Marijuana and Cannabis News

Pennsylvania Cops Destroy 8-Foot Ganja Plant Growing in Plain Sight
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Lancaster City Police.

Cops in Lancaster, PA aren't all that good at their jobs. After all, a cannabis plant was able to grow to about eight feet in front of someone's house and it took an anonymous tip before they were even aware of its existence.

And, apparently, this happens a lot.


Australia Prime Minister Backs Medical Cannabis, Says New South Wales Should Expand Access
By William Breathes in Global, Medical, News
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

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A proposal to legalize medical cannabis in New South Wales, Australia's largest and most populous state, gained huge support this week as Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbot gave his approval on a weekly radio program.

In fact, Abbot said that the proposed clinical trials don't go far enough. Abbot says that there shouldn't need to be clinical trials for a plant that is already legal for doctor's recommendation in other Australian states.


Pot Edibles Lawsuit Update: More Than 100 People Sickened at Denver County Fair?
By William Breathes in Follow that story, News
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Last month, we told you about a class-action lawsuit accusing a Denver County Fair vendor of giving away pot-infused candy without informing patrons, reportedly resulting in a number of them becoming ill.

Now, the figure is growing. Six more people have joined the complaint, which maintains that the total victims could exceed a hundred. The original suit was filed by Jordan Coombs, who said he was so sickened by the candy he ate at the booth operated by LivWell, a company that operates under the Beyond Broadway moniker, that during the drive away from the fair -- with his wife behind the wheel, fortunately -- he "projectile vomited uncontrollably in his car."

More at the Latest Word.


Hossein Nayeri Extradited To California In Pot Shop Sexual Mutilation
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Hossein Nayeri.

Hossein Nayeri, one of three suspects charged in the gruesome torture and sexual mutilation of a Newport Beach, California medical marijuana dispensary owner, will be arraigned today at Orange County's Superior Courthouse.

The last of the defendants to be charged, Nayeri fled to his native Iran, which has no extradition treaty with the United States, but authorities were able to lure him to the Czech Republic, where they arrested him. He'll now stand trial for kidnapping and cutting off the penis of the man he was trying to rob.


Pawn Shop's Combination of Gun and Pot Policies Backfires
By Jack Daniel in News, Say what?
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

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"You can have my gun when you pry it from my smelly, unwashed dungarees"

With the medical and recreational use of cannabis steadily on the rise, controversy looms over how it is to be handled in the workplace. In 23 states, and counting, adults can legally fire up a joint in the privacy of their home, but those same states offer no protection when a person's otherwise legal cannabis use leads to them losing their job.

So, often the battle comes down to one simple question: How cool is your boss? Some bosses will make you piss in a cup on your way in the door, while others will make sure there is always a bowl packed in the break room bong.

The latter seems to have been the case at Valley Pawn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where it was all fun and games until one butthurt employee took a bullet where the sun don't shine.


Marijuana-Positive Drug Tests Rising Faster in Colorado Than Nationwide
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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The findings of some studies are surprising. Others, not so much.

Quest Diagnostics data that shows a nationwide increase in positive marijuana results during workplace drug tests -- with the numbers even higher in Colorado and Washington -- qualifies as the latter. However, a closer look at the numbers suggests that exercising caution before drawing sweeping conclusions would be wise. More at the Denver Westword.


Florida Medical Marijuana Debate Last Night Drew Passions from Both Sides
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

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It was a surprisingly sparse crowd that gathered in the Broward College South campus' Performing Arts Center on Tuesday to watch United For Care's Ben Pollara and Drug Free Florida's Javier Correoso debate Amendment 2 and the legalization of medical marijuana.

Yet, the passions that are being inflamed over this issue were ever present, particularly among the crowd of mostly pro-medical marijuana.


Colorado Kids Spared as Colorado Officials Nix Plan to Limit Caregivers
By William Breathes in CBD, Medical, News
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

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High-CBD oil.

A plan that would have limited Colorado caregivers to just ten patients that would have cut off the supply of high-CBD oil to hundreds of epileptic and sick children in the state was killed by the state Board of Health yesterday.


Illinois Anti-Pot Republican Gov. Candidate Would Veto Medical Cannabis, Wants Dispensaries to Go to the Rich
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, who would have vetoed the Illinois medical marijuana laws.

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner wouldn't have allowed medical pot in Illinois had he been governor over this past term. Since he's not governor, though it's easy for him to sit back and play armchair quarterback when it comes to medical cannabis and criticize the current administration for following through with the will of the people and their elected officials.

But medical marijuana is legal, and now Rauner says he would milk it for all he can. His latest idea? Give out grow and dispensary licenses to the highest bidders, effectively cutting out small business owners and giving preferential treatment not to those who care about patients and medicine, but those who purely see dollar signs in the new industry.


Licenses to Grow Medical Marijuana Should Not Be Awarded by Lottery, Lawsuit Argues
By William Breathes in Medical, News
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Coleen Whitfield.

There's a legal challenge over how licenses might be doled out for growers cultivating a special, high-CBD strain of medical marijuana, which doesn't make users high and which has already been approved via state law.

Two Florida plant nurseries have sued to replace a proposed lottery system with a more rigorous, merit-based approach.