with just probation yesterday, after being found guilty of cultivating 71 cannabis plants after a police raid on their property back in June of last year. Under the circumstances, however, it's easy to see why the Judge showed some leniency.


Egypt's Marijuana Consumption in 1903 vs. Colorado Today
By William Breathes in Cannabis Time Capsule, Say what?
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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At the time of this tiny news brief from the May 16, 1903 Glenwood Post, "hasheesh" was being blamed for all of the crime and "insanity" in Egypt. Efforts to stamp it out resulted in sixteen tons of hash being confiscated in the country for the year 1901.

The population of Egypt at the time was somewhere around 8 million people, according to historical sources. The population of Colorado, currently, is around 5.1 million people -- and they use a lot, lot more...