Marijuana and Cannabis News
FlickrCommons Is 10% of America's workforce really toking up before clocking in?
There is a headline making the rounds from Mashable.com right now whose headline bluntly states, "Nearly 10% of Americans Go to Work High on Weed".
Now, if you visit Mashable.com for news about anything other than maybe potato recipes, you were likely too blinded by the cutesy illustrated infographic attached to the article to have noticed how shoddy the actual attempt at journalism was.
Charlo Greene, a TV reporter in Anchorage, Alaska, knows how to make an exit. During a report last night on the 10 o'clock news in Anchorage, Greene did a report on the Alaska Cannabis Club - a local group pushing for the legalization of limited amounts of cannabis this fall. When the station panned back to Greene for the live shot, she dropped a bomb on everyone: she's the owner of the club.
As for her reporter job? Greene puts it bluntly: "Fuck it."
A Missouri school district is now up against an angry dad after suspending his daughter for the majority of the 2014 school year because they found references to marijuana written in her personal journal. What is even more disgusting is that her disciplinary papers indicated that she had been suspended for "possession of a controlled substance," even though she is not guilty of anything other than penning her thoughts.
Klaus With a K.
The story of actress Daniele Watts' confrontation with police last week has sparked a raging debate in Los Angeles. Do you have the right, as Watts insisted, to refuse to identify yourself to cops? In situations like the one Watts found herself in last Thursday, in which a caller alleged to the police that she was having sex in a car in the middle of the day, the practical answer is ... probably not.
Now, it's a little complicated: The ACLU of Southern California is in Watts' corner, saying you do have the right to refuse, while the union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles Police Department officers says you don't have that right, not if you're being detained for questioning.
Today at noon in Denver, the unveiling of a billboard inspired by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's unhappy experience with pot edibles will serve as the official launch of Consume Responsibly, a new campaign intended to counter decades worth of pot misinformation with practical facts about cannabis use. Included in the campaign materials are satirical images about what has up until now qualified as "marijuana education." Count down the eight graphics below.
More photos and graphics below.
Floridians may be set to head to the polls in November to legalize medical marijuana, but could individual cities still ban smoking medical pot anyway? Bonita Springs, Florida, is going to try and is already drafting an ordinance banning smoking in public.
Which is slightly funny because Bonita Springs' most famous store is a fishing shop called Master Bait and Tackle (get it?), and its tourist stores sell a lot of "Bonita Springs: a drinking town with a fishing problem" shirts. But apparently medical pot is a bridge too far.
Lancaster City Police.
Cops in Lancaster, PA aren't all that good at their jobs. After all, a cannabis plant was able to grow to about eight feet in front of someone's house and it took an anonymous tip before they were even aware of its existence.
And, apparently, this happens a lot.
Hossein Nayeri, one of three suspects charged in the gruesome torture and sexual mutilation of a Newport Beach, California medical marijuana dispensary owner, will be arraigned today at Orange County's Superior Courthouse.
The last of the defendants to be charged, Nayeri fled to his native Iran, which has no extradition treaty with the United States, but authorities were able to lure him to the Czech Republic, where they arrested him. He'll now stand trial for kidnapping and cutting off the penis of the man he was trying to rob.
Crazyad0boy/FlickrCommons "You can have my gun when you pry it from my smelly, unwashed dungarees"
With the medical and recreational use of cannabis steadily on the rise, controversy looms over how it is to be handled in the workplace. In 23 states, and counting, adults can legally fire up a joint in the privacy of their home, but those same states offer no protection when a person's otherwise legal cannabis use leads to them losing their job.
So, often the battle comes down to one simple question: How cool is your boss? Some bosses will make you piss in a cup on your way in the door, while others will make sure there is always a bowl packed in the break room bong.
The latter seems to have been the case at Valley Pawn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where it was all fun and games until one butthurt employee took a bullet where the sun don't shine.
The findings of some studies are surprising. Others, not so much.
Quest Diagnostics data that shows a nationwide increase in positive marijuana results during workplace drug tests -- with the numbers even higher in Colorado and Washington -- qualifies as the latter. However, a closer look at the numbers suggests that exercising caution before drawing sweeping conclusions would be wise. More at the Denver Westword.