Appeal-Democrat, 19 May 2015 - Yuba County Supervisor Andy Vasquez submitted a two-sentence formal response to the effort to recall him from office by opponents to the county's latest marijuana growing ordinance. Vasquez, whose response filed with county election officials must be part of any circulated recall petitions, delivers a simple, but direct message to potential signers: "Don't be fooled! If you sign this petition, you're supporting large marijuana growers," Vasquez's signed, formal statement reads.
New York Times, 19 May 2015 - The already novel criminal case against Ross W. Ulbricht, the recently convicted founder of the website Silk Road, has taken yet another unusual turn. Mr. Ulbricht could face life in prison when he is sentenced on May 29 in Federal District Court in Manhattan for his role in running Silk Road, a once-thriving black market for the sale of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other drugs. And although prosecutors have not yet said what length of sentence they will seek for Mr. Ulbricht, 31, they have told Mr. Ulbricht's lawyers that they intend to introduce evidence of six overdose deaths attributable to drugs bought from vendors on Silk Road, according to a recent defense filing.
New York Times, 19 May 2015 - All over the world, the heavy heads of opium poppies are nodding gracefully in the wind - long stalks dressed in orange or white petals topped by a fright wig of stamens. They fill millions of acres in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Laos and elsewhere. Their payload - the milky opium juice carefully scraped off the seed pods - yields morphine, an excellent painkiller easily refined into heroin. But very soon, perhaps within a year, the poppy will no longer be the only way to produce heroin's raw ingredient. It will be possible for drug companies, or drug traffickers, to brew it in yeast genetically modified to turn sugar into morphine.
Penticton Herald, 19 May 2015 - Rockn' for Kids, a fundraiser for sick kids in need of medical cannabis, will be held on Saturday afternoon at Orchard House, 157 Orchard Ave., in Penticton. The event will be a fun afternoon for the whole family.
Washington Post, 18 May 2015 - Not long ago, a man who had covertly dealt pot in the nation's capital for three decades approached a young political operative at a birthday party in a downtown Washington steakhouse. He was about to test a fresh marketing strategy to take advantage of the District's peculiar new marijuana law, which allows people to possess and privately consume the drug but provides them no way to legally buy it for recreational use. Those contradictions have created a surge in demand and new opportunities for illicit pot purveyors.
Ottawa Sun, 18 May 2015 - .. there's confusion, at least as far as pot laws are concerned Two weeks have passed since Mayor Jim Watson took his well-publicized pot-shots at the BuzzOn lounge, the latest and most visible addition to the city's burgeoning marijuana industry.
Orlando Sentinel, 18 May 2015 - War on Drugs needs a new strategy after 46 failed years, columnist says On Wednesday, March 4, Derek Cruice became the latest unarmed person to be shot to death in a U.S. drug raid staged to seize marijuana. This Volusia County Sheriff's raid succeeding in saving 217 grams (about half-a-pound) of that drug from being loosed on our streets and it only cost one human life. Apparently, law enforcement doesn't think statistics on incidents such as these are worth keeping, so it is very hard to tell how many folks have been killed in the manner of Cruice. However, the CATO Institute a=C2=80" one of the only entities that does keep any such statistics a=C2=80"shows that between 1985 and 2010, SWAT team raids in the U.S. accounted for the deaths of 46 innocent people, 25 nonviolent offenders, and 30 law enforcers.
Ottawa Sun, 18 May 2015 - Whether you consider marijuana an illicit drug or a prescription medicine -- or something in between -- there's no denying the buzz the bud is creating. And while police and city officials play political hot potato with the presence of vape lounges operating on the outskirts of the law, some new major pot players are entering the fray.
Dayton Daily News, 18 May 2015 - Bill would entitle bearer to apply for license to grow pot. A Toledo pro-marijuana group is giving away a $100 bill to celebrate winning approval from the Ohio Ballot Board, the group's chairman said Thursday.
The Herald, 18 May 2015 - In January, the SEC for the first time allowed a company that deals with marijuana cultivation to sell shares of stock. The convention floor at Denver Airport's Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry - gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.
Akron Beacon Journal, 18 May 2015 - A majority of Ohioans, 52 percent, now support legalizing marijuana. Approval is even higher for medical use, at 84 percent. Both numbers indicate a turnaround in public opinion. More, there are sound public policy reasons for moving forward with legalization, the state in a position to control quality and access, generate tax revenue and prevent users from facing criminal penalties. Still, legalization is a complex issue. Just four other states permit marijuana consumption for recreational purposes. Some moved forward after first allowing fairly widespread medical use. Once recreational use was approved, the actions of many medical consumers became something of an unintended consequence. They may have gamed the system to stick with the medical avenue, thus circumventing the tax structure and depriving the state of revenue.
Ottawa Sun, 17 May 2015 - City officials shut down marijuana vapour lounge Talk about a buzz kill. On the verge of celebrating one month operating on the outskirts of the law, Vanier's BuzzOn has been shuttered, but it wasn't police knocking on the door of the city's first marijuana vapour lounge.
New York Post, 17 May 2015 - Heir to the Infamous Eboli Mafia Family Claims to Be One of Nyc's Biggest Marijuana Dealers During Prohibition, it was booze. Then gambling, racketeering and cocaine. But today, the New York mob makes big money from an unlikely product - marijuana.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 17 May 2015 - TOTAL FAILURE "We had a war on drugs," says Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera. "We've lost miserably. That's the best I can tell you." Cervera is a member of a state task force set up by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to examine the problem of prescription drug and heroin abuse. His comments echo those of Rick Clark Jr., the police chief in Galax, who calls the drug war a "dismal failure. ... I don't think we can throw money at it. Obviously we have not arrested our way out of it." Like others on the panel, they contend society needs a new approach to the drug scourge.
The Daily Courier, 17 May 2015 - Whistler Blackcomb ski resort made headlines last week, not for a major competition or a facility upgrade, but because it's banning all forms of smoking, including marijuana. Marijuana? That's like not allowing beer after a recreational slo-pitch game.
Seattle Times, 17 May 2015 - After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tenn., has seen his share of marijuana seizures - dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often doublebagged to smother the distinctive scent. But these days, Jeffries is on the lookout for something unexpected: lollipops and marshmallows.
New York Times, 17 May 2015 - After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tenn., has seen his share of marijuana seizures - dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often double-bagged to smother the distinctive scent. But these days, Chief Jeffries is on the lookout for something unexpected: lollipops and marshmallows.
Dayton Daily News, 17 May 2015 - As Likely Vote Nears in Ohio, Support Comes From Unlikely Places. COLUMBUS - No matter what happens to a proposed constitutional amendment to make marijuana legal in Ohio, polls show a growing acceptance for legalization in this country - including a majority who think recreational use of marijuana should be legal.
The New Mexican, 17 May 2015 - Seemingly Innocent Items, Such As Cookies, Marshmallows Could Be Laced With Marijuana After nearly 20 years on the job, Jim Jeffries, the police chief in LaFollette, Tenn., has seen his share of marijuana seizures - dry green buds stashed in trunks or beneath seats, often double-bagged to smother the distinctive scent.
Yakima Herald-Republic, 16 May 2015 - SAN FRANCISCO - A fight next year over whether to allow recreational marijuana use in California may serve as a tipping point as legalization proponents press their campaign in other states. "A lot of eyes are on California," said Gavin Newsom, the state's lieutenant governor and a legalization proponent. "It's very different than almost any other state because of the scale and the magnitude of the change and what it will represent across the country."