Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Partnership for a Drug-Free America Concedes on Weed

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Partnership for a Drug-Free America is ready to concede. Pot legalization is "happening in America," said executive director Steve Pasierb, in an interview with AdAge.com published this week.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Check Out Colorado’s Condescending New PSAs

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM

You’d have to be insane to assume that just because a state like Colorado legalized adult-only possession and use of cannabis, it also would legalize driving under the influence of THC.

If you’re one of those lunatics, or maybe you’re just in need of a reminder, the Colorado Department of Transportation has whipped up some funny — if condescending — public service announcements reminding folks of the obvious: it’s still illegal to drive high in Colorado, and everywhere else in the civilized world.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Dear Abby — On Weed

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Popular mainstream advice column Dear Abby was founded in 1956, and, over the years, has represented a sort of moral compass for the country. And if the moral compass can tolerate adult pot use, who knows what’s next.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

California Bans Rat Poison Often Found on Trespass Pot Farms

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

California has approved a statewide ban on direct-to-consumer sales of certain animal poisons that are killing mountain lions, hawks, foxes, owls, and pacific fishers. These so-called "anticoagulant rodenticides" are popular in residential neighborhoods, on farms, and on trespass pot grows — where criminals use them to poison wildlife that nibbles the plant.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Oakland Pot Chocolate Company, Bhang, Valued at $65 Million

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

An ExpressBest Edibles Company” and long-time Legalization Nation subject, Bhang Chocolate is taking $39 million in venture capital funding to expand the brand, an investment firm reported this month.

The four-year-old, award-winning chocolate company started by Scott Van Rixel has partnered with Mentor Capital, which will take 60 percent of the company in exchange for $39 million, valuing Bhang at $65 million.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Parks & Rec’s Aubrey Plaza Knows A LOT About Vape Pens

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 9:50 AM

In another sign of how more and more Americans are coming out of the cannabis closet, very mainstream network television actor Aubrey Plaza of "Parks & Recreation" appeared on a weed-focused online video series and apparently knows a LOT about vape pens.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

First Legal Pot Grower Licensed in Washington? You Guessed It: Kouchlock Productions

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

The state of Washington awarded its first ever legal pot-growing permit on March 5.

And the name of the historic recipient of the soggy state’s first-ever license to grow and process cannabis? None other than “Kouchlock Productions.” How auspicious.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Colorado Reports $14 million in Pot Sales for January; $3.5M in taxes and fees

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The Colorado Department of Revenue released yesterday a much-anticipated report on legal weed sales and tax revenue for the Rocky Mountain state, which began to tax and regulate over-the-counter pot sales to adults over 21 on January 1.

And the results are promising.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

California Democrats Move to Make Marijuana Legalization Part of Their Platform

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM

California’s Democratic Party officials moved to make regulating cannabis like alcohol a plank of their platform during a voice vote Sunday at their convention in Los Angeles, the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle report.

California should be leading the national debate about pot, not following, said Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in a speech to the convention. Watch below.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Caffeine vs THC: The Double Standards of Addiction

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

About 1 percent of the population is addicted to a drug that gives them headaches if they quit, and may cause jitters, anxiety, insomnia, and ulcers if they don’t. It's lethal at high doses. About 90 percent of the US population takes this drug regularly, even though it has no medical use. It’s marketed to kids, sold in or near schools, and is on school playgrounds. A schedule 1 narcotic, you assume?

Nope - caffeine.

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