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Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson: I smoked pot from 2005-2008

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, December, 7th 2010 by THCFinder

Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson told the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard that he used marijuana for medical purposes from 2005-2008, before his state had passed a medical marijuana law.

Johnson has long portrayed himself as someone who has used marijuana. "I don't drink. I don't smoke pot. But I have drank and I have smoked pot," is a line we've personally heard the governor use in stump speeches at the NORML National Conference in Portland, the Seattle Hempfest, and the Cypress Hill Smokeout in San Bernardino, just three of the many pro-marijuana events Johnson has attended in support of his "Our America Initiative". The Standard interviewed the possible candidate for the Republican nomination for president and became the first journalists to press Johnson on the time frame of his past-tense marijuana references.

“It’s not anything I volunteer, but you’re the only person that actually asked about it,” Johnson told The Standard. “But for luck, I guess, I wasn’t arrested.” Smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes was not legal in New Mexico until 2007.  However, Johnson says he needed medical marijuana after a 2005 paragliding accident in Hawaii. He fell about fifty feet straight down to the ground and suffered multiple bone fractures, including his T12 vertebrae. “In my human experience, it’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” he said.

According to The Standard, Johnson says “Rather than using painkillers, which I have used on occasion before, I did smoke pot, as a result of having broken my back, blowing out both of my knees, breaking ribs, really taking about three years to recover.”

The Standard points out that Johnson's honesty about his illegal medical marijuana use may be a handicap in appealing to Republican primary voters but it may be easier to sell to the typically more-conservative primary voter than his stances on other traditional Republican issues.

The issue of marijuana in presidential politics has been with us ever since Republican Richard Nixon declared drugs "Public Enemy #1". We've seen pot-friendly candidates when Democrat Jimmy Carter called for federal decriminalization of marijuana in the 1976 campaign through Republicans Sen. Mike Gravel and Rep. Ron Paul calling for an end to marijuana prohibition in the 2008 campaign. We've seen pot-using candidates like Democrats Bill Clinton (who didn't inhale), John Kerry, John Edwards, and Al Gore (who admit they inhaled), and Barack Obama (who inhaled, frequently, that was the point) and even Republican George W. Bush (who didn't want the kids doing what he did).

Gov. Johnson, however, presents us with a potential candidate who is not just pro-decrim like Carter, but actually pro-legalization. A candidate who not only admits he inhaled like Obama but did so just two or three years ago, after his terms as governor of New Mexico. The fact that we can have a major presidential hopeful with a legitimate political chance talking openly about legalization and his recent marijuana use shows just how far we've come in forty years of marijuana law reform.

(Source: examiner.com)


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Ganjagirls II - Hot girls smoking weed

Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, December, 6th 2010 by THCFinder

Part II of our salute to all the beautiful girls who smoke cannabis.


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SNOOP DOGG NOT HAPPY ABOUT WILLIE NELSON'S WEED BUST

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 6th 2010 by THCFinder
Snoop Dogg is no stranger to touting his love for marijuana, and he's not pleased that his weed-toking buddy, Willie Nelson was pinched for possessing the green stuff. The Doggfather recently spoke on the country legend's arrest after border patrol at Sierra Blanca, Texas detained him for possessing six ounces of the sticky icky.

"They better leave Willie the f--- alone!" a heated Snoop told TMZ. "Willie Nelson is a legend, man. Really, sometimes you gotta back off certain people and have a certain amount of respect for your elders. Willie Nelson is our elder. He's somebody who lived through many decades of music and hard times and whatnot and living good and going up and down. So give him that respect."

The Cali rapper continued his tirade by going after the police officer who put him behind bars. 'Who's the motherf---er that arrested him? I want to know who's the police officer that said 'You're under arrest. You've got a right to remain silent.' You dumb motherf--ker, you. You stupid motherf---er you. What you think you going to gain by arresting Willie Nelson? He got out and he back smoking right now!"

Snoop collaborated with his toke buddy on 'My Medicine,' a track dedicated to pot that was included on his 2008 album 'Ego Trippin'.' He capped his diatribe by cementing his love for Nelson and issuing a warning: "If you got a problem with Willie Nelson, you got a problem with me!"
 
(Source: theboombox.com)

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Dutch Govt Plan To Let Only Locals In Marijuana Shops May Backfire

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 6th 2010 by THCFinder
Lawrence Mijares - AHN News Contributor

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AHN) - A new plan by the Dutch government to issue special passes only for locals to enter neighborhood shops that allow smoking of marijuana is drawing criticism as encouraging more crime by visiting foreign marijuana users.

Tilburg University researcher Nicole Maalsté sees no positive effect on the government's plan of issuing nationwide special passes to a select few, preferably Dutch locals, to enter coffee shops where marijuana is legally consumed.

The Netherlands has been experiencing drug and marijuana related crimes by tourists who patronize these coffee shops, as coffee shop owners now get most of their marijuana supply from organized crime sources.

Dutch police have conducted a series of raids on Dutch residents who privately grow their own marijuana. This kind is considered by many to be organically "safe" and free of additives.

Maalsté also criticized the measure as promoting the spread of large-scale and "unsafe" marijuana to be sold in the coffee shops, which are largely patronized by tourists who are reported to later commit drug related crimes and violence.

With the proposal to issue special passes, Maalsté expects tourists to instead buy their marijuana from the streets. She also expected few Dutch locals would come forward and be publicly registered as an official marijuana user.

Meanwhile, the European court of justice will rule on Dec. 16 whether it is legal under EU law to ban foreigners from entering Dutch marijuana shops.


(Source: allheadlinenews.com)


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Full Court Press against marijuana growing

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 6th 2010 by THCFinder

That's what Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is orchestrating on the Mendocino National Forest --- which is odd, if you think about it. Shouldn't that be the feds' job?

The effort aims to include Tehama and Trinity counties --- where the Mendo's northernmost reaches sprawl. Here's the Lake County Record-Bee's report:

UKIAH -- Mendocino County Sheriff-Coroner Tom Allman introduced the plan for a six-county, multi-agency operation to eliminate marijuana growth in the Mendocino National Forest publicly for the first time Thursday during a two-day symposium in Ukiah.

The operation, which will be called "Operation Full Court Press," will coordinate the efforts of the six affected counties (Lake, Mendocino, Trinity, Tehama, Colusa and Glenn) with state and federal agencies to reclaim the public lands, Allman said.

"We're not going into this without partners," Allman said Thursday to more than 50 symposium guests at the Hampton Inn Ukiah. "This program is going to be highly successful."

The operation would include coordinated intelligence gathering, organized eradication and reclamation of the federal lands from illegal growers of marijuana, Allman said.


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AP Enterprise Ariz Preps For Pot Shop Green Rush

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 6th 2010 by THCFinder

One potential pot shop in Arizona would teach customers how to cook marijuana into treats like cookies and "potcorn." Another envisions offering massages, yoga classes, and marijuana meals to go, while a third wants a simple pharmacy-like shop next to an AIDS treatment centre. That's just the beginning. Now that Arizona voters have narrowly approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, state officials are preparing for a green rush of sorts. They expect to be inundated with up to thousands of applications from would-be marijuana dispensaries, and with only 124 spots approved state wide, the majority will have to be turned away.

 

 

"Most other states, you hang out a shingle and you're a dispensary," said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. "I want to avoid those kinds of abuses." Arizona's medical marijuana measure won by just 4,341 votes this month of more than 1.67 million ballots counted, making the state the 15th to approve a medical marijuana law. Arizona officials are hoping to avoid the problems they perceive in other states, including California, where patients are reported receiving a pot recommendation from a doctor for having a headache.


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