Marijuana and Cannabis News Archive

Albuquerque activists submit signatures to reduce pot penalties
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Backers of a proposal that would make the maximum penalty for an ounce of marijuana a $25 fine in Albuquerque, New Mexico submitted signatures Monday hoping to get their proposal on the November ballot.

But even they admit it could be a long shot. Supporters turned in 16,000 signatures, hoping that 11,203 are actually valid. That seems like it would be a given, but verification of the first set of signatures showed that only 57 percent were valid.

New York health department reminds you that "synthetic marijuana" isn't marijuana is stupid and dangerous
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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New York City emergency rooms are seeing an outbreak of synthetic smokable drug-related illnesses, according to the city's health department.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a warning on Sunday urging people not to buy or use "synthetic cannabinoids," which are often sold at head shops under names like K2, Spice, and Green Giant. The agency says it's gotten reports of 15 fake weed-related emergency room visits over the past two days, concentrated in East Harlem, Central Harlem and Chelsea.

Florida really, really wants legal medical marijuana access
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:20 am

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As we reported yesterday, 88 percent of Florida voters polled say they support medical marijuana. That number is among the highest medical pot has ever polled in any state, and our friends at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times point out that it's freakishly high for a poll in the Sunshine state:

"Floridians have been supporting the idea of legalized medical marijuana since the idea of it getting onto the ballot was brought up. With each successive poll, Florida has shown a growing support for medical weed. Now the latest Quinnipiac poll released Monday gives us the clearest picture to changing attitudes. According to the survey, nearly 90 percent of Floridians polled say they back the legalization of medical marijuana."

Read the rest of the local angle at the Miami New Times and the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.

Colorado initiative would remove any fines and sentences for cannabis possession in Colorado
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:20 am


While Coloradans did legalize limited amounts of pot for adults 21 and up in 2012, we didn't make all cannabis possession legal and, in fact, you can still be fined and even arrested for having more than one ounce on you at any given time.

One Colorado activist is trying to change that with a ballot initiative that would remove pot penalties from the books. Proposed ballot initiative #3 would eradicate all fines and sentences for the possession of cannabis, and guaranteeing that in the Colorado Constitution.

But its proponents have just one more week to collect the required signatures, and efforts are lagging.

Internet deputy attempts to sabotage medical marijuana Facebook group
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:20 am


The narks of the social media have reared their ugly heads and set their crossed-eyed sights on purging Americans' newsfeeds of vital information regarding the medicinal properties of marijuana. To be more specific, there is some meathead Ivy Leaguer who considers himself an "Internet Deputy," fighting from behind his computer to shutdown an established Facebook group dedicated to spreading the good word of patients medicating with cannabis oil.

Fire in Orange County leads cops to huge pot grow
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Kevin Warn/OC Weekly.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., Anaheim Fire Department responded to reports of an electrical fire at 1676 West Lincoln Ave. Five minutes later, according to Anaheim's online crime map, marijuana cultivation was reported at the same site.

Read more about the fire over at the OC Weekly.

Santa Ana, California begins pot crackdown anew
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Eric Hood/OC Weekly.
According to a Santa Ana Police Department investigator, 17 medical marijuana dispensaries were visited by police in the past week. 42 tickets were issued to dispensaries operating in violation of the city's 2007 ban on pot clubs, three of which--Wax City, Emerald, and Wax-R-Us--have now closed. The operation came in the wake of a July 15 city council meeting in which councilmembers voted to appropriate $500,000 for ongoing anti-pot enforcement actions.

Pennsylvania Republican congressman submits federal bill legalizing CBD oil
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

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A bill that would legalize high-CBD strains of cannabis at the national level was submitted today, giving hope to thousands of sick patients around the country. If approved, the bill would remove CBD-oil and "therapeutic hemp" from the controlled substances act that currently bans all forms of marijuana -- from hemp to buds.

Rep. Scott Perry, a Republican from Pennsylvania, says he was inspired to submit his bill, the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014," after meeting with the parents of a gravely sick child in his district.

Latest Florida poll shows medical cannabis is pretty much a done deal
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

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A measly ten percent of Florida voters think the medical use of marijuana should remain illegal. The rest, for the most part, agree that toking up to relieve pain and suffering should be a right every Floridian should have.

A Quinnipiac University study released this week shows that 88 percent of voters want to legalize medical cannabis. Even senior citizens, who make up one of the largest anti-pot demographics in many other states, support the measure 6 to 1.

The New York Times to release a weeklong series promoting the nationwide legalization of cannabis
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:20 am


The internet was abuzz this weekend about the announcement from the New York Times regarding a series of editorial articles to be released in the upcoming week covering the argument in favor of legalizing marijuana nationwide.

Though the title of the series may not be too creative, "High Time" will consist of a week's worth of interactive articles, web-based seminars, and Q&A sessions that promise to take an honest look at all sides of the debate.