Marijuana and Cannabis News Archive
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According to sources within the NFL Players Union, the NFL is discussing the possibility of lowering the threshold for a positive THC test to 150 nanograms of metabolites per one milliliter of blood.
If approved, that would mean that players could use cannabis pretty much up until the day before a game and still be able to pass the tests - essentially loosening the league's anti-pot stance.
Over the past several years, we've told you about alleged marijuana profiling -- drivers of cars with Colorado plates being pulled over by troopers in other states for what are often extremely minor infractions as an excuse to search for cannabis.
A lot of these stops come to nothing -- but every once in a while, cops hit the jackpot, as it were. Take this week's arrest of Aurora's Santiago Adame-Melchor and Anahit Conejo-Galicoa, who were allegedly caught with 99-plus pounds of weed. Westword has the full story.
Never get high on your own supply. That classic piece of advice comes from Tony Montana in Scarface. But Pejman "Vincent" Mehdizadeh, a 36-year-old medical marijuana entrepreneur based out of Los Angeles, thinks the credo applies to dispensary workers just as much as cocaine kingpins. In fact, the way he sees it, business owners would be better off relying on a giant safe than a human being. That was the idea behind Medbox -- the Redbox of medical weed.
But critics say the company is a sham and point to Mehdizadeh's criminal and legal past as evidence that Floridians shoauld keep their money as far away from him as possible. Read the full story at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.
The Eastside marijuana farmers market that made huge headlines when it opened for the Fourth of July weekend has been ordered by a judge to stop operating.
The preliminary injunction follows an initial temporary restraining order granted after the L.A. City Attorney's office took organizers to court and argued that the law doesn't allow dispensary operators to open their doors to suppliers who could then sell directly to patients, which is apparently what happened at the California Heritage Market.
John Morgan, the Orland-based attorney and medical marijuana advocate who has poured millions of his own money into getting Amendment 2 passed, debated the head of the Florida Sheriff's Association, Sheriff Grady Judd, last night in Lakeland. The debate pitted Morgan, who heads United for Care, and Judd, sheriff of Polk County and president of the largest opposition to Amendment 2. Broward-Palm Beach New Times has the full story.
News flash: Plenty of people in Colorado regularly engage in outdoor recreational activities after using marijuana. But the notion of a so-called "Hash Hike," slated to take place on (we're pretty sure) Saturday morning on a nearby 14er, has resulted in online vibe-harshing between the Reddit users coordinating it and more traditional climbers.
The location for the hike is Mt. Bierstadt, which some describe as being one of the easiest 14ers to summit. Mt. Bierstadt's accessibility means it frequently draws a crowd. During one reader's most recent visit earlier this summer, he says people were lined up on the trail waiting for their chance to move even further above sea level.
While his father presides over Florence Town Council meetings, Thomas J. Rankin Jr. is accused of slinging drugs in town. Rankin Jr., known in his hometown as Tom Tom, was arrested this week by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force, several local news outlets have reported. SanTanValley.com reported that on August 25, the Narcotics Task Force served two search warrants. One of them ended up in the arrest of Rankin Jr., 33, of Florence.
Rankin Jr. was in possession of 19.24 grams of marijuana, valued at $800, and 8.91 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale, valued at $800. Drug paraphernalia related to the sale of dangerous drugs and narcotics were also located in the residence. He was arrested and charged with a series of drug-related offenses, including possession of marijuana and dangerous drugs for sale and using a building for the sale or manufacturing of dangerous drugs, the local news site reported.
Dennis Carter, a standout wide receiver for MSU-Mankato, faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting a longtime acquaintance in the head over a marijuana debt.
The incident occurred shortly before midnight on August 20 along a dirt road near the Renaissance Festival campgrounds in Scott County. The victim, later identified as 28-year-old Diaa Ahmed Abdelhakim, says Carter shot him execution-style and only failed to kill him because his gun jammed. Carter, on the other hand, told investigators he accidentally shot Abdelhakim after wrestling his gun away from him during a struggle.
Back in April, Denver police botched a 911 call that left a mother of three children dead, shot by her husband in front of her children. But what the media seemed to focus on the most was the husband's alleged psychosis caused by eating a piece of a marijuana edible, according to Denver cops and Denver DA's office, who says blood tests showed "low-level" THC amounts.
It's a story that kicked off controversy in Colorado surrounding edibles, and played heavily into lawmakers passing new, strict (and some would say useless) regulations on edibles manufacturing, potency and sales.
Now the family of Christine Kirk is finally speaking out, though they aren't talking about the pot edibles or even the night of the murder. Instead, they want to tell the story of an amazing mother, daughter and sister. Read about Kirk from the people who loved her over at the Denver Westword.
Earlier this month, we told you about "Don't Be a Lab Rat," a new campaign aimed at dissuading teens from smoking pot. The multi-media effort, backed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, includes oversized rat cages intended to be displayed in public places throughout the state.
Now, however, the City of Boulder and Boulder Valley Schools have rejected the displays, and that cheers one cannabis-industry representative, who calls the cages racist and thinks Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper should apologize for the campaign.