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If New York City in the post-Bloomberg era can still be called gritty, chaotic, artistic, and weird, the political demonstration in the Metropolitan Avenue subway station on Tuesday afternoon was a quintessential New York gathering. Kid Lucky, the “human beatbox,” was there. So was Matthew Silver, better known as the guy who dances on Astor Place in his underwear, swinging hula hoops and giant stuffed bananas while shouting slogans like “Put down your phones” and “Love is forever.”Other protesters included a rapper, a harmonica player in a bowler hat, an assortment of guitar-strumming singer-songwriter types, a mime, and Robert Cornegy, the seven-foot city council member from Bedford-Stuyvesant and an alumnus of the legendary 1984-85 St. John’s University basketball team, who said of his days as an itinerant ballplayer in Europe that he learned about each new city by eating the street food and watching its buskers.More...
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
If and when the zombie apocalypse is nigh, we will all have to make one monumental decision: Where to seek refuge?Steer clear of the 25 cities on the map below, produced by real-estate website Trulia. Unless you're a zombie, in which case, live it up! (Oh wait, you can't.)More...
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
LOS ANGELES -- Orange County prosecutors have dropped murder charges against two men after defense lawyers claimed the district attorney's office withheld evidence about a controversial jailhouse informant program.One accused killer has been set free on parole and a convicted murderer who had been serving life for a gang-related murder awaits a retrial. A man who had been accused of attempted murder awaits trial on reduced charges. More than a dozen other defendants may win new trials, defense lawyers said.More...
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- Joni Ernst, the Iowa Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, failed to disclose her ownership of an income-generating rental property on financial disclosure reports filed with the Senate.Ernst campaign spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel told The Huffington Post Tuesday that the campaign would "immediately" amend the disclosure reports.More...
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal.More...
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
For much of the past year, it seemed almost inevitable that medical marijuana would become legal in Florida. Polls showed that more than 80 percent of Floridians would support a constitutional am...
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
Marijuana has unfortunately become a life sentence to too many Americans, who are now rotting away in jail over a plant. Among those are the DeLisi brothers, arrested in 1980 after creating one ...
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
When he was running for office last year, candidate Bill de Blasio warned of the "disastrous consequences" low-level marijuana arrests have for both the individuals caught with a small amount of...
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
Hemp can be used for all kinds of things. Articles that came out this year show that hemp can be used to make super efficient batters. Hemp can also be used for building materials that absorb pollutants and insulate better than petroleum products that are currently being used. Hemp can be used as a bio [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
Last time we checked, cannabis was still a Schedule I narcotic in Minnesota. Why? Because, according to the statute, it has, like heroin, "A high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medic...
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Testimony regarding the constitutionality of the federal statute designating marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance will be taken on Monday, October 27 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in the case of United States v. Pickard, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM. Members of [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
You may remember a couple of weeks ago we reported here on a story about DEA agents in New York stealing a suspect's online identity and creating a fake Facebook profile in her likeness in an a...
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
Consuming marijuana edibles ismuch healthier than smoking marijuana. However, marijuana edibles have become the new villain in recent reefer madness campaigns. Maureen Dowd is partly to blame, after she had a bad experience when she couldn’t handle her marijuana edible experience. Bad parents are to blame too, as a handful of kids have had to [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
A new poll is out in New Hampshire which found growing support for marijuana legalization. New Hampshire is one of the leading states on my radar to legalize marijuana via the legislature between now and 2016. The poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Below are some of the findings: Although [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
Mike Whiter wore his camouflage Phillies cap and a white and green NORML hoodie as he stood outside of Philadelphia’s City Hall Monday morning and lit a joint. After taking a couple of puffs, a police officer ordered him to drop it and began writing Whiter a $100 citation. Only a day earlier, the same act would have led to an arrest and criminal record. “This is what I wanted.” Whiter told Scrapple TV, who was on the scene. “I don’t know why this is what I wanted, but it is.” Philadelphia’s new marijuana decriminalization law took effect Monday and marijuana activists are celebrating. The state of Pennsylvania punishes possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana with a misdemeanor criminal charge, possible jail time and a fine. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed a measure earlier this month to change that in Philadelphia. Under the new city law, possession of small amounts of marijuana only carries a $25 fine or $100 for public use or display. Philly NORML coordinated the first citation with Philadelphia police to avoid any trouble. The local branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws developed a working relationship with city police after a protest last May turned ugly. Local comedian and activist, N. A. Poe narrates the video and expresses his happiness about things staying peaceful. “Mike is a veteran. He’s getting his ticket for marijuana and then we’re all gonna go on our way.” Poe says in the video. Whiter is a long-time marijuana activist and retired Marine. It was in the service that he developed the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that marijuana treats so well. “We’ve been fighting for this for so long and marijuana is finally decriminalized in Philadelphia,” Whiter told the camera after receiving his citation. “I can take the medicine that helps me and only get a $100 ticket now.” See the video below:
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
The City of Philadelphia has now implemented the new fine structure for marijuana possession. PhillyNORML activist and US Marine Corps combat veteran Mike Whiter received the first citation this morning at 8:00AM. Whiter negotiated with PPD Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan and Civil Affairs department head Captain Stephen Glenn to engage in the peaceful action. Whiter, [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
Attorney General Eric Holder says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the implementation of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington State. In a CNN interview taped Monday, Holder pointed to the eight guidelines the Justice Department laid out last year for the legalization states to abide by, saying he still thinks they are “the appropriate way we should approach this problem.” Those guidelines are: Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors; Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels; Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states; Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity; Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana; Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use; Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands; and Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property. “We’ll look to see whether or not there is a strict regulatory scheme that is in place in those states,” Holder told CNN. The attorney general, who announced last month that he intends to resign soon, says the Department of Justice is closely monitoring the states to make sure they are abiding by the guidelines and are effectively regulating the newly legal marijuana trade. “What I’ve told the governors of those states is that if we’re not satisfied with their regulatory scheme that we reserve the right to come in and to sue them,” he said.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
Current and former Alaska law enforcement officers have offered their support for passage of a ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana use in the 49th State. In television and radio ads backing passage of Alaska’s Amendment 2, active and retired police officers touting the benefits to the state that approval would bring. Alaskans will vote on Measure 2 on Nov. 4. In one of the ads, Bill Parker, who used to work for the Alaska Department of Corrections, says enforcing current marijuana laws is a poor use of valuable resources, human and financial. “The war on marijuana is wasteful, and it hasn’t worked,” Parker said. He said the current practices and policies are like “using a hammer to go after a mosquito.” Of course, support of the measure is not universal among police officers in Alasaka. “We already have the highest arrest rates [for substance abuse]of any Alaska community,” John Papasodora, Nome’s police chief, is quoted as saying in a Alaska Dispatch News story. “I can see that increasing [with the passage of Measure 2].” Read the Huffington Post’s recent article about support the legalization measure is getting from police-types here.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
After a woman filed a lawsuit against the DEA accusing the agency and one of its agents of using her name and pictures from her cellphone to create a Facebook account, the popular social media website canceled the account and rebuked the agency for violating Facebook’s terms of use. Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s chief security officer, sent a letter to the DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart last Friday reminding her that police are required to the follow the same rules that apply to all Facebook users (estimated at more than 800 million per day). Specifically, accounts based on fake identities are out of bounds. Facebook responded after Sondar Arquiett, a New York woman arrested in 2010, filed a federal law suit seeking $250,000 damages which alleges a DEA agent created an account using her name, and pictures of her stored on her cellphone, to bolster one of its investigations. Sullivan told the DEA it is forbidden from using the tactic on its website. “Facebook has long made clear that law enforcement authorities are subject to these policies,” Sullivan’s letter read. “We regard DEA’s conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies.” A spokesman for U.S. Department of Justice said the agency is reviewing DEA policies and practices. RELATED: Click the links to read accounts of the incident and lawsuit from BostonHerald.com  and BuzzFeed News.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
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Despite calling the high number of marijuana arrests in New York City “ridiculous” during his campaign, Mayor Bill de Blasio has not only failed to provide the leadership necessary to reduce such busts since taking office at the beginning of this year, but has actually overseen an increase in marijuana arrests. According to a new report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and the Drug Policy Alliance, marijuana arrests are up from March to August of 2014 compared to the same period last year under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “President Obama, Gov. Cuomo, former Mayor Ed Koch and candidate Bill de Blasio all strongly criticized the NYPD’s racist marijuana possession arrests,” report author and Queens College professor Harry Levine said in a press release. “Yet the most progressive mayor in the modern history of New York is unable to stop them? Really?” The new report also sheds light on the racially disparate impact of prohibition, finding that 86 percent of the people busted for marijuana in city in the first eight months of 2014 were black or Latino. Just 10 percent were white. That’s despite the fact that marijuana use rates are essentially identical across racial lines. Here’s what de Blasio said about marijuana arrests during his campaign: “In New York City, nearly 50,000 people were arrested last year for marijuana possession. Low-level marijuana possession arrests have disastrous consequences for individuals and their families. These arrests limit one’s ability to qualify for student financial aid and undermine one’s ability to find stable housing and good jobs. What’s more, recent studies demonstrate clear racial bias in arrests for low-level possession, with African-Americans arrested four times more frequently as whites — despite roughly equal usage rates. This policy is unjust and wrong.” The new report breaks down arrest data geographically, finding that white and wealthier areas in he city have much lower rates than lower-income black and Latino neighborhoods. “There is no excuse for the New York City marijuana arrest crusade to be continuing in 2014,” said the Drug Policy Alliance’s Kassandra Frederique, in a press release. “New Yorkers made it clear that Black lives mattered when they voted for the mayoral candidate that supported ending bias policing practices, including racist marijuana arrests. It is time for that mayoral candidate to become the mayor and order his police commissioner to end these wasteful marijuana arrests now.”
Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Source: Marijuana News