Marijuana and Cannabis News Archive

Take a Cooking Lesson From Vice's Grandma of Ganja
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

This is exactly what marijuana cooking needed: a 91-year-old Italian grandmother that knows how to throw down in the kitchen teaching her skills to the masses via the internet.

For what it's worth, Aurora Leveroni, star of Vice's "Munchies" series doesn't partake in the pot she cooks -- but she knows it can help and wants to share her love of healing through food with the world.

Colorado Parents Face Child Abuse Charges After Vomiting Child Tests Positive for Pot
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Flickr/Andrew Bain.
In recent months, officials and marijuana activists alike have been calling for cannabis users to make sure their stash isn't accessible to children. Alysia Lombard and Mario Hollerway are accused of ignoring that advice and a lot more in relation to their three-year-old daughter, who tested positive for THC after vomiting at an area hospital. The story also includes cannabutter, expired red cards and a T-shirt of crack cocaine.

Watch Out, Houston; Those Ecstasy Pills You're About to Swallow May Actually Be Meth in Disguise
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

Not a bunch of Froot Loops.
You should probably think twice before ingesting those blue and yellow or purple (illicit) pills you scored on the Houston streets recently. While the dude slangin' on the corner may have told you those colorful tabs were ecstasy, it may actually be meth in disguise.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office shut down a couple of major drug labs in northwest Harris County Monday, where investigators say pill manufacturers were whipping up methamphetamine pills but disguising them to look like ecstasy. Not awesome at all.

More at the Houston Press.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Is Still Spending Tons Of Taxpayer Cash Trying To Drug Test State Employees
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

Rick Scott can't stop thinking about pee.
A federal judge told him to drop the plan. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals told him it was illegal. Then the U.S. Supreme Court refused to listen to his arguments. Even the facts are against him (the program wastes more money than it would ever "save").

But despite losing over and over in every court around, Gov. Rick Scott is still fighting for the right to force state employees to pee in a cup. And the legal bills for his quixotic quest are now inching toward a cool million bucks -- funded, of course, by taxpayers.

Nebraska, Oklahoma Sue Colorado To Stop Pot Laws
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

William Breathes.
Girl Scout Cookies grown in Colorado.
Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a federal lawsuit against Colorado, urging the feds to shut down Colorado's marijuana industry that they say is bleeding over into their state and costing their taxpayers millions.

Which would be valid if cops in those states weren't bringing it on themselves by profiling Colorado drivers, pulling people over for made-up infractions and busting people for minor amounts that they probably wouldn't have searched for in the past. Oh, and don't think for a second that these cops - all of which are milking their department overtime pay for court appearances - mind the busts at all. Basically: they've brought the "problem" on themselves, are personally reaping financial benefit for it, and now want Colorado taxpayers to chip in to pay for their scam.

A Candid Conversation With a Marijuana Anonymous Member
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

With the tide of public opinion rapidly turning against the dangers of reefer madness, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who considers marijuana to be the deadly gateway drug portrayed in D.A.R.E. class and alarmist after-school specials. And yet there are many people who, while they still support the legalization of recreational cannabis, have struggled with an addiction to weed.

Last week, Toke caught up with one such person, a 30-year-old creative type we'll call Jonathan, who began attending Marijuana Anonymous meetings in Los Angeles six months ago and hasn't gotten high since. Head over to West Coast Sound for more.

Southern California Native American Council Wary of Government's Pot Announcement
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

Flickr/Wolfgang Staudt.
Last Thursday, the Department of Justice released a three-page memo announcing that the federal government will not prosecute Native Americans growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even in states where the drug is illegal. So will dispensaries become the new casinos?

Probably not. Many tribal leaders, including Executive Director of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission Ron Andrade, found the announcement surprising and suspicious.

Three Ridiculous Pot Laws in Texas (Out of Many)
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

So, there's more good news on the marijuana legalization front, and this time, it's coming to us straight from the Lone Star state.

This week, Texas State Representative Joe Moody introduced a bill that could potentially reduce the current state penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Which, frankly, is needed. Marijuana laws in Texas are pretty darn ridiculous in their current state.

Colorado Medical Pot Sales Outpace Recreational in September and October
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:20 am
Medical marijuana patient numbers continued to climb in Colorado recent months, increasing from 115,710 people at the start of September to 117,239 by Halloween night. And those patients spent quite a bit of money on pot, with medical sales outpacing recreational sales in September and October as well.

U.S. Pot Raids Are Finished Under Bill Signed by Obama?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

The days of jackbooted feds raiding legit medical marijuana operations are mostly a thing of the past under the omnibus federal spending bill signed by President Obama this week. An amendment slipped into the bill denies funding for federal anti-pot raids of legit marijuana businesses in states where cannabis has been legalized for medical or recreational purposes. That would include nearly 32 states and the District of Columbia.

The addition to the $1.1 trillion spending bill, hammered out by the House and approved by the Senate last week, was written in part by a Southern California congressman.