Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Check out the First Clip from Weeds Season 7!

We got our first glimpse of Weeds Season 7 today via this clip provided by E! Online. Apparently Nancy get's down with some freaky girl-on-girl action this season:

This season can't start soon enough!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Feds, Oregon State Officials Announce Crack-Down on Medical Marijuana

   The following statement was released by the office of U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holton:

   United States Attorney Dwight C. Holton and District Attorneys, Sheriffs and Police Chiefs from across Oregon today joined together to serve notice on Oregon businesses selling marijuana that the sale of the drug for any purpose - including for medical purposes - violates both Federal and Oregon law. Law enforcement officials stressed that individuals and businesses that conduct sales of marijuana face the risk of prosecution, civil enforcement action, and seizure of assets.

   “Oregon and Federal law make it illegal to sell marijuana – period, end of story,” said Holton. “The breathtaking surge in manufacture and distribution of marijuana in Oregon is putting marijuana in the hands of more and more healthy kids - and dispensaries are fueling this crisis. We are confident that responsible landlords and property owners will remove the operators of illegal dispensaries and 'cannabis clubs'.”

   District Attorney Walt Beglau explained that Oregon District Attorneys are seeing the problem statewide: “Drug traffickers are hiding behind the medical marijuana law to protect their sham operations. We have to rein in this outlaw atmosphere before any kid can walk into a storefront on Main Street in any town in Oregon and buy marijuana illegally.” Beglau, the District Attorney for Marion County, is the President of the Oregon District Attorneys Association. “This is a growing crisis we need to meet head on.”

   Sheriff Tom Bergin, the Sheriff of Clatsop County and the President of the Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and Chief Mark Miranda, the Chief of Police in Newport and the President of the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, also joined the statement.

   The notice to businesses is in keeping with the Department of Justice guidance to federal prosecutors and agents in States that have enacted laws authorizing the medical use of marijuana. That guidance articulates the Department's balanced approach, which effectively focuses the limited federal resources on drug traffickers and organizations as opposed to individuals with serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen consistent with applicable state law. 

   The guidance also makes clear that federal officials will not tolerate those who hide behind claims of compliance with state laws to mask activity that is clearly illegal.

   The following is a copy of the notice sent to Oregon dispensary owners:

   The sale of marijuana for any purpose -- including as medicine -- violates both Federal and Oregon law and will not be tolerated. People and businesses that conduct sales of marijuana face the risk of prosecution, civil enforcement action, and seizure of assets.

   Knowingly financing a marijuana dispensary or allowing one to operate on your property also violates federal law and could subject financiers and landlords to civil and criminal penalties – including forfeiture of any assets used in support of the criminal enterprise.

   The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, adopted by Oregon state voters in 1998, does not permit the sale of marijuana in any form. Although its provisions protect medical marijuana users who comply with its requirements from state criminal prosecution for drug crimes, the Act does not restrict seizure of marijuana plants, nor does it protect individuals or organizations from federal criminal prosecution under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

   Prosecuting individuals and organizations involved in the cultivation and distribution of controlled substances, including marijuana, are core priorities of the United States Department of Justice. Consistent with federal law, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon may pursue criminal and civil actions for violations of the Controlled Substances Act when such action is warranted. 

   Such criminal actions may include charges for the illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to distribute marijuana in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841; charges for knowingly opening, leasing, renting, maintaining, or using property for the manufacture, storage, or distribution of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 856; as well as charges under the federal money laundering statutes. Similarly, under Oregon law, violators may be prosecuted for manufacturing marijuana under ORS 475.856, delivery of marijuana under ORS 475.860, and money laundering under ORS 164.170. Instrumentalities or proceeds associated with unlawful activity may be subject to Civil Forfeiture under ORS 131A.005 or Criminal Forfeiture under ORS 131.550.
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Holder: Feds to Work with States on Medical Marijuana

Holder speaks in Rhode Island today.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder suggested today that the U.S. Justice Department will work with medicla marijuana states to reach a resolution on the establishment of dispensaries.

"We are in the process of working these issues with the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island and other U.S. attorneys across the country,'' Holder said today at a press conference held at the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, RI.. "My hope is that something in the not too distant future .... will be addressed.''

Holder was peppered with questions about the Justice Department's position on dispensaries that sell marijuana to patients who use the drug to deal with the debilitating symptoms of diseases such as cancer, AIDS, chronic pain and multiple-sclerosis.

Holder dodged questions about whether or not he support raids or arrests of state employees who help facilitate the regulation of medical marijuana. He repeatedly said that he hopes more discussions between federal and state officials will led to a fair resolution.
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Police: Alabama Grow Op 'The Most Sophisticated Set-Up They've Seen'

Fox News in Theodore, Alabama are reporting that police have busted a huge marijuana growing operation off of Highway 90 and some cops are calling the most sophisticated set-up they've ever seen.

According to the report, police made the bust after they noticed a man unload pot plants from the back of a U-Haul truck into his garage. Police say they found more than 100 plants, about three feet tall, throughout the home.

Another man arrived at the home as police were conducting their investigation, but tried to flee when he noticed the officers. A scuffle ensued and police say the man suffered a self-inflicted wound and died at the scene.

So far, the names of the two suspects have not been released.

You can watch Fox News' report on the bust here:

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Russia: Global Drug Panel Has Ties to Mafia

Viktor Ivanov
In a statement issued today, Viktor Ivanov, head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service, slammed a global panel's recommendation to decriminalize drugs, calling the recommendation "propaganda of drug abuse" and accusing it's authors of supporting drug cartels and narcotics mafias.

“We have to realise that we are dealing with global propaganda of illicit drugs here,” said Federal Drug Control Service head Viktor Ivanov, commenting on a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

The panel, made up of former world leaders, issued their statement yesterday, calling for the decriminalization of all drugs, but especially marijuana.

Ivanov also hinted that former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who led the Commission, could have links with international drug cartels.

"This propaganda campaign is linked to the huge profits (from sales of illicit drugs) that are estimated at about $800 billion annually, Mr. Ivanov told reporters Friday.

Ivanov also said he has conferred with his U.S. counterpart, Gil Kerlikowske, and the two agreed that the global panel had reached "unacceptable conclusions". 
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Company Announces Distribution Deal for CBD-Infused Water

From Medical Marijuana, Inc.:

Medical Marijuana Inc announced today that additional bidders have presented offers for rights to the distribution of Medical Marijuana Inc's revolutionary THC-free water products.

One offer being considered is brought in by BullnBear Group, S.A. for Central American distribution rights. This involves a $22.5 million up-front payment to Medical Marijuana Inc on a 10 year distribution agreement plus an 18% back-end royalty as a percentage from sales.

Several other offers for US marketing rights have been presented from a variety of distribution companies, including one that services 77,000 stores worldwide. Terms of offers are still being finalized. In addition to these US and Central American bidders, Medical Marijuana Inc is in the process of reviewing offers from Europe, Asia and Southeast Asia for similar distribution rights. These distribution rights will include the rights to four separate beverages being produced by Medical Marijuana Inc, all within the THC-free line.

In 2008 this wholesale bottled water industry was estimated to exceed $11.2 billion in the USA alone. To differentiate itself from other products within this massive US market, Medical Marijuana Inc is proud to feature a pure, natural spring-water source located in the Mayan Rainforest region of Guatemala as the primary water source for its entire THC-free line. Further, the company will utilize CannaBANK'S CBD (Cannabidiol) infusion process which enables the health and wellness benefits of the cannabis plant to be directly infused into drinking-water beverages. A summary of the four distinct beverage options being readied for market by Medical Marijuana Inc under its THC-free line are as follows:

1. CBD-infused water which carries all the health and wellness benefits of CBD extract
2. THC-free water which features CBD as an ingredient plus the added 500+ infused natural benefits of cannabinoid extract, less the THC. The infusion of cannabinoid extract in addition to CBD adds a variety of vitamins, trace minerals, essential fatty acids and many other properties not found in only the CBD-infused water
3. Hemp water
4. Pure, natural spring water directly from Mayan rainforest source

To back its emphasis on providing CBD and cannabinoid enhanced water to the general public, Medical Marijuana Inc is relying on research by the US Government and other top US University Medical departments. An example of this research can be found in The United States Health Department Patent # 6,630,507, titled "Cannabis as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants". This article explains many of the benefits of Cannabis while countless other medical and scientific journals also cite CBD as a natural T-cell enhancer and significant source of antioxidant properties. Further, Dr. Donald Abrams, M.D., chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital has researched CBD extensively. A review of his findings can be found under the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xVwhCD4jd0.

As more research and technology become available over the next several months, Medical Marijuana Inc will launch several more beneficial beverage products, many of which will be available through The Hemp Network (www.thehempnetwork.com) division.
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

High Times Magazine Celebrates 37th Anniversary, Offers Digital Downloads of Classic Issues

High Times #1
High Times Magazine, founded 37 years ago today, is offering a special treat for fans to celebrate their anniversary.

Starting today, High Times is offering a package deal on a digital download of five classic issues of the magazine including the first-ever issue from 1974, the second issue also from 1974, the first Bob Marley and Cheech and Chong covers from 1976 and 1980 respectively and the 2002 Stoner of the Year issue featuring Snoop Dogg on the cover.

The digital download package is available through the Zinio Digital subscription service and costs $35 for all five issues, 30 percent off the cover price.

You can read more about the High Times Editor's Choice package at the High Times website, or you can order your subscription at Zinio's website.

And, by the way, Zinio got the date of the anniversary wrong on their website. It is the 37th anniversary, not the 35th!
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Vermont to Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By Dan Riffle, Marijuana Policy Project

Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin – who MPP helped elect – just signed a bill to make Vermont state law the eighth to explicitly authorize and regulate dispensaries where registered patients can purchase medical marijuana. Today’s signing marks the culmination of a two-year lobbying effort led by MPP and the third bill signing we’ve been a part of just this month. Many thanks to Governor Shumlin and the bill’s sponsors, Senators Jeanette White, Hinda Miller, and Dick Sears for their leadership, and the dedicated patient advocates throughout the state who made the case for adding dispensaries to Vermont’s medical marijuana law.

MPP’s lobbyists and several of the state’s most committed patient advocates watch as Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin signs S. 17

Today’s signing bucks a trend of sorts. Governors in Rhode Island, Arizona, and Washington have all put the brakes on bills or laws to allow dispensaries, after receiving threatening letters from U.S. Attorneys in their states. Shumlin and legislative leaders received a similar letter on May 4, the day before the House of Representative was slated to vote on the dispensary bill. We were able to address concerns in the House and the administration, and the next day the House passed the measure 99-44 – with a copy of the letter on the desk of each representative.

One reason we were able to convince elected officials to move forward is that, despite the letters, there has still never been a raid on any dispensaries in states that explicity recognize and regulate dispensaries and that are in compliance with those laws. On the other hand, it’s unfortunate, but not uncommon, to see raids of dispensaries in places with more ambiguous laws that don’t specifically address dispensaries. In other words, in practice, it seems U.S. Attorneys are abiding by a narrow interpretation of the policy announced in the 2009 “Ogden memo,” in which these attorneys were instructed not to take action against anyone in “clear and unambiguous compliance” with state law.

Ironically, that means the best way to avoid any federal enforcement action is to do exactly the opposite of what Washington, Arizona, and Rhode Island’s governors are doing, and instead embrace state laws that explicitly authorize and regulate dispensaries, like Gov. Shumlin andDelaware Gov. Jack Markell. Let’s hope today’s signing marks the end of this troubling trend.
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U.S. Attorney General Promises to Clarify Feds' Stance on Medical Pot

Official photo as Deputy Attorney General, ca....Eric Holder
The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promised today to clarify the federal governments stance on state medical marijuana laws.

Holder's statement comes after several Governors received warnings over the past couple of months that everyone from cultivators to regulators could be prosecuted for facilitating medical marijuana.

Holder didn't provide many details about the coming 'clarification', but did say that his department is "wary" of dispensaries being seen as de facto marijuana legalization.

You can read the full story at the Seattle Times website here.
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Report: 'Extra Meat' at Subway Was Code for Marijuana

Elizabeth Hunt
TCPalm.com is reporting that an employee of a Subway restaurant in St. Lucie County, Fla., was selling marijuana to customers who knew the code word: 'Extra Meat'.

Investigators say Elizabeth Hunt, 47, gave them two grams of marijuana on two different occasions last month when they used the code word and left a $10 tip.

Hunt was being held Thursday in lieu of $55,000 bail on two charges of sale and delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a convenience store and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
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Gary Johnson: Global Panel is Right About Failed Drug War

Gary Johnson
Presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who has openly supported marijuana legalization in the past, released a statement today in response to a global panel's call to legalize drugs.

Johnson writes:

“The Global Commission on Drug Policy got it right. When credible and thoughtful leaders from such a broad political and policy spectrum unite to declare the War on Drugs a failure, it is time for policy makers in the U.S. to pay attention.

“The Commission’s report correctly points out that prohibition has not worked – and will not work, and has instead fueled the proliferation of crime syndicates and cartels.

“I’ve spoken with literally thousands of people all across the country about this issue, and it is clear to me that Americans are more than ready to consider rational alternatives to prohibition that will accomplish more than simply filling up jails. What is lacking is the political courage among elected officials to face reality and reform a system that is obviously not working.”

“Let there be no doubt. Drug abuse is a very real problem. But after decades of failure, it is time to try a different approach to address that problem. The Global Commission on Drug Policy’s Report confirms that fact."
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Shia Labeouf Directs 'Marijuana' video for KiD cuDi

KiD cuDi
'Transformers' star Shia Labeouf recently moved behind the camera to direct the video for KiD cuDi's new single 'Marijuana'. The video, which was shot using a handheld camcorder, shows KiD cuDi puffing on a joint backstage at a concert and at a house party in Amsterdam.

KiD cuDi said it's been a long-time ambition of his to work with Labeouf.

Apparently not all of cuDi's fans are pleased with the new video. Fans on Twitter expressed their outrage that cuDi would release a song and video all about marijuana even though he regularly preaches against drug use.

"So Kid Cudi says in interviews he is off drugs. Then he drops the video for "Marijuana" and he is smoking all in it," tweeted user k_deuce.

You can see the new video below:

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Former World Leaders Call for Decriminalization of Drugs

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan up...Kofi Annan

NEW YORK – The global war on drugs has failed with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world, argues a new report to be released Thursday.

Compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes former heads of state, a former U.N. secretary-general and a business mogul, the report calls on governments to end the criminalization of marijuana and other controlled substances.

"Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won," the report said.

The 19-member commission includes former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former U.S. official George P. Schultz, who held cabinet posts under U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. Others include former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, former presidents of Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, writers Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa, U.K. business mogul Richard Branson and the current prime minister of Greece.

Instead of punishing users who the report says "do no harm to others," the commission argues that governments should end criminalization of drug use, experiment with legal models that would undermine organized crime syndicates and offer health and treatment services for drug-users in need.

The commission called for drug policies based on methods empirically proven to reduce crime, lead to better health and promote economic and social development.

The commission is especially critical of the United States, which its members say must lead changing its anti-drug policies from being guided by anti-crime approaches to ones rooted in health care and human rights.

"We hope this country (the U.S.) at least starts to think there are alternatives," former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria told The Associated Press by phone. "We don't see the U.S. evolving in a way that is compatible with our (countries') long-term interests."

The office of White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske said the report was misguided.

"Drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated. Making drugs more available — as this report suggests — will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe," Office of National Drug Control Policy spokesman Rafael Lemaitre said.

That office cites statistics showing declines in U.S. drug use compared to 30 years ago, along with a more recent 46 percent drop in current cocaine use among young adults over the last five years.

The report cited U.N. estimates that opiate use increased 34.5 percent worldwide and cocaine 27 percent from 1998 to 2008, while the use of cannabis, or marijuana, was up 8.5 percent.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Man Gets a Decade in Prison for Growing Marijuana

Nghia Nguyen Mug Shot
The Lincoln Star Journal newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska is reporting that a 34-year-old Lincoln man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he plead guilty in March to conspiring to grow more than 1,000 marijuana plants.

Police found hundreds of plants in three different Lincoln County homes owned by Nghia Nguyen, along with more than $48,000 in cash, a gun, a grey BMW 740i and a red Cadillac Escalade with Lamborghini-style doors.

Nguyen is a Vietnam immigrant and will likely be deported after his prison term.

Nguyen's brother Jason Nguyen says he wonders what will cause more harm, his brothers actions or the fact that  Nguyen's prison sentence will take him away from his wife and four young children. 

"How could a woman raise four kids by herself?" he said. "The past is the past. People make mistakes."

You can read the full story here.
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New Zealand Cancer Patient Sentenced for Giving Away Marijuana

A 66-year-old cancer patient in Rotorua, New Zealand was sentenced today on charges of marijuana possession and possessing marijuana for supply after he grew the drug in his home and gave it away to sick people at no charge, according to the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

"Marijuana Cigarette"Image via Wikipedia
Hapeta Te Hau Hapeta was too sick to attend court in person and agreed to be sentenced while absent. Judge Jocelyn Munro sentenced Hapeta to three months community detention, which means that he will have to abide by a curfew from the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Munro says she was taking a 'merciful approach' with the sentence.

Found in Hapeta's home were 41 marijuana plants, which were grown with the help of Hapeta's partner 29-year-old Denise Stewart, along with several garbage bags full of marijuana vegetation and a variety of marijuana-growing supplies. 

In a statement in his own defense, Hapeta said that he considers marijuana to be a herbal medicine and that he  is a traditional herbalist, using cannabis to help treat sick people. 

Hapeta is currently awaiting surgery after suffering a series of strokes, but his long-term prognosis is still not clear. 
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Arizona Dept. of Health Defies Voters, Refuses To Accept Dispensary Applications

Jan BrewerArizona Gov. Jan Brewer
By Ninja Smoker, Courtesy The Weed Blog

Arizona’s top health official refused Wednesday to accept an application from prospective operators of a medical marijuana dispensary. Director Will Humble rejected the first application for a dispensary Wednesday and said no applications will be accepted until the state’s suit against the U.S. Department of Justice is settled.

In a politically motivated move, the State of Arizona filed suit last week to find out how Arizona’s voter approved medical marijuana law, might be affected by federal law which bans the growing, sale, possession and use of marijuana.

As reporters and camera operators watched in a conference room in the department’s headquarters, Humble presented the group of prospective applicants with a form letter acknowledging their attempt and explaining his refusal.

Humble said he personally made the decision to not accept dispensary applications. He cited legal advice from the Attorney General’s Office and consultations with Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, but declined to specify any direction he received from Brewer.

The state continues to process applications for patient and caregiver cards for medical marijuana and Humble said state law allows patients, or their designated caregivers, to grow limited amounts of marijuana.

“They can grow up to 12 plants for their own medical use. It needs to be indoors, enclosed and locked, inaccessible to the rest of the family. Or it could be outdoors, as long as it’s behind a concrete wall with a steel gate to prevent access from the neighbors etc.

Humble could not produce an answer when asked where patients can get marijuana plants or seeds.

“I don’t really know. There are hydroponic stores around town that give advice to people on how to grow for their own medical use.”

“The voters of Arizona have spoken. The patients are in need. The least we could do is submit our application,” said Dr. Richard Strand, a diagnostic radiologist who is among four men, including two other physicians, who sought to file the application Wednesday.

The state continues to accept and process applications by patients and caregivers. Most of the roughly 3,700 patient applications processed as of May 24 authorize those patients to grow up to 12 plants of marijuana for their own use, but that still leaves patients without access to dispensaries to obtain marijuana.

And I’ll leave you with this quote from the person who allegedly made this critical decision, Will Humble.

“You can get cuttings, too, I found out… Apparently, it’s like cactus where you can snip off a branch and put it in the dirt and it apparently grows.”
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Rockstar Games Preps 'Reefer Madness' Add-On for 'L.A. Noir'

Rockstar Games announced yesterday that a new downloadable add-on to the game 'L.A. Noir' called 'Reefer Madness' will be released this July.

So far the company hasn't released any details on the content of the new case, other than it's release date, July 12, and a teaser photo.

Crafted by Australian videogame-makers Team Bondi and released by Grand Theft Auto-creators Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire puts players in the gumshoes of Los Angeles detective Cole Phelps, circa 1947. Solve crimes without too much collateral damage and Phelps works his way up from the Patrol desk to Traffic to Homicide, Vice, and Arson.

Starting today you'll be able to purchase the L.A. Noire Rockstar Pass, a new way to pre-order and purchase DLC that gives players access to all of the upcoming downloadable content for L.A. Noire, available for a limited-time discounted price of just $9.99 on PlayStation Network and 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE.

The title 'Reefer Madness' is take from a 1936 propaganda film that espoused the dangers of marijuana.
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