Marijuana and Cannabis News

Could Colorado Springs Approve 26 Percent Tax on Recreational Pot?
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News, Say what?
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Colorado Springs voters could decide whether to allow recreational cannabis sales in the city next April -- if, that is, pro-pot and anti-pot city leaders can find some common ground first. Recreational cannabis sales are currently banned in the Springs because of a city council vote last year, but in recent months councilwoman Jill Gaebler has been working to get a measure on the April 2015 ballot that would give voters the chance to repeal that ban. Her goal was to have council approve the proposal on August 11; if it failed then, she said, the public would still have time to collect enough signatures for a citizen initiative.

But two weeks ago, when the measure was brought up at a city council meeting, councilman Keith King threw a wrench in the works by demanding a 10 percent special city tax be included in the proposal. The tax would come on top of the 10 percent special state sales tax, the regular 2.9 percent state sales tax, the 1.23 percent El Paso County tax and the existing 2.5 percent Colorado Springs sales tax, bringing the total to more than 26 percent tax on a bag of herb.


Majority of NFL Players Polled Say Weed No Worse Than Alcohol
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

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In a January interview with The New Yorker magazine, President Obama now famously stated, "As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol."

Since that interview, ESPN sent a reporter into NFL locker rooms across the league asking 100 professional football players whether or not they agree with President Obama's comments. The players' replies are not very surprising, but unfortunately, neither is the NFL's reaction to just blow it off.


Some People Have No Trouble Smoking Pot in Front of U.S. Census Workers
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Have you ever used pot or hash? According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the United States, 41 percent of people twelve years and older responded in 2008 that they have -- at least once in their life. We're guessing that number is going to rise in the next report, though, thanks to legalization in Colorado and Washington and changing attitudes elsewhere.

But here's a more specific question. Have you used pot of hash in front of a U.S. Census Bureau employee? Anecdotal evidence would suggest that some of you have -- and at least one census worker is fine with that.


Anti-Pot Florida AG Pam Bondi Challenges Primary Winner George Sheldon to Debate
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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No, it's not a stock photo of a stereotypical white woman. This is Florida AG Pam Bondi.

Former Obama official George Sheldon defeated his primary opponent for the right to take on Pam Bondi for the state attorney general last night. And Bondi wasted no time in calling him up and challenging the man to a debate. Sheldon's win was pretty overwhelming, taking more than 60 percent of the vote over Perry Thurston. And while both men entered Tuesday's primary as virtual unknowns, Sheldon is vowing to make sure people know he stands in stark contrast to Bondi.

Among the biggest differences between the two: Sheldon, 67, is for the legalization of medical marijuana and for same-sex marriage -- two of the biggest issues Bondi has publicly stood against.


Fox News Tells Colorado Tourists to Trade Their Extra Pot for a Rockies Jersey
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News, Say what?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Given Fox News' conservative slant, it's no surprise that most of the network's coverage about Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana sales has been largely or wholly negative. Take Bill O'Reilly correspondent Jesse Watters's report about 4/20 in Denver, which sought laughs by characterizing attendees as clueless burdens on society.

It's surprising, then, to see Fox News essentially hyping marijuana tourism to Colorado in a new post with an unexpectedly positive tone. Denver Westword has more.


Texas Man No Longer Facing Life in Prison for Pot Brownies (But He's Still Possibly Facing Jailtime)
By William Breathes in Follow that story, News
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

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A few months back we told you about Jacob Lavoro, who was facing life in jail after cops falsely charged him with distributing more than 400 grams of hash by using the entire weight of a batch of hash brownies instead of just the four grams he allegedly used.

Thankfully, someone in Williamson County, Texas has a heart. Or a least a brain that can listen to logic, as the charges that could have brought him a mandatory 10 years or a maximum of life in prison have been dropped. He is still facing two lower-degree felonies and up to 20 years in jail, however.


Iowans Say New CBD-Only Medical Cannabis Laws Don't Help
By William Breathes in CBD, Medical, News
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Would-be legal medical cannabis users in Iowa say the state's CBD-only medical cannabis program isn't meeting their needs.

It isn't necessarily surprising to hear, considering the program never allowed Iowans to grow cannabis to make the oil, nor does it allow them to even purchase oil in Iowa. Instead, they have to get permission from the state to travel outside of Iowa, purchase the medicine, then illegally transfer it across state lines back home, 32 ounces at a time.


Marijuana Decriminalization in Santa Fe Likely Going to Voters in November
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Live in Santa Fe, New Mexico? Use cannabis? Well, this November you should vote to make your life just a little easier and stress-free by voting to abolish laws making the possession of up to 28 grams a misdemeanor charge worth up to 15 days of your life in jail and $100 in fines.

Under the proposed changes, marijuana possession of up to 28 grams would be a civil infraction punishable by a $25 fine. Read it below.


Long-Term Study Says Married Couples Who Toke Together Show Lowest Level of Domestic Violence
By Jack Daniel in Culture, Legalize It, News
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Hit bongs, not spouses

In the business of analyzing the domestic abuse statistics and trends in our country, there is a term used called "Alcohol or Other Drug" involvement, or AOD. The data seems to show that the impairment, poor decision making and amped up aggression that is generally associated with abusing alcohol, or "Other Drugs", commonly leads to physical violence in a marriage.

Studies over the decades have varied, but they typically show that 48% to 87% of the time that a person is physically assaulted by their spouse, the aggressor is juiced up on some booze.

So, what do the statistics say about weed?


Sara Silverman Doesn't Leave Home Without Her Vaporizer Pen
By William Breathes in Culture, Say what?
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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While we think the Emmy's are generally just a reach-around for Hollywood elite and don't really represent the best acting, directing or writing on television, the awards ceremony occasionally provide some entertainment.

Like last night, when comedian Sara Silverman showed off her hash-oil filled vaporizer pen to a national audience while completely blowing off mindless questions about fashion and proved that at least one person in Hollywood thinks the awards are as big of a joke as us.