Marijuana and Cannabis News

Florida medical marijuana opponents include "Just Say No" founder who thinks pot leads to AIDS
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Now that the Florida Supreme Court has approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot this November, the group responsible for getting it there, United for Care, is all about getting the word out.

This week alone, the group has a daylong campaign scheduled to call registered voters and get the word out about Amendment 2.

Colorado recreational sales down, medical sales and patient numbers rise in February
By William Breathes in Legalize It, Medical, News
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

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It's been three-and-a-half months since the start of recreational cannabis sales in Colorado, but recent stats show that medical marijuana sales still far outpace recreational sales -- even with a patient base of fewer than 114,000 people.

Retail sales tax collected in the state in March for retail cannabis sales was about half that collected from medical sales, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data. Medical marijuana sales were somewhere around the $35 million mark, while retail sales totaled about $15 million.


Minnesota Republican senators pen fear-mongering anti-pot letter, write that ganja "rips families apart"
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Ingebrigtsen (left) and Rosen regard efforts to legalize weed as "a direct attack at our way of life in Minnesota."

An anti-medical marijuana letter co-written by MNGOP Sens. Julie Rosen and Bill Ingebrigtsen reminds us of some of the crazy stuff you would've read about pot nearly a century ago.

The letter, which is addressed to Rosen and Ingebrigtsen's Senate colleagues, describes marijuana as a "devastatingly addictive drug" that "rips families apart, devastates relationships and destroys communities." Seriously. There are people that still believe this crap. Our friends at the Minneapolis City Pages did a great job of calling them out on their BS, though.


New York state's long-running war on cannabis
By William Breathes in Culture, News
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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New York state flag.

A U.S. map that shows where pot is legal looks a lot like recent electoral college maps, except instead of blue, the liberal states are rendered in green: the entire West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada), progressive mountain and Midwest states (Colorado, New Mexico; Michigan, Illinois), all of New England, plus New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana; in two of them, recreational weed is all good, too.

Conspicuously absent from that map: New York. The Village Voice examines why.


Federally-funded study conducted by addiction specialists shows marijuana may damage youth brains
By William Breathes in Medical, News, Say what?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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A federally-sponsored study on the harms of marijuana found - surprise! - that marijuana is harmful to the brains of youth who smoke it, even casually.

Yes, a Northwestern University School of Medicine study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Office of National Drug Control Policy found that marijuana use physically alters brain structures. The study didn't examine whether or not those changes caused any decline in the brains of users, but that didn't stop them from making that connection.


Legalization's "Enemy Number One" to speak in Arizona this week
By William Breathes in Culture, News
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

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If you've been craving a dose of "Reefer Madness," there's still time to RSVP to Thursday's annual conference of the central Arizona anti-drug organization MATForce. The public portion of the conference runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors auditorium, 205 West Jefferson Street. The featured speaker is Kevin Sabet, the anti-cannabis activist that Rolling Stone magazine calls "Legalization Enemy No. 1."

Sabet's a drug-policy expert and marijuana prohibitionist who's served as adviser to the Office of National Drug Control Policy under two presidents. He's on a crusade to save marijuana users by forcing them either to undergo re-education and "treatment" -- or to rot in jail.


Montana attorney fighting to uphold state ban on caregiver limitations, retail medical marijuana sales
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Back in 2011, the state of Montana saw a pretty big backlash against medical marijuana patients, caregivers and collectives and state lawmakers approved a ban on the small commercial medical cannabis industry and limited caregivers to three patients. Thankfully those laws were blocked in favor of the medical marijuana industry on appeal, however the state Supreme Court overruled that decision and has forced the judge in the case to reexamine his ruling.

Yesterday an attorney representing patients and collectives argued that the restrictions should remain blocked and that the proposed rules would keep patients from accessing something the state has deemed legal.


Denver cops imply marijuana was a factor in horrific shooting, sparks more Reefer Madness
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

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A husband allegedly shot is wife in the head in Denver Monday night. And while the crime is horrible, it is primarily making news because police and Denver media are latching on to the rumor that the man may have been high on marijuana at the time.

But what police aren't making a big deal is their absurdly slow reaction time - 13 minutes - nor do they have any concrete evidence of marijuana consumption or that it contributed to the incident (hint: it didn't).


U.S. Supreme Court may take up Florida drug-testing plan
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test every single state employee in Florida -- from department heads to minimum wage DMV janitors -- has already failed the common-sense test and an appeals court ruling. A trial run of the program found that almost no state employees were failing, while an appeals court ruled that the program violated the constitution.

But Scott hasn't given up on the idea yet. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide this week whether to take up the latest petition filed by Scott's lawyers.


Denver hotel searches up 73 percent for 4/20 weekend despite city efforts to ignore pot tourism
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Both the State of Colorado and City of Denver tourist agencies have resisted the temptation to use marijuana as a way to lure visitors to the area, despite mainstream media pot coverage that's essentially free advertising. It seems their non-approach isn't working.

Against that backdrop comes word that hotel searches for Denver on 4/20 weekend are up 73 percent from this time last year -- and a national cannabis activist thinks the digits might be even higher if officials weren't so shy about embracing weed.