Marijuana and Cannabis News

Florida's Biggest Newspapers Have Come Out Against Medical Marijuana for Incredibly Stupid Reasons
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

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A somewhat surprising number of Florida's biggest and most influential newspapers have come out against medical marijuana. The Orlando Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Florida Times-Union are just a few. None of those editorials actually bashes the idea of medical marijuana. They're cool with it, in theory. They just think that it should be an issue decided on by the Florida Legislature and that the amendment is too vague and will cause some sort of abuse. What kind of abuse? No one knows -- the editorials are being very vague about it.

This of course ignores two key points:
1. There is no way the Florida Legislature in its current Republican-controlled form will legalize medical marijuana (and this amendment failing will give it more reasons not to do so).
2. Floridians already smoke tons and tons and tons of marijuana.

More at the Miami New Times.


Texas Cop Allegedly Demands Woman Let Him Smell Her Feet, Underwear During Drug Search
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Patrick Quinn, from a screenshot of KHOU coverage.

Police in this country have a problem. Sure, there may be some good, honest cops out there but they're too often overshadowed by bully-creeps like 26-year-old Patrick Quinn, a school district cop in Houston.

During a recent traffic stop, Quinn allegedly told a woman he smelled weed in the car. That's not what he wanted to be smelling, though. Nope. His olfactory glands were tuned to other things: her feet and underwear.


(Another) Person Rescued From Mountains Near Boulder While High on Hallucinogenic Drugs
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

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The Flatirons of Boulder.

Upon being saved after a fall in Chautauqua Park yesterday, a man reportedly told his rescuers that he'd taken hallucinogenic drugs.

While you'd think this is a rare occurrence, it actually happens (sadly) very regularly.


Anti-Pot Doc Pulls Michael Brown Shooting and Weed Post, Says Intentions Were Misstated
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Yesterday, we told you about the Twitter spat that erupted after Dr. Christian Thurstone, an addiction specialist who's also a major player in Project SAM, a national organization fighting to prevent greater access to cannabis, shared a blog post in which he implied that marijuana contributed to -- and perhaps even caused -- the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police officer caused weeks of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. Now, Thurstone has pulled the controversial post and put in its place an item insisting that his intentions had been "misstated and mischaracterized." We'd say so...

More at the Denver Westword.


Denver Cops Slammed on Facebook for Halloween Pot-Edibles Warnings
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

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A cropped image from the Denver Police Department Facebook page. More photos plus two videos below.
Last month, we shared Denver Police Department concerns about trick-or-treaters possibly being slipped marijuana edibles on Halloween. Literally hundreds of readers ripped such fears as unreasonable and reactionary. But rather than backing down, the DPD upped the ante with a video on the alleged threat, plus a Facebook campaign rolled out over the past couple of weeks. Thus far, the majority of those who've responded to the department on Facebook have been more upset by what they see as fear-mongering than by the prospect of kids being dosed without their knowledge.

Uruguay Votes for New President, Marijuana Future Cloudy
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Soft spoken leftist Uruguayan President Jose Mujica's dream of legalizing cannabis to curb violence and drug problems in his country may be on the outs along with his role as the country's leader.


San Diego Patients Under Siege (VIDEO)
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm


Earlier this week, a reader passed along the following note and video to us. It's a frustrating tale that unfortunately is all too common, even in states that allow for medical cannabis use and cultivation.

"Deborah and Dennis are elderly patients living in San Diego that decided to grow a small amount of cannabis for personal use and soon after were raided by the San Diego Narcotics Task Force. Deborah Little has been HIV positive for over 20 years and her husband suffers from nerve damage - there is no reason they should have been raided and dragged through the judicial system. Thankfully, they were both found NOT GUILTY in the end, but not before the public officials made their life a living hell for nearly 2 years. It is a true injustice that patients are still having to deal with this in 2014."


Ferguson Protesters React to Leaked Testimony, Michael Brown Autopsy that Showed Marijuana In System
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Danny Wicentowski.

The investigation into the death of Michael Brown has sprung a leak. Three leaks, in fact. First, the New York Times published details from the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Brown, Darren Wilson. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch then got its hands on the official autopsy. And finally the Washington Post announced that several black witnesses have given testimony that matches Wilson's version of events.

After months of keeping a tight lid on the grand jury and civil rights investigations into Brown's death, the leaks feel like a little more than coincidence, especially as the city braces for the potential violence if Wilson is not indicted with a charge in Brown's death.


Another Marijuana Raid in San Diego; Cop Wears "F*** The Growers" T-Shirt
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

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The local news blurred out the "Fuck the Growers...Marijuana is still illegal" part of this narc's lame shirt

There is no shortage of headlines in the news these days about police officers abusing their power and denying citizens of even their most basic rights.

From Ferguson, Missouri, to your town or one nearby, cops are getting caught - many times on camera - showing little or no respect for due process, and all too often are using their own personal ideologies as a sliding scale of sorts to decide when and how to enforce the law.

They typically do not wear that ideology printed on their uniforms, however, but one law enforcement officer involved in a raid earlier this week in San Diego has some explaining to do regarding his blunt sense of style.


Missing Arkansas Pit Bull Saved in Colorado After Homeless Man Tries to Trade Him for Pot
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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The story of Trucker the pit bull would be weird under any circumstances. After all, he disappeared in Arkansas in June only to turn up almost four months later in Central City, Colorado. But the tale becomes that much stranger given the circumstances of his rescue: A Good Samaritan bought him from a homeless man who'd reportedly tried to trade him for pot.