Marijuana and Cannabis News

Former Cop Accused of Killing Wife After Pot Argument, Faking Her "Suicide"
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

A family photo of Ashley Fallis.
Ashley Fallis's family never bought the story that she killed herself following a New Year's Eve celebration three years ago -- and their persistence has finally paid off. Her husband, former police officer Tom Fallis, has been arrested and charged with murdering her and then making it look like a suicide following an argument about marijuana smoking.

90 Pounds of Cali Weed Mistakenly Shows Up at Clothing Store in Philly
By Jack Daniel in News, Say what?
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

Two of the three 30lb parcels of pot that showed up at City Blue this week
Founded on 13th and market Street in downtown Philadelphia in 1981, the high styled retail outlet City Blue now has 25 locations across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Ohio.

Touting themselves as "a leader and innovator in urban fashion", managers in all City Blue locations are likely very busy these days ordering in new items to be sure that their shelves are fully stocked for the holiday rush. With so many packages in transit during this time of year, mistakes certainly do happen, but when the manager of the City Blue store in Upper Darby, PA sliced into an unknown package delivered to his store earlier this week, he was greeted by a box full of product that he simply could not least, not legally.

Alaska's "F*ck it, I quit" Reporter Facing Possible Subpoena for Campaign Finance Violations
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

Charlo Greene.
Charlo Greene, the former news reporter who made herself famous in September by quitting her job on-air while admitting to being a cannabis activist, may have violated state campaign finance laws. The state Public Offices Commission says they are debating whether or not to subpoena Greene over an online fundraising they say went directly to Alaska's Ballot Measure 2, which legalized small amounts of pot for adults 21 and up.

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Greene admits she collected donations to the tune of $8,400. But says she wasn't collecting for the measure and says she never had to register as an official entity advocating for a campaign, which is Alaska law.

For her part, Greene contends that the money collected on an online IndieGogo campaign was going to her own "freedom and fairness" campaign that wasn't exactly linked to Measure 2. All the money, she says, went to her and her business - something the APOC has no jurisdiction over. Greene is starting a cannabis club in Alaska.

But APOC campaign disclosure coordinator Tom Lucas says that's not the case. He says even businesses have to disclose their advocacy for or against a campaign or politician. He also noted that Greene has been difficult through the entire process.

"The fact that it is a business entity does not take it out of the jurisdiction of the Alaska Public Offices Commission," Lucas said at a hearing yesterday, according to ADN. He also denied claims by Greene that Lucas had harassed her with constant calls and voicemails. He says he was merely trying to settling the issue. "The purpose of the contact was to try to bring her into compliance as soon as possible so any civil penalties that could be growing could be stopped in their tracks."

Greene says she's being targeted for being an outspoken opponent. She says that other campaign groups that are directly tied to campaigns - including ones on Facebook - have not faced the same scrutiny.

"We understand the position that we're put in and that we have extra scrutiny paid to us and probably will for a long time," Greene told the commission yesterday. "But we just want to make sure we understand the position we've been put in and protect ourselves and other people's rights."

Iowa Board of Pharmacy Tables Medical Pot Discussion until January
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

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We told you earlier this month about the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and their struggle to get medical cannabis recognized under state controlled substance laws. At the time, the board looked like they may again ask to have marijuana declassified from a Schedule I substance to a Schedule II. But with pushback from state leaders, the talks have been moved to next year.

Colorado Continues to Pull in MIllions in Taxes from Recreational and Medical Pot Sales
By William Breathes in Legalize It, Medical, News
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:20 am
Colorado has had legal adult sales of cannabis for just shy of 11 months now and tax figures are showing that locals and visitors love spending cash on cannabis.

Medical marijuana patients paid more than $31.3 million for ganga and ganja-infused product in September, netting the state $908,630 in taxes. Recreational sales were at just over $30.5 million during the same period, which means that MMJ sales outpaced recreational sales that month. In fact, sales of recreational pot dropped in September, down about $2.4 million from August. Denver saw the lion's share of recreational sales, with $14,491,206 sold in September.

More Pot Shops Opening in Colorado
By William Breathes in Legalize It, Medical, News
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

There are still places in Colorado without dispensaries, believe it or not -- but fewer of them every month. In October, a medical marijuana dispensary license was granted to a store in Tabernash, and several other licenses were allotted in municipalities that have established dispensaries -- including recreational cannabis shops for those of you planning to visit the Mile High City and Colorado.

"Dr. J" Wijegunaratne Told to Stop Issuing Medical Marijuana Recommendations Due to Sexual Assault Claim
By William Breathes in Medical, Say what?
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

An Anaheim Hills-based doctor who practices out of a medical marijuana clinic and goes by "Dr. J" (get it?) has been court-ordered to stop practicing medicine while he is out on bail for the alleged sexual assault of a female patient. But here's the deal with Dr. Sri Jayantha Wijegunaratne: He's already out on a bail in a separate case that accuses him of having defrauded Medicare by prescribing powered wheelchairs to patients who did not need them.

Let's back this puppy way up: Federal prosecutors claim Wijegunaratne prescribed powered wheelchairs, at a cost of about $2,800 each, to six patients who did not need them. His chosen medical equipment supplier billed Medicare, got reimbursed and paid the physician kickbacks, according to the feds. Bong Blotter has more.

TSA Finds 92 Pounds of Pot in Checked Luggage at Phoenix Airport
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

A passenger on a flight out of Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport tried to check luggage containing 92 pounds of marijuana, according to the TSA. A TSA spokesman says the Phoenix Police Department was contacted once agents made the discovery.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 39-year-old Lauretta Blanton had actually spread the load among three checked bags, and two of the bags actually made it onto the plane.

Report Says D.C. Legalization Could Violate International Treaties if Approved by Congress
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

If the U.S. Congress allows Washington D.C.'s (overwhelmingly) voter-approved marijuana referendum become law, they could be setting up the nation for international sanctions from the United Nations.

That's the gist of a report from the Congressional Research Services, which notes that unlike states that have passed marijuana laws, Washington D.C. laws have to ultimately be approved by the federal government.

California Attorney General Says Pot Legalization is Inevitable
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

Though it might seem like pot is already legal in parts of California (We're looking at you, Bay Area), it's still an illegal substance for anyone in the state to use as a recreational substance. But not for long, and even the state's top law enforcement official admits she can't stand in the way of progression.

Attorney General Kamala Harris says marijuana legalization isn't a matter of "if", it's a matter of "when" and "how".