NY MAG gives the REAL DEAL on NYC’s New ’25 Grams Marijuana’ Law

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Before my NYC peeps light up some sour in celebration, please take serious note that if you get caught smoking you will still get arrested. NY Mag puts everything in perspective below:

While Bratton said that the new policy applies to weed that is in open view (a big shift), it does not apply to weed that is being burned. People caught smoking weed will continue to be arrested. (It’s also still probably not a great idea to wave your bag around in public, regardless of its size.) Pot-possessors with outstanding warrants will be taken into custody, as will people who can’t show ID. “An officer ultimately has to make the judgment on the scene,” said de Blasio, suggesting that people whom the cops deem suspicious or uncooperative might also be subject to arrest.

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While the validity of this study will be highly contested, ask yourself do you know someone who needs a joint to jumpstart their day like a cup of caffeine? Chances are that person has an addiction, whether mild or full blown…they are reliant on something outside of themselves to make themselves feel complete, so maybe we should be asking just exactly what defines “addiction?” 

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[video] Kings of Cannabis (Full Length Documentary)

For all my weed heads.

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You might not know who Arjan Roskam is, but you’ve probably smoked his weed. Arjan’s been breeding some of the most famous marijuana strains in the world—like White Widow, Super Silver Haze, and many others—for over 20 years.

In 1992 he opened his first coffee shop in Amsterdam and has since crafted his marijuana-breeding skills into a market-savvy empire known as Green House Seed Company, which rakes in millions of dollars a year.

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Governator Says its time to Debate Legalizing Marijuana


via Sacramento Bee

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday it’s time for California to study whether to legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use, though he’s not yet advocating for such a change.

The governor was asked about a recent Field Poll showing that 56 percent of registered voters support legalizing and taxing marijuana to raise revenues for cash-strapped California. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, has proposed legislation that would legalize the drug for recreational use, rather than just medical purposes.

“Well, I think it’s not time for that, but I think it’s time for a debate,” Schwarzenegger said. “I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, I’m always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries?”

He said his native Austria is revisiting some of its marijuana laws, for instance. The Austrian Parliament last year authorized cultivation of medical marijuana.

“It could very well be that everyone is happy with that decision and then we could move to that,” Schwarzenegger said of other nations’ legalization policies. “If not, we shouldn’t do it. But just because of raising revenues … we have to be careful not to make mistakes at the same time. Continue reading

Jay-Z Comes To Michael Phelps’ Defense


via HipHopDX

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps made headlines last January when a picture of the gold medalist smoking marijuana was posted in a British newspaper.

A number of people have spoken out against Phelps and others in support of the swimmer. In a recent interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine rapper Jay-Z explained that people shouldn’t be so quick to shun Phelps after one mistake.

“You look at all these people who graduated from Princeton and Harvard, who are supposed to be pillars of the community, every day [they’re] in the newspaper arrested for some kind of financial fraud,” Jay-Z explained. “Then you look at someone like Michael Phelps. He’s 23. What’s he gonna do? He’s a kid. He’s going to experiment.”

A fan of rap, Phelps is sure to be elated by Jay-Z’s comments. Last year Phelps expressed his love for Hip Hop in an interview with Time magazine [click to read].

“I listen to hip hop and rap to sort of help me get focused, to get ready to get up and do what I’m there do. It helps me to tune everything out, and take one step at time,” Phelps told Time magazine when asked what he listens to before races. “A lot of the new stuff is what I have on my MP3 player. I don’t really have any favorites, but right now, it might be Young Jeezy; I just listen to whatever comes on.”

Shortly after the pictures of Phelps smoking marijuana were published, he issued an apology explaining that he “acted in a youthful and inappropriate way” and that he greatly regrets what he did.

Want to Have Great Sex? Smoke a Joint


via AlterNet

Marijuana has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years.

The ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine systems used cannabis to increase libido, produce long-lasting erections, delay ejaculation, facilitate lubrication and loosen inhibitions.

Some Tantric sex practitioners drink a substance called bhang, a sort of spiced marijuana milkshake to enhance the sexual experience. According to one source, Indian prostitutes eat bhang sherbet to help them feel sexually aroused.

In 19th century Serbia, female virgins were given mixtures of lamb’s fat and cannabis on their wedding night to make sex less painful. Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern and Northern African cultures used cannabis for sexual purposes in a potent form known at kif as recently as the early 20th century.

So what exactly is it about weed that turns people on?

Besides the obvious: it heightens your senses, relaxes you and makes you feel hyper connected, there are also physiological effects. Continue reading

Men who smoke pot more likely to be in road accidents

Marijuana use and reckless driving are interconnected, say Canadian researchers.

“We observed that dangerous driving behaviors are interrelated. Individuals scoring high on impulsivity or sensation-seeking scales demonstrated an elevated risk of driving under the influence of cannabis,” study senior author Jacques Bergeron, a professor in the department of psychology at the Universite de Montreal, said in a school news release.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the association between driving under the influence of cannabis and a wide range of dangerous driving behaviors.”

Bergeron and colleagues asked 83 men, aged 17 to 49, about their driving history and observed them in driving simulators. Men were chosen for the study because they more often engage in dangerous driving and driving under the influence of marijuana, the researchers explained. Continue reading

[video] Tell Obama Marijuana Legalization Would Generate $77 Billion in Revenue!!

via The Fresh Scent

Harvard Economics Professor Jeffrey Miron was a guest on a CNN show, hosted by Rick Sanchez. Miron claims that a $77 billion revenue would be created by legalizing drugs. Miron breaks it down by saying $44 billion will be saved by not spending the money on police for arrests, judges and prosecutors for all the trials and prisons and prison guards for the incarceration. Another $33 billion would be obtained by tax revenue of legal drugs, like how cigarettes and alcohol are regulated. Miron even says that legalizing and ending the prohibition will reduce the violence crossing the boarder from Mexico.

Sanchez brings up the point that the economy depends on the prisons and the prison system. He asks what would happen to all their jobs and the DEA. Miron then says that jobs shouldn’t be created by forbidding something. Continue reading

California Seriously Considering Legalizing and Taxing Marijuana

via LA Times

Reporting from Sacramento — Could Cannabis sativa be a salvation for California’s fiscal misfortunes? Can the state get a better budget grip by taxing what some folks toke?medical_marijuana

An assemblyman from San Francisco announced legislation Monday to do just that: make California the first state in the nation to tax and regulate recreational marijuana in the same manner as alcohol.

Buoyed by the widely held belief that cannabis is California’s biggest cash crop, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano contends it is time to reap some state revenue from that harvest while putting a damper on drug use by teens, cutting police costs and even helping Mother Nature.

“I know the jokes are going to be coming, but this is not a frivolous issue,” said Ammiano, a Democrat elected in November after more than a dozen years as a San Francisco supervisor. “California always takes the lead — on gay marriage, the sanctuary movement, medical marijuana.”

Anti-drug groups are anything but amused by the idea of California collecting a windfall from the leafy herb that remains illegal under federal law. Continue reading

Marijuana — Safer Than Aspirin and Other Legal Drugs

via Wise Perception

Cannabis is a safer drug than aspirin and can be used long-term without serious side effects, says a book by a leading Oxford scientist.marijuanaplants

The Science of Marijuana, by Dr Leslie Iversen of Oxford University’s department of pharmacology, found many “myths” surrounding marijuana use, such as extreme addictiveness, or links with mental illness or infertility are not supported by science.

He also found cannabis is an inherently “safe drug” which does not lead to cancer, infertility, brain damage or mental illness. Legalisation of the drug for medical conditions should be considered, he says.

Dr Iversen’s findings will increase pressure on the Government to reopen the debate about the decriminalisation of marijuana.

The author, a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society, found cannabis was far less toxic than other drugs and had “an impressive record” compared with heroin, cocaine or tobacco and alcohol.

His study showed that the active element of cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ), which made users high, had a lot of potential as a safe drug to treat Aids patients and people suffering severe pain.aspirinimg

He also found “stoned” drivers were less dangerous and able to co-ordinate than people who were drunk. “By any standards, THC must be considered a very safe drug both acutely and on long-term exposure,” he writes. “The available animal data are more than adequate to justify its approval as a human medicine, and indeed it has been approved by the FDA [American drug authority] for certain limited therapeutic indications.”

The book says “alarming claims about the harmful effects of long-term exposure to cannabis” should be “put to rest”, and there “is no evidence the drug causes any impairment in fertility or sexual function in men or women”. He says people who stop using cannabis do not suffer long-term side-effects.

“Cannabis does not cause structural damage to the brains of animals as some reports had claimed, nor is there evidence of long-term damage to the human brain or other than slight residual impairments in cognitive function after drug use is stopped.” The author says many adverse effects of cannabis are related to smoking the drug. Continue reading

Ex-presidents of Latin America urge legalization of marijuana


via CNN

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CNN) — Former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil called Wednesday for the decriminalization of marijuana for personal use and a change in tactics on the war on drugs, a Spanish news agency said.

Ex-presidents Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico, Cesar Gaviria of Colombia and Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil made their announcement at a meeting in Brazil of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, the EFE news agency said.marijuana_sunset350

“The problem is that current policies are based on prejudices and fears and not on results,” Gaviria said at a news conference in which the commission’s recommendations were presented.

The 17-member panel worked on the report for a year and will forward it to all Latin American governments as well as the United States and the European Union, EFE said. Gaviria said the time is right to start a debate on the subject, particularly with the pragmatic openings provided by the election of President Barack Obama in the United States.

“In many states in the United States, as is the case in California, they have begun to change federal policies with regard to tolerating marijuana for therapeutic purposes. And in Washington there’s some consensus that the current policy is failing,” EFE quotes Gaviria as saying. Continue reading

Michael Phelps Won’t Face Pot Charges

(CNN) — Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps will not face criminal charges in connection with a November party at which he was photographed using a bong, a South Carolina sheriff said Monday.

“We do not believe we have enough evidence to prosecute anyone” who was at the party in Columbia, South Carolina, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters, adding that authorities are ending their investigation into Phelps.phelps_516_0102_25518a3

“We had a photo, and we had him saying he was sorry for his inappropriate behavior,” Lott said. “That behavior could have been going to a party. … He never said, ‘I smoked marijuana.’ He never confessed to that. We didn’t have physical evidence. We didn’t have enough where we could go arrest him.”

Phelps, 23, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, admitted “regrettable behavior” after a British newspaper published the photograph about two weeks ago. The tabloid News of the World showed Phelps using the bong during what it said was a November party at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. VideoWatch the sheriff say he won’t prosecute Phelps »

A bong is a device commonly used to smoke marijuana. University police and Columbia police both said they would not pursue charges against Phelps.

Lott said he has not spoken to Phelps, but hopes the swimming champion has learned from his mistakes and is willing to share an anti-drug message with children.

Phelps said Monday he had learned some “important lessons” from the incident. Continue reading

Kellogg to drop Mike Phelps

Damn, I guess its fair to say they ain’t no fans of Jordan Tower’s Smoke-a-thon?

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kellogg Co. said Thursday that it will drop its endorsement deal with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps following his acknowledgment he inhaled from a marijuana pipe.

The 23-year-old swimming star has apologized for his “regrettable” behavior and “bad judgment” after a photo appeared Sunday in the British tabloid News of the World that showed Phelps inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

Most of his major sponsors, such as Visa Inc., Speedo, luxury Swiss watchmaker Omega and sports beverage PureSport’s maker Human Performance Labs, stood by the athlete following the news, even if they didn’t condone his behavior. Continue reading

Heavy Marijuana Use May Damage Developing Brain in Teens, Young Adults


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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Adolescents and young adults who are heavy users of marijuana are more likely than non-users to have disrupted brain development, according to a new study. Pediatric researchers found abnormalities in areas of the brain that interconnect brain regions involved in memory, attention, decision-making, language and executive functioning skills. The findings are of particular concern because adolescence is a crucial period for brain development and maturation.

The researchers caution that the study is preliminary and does not demonstrate that marijuana use causes the brain abnormalities. However, “Studies of normal brain development reveal critical areas of the brain that develop during late adolescence, and our study shows that heavy cannabis use is associated with damage in those brain regions,” said study leader Manzar Ashtari, Ph.D., director of the Diffusion Image Analysis and Brain Morphometry Laboratory in the Radiology Department of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The study appeared early last month in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. The current research builds on previous work by Ashtari and colleagues, who used the same imaging technology to analyze normal brain development in adolescent subjects.

In the current study, working with child psychiatrist Sanjiv Kumra, M.D., now at the University of Minnesota, Ashtari and colleagues performed imaging studies on 14 young men from a residential drug treatment center in New York State, as well as 14 age-matched healthy controls. All the study subjects were males, with an average age of 19. The researchers performed the imaging studies at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Continue reading

Cops Find Marijuana Field Via Google Earth


via Thisis50

Swiss police revealed yesterday (January 27) that they discovered a large local marijuana plantation while using Google Earth.

According to The Associated Press, police revealed that they stumbled across the plantation while investigating two farmers suspected of operating a drug ring.

The plantation measured almost two acres and was hidden inside a field of corn.

The plantation’s discovery led to the arrest of 16 people. 1.2 tons of marijuana was seized as well as cash and valuables worth $780,000.

Small Town in Massachusetts Decriminalizes Marijuana


As towns struggle for extra income off taxes, I can this becoming a national trend starting with small spots like this…decriminalizing weed will be for this year what gay marriage was last year…pause!

via Ozone Mag

Young Buck, Rick Ross and Lil Scrappy just moved to Massachusetts!  Okay, just kidding. But they may want to after reading this article – it’s pretty long, so to summarize, the city of Somerset, Massachusetts has decriminalized marijuana. Among the highlights:

– those caught with pot aren’t required to identify themselves
– those caught with an ounce or less of marijuana will be charged only with a criminal offense and fined $100
– hashish and other drugs with THC are also decriminalized
– schools are authorized but not required to suspend or expel students for marijuana possession
– marijuana users will also be able to avoid citations for public use, unlike alcohol

According to the article, local law enforcement officials “strongly opposed” the new law. The county’s District Attorney Sam Sutter stated that four murders in Bristol County this year were related to marijuana possession, but most people I know who smoke weed just sit around and watch TV & get the munchies, not kill people.

Marijuana More Potent Than Ever

Having not smoked weed in almost eight years I truly believe that this new grade is way beyond anything I could handle. We have posted articles about this before but the news reports continue to surface.


via Wired

Modern agriculture hasn’t just made beef cows beefier and corn cornier, it’s also made pot more potty.

The potency of marijuana, measured by the presence of its (psycho)active ingredient, THC, has tripled since 1987, according to the latest figures from the Department of Justice’s National Drug Intelligence Center.

The new data from the University of Mississippi Potency Monitoring Project — which is not just a group of your college buddies talking about the differences between now and the old days — was released in the 2009 National Drug Threat Assessment.

The Department of Justice attributed the steadily rising numbers to “increased demand for higher-potency marijuana and improvements in cultivation techniques.”

The new pot is certainly a superior product to the shake of the old days, but it’s nowhere near as strong as some war-on-drug advocates have contended. The old White House drug czar, John Walters, has said publicly that marijuana’s THC content has “increased as much as 30 times,” which researchers say is not supported by the available evidence.

On the other hand, Bruce Mirken of the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization lobbying to change the drug’s regulation, said that the average American pot doesn’t stack up with the tightly-controlled cannabis in Amsterdam.

“In the Netherlands, where marijuana for medical use is sold in pharmacies and grown to government standards of purity and potency, the minimal allowable potency is 15 percent THC,” Mirken wrote in an email to Wired.com.

He also noted that the potency of marijuana might not actually matter much, with smokers (and/or midnight tokers) adjusting their intake based on the bud’s THC content.

“A fair amount of data show that people who smoke marijuana adjust their smoking behavior in accordance with the potency of the material,” Mirken wrote. “This is just like alcohol drinkers, who commonly consume a far smaller quantity of hard liquor than they do of beer.”

$2 Million in Drugs Found in Truck Stopped in Richmond

via Chron.com

The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force arrested a suspected Mexican drug smuggler who they say transported $2 million worth of cocaine and marijuana through Richmond in the belly of a tractor trailer.stash_drugs

Truck driver Guadalupe Perales, 32, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, over 2,000 pounds and possession of a controlled substance, over 200 grams.

Perales remained in the Fort Bend County jail Monday on $160,000 bail. An immigration hold had not been placed on him as of late Monday, officials said.

On Wednesday, Highway Criminal Interdiction Investigators stopped a tractor trailer traveling south on U.S. 59 near FM 762. Drug agents searched the vehicle and discovered about 3,348 pounds of marijuana in specially designed containers in the tractor portion of the rig and more than 200 pounds of cocaine in the trailer.

Officials seized the drugs and vehicle.

Officials suspect Perales is a drug smuggler employed by an organization based in Mexico. No further information about his possible connection was available. Continue reading

2,700 Year Old Stash of Weed Found in Chinese Tomb


via The Star

OTTAWA – Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China.

The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.

The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.

The extremely dry conditions and alkaline soil acted as preservatives, allowing a team of scientists to carefully analyze the stash, which still looked green though it had lost its distinctive odour.

“To our knowledge, these investigations provide the oldest documentation of cannabis as a pharmacologically active agent,” says the newly published paper, whose lead author was American neurologist Dr. Ethan B. Russo. Continue reading

The Number One Question on Voter’s Minds is Will Obama ‘Legalize’


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President Elect Barack Obama’s Change.gov website was set up to take advise from voters about what they would like to see change.  Coming in at number one is the question on the majority of voter’s minds.  Lower interest rates? Nope.  Nuclear disarment? Not exactly. Restoration of Constitutional rights? I don’t think so.  The people want to know is Obama gonna legalize.  That is the most sought after answer on this “government” site.  What do you think Obama’s answer will be? 

“Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?”

Inquiring minds would like to know…any press conferences coming up to address this Mr. President Elect?

Mexican Marijuana Cartels Sully US National Parks, Forests

via Huffington Post

PORTERVILLE, Calif. — National forests and parks _ long popular with Mexican marijuana-growing cartels _ have become home to some of the most polluted pockets of wilderness in America because of the toxic chemicals needed to eke lucrative harvests from rocky mountainsides, federal officials said.

The grow sites have taken hold from the West Coast’s Cascade Mountains, as well as on federal lands in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Seven hundred grow sites were discovered on U.S. Forest Service land in California alone in 2007 and 2008 _ and authorities say the 1,800-square-mile Sequoia National Forest is the hardest hit.

Weed and bug sprays, some long banned in the U.S., have been smuggled to the marijuana farms. Plant growth hormones have been dumped into streams, and the water has then been diverted for miles in PVC pipes. Continue reading

Marijuana,Cannabis less harmful than drinking, smoking: report

Seems like we know this already, it is the government who hasn’t gotten the picture.

via Breitbart

Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, according to a report by a research charity Thursday, which called for a “serious rethink” of drug policy.The Beckley Foundation, a charity which numbers senior experts and other academics among its advisors, said banning cannabis has no impact on supply and turns users into criminals.

“Although cannabis can have a negative impact on health, including mental health, in terms of relative harms it is considerably less harmful than alcohol or tobacco,” says the report by the Foundation’s Global Cannabis Commission.

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Babysitters Arrested for Letting Boy Smoke Marijuana With Them

Ehh this is nothing, my babysitter had me smoking marijuana in the basement of his building when I was about 8 or 9. Everyone cheered when the smoke finally came through my nose.

Seriously all jokes aside, giving kids pot is illegal and you will see the inside of a jail if you think this is some pastime. We are not in the 70’s folks!!

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Best Weed Movies


Don’t know too much about the story line of the soon to be released Pineapple Express, but movies featuring weed are really popular right now and probably have been for some time. Here is a great recap of some of the best weed movies of all time by the great folks over at Time.

Considered a cult classic, Half-Baked was Dave Chapelle comedic break through.

Considered a cult classic, Half-Baked was Dave Chapelle comedic break through.

Half Baked, 1998
Dave Chapelle (with Jim Breuer and Guillermo Diaz, above) breaks out in this story of a group of friends who decide to sell pot in order to bail their friend out of jail.

cThe weed classic Friday which launched the career of ]cig-a-weed comedian Chris Tucker.

The weed classic Friday which launched the career of 'cig-a-weed' comedian Chris Tucker and starred Ice Cube.

Friday, 1995
Craig and Smokey, played by Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, raid the fridge during a bout of the munchies in this pot-laced movie about two guys and their adventures on a Friday afternoon in Los Angeles.

The original potheads Cheech and Chong.

The original potheads Cheech and Chong.

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Probable Cause: Washington Supreme Court Rules Marijuana Smell in Vehicle Not Enough to Arrest All Occupants

Source : Stop the Drug War

This is definetly a win for marijuana smokers everywhere. But remember that this does not mean that exposed marijuana or any type of paraphernalia can be visible in your car or you will still be arrested on the spot. Find out the details below :



The Washington Supreme Court ruled July 17 that police cannot arrest passengers simply for being in a car that smells of marijuana. The unanimous decision overturned a 29-year-old precedent allowing police to search or arrest passengers if they smelled pot near a car.

“We hold that the smell of marijuana in the general area where an individual is located is insufficient, without more, to support probable cause for arrest. Where no other evidence exists linking the passenger to any criminal activity, an arrest of the passenger on the suspicion of possession of illegal substances, and any subsequent searches, is invalid and an unconstitutional invasion of that individual’s right to privacy,” the opinion concluded.
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Teen Sentenced to Eight Years for Coercing Toddlers to Smoke Weed

via AP

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A teenager shown on a video coaxing his 2- and 4-year-old nephews into smoking marijuana was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

Demetris McCoy, 18, pleaded guilty to two charges of injury to a child/causing bodily injury and agreed to testify against his co-defendant, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported online Thursday. Continue reading

Gucci Mane Arrested For Guns and Drugs

via HipHopDX

Atlantic Records rapper, Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis was arrested early Wednesday morning (July 23) in the Atlanta area. He was taken into custody by the Henry County Police Department after a routine traffic stop in which the rapper was thought to be under the influence of drugs. After searching Gucci‘s vehicle, a small amount of marijuana and a gun were found in his possession.

Gucci Mane was taken to the Henry County Jail in McDonough, Georgia at approximately 6:00am, where he was booked under charges of driving under the Influence of drugs, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was released approximately three hours later, after posting a $3,300 bond

Canada’s Cannabis Crops Create New Class of Organized Crime

via BBC/Frank 151

In the first of two pieces on organised crime accompanying his Radio 4 series How crime took on the world, Misha Glenny visits British Columbia in Canada where homegrown marijuana has become big business.

As we walk into John’s basement, the smell is so overwhelming it almost knocks me off my feet.

In front of me stand 120 marijuana plants whose thick bushy leaves cover the strong stems.

John explains quite nonchalantly that this is just a small growing operation, or grow-ops as they are known throughout Canada.

But he pays loving attention to the crop – adjusting temperature, light and nutrient supply – to ensure that it enjoys the best possible environment.

Every two to three months, John harvests some 8lbs (3.6kg) of his crop, worth about $20,000.

So even if he didn’t work at other jobs, that nets him a tidy salary (untaxed of course) of about $80,000 a year. Continue reading

Arrest Made After Fed Ex Makes Special Delivery…Pounds of Weed

Special Delivery?

Special Delivery?

via AP

BALTIMORE (AP) — FedEx prides itself on reliability. But a mistaken delivery tipped off police to a 200-pound shipment of marijuana that someone tried to send from Pembroke Pines, Florida to Baltimore via the shipping company.

Police tell The (Baltimore) Sun they learned about the shipment when it was delivered Tuesday to the wrong resident.

Authorities posed as FedEx employees and arrested the shipment’s intended recipient, 30-year-old Richard Gwatidzo.

Officials say he was charged Thursday with possession of a large quantity of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute along with other drug related charges.

Police say they also seized eight other FedEx boxes with nearly 400 pounds of the drug.

Authorities are trying to determine the sender’s identity.

Study: Marijuana More Potent In 2007 Than EVER

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Marijuana potency increased last year to the highest level in more than 30 years, posing greater health risks to people who may view the drug as harmless, according to a report released Thursday by the White House.

The latest analysis from the University of Mississippi’s Potency Monitoring Project tracked the average amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in samples seized by law enforcement agencies from 1975 through 2007. It found that the average amount of THC reached 9.6 percent in 2007, compared with 8.75 percent the previous year.

The 9.6 percent level represents more than a doubling of marijuana potency since 1983, when it averaged just under 4 percent.
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UK Sites Potent Strand Of Weed, Wants To Upgrade Classification

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I swear we didn’t plan this to be WEED NEWS day, it just played out like that

Legislators in the UK are considering reversing Tony Blair’s reclassification of marijuana from a class B to a class C drug. Authorities are citing the danger that a new potent strand of weed presents (read HAZE) saying that it accounts for 80% of the cannabis seized on the streets of the “Kingdom.” From analysis they are saying this weed is three times stronger than the cannibis in circulation circa 1995.

“There is a compelling case for us to act now, rather than risk the future health of young people…Where there is a clear and serious problem, but doubt about the potential harm that will be caused, we must err on the side of caution and protect the public”

The advocate for change, Jacqui Smith, who is the home secretary wants to reclassify the “herb” back to a class B which will make it punishable by up to 5 years in prison and classify it in the family of amphetamines and barbiturates. Unlike their American counterparts who have grouped pot with LSD and Heroin (Class A in the UK) the British are a bit more liberal when dealing with cannabis.
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[Video] Man Forces 18 Month-Old To Smoke Weed on Camera..

It wasn’t by design that a gang of stories about marijuana just seemed to fall in our posts today, but you know what they say…news is often stranger than fiction and this story definitely qualifies.

My night started with the “weed theme” when I turned on DEA and saw them dismantle a sophisticated weed operation in the middle of Detroit. They used thermal detection technology from a helicopter to key in on a house that was pulling on an insane amount of energy. More stories started pouring in.

Police found $4.5 million worth of weed in a foreclosed house (the Detroit operation didn’t come close), then a story arose about the disproportionate amount of blacks stopped in the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Program and a civil liberty union’s plans to contest that program.

Then a story pops up about an organization of physicians that are endorsing the use of medical marijuana and calling for the reclassification of the plant.
Lastly a super disturbing clip of a young man making his 18-month old child take a hit of a glass pipe of marijuana.
Please let us know what are your thoughts on this travesty?

Second Largest US Physician Group OK’s Medical Marijuana

The second biggest physician group in the US has joined the growing chorus of agencies who have gone on record to endorse the use of medical marijuana. In addition they are also calling for a reclassification of the plant which is currently classified as a Type 1 drug, putting it in the family of heroin and LSD.

Type 1 drugs technically have “no accepted medical use and being unsafe for use even under medical supervision,” which doesn’t technically apply to marijuana since it is being used under medical supervision in California. There is apparently resounding scientific proof of its medical use. To circumvent the argument that smoking of the plant causes lung cancer, in their appeal to the American Medical Association proponents are proposing that marijuana be used through a vaporization process, eliminating the threat of cancer. Medically it is believed that cannabis helps curb the effects of AIDS, cancer and other ailment treatments which is normally vomiting, wasting and nausea. It also relieves pain.

University Teaches How To Grow Weed


No! This is not another April Fools post.
It seems that across the country in Oakland, Ca there are Universities that are teaching students over a two day period, how to grow and maintain marijuana. The class seems to be a reaction to marijuana being legalized in California for medicinal use.

For $200 and the cost of two required textbooks, students learn how to cultivate and cook with cannabis, study which strains of pot are best for certain ailments, and are instructed in the legalities of a business that is against the law in the eyes of the federal government.

The only prerequisite for the course is a Politics/Legal Issues 101 class.

My basic idea is to try to professionalize the industry and have it taken seriously as a real industry, just like beer and distilling hard alcohol,” said Richard Lee, 45, an activist and pot-dispensary owner who founded the school in a downtown storefront last fall.

Full cloud of smoke here

Juelz in Court for Weed and Hollow Point Bullets


 Man it seems rappers are in danger. It is being reported by Allhiphop and the Daily News that Juelz Santana was nabbed near his home in Teaneck,NJ by police and a subsequent search of his Bentley revealed hollow point bullets and marijuana. Details are still sketchy, but the officer claimed to see his car and smelled the pungent smell of marijuana thus giving him probable cause to stop the vehicle.

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 This seems fishy because it is reported that Juelz was near the entrance of his home when he was stopped, giving credence to the fact that officers were probably spying on him way before he was arrested. More at Allhiphop

Ex- Cop Teaches “How Not To Get Busted”

weed-cop.jpg Ex-narcotic officer Barry Cooper  has been making a lot of noise in the Dallas area stemming from his dvd called Never Get Busted Again.weed-cop-4.jpg  

Being an officer  involved in 800 drug busts, he realized that many of his arrests were people who were basically law-abiding citizens outside of the pot they were smoking. This changed his outlook on drug legalization and he quit his job as an narcotic officer. He then created the series Never Busted Again to help those caught in a traffic stops..

                                                        More at Dallas News..