Marijuana and Cannabis News

Houston Piloting Marijuana Community Service Program for First-time Offenders
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

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H-Town.

It's not decriminalization, but starting October 6 and ending in mid-April if you're caught with up to two ounces of herb in Houston (or all of Harris County), you're a non-violent offender and it's your first time being busted, you won't face any criminal charges so long as you complete eight hours of community service or an eight-hour drug course.

Oh, but you'll still have to go through the humiliation of being arrested.

Ex-Miami Beach Candidate Steve Berke's Grease Pot Parody Yanked From YouTube
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Two-time Miami Beach mayoral candidate Steve Berke had himself a pro-medical marijuana parody hit on YouTube with "You're the Law that I Want (Yes on 2)." Set to the song "You're the One That I Want" from the musical Grease, Berke and his crew dance and sing while urging Florida voters to yes on Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana.

The four-minute parody racked up 300,000 views and was featured on Comedy Central, Buzzfeed, and the Huffington Post, according to its producers. But it's been pulled by the site, after the Warner/Chappell music company claimed it violated its copyright. Apparently nobody told Warner/Chappell that satire and parody are fair use in the United States.


Richard Stulz, County Attorney Going After Medical Cannabis Mom, Is Running Unopposed
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Do you think Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle County attorney, is doing a good job spending taxpayer dollars by going after Angela Brown, the mother who gave her son medical cannabis to treat a brain injury? (Editor's note: No, you probably don't).Apparently, other attorneys in Lac Qui Parle County are apathetic about that question, as according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, Stulz is running for reelection without opposition this year. Stulz was present in Montevideo yesterday for Brown's hearing, but he didn't actually enter the courtroom. That's because he's delegated Brown's prosecution to one of his assistants, Brown says.

"He threw her to the wolves, and he's out in the hallway," Brown adds, referring to Stulz's assistant. "That was awfully spineless of him."


See Campaign Clips in Colorado, Rhode Island That Court Votes With Pot
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Once upon a time, most gubernatorial candidates shied away from the mention of marijuana unless they were pledging to crack down on it. But now, Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon and medical marijuana advocate Anne Armstrong are putting pot front and center in their campaigns for the top office in Colorado and Rhode Island, respectively. As was recently noted in Backbeat, Dunafon co-stars alongside hip-hop star Wyclef Jean in a music video that stresses marijuana rights. Meanwhile, Armstrong, a write-in hopeful for the Compassionate Party, proves her devotion to MMJ by firing up on camera.

These aren't your grandparents' campaign commercials.


Colorado High Court to Rule on Medical Marijuana Use Off-Work
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Brandon Coats and his attorney Michael Evans.

The Colorado Supreme Court yesterday heard oral arguments on why medical marijuana patients should have the right to use their medicine off work.

As we wrote on Monday, the case stems from the firing of Brandon Coats, a paraplegic former DISH Network call-center operator who tested positive for marijuana in a drug test but contends that he was never high on the job. He says he was open about his medical cannabis use to his bosses, and that they simply targeted him for firing knowing a hot test would mean the end of his job.


Soccer Player With History of Coke, Tobacco Use Has Heart Attack - Docs Blame Pot
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 8:20 am

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"Marijuana may be bad for your heart" - so says the headline on the website who broke the story, LiveScience.com.

In less than four hours, NewsMaxHealth.com picked up the feed and copy/pasted the LiveScience.com story, but gave the headline a bit of a twist so that theirs reads "Marijuana Causes Heart Problems".

Well now, that sure escalated quickly.


Las Vegas Man Busted After Posting YouTube Grow Updates
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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YouTube has become a great resource for cannabis growers. Want to learn how to get better yields from your plants? Go to YouTube. Want to learn how to make ice wax? YouTube. There's plenty of instructional videos on all sorts of topics posted either by legal cultivators in states where cannabis is legal or clandestine, secretive growers who don't divulge their identities or locations.

Jason Pelletier is neither of those, according to Las Vegas police.


Is Utah Marijuana Compact the New Blueprint for Stopping Pot Legalization?
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Does Paula Riggs, Christian Thurstone and Bob Doyle of Project SAM want to keep marijuana illegal so they can profit off of treatment?

A recent poll suggested that a majority of Coloradans were unhappy with marijuana legalization -- findings embraced by anti-pot activists who'd ignored previous surveys showing the opposite.

Now, cannabis critics like these are working to prevent legalization from spreading to other states -- and a document called the Utah Marijuana Compact offers insight into their methods.


Angela Brown, Minnesota Medical Cannabis Mom, Due in Court Today; Charges Haven't Been Dropped
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Angela Brown with her son, Trey.

Last month, we told you about Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota resident who was charged with two gross misdemeanors for giving cannabis extracts to her teenage son, Trey, to treat a traumatic brain injury he suffered in 2011.

Brown's story generated quite a stir, mostly among people who couldn't begin to understand why the Lac Qui Parle county attorney, Richard Stulz, thought it was a good idea to press charges in this case. But the controversy apparently didn't deter Stulz, as this morning Brown is due in court in Montevideo, where she plans to enter a "not guilty" plea


Orange County Cop Accused of Soliciting Prostitute Gets $10,000 a Month Not to Work
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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Sascha Kohlmann.

Here's a head-scratcher: Vahak Mardoun Mardikian got demoted in 2012 by the Glendale Police Department for harassing and belittling other cops, but later the city's Civil Service Commission sided with Mardikian. He was ultimately give a huge settlement, basically by claiming that the department, half of which is made up of Armenian, black and Latino cops, is anti-Armenian.

But on Aug. 8, Markidian got tossed in Clark County jail for allegedly giving Las Vegas vice detective Justine Gatus $275 for anal sex -- and, well, to fill her gas tank. That's what Nevada court records show, obtained by the scrappy Glendale News Press. But now he's going to start collecting $10,000 a month off taxpayers-- and he gets to retire at age 50 on the taxpayer dime. Is this OK?