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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It's past time to end marijuana prohibition in California. How did we
become the state that sits back and learns from other states, as Gov.
Jerry Brown counseled on "Meet the Press?"
I love California because it's mostly a progressive, forward-leaning,
trend-setting place to live, but our leader's position on legalizing
marijuana is so 1970s.
Marijuana prohibition is hypocritical at best. Our kids know that and
we know that. Who really thinks that marijuana is worse than alcohol?
Our federal government thinks it's worse than heroin. I've never met
anyone that believes that is true. In fact, the United States,
through the Department of Health and Human Services, owns a patent on
cannabinoids (active compounds in marijuana).
The question people need to ask themselves is why would our
government want to keep this plant out of our hands. Do a little
research and then get out and vote in 2016.
Susan Soares, Los Angeles
Yuba County Supervisor Andy Vasquez submitted a two-sentence formal
response to the effort to recall him from office by opponents to the
county's latest marijuana growing ordinance.
Vasquez, whose response filed with county election officials must be
part of any circulated recall petitions, delivers a simple, but
direct message to potential signers: "Don't be fooled! If you sign
this petition, you're supporting large marijuana growers," Vasquez's
signed, formal statement reads.
The statement filed last week came after election officials verified
at least 20 of 44 signatures signing the "intent to recall notice"
are of registered voters within Vasquez's 1st district. Vasquez was
initially served with a recall notice last month during a public
hearing on the county's new tighter marijuana cultivation ordinance.
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Farmer Plans to Process Stalks for Insulation
Colorado's nascent hemp industry may get a boost from a grower's plan
to use hemp stalks for insulation. Baca County farmer Ryan Loflin
said Monday he has formed a partnership with Hollis, Okla.-based
Western Fibers for combining processed hemp stalks with recycled
newspapers and cardboard to create wall and ceiling insulation.
Hemp is genetically related to marijuana but contains little or no
THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. Hemp has dozens of uses
in food, cosmetics, clothing and industrial materials.
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A Denver law firm that focuses on cannabis law has sponsored the
University of Denver's law school with a three-year, $45,000
professorship for marijuana law and policy.
The university's Sturm College of Law professor Sam Kamin will be the
first Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy.
Denver-based law firm Vicente Sederberg LLC has committed $15,000 per
year for three years to the professorship, which they say is the
first of its kind in the world.
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Not long ago, a man who had covertly dealt pot in the nation's
capital for three decades approached a young political operative at a
birthday party in a downtown Washington steakhouse.
He was about to test a fresh marketing strategy to take advantage of
the District's peculiar new marijuana law, which allows people to
possess and privately consume the drug but provides them no way to
legally buy it for recreational use. Those contradictions have
created a surge in demand and new opportunities for illicit pot purveyors.
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The already novel criminal case against Ross W. Ulbricht, the
recently convicted founder of the website Silk Road, has taken yet
another unusual turn.
Mr. Ulbricht could face life in prison when he is sentenced on May 29
in Federal District Court in Manhattan for his role in running Silk
Road, a once-thriving black market for the sale of heroin, cocaine,
LSD and other drugs. And although prosecutors have not yet said what
length of sentence they will seek for Mr. Ulbricht, 31, they have
told Mr. Ulbricht's lawyers that they intend to introduce evidence of
six overdose deaths attributable to drugs bought from vendors on Silk
Road, according to a recent defense filing.
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All over the world, the heavy heads of opium poppies are nodding
gracefully in the wind - long stalks dressed in orange or white
petals topped by a fright wig of stamens. They fill millions of acres
in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Laos and elsewhere. Their payload - the
milky opium juice carefully scraped off the seed pods - yields
morphine, an excellent painkiller easily refined into heroin.
But very soon, perhaps within a year, the poppy will no longer be the
only way to produce heroin's raw ingredient. It will be possible for
drug companies, or drug traffickers, to brew it in yeast genetically
modified to turn sugar into morphine.
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Margaret Wente is right about marijuana prohibition being a bust in
Canada (In The Weeds - Focus, May 16). Now that neighbouring U.S.
states have legalized marijuana, Ottawa can no longer claim that
Canada must uphold prohibition in order to maintain good diplomatic
relations. Consider the U.S. experience: almost double the lifetime
rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where marijuana has been
legally available for decades. If the goal is to deter use,marijuana
prohibition is a catastrophic failure.
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If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms,
marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been
shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive
properties of tobacco. Like any drug, marijuana can be harmful if
abused. Criminal records are nonetheless inappropriate as health
interventions and ineffective as deterrents.
The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican
immigration during the early 1900s, against opposition from the
American Medical Association. Despite warnings that marijuana
inspired homicidal rage in minorities, Americans didn't begin smoking
marijuana in significant numbers until after our federal government
began funding reefer madness propaganda. There is no doubt that
marijuana prohibition has failed as a deterrent.
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Re: "Pot not among 'most dangerous' drugs" [Opinion, May 17]: The
Register's position on marijuana reflects their back-door approach to
the eventual legalization of recreational use of marijuana. While I
don't disagree with their position on reclassifying this drug, they
continually fail to point out the harm from the use of marijuana.
Here is a quote from the American Lung Association on the ills of
marijuana: "Smoking marijuana clearly damages the human lung, and
regular use leads to chronic bronchitis and can cause an
immune-compromised person to be more susceptible to lung infections.
No one should be exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke. Due to the
risks it poses to lung health, the American Lung Association strongly
cautioned the public against smoking marijuana as well as tobacco
products. More research is needed into the effects of marijuana on
health, especially lung health."
I believe the Register has a duty and responsibility to report all
the facts and they're failing the public by remaining silent on the
ills of this product.
Rockn' for Kids, a fundraiser for sick kids in need of medical
cannabis, will be held on Saturday afternoon at Orchard House, 157
Orchard Ave., in Penticton.
The event will be a fun afternoon for the whole family.
Live music by the Yardkatz, River Line and Forever should have
everyone from small children to their grandparents on their feet dancing.
A dinner of pulled-pork or veggie burgers, complete with dessert is
included in the $25 ticket and participants may come and go during
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Let the game of crack shack whack-a-mole begin.
After a police bust of a well-known drug house next to Chilliwack
secondary school last week, residents breathed a sigh of relief. And
as arrests were made, other junkies and dealers-who tormented the area
for years-cursed and gestured rudely at neighbours who watched them
scurry away like cockroaches when the lights come on.
The issue of the so-called crack shack in a neighbourhood is not
exclusive to downtown Chilliwack. This is a problem in every city to
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.. there's confusion, at least as far as pot laws are concerned
Two weeks have passed since Mayor Jim Watson took his well-publicized
pot-shots at the BuzzOn lounge, the latest and most visible addition
to the city's burgeoning marijuana industry.
But while Watson called on police to "enforce the laws if laws are
being broken," police have said little publicly about the Montreal Rd.
vape shop, where members pay a fee for the privilege to puff.
When asked where a vape lounge would rank in enforcement priorities-
from street-level dealing to illegal grow-ops to illicit lounges- a
police spokesman declined, saying, "... The matter is still under
investigation and thus there will be no comments at this time."
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Re: "Nelson grapples with pot dispensaries," May 8
Not only should medical marijuana be available in Nelson, but all
adult use should be legal, taxed, and regulated. Marijuana prohibition
is indefensible. Neighboring US states have legalized marijuana.
Ottawa can no longer claim Canada must uphold marijuana prohibition in
order to maintain good US relations. Consider the experience of
Canada's southern neighbor. The US has almost double the lifetime rate
of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana has been legally
available for decades.
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War on Drugs needs a new strategy after 46 failed years, columnist
says On Wednesday, March 4, Derek Cruice became the latest unarmed
person to be shot to death in a U.S. drug raid staged to seize
marijuana. This Volusia County Sheriff's raid succeeding in saving 217
grams (about half-a-pound) of that drug from being loosed on our
streets and it only cost one human life.
Apparently, law enforcement doesn't think statistics on incidents such
as these are worth keeping, so it is very hard to tell how many folks
have been killed in the manner of Cruice. However, the CATO Institute
a=C2=80" one of the only entities that does keep any such statistics
a=C2=80"shows that between 1985 and 2010, SWAT team raids in the U.S.
accounted for the deaths of 46 innocent people, 25 nonviolent
offenders, and 30 law enforcers.
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Each day, physicians throughout America prescribe powerful opiates and
often for lengthy periods without resulting in addiction. Shouldn't that
put to rest the myth that pot is a detrimental, mind-altering drug ripe
The parallel between our nation's prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s,
and today's vehement opposition to pot is inescapable. It took 13 years
of failure before our government finally, in 1933, came to its senses
and repealed the 18th Amendment. So, like beer and wine, isn't it time
to legalize pot?
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Whether you consider marijuana an illicit drug or a prescription
medicine -- or something in between -- there's no denying the buzz
the bud is creating.
And while police and city officials play political hot potato with
the presence of vape lounges operating on the outskirts of the law,
some new major pot players are entering the fray.
National Access Cannabis will open a satellite office on Wellington
St. in June and Canadian Cannabis Clinics (CCC) will open its fourth
Ontario location in a Montreal Rd. medical office building Tuesday.
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We don't need another recreational drug. As a teacher, I worry about
mothers who choose to be stoned when pregnant. I've had several
students whose mother's drank, smoked, or dropped cocaine while
pregnant. They come to me with major behavior issues, unintelligible
voices and an inability to grasp what I am teaching. How unfair is that?
Rebecca Hull, Altadena
I'm in favor of recreational marijuana for one reason: freedom. This
is America, and wherever possible we should be free. The hardcore on
either side of this issue will spin their respective tales of dread
and drug cartels or extol cannabis as a miracle drug that can cure
all of life's woes. None of that matters.
I don't smoke marijuana, but as long as it's not affecting me or
mine, you and yours should be free to do what you want. Tobacco and
alcohol are demonstrably more harmful and addictive, and yet you can
buy both of these in the grocery store.
My freedom to abstain should not dictate your freedom to smoke or
drink. Like alcohol, simply regulate who can purchase it, where and
how old and be done with this issue.
Eric R. Gavin, Upland
A Short Shelf Life? Less Than a Third of Collectives Following Rules:
San Jose Urges Owners to Comply
SAN JOSE -- A year after San Jose officials adopted rules making it
one of the state's largest cities to establish a framework allowing
medical marijuana shops, city leaders are trying to cajole pot stores
to meet compliance deadlines and residents to be patient.
Two deadlines loom: The adopted rules call for medical marijuana
shops to meet the city's requirements by July 17.
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City officials shut down marijuana vapour lounge
Talk about a buzz kill. On the verge of celebrating one month
operating on the outskirts of the law, Vanier's BuzzOn has been
shuttered, but it wasn't police knocking on the door of the city's
first marijuana vapour lounge.
City officials dropped in on BuzzOn Friday afternoon to serve
co-owner Wayne Robillard with a cease and desist order, citing
building code violations and safety issues, and also levied a fine of $3,000.
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Reporter Kristina Davis and the U-T should be applauded for
illuminating the public on the problem ("Unwitting drug mules rare,
but defense gaining some credibility," May 3) of "blind mules." This
story served to warn the public and perhaps cause law enforcement and
prosecutors to seriously consider victims' stories about their lack
of illegal knowledge.
One part of this situation, however, was not contained in the story.
For decades, Drug Enforcement Agency agents and other law
enforcement, at the behest of the U.S. attorney's office, presented
expert testimony to juries at trials from their own agents that blind
mules did not exist.
They argued forcefully that drug dealers would never entrust their
high-value drugs to someone unknown.
There are many people serving time in custody right now based on that
Michael L. Crowley
Bill would entitle bearer to apply for license to grow pot.
A Toledo pro-marijuana group is giving away a $100 bill to celebrate
winning approval from the Ohio Ballot Board, the group's chairman
And not just any $100 bill.
A $100 bill with one of 30 special serial numbers that will entitle
the bearer to apply for a license to commercially grow marijuana.
Ed Howard of Toledo, chairman of the organization Better for Ohio,
said the Willy Wonka-sounding plan is designed to make sure that more
people can grow pot in Ohio than would be allowed under the leading
marijuana-legalization plan being promoted by ResponsibleOhio.
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Senator Denies Claims That Plan to Change Law Is Grab for Money
A state senator has upset law enforcement officers across the state
by saying the state's drug money forfeiture law needs to be changed
to protect the innocent.
"Completely asinine," said the most vocal critic, Canadian County
Sheriff Randall Edwards.
At issue is the law as written allows police - in some instances - to
seize and keep cash found during traffic stops even when no drugs
were discovered and no criminal charges were filed.
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Here's a news flash for you, Gov. Ricketts: Alcohol is a dangerous
drug, nicotine is a dangerous drug, caffeine is a dangerous drug,
aspirin is a dangerous drug ("Governor signals his position on
medical marijuana," April 28). How many of these drugs do you and
billions of others use?
The three medications prescribed for my blood pressure by my primary
care physician and my cardiologist cause swelling to the point where
I can't flex my toes and, some days, I can't get my shoes on. I must
use a walker to get around, even room to room in my home. Medical
marijuana does not cause feet to swell.
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On April 26, Steve Henson joined the chorus of voters who, upon
losing an election, accused the winning side of not knowing what they
were doing. "I am not sure that voters really realized that they were
voting to make our state - and the Pueblo County community - the home
of an extensive marijuana grow-and-sell industry." ("Well, here he
He also notes that City Councilman Chris Nicoll "essentially is
saying that voters made a huge mistake." Mr. Henson, you and Mr.
Nicoll are entitled to your opinion, but don't accuse voters of being
ignorant just because they disagree with you.
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In January, the SEC for the first time allowed a company that deals
with marijuana cultivation to sell shares of stock.
The convention floor at Denver Airport's Crowne Plaza on a recent
afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established
industry - gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with
office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand
emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference
with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.
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A majority of Ohioans, 52 percent, now support legalizing marijuana.
Approval is even higher for medical use, at 84 percent. Both numbers
indicate a turnaround in public opinion. More, there are sound public
policy reasons for moving forward with legalization, the state in a
position to control quality and access, generate tax revenue and
prevent users from facing criminal penalties.
Still, legalization is a complex issue. Just four other states permit
marijuana consumption for recreational purposes. Some moved forward
after first allowing fairly widespread medical use. Once recreational
use was approved, the actions of many medical consumers became
something of an unintended consequence. They may have gamed the
system to stick with the medical avenue, thus circumventing the tax
structure and depriving the state of revenue.
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Connecticut Republican state legislators are angry again at Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Last week the governor noted the racially disproportionate effect of
the state's drug laws, which impose more severe penalties in the
cities where most members of racial minorities live than in the
suburbs and rural towns where most white people live.
The law, the governor said, "is patently unfair and, if not racist in
intent, is racist in its outcome." The governor has proposed to
repeal the law that makes mere drug possession in cities a more
serious crime than drug possession elsewhere. He does not propose to
change the law about selling drugs.
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PHOENIX -- Saying he has concerns about abuse, Attorney General Mark
Brnovich late Thursday yanked his formal legal opinion which said
public officials can use their offices and resources to "educate"
voters on an upcoming ballot measure.
In a prepared statement, press aide Kristen Keogh said there were
"allegations" that his opinion, issued less than two weeks ago "may
have provided an opportunity for potential government abuse." And she
said he takes that issue "very seriously."
Communications chief Ryan Anderson said the next step is to review
the issue and issue a revision that is not only "more clear" but also
ensures that the opinion, which can be cited in court cases, is not
used in a way that does not protect taxpayer dollars.
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