Marijuana and Cannabis News
Greg Skidmore. Chris Christie.
Back in April, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ripped the quality of life in Colorado due to marijuana legalization -- a statement that prompted Governor John Hickenlooper's office to come up with a list of eight ways Colorado is way, way, way better than New Jersey.
Yesterday, Christie was in Colorado to stump for Bob Beauprez, Hick's gubernatorial opponent, in the sort of visit calculated to raise his profile as a potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee. And when he was asked if he regretted ripping the state, his answer was a typically blustery and unequivocal "no."
According to data compiled by the National Review, welfare recipients have used electronic benefit (EBT) cards to withdraw cash at dispensaries at least 259 times since the sale of limited amounts of cannabis to adults 21 and up began in Colorado on January 1.
In total, more than $23,600 of money meant to go toward food and housing from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was withdrawn, according to the conservative publication. And while there's no way to prove the money was spent in dispensaries, that doesn't matter to the lawmakers who immediately demanded something be done.
Snoop Dogg makes no apologies for when and where he smokes weed. Case and point? His latest claim that he lit up a blunt while taking a deuce in the White House bathroom.
On his Double-G News Network YouTube show this week, Snoop sat down with comedian Jimmy Kimmel who the Doggfather about wildest place he's ever toked.
Spanish Harlem is apparently still such a rough neighborhood that even the stoners have a violent side when being harassed by nosey cops.
Just ask the 26-year-old rookie with the New York Police Department who had her teeth knocked out over the weekend after a street side shakedown over a little pot smoke turned into a full-blown Harlem scuffle.
Efforts to free Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's only prisoner serving life without parole for marijuana charges, are continuing with an online fundraiser that seeks to raise money for a media blitz that would aim to persuade Gov. Jay Nixon to grant clemency.
The goal of the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $21,000 - a symbolic amount to represent the 21 years that Mizanskey has been imprisoned - for a series of ads for print, radio, TV, online, and billboards. The radio and TV ads will feature Mizanskey himself. Please visit Indiegogo for more on the campaign and to donate.
Minnesota's new 23-person medical cannabis task force has two public meetings coming up.
The first of which, scheduled July 31, is intended mostly as a meet-and-greet for the task force members who will be tasked with evaluating the medical cannabis program. The second one on Aug. 8 is supposed give members a better glimpse into what they'll be doing for the next six months.
Philadelphia police have their own agenda, and don't care about what the people or their city council has to say. In just one month after city council approved a measure decriminalizing small amounts of pot, cops arrested 264 people for pot possession according to data pulled by Philadelphia Magazine.
Granted, the decriminalization measure won't go into effect until September and the number is down significantly from 476 people one year ago, but it's clear the cops aren't giving up their ability to harass people just yet.
Officials at Chicago's Swedish Covenant Hospital say they want to be the first legal medical marijuana dispensary in the state. Illinois approved a medical cannabis "pilot program" in 2013, allowing for hospitals in the state to act as legal pot dispensaries. So far, none have shown much interest and medical cannabis sales aren't likely to begin until next year at the earliest.
"We have professionals who very much would like to prescribe those drugs, we have the system in place to manage it and we have the patient population that needs it," Marcia Jimenez, director of intergovernmental affairs for Swedish, told the Sun-Times. "It just made a lot of sense.
For adults only.
In a move so that defies common sense so much that it is baffling, recreational and medical pot stores in Washington can sell cannabis brownies and cookies but can't sell candy or lollipops because the latter might be appealing to kids.
Adults apparently don't ever eat candy in Washington, ever. Movie theaters must be stocked with kale chips.
A Denver marijuana edibles company is being forced to pull their products from all dispensaries after a routine food safety inspection turned up some issues with the manufacturing process. Namely: using an old washing machine for hash making isn't quite kosher in an industrial kitchen.
The company in question, At Home Baked, makes a line of do-it-yourself hash brownies. The hash is pre-mixed with the brownie powder. All you do is add water.