Marijuana and Cannabis News

Dallas Cop Lauded as Hero in May Arrested for Domestic Violence in November
By William Breathes in FTP, News
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Julian Harris, a rookie officer in the Dallas Police Department's South Central Patrol Division, was arrested Thursday morning after police were called to meet with an injured woman at Dallas' Charlton Methodist Hospital. DPD detectives say that a fight between Harris and the woman at Harris' Dallas apartment escalated into violence that left the woman hospitalized with serious injuries.

Harris was booked into Dallas County Jail just after 11 a.m. for aggravated assault. An emergency protective order was also issued to keep him away from the woman. In May, just nine weeks after Harris graduated from the police academy, he and another officer were praised for helping rescue a group of hooky-playing boys from a flooding creek.

The Dallas Observer has more.

Mexican Government Has Been "Hijacked" by Drug Cartels, Says Author Francisco Goldman
By William Breathes in Global, News
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Last night, President Barack Obama announced he will take executive action to shield five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The prime-time speech was big news in the U.S., kicking up a political skirmish ahead of the 2016 elections. But it was far from the continent's top story. Instead, that title goes to the disappearance and presumed assassination of 43 students in Mexico.

The American media has largely ignored the unrest down south. Bizarrely, the Book Fair has brought the news to Miami anyway. Earlier this week, prize-winning Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska compared the massacre to the horrors of the "concentration camps." And in an interview to promote his own appearance this weekend, fellow writer Francisco Goldman tells New Times that this is a "terrifying and exhilarating" moment for Mexico.

4:20 P.M. Awesomeness: Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First time
By William Breathes in Culture
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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"I can feel some tingle in my brain."

There are no words, really, to describe the magnitude of awesome of watching three grandmas in Washington state light up a bong and vaporizer and inhale pot for the first time then play Jenga and Cards Against Humanity. Just sit back and laugh and remember the first time you ever got high and how wonderful everything was as you went from zero to giggle factory in the span of an hour -- and be glad it didn't take until the last quarter of your life to discover it like these ladies.

Arizona Pro-Pot Activist Billy Hayes Faces Serious Prison Time but Doesn't Know When to Quit
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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Billy Benjamin Hayes Jr., 39, is one of Arizona's most vocal marijuana activists. Few people welcomed the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act when voters passed it in 2010 more than Hayes. The lanky father of three is a marijuana enthusiast, a grower for nearly his whole life who imbibes regularly, whether by smoking, vaporizing, or eating.

His name often is seen in Internet forums of the Arizona Department of Health Services, the agency that oversees the medical-marijuana program. Having learned just enough law to be dangerous during an eight-month stint in prison on a marijuana-possession violation, he's sued the federal government (unsuccessfully) over the law's 
"25-mile rule," which limits where patients can grow marijuana, and helps his pro bono pot-activist lawyer, Tom Dean, write court motions.

Hayes needs an attorney because he's also an entrepreneur who just may be ahead of his time. Ray Stern at the Phoenix New Times has more on Hayes and the state of Arizona's medical marijuana system.

NBC's Tony Dokoupil on Miami's Golden Era of Marijuana Smuggling: "Pot Today Is So Boring"
By William Breathes in Media, News
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Scarface. Cocaine Cowboys. How to Leave Hialeah. Now contraband smuggling story fans can add a new title to their list of must-haves: Tony Dokoupil's The Last Pirate. The book's subtitle says it all: "A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana." Dokoupil, a reporter for NBC, will speak about his gripping, sometimes hilarious memoir this Sunday at the Miami Book Fair International. Beforehand, he spoke to our friends at the Miami New Times about the longing he feels for South Florida's long-lost era of pot smuggling, despite the way the business tore his own family apart.

"I'm nostalgic about that era of marijuana because I think it was the final era in which we had criminals in this country who were truly larger cultural figures," he says. "Pot today is so boring. It's such a field of guys in suits with dimpled ties and square jaws and creeping bellies from too many steaks." More at the Riptide blog.

The Stoner's Cookbook Shows You How to Prepare a Gourmet "Danksgiving"
By William Breathes in Culture
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Considering just how much food will crowd onto your Thanksgiving table this year, it could almost be considered rude not to get baked before dinner. After all, if your Aunt Margaret went to the trouble of making her special marshmallow sweet potato soufflé, you damn well better have a few bites!

But what if instead of hitting a quick bowl in the basement or rocking a few puffs of the vape pen in the bathroom, you could integrate some THC into your meal from the get-go? That's what Natalie Martinez, an L.A.-based chef for the popular DIY weed-cooking website Stoner's Cookbook, suggests: a few cannabis dishes, especially on the early side of the meal, can make all the difference when helping you politely try everyone's contributions and stay hungry enough for dessert. Amanda Lewis at the LA Weekly has more.

Former Cop Accused of Killing Wife After Pot Argument, Faking Her "Suicide"
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Ashley Fallis's family never bought the story that she killed herself following a New Year's Eve celebration three years ago -- and their persistence has finally paid off. Her husband, former police officer Tom Fallis, has been arrested and charged with murdering her and then making it look like a suicide following an argument about marijuana smoking.

90 Pounds of Cali Weed Mistakenly Shows Up at Clothing Store in Philly
By Jack Daniel in News, Say what?
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Founded on 13th and market Street in downtown Philadelphia in 1981, the high styled retail outlet City Blue now has 25 locations across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Ohio.

Touting themselves as "a leader and innovator in urban fashion", managers in all City Blue locations are likely very busy these days ordering in new items to be sure that their shelves are fully stocked for the holiday rush. With so many packages in transit during this time of year, mistakes certainly do happen, but when the manager of the City Blue store in Upper Darby, PA sliced into an unknown package delivered to his store earlier this week, he was greeted by a box full of product that he simply could not sell...at least, not legally.


Alaska's "F*ck it, I quit" Reporter Facing Possible Subpoena for Campaign Finance Violations
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Charlo Greene, the former news reporter who made herself famous in September by quitting her job on-air while admitting to being a cannabis activist, may have violated state campaign finance laws. The state Public Offices Commission says they are debating whether or not to subpoena Greene over an online fundraising they say went directly to Alaska's Ballot Measure 2, which legalized small amounts of pot for adults 21 and up.

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Greene admits she collected donations to the tune of $8,400. But says she wasn't collecting for the measure and says she never had to register as an official entity advocating for a campaign, which is Alaska law.

For her part, Greene contends that the money collected on an online IndieGogo campaign was going to her own "freedom and fairness" campaign that wasn't exactly linked to Measure 2. All the money, she says, went to her and her business - something the APOC has no jurisdiction over. Greene is starting a cannabis club in Alaska.

But APOC campaign disclosure coordinator Tom Lucas says that's not the case. He says even businesses have to disclose their advocacy for or against a campaign or politician. He also noted that Greene has been difficult through the entire process.

"The fact that it is a business entity does not take it out of the jurisdiction of the Alaska Public Offices Commission," Lucas said at a hearing yesterday, according to ADN. He also denied claims by Greene that Lucas had harassed her with constant calls and voicemails. He says he was merely trying to settling the issue. "The purpose of the contact was to try to bring her into compliance as soon as possible so any civil penalties that could be growing could be stopped in their tracks."

Greene says she's being targeted for being an outspoken opponent. She says that other campaign groups that are directly tied to campaigns - including ones on Facebook - have not faced the same scrutiny.

"We understand the position that we're put in and that we have extra scrutiny paid to us and probably will for a long time," Greene told the commission yesterday. "But we just want to make sure we understand the position we've been put in and protect ourselves and other people's rights."

Iowa Board of Pharmacy Tables Medical Pot Discussion until January
By William Breathes in News
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

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We told you earlier this month about the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and their struggle to get medical cannabis recognized under state controlled substance laws. At the time, the board looked like they may again ask to have marijuana declassified from a Schedule I substance to a Schedule II. But with pushback from state leaders, the talks have been moved to next year.