'Being called “The Walmart of Weed”, a 15,000-square-foot warehouse just opened down the street from Oakland Airport in CA. The one-stop shop for medicinal marijuana cultivation is thought to be the largest in the state, selling everything you need to grow weed, but not the herb itself. (The store provides the supplies and expertise for cultivation, but only dispensaries can sell seedlings.)'
'More than 300 supporters of NORML braved frigid Northeast weather Friday night and packed the Rotunda, where four local bands played and NORML founder Keith Stroup exhorted the crowd to "get up, stand up, light up and legalize it."'
'Despite the forced cancellation of their medical marijuana competition and a brief mix-up over lecture admission prices, the Michigan Caregivers Cup is drawing plenty of visitors and continuing through the weekend, according to event organizers.'
'A university called Greenway is planning to offer training for business people interested in medical marijuana dispensaries. The university says it plans to offer MBAs for entrepreneurs wanting to open their own dispensary.'
'Sour Diesel is the founding father and is included in the three phenos we have come to know and love as Chem Dog, OG Kush, and as we just mentioned Sour Diesel. The Sour D has a storied past and there is some argument how Chem Dog, and OG Kush were proliferated and who brought them where. Some rumors say it all started in Colorado or around here with Sour D. Then a pheno was taken to the East Coast where it was renamed Chem Dog. Then, as the story goes Chem Dog was taken to Cali and renamed OG Kush.'
'Defence solicitor Sheena Mair said that her client accepted responsibility for the Aberdeen haul but explained that he had been “brainwashed” into doing it."
'As supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to fully legalize pot turned in their signatures this week, a spokesman for San Francisco's Tom Ammiano said the assemblyman would also reintroduce his own decriminalization bill in the state legislature. "We are planning on reintroducing the bill in early- or mid-February," Ammiano's spokesman, Quintin Mecke, told the Weekly.'
'SANTA FE, N.M. - A proposal to tax medical marijuana in New Mexico ran into strong opposition on Friday and a House committee shelved the measure.'
'A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction today ordering an Eagle Rock dispensary to stop selling medical marijuana, a decision that city prosecutors believe is the first to find that state law does not give collectives the right to sell the drug.'
'Suicide Girls is jumping into cannabis culture by including pot in their newest film. The short section of the film features Suicide Girls
'As a general rule, NORML tends not to publicize or comment on ballot initiative drives — including campaigns we are involved in — until they have officially qualified for the ballot. But in this case, we (and the mainstream media) just couldn’t resist.'
TOKE OF THE TOWN: NYPD Accused Of 'Anally Assaulting' Man For Marijuana Use
'After getting a strong odor of marijuana, Collier County sheriff’s road patrol deputies discovered roughly 151 pounds of marijuana worth $225,000 in a Golden Gate Estates home. Four people were arrested in connection with the bust.'
'DENVER (AP/CBS4) -The Senate approved a bill to prevent recreational pot smokers from getting permission to become legal users of the drug. The bill passed during a vote after the second reading Friday afternoon.'
'The Obama administration announced this week that it is nominating acting DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart to head the agency. Drug reformers responded with a collective groan and are preparing to challenge -- or at least question -- her nomination when it goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation.'
'Just like that, the Town of Olathe, Colorado says it will now charge medical marijuana dispensaries an annual fee of $3,000 to operate.'
'Toke of the Town is reporting (via CBS 13) that a Sacramento Grandfather shot and injured a youth stupid enough to break in for his medical marijuana stash. James Tillmann, 67, was at home in his room, and his grandkids were staying with him. Three men broke in looking for his marijuana stash. The fact that the old man was home didn’t seem to bother them. It probably should have.'
'The aroma of marijuana lingered in the parking lot, and moonshine measured three-quarters full in a quart jar on the tour bus, officials said.'
'As politicians fumble for a way to clamp down on, snuff out or otherwise curtail the use of medical marijuana, the one thing that they have failed to consider is that the tougher the regulations they may pass, the more likely they are to spectacularly backfire. As a breed, politicians seem genetically incapable of spotting trends, and the trend in medical marijuana goes far beyond how many dispensaries the market can bear. The ball is slowly rolling toward full legalization, and every scheme to limit access to medical marijuana only adds to the momentum.'
'In January 2005, 18-year-old Rhiannon Kephart received second- and third-degree burns to her chest and stomach when police set off a stun grenade during a drug raid. The explosion also started a small fire.'
'Around 3 in the morning on January 7, 2009, a 22-year-old college student named Anthony Smelley was pulled over on Interstate 70 in Putnam County, Indiana. He and two friends were en route from Detroit to visit Smelley’s aunt in St. Louis. Smelley, who had recently received a $50,000 settlement from a car accident, was carrying around $17,500 in cash, according to later court documents. He claims he was bringing the money to buy a new car for his aunt.'
'Overall: This was one of the strongest buds I’ve tried and I am extremely glad I bought it.
Great high, great smell, bad taste. I am not amazed questioning why it was such a big thing when it hit my town. –xedjflowx'
'With the legislative session set to begin next week, the author of last year’s medical marijuana bill is still unsure whether he will introduce the legislation this year.'
'DENVER—A Denver lab that tests medical marijuana says it was raided by federal drug agents and ordered to turn over patient and customer records.'
'We certainly don’t want to see California’s experience replicated in Maryland, where a proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use is pending in the General Assembly this year. Opinion remains divided among the medical community over the potential therapeutic benefits and risks of medical marijuana. Yet there’s enough anecdotal and other evidence suggesting it can ease the suffering of some patients diagnosed with chronic and terminal illnesses that the idea shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.'
'A truck driver is behind bars this evening after police catch him toting three hundred and ninety pounds of marijuana.'
'On Wednesday, dozens of former addicts made the tough decision to share their stories publicly, doing so before news cameras and a standing-room only crowd. The admissions were not without irony. It was, after all, a federally prohibited drug, according to the patients who spoke, that freed them from their addictions to far more lethal--though legal--prescription narcotics.'
'BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- An employee of the Green Cross medical marijuana co-operative before it was shut down by law enforcement last May wants to know why that business was closed while several others have popped up since.'
'So I raised an eyebrow when one of the main researchers profiled in a new documentary called The Downside of High, said, with a little smile, that most people have fun on weed and no problems. The documentary, which follows the stories of three teenagers, takes a scientific and surprisingly nonjudgmental approach.'
'When it comes to solid indica marijuana buds The Rock has so much ganja girth it makes a plop sound when hitting your dealers’ scales. Possibly one of the most dense marijuana strains a professional pothead can find.'
'There's a new store in East Oakland that's sure to draw a huge cloud of controversy.
The building just down the way from the Oakland Airport is the newest place to pick up gear for growing medical marijuana. But iGrow isn't just a cramped, out of the way space.'
'In a a scathing cover story in the Washington City Paper, Amanda Hess exposes the "culture of sexual harassment at the Marijuana Policy Project." Even suspended MPP executive director Rob Kampia concedes, “I used inappropriate language to nearly everyone on staff.”'
'Supporters of legalized marijuana announced today that they have gathered about 700,000 signatures for their initiative, virtually guaranteeing voters will see it on the November ballot.
They plan to turn in the petitions today to elections officials in some of the state's major counties, including Los Angeles. Supporters need 433,971 valid signatures to qualify the measure.'
'We bring you a ton of great information on whats going on in L.A. and the City Councils decision to implement regulations eliminating an incredible amount of dispensaries in the city. On as a guest this week we bring you Professor Marijuana: Dana May, and his analysis on Medical Marijuana legislation and growing the good green for over 40 years.'
'It’s the ‘Catch-22’ that has plagued medical marijuana advocates and patients for decades. Lawmakers and health regulators demand clinical studies on the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis, but the federal agency in charge of such research bars these investigations from ever taking place.'
'Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with an incident in which five Union City high school students became sick after eating brownies containing marijuana, police said.'
The obvious question is, what was in the brownies besides marijuana?
'Predictably, the trajectory towards more compassionate marijuana policies brings people out of the shadows to celebrate this unique and infinitely useful plant. Unlike other medicines, cannabis comes in a thousand forms and lends itself to inquiry and discussion comparable to that of music, art, food and wine. Mix in the fact that a lot of people are able to appreciate it openly for the first time in their lives and it should come as no surprise that they're organizing events to see who can grow the best stuff.
Such contests generated controversy this week, raising the question of whether medical marijuana patients might be enjoying their freedom at the expense of further political progress. In Colorado, an upcoming event prompted a critical editorial questioning whether a pot contest serves any legitimate medical purpose. Meanwhile, in Michigan, a similar event was shut down after law-enforcement officials questioned its legality due to the state's tight restrictions on distribution by caregivers. Despite overwhelming public support for medical marijuana, the idea of patients convening to consume large quantities of top-grade medicine seems a bit of a stretch for some observers.'
'Marijuana is believed to be a $20-billion industry in Canada. But most discussion about the drug is centered around the moral issue of whether to legalize it.
Lionel Goddard thought it was high time somebody looked at marijuana as a business, not a social issue. The result is CannaBIZ, an hour-long documentary airing on CBC-TV's DocZone tonight at 9 p.m.'
'Alert cops checking out an open gate at a truck parking lot in the Constable Hook section of Bayonne Tuesday night led to the biggest marijuana bust ever in the city, officials said yesterday.
Nearly 600 pounds of suspected marijuana was seized from a tractor trailer at 65 New Hook Road. The load had an estimated street value of $2 million, police said.'
'For those hoping that Barack Obama would wage the war on drugs less aggressively than his predecessor, this is not a good sign: Yesterday he announced that the new head of the Drug Enforcement Administration will be Michele Leonhart, a career DEA agent who has been the agency's deputy administrator since March 2004 and its acting administrator since November 2007. That means she oversaw all those gratuitous raids on medical marijuana providers in California, continuing well into the Obama administration despite his promised change of course.'
'In 2005, Mountain View native Jonathan Lustig came to the City Council with a seemingly radical proposal: Let him open a medical marijuana dispensary somewhere in the city.
"I believe that all patients should be entitled to safe and affordable and practical means for obtaining their medicine," he said at the time.'
'Overall: While not one of the more memorable, potent, or stinky strains I have had in my pipe, Sugar Shack definitely was enjoyable to smoke on warm summer mornings before getting into the heavier Kushes.
Its energetic high and cheap price made it especially popular for me when I had to worry about things like working and thinking…'
'A bill that would tighten regulations for patients seeking medical marijuana and the doctors approving it for them passed its first test at the state Capitol today.
"This is the beginning of the end of the wild west" for Colorado's medical-marijuana industry, bill sponsor Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, said.'
'Detroit police scooped up over 1100 pounds of marijuana in their latest efforts at cleaning the streets of drugs Fox 2 News reported Wednesday, 1-27-10.'
'The Los Angeles City Council, without debate, gave final approval Tuesday to a medical marijuana ordinance that will impose some of the toughest rules in the state but was assailed by advocates who said the law will drastically restrict access to the drug.'
'But though 14 states have now legalized medical marijuana, New York, which has relatively liberal possession laws and actually passed a medical-marijuana law in 1980 but never put it to use, remains forbidden ground for those who seek to relieve their symptoms with cannabis. This year, however, supporters of medical marijuana in Albany and elsewhere hope to harness what they see as growing momentum.'
'The US Department of Justice sent a memorandum to US Attorneys throughout the country on October 19, 2009 providing instructions regarding the investigation and prosecution of medical marijuana related offenses where such activity is authorized under state law.'
'That sweet scent in the air during next month's Olympic Games might be the smell of success. Then again, it could just be the weed.'
'In July 2004, Lester Eugene Siler, 42, was brutalized by five rogue police officers in his Duff, Tennessee, home. Siler, who is illiterate, was beaten and held at gunpoint, had his head held underwater in a toilet, and was threatened with shooting and electrocution after refusing to sign a search consent form that he could not read. The officers also threatened to attach a battery charger to Siler's testicles and to burn him with a lighter.'
'In the wake of a threatened nationwide boycott by cannabis consumers, coffee giant Starbucks has denied funding an anti-marijuana group.'
'The former governor of New Mexico (1994-2002) has his eye on the biggest prize - president of the United States. In our exclusive interview with Gary Johnson, he talks about marijuana, foreign policy, harm reduction, skiing stoned and the recent MPP scandal.'
'In the warm, luminescent glow of the dust encrusted light fixture, the carpeted and dank hallway disappears into unvacuumed recesses. Darren grabs an unobtrusive handle along the wall’s flimsy wood paneling, pulls, and a crack of light pierces the gloom. Pushing aside a black screen of Hefty bags intended to block light and trap heat, he reveals his miniature grow closet. A heavy, supple branch tumbles out. It brushes my hand, leaving a telltale streak of sticky, stinky moistness. The resin goes away with a bit of water. The smell stays.'
'“Can an employer punish someone for doing something that is constitutionally protected?”
'The U.S. Border Patrol seized nearly $1million of marijuana Sunday evening near a military range in southwest Arizona.'
'“Jewish teachings tell us that we should alleviate pain and suffering in other human beings,” said JSPAN’s president, Brian Gralnick. “We thought it was consistent with Jewish traditions, teachings and values — speaking up on issues where others may be afraid or hesitant to.” In fact, in the Jewish world, JSPAN is far from alone. Medical marijuana enjoys wide support across the spectrum of politics and observance.'
'(ANNAPOLIS) - Tomorrow, Maryland lawmakers, patients and advocates will hold a press conference to announce the introduction of medical marijuana legislation in the Maryland state legislature.'
'According to a recent Pride Survey, Alabama teens are more likely than teens in the rest of the country to have recently used drugs, especially marijuana.'
'A cannabis festival in the US ski resort town of Aspen this spring will allow growers to put their strains in a contest.'
'An indoor marijuana growing operation that officials described as elaborate has been dismantled in Wayne County.'
'Medical marijuana activists like to claim that cannabis has never killed anyone. While it is true that cannabis is remarkably non-toxic ("the safest therapeutically-active substance known to man," according to a DEA judge), medical marijuana use has actually killed many people in the United States.'
'CHEYENNE, WYOMING - Troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol have seized more than 100 pounds of high-grade marijuana on Interstate 80 in recent days.'
'Indiana State Police seized 1,500 pounds of marijuana earlier this week in a drug bust in Hammond, officials said Saturday.'