Denver to Vote on Smoking Weed in Bars and Restaurants
Denver voters will decide this November whether marijuana consumption should be allowed in bars and restaurants.
Just days after the rejection of a competing measure proposed by the Denver chapter of NORML, elections officials announced last week that the issue of social marijuana use would still go before voters this fall.
On Thursday, organizers with the Neighborhood-Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program received confirmation from the Denver Elections Division that the group collected enough signatures to earn a spot in the upcoming election.
Coca-Cola Workers Discover 800 Pounds of Cocaine
Things go better with Coke.
A work crew pulling a shift at a Coca-Cola factory in Southern France made a shocking discovery earlier this week when they stumbled upon more than 800 pounds of cocaine that was being smuggled inside a shipping container originating from Costa Rica.
Reports from the BBC indicate that the workers were under the impression that they were unloading a shipment of orange juice concentrate when all of a sudden they were standing in possession of 370 kilograms of South American wonder dust—estimated to have a street value of $55 million, according to prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux.
Bill Permitting California Landlords to Ban Medical Pot is Dropped
The California legislature agreed on Wednesday to drop a proposed bill that would have allowed landlords to evict tenants for smoking medical marijuana in their homes.
The bill, proposed by Democratic Assemblyman Jim Wood from Northern California, sought to ban medical marijuana use in rented apartments, claiming that secondhand smoke is unhealthy and could seep through the windows or ventilation systems to other people’s apartments.
However, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and other medical marijuana advocates argued that the proposed bill severely narrowed the rights of patients to use MMJ as they or their doctors see fit.
US court upholds ban on gun sales to marijuana card holders
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal government ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.
The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court's jurisdiction, including California, Washington and Oregon.
It came in a lawsuit filed by S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada woman who said she tried to buy a firearm for self-defense in 2011 after obtaining a medical marijuana card. The gun store refused, citing the federal rule banning the sale of firearms to illegal drug users.
Most Universities Have No Interest in Growing Marijuana for the DEA
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently announced that it would finally tear down some of the barriers that have prevented the scientific community from studying marijuana by providing more opportunities for institutions of higher learning to get involved with the cultivation of research cannabis. Unfortunately, a new report finds that the DEA’s offer to facilitate more federally sanctioned growers may not bring about the vibrant transform the cannabis community had hoped for because many universities have absolutely no interest in growing weed.
Recently, the folks at STAT contacted nearly a dozen universities across the nation—some of which already operate industrial hemp programs—to find out just how many of these schools are eager to get into bed with the federal government to grow research marijuana.
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