Marijuana and Cannabis News

Jackie Chan toes government line, says son's pot bust is shameful
By William Breathes in Culture, Global
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

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As we reported earlier this week, Asian movie star Jaycee Chan, son of legendary Kung Fu film icon Jackie Chan, was arrested in his home in Beijing last week with about 3.5 ounces of herb.

While you might expect the star of the legendary Drunken Master to offer his sympathies in public for his son Jaycee, Jackie Chan - who is now the official Chinese Police Narcotics Control Ambassador - says he is saddened and ashamed.


Arizona marijuana activist vows to fight Arizona cultivation limit ruling
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Arlin Trout.

When Arlin Troutt was sentenced in February 1996 for a marijuana-selling conspiracy, a crowd of supporters came to the Minneapolis federal courtroom to cheer him on.
The Arizona resident and former frontman for a line of hempwear affiliated with country singer Willie Nelson had been convicted of conspiring to transport and sell about 250 pounds of marijuana. Then 46, Troutt railed against the government's anti-marijuana policies to the judge, extolling the plant's value as "food, fuel, fiber, and medicine."

His lawyer told the press the speech probably added 19 months to Troutt's sentence of eight years, one month. Troutt, now 64 and living in Gold Canyon, is still fighting the Man in the name of cannabis. He vows to appeal an administrative law judge's August 12 ruling that upholds a state rule prohibiting medical-marijuana patients from growing marijuana within 25 miles of a dispensary.

Study shows Denver residents want dispensaries, just not in their neighborhoods
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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What people outside of Colorado think Denver looks like all the time.

Earlier this year, a University of Colorado Denver study showed that medical marijuana stores had little impact on areas -- no more so than coffee shops, the researchers found. But there's apparently a lingering perception among the more affluent Not In My Backyard crowd that dispensaries don't make good neighbors, whether it's true or not.

That's among the takeaways of a new CU Denver study, which determined that land-use regulations tend to push dispensaries into low-income neighborhoods. Denver Westword has more.


Northern Michigan cops raid medical marijuana dispensary, cut off patient access
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Congrats, Travers Narcotics team: you raided a marijuana dispensary that wasn't trying to hide what they were doing and have prevented patients from accessing state-legal cannabis they use as medicine.

Cops raided the Magic Buds Medical Cannabis store in Wexford County, Michigan Tuesday, taking cash, business and patient records along with the stock of medical cannabis. The raid came after a judge ordered the shop to close last month for operating against state laws that prohibit dispensaries.


Man named Stoner busted for marijuana in Virginia
By William Breathes in Say what?
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Paul Stoner.

Paul Stoner has an unfortunate name.

Not that it is a bad one, it's just that when a guy named "Stoner" gets busted for marijuana in this country, it is bound to get headlines.


Another huge marijuana field found outside of Houston
By William Breathes in Growing, News
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Marijuana in Houston might be a little harder to come by this fall*, after cops in Fort Bend County just outside of Houston say they've busted a five-acre crop of ganja growing in the woods behind an old prison.


Marijuana Grow Discovered When Pursuit Suspect Crashes Into L.A. Warehouse
By William Breathes in Growing, News
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

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The unluckiest marijuana grower of the summer had his grow house busted by authorities after a driver being chased by the California Highway Patrol inadvertently crashed into a warehouse full of weed, authorities said over the weekend.

The driver was taken to County-USC Medical center "with major injuries," the CHP said in a statement. But first the driver had to be pulled the wreckage, which was inside the Huntington Park warehouse. Also inside, CHP officials said, were 700 to 800 marijuana plants at various stages of maturity.


California pot activists look to 2016 for new dispensary regulations, legalizing recreational cannabis
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:20 am

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A proposed law that would have established policing of marijuana dispensaries statewide was essentially killed in the California legislature last week.

Dale Gieringer, state coordinator of California NORML, says it's now time to take the matter directly to voters. He envisions the possibility, in 2016, of an initiative that would ask you to approve both the legalization of recreational marijuana and the creation of a regulatory framework for all pot retailers. That could mean having the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control act as police for medical and recreational shops. More at the LA Weekly.


Nevada medical marijuana dispensaries could open early 2015
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Legal marijuana will be sold here soon.

Nevada's head of the state medical marijuana program says that, pending local approval, medical marijuana dispensaries could open in "early" 2015.

But first, the state will have to grant licenses. Yesterday marked the last day Nevada medical marijuana business hopefuls could drop off applications. Roughly 370 people applied, and out of that 66 will be chosen.

Miami Democrats want to legalize recreational cannabis in Florida
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Phishhead Kush.

The Miami-Dade Democrats have a new chairman and on one hot-button issue, he's got one of the strongest positions in the state: Sen. Dwight Bullard thinks marijuana should be legal not just for medical purposes but for recreational use.

"Marijuana, whether medical or recreational, could be another way of generating revenue in Florida," Bullard tells Riptide. "It has a potential for real positive economic impact with real small business growth."