Pot ads on Denver buses prompt complaints
DENVER—Marijuana conference ads on Denver-area buses have law enforcement groups complaining they promote illegal drug use.
The ads for this weekend's KushCon "cannabis lifestyle" convention in Denver are believed to be the first marijuana-related advertising on public transit anywhere in the country. The ads say "Have a Kush Day!" and promote the convention. Kush is a type of marijuana and the name of the California-based sponsor, Kush Magazine.
The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and the Colorado Drug Investigators Association have complained about the ads to the Regional Transportation District.
The Denver Post reports that RTD will keep the ads, but modify them to better reflect that they are paid advertisements.
Miley's Bong Fires Up Anti-Salvia Movement
Anthony Adams -- a former CA State Assemblyman -- tells TMZ it was irresponsible of Miley to smokesalvia, which he says can make "you do incredibly crazy things." Adams adds, "Miley is a star and young kids are going to emulate her behavior."
Back in 2007, Adams tried to get salvia outlawed and classifed as a Schedule I controlled substance -- the same as LSD and marijuana. When the bill was voted down ... Adams settled for restrictions on selling salvia to minors. It is still legal in California for adults.
After seeing the video of Miley smoking the drug, Adams thinks this is the perfect time to bring back his failed bill: "It's time for state and federal governments to renew their push toward an outright ban."
Portland Cops Bust $3.1M Pot Ring
Six men have been arrested on drug charges following an investigation that started earlier this year that looked into sophisticated marijuana grow and distribution. Search warrants were served Tuesday and Wednesday at 13 homes, Police said grow operations were set up in a number of homes, in some cases electricity being directly siphoned from power lines to lights, transformers and filtration systems.
The Evidence seized by police includes $74,000 in cash, roughly 2,400 plants with an estimated street value of $2.5 million, some 200 pounds of ready to deliver pot worth $600,000 and growing equipment valued at $200,000.
"Many of these 'grow houses' were specifically renovated to accommodate large-scale marijuana grows and many were not occupied by any residents," police said in a prepared statement. "This (drug operation) was a highly organized group of people and the operation was highly profitable."
Ivy League Student Arrested
Its hard to imagine that some of the most intelligent students that attend universities are pot heads and drug dealer, especially the ones that have their tuition paid by the Millennium Scholar where only 1,000 students per year are selected to attend the Columbia university and have their tuition paid in full by Mr. Bill Gates himself.
Jose Perez talked about how many of his friends from his hometown of Atlanta had taken a more dangerous path in life. "A lot of my friends got involved heavily with drugs, a lot of my friends dropped out of school, ended up in jail, ended up in gangs".
Unfortunately Jose Stephan Perez was one of these students that were selected for the full paid tuition. Jose Perez was arrested after he was caught trying to sell marijuana to undercover police officers. Jose Perez is still awaiting his day in court where he will probably face drug possession and drug dealing charges and may even end up losing his full paid scholarship.
O.C. marijuana firm plans major expansion
General Cannabis in Costa Mesa says it plans to capitalize on the expanding medical marijuana market that has made the plant California's No. 1 cash crop at $14 billion annually.
CNBC recently estimated the size of the U.S. marijuana market at between $45 billion and $120 billion.
General Cannabis is the first publicly traded company to create management services, Internet verticals, financial services and lobbying to support medical marijuana market, the company said. It intends to be the largest U.S. company specializing in medical marijuana through what's called a rollup (buying up small firms) of the fragmented industry.
General Cannabis has already made some purchases in pursuit of this strategy:
- General Health Solutions, Inc., which manages 10 California medical cannabis clinics and a call center
- General Merchant Services, Inc. that operates Cannapay Merchant Services, which provides credit card processing services to medical marijuana sellers
- Synergistic Resources, LLC., which specializes in turn-key management of California medical marijuana clinics under the name Marijuana Medical Evaluation Centers (deal announced Thursday).
California has more than 300,000 registered medical marijuana users, General Cannabis said. The company trades over the counter at about $4.
Another Day, Another Inane Pot Club Raid
In an effort to waste time, or whatever, Santa Clara County authorities on Thursday busted several medical marijuana clubs selling weed in the county. "An official with the County Special Enforcement Team said narcotics agents served warrants on two MediLeaf medical marijuana clubs in San Jose and properties in Gilroy and Morgan Hill," reports AP (via CBS 5)."Task force commander Danielle Ayers said agents shut down the clubs, seized marijuana, documents and computers."
The Mercury News goes on to reports that the recent bust was "the latest in a series of actions against medical marijuana" clubs in the area. The Merc goes on to report: "Danielle Ayers, task force commander of the County Special Enforcement Team, said the MediLeaf owner is suspected of illegally selling marijuana and money laundering."
Good grief, wouldn't it make more sense to burn the money it cost to conduct these raids, dig a 20-foot hole in the earth, and then bury the ashes of said scorched money? Yes. Yes, it would. While we understand that recreational pot smokers over the age of 30 are annoying as all hell -- and that federal law doesn't recognizeProposition 215 -- we do appreciate the Bay Area's relentless supply of medicinal marijuana for those in need. We tip our hat to those fighting the good, pain-relieving, sticky-bud fight.
Also, Vicodin makes us too itchy. So, thanks for all you do, pot clubs
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