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Man who fired marijuana-wrapped arrow at Washington jail claims he was squirrel hunting

A Washington man was arrested this week after he admitted shooting an arrow wrapped with marijuana at the Whatcom County Jail, but he insists that he was aiming at a squirrel. The Bellingham Herald reported that a sheriff’s office employee notice 36-year-old David Wayne Jordan getting out of his red…

Israel’s ‘father’ of medical marijuana spurred Sanjay Gupta’s public embrace of it

An award-winning professor of medicinal chemistry and natural products at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Raphael Mechoulam is a trim gentleman who wears tweed jackets and silk scarves. He is no slacker. At 82, he still works…  …

Prison reform advocates: ‘The war on drugs is the 800-pound gorilla that must be killed’

Sentencing reform in the criminal justice system emerged as a major theme from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week, an issue highlighted by Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposals to review and alter the sentencing process for drug convictions. Panelists discussed the proposals and the conditions leading…

Chris Christie agrees to legalize medical marijuana for chronically ill children

Christie conditionally vetoes kids medical marijuana bill (via NJ.com) TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to give chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana. However, the governor conditionally vetoed a bill on the issue because it goes further than he was willing to go. “As I have repeatedly…

Seattle police distribute marijuana education via Doritos bags at annual Hempfest

Seattle police plan to mingle with the 85,000 people expected to attend this year’s Hempfest to hand out bags of Doritos with information about what is and is not legal now that Washington’s Initiative 502 has been passed. The vote legalized possession and established a statewide system of regulations for…

Former ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Fleiss accused of growing marijuana

By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) – Heidi Fleiss, nicknamed the “Hollywood Madam” in the 1990s after she was accused of running a high-priced Southern California call-girl ring, may face charges after 392 pot plants were found at her Nevada desert home, a county sheriff said on Tuesday. Deputies who went to…

Colorado Springs bans recreational marijuana shops

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – Officials in Colorado’s second-largest city voted on Tuesday to ban recreational marijuana shops, becoming the largest community in the state to utilize an opt-out provision of a law that legalized the non-medical use of pot. After two hours of public comments, the Colorado Springs…

California Democratic Party tells Obama to halt medical marijuana raids

The California Democratic Party approved a resolution over the weekend that called on President Barack Obama to halt federal raids on marijuana dispensaries. The resolution, sponsored by the Brownie Marie Democratic Club of Riverside County, noted that 18 states and the District of Columbia had legalized the use of marijuana…

Police nab cat high on cocaine during drug bust

Police in Italy say that believe they caught a cat high on cocaine while raiding the home of a suspected drug dealer. The Italian publication Il Mattino reported that police found that cat during the raid of an apartment in the northeastern town of Villorba. According to a translation by…

Patients’ advocates ask Supreme Court to decide medical value of marijuana

The U.S. Supreme Court has the opportunity to lift federal restrictions on marijuana. A group that advocates on behalf of medical marijuana patients has asked the nation’s highest court to decide whether marijuana is a dangerous drug with no medical value. Americans for Safe Access on Monday appealed a District…

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