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Imagine a giant inflatable golden cat with laser beams that shoot out of its eyes, projecting images and videos onto the world around it with the accompanying noise, "Pew pew!" No, this isn't a reprise of the SNL digital short, nor is it a terrifying drug-induced hallucination. No dear friends -- we bet you know where this is going -- it's art!Meet Laser Cat, the massive feline brainchild of public art creators Dave Glass and Kill Cooper, also known as Hungry Castle. Laser Cat is not your average kitty; for one thing, as previously mentioned, he's giant, inflatable and gold. But also, he loves eating and subsequently spewing out art.More...
Fri, Sep 19, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
In 2009, high school students Jaiquann, Elijah, Darien and Barien were accepted into their dream universities but couldn't afford to go. Along with being track stars and top students, the ambitious young men also worked to help support their single mothers."I live with my grandmother, my mom, and my sister," Jaiquann told "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2009. "I grew up being the only man of the house."More...
Sat, Aug 23, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
A police officer who pushed a CNN journalist on live television in Ferguson, Missouri, this week has been relieved of duty following the discovery of a videotaped speech in which he criticized President Barack Obama, Muslims and gays in the military.St. Louis County cop Dan Page, a 35-year police veteran, also denounced hate crime laws and boasted of killings he claimed to have committed in the remarks delivered to a group called the Oath Keepers of St. Louis and St. Charles. Its members vow to uphold the Constitution and are drawn from the military, law enforcement and emergency responders.More...
Sat, Aug 23, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
MCGREGOR, Texas (AP) -- An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.A SpaceX statement said nobody was injured in the Friday afternoon explosion at its test site in McGregor, Texas, 23 miles southeast of Waco.More...
Sat, Aug 23, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
ST. LOUIS -- Three men who said they've been involved with protests in Ferguson since the beginning unveiled a list of demands at a press conference on Friday, calling for immediate Department of Justice intervention and an end to "militarized policing."Rapper Tef Poe, St. Louis activist Taurean Russell and Kansas City resident Jeffery Hill Jr. said they've been in Ferguson since Aug. 9, the day Michael Brown was shot to death by police Officer Darren Wilson. Although days of violent clashes between police and protestors have given way to two relatively calm nights of protest, Poe and Russell said anger is not diminishing.More...
Sat, Aug 23, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
Image via WPXI.com Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both face marijuana charges, but Bell isn’t quite sure why. Per Police Criminal Complaint, Le’Veon Bell’s exchange with officer: #WPXI pic.twitter.com/FntRnZJZeR — Brandon Hudson (@WPXI_Brandon) August 22, 2014 Even though the car was filled with smoke, Bell pleads the “who knew?” case pretty convincingly. While studies have shown marijuana, in some cases, may in fact improve driving, driving under its influence remains very illegal, whether you’re in Pennsylvania or Colorado. Unfortunately, even if Bell did smoke over two hours before the arrest (hard to believe), he probably was not “Driving Under the Influence.” But, the blood test will show THC in Bell’s system, whether he smoked a week or a day before the arrest. That issue (THC lingers in the system) highlights the need to come up with a legitimate test (like the walking one for booze) to see if drivers are actually too stoned to drive. For Bell, that solution won’t come retroactively and he’ll likely have to pay a hefty fine and do some community service. He’ll also probably join the growing list of NFLers suspended for smoking up in 2014. For whatever reason, the Ross Township police department also threatened to deployed their K9 unit on the Blount and Bell, because the biggest criminals in Ross, Pennsylvania are the Blount Brothers? [WPXI.com]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
A Colorado lawsuit filed this past June contends that special taxes placed on recreational marijuana sales are illegal and unconstitutional. Today, the group filing the lawsuit, No Over Taxation...
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
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Note: When you include the over $20,000 raised for Walk MS, that means one dispensary in Colorado (with six locations) raised over $100,000 for Multiple Sclerosis, as noted in our preview piece. For the fifth consecutive year (second for this author/hack) The Clinic Charity Golf Classic scored a hole-in-one. All told, thanks to the hard work of the folks at The Clinic, Weedmaps, Heady Glass, all the sponsors, and all the golfers on hand, we raised over $80,000 which goes to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This event means so much for the industry, not just in Colorado, but for the whole country. There’s not an event in the industry that comes close to matching this united effort. It’s also unique and incredible to watch dispensary owners–who compete with each other daily–give each other high fives and wear huge smiles on their faces throughout the day. Moreover, as the marijuana industry evolves, philanthropy can and should operate as a way to both give back to our community and show the world that this industry is a legitimate one. On Saturday in Denver, we did just that. Here are a few photos from the event (more to come):
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
Though marijuana possession remains a jailable crime in Harris County, the law of the land is shifting toward leniency for offenders. Both contenders in the November race for Harris County Distr...
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
On Wednesday, the “Pot Playboy” was sentenced to 27 years in jail in Brooklyn federal court. Known for his lavish tastes, Jimmy Cournoyer is from Quebec but set up shop mainly in New York where he built himself a “1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise”, according to prosecutors. The main crux of the hemp Hugh Hefner’s empire was sending BC (British Columbia) Bud from Montreal to New York. Cournoyer had ties to cartels and also sold a more insidious substance. “His territory — all of North America. His goal — to extend the deadly narcotics trade as far as he could,” the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, Loretta Lynch, said after Cournoyer’s plea. The marijuana was grown in British Columbia and was taken to Quebec, and cocaine from Mexico was smuggled into Canada. Cocaine was involved, but marijuana was clearly Cournoyer’s operation’s bread and butter. While smuggling marijuana is a legitimate crime, when there are states with full-fledged black markets and a high demand (like New York), people like Cournoyer become essential. If New York had legal weed, the need for imported cannabis from Canada would likewise decrease substantially. [ABC News]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
Jack HererGeneral With Jack Herer marijuana seeds, you get more than some great weed. Of course, the name of the strain is an homage to Jack Herer, the American activist who campaigned for the decriminalization of marijuana in the States and wroteThe Emperor Wears No Clothes. The sativa-dominant is the beneficiary of some great genes, [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
Federal tax dollars funneled through a local nonprofit have been prevented from going to pay for anti-cannabis crusader Kevin Sabet to speak in Oregon just weeks before voters decided on legaliz...
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
Anti-marijuana organizations and supporters were going to hold an anti-marijuana summit in Madras, Oregon. That was, until it became known that federal tax dollars were going to be helping put on the event. The event was scheduled before the November election, during which Oregon voters will be voting on marijuana legalization. After the scandal was [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
While it is perfectly fine for you to get hammered on booze in the back of a limo or party bus in Washington while smoking a disgusting cigar, don't you dare light up some herb and catch a littl...
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
Photo via the Durango Herald Driving through the streets of Denver, dispensaries and recreational shops sit comfortably aside grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants. Marijuana is part of the scenery, making it easy to forget that it is still listed as a Schedule 1 drug under federal law. Lea Olivier, an 87-year-old woman living in federally subsidized housing, is the latest example to learn this lesson the hard way: she’s currently facing eviction for smoking marijuana on federal property. “A compliance officer said they smelled pot coming from my residence,” Olivier told the Durango Herald. “I don’t think it was even me. I’ve used it before to ease arthritis pain.” Olivier is in the process of finding alternative housing that can be paid for with her fixed Social Security income, no small task for anyone, let alone a retired 87-year-old woman that lives alone. She initially started using marijuana as an alternative to alcohol and pain pills, both of which she used to treat aches and pains resulting from a lifetime working in the restaurant business. “It helped me to recover from that destructive lifestyle.” she said. “Now, I have to use pain pills, which I don’t like to do. … I’ll live in a tent or my care if I have to. I’ve got 10 days to move, but when I knocked down, I get back up.” Terri Wheeler, executive director of the Housing Authority of Montezuma County, told the Herald that conflicting Federal and state laws have become a serious problem for federal housing operations. “It was an issue before as well, but state legalization has not helped.” says Wheeler. “We’re not cold about it; warnings have been given for marijuana. For met, there is no going back. We know there are valid medical uses for marijuana, but we have to comply with HUD regulations, or we lose subsidies for people who need housing assistance.” While residents are made to sign an agreement that stipulates no marijuana is allowed on the property, there is still a great deal of confusion because the plant is legal under sate law. Or maybe, what she calls confusion is a quiet rebellion. In Olivier’s case, that’s exactly what it is. “They told us to go beyond a certain gate or leave in our car and go somewhere else, but we cannot keep anything in our car if it is parked on their property,” says Olivier. “It is ridiculous; I don’t want to live here anymore anyway.” While heightened educational efforts might help, Federal law remains a problem for people like Olivier who know the rules, but find it difficult, even painful, to follow them. [DurangoHerald.com]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
Florida voters will get the chance to legalize medical marijuana this November during the 2014 Election. In order to pass, at least 60% of voters will have to vote ‘yes’ on Election Day. The campaign battle has been fierce, with the opposition making outlandish claims, such as that medical marijuana cookies will become the new [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
Update: As expected, cops in Ross Township outside of Pittsburgh have charged Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount with marijuana possession for a three-quarter ounce bag of ...
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
Delaware’s one and only dispensary will begin growing its crop this fall, and should begin serving patients by early 2015. At the helm of the First State Compassion Center in Wilmington is Mark Lally, an ex-state trooper who more recently served as an aide to United States Senator Tom Carper. While it’s actually become more common for dispensaries and canna-businesses to enlist doctors or former politicians (see: Gary Johnson) as consultants or key figures, hiring a former badge-carrier as a dispensary’s President appears to be a first. How much a former state police officer knows about growing high-quality cannabis is whole other story. The dispensary, for its part, claims they’ve “‘assembled an experienced team with a high level of competency in the field of medical marijuana.” They did not, however, cite the genetics they’ll be nurturing, the lighting equipment used, or the background of their growers. That’s the kind of vital information the industry–particularly in the drier East Coast pastures–would be well-served to advertise. But Lally’s First State Compassion Center comes with some controversial baggage, and is not quite out of the legal woods just yet. The signing of the contract comes despite a lawsuit filed against Lally in Delaware Chancery Court by former Lewes City Councilman Jud Bennett. He claims Lally breached a contract to help him win the contract to operate Delaware’s dispensary. A judge is still weighing Lally’s motion to dismiss. “They have won the battle, but not the war,” Bennett said by email. [Delaware Online] When you take marijuana out of the hands of seasoned growers and into the hands of individuals with a background in law enforcement and politicians, the compassion clearly gets replaced by aggression. And aggression like that has no place to stand in this industry. But on the bright side, at least Delaware’s patients–who have been waiting since 2011 when MMJ was legalized–will soon have a legal way to obtain their medicine.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
Part of a statewide weekend of action encouraging marijuana legalization. Organizers are also holding rally events in Pittsburgh and York.PhillyNORML will march on Market Street from Independence Hall to City Hall.Gather at the corner of 5th&Market at 1:00PM. March begins at 1:30PM. At City Hall we will demand that Mayor Nutter sign the decriminalization bill [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
There have been a few economic projections for tax venue generation if/when Oregon legalizes marijuana this November during the 2014 Election. I have seen numbers as low as $15 million, and until recently, as high as $40 million dollars. There is a lot of debate by activists and pundits as far as how much will [...]
Fri, Aug 22, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog