Marijuana and Cannabis News Archive

California medical marijuana distributor sentenced to 22 years gets 8-year reduction
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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The ringleader of a huge, Southern California medical marijuana distribution network has won a whopping 94-month reduction in his punishment, according to federal court records reviewed by our friends at the OC Weekly.

In July 2013, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna sentenced John Melvin Walker to a term of 262 months in prison, but this week amended the punishment to a term of 168 months for the conspiracy and efforts to evade federal tax obligations.

Colorado police chief fears second-hand high in scenario that has never happened
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Pueblo, Police Chief Luis must have a lot of time on his hands. This week he publically announced his fears that if his officers ever have to respond to a pot club (they haven't ever) that they may get a contact high.

"I am concerned that if there are some kind of disturbance inside one of those clubs and our officers get there, they will be entering a structure that will be nothing but laden with [marijuana] smoke," Pueblo Police Chief Luis Velez told Denver's KUSA. His biggest worry: that they'll be too high to drive afterward. Seriously.


Wisconsin Governor signs limited CBD bill into law
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gave final approval to a bill that legalizes cannabis-derived CBD oil for children and adults suffering from severe seizure disorders. Sort of.

Patients don't actually get any access to the oil that many have found relief from using until doctors petition the feds for access. Read on for more.


Rhode Island legislature kills seven marijuana-related bills in committee
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:07 am

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Update 4/18/14: Sorry Rhode Island, no pot legalization - no matter how limited - for you this year. After meeting yesterday, the state House Judiciary Committee decided to table seven marijuana-related bills until next year.

Lawmakers were apparently not swayed by public testimony earlier this week in favor of legislation that would have legalized sales of up to an ounce of cannabis at a time to adults 21 and up as well as the personal cultivation of one plant at a time.

Denver cops pledge greater presence, "discretion" with smokers at annual 4/20 rally
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Denver police after last year's shooting in Civic Center Park.

There'll be a lot of pressure on Denver police officers working this weekend's annual 4/20 event at Civic Center Park. Organizers have been asked to discourage public smoking even though lighting up at 4:20 p.m. on April 20 is arguably the gathering's most sacred tradition -- and security concerns are higher than ever given a still-unsolved shooting last year that resulted in one day's worth of festivities being canceled.


Federal charges against ten more in Michigan caregiver case brings total to 37
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Federal officials have now brought charges against ten additional people in Michigan for allegedly using the state medical marijuana program as a front for illegal sales and cultivation, bringing the total number of people "busted" in the sting to 37.

According to the feds, the group called themselves the Medical Marijuana Team and was growing in multiple small towns in the western part of the state as caregivers for medical marijuana patients.

Illinois medical marijuana program rule change would allow gun ownership
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

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An updated set of rules for the fledgling medical marijuana program in Illinois that amend unpopular regulations approved in February are expected Friday, including restoring gun-owner rights at the state level and setting state application fee requirements.

The rule-changes came after the department received hundreds of letters from the public with concerns.


Florida medical marijuana opponents include "Just Say No" founder who thinks pot leads to AIDS
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Now that the Florida Supreme Court has approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot this November, the group responsible for getting it there, United for Care, is all about getting the word out.

This week alone, the group has a daylong campaign scheduled to call registered voters and get the word out about Amendment 2.

Colorado recreational sales down, medical sales and patient numbers rise in February
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

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It's been three-and-a-half months since the start of recreational cannabis sales in Colorado, but recent stats show that medical marijuana sales still far outpace recreational sales -- even with a patient base of fewer than 114,000 people.

Retail sales tax collected in the state in March for retail cannabis sales was about half that collected from medical sales, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data. Medical marijuana sales were somewhere around the $35 million mark, while retail sales totaled about $15 million.


Minnesota Republican senators pen fear-mongering anti-pot letter, write that ganja "rips families apart"
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Ingebrigtsen (left) and Rosen regard efforts to legalize weed as "a direct attack at our way of life in Minnesota."

An anti-medical marijuana letter co-written by MNGOP Sens. Julie Rosen and Bill Ingebrigtsen reminds us of some of the crazy stuff you would've read about pot nearly a century ago.

The letter, which is addressed to Rosen and Ingebrigtsen's Senate colleagues, describes marijuana as a "devastatingly addictive drug" that "rips families apart, devastates relationships and destroys communities." Seriously. There are people that still believe this crap. Our friends at the Minneapolis City Pages did a great job of calling them out on their BS, though.