Marijuana and Cannabis News

Southern California Native American Council Wary of Government's Pot Announcement
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Last Thursday, the Department of Justice released a three-page memo announcing that the federal government will not prosecute Native Americans growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even in states where the drug is illegal. So will dispensaries become the new casinos?

Probably not. Many tribal leaders, including Executive Director of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission Ron Andrade, found the announcement surprising and suspicious.

Three Ridiculous Pot Laws in Texas (Out of Many)
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

So, there's more good news on the marijuana legalization front, and this time, it's coming to us straight from the Lone Star state.

This week, Texas State Representative Joe Moody introduced a bill that could potentially reduce the current state penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Which, frankly, is needed. Marijuana laws in Texas are pretty darn ridiculous in their current state.

Colorado Medical Pot Sales Outpace Recreational in September and October
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:20 am
Medical marijuana patient numbers continued to climb in Colorado recent months, increasing from 115,710 people at the start of September to 117,239 by Halloween night. And those patients spent quite a bit of money on pot, with medical sales outpacing recreational sales in September and October as well.

California K-9 Cop Busted Hiding Confiscated Weed Won't Face Charges
By William Breathes in FTP, Say what?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Here's a lesson for you: if you want to get away with marijuana posesion, be a cop.
A Richmond, California police officer busted with about five pounds of pot he picked up at a UPS store won't face any charges, even though he failed to follow even the most basic protocol.

K-9 Cop Joe Avila picked up the pot at the UPS store on Nov. 25 and radioed in to dispatch that he was going to file an incident report. He never did that, though. Instead, he took the pot home with him instead of to a station to lock up as evidence. It's not the first time Avila hasn't written a report, either. In fact, it's his complete lack of competency and failure to write reports for more than 36 incidents that led to his bust.

Should Cops Get to Watch Body Camera Video Before Writing Their Reports?
By William Breathes in FTP
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

A police body camera by Taser.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled plans today to outfit the LAPD with 7,000 body cameras, making L.A. the first major city to take that step. But before the cameras hit the streets, the department has to come up with a policy on when and how they will be used. And that could be tricky.

The L.A. Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers, is broadly supportive of body cameras. But they want to make sure that officers can review the videos before writing up their reports.

Not so fast, says the ACLU, which calls the proposed policy "ridiculous". More at The Informer blog.

Seth Rogan: How a Stoner and His Movie Started an International Hacking Incident and Threats of Mass Death
By William Breathes in Culture, Say what?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Seth Rogan.
Sony assumed North Korea would hate the movie. The question was: What would it do? Pyongyang had just tested its atom bomb and threatened "preemptive nuclear attack." And the Supreme Leader with his finger on the trigger was barely over 30, with less than two years of experience.

But Kim Jong-un didn't care about Olympus Has Fallen, even though the violently anti-North Korean 2013 film showed his people strangling women, murdering unarmed men, kidnapping the U.S. president and even executing their fellow citizens. His saber rattlers never mentioned it. That wasn't worth a fight.

A year later, North Korea had a bigger enemy: Seth Rogen.

U.S. Pot Raids Are Finished Under Bill Signed by Obama?
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

The days of jackbooted feds raiding legit medical marijuana operations are mostly a thing of the past under the omnibus federal spending bill signed by President Obama this week. An amendment slipped into the bill denies funding for federal anti-pot raids of legit marijuana businesses in states where cannabis has been legalized for medical or recreational purposes. That would include nearly 32 states and the District of Columbia.

The addition to the $1.1 trillion spending bill, hammered out by the House and approved by the Senate last week, was written in part by a Southern California congressman.

Researcher Sue Sisley on Her Request for Colorado to Fund Study on Pot and PTSD
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

Controversial cannabis researcher Sue Sisley is on her way back to Colorado today, after six months that have been a "pretty barbaric rollercoaster," she says. "One injustice after another, and I suspect it will not slow down for quite a while." But at the end of November, the Arizona-based researcher finally caught a break: Colorado's Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council chose eight research-grant proposals for the Board of Health to consider at its December 17 meeting -- including Sisley's proposal to study the effectiveness of using marijuana to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Teen Pot Smoking Declines Nationally, Study Finds
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 9:20 am
One of the most popular arguments among marijuana-legalization critics is that greater cannabis accessibility for adults will lead to more use by teens. But a new study from the University of Michigan calls that assumption into question. Michigan researchers found that teen pot use actually declined this year despite legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington and liberalization of medical marijuana laws in many locations across the country.

Conference to Discuss the Future of Medical Marijuana in Florida Happening This Week
By William Breathes in Legislation, Medical, News
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Florida For Care, the group that put together a bipartisan Blue Ribbon Committee to dictate regulatory standards had the medical marijuana amendment passed back in November, is hosting a couple of conferences they've dubbed "The Future of Medical Marijuana in Florida."

With Amendment 2 defeated in the polls in November, the group is moving forward to start, as they put it, "strategizing and planning in advance of Florida's Legislative Session."

The next legislative session is scheduled for March.