Marijuana and Cannabis News

Missouri Gov Pardons Nine Nonviolent Offenders, Ignores Man Serving Life for Pot
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

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As far as late Christmas presents go, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's decision to pardon nine non-violent offenders is as big and unprecedented as they come.

But for a governor who before Monday pardoned only one person since taking office in 2009, the list of formerly-naughty Missourians is arguably more notable for the name it doesn't include.

While the eight men and one women Nixon pardoned yesterday already served their sentences for felony and misdemeanor crimes ranging from minor theft, writing bad checks and marijuana possession, there's no mention of Jeff Mizanskey, the only inmate in the state currently serving a life sentence without parole for three nonviolent pot charges.

Our buds over at the Riverfront Times have the full story.

Two Examples of How Not to Talk to Police About Weed
Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:20 am

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You have the right to remain silent...seriously

With cannabis laws in flux not only from state to state these days, but even from city to city and county to county, it is more important than ever to know your rights should you ever get pulled over by the police.

More often than not, the best advice is to keep your record - and your car - clean as can be, and if you do get rolled, shut the hell up and give as little information as possible.

Here we present two recent examples of exactly how not to deal with the cops when it comes to cars and cannabis.


AAA Releases Another Flawed Study About Cannabis Use and Driving
Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

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A new study just put out by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has once again proven that Americans are misinformed, and therefore easily confused, when it comes to cannabis use and driving a car.

As cannabis reform sweeps the nation, so too does a new round of the same stale talking points about the supposed dangers of marijuana use that have been regurgitated for decades, always muddying the waters of the debate.

If the numbers revealed in the AAA study are anywhere near accurate, all it would prove is that you can probably train a monkey to hate bananas with the right amount of propaganda.

Wisconsin Police Bust Up Barn Romance Before it Goes Bareback
Friday, December 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Lots of folks get a little lonely around the holidays, and they all deal with it in their own way. For 30-year old Jared Kreft, the best way he could think of to cope with the holiday blues was to seek out a little romance.

When he entered some stranger's barn last Wednesday night in Wasau, Wisconsin, he knew he was trespassing... but love was in the air.

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Patients Caught in Interstate Hissy Fits Over Legalization
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Benjamin Russell Halgren via GoFundMe.com.
Even messier than gay marriage, the wild inconsistencies of marijuana policies across the nation are really too chaotic for anyone to keep up with. In the span of a week, the federal government came out in support of medical marijuana, and two states neighboring Colorado sued the weed mecca over its lax laws.

Congress's shift on medical marijuana policy came rolled up in a massive spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday. For the first time, the federal government is giving individual states the option to decide whether weed has any medicinal value. For more, visit the Minneapolis City Pages.

Florida Man Continues 90-Year Sentence for Cannabis After Judge Denies Release
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Richard DeLisi, sentenced to three consecutive 30-year terms, or 90 years, for a marijuana importation conviction in 1989, will remain incarcerated. Judge Michael E. Raiden denied a motion requesting a review of his sentence last week. DeLisi has spent the past 26 years behind bars for a nonviolent offense that has a normal guideline sentence range of 12 to 17 years.

Colorado Dispensary Owner Charged with Forging Pot Documents: "I Panicked"
Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Anna Cozy, the owner of Colorado Alternative Medicine in South Denver, has been arrested and accused of faking documents related to her marijuana business and supplying them to inspectors. According to a report from the Denver D.A.'s office, Cozy was charged with two counts of attempting to influence a public servant and three counts of forgery.

According to the arrest affidavit on view below, the investigation started in late November, after a Marijuana Enforcement Division investigator suspected Cozy of handing over forged documents regarding a Marijuana Infused Product (MIPs) license and the store's grow operation.

Nebraska and Oklahoma to Coloradans Who Voted for Amendment 64: Go to Hell
Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

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We told you late last week about the lawsuit filed in federal court by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against the state of Colorado over the legalization. Basically, their complaint is that marijuana from Colorado is finding it's way to their states and causing law enforcement to work overtime busting people for minor amounts of ganja.

We'd say it's a surprise, but it's not an anyone that has been paying attention to the growing rift between the two states over the last few months would probably agree. The Denver Westword has more on the border battles.

Boulder, Colorado Tried to Ban Dispensary T-Shirts
Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Last week, the Boulder City Council voted unanimously to allow dispensaries to sell branded merchandise, so long as clothing and other items aren't offered in children's sizes.

Yes, the city was actually debating banning dispensaries from selling t-shirts, hats, mugs, or anything with their logo on it. More at the Latest Word.

Watch Out, Houston; Those Ecstasy Pills You're About to Swallow May Actually Be Meth in Disguise
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

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HCSO.
Not a bunch of Froot Loops.
You should probably think twice before ingesting those blue and yellow or purple (illicit) pills you scored on the Houston streets recently. While the dude slangin' on the corner may have told you those colorful tabs were ecstasy, it may actually be meth in disguise.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff's Office shut down a couple of major drug labs in northwest Harris County Monday, where investigators say pill manufacturers were whipping up methamphetamine pills but disguising them to look like ecstasy. Not awesome at all.

More at the Houston Press.