Marijuana and Cannabis News Archive
Greg Skidmore. Chris Christie.
Back in April, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ripped the quality of life in Colorado due to marijuana legalization -- a statement that prompted Governor John Hickenlooper's office to come up with a list of eight ways Colorado is way, way, way better than New Jersey.
Yesterday, Christie was in Colorado to stump for Bob Beauprez, Hick's gubernatorial opponent, in the sort of visit calculated to raise his profile as a potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee. And when he was asked if he regretted ripping the state, his answer was a typically blustery and unequivocal "no."
Not actual explosion (duh).
Sounds of an explosion at an old downtown warehouse prompted calls to the Los Angeles Fire Department last night. And when firefighters arrived they found flames raging on the third floor of the structure, said LAFD spokesman Erik Scott told us. But the real find came during the firefight when first responders, he said, discovered a "marijuana growing operation" at the location.
It all started about 8:17 p.m. in a 6-story building at 421 E. Sixth St., according to an LAFD statement. The blaze required the efforts of 100 firefighters, but they had it finished in 14 minutes, the department states.
Last week we told you about At Home Baked, a Colorado marijuana edibles company, being forced to recall their product because health inspectors had an issue with their extraction process. Namely: the old washing machine they were using to make large batches of icewater hash. Now co-owner A.J. "Hashman" Ashkar, says he isn't sure why he's been singled out and that he was operating a clean, safe environment. Further, he says that Public Health Inspections had no prevue over his operations - that job is up to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division. And finally, he says he isn't doing anything out of the ordinary - everyone uses repurposed washing machines in the industry.
"We don't see the appropriate connection between the concentrate we're making and food," Ashkar says. "We kept the washing machine in a separate room from the kitchen."
According to data compiled by the National Review, welfare recipients have used electronic benefit (EBT) cards to withdraw cash at dispensaries at least 259 times since the sale of limited amounts of cannabis to adults 21 and up began in Colorado on January 1.
In total, more than $23,600 of money meant to go toward food and housing from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was withdrawn, according to the conservative publication. And while there's no way to prove the money was spent in dispensaries, that doesn't matter to the lawmakers who immediately demanded something be done.
Local beat cops just love busting stoners. Really, it's probably a pretty easy racket. They rarely fight back, and in many cases the arresting officer can score a 2-for-1 by nabbing a minority carrying some weed. That may sound harsh, but statistics have shown for quite some time that pot busts - particularly those involving minorities - are the low hanging fruit in the world of law enforcement.
A review of the first six months of the new marijuana laws in Seattle, Washington has revealed equally disturbing numbers and trends. And shocking nobody, law enforcement spokespersons in America's fastest growing city are showing little sympathy for the terribly skewed results.
North Shore cookies from Colorado.
Last month, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd shared a bad experience with a marijuana edible during a visit to Colorado, joking (maybe) that such items be stamped with a "stoned skull and bones."
The Dowd piece, coupled with other negative news stories linked to edibles use, is among the inspiration for First Time 5, an edibles-education campaign being launched at an event tomorrow. Steve Fox, executive director of the Council for Responsible Cannabis Regulation, offers the Denver Westword a preview.
New statistics by the Arizona Department of Health Services show that Arizona now has more than 50,000 qualifying, adult patients.
As of June 30, the state had 52,638 "active cardholders," which is a 9.1 percent increase from the last official number published by the agency on March 28 of 48,231 patients. The recently released quarterly report also shows 93 minor patients and another 94 minors being treated by caregivers, which is a 34 percent increase over those same categories in the March 28 report. That increase could be due to a judge's ruling in late March that allows the use of concentrated marijuana, which can be used in pills or food items for youngsters with epilepsy or other serious ailments.
Benton Mackenzie in court.
Benton Mackenzie doesn't have much time left. The angiosarcoma eating away at his blood vessels and leaving fist-sized tumors on his skin is in the final stages. He's in pain. It's why he chose to grow cannabis at his parent's Iowa home where he lives with his wife. It was worth the risk, a risk that ultimately led to his conviction for cannabis cultivation earlier this month along with his wife.
Without much strength or time left, though, Mackenzie wants to be comfortable. So he's travelled from Iowa to Oregon where he can legally purchase cannabis with a doctor's recommendation. It's likely a last trip for Mackenzie, his wife and their son. And one he is already enjoying.
Spanish Harlem is apparently still such a rough neighborhood that even the stoners have a violent side when being harassed by nosey cops.
Just ask the 26-year-old rookie with the New York Police Department who had her teeth knocked out over the weekend after a street side shakedown over a little pot smoke turned into a full-blown Harlem scuffle.
The beaver thinks you should legalize pot.
Should the possession, cultivation and sales of limited amounts of marijuana be legal in Oregon?
We say yes, of course, but that decision will ultimately be up to Oregon voters this November as a legalization ballot measure has officially qualified for the ballot. Read more below.