Yasmin Hurd raises rats on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that will
blow your mind.
Though they look normal, their lives are anything but, and not just
because of the pricey real estate they call home on the 10th floor of
a research building near Mount Sinai Hospital. For skeptics of the
movement to legalize marijuana, the rodents are canaries in the
drug-policy coal mine. For defenders of legalization, they are
curiosities. But no one doubts that something is happening in the
creatures' trippy little brains.
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OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant
governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of
marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education
and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential
upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a
pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.
Meeting at a youth center in a part of East Oakland scarred by
violence, poverty and addiction, the panel held a public discussion
on the issue that could make or break a legalization campaign in the
nation's top pot-producing state: concerns about keeping the drug out
of the hands of minors and young adults once it can be purchased as
easily as a six-pack of beer. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the commission's
chairman, acknowledged that crafting a system of retail sales and
regulations that satisfies fearful parents will be a tough sell.
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Sonoma County Fairgrounds officials have scaled back the marijuana
trade show events to be held at the Santa Rosa event center in 2015,
bringing back an event with North Coast origins but passing over the
Cannabis Cup run by international event powerhouse High Times magazine.
The homegrown Emerald Cup will return to the fairgrounds event center
in December for its third run in Santa Rosa as a fair celebrating
organic marijuana grown outdoors. Organizers are expecting bigger
crowds but are also restricting it to adults for the first time.
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A Prescott Valley anti-drug group is drawing fire for using money
seized by law enforcement to warn about the dangers of marijuana.
The criticism comes from supporters of a proposed ballot measure to
legalize the drug, who are also raising legal questions about the
line between educating and campaigning.
Matforce, a non-profit organization, has received $110,612 in
government-seized racketeering money over the past five years to
educate the public about the harmful effects of marijuana,
methamphetamine and other drugs. The group advocates against the
legalization of marijuana using other funds, including private donations.
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The city is missing out on tax revenue.
As the May 18 front-page article "Legal pot in the District is a boon
for illegal dealers" reported, D.C. voters' determination to legalize
marijuana possession through Initiative 71 is having significant
unintended consequences. Because residents can legally use and
possess marijuana but can't legally buy it, the illegal drug trade
has increased and the city is missing out on the tax revenue it would
receive if the sales were regulated.
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After he sold his cable-television firm for $18 million in 1999,
Bruce Nassau was a wealthy man looking for a new industry.
He wanted to invest in a product with broad consumer appeal.
Eventually, he settled on marijuana. "I'm an old guy in this
business," says Nassau, 62, the chief executive of Tru Cannabis, a
company with five marijuana dispensaries in the Denver area and plans
to expand within Colorado and to four other states.
Last year, the company's sales reached $10 million.
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The public can now weigh in on Alaska's first round of proposed
Local option law and marijuana definitions are the focus of the first
wave of regulations, unveiled at the Alcoholic Beverage Control
Board's meeting in April.
The proposed definitions include basics like what constitutes a
"marijuana plant" and "edible marijuana product," but also what it
means to "possess" a plant or help someone grow marijuana.
The definition of possession could affect how many plants are allowed
per household. Under Ballot Measure 2, the initiative that legalized
marijuana in the state, a person is allowed to possess six marijuana
plants. But under the proposed regulations, if marijuana plants are
in a person's home, they are potentially in that person's possession,
regardless of the number of residents. That would mean only six
plants would be allowed in the home, instead of six plants per adult
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This week, David asks a two-part question:
I have read the initiative along with the newly passed H.B. 123. I
have gone over again and again, and I have yet to see any writing
prohibiting a marijuana business from starting before the state
starts issuing cannabis business licenses. If anything, I see that it
says that a person can, so long as they are 21 or older, act as a
lawful business. (Also) H.B. 123 states that one seat on the board is
reserved for "one person actively engaged in the marijuana industry,"
and "marijuana industry" means "a business or profession related to
marijuana in which the person is lawfully engaged and that is in
compliance with the provisions of state law, including this chapter
and regulations adopted under this chapter." How can someone qualify
for this seat if what (authorities) talk about is true and no
marijuana business can be lawfully engaged at this moment?
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We've heard lots of lip service from Governor Baker about the need to
do something about drug addiction. I heard something shocking.
There's a peanut factory in Springfield which employs mostly
pre-release prison inmates. While this seems like pure altruism on
the surface, it looks to me like the same old exploitation routine.
Keep our jails full of folks with minor drug offenses, and then use
them for cheap labor, displacing regular workers with full pay and
benefits. I knew they were using "slave" prison labor down south to
keep costs down, but I had no idea Massachusetts got in on the act.
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"American Sniper" was ranked the No. 1 movie in United States for the
week of Dec. 17 through Dec. 23, 2014, when competition for this top
listing is intense.
This is an excerpt from the magazine, Salon:
"In his best-selling memoir, 'American Sniper: The Autobiography of
the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,' Navy SEAL Chris
Kyle writes that he was only two weeks into his first of four tours
of duty in Iraq when he was confronted with a difficult choice.
Through the scope of his .300 Winchester Magnum rifle, he saw a woman
with a child pull a grenade from under her clothes as several Marines
approached. Kyle's job was to provide 'overwatch,' meaning that he
was perched in or on top of bombed-out apartment buildings and was
responsible for preventing enemy fighters from ambushing U.S. troops."
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I will admit that I am a cynic, but that was thrust upon me by the
circumstances of life and our government.
Someone once wrote or said, "Don't argue with a cynic because all of
the evidence is on their side." I watched a news broadcast recently
where a House representative said they have never legalized a drug
not backed by the Food and Drug Administration. Let us take that a
few steps further. The FDA will not legalize a drug that the American
Medical Association does not want, and the AMA will not OK a drug
that the large pharmaceutical companies do not want. They would lose
a huge source of revenue.
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Newsom Task Force, Others Debate Merits of Drug's Legalization
OAKLAND - As Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's marijuana commission explores
how best to tackle legalization of the weed, everyone agrees
protecting California's youth is paramount.
They just can't agree on the best way to do it. Some commissioners at
a public forum Tuesday at the Youth Uprising neighborhood hub in East
Oakland - a community wracked both by illegal drugs and the
government's effort to control them - believe legalization is better
than an unacceptable status quo. They argued that "just say no"
programs haven't stemmed drug use by youth - and that suspending or
expelling users from school and shunting them into the juvenile
justice system often dooms their futures.
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A collection of Volcano vaporizers were fired up, filling plastic
bags with THC-laden gulps of air. Patrons passed the bags around,
taking in the substance many call medicine. The distinctive odour of
marijuana hung in the air.
Jeffrey Lundstrom, the owner of the Lounge in the Loft, Saskatoon's
only marijuana vapour lounge, said goodbye to the business with one
last "smoke-out" Saturday night.
According to Lundstrom, he received inspection notices from the
city's community services branch, the fire department and Saskatoon
Health Region on May 11. Rather than go through a process he felt
would likely end up with the business' closure, he chose to end it on
his own terms.
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It's not about commercial grows. It's about democracy and our rights
to voice our opinions and be heard. Not to have a public official in
office who by past reports doesn't know how to interact with the
community as displayed. You are not the voice of District 1 - we are.
I urge everyone I know to sign any form to recall Yuba County
Supervisor Andy Vasquez. Illegal grows will not stop due to a
ordinance passed in bad faith. It will just make you, a patient, a
criminal like the illegal cartels in their eyes if you do grow.
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Tulare County Supervisors Tuesday adopted what they termed "medical
marijuana policy principles" in response to a slew of bills bouncing
around Sacramento that could change the current laws governing the
use and cultivation of marijuana in the state.
Debbie Vaughn with the Chief Administrator's Office told the board a
committee had recently surveyed all the bills being talked about in
the state Legislature and noted, "the belief is there will be some
ballot measures in the next election."
The purpose was to keep the county up-to-date on what is being
considered so it can react to any serious legislation.
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Yale Professor: Safety, THC Content, Expanding Use at Issue
MIDDLETOWN - Since the federal government historically has obstructed
scientific research of marijuana, there's an absence of highquality
evidence, just as many states, including Connecticut, already have
rolled out the red carpet to the fast-growing medical marijuana industry.
It's a Catch 22, according to Dr. Deepak C. D'Souza, a Yale
professor-psychiatrist and member of the Medical Marijuana Board of Physicians.
"In the absence of gold-standard evidence, what is the bar for
legalization?" D'Souza asked Tuesday at the Middlesex County
Substance Abuse Action Council's spring forum.
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Police, Federal Agents Disrupt Pot Education Convention
Las Vegas police and federal agents arrested 10 people and seized
drugs over the weekend at Hempcon, a marijuana education convention
at the Cashman Center.
People who were there described seeing police dogs around the event,
as well as officers on the roof of the building, apparently looking
for people smoking marijuana.
The arrests outraged event organizers, and some attendees said they
left medical marijuana patients frightened as Nevada's first legal
dispensaries prepare to open.
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Manspreaders? Screaming Kids? There Are Plenty of Options.
Anytime I go to a dive bar or pool hall or rock-'n'-roll show, in the
back of my mind it feels like there's something missing. It's not the
booze or long-lost jukeboxes, it's not the condom vending machines,
filthy bathrooms, or obnoxious, aging, bandana-wearing Axl Rose
doppelgaengers. So what exactly is it? Smoke! I'm missing the damn
cigarette smoke that for so long provided a hazy backdrop of
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It's cheap medicine, too
If you missed out on last weekend's grand-opening celebration of Big
Medicine Cannabissary (2909 N. El Paso St.,
bigmedicinecannabissary.com), fear not - the discounts continue.
Center reps say that through the end of the month, customers can
expect 20 percent off all edibles; four-gram eighths for $20; $125
ounces for bottom- and middle-tier bud; grams of shatter for $25 or
two grams for $40; and one oil cartridge for $20 or two for $30.
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It's Time for the Cannabis Encyclopedia. a Q&A With Weed Author Jorge
Cervantes (aka George Van Patten).
The world's cannabis cultivators, their friends, and loved ones have
a new, essential reference: The Cannabis Encyclopedia, released April
20 online and in stores worldwide.
This large-format, 596-page, full-color gardening book has 2,000
images and retails for $50. It's written by iconic author and Sonoma
resident Jorge Cervantes (aka George Van Patten) - a former
cultivation editor for High Times magazine.
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