Marijuana and Cannabis News Archive

New York governor pushed to expedite state MMJ program after two epileptic children die
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Anna Conte passed away July 17.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to acting Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker on Tuesday asking Zucker to consider expediting the medical marijuana legalization specifically for epileptic children in New York.

Cuomo's letter comes after two children, nine-year-old Anna Conte and three-year-old Olivia Marie Newton, died this month. In June, state legislators passed the Compassionate Care Act, legalizing marijuana for patients with conditions including epilepsy, but legalization will not be implemented in the state for at least 18 months.


Colorado health officials want new rules for the Medical Marijuana Registry
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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State health officials are calling for a public rule-making committee this fall to iron out details involving the medical marijuana patient registry, including limiting the ability of caregivers to serve more than five patients. In a letter to the Colorado Board of Health earlier this month, Ron Hyman, director of the Medical Marijuana Registry, outlined areas that he says will require a rule-making hearing on September 16.

St. Louis radio station owner running pro-marijuana ads
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:20 am

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It's a dream of every radio station owner, but a dream that has probably never been realized until now.

"They're actually thanking me for the ads," says Elmo Donze, owner of classic-rock station KBDZ (93.1 FM) in Perryville. "This has never happened before."

But it's not the ads for car insurance or ambulance chasers that people are praising. Rather, people are grateful for the $10,000 worth of advertisements endorsing medical marijuana legislation that Donze donated to Show-Me Cannabis earlier this year. Such a move might be considered politically risky for the more corporate radio behemoths, but if Donze's effort is any indication, listeners love it. More at the Riverfront Times.


Three New York guards indicted for smuggling cocaine and oxys into prison
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:27 am

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The correctional officer-jail inmate relationship is often a fraught one, rife with resentment, misunderstandings and violence. But sometimes, just sometimes, the two groups can put aside their differences and work together. That's the silver lining we can take from the news that two current Rikers COs, Steven Dominguez and Divine Rahming, have been charged with smuggling cocaine and oxycodone into the prison with the help of an inmate and his girlfriend. Another former Rikers guard, Deleon Gifth, who resigned earlier this year, was arrested Monday on charges that he was paid $500 to deliver what he thought was oxycodone to an inmate back in February.

The Village Voice has more on these three stooges.


Florida man busted for pot sues judge; judge sues back
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Plenty of people say and do really stupid things every day in this country, whether weed is part of the equation or not. It's just collectively painful when one of "our people" screws up and makes all cannabis enthusiasts look bad, and for some reason those cases seem to come out of the state of Florida all too often.

Colorado man gets three years' probation for feeding teenage minors pot cookies
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, much has been made of children accidentally ingesting edible marijuana -- but what about when people intentionally feed it to kids? Last week Davirak Ky pleaded guilty to distributing a controlled substance and child abuse for feeding two minors cannabis-infused cookies. In exchange, Ky received three years of probation, must undergo drug and alcohol treatment, and has to take a class on the effects of drugs on children -- but he will avoid prison time if he stays out of trouble


Feds conduct stoned driving study
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

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The United States government has been getting the average citizen all liquored up and stoned for the past year, and then putting them behind the wheel in the name of high science.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, the federal agency that earlier this year, predicted legalized marijuana would come with severe consequences, recently set out to determine the effects of alcohol and marijuana on those motorists who engage in white knuckle, red-eyed behavior along the great American landscape.


NFL's Josh Gordon claims secondhand smoke led to failed drug test
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon says secondhand smoke led to a failed drug test

One of the first things you learn as a stoner is how to dodge the bullet when it comes to getting busted. Some nights there might not have been enough Visine and cologne on the planet to cover up how baked you were when you thought you were fooling your parents coming home late.

When you do walk in a room all pie-eyed and reeking of reefer, maybe the oldest excuse in the book is to blame it on the "other guy". When the phrase "secondhand smoke" became a household term when speaking on the dangers of cigarettes, the anti-pot crowd was quick to point out that secondhand marijuana smoke could be a danger as well.

These days, the tables have turned a bit, and savvy stoners are turning science against the system and citing "secondhand smoke" as the culprit anytime they get busted for weed.


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.