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California Senate moves to crush medical marijuana profits

A bill approved by the California state senate on Monday would further restrict the state’s medical marijuana industry by requiring the end of all for-profit sales of the drug to licensed patients and caregivers. The proposed law would go further than the state attorney general’s non-binding guidelines issued in 2008,…

Philly police bust libertarian activist Adam Kokesh during ‘smoke down’ pot rally

Libertarian activist and Iraq veteran Adam Kokesh was arrested Saturday at a “smoke down prohibition” marijuana rally in Philadelphia after police moved in on the crowd at 4:20 p.m. in an apparent show of force. In Philadelphia, marijuana possession under 30 grams is punishable by a small fine and the…

Hacker encourages Florida motorists to ‘smoke weed erryday’

A clever hacker broke into an LED highway sign in Winter Park, Florida on Saturday night and reprogrammed it to read: “Smoke week erryday.” The sign was clearly visible from Minnesota Avenue, Florida-based WFTV 9 reported. It originally displayed a message about a pending road closure. Road signs like this…

Study: Frequent marijuana use tied to reduced bladder cancer risk

In findings presented last week at the American Urological Association’s annual conference, researchers announced that the conclusion of an 11-year study has found a strong association between frequent marijuana use and a significantly reduced bladder cancer risk, USA Today reported Saturday. The study, which has not yet undergone peer-review and…

Colorado passes laws for the legal sale of marijuana beginning Jan. 1

Lawmakers in Colorado voted Wednesday night to approve a historic, first-ever regulatory framework for the production, taxation and sales of marijuana. Four bills awaiting the governor’s signature Thursday morning — SB 283, HB 1317, HB 1318 and HB 1325 — will convert the state’s medical marijuana regulatory agency into a…

California Supreme Court deals massive blow to medical marijuana industry

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that local municipalities can legally ban medical marijuana dispensaries, dealing a massive blow to the burgeoning industry that’s exploded across the state since 2009. The ruling in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center (PDF) boils down to whether the…

Willie Nelson plays ‘Stoned Gandalf’ in Conan’s ‘Hobbit’ spoof

Singer and songwriter Willie Nelson made a surprise appearance on Monday night’s episode of “Conan” for a quick spoof of “The Hobbit,” featuring Nelson as “Stoned Gandalf” in a hilarious audition tape for the film’s upcoming sequel. “Hey, Peter Jackson!” the 80-year-old music legand began. “My name’s Willie Nelson, and…

Colorado court: Businesses can fire employees for off-hours pot use

A Colorado Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that businesses can still fire employees who test positive for marijuana use, even if they never show up to work under the influence. According to NBC News, a divided panel of judges ruled that even though marijuana use is legal in the…

Supreme Court rules immigrants cannot be deported for minor drug offenses

In a decision issued Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that immigrants living in the U.S. cannot be deported for minor drug crimes absent the presence of a large quantity of a controlled substance or direct evidence of a sale. “We must decide whether this category includes a state…

Democratic Reps call for federal marijuana commission

A group of Democratic House members led by Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) have introduced a bill aimed at creating a National Commission on Marijuana Policy, which would be tasked with examining the conflicts currently arising between state and federal laws regulating the drug. According to The Hill’s Floor Action Blog,…

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