Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mother Arrested for Facebook Photo of Baby Holding Bong

Keystone Heights, Fla. mother Rachel Stieringer, 19, is facing one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a first-degree misdemeanor, after posting a photo on Facebook of her baby holding a bong.

Stieringer told police that she was just joking around and didn't expose the child to any actual marijuana. A drug test on the child came back negative.  Prosecutors said they could not charge her with child abuse, because her son "wasn’t exposed to any drugs."

Okay, this lady was REALLY stupid for putting this photo up on Facebook, but does she really need to go to jail over it? After all, she didn't actually put the baby in any harm at all. Prosecutors should stop trying to ruin the lives of relatively innocent pot smokers with trumped up charges like this. It's a shame. 
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Fox News Doctor: No Long-Term Harm from Marijuana

I can't beleive I'm saying this, but somebody on Fox News actually made sense today.

'Dr. Mike' addressed Fox viewers in Phoenix this morning to answer the question: Does marijuana destroy memory?'

His answer? Absolutely not.

According to Dr. Mike, a new study shows no difference between the brains of marijuana smokers and non-marijuana smokers after a full eight years!

The doctor urges moderation, but doesn't seem to have any problem with marijuana at all. It always makes me happy to see stuff like this in the mainstream media:

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Bio-Tech Company Prepping Release of Cannabis-Based Anti-Cancer Drug

Bio-Tech company Cannabis Science Inc. recently announced that they are negotiating a deal to bring a cannabis-based anti-cancer drug to the market with the approval of the FDA.

Robert Melamede, Ph.D. and Cannabis Science CEO said, "We appreciate the dedication and patience that many of our investors have shown. We have been working diligently to provide a path in the complicated legal and regulatory environment that surrounds the medical cannabis industry that will benefit our shareholders and the countless people in need around the world who have been deprived of the health promoting benefits provided by this unique plant. These commercialization agreements will give us an opportunity to generate significant revenues for Cannabis Science We provide a further update and agreement details in the coming weeks as these commercial agreements are signed.”

According to information released by the company:
"Some of these new deals are designed to bring its anti-cancer cannabis formulations and its other critical ailment formulations to the public through the FDA in the USA and more rapidly through other expanded markets around the world."
One of the larger deals the company expects to sign and announce within the next few days is a business relationship with a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical technology provider. Under the terms of the agreement, Cannabis Science will work closely with the technology provider to market and sell their co-branded products on an exclusive and non-exclusive basis with this new ground breaking technology in the Medical Cannabis industry.

You can learn more about Cannabis Science Inc. at their Web site here.
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San Jose Collective Are Big Winners at Cannabis Cup

The 2nd Annual High Times Medical Cannabis Cup took place in San Francisco on June 26 and San Jose collective Elemental Wellness were the big winners taking home a total of three awards.

The collective won awards for two of their strains: Jamaican Lion took home the medal for 'Best CBD-rich Strain' and their True OG took the gold medal for best overall strain, boasting a whopping 19.26 percent THC content.

"It's the greatest feeling of have a group of industry experts, and legendary old skool heads, who have seen the best medicine in the world—the best medicine of all time, even—tell you your medicine is the most potent, effective, and delicious stuff on earth,” said Ariel Loveland, executive director of Elemental Wellness in an interview with PRWeb.

“The pre-flame toke will tease your taste buds with strong pine, fuel, and lemony kush,” Dragonfly recently opined in a review of the strain for West Coast Cannabis. “Taken as an afternoon delight, The True OG will give you a pleasantly buoyant buzz… leaving your mind stimulated and your body relaxed.”

The strain also took second place at last year's inaugural Cannabis Cup event.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Michigan Dispensary Offers Free Pot to Those Who Register to Vote

A medical marijuana dispensary in Lansing, Mich. has come under scrutiny after offer a free half-gram of marijuana or a free edible for newly-registered voters.

The law clearly states that incentives cannot be offered in exchange for a certain vote, and Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says the dispensary is walking a fine line with their slogan, "Vote for us and we'll vote for you."

"There are very clear prohibitions in the law about giving someone any type of consideration for voting or voting a certain way or you can't give someone an enticement for not voting," said Swope.

Shekina Pena, owner of Your Healthy Choice Clinic, says the dispensary is only encouraging people to registered and isn't endorsing any certain candidate or cause in connection with the incentives.

"We let them know how we feel, we don't tell them who to vote for," said Pena. "We definitely want to support the ones who are supporting us."

Swope says his office will continue to investigate the matter and Senator Rick Jones, who beleives the clinic is using free pot to influence voters, has contacted the state Attorney General's office about the matter.
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Seattle Adopts Medical Marijuana Regulations

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is scheduled to sign a new bill that will set up regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in the city that will treat them like any other business, requiring them to be licensed, follow city codes, obtain food-handling permits for edibles and setting up a system for taxation.

The bill was passed by the Seattle city council on July 18 and is in stark contrast to most other cities in the state that have put moratoriums on dispensary operations.

The future of medical marijuana in the state has been uncertain since Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed a bill earlier this year that would have licensed and regulated commercial dispensaries, but allowed sections of the law allowing collectives to pass.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

PBS to Air 'The Pot Republic' Tonight

FRONTLINE’s primetime monthly newsmagazine returns tonight at 9 p.m. (eastern time) on PBS with three new stories, leading with a timely report from the frontlines of marijuana legalization in California called 'The Pot Republic'. The bulk of the marijuana consumed in the United States used to come across the border from Mexico, Canada and elsewhere. Now, more than half of it is believed to be home grown in California, where an enormous black market has emerged under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana law.

With more than a third of all states now experimenting with some form of legalization and decriminalization — and several California counties attempting to openly regulate pot production — FRONTLINE and the Center for Investigative Reporting team up to investigate the country’s oldest, largest and most wide-open marijuana market.

Is the federal government now moving to shut it down?

Agents Seize 300,000 Pot Plants Across Northern California

Courtesy The Weed Blog

A massive, six county marijuana eradication operation aimed at ridding the Mendocino National Forest of clandestine marijuana cultivation is in full swing, Mendocino County officials have confirmed.

California Department of Justice spokeswoman Michelle Gregory tells the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that the raids have netted nearly 300,000 marijuana plants and led to 77 arrests as of Monday, according to The Press Democrat.

Citing officer safety concerns, officials declined to give details of the operation, which began early last week but which they initially attempted to keep secret.

The operation includes hundreds of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies. Raids are taking place simultaneously in Mendocino, Lake, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, and Trinity counties, counties that contain portions of the Mendocino National Forest.

Each summer law enforcement agencies eradicate millions of pot plants from California public lands, which marijuana growers favor for their remote locations and rugged terrain.

The latest raids span Mendocino, Lake, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama and Trinity counties. Hikers and ranchers report more run-ins with armed pot growers in the region.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

California to Take Another Shot at Marijuana Legalization

From the Associated Press:

SACRAMENTO -- Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana are trying again to win over California voters, saying pot growers should be treated the same as vineyard owners or microbrewers.

Medical marijuana activist Steve Kubby says the state should tax and regulate marijuana as it does wine and beer making.

Those who grow marijuana for their own use would not be taxed, but those who sell it would be regulated by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The secretary of state's office on Monday cleared proponents to begin gathering the nearly 505,000 signatures they'll need to put the measure on the ballot next year. Voters rejected a similar initiative last year.

Kubby, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for governor, helped write the state's medical marijuana law, approved by voters in 1996.
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Former NBA Player Cat Mobley Shares Views on Medical Marijuana

Former New York Knicks shooting guard Cattino Mobley talks about opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Rhode Island and shares his views on medical cannabis. The topic comes up about half-way through the video:

The DEA's Childish Stance on Marijuana

Hello all my 420 compadres! I'm back after an extended break from blogging on the Chronicle and I'm happy to report that I've been cigarette-free for 7 weeks now and I have a much clearer head. To everyone out there who still smokes cigarettes, please give it up right now. You'll miss it for a while, you'll get depressed, you'll get angry, and you'll be grouchy as hell, but after all that's over you're going to feel great. It's totally worth it.

So I haven't posted much on The Chronicle in about a month and a half and I'd say the biggest news to come along in the world of weed in that time has been the DEA's refusal to reschedule marijuana under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, a decision which is currently being appealed. Rescheduling marijuana, which is currently a Schedule 1 drug, to make it a Schedule 2 drug would require admitting that the substance has medical value, which the DEA so far refuses to do.

I find this insulting to the intelligence of our nation.

How can the government continue to deny the evidence? Marijuana is currently being recommended for the treatment of a massive variety of illnesses by doctors all over the country and Marinol (an extract of the marijuana plant) is being prescribed, yet marijuana has no medical value? Are doctors and patients imagining the benefits gained from the medicine? I don't think so.

The DEA and the government in general are like a child who sticks their fingers in their ears and refuses to listen because they don't like what's being said. If you object to marijuana for moral reasons, that's fine. Don't smoke it. But don't deny sick people the only medicine that can make them feel better. It's just wrong.

Marijuana currently falls under Schedule 1 with drugs such as Heroine, LSD, Peyote and Mescaline, drugs that the government says have a high potential for abuse, no current accepted medical uses and a lack of accepted safety.

But drugs like cocaine, opium, methadone, Oxycodone, Morphine and Amphetamines are currently Schedule II drugs, meaning that they DO have accepted medical uses. If you ask me, these drugs are MUCH more dangerous than marijuana. As usual, our government has everything backwards.

We can only hope that they appeals process works and common sense prevails, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Common sense is a rare thing in American politics these days.
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