Marijuana and Cannabis News
Back in April, Denver police botched a 911 call that left a mother of three children dead, shot by her husband in front of her children. But what the media seemed to focus on the most was the husband's alleged psychosis caused by eating a piece of a marijuana edible, according to Denver cops and Denver DA's office, who says blood tests showed "low-level" THC amounts.
It's a story that kicked off controversy in Colorado surrounding edibles, and played heavily into lawmakers passing new, strict (and some would say useless) regulations on edibles manufacturing, potency and sales.
Now the family of Christine Kirk is finally speaking out, though they aren't talking about the pot edibles or even the night of the murder. Instead, they want to tell the story of an amazing mother, daughter and sister. Read about Kirk from the people who loved her over at the Denver Westword.
Colorado Springs voters could decide whether to allow recreational cannabis sales in the city next April -- if, that is, pro-pot and anti-pot city leaders can find some common ground first. Recreational cannabis sales are currently banned in the Springs because of a city council vote last year, but in recent months councilwoman Jill Gaebler has been working to get a measure on the April 2015 ballot that would give voters the chance to repeal that ban. Her goal was to have council approve the proposal on August 11; if it failed then, she said, the public would still have time to collect enough signatures for a citizen initiative.
But two weeks ago, when the measure was brought up at a city council meeting, councilman Keith King threw a wrench in the works by demanding a 10 percent special city tax be included in the proposal. The tax would come on top of the 10 percent special state sales tax, the regular 2.9 percent state sales tax, the 1.23 percent El Paso County tax and the existing 2.5 percent Colorado Springs sales tax, bringing the total to more than 26 percent tax on a bag of herb.
Have you ever used pot or hash? According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the United States, 41 percent of people twelve years and older responded in 2008 that they have -- at least once in their life. We're guessing that number is going to rise in the next report, though, thanks to legalization in Colorado and Washington and changing attitudes elsewhere.
But here's a more specific question. Have you used pot of hash in front of a U.S. Census Bureau employee? Anecdotal evidence would suggest that some of you have -- and at least one census worker is fine with that.
Given Fox News' conservative slant, it's no surprise that most of the network's coverage about Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana sales has been largely or wholly negative. Take Bill O'Reilly correspondent Jesse Watters's report about 4/20 in Denver, which sought laughs by characterizing attendees as clueless burdens on society.
It's surprising, then, to see Fox News essentially hyping marijuana tourism to Colorado in a new post with an unexpectedly positive tone. Denver Westword has more.
While we think the Emmy's are generally just a reach-around for Hollywood elite and don't really represent the best acting, directing or writing on television, the awards ceremony occasionally provide some entertainment.
Like last night, when comedian Sara Silverman showed off her hash-oil filled vaporizer pen to a national audience while completely blowing off mindless questions about fashion and proved that at least one person in Hollywood thinks the awards are as big of a joke as us.
On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, our colleagues at the Riverfront Times Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle county attorney, in hopes of speaking with him about why he decided to press charges against Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota woman who gave her ailing teenage son medical marijuana oil to (effectively) treat symptoms stemming from a traumatic brain injury.
But Stulz, unfortunately, isn't in the mood to talk about it. Their calls weren't returned, and that appears to be the case for other reporters who have reached out to him as well.
Colorado attorney Rob Corry recently asked for a temporary restraining order to halt tax collection while the matter is considered, but Denver District Court Judge John Madden rejected that request at Friday's session. The ruling disappoints Corry, but he's optimistic about the case's future and feels plenty of interesting information came out -- including, he says, the admission by city and state reps that anyone buying marijuana in Colorado is incriminating themselves in the eyes of the federal government.
As Corry said in June, when the suit (on view below) was originally filed, "The primary cause of action is based on the Timothy Leary case before the U.S. Supreme Court:" -- a reference to 1969's Leary v. U.S. "That case struck down the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 after Leary successfully argued to the court that payment of a marijuana tax was a violation of the Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination."
When smuggling a stash of marijuana through the foothills of West Virginia, it is highly advisable to eliminate any and all bizarre variables from the equation that could possibly contribute to an accident or an unsavory run in with the law... or both. Just ask 20-year-old Seth Grim, who was arrested last Friday for possession of marijuana after his dog caused him to lose control of his Ford Explorer and wipe out along a stretch of highway -- exposing the unusual contents of his SUV.
The Chinese government is saying that they have located the largest cannabis field in the country's history using satellite imagery. How big? You don't need to know that, apparently. China isn't saying. Just take their word for it, apparently. It's huge.
"In Jilin and Inner Mongolia, a marijuana field that is the largest on record since the establishment of the country [in 1949] was discovered," according to the China News Service. The satellite also showed several previously-unknown border crossing paths and poppy fields.
Some contend that the release on the domestic use of satellite and high-level graphical software - not typical of China - is to hint at China's military satellite technology abilities.
Toke of the Town.
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater is being suspended for four games this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. And though Prater lives and plays in Colorado (where adult use of limited amounts of cannabis is legal) it wasn't pot that's got him benched - it's booze.