Marijuana and Cannabis News
Colorado Supreme Court courtroom.
A group of Colorado activists have filed a request with the Colorado Supreme Court to consider the rights of patients when they review -- once-and-for-all -- whether or not medical marijuana patients have a right to use cannabis and whether or not the federal controlled substances act supersedes state medical marijuana laws.
It's a complicated matter that has arisen several times, though most recently it stems from the 2012 drug-test-failure firing of a paraplegic DISH Network employee who was licensed by the state of Colorado to use medical cannabis.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has given his final approval to a legislative bill that decriminalizes the possession of up to ten grams of pot in his state, putting the offense on the same level as a traffic infraction.
"The marijuana decriminalization bill will make it easier for law enforcement to focus on higher priority crimes & drive down violence in MD," the governor tweeted after signing the bill.
Denver city officials expect organizers of this weekend's 4/20 event at Denver's Civic Center Park to actively discourage public pot smoking -- an activity that's illegal under Colorado law. However, liquor will be sold and can be consumed at the McNichols Building on the Civic Center complex during the festival. Among those who sees this situation as contradictory is Miguel Lopez, the 4/20 weekend's organizer who applied for the right to sell beer in the first place.
According to Lopez, the beer-sale request was submitted to Denver Arts & Venues, the city department that oversees the McNichols Building -- and it has been approved.
Free Jeff Mizanskey.
Efforts to release Jeff Mizanskey, the only man in Missouri serving a life without parole sentence for a nonviolent marijuana charge, are continuing this month with help from Show-Me Cannabis and Change.org.
Show-Me Cannabis has bought billboard space on I-70 near Kansas City (and near Sedalia, where Mizanskey was arrested). The billboard features a photo of Mizanskey and says: "Life without parole for a non-violent pot crime? It's time we fix our unjust cannabis laws."
A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use has been debated and tweaked since it was first introduced late last spring. But the one thing that's held steady is popular support.
Further proof came last week when KSTP-TV released the results of polling conducted through SurveyUSA. The research firm asked 543 registered voters whether medical marijuana should be legal and found overwhelming support: 68 percent of Minnesotans said yes and 24 percent said no.
As we wrote earlier this week, some have come to blame the rise in heroin production south of the border on legalized cannabis in the United States. It's a bunk assertion, and the problem was created by an epidemic of pharmaceutical abuse... but either way, we're left with cartels producing heroin to keep up with a growing demand in the U.S.
A Washington Post article this week reported on the rise of heroin coming into the United States and mentions Mexican drug traffickers' "shrewd marketing strategy": targeting areas where prescription-drug abuse is high, including St. Louis.
Michael John Cefola had been driving for days, transporting cargo in his vehicle all the way from California. Maybe it was the lack of sleep, or maybe it was just carelessness. But Cefola couldn't keep his blue Chevy four-door from swerving in and out of the lane on a Gainesville highway. A police officer noticed this and pulled Cefola over. Turns out, the officer happened to be a member of the Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task Force.
Also, turns out Cefola was allegedly transporting about 90 pounds of pot worth around $356,000 on the streets. Broward-Palm Beach New Times has the full story.
The senate version of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Minnesota got its first hearing Thursday, undergoing two hours of testimony and proving that the issue is not dead. Time ran out before members of the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee could vote, but they plan to resume discussion when they return from Easter/Passover break.
Want to own a marijuana shop in Washington state? You'd better have a clean record around the country first.
Washington officials say they have been granted permission by the FBI to use the FBI's national crime database for checks on marijuana store owners.
Thanks to a few bad parents who let their children get into marijuana edibles that shouldn't have been left out, Colorado lawmakers now feel the need to play parents. Under a proposed bill, any marijuana edible that resembles a commercially-available food (thing gummy bears, lozenges, and cookies) would be banned.