Marijuana and Cannabis News
Here's how officials from various Orange County police agencies say two young Ontario men visiting relatives here got their kicks: robbing marijuana smoke accessory shops at gunpoint.
A dozen armed robberies pinned to Raul Ochoa, 20, and Eric Camacho Gonzalez, 18, also include shoe stores, t-shirt shops, a nail salon and a Metro PCS store--all in Anaheim, Santa Ana or Garden Grove--that were struck. The OC Weekly has more.
Driving under the influence of marijuana has been illegal in Colorado well before Amendment 64 made the personal possession of an ounce of pot legal for adults 21 and up in that state. But with the newfound freedom to get legally stoned has come an increased push to curb stoned driving and to get the word out that Colorado cops will be writing marijuana DUIs.
Grilling stoned is now legal in Colorado.
But us stoners don't really take to dry, government propaganda very well. So instead of simply handing out fliers with recreational pot purchases that will get tossed away as soon as the customer gets home and lights up a bowl, the Colorado Department of Transportation is trying their hand at a more comedic approach.
Legalizing limited amounts of cannabis for adults over 21 should be saving taxpayers money as police can now focus on actual crimes instead of hassling legal pot users and dispensers. But Colorado's police chief's don't see it that way. Instead, they are insisting on more money to pay for pot cops, which they say are sucking money and officers away from other duties.
Apparently they didn't get the message: the bill was intended as a way for cops to spend their existing resources on more important things, like actual crimes.
An unnamed Lorain, Ohio woman (that we're going to call Debby Downer) bought a new car last August and, up until now hadn't really needed her spare. But we think it's safe to say that someone else did need it. Really, really bad.
After taking her car in to have the flat spare tire replaced, mechanics found eight pounds of ganja wrapped around the rim. Yes, we were surprised the mechanics didn't keep the herb for themselves as well.
CU-Boulder was once the setting for one of the planet's largest 4/20 celebrations. But after a massive blowout in 2011, administrators closed the campus in 2012, and did the same in 2013.
Big photos below.
No surprise, then, that the university has announced the campus will be off-limits to visitors on this April 20, too. Our friends at the Denver Westword have the rest.
On Saturday night, an apartment in Colorado Springs, Colorado blew up -- and shortly thereafter, Lee Brown, 51, was arrested. Why? He's suspected of causing the explosion by attempting to make hash oil inside.
Feel like you've heard that story before? That's because such tales are becoming all too common. Denver Westword has photos and details about five hash-oil explosions, including the most recent one -- plus details about why the process is so dangerous.
Marijuana is still very much illegal in Texas, and, whatever Governor Rick Perry says about "decriminalization", it will remain so for the immediate future. But the tide of public opinion is turning fast, and it's not so hard to imagine a day when Texas relaxes its weed ban. It almost seems like an inevitability.
That's what Jerry Grisaffi is banking on. "Once the cities and the government start tasting the tax revenue, all the other BS goes away," he says, referring to marijuana regulations in every state that's not Washington or Colorado. Dallas Observer has more.
When the LA Weekly found out that hip hop rapper/cult personality Riff Raff had his own strain of weed, they were pretty pumped and imagined dancing like a manic octopus, telling hilarious stories about how our father fights polar bears, and being blessed with sartorial inspiration.
Riff Raff and his Jody Highroller strain.
So they did what any curious writer should do: they made their way over to a local cannabis club selling the strain at five grams for $55. And then they got high. Read more of their journey into stonedness over at LAWeekly.com
As many of us who went to school in the Rocky Mountains can tell you: college kids plus weed plus snow days equals pot igloos. I can remember a major storm my senior year dumping feet of snow at my house at the University of Denver and me and my roommates building a snow hotbox in my back yard big enough for eight that lasted for at least a week.I think my roommate Andy even slept it in it.
Unfortunately, four college kids in Utah weren't as lucky and are facing disciplinary action from the University of Utah for simply doing what college kids do.
It feels like just yesterday Justin Bieber was down in the Sunshine State allegedly blocking off a Miami Beach roadway, drag-racing with R&B singer Khalil and being snarky with the po-po. The Biebz was placed under arrest for failing a field sobriety test, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired license.
As a first-time offender, TMZ reports the megafamous pop star was offered a pretty standard plea deal: community service, alcohol abuse classes, and random drug testing. In his infinite wisdom, he said no deal. After all, this is Florida, where people have literally gotten away with murder. Read the rest over at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.