Marijuana and Cannabis News

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.

Botulism from Heroin Spikes in Orange County
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Need another reason to avoid heroin (other than the fact that it's fucking heroin?) Orange County, California Health Care Agency officials say three people have been hospitalized over the past month for botulism associated with injecting heroin--and that two of those folks wound up in intensive care.

OC Weekly has more.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Is Still Spending Tons Of Taxpayer Cash Trying To Drug Test State Employees
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Rick Scott can't stop thinking about pee.
A federal judge told him to drop the plan. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals told him it was illegal. Then the U.S. Supreme Court refused to listen to his arguments. Even the facts are against him (the program wastes more money than it would ever "save").

But despite losing over and over in every court around, Gov. Rick Scott is still fighting for the right to force state employees to pee in a cup. And the legal bills for his quixotic quest are now inching toward a cool million bucks -- funded, of course, by taxpayers.

Nebraska, Oklahoma Sue Colorado To Stop Pot Laws
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

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William Breathes.
Girl Scout Cookies grown in Colorado.
Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a federal lawsuit against Colorado, urging the feds to shut down Colorado's marijuana industry that they say is bleeding over into their state and costing their taxpayers millions.

Which would be valid if cops in those states weren't bringing it on themselves by profiling Colorado drivers, pulling people over for made-up infractions and busting people for minor amounts that they probably wouldn't have searched for in the past. Oh, and don't think for a second that these cops - all of which are milking their department overtime pay for court appearances - mind the busts at all. Basically: they've brought the "problem" on themselves, are personally reaping financial benefit for it, and now want Colorado taxpayers to chip in to pay for their scam.

Three Ridiculous Pot Laws in Texas (Out of Many)
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

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So, there's more good news on the marijuana legalization front, and this time, it's coming to us straight from the Lone Star state.

This week, Texas State Representative Joe Moody introduced a bill that could potentially reduce the current state penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Which, frankly, is needed. Marijuana laws in Texas are pretty darn ridiculous in their current state.

California K-9 Cop Busted Hiding Confiscated Weed Won't Face Charges
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Here's a lesson for you: if you want to get away with marijuana posesion, be a cop.
A Richmond, California police officer busted with about five pounds of pot he picked up at a UPS store won't face any charges, even though he failed to follow even the most basic protocol.

K-9 Cop Joe Avila picked up the pot at the UPS store on Nov. 25 and radioed in to dispatch that he was going to file an incident report. He never did that, though. Instead, he took the pot home with him instead of to a station to lock up as evidence. It's not the first time Avila hasn't written a report, either. In fact, it's his complete lack of competency and failure to write reports for more than 36 incidents that led to his bust.


Seth Rogan: How a Stoner and His Movie Started an International Hacking Incident and Threats of Mass Death
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Ryan Orange/LA Weekly.
Seth Rogan.
Sony assumed North Korea would hate the movie. The question was: What would it do? Pyongyang had just tested its atom bomb and threatened "preemptive nuclear attack." And the Supreme Leader with his finger on the trigger was barely over 30, with less than two years of experience.

But Kim Jong-un didn't care about Olympus Has Fallen, even though the violently anti-North Korean 2013 film showed his people strangling women, murdering unarmed men, kidnapping the U.S. president and even executing their fellow citizens. His saber rattlers never mentioned it. That wasn't worth a fight.

A year later, North Korea had a bigger enemy: Seth Rogen.

U.S. Pot Raids Are Finished Under Bill Signed by Obama?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

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The days of jackbooted feds raiding legit medical marijuana operations are mostly a thing of the past under the omnibus federal spending bill signed by President Obama this week. An amendment slipped into the bill denies funding for federal anti-pot raids of legit marijuana businesses in states where cannabis has been legalized for medical or recreational purposes. That would include nearly 32 states and the District of Columbia.

The addition to the $1.1 trillion spending bill, hammered out by the House and approved by the Senate last week, was written in part by a Southern California congressman.

Georgia Man Executed Face Down on the Ground Based on Info from Junkie-NARC
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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The soldiers of the drug war have crossed the threshold from brainwashed law enforcement tactics into a despicable realm of cold-blooded murder that not even the deranged attitudes of the Old West would dare support. The latest evidence surrounding a case involving a fruitless drug raid speculates that when the Laurens County Sherriff's Department showed up to the residence of 59-year-old David Hooks earlier this year, their primary objective was to assassinate the man, not to serve a search warrant.

Rookie Texas Cop Tases Downed 76-Year-Old Man (Twice)
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Perhaps it's not the greatest idea to use a taser on an elderly person during a traffic stop. That's what a rookie cop in Texas is finding out, anyway. Victoria police officer Nathanial Robinson has been placed on administrative duty for accusations of excessive force stemming from a traffic stop where he tased a 76-year-old man twice as he lay on the ground.