Marijuana and Cannabis News

California medical marijuana distributor sentenced to 22 years gets 8-year reduction
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

The ringleader of a huge, Southern California medical marijuana distribution network has won a whopping 94-month reduction in his punishment, according to federal court records reviewed by our friends at the OC Weekly.

In July 2013, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna sentenced John Melvin Walker to a term of 262 months in prison, but this week amended the punishment to a term of 168 months for the conspiracy and efforts to evade federal tax obligations.

Colorado police chief fears second-hand high in scenario that has never happened
Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:20 am


Pueblo, Police Chief Luis must have a lot of time on his hands. This week he publically announced his fears that if his officers ever have to respond to a pot club (they haven't ever) that they may get a contact high.

"I am concerned that if there are some kind of disturbance inside one of those clubs and our officers get there, they will be entering a structure that will be nothing but laden with [marijuana] smoke," Pueblo Police Chief Luis Velez told Denver's KUSA. His biggest worry: that they'll be too high to drive afterward. Seriously.

Florida medical marijuana opponents include "Just Say No" founder who thinks pot leads to AIDS
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

Now that the Florida Supreme Court has approved to have a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot this November, the group responsible for getting it there, United for Care, is all about getting the word out.

This week alone, the group has a daylong campaign scheduled to call registered voters and get the word out about Amendment 2.

Minnesota Republican senators pen fear-mongering anti-pot letter, write that ganja "rips families apart"
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Ingebrigtsen (left) and Rosen regard efforts to legalize weed as "a direct attack at our way of life in Minnesota."

An anti-medical marijuana letter co-written by MNGOP Sens. Julie Rosen and Bill Ingebrigtsen reminds us of some of the crazy stuff you would've read about pot nearly a century ago.

The letter, which is addressed to Rosen and Ingebrigtsen's Senate colleagues, describes marijuana as a "devastatingly addictive drug" that "rips families apart, devastates relationships and destroys communities." Seriously. There are people that still believe this crap. Our friends at the Minneapolis City Pages did a great job of calling them out on their BS, though.

Federally-funded study conducted by addiction specialists shows marijuana may damage youth brains
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm


A federally-sponsored study on the harms of marijuana found - surprise! - that marijuana is harmful to the brains of youth who smoke it, even casually.

Yes, a Northwestern University School of Medicine study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Office of National Drug Control Policy found that marijuana use physically alters brain structures. The study didn't examine whether or not those changes caused any decline in the brains of users, but that didn't stop them from making that connection.

Denver cops imply marijuana was a factor in horrific shooting, sparks more Reefer Madness
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:20 am


A husband allegedly shot is wife in the head in Denver Monday night. And while the crime is horrible, it is primarily making news because police and Denver media are latching on to the rumor that the man may have been high on marijuana at the time.

But what police aren't making a big deal is their absurdly slow reaction time - 13 minutes - nor do they have any concrete evidence of marijuana consumption or that it contributed to the incident (hint: it didn't).

U.S. Supreme Court may take up Florida drug-testing plan
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:20 am


Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test every single state employee in Florida -- from department heads to minimum wage DMV janitors -- has already failed the common-sense test and an appeals court ruling. A trial run of the program found that almost no state employees were failing, while an appeals court ruled that the program violated the constitution.

But Scott hasn't given up on the idea yet. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide this week whether to take up the latest petition filed by Scott's lawyers.

Denver hotel searches up 73 percent for 4/20 weekend despite city efforts to ignore pot tourism
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm


Both the State of Colorado and City of Denver tourist agencies have resisted the temptation to use marijuana as a way to lure visitors to the area, despite mainstream media pot coverage that's essentially free advertising. It seems their non-approach isn't working.

Against that backdrop comes word that hotel searches for Denver on 4/20 weekend are up 73 percent from this time last year -- and a national cannabis activist thinks the digits might be even higher if officials weren't so shy about embracing weed.

Phoenix pet docs exaggerate marijuana danger for pets in not-so-new news story
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:20 am

More people have been bringing their pets to Phoenix-area animal hospitals to treat marijuana ingestion, according to a local chain of animal clinics. According to the Emergency Animal Clinic -- which owns five hospitals across Phoenix, the East Valley, and West Valley -- there's been a pretty sharp increase in such cases over the past few years.

According to the Emergency Animal Clinic, they averaged about six cases a month in 2012, nearly a dozen a month in 2013, and nearly two dozen a month so far this year.That increase happens to coincide with the opening of medical-marijuana dispensaries in Arizona. And you'd better believe the vets are making that connection.

Liquor sales and consumption okay at Denver's 4/20 "rally", pot consumption outlawed
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:20 am


Denver city officials expect organizers of this weekend's 4/20 event at Denver's Civic Center Park to actively discourage public pot smoking -- an activity that's illegal under Colorado law. However, liquor will be sold and can be consumed at the McNichols Building on the Civic Center complex during the festival. Among those who sees this situation as contradictory is Miguel Lopez, the 4/20 weekend's organizer who applied for the right to sell beer in the first place.

According to Lopez, the beer-sale request was submitted to Denver Arts & Venues, the city department that oversees the McNichols Building -- and it has been approved.