Marijuana and Cannabis News

Maureen Dowd's bad edibles experience helps inspire Colorado pot food education campaign
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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North Shore cookies from Colorado.

Last month, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd shared a bad experience with a marijuana edible during a visit to Colorado, joking (maybe) that such items be stamped with a "stoned skull and bones."

The Dowd piece, coupled with other negative news stories linked to edibles use, is among the inspiration for First Time 5, an edibles-education campaign being launched at an event tomorrow. Steve Fox, executive director of the Council for Responsible Cannabis Regulation, offers the Denver Westword a preview.


American Cannabis Company is counseling potential Minnesota pot producers
By William Breathes in Medical
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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They won't say who, but the American Cannabis Company is counseling a group of "Minnesota-based entrepreneurs" who want to become manufacturers of the new state-sanctioned medicine.

ACC got off the ground last year in Colorado, working with local applicants, but has since expanded to include clients across the U.S. and as far as the eastern seaboard of Canada. Trent Woloveck, the company COO, says his team will be tasked with meeting Minnesota regulatory standards while "bringing what our best practices are from these more mature markets."

Read more about ACC's vague announcement over at the Minneapolis City Pages.


Arizona surpasses 50,000 medical marijuana patients
By William Breathes in News
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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New statistics by the Arizona Department of Health Services show that Arizona now has more than 50,000 qualifying, adult patients.

As of June 30, the state had 52,638 "active cardholders," which is a 9.1 percent increase from the last official number published by the agency on March 28 of 48,231 patients. The recently released quarterly report also shows 93 minor patients and another 94 minors being treated by caregivers, which is a 34 percent increase over those same categories in the March 28 report. That increase could be due to a judge's ruling in late March that allows the use of concentrated marijuana, which can be used in pills or food items for youngsters with epilepsy or other serious ailments.

More over at the Phoenix New Times.


Snoop Dogg says he smoked weed at the White House
By William Breathes in Culture, Say what?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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LA Weekly.

Snoop Dogg makes no apologies for when and where he smokes weed. Case and point? His latest claim that he lit up a blunt while taking a deuce in the White House bathroom.

On his Double-G News Network YouTube show this week, Snoop sat down with comedian Jimmy Kimmel who the Doggfather about wildest place he's ever toked.

Iowa cancer patient recently convicted for growing herb takes vacation in pot-friendly Oregon
By William Breathes in CBD, Medical, News
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Benton Mackenzie in court.

Benton Mackenzie doesn't have much time left. The angiosarcoma eating away at his blood vessels and leaving fist-sized tumors on his skin is in the final stages. He's in pain. It's why he chose to grow cannabis at his parent's Iowa home where he lives with his wife. It was worth the risk, a risk that ultimately led to his conviction for cannabis cultivation earlier this month along with his wife.

Without much strength or time left, though, Mackenzie wants to be comfortable. So he's travelled from Iowa to Oregon where he can legally purchase cannabis with a doctor's recommendation. It's likely a last trip for Mackenzie, his wife and their son. And one he is already enjoying.


New York cop gets teeth knocked out by pissed-off pot head
By Mike Adams in News, Say what?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Spanish Harlem is apparently still such a rough neighborhood that even the stoners have a violent side when being harassed by nosey cops.

Just ask the 26-year-old rookie with the New York Police Department who had her teeth knocked out over the weekend after a street side shakedown over a little pot smoke turned into a full-blown Harlem scuffle.


Oregon legalization measure to be on November ballot
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

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The beaver thinks you should legalize pot.

Should the possession, cultivation and sales of limited amounts of marijuana be legal in Oregon?

We say yes, of course, but that decision will ultimately be up to Oregon voters this November as a legalization ballot measure has officially qualified for the ballot. Read more below.


From home-brewed to lab tested; cannabis extracts are on the cusp of curing cancer
By Jack Daniel in CBD, Legalize It, Medical, News
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

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It has long been known that the various compounds (cannabinoids) found within the cannabis plant have amazing healing capabilities, particularly when it comes to fighting cancer.

The American mainstream media finally began to catch on after Dr. Sanjay Gupta went primetime on CNN with his groundbreaking documentary, simply titled WEED. Almost overnight, the acronym "CBD" had entered households and vocabularies who would otherwise never consider any form of cannabis.

Fundraising campaign started to free Missouri man serving life for marijuana
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Efforts to free Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's only prisoner serving life without parole for marijuana charges, are continuing with an online fundraiser that seeks to raise money for a media blitz that would aim to persuade Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency.

The goal of the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $21,000 - a symbolic amount to represent the 21 years that Mizanskey has been imprisoned - for a series of ads for print, radio, TV, online, and billboards. The radio and TV ads will feature Mizanskey himself. Please visit Indiegogo for more on the campaign and to donate.

Read more on Mizanskey and the campaign to free him over at the Riverfront Times.


Florida CBD-only medical marijuana bill isn't enough for some parents of epileptic children
By William Breathes in CBD, Medical
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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High-CBD oil.

Paula Crews, a suburban mom with short black hair, dumps a stick of butter into a double boiler and stirs in her secret ingredient. Her 24-year-old son, John, waits expectantly at the white Formica counter in their West Broward kitchen, watching while his mom mixes the butter into a pot of melted chocolate. Finally, she pours the candy into a rectangular mold and puts it in the fridge to cool. A few minutes later, John pops a piece of his mother's creation into his scruffy face. In about a half-hour, the frat-boy archetype in a Guy Harvey T-shirt will be comfortably numb from the marijuana baked inside the homemade candy bar.

"And that's how you make chocolate with canna-butter," Crews concludes proudly. "That's my son's medicine."

Like parents of other epileptics, Crews was hopeful last month when Gov. Rick Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, a bill that makes a mild strain of weed available to medically suitable patients like John. But many of the Republicans who supported the measure now admit they hope the law helps stall a full medical pot reform initiative on this November's ballot. Broward-Palm Beach New Times has the full story.