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What does the Spiderman movie's theme have to do with the anticipated relaxation in American-Cuban relations?Spiderman is advised that "with great power comes great responsibility." That maxim is something to keep in mind if--as is most likely--American industry and tourists eventually descend upon Cuba in potentially overwhelming numbers. We don't want to be blamed for unleashing economic activity that environmentally desecrates the most biologically diverse island in the Caribbean. Roughly the size of Pennsylvania, Cuba is host to numerous endangered animal and plant species, 300 natural beaches, more than 4000 islets and keys, and 100 marine protected areas sheltering abundant coral reef formations.More...
Tue, Dec 23, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
The whole story would likely be rejected as a Hollywood plot, on the grounds that nobody would believe it could ever happen, even as comedy or farce. A dictator is insulted by an upcoming movie -- a comedy about his own assassination -- and he unleashes his hackers on the studio to take revenge, by posting their embarrassing emails and then prevents the movie's release by making ludicrous threats to theaters? Preposterous!Nevertheless, here we are, pondering how to react. The United States government will likely take some sort of revenge of our own, and we may in fact already be doing so. As I write this, there are stories circulating that North Korea's internet (such as it is) is going haywire. What an odd coincidence, eh?More...
Tue, Dec 23, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- Tunisia, where the Arab Spring first arose, has a new democratically elected government following presidential elections over the weekend, and the U.S. couldn't be happier about it."Tunisia has provided a shining example to the region and the world of what can be achieved through dedication to democracy, consensus, and an inclusive political process," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday morning in a statement. "Tunisia’s achievements this year lay the groundwork for a more stable, prosperous, and democratic future for the country. ... The United States will continue to support Tunisia as it joins the ranks of the world’s democracies, and we call on other members of the international community to do the same."More...
Tue, Dec 23, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
By David SchwartzPHOENIX, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Arizona will no longer use the two-drug lethal injection cocktail it employed to execute a convicted killer in July after the man took almost two hours to die, the state's prison chief said on Monday.More...
Tue, Dec 23, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- Sony Pictures may have shelved its release of "The Interview" in the wake of a major cyberattack, but at least one congressman wants the production company to screen the film at the U.S. Capitol.Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) on Monday sent a letter to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton offering to play the movie at the Capitol in a show of solidarity with the American film industry against "threats from a dictator in North Korea."More...
Tue, Dec 23, 2014
Source: Huffington Post
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Joe Cocker has passed away at the age of 70 after succumbing to a long battle with lung cancer. Known for his rendition of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” and one of the best recording artists of our time, Cocker’s legend will live on through his music. From “Feeling Alright” to “Cry Me a River”, no voice oozed with utter emotion like Cocker’s has for the past 50 years. Cocker’s bout with lung cancer is well-documented, as the artist used to smoke “40 a day at one time.” While Cocker quit that habit about two decades ago, the damage done by that major nicotine use was too much to overcome. Sadly, Cocker’s death can be a nostalgic reminder that smoking cannabis is a far healthier inhalation alternative to tobacco. As we remember one of the more beautiful, heartfelt voices ever recorded, it’s worth nothing that Cocker was blazing a trail of cannabis across the world before it was fashionable to do so. Wikipedia (by way of Rolling Stone) notes a time in the early 70s when Cocker was touring Australia and the singer’s weed was simply too loud for Melbourne: In October 1972, when Cocker toured Australia, he and six members of his entourage were arrested in Adelaide by police for possession of marijuana. The next day in Melbourne, assault charges were laid after a brawl at the Commodore Chateau Hotel, and Cocker was given 48 hours to leave the country by the Australian Federal Police. This caused huge public outcry in Australia, as Cocker was a high-profile overseas artist and had a strong support base, especially amongst the baby boomers who were coming of age and able to vote for the first time. It sparked hefty debate about the use and legalisation of marijuana in Australia and gained Cocker the nickname of “the Mad Dog”. [Wikipedia] In retrospect, Joe Cocker was fighting for the freedom to smoke weed freely–and internationally–since that date in 1972. With that in mind, it’s no wonder his voice has helped millions of friends get high and by with one another since the days of Woodstock: Like many influential artists now gone, Cocker’s message will live on through voice for eternity.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
The controlled rollout of legalized marijuana in Uruguay continues one year after the South American nation moved to allow recreational use by adults.  Julio Calzada, who heads Uruguay’s National Drugs Board, said Monday more than 1,200 farmers have registered with the government to grow cannabis. Since announcing the move to legalize weed, the government has proceeded slowly with implementation. “It is encouraging to have 1,200 growers after three or four months since the law came into effect,” Calzada said. He said full implementation will progress “on a clear path, carefully and under control.” While potential growers have been selected, the details of the distribution/retail system remain undefined. At this time, citizens must be members of a cannabis club to get marijuana legally. Clubs are limited to 45 members and can grow up to 99 plants at a time. No retail outlets are currently open. No date has been set for the start of sales to the public. The law calls for marijuana to be sold in pharmacies, which have not yet been licensed. President-elect Tabare Vazquez, who will be sworn in next month, said his government will abide by the law authorizing the cultivation and sale of marijuana through pharmacies, but he left open the possibility of introducing changes in the regulations. “We will abide by this law and we will have a very strict monitoring to see how it works,” said Tabare Vazquez, Uruguay’s president-elect who takes office next month. “If the need arises to amend the law, we will send a bill to parliament to be debated.” For more information on the situation, check out this article on Fox News Latino.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
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Weed may not be totally “legal” in Los Angeles, but don’t tell that to rappers because they like to keep smoking whenever and wherever they want–particularly in the club. BRealTV snapped this photo of Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa up in a Hollywood club, simultaneously smoking joints and looking relatively faded: Rick Ross aka @richforever blazing up with @mistercap aka Wiz Khalifa last night in #Hollywood. Who wants to see Rozay in the #smokebox? #brealtv #rickross #wizkhalifa #mmg #taylorgang #smoke #kush #drgreenthumb #pears Wiz’s expression pretty much tells the whole story. “Who rolled that flaccid joint?” –Wiz It’s unclear what’s going on in the mind of Wiz, but his eyes are poppin like Bugs Bunny: Perhaps he’s simply wondering why he and Rozay are surrounded by dudes. And now a closer look at Rozay’s shades and loose fattie: With all due respect to Ricky Rozay, you need to either a) read a joint-rolling tutorial or b) hire a better joint roller as part of your entourage. Cause that joint does not match your platinum bling.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
Anna Cozy, the owner of Colorado Alternative Medicine in South Denver, has been arrested and accused of faking documents related to her marijuana business and supplying them to inspectors. Accord...
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
Over the past few years, marijuana has quickly become a mainstream topic for discussion. From elected officials to business leaders to media personalities, more and more prominent people are comfortable talking about marijuana law reform as a serious issue. And now, even the New York Times crossword chief is on board. “Ten years ago I probably wouldn’t have allowed this, because I eschewed drug references,” said Times crossword editor Will Shortz, explaining a clue in this Saturday’s puzzle (“Where much grass grows;” Answer: Pot farms”).  “They felt unseemly for The Times, given that marijuana was universally illegal.” But polls now show that reform has growing majority support and voters have approved legalization in four states and the District of Columbia. This summer, even the Times’s historically anti-marijuana editorial board embraced ending prohibition. “Now that marijuana is legal in several states, and some of its stigma has dissipated,” Shortz said, “I think an occasional pot reference is O.K., especially when it’s clever.” Perhaps as that stigma further erodes, and as marijuana knowledge becomes even more prevalent, we’ll start to see crossword answers like “sour diesel,” “dabs,” and maybe even “Weedmaps.”
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
Stephen Colbert isn't going anywhere -- other than CBS, where he's been chosen to take over the Late Night franchise from David Letterman. But last week was his final episode of his signature sh...
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
We told you late last week about the lawsuit filed in federal court by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against the state of Colorado over the legalization. Basically, their complaint is that ...
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
When it comes to medical marijuana reform, the State of Indiana is likely not the first state that comes to mind. However, emboldened by new federal policy that de-funded medical marijuana raids in states that have passed medical marijuana laws, Indiana appears to have a medical marijuana bill on the horizon. Per NUVO: Sen. Karen
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
Last week, Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, asserting that too much of Colorado’s weed crosses their borders and asking the Supreme Court to overturn legalization. Now, it appears Kansas will join this futile fight against Colorado’s legal weed. Last Friday, a spokeswoman for Kansas’ Attorney General said that the state “has been considering legal action against Colorado for months.” While Kansas has yet to file suit, the Attorney General’s office is “weighing its options.” Unfortunately, legalizing marijuana to combat this problem–an easy solution–does not seem to be on Kansas’ scales. Currently, possession of any amount of cannabis in Kansas can result in a $2,500 fine and up to a year in prison. Rather than focus on improving the state’s antiquated marijuana policies, Kansas’ powers-at-be, like Nebraska and Oklahoma’s, appear more intent on lashing out on Colorado for its historic, progressive move. Ideally, the Supreme Court will toss this suit in the trash and recommend that all these states simply follow Colorado’s lead and legalize the damn plant. [KMBC]
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Marijuana News
Last week, the Boulder City Council voted unanimously to allow dispensaries to sell branded merchandise, so long as clothing and other items aren't offered in children's sizes. Yes, the city was...
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
The State of Washington is in desperate need of solid, clear medical marijuana dispensary rules and regulations. Without clearer rules and regulations, medical marijuana dispensaries are left in a grey area at best, which leaves all of them vulnerable to being shut down at any minute. That of course is no way to live if
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
Where does 25 equal 30, and 22.7 percent equal "most?" The Arizona Republic's "Fact Check: Keeping Arizona Honest" column, of course. In Sunday's paper, as a reader informed us this week, a fact...
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: Toke of the Town
There are numerous states planning a 2016 marijuana legalization effort. There are also a few states targeting a 2015 effort via their State Legislatures. But there is one state that has it’s sights set on an initiative during the 2015 Election, and it’s not a state that most expected to see put forth such an
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
I first met Anthony Johnson during the 2012 Oregon Attorney General primary. I was working on the anti-Dwight Holton campaign, and received an e-mail from a guy named Travis and a guy named Anthony asking if I wanted to meet up in Portland and discuss reform efforts. Little did I know that the meeting would
Mon, Dec 22, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog
The year 2014 saw a lot of things happen in the marijuana world. There are now more legalized states since last year, and people are more interested in all things marijuana than ever before. Marijuana has truly gone mainstream, and the marijuana reform movement has proven itself to be a force in politics. After reviewing
Sun, Dec 21, 2014
Source: The Weed Blog