Marijuana and Cannabis News Archive
Washington state's appropriately-named Sean Green became the first person allowed to sell recreational marijuana in that state yesterday, as his Kouchlock Productions received their business license.
Of course, now he has to wait until at least June to begin selling anything.
Children in Israel suffering from severe seizure disorders will now be able to use medical cannabis, the Israeli health ministry ruled yesterday.
The move came after 15 families appealed denials for their children and threatened to leave the country for Colorado if the ministry denied them. (Editor's note: that seems to be the popular move lately).
Dr. Sanjay Gupta loves his weed. Well, "Weed" documentary at least. The thing was a huge hit with his network, CNN, and it exposed millions to the medical benefits of this plant through the lens of a former marijuana opponent.
Now Gupta is back with "Weed 2: Cannabis Madness" - that documents the past few months of Gupta's continued research into this "ancient plant" that helps so many patients.
After decades of the war on drugs, countless efforts to decriminalize dope, and tens of thousands of drug arrests, Florida has finally reached a turning point. The marijuana movement has reached critical mass.
In January, the state supreme court ruled that voters can decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana in November. Some Floridians may not even have to wait that long. Yesterday, one of the legislature's most conservative committees voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill allowing certain strains of marijuana for epilepsy patients. The Miami New Times has the rest.
An Arizona medical marijuana patient had purchased a Tootsie Pop-like candy at a local "compassion club" that isn't approved by the state to sell marijuana. Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery's office tried to use the case to advance the elected official's belief that voters did not authorize patients to use concentrated marijuana when they approved the state's medical-pot law in 2010.
An unnamed Lorain, Ohio woman (that we're going to call Debby Downer) bought a new car last August and, up until now hadn't really needed her spare. But we think it's safe to say that someone else did need it. Really, really bad.
After taking her car in to have the flat spare tire replaced, mechanics found eight pounds of ganja wrapped around the rim. Yes, we were surprised the mechanics didn't keep the herb for themselves as well.
St. Louis decriminalized up to 35 grams of pot last summer, and the effects so far have kept cannabis users from paying huge fines and (most importantly) out of jail, according to arrests statistics pulled by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Since the law was passed, 127 people have been charged with possession under 35 grams. Fifty-seven cases haven't reached the courts yet, but those that have are seeing suspended sentences that will be tossed out upon completion of community service or (in some cases) drug education classes. Only one person has pleaded guilty and been fined.
Americans are sick of the current federal stance on marijuana and increasingly favor decriminalization and legalization. But that shouldn't mean that there should be a major shift in federal pot policy, according to Drug Enforcement Administration deputy director Thomas Harrigan.
Harrigan told a House subcommittee dubbed "Mixed Signals: The administrations stance on marijuana" this week that science should trump public opinion and that states should be wary of changing their laws. He said that the country "can't abandon science and fact in favor of public opinion."
Maria Botker throws her arms forward and droops her head, mimicking, in slow-motion, the way in which her seven-year-old daughter wilts daily. She calls the worst of these "drop seizures." The Botkers live a fragmented life between Minnesota and Colorado so they can get access to Charlotte's Web -- a strain of marijuana that, when ingested as an oil, has been shown to control epilepsy and help children like theirs regain cognitive functions.
"This is not the way we want to live," Botker says.
Hey Florida, would you like to be carrying 2.5 ounces of marijuana right now? How about tending your own marijuana garden at home with up to six plants? Or would you rather buy marijuana from a store and have the tax proceeds go to the state? Well, call your state senator and tell them you support SB 1562.
The bill, which would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, has absolutely no chance of passing, but it's the thought that counts. Miami New Times has the full story.