Marijuana and Cannabis News

Would-be Chicago Medical Marijuana Farms, Dispensaries Get Zoning Approval
By William Breathes in Dispensaries, Medical, News
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:20 am

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The Chicago Zoning Board gave initial approval to a handful of dispensaries and one large grow operation late last week, bringing patients one step closer to accessing medical cannabis in the Windy City.

Perry Mandera, a strip club owner, was granted approval for his grow operation and dispensary after the board questioned him on security measures, including how he would prevent workers from walking off with pot.

Minneapolis Moves to Ban Vape Smoking in Public Buildings
By William Breathes in News
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

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By the end of the year it looks like there will be no more vaping allowed in any public buildings in Minneapolis. Sorry to all of you who have been using the vaping laws to stealthily get stoned...

Last week a City Council committee unanimously passed a measure that would extend the state's 2007 Freedom to Breathe Act to e-cigarettes. The new ordinance would treat e-cigarette smoke exactly like cigarette smoke. Minneapolis City Pages has more.

Miami Crew Busted in Elaborate Plot to Trade Emeralds for Cocaine
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

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The two middle-aged men were ambitious. They wanted to repair their sailboat and navigate across the ocean, from Colombia to Italy. All so they could smuggle two tons of cocaine.

According to a federal arrest affidavit filed last week, keysnet.com reports, two South Florida men -- Juan Soberon and Marin Spariosu -- the latter a registered agent of a downtown Miami jewelry store, conspired to front thousands of dollars' worth of emeralds in exchange for cocaine. Flush with money from the initial sale, the two sailors would then embark on the much grander plan of smuggling up to two tons of coke across the ocean. Except, of course, they got caught. The coke suppliers they were meeting with were actually informants for the Drug Enforcement Agency. Miami New Times has more.

New York City's New Marijuana Policy Has Been In Effect for 48 Hours
By William Breathes in Culture, News
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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It's been two days since New York City began a more lenient, pot-friendly approach to public display of cannabis. And while we won't have any concrete data for weeks or months, we imagine it's already changed life in the Big Apple. People aren't going to be arrested for public display of small amounts of pot after cops stop them, frisk them and demand they turn out their pockets - eliminating a major tool that the cops used to criminalize black and brown people in the city.

But it doesn't exactly legalize pot use, either. Woody Harrelson and the cast of Saturday Night Live summed up the changes beautifully last week. Video below.


Alaska Cops Holding on to Prohibition as Long as They Can
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News, Say what?
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Despite the passage of new laws making the possession of small amounts of pot legal in Alaska, prosecutors in the state say they'll still be pursuing cannabis cases until the new laws are signed and on the books.

In other states like Washington and Colorado, prosecutors began dropping minor possession cases even before the governor signed the bill into law - arguing that they wouldn't be able to take the case to trial, nor would they want to waste the resources. It's what they community they serve clearly demanded they do with the vote. But apparently, the cops and prosecutors don't care about respecting the people they serve in Alaska.

Bipartisan Bill Would Give VA Doctors Ability to Recommend Medical Marijuana
By William Breathes in Legislation, News
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:20 am

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We should be well beyond questioning whether or not marijuana helps our returning veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. But instead, vets are still denied access by Veterans Affairs doctors who are bound by federal laws prohibiting weed.

A bill introduced yesterday by Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Dana Rohrabacher of California and co-signed by 10 other bipartisan lawmakers, would change that.


Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Debating Shutting Down Dispensaries Close to Schools
By William Breathes in News
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Massachusetts U.S, Attorney Carmen Ortiz says her office is debating whether or not to weigh in on how close Massachusetts dispensaries can be to schools and considering shutting down shops within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds our housing.

According to the Boston Globe, six of the 15 dispensary proposals given initial go-ahead from state officials would fall within the 1,000 feet radius.

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.