Marijuana and Cannabis News Archive

Pot Arrests Are on the Rise in de Blasio's New York
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm


When he was running for office last year, candidate Bill de Blasio warned of the "disastrous consequences" low-level marijuana arrests have for both the individuals caught with a small amount of pot, and their families. "These arrests limit one's ability to qualify for student financial aid, and undermine one's ability to stable housing and good jobs," the public advocate's campaign literature read. Even more troubling, it noted, was the fact that studies showed "a clear racial bais" in such arrests. As mayor, de Blasio swore he would order the NYPD to stop such arrests, but he hasn't. Low-level pot arrests are actually on the rise in de Blasio's New York.

Village Voice has the full story.

Kurtis Hanna Petitions Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Over Contradictory Cannabis Laws
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:20 am


Last time we checked, cannabis was still a Schedule I narcotic in Minnesota. Why? Because, according to the statute, it has, like heroin, "A high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision."

At least the last of those two is false. Minnesota is in the midst of establishing a medical cannabis program and 21 other states, plus D.C., have their own on the books. Other states, like Utah, allow for the use of CBD-rich oil to treat certain ailments.

Las Vegas Council Close to Medical Marijuana Dispensary Vote
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Las Vegas city leaders could give the final nod for medical pot dispensaries to begin operating in the city by next week, though at least one councilmember says they should wait for further guidance from the state.

Colorado Official Recommends Banning Nearly All Marijuana Edibles
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

"We want the general public to be able to tell a marijuana cookie from a Chips Ahoy cookie just by looking at it."

That's the intent behind the edible work group currently hashing out recommendations for future edible packaging. And one recommendation submitted yesterday would solve that problem by eliminating pot cookies entirely from the landscape. Eleven recommendations were submitted yesterday by members of the edibles work group regarding how to regulate recreational cannabis edibles in the future.

By far the most extreme recommendation came from Jeff Lawrence of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, who suggested that Colorado completely ban all production of any retail cannabis products except for simple lozenges or hard candies -- and, oddly, tinctures, which "users can add to their products at home" to create their own (unpackaged, unmarked, unregulated) edibles.

Decriminalized Pot Possession and Use of Limited Amounts Starts Today in Philadelphia
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Hey, Philadelphia! The leaders of the City of Brotherly Love showed some love to cannabis users last session and starting today you will only face a $25 fine if you're caught with 30 grams or less or less of herb. Get caught smoking weed in public and you'll have to do nine hours of community service and pay a $100 fine (lower than a public cannabis use ticket in Denver, FWIW).

But you still can't have more than an ounce, grow plants or sell weed. Posession of more than 30 grams will get you a year and $5,000 in fines. Cultivation is a felony, with 10 to 21 plants getting you a mandatory year in jail and more than 22 plants gets you a mandatory three years.

"Under this policy, police officers will be able to remain focused on more serious offenses," Councilman Jim Kenny, the bill's sponsor, said last month. "And many young people will be spared the life-altering consequences of a criminal record, such as limited job prospects, inability to obtain student loans or even join the armed services."

Siberian Stoner: 2,500-year-old Mummy Smoked Cannabis to Ease Pain of Breast Cancer
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:20 am


Over two decades ago, Russian archeologists discovered the tomb of a mummy referred to as the Siberian "Ukok Princess" buried deep beneath the frozen lands of the Altai Mountains. This discovery was highly publicized at the time due the woman's 2,500-year-old body being so well preserved that her tattoos were still plainly visible. And while scientists revealed many interesting aspects about her final resting place, perhaps the most fascinating was the fact that in addition to a number of artifacts found in the grave was a surplus of marijuana.

California Man Gets 80 Years for Murdering Drug Dealer Getting Cofffe
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

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A 38-year-old man who murdered a drug dealer making himself a cup of coffee in a Santa Ana bakery has been sentenced to 80 years to life in state prison.

A jury last month found Israel Pena Lopez of Santa Ana guilty of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.

Kent Easter Gets 6 Mos. in Jail for Helping Wife in Trying to Frame a Mom with Weed
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 8:20 am


The Long, Strange Saga of Kent Easter has ended. Sunbeams breaking through clouds, birds singing again and our collective sigh of relief being accompanied by a pleasing endorphin rush can mean only one thing, Orange County: Kent Wycliffe Easter is officially jail-bound.

The Hon. Judge Thomas Goethals made it official this morning, sentencing the Irvine dad to six months in jail--minus 76 days already served--for joining his fellow attorney wife in trying to frame an elementary school volunteer for drug possession because they thought she'd insulted their then-6-year-old son. She hadn't.

LAPD Moves to Fire Drug Cop Frank Lyga Following Racially Charged Remarks
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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Controversial Los Angeles Police Department Det. Frank Lyga, whose racially charged comments to a police training class prompted his bosses to send him home with pay, was recommended for termination by the LAPD's Board of Rights this week, a police official said. The ball is now in the court of Chief Charlie Beck who could, if he so desires, fire Lyga any day now, said the official, who did not want his name published.

What did Lyga, a decorated and hard-hitting narcotics investigator known for his undercover work, do to anger department brass? Find out more over at the LA Weekly.

Busty Model Krista Boseley Busted for Allegedly Smuggling 90 lbs of Molly into John Wayne Airport
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm


Federal agents busted a onetime Playboy model and a pilot at John Wayne Airport after their private plane that had arrived with them from Las Vegas was found to have nearly 60,000 Ecstasy pills and almost 90 pounds of Ecstasy powder onboard, authorities say.

The Smoking Gun reports a tip about possible drug or currency smuggling led federal agents to question Krista Boseley, 30, and Gilles Lapointe, 61, upon their landing at the Santa Ana airport on Thursday, Oct. 9.