'SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Oregon man cited for illegal marijuana possession when officers discovered a small amount inside a backpack he brought inside a public building says his medical marijuana card gives him the right to carry the drug when he leaves his home.'
'Lawmakers around the country are debating a record number of marijuana law reform bills in 2010. NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up is your one-stop guide to pending marijuana law reform legislation around the country, along with tips for influencing the policies of your state.'
'Market Analysis: Once again it’s Kush in the top pot spot for the month. However, the coveted strain’s average price dropped $42 in February. Blueberry, Purps and Diesel are all two for two in terms of top-five finishes for 2010, while Strawberry Cough made the cut for the first time since March '09.'
'One of the most embarrassingly mindless trends in the mainstream media's marijuana reporting is that of publishing one redundant story after another about the explosion of illegal outdoor cultivation in our national parks, while failing entirely to diagnose why it's happening and how it might be prevented.'
'(AP) — WICHITA, Kan. - Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison has been arrested in Kansas on suspicion of marijuana possession.'
'Vancouver has another series of games and judging to look forward to, as local activist Dana Larsen hosts the Second Annual Vansterdam Ganja Games and Marijuana Bowl.'
'Plants that could help an estimated 2,400 local medical marijuana patients are in danger of dying with the power cut at CannaHelp dispensary after Thursday's lockdown of the California pot collective's building, owner Stacy Hochanadel said Friday.'
'Host John Stossel will take a look at the effects of prohibition during part of his Fox Business Network show, Stossel, Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern time.'
'How is Medical Marijuana good for the state of Colorado? Marijuana as a plant has many uses and beneficial purposes that have been explored and utilized for thousand of years. Today Coloradans are taking advantage of the plants medicinal purposes and benefiting from its positive, yes positive effect on the community. '
'The Marijuana Policy Project in Washington D.C. says the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should let VA doctors use marijuana in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.'
'The fight around CBS's initial refusal to run a pro-legalization ad from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) ended in victory Wednesday afternoon, reports Te-Ping Chen at Change.org.'
'DENVER -- Medical marijuana advocates are fighting a proposal to regulate Colorado's medical marijuana dispensaries, saying the bill goes too far in restricting the drug.'
'Ex-narcotics officer turned cop-busting filmmaker Barry Cooper has been arrested for allegedly filing a false police report in a KopBusters sting operation, and for possession of less than a gram of marijuana found in a raid on his home.'
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'Jamullah Grinders are cool for a bunch of reasons, but the best place to start is with their price. Each of these grinders are only $14, $13.99 to be exact. With a price like that it's hard to believe that these grinders are also awesome in just about every other way too.'
'DENVER — Lawmakers who want to regulate the state's growing medical marijuana industry are now willing to let dispensaries advertise and operate for profit, but they want to make sure the state can keep tabs on the source of their products.'
'PROVIDENCE, R.I. - March 3 - Tomorrow, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron will testify before the state's Marijuana Prohibition Study Commission and explain how changing the state's current marijuana policies could save tens of millions of dollars annually, and even possibly generate additional tax revenue.'
So what's the hold up?
'Toxicologists at three universities, including one at St. Louis University, and two governmental agencies have launched a study into the effects of a synthetic drug being used by some smokers as a legal substitute to marijuana.'
'When it comes to marijuana seeds, most Canadians are familiar with the case of Marc Emery, a well-known activist facing extradition and five years in a US prison for selling seeds online—but a lesser-known case involving a Canadian seed-seller named Richard Baghdadlian, one of the few cases in history where a Canadian has faced charges for selling marijuana seeds, has just wrapped up in a Quebec courtroom.'
'A Santa Ynez Valley Union High School student was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly serving marijuana-laced cookies to two of his classmates, one of whom was sickened and taken to the hospital, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said.'
'However, after watching fourteen years of marijuana activism focused solely on those who use cannabis for medicine, I must warn activists that medical marijuana is not getting any better and the time for re-legalization of cannabis for all adults - even the healthy ones - is now.'
'Medical marijuana would be taxed $30 an ounce and sold at county-licensed "compassion centers" that would grow and sell marijuana to qualified patients and caregivers under a bill passed Tuesday by the Hawaii State Senate.'
'Sweet Island Skunk, which also goes by Island Sweet Skunk and SIS, is a Sativa dominant. It could also be classified as a hybrid.'
'ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Last Friday, Feb. 26, the Maryland House Judiciary and Health and Government Committees held a public hearing on a bill that would allow chronically ill patients to have safe access to medical marijuana with their doctor’s recommendation—an idea supported by 81% of Americans nationwide, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll.'
'Once again members of the mainstream media are running wild with the notion that marijuana use causes schizophrenia and psychosis.'
'Overall: I love it. I want to always be able to go to the freezer and grab a chunk of this stuff. I say freezer because that is where you keep it. It will turn to oil in the baggy in a warm environment. If you freeze it again it will turn hard as glass.
I smoked it in my Jerome Baker 2 foot water pipe on top of a hit of homegrown Maco Haze. Broke off the tiniest little piece, melted it on top of the Maco Haze and BAM I was "Jollee" like good ole Saint Nick himself.
They told me patients come from all over California to go to the SCPC just for this particular medicine. Now I know why! – SantaCruzMts'
'The ad features the President puffing a fat doobie in a doctored photo. The event's organizers say the party will "celebrate Obama ending DEA raids" on medical marijuana patients and providers in states where medical cannabis is legal, report David Edwards and John Byrne at The Raw Story.'
Too bad all the people in jail after the still on-going DEA raids can't celebrate with us.
'ROYAL OAK -- The city won't return medical marijuana confiscated from a registered patient during a traffic stop or compensate him for it, according to a letter sent Tuesday to the American Civil Liberties Union.
A lawsuit coming most probably.
'When Oliver Stone made Any Given Sunday, the National Football League virtually declared war on the film, attempting to block production in any way possible. But the battle was worth it: “It hurt my health at that time, but I totally enjoyed making it – I really got into it,” Stone says.'
'What these numbers show—despite what organizations like PDFA might twist them to say—is that our current marijuana policies have clearly failed to reduce teen marijuana use, and a different approach is necessary. Right now, teens have easy access to marijuana because it is unregulated and controlled exclusively by drug dealers who do not check IDs.'
Wow, who could have seen this coming? When will we discard these utterly useless policies?
'Medical marijuana advocates upped the ante Tuesday in the legal battle over Los Angeles’ pot dispensaries by suing the city, claiming the ordinance that takes effect later this month is so restrictive it will cause even law-abiding businesses to shut down.'
We must keep fighting on all fronts.
'It seems like a simple fix is staring policy makers in the face. If there is no profit in growing and selling marijuana, would anyone set up acres of farm in remote forests in order to grow it? If marijuana was legalized and regulated, the drug trade would take a serious hit and lose much of its destructive influence.'
'While everything seemed to be running smoothly at HempCon on Feb. 19-21 at the L.A. Convention Center, a dispute between event organizer Cheryl Shuman of Beverly Hills NORML 90210 and Cannabis Planet executive producer Brad Lane resulted in Shuman allegedly being assaulted by Lane after she demanded he remove live hemp plants from Cannabis Planet's booth. Lane denies the charge.'
'Investigators uncovered an illegal marijuana operation while investigating a report of a sexual assault in Cathedral City this afternoon.'
'A California-based insurance company says it is now offering cannabis crop loss insurance from coast to coast, targeting the rapidly growing medicinal marijuana business.'
'Here's a job title that didn't exist around here a couple of years ago: budtender.
That would be the person helping a medical marijuana patient select the proper strain to treat his or her ailment. It's a job that requires a mix of mundane skills such using a cash register and making change, a little science nerdism to talk about the brain's cannabinoid receptors and the like, a familiarity with terms such as "couch lock" (since stoner descriptives can creep into a serious medical discussion), a passing knowledge of agronomy to explain hybrid strains, empathy, good communications skills, and generally -- assuming the budtender has a medical marijuana card -- some firsthand knowledge.'
'It happened last July. What went down was like the scene out of a movie. Drug smugglers sent a package containing 32 pounds of marijuana to the Calvo house. A SWAT team raided his house and bound Calvo and held him at gunpoint. Somewhere in the chaos the SWAT team shot and killed his pet dogs. '
'The total amount of marijuana seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration nearly doubled from 1,539 metric tons in fiscal 2008 to 2,980 metric tons in last year.
The numbers were disclosed as part of the DEA’s budget request for fiscal 2011.'
Nice business if you can get into it.
'There are so many recipe's for weed brownies. All you need to really remember is that the weed will be in the oil. So if you can make marijuana oil you can use any store bought brownie box. Simple right.'
'The first hint might come when you read the message in the third-floor windows, "FREE MARC." Eventually, you get it. All of the people, and all of the media attention in this corner of Vancouver are not drawn by the spectacle of sport, they are drawn by the desire to rub shoulders with royalty; they are all seeking audience with the Prince of Pot, Marc Emery. With his bong in hand, Marc Emery, publisher of the on-line Cannabis Culture Magazine, cannabis seed entrepreneur extraordinaire, tireless activist for worldwide marijuana legalization, and fugitive, is awaiting and fighting extradition to the United States for distribution charges stemming from his multi-million dollar mail-order cannabis seed business.'
'Due to the enormous profits made possible by marijuana prohibition, Mexican drug gangs are taking over U.S. public land to grow cannabis, using smuggled immigrants to cultivate the plants.'
'Comments: I’ve owned grinders for as long as I’ve been smoking. I’ve had all the different kinds: plastic, wood, metal and honestly they’ve all worked the same, so when I saw this super sized grinder for $80 I was skeptical it would perform any better. But upon holding it in my hands and seeing all the different parts disassembled I decided it was worth the investment.'
'More than two years after Denver voters approved a measure making minor marijuana crimes the city's lowest law-enforcement priority, city officials continue to prosecute marijuana cases at a steady clip.'
'On May 20, 1997, 18-year-old Esequiel Hernandez came home from school and hiked onto his family's isolated property on the Texas-Mexico border to graze his herd of 45 goats. Hernandez, a high-school student with no criminal record, dreamt of becoming a U.S. Marine or park ranger. Like most of the other residents of tiny Redford, Texas, Hernandez frequently carried a gun, occasionally firing it into the air to scare off animals that bothered his goats.'
'ROYAL OAK — The patient whose medical marijuana was seized by police during a traffic stop said he will file a lawsuit if the city doesn't return it or compensate him for the loss of personal property.'