Marijuana and Cannabis News

Newspaper Story from 1948 says Comic Books Are "Dope" for the Human Mind
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Dope! That's what comic books are! Dope! And those dirty books should be scrubbed, put through the wringer and have the dirt squeezed from them!

At least, that's the gist of this December 30, 1948 column in the Steamboat (Colorado) Pilot by George Bowra, an (at the time) relatively well-known figure in the American West. The tone of the article is over the top, bordering on satire -- which might make sense considering Bowra's history as a colorful character. But we're not so sure he was joking.


Siberian Stoner: 2,500-year-old Mummy Smoked Cannabis to Ease Pain of Breast Cancer
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Over two decades ago, Russian archeologists discovered the tomb of a mummy referred to as the Siberian "Ukok Princess" buried deep beneath the frozen lands of the Altai Mountains. This discovery was highly publicized at the time due the woman's 2,500-year-old body being so well preserved that her tattoos were still plainly visible. And while scientists revealed many interesting aspects about her final resting place, perhaps the most fascinating was the fact that in addition to a number of artifacts found in the grave was a surplus of marijuana.


California Man Gets 80 Years for Murdering Drug Dealer Getting Cofffe
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Josh Parrish/Flickr.

A 38-year-old man who murdered a drug dealer making himself a cup of coffee in a Santa Ana bakery has been sentenced to 80 years to life in state prison.

A jury last month found Israel Pena Lopez of Santa Ana guilty of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.


Busty Model Krista Boseley Busted for Allegedly Smuggling 90 lbs of Molly into John Wayne Airport
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Federal agents busted a onetime Playboy model and a pilot at John Wayne Airport after their private plane that had arrived with them from Las Vegas was found to have nearly 60,000 Ecstasy pills and almost 90 pounds of Ecstasy powder onboard, authorities say.

The Smoking Gun reports a tip about possible drug or currency smuggling led federal agents to question Krista Boseley, 30, and Gilles Lapointe, 61, upon their landing at the Santa Ana airport on Thursday, Oct. 9.


Vice President's Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve for Blow
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Hunter Biden, the 44-year-old son of Vice President Joe Biden, was discharged from the Navy Reserve earlier this year for testing positive for cocaine, U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Biden owned up to his mistakes later in the day on CNN.


Defendant in Major New York Marijuana Trafficking Case Found Murdered in LA
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Akiva "David" Saltzman.

A New York man facing prison time for pot trafficking was found shot execution-style in a burned out car in Los Angeles earlier this month. The New York Daily News is reporting that Akiva "David" Saltzman was killed on October 3, though his attorney is saying it is unrelated to the case.


Colorado Suit That Could Free Thousands of Prisoners Headed to State Supreme Court
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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Randy Ankeney was once a rising star in the Colorado Republican party, only to become a pariah after being found guilty of numerous sex crimes. However, he now has the opportunity to impact the state in a completely different way. A complaint he brought about alleged prisoner-release violations by the Colorado Department of Corrections is headed to the state supreme court, and if it's successful, his attorney, David Lane, says it could result in potentially thousands of inmates who've been incarcerated too long being freed -- including marijuana prisoners. Denver Westword has the full story.


Santa Ana Mayor Honored Cop Sued For Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Man
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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"Oink, oink, oink."

In a prelude to city council chaos in Santa Ana over a 'Fuck the Police' hat last week, Mayor Miguel Pulido praised policemen amid jeers during a previous meeting. Santa Ana Police officer John G. Rodriguez received a service award as one of the honorees on September 2 for being on the force 25 years--almost as long as the reign of the Pulidiato itself!

"He's received two Santa Ana police department service medals of valor for actions during encounters with armed suspects," the Don Papi said, mentioning the cop's many credentials. Left out, of course, is the fact that lawsuits filed this year allege officer Rodriguez used excessive and lethal force in shooting Travis Mock, an unarmed man, in the back last year in an incident that also left another man, Jason Hallstrom, dead.


Things More Addictive Than Marijuana: Google Glass
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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The 1995 movie Strange Days was about the distant, high-tech future that would bring amazing and dark technology to our world in ... the year 2000. Yeah. If you can get past that part, the film could be seen as fairly prescient. The main character (played by Ralph Fiennes) is a space-age drug dealer who peddles software for your virtual reality gear. You know, so you can "jack in" and "wire trip."

Don't laugh. We're nearly 14 years past the dawn of the millennium, but we now now have virtual reality headgear. It's called Google Glass. And with it you can virtually trip all day watching porn or whatever else you like, if you so desire. And that, says a Southern California researcher, could be addictive indeed.


Disc Golfer Rejects Cop's Stoner Stereotype, Refuses Vehicle Search
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:20 am

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"Why is it everyone who plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?"

While it's true that there are plenty of tokers on the disc golf greens, a bag full of frisbees is not an indication that someone smokes cannabis. Nor is it ever probable cause for a nosy cop to search your car, as this disc golfer in Iowa shows us in the video below with his smart refusal of a search despite the (rather obvious) baiting from the cop. It's a video worth watching a few times because it's exactly how the situation should have been handled: