A Spot of Weed for the British?
LONDON - Members of Parliament and marijuana activists had a pot tea party in front of Parliament Tuesday to protest against medical marijuana being criminalized. The party was put together by the United Patients Alliance, which is an organization that advocates for medical marijuana to treat people suffering from multiple sclerosis and other illnesses. Three Members of Parliament joined the party in support of legalization including Layla Moran, Paul Flynn and Tonia Antoniazzi.
It was a proper tea party including a spread of scones and cakes, all infused with cannabis, of course. The current law for possession of marijuana is up to five years in prison, but that didn’t stop activists from lighting up doobies on the lawn outside of Parliament.
First Texas Cannabis Dispensary To Open In December
A quaint rural town perched midway between San Antonio and Houston, off Texas’ Highway 10, is about to see an increase in traffic come this December. No, the town of Schulenburg isn’t some popular holiday destination. But it is about to be the site of the first Texas cannabis dispensary.
As its name might suggest, Schulenburg, Texas, is a remote enclave of German culture. With a population hovering around 3,000, the small town is home to the Texas Polka Music Museum.
And in December, it will also become host to the first Texas cannabis dispensary.
The dispensary, Knox Medical, received its state license this summer. The owner, Jose Hidalgo, also runs licensed medical cannabis operations in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Hidalgo explained that he chose the sparsely-populated town for strategic reasons. In terms of logistics, the location puts him within a couple hours’ trip from Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Land is also a premium for Hidalgo’s grow operation.
Man Charged After Posting Drug Deals on Facebook Live
In recent weed news, a 20-year-old Milwaukee man provided viewers of his Facebook Live with a guide on how not to sell drugs. Jeffery Kirk is facing four counts of manufacturing and delivering THC, plus four counts of possessing a firearm after documenting his drug dealings on social media. In the 40-minute video, Kirk can be seen making back-to-back deals with multiple firearms in his possession. Posting drug deals on Facebook Live was the reason for his eventual arrest.
According to a criminal complaint, made on Sunday, September 10, a Milwaukee police officer was tipped off to a 40-minute video of a young man driving around slinging drugs all over the City of Milwaukee. Jeffery Kirk recorded his crimes and essentially snitched on himself by posting drug deals on Facebook Live.
In the video, Kirk can be seen responding to comments and calls from his audience.
Atlanta Mayor Signs Pot Decrim Bill Into Law
A bill decriminalizing marijuana in Atlanta was signed into law today. And then it wasn’t. And then it was. Thanks to a bizarre series of tweets, the people of Atlanta were left wondering whether mayor Kasim Reed had actually signed the marijuana ordinance. But now, we have confirmation: the Atlanta mayor signed a marijuana decrim bill into law.
Just over a week ago, on October 2, the Atlanta City Council held a vote on a city ordinance that would significantly lower the penalties for anyone caught with cannabis.
The city council unanimously passed the ordinance, sending it to the desk of mayor Kasim Reed. A proponent of the new law, which had overwhelming public support, Reed was expected to sign the bill without hesitation.
But at 6:06 a.m. Wednesday morning, the verified Twitter account of the Atlanta City Council sent out a tweet saying that Reed had instead vetoed the bill.
The early-morning tweet, which has since been deleted, read, “We received an email overnight that the Mayor VETOED our marijuana legislation for less than one ounce.”
How A 12-Year-Old Girl Could Help End Pot Prohibition
Is it true that a 12-year-old girl could help end pot prohibition? According to the latest reports, the answer is yes. The girl in question is Alexis Bortell, and up until recently, she had been suffering daily seizures. But now, because of her life-saving medication, she finds herself trapped in Colorado.
Twelve-year-old Alexis Bortell is an eloquent and precocious sixth grader living in Colorado. In addition to her school work and social life, she enjoys all of the activities that are typical of preteen girls: authoring a book, going on speaking tours and challenging the federal government.
Born in Texas, Bortell has a debilitating form of epilepsy that caused her to suffer daily seizures.
The medicine that her doctors had prescribed came with awful side effects that, according to Bortell, were worse than the actual disease. The maximum time that Bortell could be seizure-free was a grand total of three days. Her education suffered because of frequently missed classes. She and her parents were getting desperate. Her doctors were at a loss. They even suggested an “experimental lobotomy” to achieve just the chance of some relief.
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