Yesterday marked a great day for the advancement of cannabis legalization, as both the states of Hawaii and New Mexico voted in favor of bills that will dramatically reduce the punishment for marijuana possession.
A senate committee in Hawaii gave unanimous approval to Senate Bill 472, which would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation with a maximum fine of $100.
Under Hawaii's current state law, possession is treated as a petty misdemeanor, which can incur a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
An appeals court has issued an appeal this month that allows Arizona authorities to prosecute smokers for driving under the influence — without any evidence of them actually being high.
This court ruling serves as a Twilight Zone-esque look as to what could become of California if one of the myriad "Sober DUI" bills actually passes one of these days.
Oakland's Ed Rosenthal has dedicated his life to his passion of marijuana cultivation and advocacy. He's spent years fighting for marijuana rights and authoring numerous books on how to properly grow the plant.
Unfortunately most achievements in this field have gone largely unnoticed until Rosenthal was recently featured in "The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well," a new book by authors Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield that profiles several individuals who have accomplished nearly impossible feats in their respective crafts.
Californians are going to have to fight every year to prevent new laws criminalizing driving while sober, apparently.
Last year, sober drivers defeated the Rep. Norma Torres' sober driving bill, which would have criminalized driving with any amount of cannabinoids in your system — despite the facts that driving while stoned is already illegal, and cannabis can stay in the body for weeks, long after the high's worn off. This year, California's sober DUI hawk is noted drug warrior and California State Senator Lou Correa.
Richmond collective Grand Daddy Purp's winning streak continues this season. On Sunday, judges affiliated with High Times magazine awarded the Richmond dispensary the Highest CBD trophy in the 2013 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup Los Angeles. The winning GDP strain is called Sandman.
Grand Daddy Purp collective has a long history of breeding award-winning plants, as well as growing and selling them in the East Bay.
YouTube user Spannabis13 posted a video Saturday of a Barcelona mob rushing in and grabbing about $30,000 worth of marijuana plant nutrients at a pot party. Spain has become something of a hotbed of global cannabis production, which is why leading North American Advanced Nutrients was there giving out samples of its pot-growth aids — rather poorly might we add.
Watch around minute five as the organizers lose control of the crowd and the booth is overrun like something out of World War Z — only instead of bloodthirsty zombies, we got giveaway crazed potheads. Ya''ll need to chill out. Video after the jump.
Major Oakland medical marijuana dispensary Harborside Health Center will have to battle federal forfeiture attempts — without the City of Oakland in the ring with them.
Yesterday, reports indicate Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James granted a motion by the U.S. government to dismiss a lawsuit filed by City of Oakland against Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Oakland's suit sought to prevent Haag from attempting to close Harborside Health Center, arguably the world's largest dispensary, with about 100,000 members.
Ms. Haag filed suit in July to seize Harborside's leased building at 1840 Embarcadero with the goal of shutting the club down. The actions come as part of a 16 month-long federal/state pot crackdown which has closed scores of legal, well-regulated dispensaries in the Bay Area.
An Anaheim computer engineer and his dentist wife might soon lose their $1.5 million office building over a $37 medical cannabis sale, according to OC Weekly reports.
The married, middle-aged couple repeatedly rented office space to dispensaries in the medi-weed battleground of Anaheim. In Dec., 2011 a local undercover officer posing as a patient conducted a buy at the office of one of their tenants, ReLeaf Health & Wellness. ReLeaf gave the cops a good deal — 4.2 grams for $37. It was enough to prosecute.
America's drug czar sat down with Canadian publication Maclean's to bad-mouth his boss, President Obama, for not talking tough enough on pot, and to claim that marijuana is a worse public health problem than OxyContin.
"More people are dying of prescription drug abuse than heroin and cocaine combined," Gil Kerlikowske said, right before he labeled pot America's number-one drug problem, despite the fact that you cannot overdose on it.
"After marijuana, we see prescription drugs as the next most significant drug problem we have," he said. Wow.
Kerlikowske also outlined his plan for legalization in Colorado and Washington: catching the big fish, regardless of state law.
It takes some balls to say weed doubles the risk of stroke, and to not control the study for tobacco or alcohol use. New Zealand professor of clinical neurology Alan Barber: You sir, have some balls.
Barber presented his "pot doubles strokes risk" findings at the the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2013 this week. There are no links to the actual paper, but in the presentation and associated press release, Barber suggests that cannabis use may double the stroke risk in young adults.
He came to this conclusion by testing the pee of 160 stroke patients between the ages of 18 and 55. Sixteen percent of the patients tested positive for cannabis. “These patients usually had no other vascular risk factors apart from tobacco, alcohol and other drug usage,” Barber said.
But wait, isn't alcohol and tobacco and other drug use a HUGE vascular risk factor? I mean, even caffeine increases risk of stroke. Even the press release admits, "the association [between weed and stroke] is confounded because all but one of the stroke patients who were cannabis users also used tobacco regularly."
Still, “We believe it is the cannabis use and not tobacco,” states Professor Barber.
It's nice to believe things, but belief isn't science, Doc.