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UK: Nigerian Envoy Sues Police After Mistaken Cannabis Raid

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Evening Standard, 10 Apr 2014 - A FORMER member of the Nigeria High Commission is suing Scotland Yard for raiding his London home after police suspected it was a cannabis factory. Ikechukwu Nwokike, the former minister and head of political affairs at the commission, and his family are suing the Met for UKP250,000, claiming that officers twice entered their home illegally, causing distress.

US WA: Editorial: Need To Reclassify Cannabis

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
The Herald, 10 Apr 2014 - NEED TO RECLASSIFY CANNABIS Now that the federal government has finally, belatedly given the OK to a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the same government needs to take another step and remove the legal hypocrisy that prevents such research in the first place.

US IL: Column: Why Do Democrats Scorn Legal Pot?

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Chicago Tribune, 10 Apr 2014 - Legalizing marijuana is an issue made to order for the Democratic Party. A majority of Americans now support the idea, and so do 2 out of 3 Democrats. Two states have done it, and several more may vote on it in 2016. The party could put the issue to use against Republicans, who have no desire to be the party of weed. Can you imagine Rick Santorum or Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan endorsing legalization? Even libertarian Rand Paul declines to go that far.

US IL: Column: Why Do Democrats Scorn Legal Pot?

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Chicago Tribune, 10 Apr 2014 - Legalizing marijuana is an issue made to order for the Democratic Party. A majority of Americans now support the idea, and so do 2 out of 3 Democrats. Two states have done it, and several more may vote on it in 2016. The party could put the issue to use against Republicans, who have no desire to be the party of weed. Can you imagine Rick Santorum or Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan endorsing legalization? Even libertarian Rand Paul declines to go that far.

US MA: Federal Probe Uncovers Fake Pot Operation

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
The Hampton Union, 10 Apr 2014 - Multiple Seacoast Communities Linked To Investigation Two suspected dealers have been charged with selling an extremely potent form of synthetic marijuana as part of a major operation that allegedly included sales to undercover agents on the Seacoast.

US CO: Column: Do Hemp Houseplants Count As Marijuana?

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Westword, 10 Apr 2014 - Dear Stoner: I've always wanted a hemp houseplant. What are the rules and regulations for growing hemp on a small, non-commercial scale? And does that count as one of the six plants that I'm allowed to grow? I realize that if I'm already growing marijuana, I'd need a male hemp plant to avoid cross-pollination - right? Spring Haze

US CO: Column: CBS Slaps Down Weedmaps' Times Square Ad

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Boulder Weekly, 10 Apr 2014 - More good news about the end of cannabis prohibition. A new PEW poll indicates that 75 percent of voters say legalization is a foregone conclusion. Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who along with Rep. Jared Polis has been pushing legislation for cannabis businesses the last couple of years, is quoted as saying legalization is "game over in five years." Attorney General Eric Holder recently indicated a willingness to open a discussion with Congress about removing cannabis from its Schedule One designation, and a study of criminal statistics shows that crime didn't go up, and in some cases, went down in Colorado in the first three months of legalization. The first week in April was also when Weedmaps was planning to inaugurate a campaign in New York to help bring attention to the legalization movement in that state as well as its own website by running a 10-second advertisement that would rotate on the CBS Super Screen in Times Square. The featured link brought you to a page with information about the legalization effort alongside the best places to get baked in the Apple.

US CA: Column: Classified Talk

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Sacramento News & Review, 10 Apr 2014 - Ngaio Breaks Down How the Federal Government Could Reschedule Marijuana Without Going to Congress Can the Department of Justice reschedule marijuana, or do you need an act of Congress? - -Medical Mary

US CO: Lawmakers Eye Potency Limits On Pot Products

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Ledger-Enquirer, 10 Apr 2014 - DENVER - Two hot-button marijuana measures dealing with the potency and appearance of edibles will be considered by Colorado lawmakers in the final weeks of the legislative session. Legislators heard testimony Thursday on both bills but votes were not expected until next week.

US ID: Spokane Man Says ISP Profiled Him Due To Washington

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Spokesman-Review, 10 Apr 2014 - A Spokane man says he was pulled over by the Idaho State Police on Interstate 84 last summer and accused of having marijuana solely because he had Washington license plates and had his car windows open. "At that point, my jaw just dropped," said Paul Dungan, 58. "I said 'No.' I told him, 'This is the way I cruise in the summer time ... so I don't fall asleep.' ... He said, 'I want to search your car,' and I said, 'No, you have no right to search my car.'"

US CO: Column: CBS Slaps Down Weedmaps' Times Square Ad

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Boulder Weekly, 10 Apr 2014 - More good news about the end of cannabis prohibition. A new PEW poll indicates that 75 percent of voters say legalization is a foregone conclusion. Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who along with Rep. Jared Polis has been pushing legislation for cannabis businesses the last couple of years, is quoted as saying legalization is "game over in five years." Attorney General Eric Holder recently indicated a willingness to open a discussion with Congress about removing cannabis from its Schedule One designation, and a study of criminal statistics shows that crime didn't go up, and in some cases, went down in Colorado in the first three months of legalization. The first week in April was also when Weedmaps was planning to inaugurate a campaign in New York to help bring attention to the legalization movement in that state as well as its own website by running a 10-second advertisement that would rotate on the CBS Super Screen in Times Square. The featured link brought you to a page with information about the legalization effort alongside the best places to get baked in the Apple.

US ID: Spokane Man Says ISP Profiled Him Due To Washington

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Spokesman-Review, 10 Apr 2014 - A Spokane man says he was pulled over by the Idaho State Police on Interstate 84 last summer and accused of having marijuana solely because he had Washington license plates and had his car windows open. "At that point, my jaw just dropped," said Paul Dungan, 58. "I said 'No.' I told him, 'This is the way I cruise in the summer time ... so I don't fall asleep.' ... He said, 'I want to search your car,' and I said, 'No, you have no right to search my car.'"

US NJ: Repeat Topics At Christie Forum

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 Apr 2014 - Medical Marijuana and Pig-Gestation Crates Came Up Again After He Laid Out Plans for the 2015 Budget. FAIRFIELD, N.J. - The same few questions appear to be following Gov. Christie from town to town.

US AZ: Column: Still Suppressing

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Tucson Weekly, 10 Apr 2014 - In a Truly Sad Turn of Events, Our Marijuana Guy's Last Moments Included Thoughts of Kimberly Yee Editor's note (again, not really, but it's a premise): Mr. Smith continues to drift in and out of consciousness and blink out orders to Dick Cheney. Mostly Mr. Smith is tasking the former vice president with flipping the television between Duck Dynasty and pay-per-view porn. But at times he is requesting the bizarre, such as foot massages using oil from the blubber of slain baby seals and ground rhino horn to treat his gout and impotence. God save Dick Cheney ... and Mr. Smith.

New Zealand: Editorial: This Time The Law Really Is An Ass

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Taranaki Daily News, 10 Apr 2014 - LAWS and the legislation that enables them are key points to building and sustaining a safe, reasonable society. But just as important than the laws themselves is the level of confidence we place in them. Without that confidence people will ignore the rules or, worse still, take the law into their own hands. One thing that can erode that confidence is criticism and searching questions from people charged with enforcing that law. A lot of people already think the law can be an ass, but when top-level officials come to the same conclusion, then you have some issues.

US FL: Healing With Hemp: Why Wait Until Medical Marijuana Is

Cannabis News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
New Times, 10 Apr 2014 - Raul Medina Jr. walks into a Starbucks in Hollywood's Young Circle and asks for a cup of black coffee with light hazelnut syrup and exactly two ice cubes. Better-known as DJ Raw, Medina brought hip-hop to Miami from his native South Bronx and founded Hoodstock, a free, big-name festival in Wynwood in the '90s. He's also a former cocaine kingpin who did a ten-year prison stint for trafficking. Today he's a 50-year-old vegan father of five who prefers the quiet life up in Broward to the neighborhood he helped transform into a graffiti artist's mecca. "Medical marijuana is going to happen, and people are going to be smoking blunts in the streets." "When I got out, people were like 'Let's go take over 40th Street again,' " Medina says. "I was like, 'You can keep 40th Street; I'm going to Broward.' "

US NJ: Repeat Topics At Christie Forum

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 Apr 2014 - Medical Marijuana and Pig-Gestation Crates Came Up Again After He Laid Out Plans for the 2015 Budget. FAIRFIELD, N.J. - The same few questions appear to be following Gov. Christie from town to town.

US AZ: Column: Still Suppressing

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Tucson Weekly, 10 Apr 2014 - In a Truly Sad Turn of Events, Our Marijuana Guy's Last Moments Included Thoughts of Kimberly Yee Editor's note (again, not really, but it's a premise): Mr. Smith continues to drift in and out of consciousness and blink out orders to Dick Cheney. Mostly Mr. Smith is tasking the former vice president with flipping the television between Duck Dynasty and pay-per-view porn. But at times he is requesting the bizarre, such as foot massages using oil from the blubber of slain baby seals and ground rhino horn to treat his gout and impotence. God save Dick Cheney ... and Mr. Smith.

US FL: Healing With Hemp: Why Wait Until Medical Marijuana Is

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
New Times, 10 Apr 2014 - Raul Medina Jr. walks into a Starbucks in Hollywood's Young Circle and asks for a cup of black coffee with light hazelnut syrup and exactly two ice cubes. Better-known as DJ Raw, Medina brought hip-hop to Miami from his native South Bronx and founded Hoodstock, a free, big-name festival in Wynwood in the '90s. He's also a former cocaine kingpin who did a ten-year prison stint for trafficking. Today he's a 50-year-old vegan father of five who prefers the quiet life up in Broward to the neighborhood he helped transform into a graffiti artist's mecca. "Medical marijuana is going to happen, and people are going to be smoking blunts in the streets." "When I got out, people were like 'Let's go take over 40th Street again,' " Medina says. "I was like, 'You can keep 40th Street; I'm going to Broward.' "

US OR: Albany Council Votes Against Dispensary Moratorium

Medical Marijuana - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 04:00
Corvallis Gazette-Times, 10 Apr 2014 - The Albany City Council on Wednesday voted 4-3 against enacting a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, deciding instead to consider two separate ordinances that would restrict where dispensaries could be located. The council did a first reading of each of those zoning ordinances, but no second reading, meaning the matters are automatically carried forward two weeks. The council will have a work session April 21 and a regular meeting April 23; decisions can be reached at work sessions.