New Dist. Attorney ready to ‘weed out the weed cases’

By TIFFANY REVELLE The Daily Journal Incoming District Attorney C. David Eyster plans to weed out the weed cases clogging the court system, among other changes he has in mind for his four-year term. Eyster won the race against incumbent Meredith Lintott with 53 percent of the county’s vote in November, and will be sworn […]

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Florida Drug Czar Office Falls to Budget Ax

by Phillip Smith Bruce Grant–Newly unemployed drug war bureaucrat seeks position. (Image courtesy Florida governor’s office) The Florida Office of Drug Control is going out of business. The four-man fiefdom in the Sunshine State’s drug war bureaucracy has fallen afoul of incoming Republican Governor-elect Rick Scott’s war on state spending and was notified last Friday […]

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Oregon judges don’t look kindly at those who rob medical marijuana growers

By Karen McCowan Graphic by Steve Perez Potential criminals, take note: Marijuana growers may seem like soft targets, but hard time awaits those who rob them in Lane County. This month alone, Lane County Circuit Court judges have sentenced six men to a collective 58 years in prison for armed robberies of area medical marijuana […]

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Marijuana Penalties Reduced Beginning January 1st

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Beginning January 1, some changes are coming to the penalty for possessing marijuana in California.   Marijuana possession will be treated by law enforcement the same as a speeding ticket. Carrying up to an ounce of marijuana will be reduced from a misdemeanor to an infraction.   Anyone charged with possession will not be […]

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TFGA has high hopes for hemp

BY CHRIS PIPPOS GREEN MACHINE: Burnie commercial industrial hemp farmer for the past decade, Ian Chamley, said changes must be made so that Australia did not remain one of the few western countries to prohibit the food consumption of industrial hemp products. Picture: Grant Wells.   TRIALS of growing industrial hemp varieties have been hailed […]

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80-Year-Old Republican Leads Fight To Decrim Pot In Virginia

    By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ Photo: Hampden-Sydney College Delegate Harvey Morgan: “Making simple possession a civil rather than a criminal offense makes sense” Virginia lawmakers will have a chance to end criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession when the Assembly convenes in January — and the fight to decriminalize pot is being led by […]

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A push for prescription pot (Arkansas)

Posted by Max Brantley A group that advocates legalizing medical marijuana will bring exhibits and advocates to the state Capitol Jan. 12-13 to educate legislators and others on the cause. Details follow: NEWS RELEASE Advocates Push for Arkansas to Join Fifteen Other States and Washington DC With Medical Marijuana Laws: Doctors, law enforcement officials and […]

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Medical marijuana to treat PTSD? Army personnel form MMJ advisory board.

By Joel Warner In September, Colorado’s health department rejected the use of medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, a common affliction for veterans. But that doesn’t mean the military and MMJ have been divorced once and for all. Cannabis Science, a Colorado Springs marijuana pharmaceutical company, has formed a military advisory board featuring military […]

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Merle Haggard Sticks Up For Willie Nelson, Pot Legalization

By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ Photo: World News Merle Haggard: “I think it’s silly to put someone in jail for marijuana possession”   ​”We don’t smoke marijuana in Muscogee,” Merle Haggard sang back in 1969. But Merle’s changed his tune these days. The plain-spoken 73-year-old is still making music, winning awards and taking a stand for […]

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Woman Fired Over Medical Marijuana To Get Day In High Court

By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ Graphic: Working World ​Should companies be able to fire employees for using medical marijuana — at home, with no effects on job performance — even in states where the medicinal use of cannabis is legal? Washington judges and lawmakers will be wrestling with that question next month as the state Supreme […]

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