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An overwhelming number of voters favor the legalization and regulation of cannabis according to recent polls with 56% nationally in favor and just 36% against. http://tinyurl.com/767l87u
When asked if Medical Marijuana should be legal the numbers jump to 74% in favor and a pitiful 15% against. http://www.mpp.org/assets/pdfs/download-materials/MPP-M-D-Poll-5-12.pdf
With numbers like these, 18 states and the District Of Colombia having Medical Marijuana laws, Colorado and Washington State legalizing cannabis for recreational use, and individual cities in Michigan doing the same the stage is set for the final showdown over states rights and individual freedom.
Expect an increasing number of politicians to jump on the cannabis band wagon as they scurry for votes. Even the dumbest of them must realize that voters opposed to legalization are largely the over 65 crowd and are dying off leaving them without a voter base. As more and more of our youth turn 18 and Dems continue to oust the GOP from office the polls will continue to increase in favor of full legalization. Just like Prohibition v.1 (alcohol) was a massive failure so is Prohibition v.2 (cannabis). And just like Prohibition v.1 voters are fed up with the present insane policies dealing with a substance far safer than the legal poisons available from the alcohol industry and are demanding a change. It's only a matter of time, and not very much at that. When the states started to rebel against prohibition and repealed alcohol laws on a state by state basis it took just one election cycle for the feds to buckle. One of FDR's promises to the public was once elected he would repeal the Volstead Act and make a nice cold beer at the end of the day legal once again, and he was overwhelmingly elected by a populace that was sick and tired of the status quo. What will the next four years bring for us?

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6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana


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MrTowlie commented on Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 20:34 PM

D.A.R.E. gets duped by anti-pot satire


Not the sharpest tools in the shed.
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MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 12:29 PM

California NAACP Files Marijuana Legalization Initiative Language


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Study: Marijuana Users Less Vulnerable To Obesity And Diabetes


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Oregon Court Of Appeals: Marijuana Odor Is Not Offensive

“We are not prepared to declare that the odor of marijuana smoke is equivalent to the odor of garbage. Indeed, some people undoubtedly find the scent pleasing,” the appeals court wrote, in throwing out the second-degree criminal mischief convictions of a Philomath man whose home was searched in 2012 because of the aroma of pot drifting from it.


MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 13:33 PM

Vagina searches and other reasons the war on marijuana must end in America


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California Ready for End to Pot Prohibition


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Poll: Fighting Marijuana Legalization Is Bad Politics

A new Public Policy Polling survey from early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire has found that a solid majority of Republican respondents approve of states' rights to carry out marijuana policy reform without the feds cracking down.


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Aug 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Cop Taken Off Street 4 Issuing 2 Many Pot Tickets


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Drug Czar Supports DC Marijuana Legalization


MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 at 11:26 AM

No upswing seen in marijuana use among youths


MrTowlie commented on Monday, Aug 31, 2015 at 14:06 PM

Corrupt Santa Ana Police Rob Dispensary; Want Evidence Thrown Out

Yes, you read that right. Santa Ana Police ROBBED a dispensary and now want off the hook because they claim evidence against them violates their right to privacy. The piggies raided a dispensary then helped themselves to edibles, eating them on camera. They claim that since they thought they had disabled all the cameras they were safe, but the thugs didn't get them all. HA-HA piggies, got you on this one!



MrTowlie commented on Monday, Aug 31, 2015 at 19:32 PM

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization


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SALEM — The Salem City Council has voted to permit the early sales of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries.

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MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015 at 18:29 PM

New Mexico Senate Committee Passes Marijuana Legalization


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Judge says marijuana dispensary video can be used in probe of California police


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Legal Marijuana in Arizona Would Generate $72M Yearly in Tax Revenue, New Report Says


MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 at 17:42 PM

Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol


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Bernie Sanders vows to strike down absurd federal marijuana money laws


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Marijuana Report by Anti-Pot Group Continues Jihad Against Legalization


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MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Sep 24, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Supposedly Neutral Federal Report Stacks The Deck Against Marijuana Legalization

"In 2012 Coloradans approved Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use, by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent. Last February a Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of Colorado voters supported that decision, while 38 percent opposed it and the rest weren’t sure.

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MrTowlie commented on Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 19:27 PM

After 2 Years With Legal Marijuana, Most Coloradans Still Like It

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MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 at 23:56 PM

Bill Repealing Federal Pot Prohibition Has Bipartisan Backing

A Republican reintroduces legislation that lets states choose their own marijuana policies.


MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Oct 04, 2015 at 20:00 PM

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MrTowlie commented on Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 17:29 PM

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch Expresses Support For States’ Rights On Marijuana Policy

During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch said that her predecessor Eric Holder’s policy of generally respecting state marijuana laws “certainly would be my policy if confirmed as attorney general.” In written answers to question from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she said that the policy is “effective, consistent and rational.”


MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 at 13:33 PM

Drug Warriors Claim Sky Is Falling in Latest Anti-Marijuana Report


TommyMarin commented on Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 at 16:04 PM

Why Congress Did Not Stop Marijuana Legalization in Its Backyard

Despite a prohibitionist tantrum, pot is legal in the nation's capital.


MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 at 21:50 PM

Colorado Support For Legal Marijuana Increases After Legalization

According to a Quinnipiac University Poll support for legal marijuana has risen by over 3% since legalization.


MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Poll Finds Majority Support for Legal Marijuana in Three Swing States

Voters are especially tolerant of medical use.


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Oct 30, 2015 at 14:16 PM

If Marijuana Causes Lots of Crashes, Why Are They So Hard to Count?

A major study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds no link between pot and car accidents.


TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 09:58 AM

Colorado’s Monthly Marijuana Sales Top $100 Million

According to sales data from Colorado’s Department of Revenue released Friday, sales of recreational pot topped $59.2 million for the month, while medical marijuana dispensaries pulled in $41.4 million, for a combined $100.6 million — the highest monthly total since legal recreational cannabis sales began there in January 2014.

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Justice Department To Grant Early Release To First 6,000 Of Eventual 46,000 Drug Offenders.

The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. The Sentencing Commission estimated that an additional 8,550 inmates will be eligible for release Nov. 1, 2016.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously for the reduction last year after holding two public hearings in which they heard testimony from former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., federal judges, federal public defenders, state and local law enforcement officials, and sentencing advocates.


TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Nov 01, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Signature Gathering For Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Bill Starts


MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Nov 01, 2015 at 17:23 PM

The Government Is Stifling Medical Marijuana Research, Major Think Tank Declares

"The federal government is stifling medical research in a rapidly transforming area of public policy that has consequences for public health and public safety," the report, written by John Hudak and Grace Wallack, says. "Statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralyzed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area."

Noting that medical marijuana is already legal in dozens of states, the report argues that conflicting and contradictory federal policy is "interfering with the relationship between doctor and patient."


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Nov 13, 2015 at 21:23 PM

Arizona's Pima Commission Gives Up On Preventing Marijuana's Inevitable Legalization, Focuses On Public Education

Faced with mounting evidence that marijuana use has doubled in the United States, more states, including Arizona, are poised to pass laws allowing recreational use.

Commission officials said it will use its resources to educate the public, rather than trying to stop a growing movement.


MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 03:55 AM

Colorado is Making Way More On Marijuana Than They Thought

Marijuana taxes drew in $70 million instead of the predicted $40 million—almost double the expected amount. Alcohol taxes, on the other hand, drew in only $42 million.


TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 14:21 PM

SciCheck: DEA Chief Wrong On Medical Marijuana


BikerackIII commented on Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 16:41 PM

"New marijuana rules get tougher on pesticides in Oregon cannabis industry"...Proof that legalization works. With legalization we will be getting a healthier product free from unwanted contaminants.


TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Nov 22, 2015 at 19:54 PM

Israel's Police Chief Suggests Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized

Politicians on the left and right say recreational use should be legal.


MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 at 20:40 PM

Tactics And Tricks That Cops Use To Bust You For Marijuana


TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 16:27 PM

Landmark Case in Mexico's Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Nov 27, 2015 at 16:12 PM

High-Potency Marijuana Isn't Any More Dangerous Than Weak Stuff


TommyMarin commented on Friday, Nov 27, 2015 at 21:28 PM

Men's Wearhouse founder comes out in favor of pot legalization


TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 13:37 PM

Study: Marijuana Users 50 Percent Less Likely To Suffer From Metabolic Syndrome

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TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Nov 29, 2015 at 13:56 PM

Michigan Cops Protect Citizens by Stealing Leaf Blowers From Cancer Patients


TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 20:18 PM

Five More Marijuana Studies Debunk Carly Fiorina’s Ignorant Reefer Madness Mindset


BikerackIII commented on Sunday, Dec 06, 2015 at 03:12 AM

NY State Legislators Call for Marijuana Legalization


lindataylor commented on Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 10:14 AM

94% of all medical marijuana users use it recreationally

"An Orlando TV news anchor flew out to California to see how easy it would be to get "medical" marijuana. He discovered he only had to tell the doctor he had problems sleeping to get a prescription. To make it easy for patients, there was a sign in the waiting room telling customers what conditions would qualify to get legal marijuana. The anchor saw teens and young adults with no visible signs of illness easily getting a "license to smoke pot." The average medical-marijuana card holder in California is a 32-year-old male. In Colorado, only about 6 percent of the people with medical-marijuana cards had debilitating illnesses. Most of the rest cited "pain" or "other conditions."

Conditions that are undiagnosable


lindataylor commented on Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 10:18 AM

Bring back the war on drugs

"Addiction treatment and overdose medication are inadequate to staunch the heroin epidemic. The heroin Drug epidemics are not “natural” phenomena. They do not represent cycles that we can only hope to contain. This plague epidemic is inflicted upon us by criminal acts that produce an abundant supply of inexpensive drugs. Stopping these criminal acts will stop the epidemic."


lindataylor commented on Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Ben Tulchin is a panelist on Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s blue ribbon committee strategizing on how to legalize marijuana outright in 2016. Tulchin released a poll saying 65% of voters want marijuana legalized. Ben Tulchin himself conducted the poll. Tulchin is a longtime friend and loyalist of Gavin Newsom‘s. In fact on Tuchin's website they recommend Newsom's book "Citizenville" to everyone. How many people believe a Tulchin poll is an unbiased sampling of California voters? Tulchin has a vested interest in making sure the polls are in favor of marijuana legalization. That's why Newsom appointed him to the panel in the first place. Gavin Newsom not only appointed his own yes men to this panel but they are producing polls in favor of marijuana legalization. You can not trust a Tulchin poll.

"California Legalization Up for Debate Friday in Downtown San Francisco"


TommyMarin commented on Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 13:51 PM

Why More Potent Marijuana Isn't a Bad Thing

"The bottom line is: strong cannabis actually means people smoke less, so there's less exposure to respiratory irritants," Dr. Mitch Earleywine, a professor at the State University of New York at Albany and a chairman at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), told ATTN:. "In addition, the idea that cannabis was remarkably weaker 40 years ago is overstated."


TommyMarin commented on Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 18:56 PM

Soon We’ll All Be Getting High: The End Of Marijuana Prohibition Is Closer Than You Think


TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 13:36 PM

Victory! Congress passes bills to prohibit DEA from interfering with medical marijuana and hemp research in those states that have legalized them. It also okays federal funding for needle exchange programs.
Thanks to language in the omnibus spending bill the DEA's hands are tied and all they can do is stand there, w a t c h, and fume.


TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 14:19 PM

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Win Battle Against Federal Crackdown

Medical marijuana dispensaries scored a major win on Monday when a federal judge ruled that the Department of Justice cannot prosecute legal providers of medical cannabis.

"This is a big win for medical marijuana patients and their providers, and a significant victory in our efforts to end the federal government’s war on marijuana. Federal raids of legitimate medical marijuana businesses aren’t just stupid and wasteful, but also illegal," said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement.

"It's great to see the judicial branch finally starting to hold the Justice Department accountable for its willful violation of Congress's intent to end federal interference with state medical marijuana laws,"said Tom Angell, chairman of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority. "I hope the Obama administration takes this ruling to heart and makes sure DEA and federal prosecutors finally stop trying to stand between patients and their medicine."


TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 at 22:21 PM

U.S. Surgeon General: ‘Marijuana Can Be Helpful’

The nation’s top doctor says that marijuana has medical benefits for some patients.

In a Wednesday appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the United States, said, “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful.”

“I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking,” he added.


MrTowlie commented on Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 14:02 PM

The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015

From passing medical marijuana laws in two states, the expansion of medical marijuana in four states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico to bills introduced in both houses, the partial defunding of the DEA and presidential candidates being forced to go on record over their views on marijuana this year shaped up nicely. We also saw two states and numerous local jurisdictions decriminalize marijuana possession and two states introduce legislation to allow on-site consumption (marijuana bars) and ballot measures for full legalization in five states (so far). Even Texas is jumping on the band wagon by legalizing limited medical use of marijuana.


lindataylor commented on Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Study: Men Who Smoke Weed May Have Sperm Count Reduced By ‘Quite A Lot’


TommyMarin commented on Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Hillary Clinton’s Marijuana Policy Could Lead To Regulation Of The Industry

Former secretary of state wants Schedule II classification for marijuana


BikerackIII commented on Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 at 15:26 PM

Marijuana Legalization Progress in U.S. Shows Signs of Harming Mexican Cartels


TommyMarin commented on Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 21:02 PM

Vermont's Attorney General Bill Sorrell Predicts Legislature Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016

"Let me put it this way, I will be surprised if marijuana is not legalized in this next legislative session," he said. There are enough votes for legislation to pass in the Senate, he says, and outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would sign a bill.


TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Jan 02, 2016 at 20:48 PM

Colorado: 55% Of Voters Still Support Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet were very certain that Colorado voters would regret voting for marijuana legalization in 2012. Three years later, there is no buyer’s remorse in Colorado. In fact, the same percentage of voters that approved marijuana legalization in Colorado on Election Day 2012 stated that they still support it according to a poll recently released by Quinnipiac University. Per 9News:

Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters say they support the voter-passed law that legalized marijuana in the state, while 41 percent are opposed. And 53 percent said they believe that legalizing marijuana has been good for the state.

There’s a large gender gap when it comes to marijuana approval rates. Men are higher in the votes while woman are divided on the issue. Forty-five percent are saying it’s a good thing, and 47 percent believe marijuana is negatively affecting the state.

55.32% of Colorado voters voted ‘yes’ on Election Day 2012 for Amendment 64. I don’t expect Kevin Sabet to change his tune after the release of these poll results. However, I do expect him to look even dumber than usual if/when he continues to act like marijuana legalization in Colorado hasn’t worked. Colorado’s citizens have spoken, again, and they have expressed that they like their decision to legalize marijuana. I expect similar results in every other state that follows in Colorado’s footsteps.

Posted by Johnny Green at http://tinyurl.com/q8rkmcz

TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Jan 03, 2016 at 19:04 PM

What We Didn't See In Colorado, With Legalization In Full Swing


lindataylor commented on Monday, Jan 04, 2016 at 14:52 PM

Racist Bast--ds. Marijuana legalization advocates are targeting minorities. Anyone surprised?

Denver's pot businesses mostly in low-income, minority neighborhoods.


TommyMarin commented on Monday, Jan 04, 2016 at 17:17 PM

California Could Take In $1 Billion Annually In Legal Marijuana Taxes


TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Jan 06, 2016 at 18:38 PM

Most Colorado Voters Say Legal Marijuana Is A Good Thing

It's been almost two years since Colorado regulated recreational marijuana for sale, and according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on 11/20/2015 a majority of the state's voters support the decision and say its outcome has been good.


Support For Legalizing Marijuana Continues To Grow

According to the most recent Gallup poll (http://tinyurl.com/p675q7t) support for legalizing marijuana is at an all time high. The poll, released on 10/21/2015, shows 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana with increases in support in all age groups. With support averaging 56% since 2013 the trend is expected to continue unabated. Once considered political suicide many pols now call for the federal government to abstain from intervening with states efforts to legalize and regulate not only medical marijuana but recreational as well. A growing number even openly endorse outright legalization at the federal level.


TommyMarin commented on Thursday, Jan 07, 2016 at 18:35 PM

America, Take Note: Three Lessons the Netherlands Learned After Decades of Evolving Its Drug Policy


lindataylor commented on Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 21:03 PM

Red Bluff approves ban on marijuana use, growing, delvries.


TommyMarin commented on Friday, Jan 08, 2016 at 22:05 PM

Canada Officially Begins Move Toward Legalizing Marijuana

Canada’s new prime minister was only sworn in less than two weeks ago, but he has already directed his government to begin the process that will lead to the nationwide legalization of marijuana.

“I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to d e l i v e r on your top priorities [including]a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana,” Prime Minster Justin Trudeau wrote to Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s new justice minister and attorney general.


lindataylor commented on Sunday, Jan 10, 2016 at 15:34 PM

California cities rush to ban pot shops as state deadline looms

"So far, medical cannabis dispensaries have been banned in recent weeks in 19 cities, including Antioch, Artesia,
Newport Beach, Palm Desert and Pasadena. Dozens of the other 463 cities in the state are considering new bans or restrictions, creating panic among those who support
medical marijuana."


BikerackIII commented on Friday, Jan 22, 2016 at 15:27 PM

Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders To Keynote Marijuana Conference

Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders will headline the International Cannabis Business Conference on Feb. 13 and 14 in downtown San Francisco.


LewisD commented on Friday, Jan 22, 2016 at 16:39 PM

Study Erred In Finding No Link Between Teen Pot Use And Psychosis.


TommyMarin commented on Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 17:55 PM

The Real Reason Marijuana Is Illegal

Potential Marijuana Legalization in Arizona Threatens TASC Drug Treatment Firm's Funding

A Maricopa County nonprofit that makes much of its money off low-level marijuana offenders would take a big financial hit if Arizona voters legalize marijuana in November.

The Treatment Assessment Screening Center, better known as TASC, contracts with the county to provide six months of mandatory drug-treatment services for first- or second-time offenders who get busted for possession of illegal drugs. TASC participants, with exceptions for low-income offenders, pay their own way for the program

If Arizonans vote "yes" on the Colorado-style legalization measure expected to be on the ballot next year, it would have huge effect on TASC, the nonprofit's CEO, Doug Kramer, acknowledges. TASC would need to seek out other court-ordered funding sources "to counter the loss of operating revenue," Kramer says.


lindataylor commented on Friday, Jan 29, 2016 at 19:04 PM

Police Raid Alleged Hash Oil Lab in Kearny Mesa. (San Diego County)

"Two employees, 42-year-old Patrick McDonald and 48-year-old Daniel Gregg, were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing an illegal substance and manufacturing an illegal substance with intent to sell."


lindataylor commented on Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 16:47 PM

** Denver's pot businesses mostly in low-income, minority neighborhoods.**


TommyMarin commented on Monday, Feb 01, 2016 at 21:03 PM

Prohibitionist politicians force most Denver marijuana businesses to locate in low-income, minority neighborhoods by enacting punitive zoning laws.


lindataylor commented on Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 at 18:37 PM


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mendocino National Forest Marijuana Cultivator Sentenced to More than Five Years in Prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pablo Barreto-Cruz, 39, of Mexico, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to five years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $22,800 in restitution for cultivating marijuana on public land and depredation of public lands and resources, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, between March 2015 and May 2015, Barreto-Cruz grew 2,998 marijuana plants in the Mendocino National Forest. The marijuana cultivation operation caused significant harm to the habitat and water quality of the National Forest.. Following Barreto-Cruz’s arrest on May 12, 2015, authorities searched the marijuana cultivation site and discovered approximately 1,000 pounds of irrigation pipe, approximately 1,000 pounds of camp debris, and several fertilizers and pesticides, including the highly toxic pesticide Carbofuran, which is dangerous to both humans and animals. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that the marijuana cultivation site diverted approximately 18,000 gallons of water per day.

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Forest Service, the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Assistant United States Attorney Christiaan Highsmith prosecuted the case.

TommyMarin commented on Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Marijuana Reduces Alzheimers Symptoms, Scientists Say

A study has found that cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy and delusions.


PaulScambot commented on Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Anchorage Opens the Door to Cannabis Cafés


lindataylor commented on Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 at 13:27 PM


NH House kills bill that would have legalized marijuana.

CONCORD – "The recreational use of marijuana will continue to be illegal after the House Thursday killed a bill that would have legalized, regulated and taxed the drug."


LewisD commented on Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Study: Men Who Smoke Weed May Have Sperm Count Reduced By ‘Quite A Lot’


TommyMarin commented on Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 at 21:15 PM

Legal Weed Having Little Effect On Teen Marijuana Use, Federal Data Shows

Federal data released this week found there was no change in monthly marijuana use in nearly every U.S. state compared to last year. The only significant changes were in Rhode Island, Ohio and Hawaii, where monthly marijuana use fell year over year.


TommyMarin commented on Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies


lindataylor commented on Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:36 AM

Marijuana Smokers Five Times More Likely to Develop an Alcohol Problem

"Adults who use marijuana are five times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) —alcohol abuse or dependence— compared with adults who do not use the drug. And adults who already have an alcohol use disorder and use marijuana are more likely to see the problem persist. Results of a study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York appear online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence."


lindataylor commented on Friday, Feb 26, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Marijuana use and risk of prediabetes and diabetes by middle adulthood: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study


"Marijuana use in young adulthood is associated with an increased risk of prediabetes by middle adulthood."


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