Peopled urged to report Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to the IRS for $$$
Category: Odd | Posted on Tue, February, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
For Paul Chabot, the War on Drugs is personal indeed: Before he became a Navy man, a campus cop, and a former National Drug Control Policy staffer, he was in drug rehab for alcohol and marijuana addiction himself -- at the young age of 12, according to his online bio.
In his latest tactical maneuver in the marijuana war, however, San Bernardino County's Chabot is aiming, not at the children or at our lapsed morals, but he's going right for our checkbooks.
Californians -- and "every dad, mom and other citizen who has been affected by pot stores and drug legalization tactics" should become "IRS Pot Store Whistle-blowers," according to an e-mail Chabot sent Monday to the Coalition for a Drug Free California's e-mail list. The e-mail came under the subject line: Call the IRS and you could earn millions!
"By simply reporting a pot store to the IRS, average citizens who are fed up with these domestic marijuana cartels can now fill out a very simple form," wrote the proud Tea Partier. He added that, since California has "10,000 pot stores," the pickings are far from slim.
"If the IRS takes action and fines the pot store, the Whistle-blower, by law is entitled to a 30% cash award," he said.
There's a lot to chew on here, from a Tea Partier advocating big government and taxation, to a Ph.D.-holder overstating the number of pot clubs in California by a factor of 10. But all that, and the morals of reporting one's neighbors to higher authority as a common practice aside, there's a serious glitch in Chabot's scheme: It doesn't work.
While he mentions neither the dispensary, nor the wrinkle in the tax code by name, Chabot refers to Oakland's Harborside Health Center and its ongoing battle with the IRS. The short-version is that the dispensary wants to claim the cost of its goods -- in this case, medical marijuana -- as a business expense on its federal tax forms and thus not be subject to taxation (just as any other widget-seller would do).
Weed robbery gone bad
Category: Odd | Posted on Wed, January, 25th 2012 by THCFinder
Craigslist: 'Marijuana free to good home'
Category: Odd | Posted on Tue, January, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Extremely lame sting operation or someone trying to have a little fun with people on Craigslist?
A unique posting on Craigslist.org had several viewers call the WECT newsroom Tuesday morning. Someone claims to be giving away free marijuana plants.
According to the post, the person with the plants is moving out of the state and can't take them along.
"Free marijuana plants to good home," the post reads.
An address and phone number are provided, though the phone number appears to be linked to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office said they have nothing to do with the post.
NORML Owes The Medical Marijuana Community An Apology
Category: Odd | Posted on Mon, January, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
Steve Elliott- NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre has called the medical marijuana industry a "legal farce" and "largely a sham" in an article which hit the web yesterday, creating a backlash among NORML's many supporters (quite a few of whom likely just became former supporters) in the medicinal cannabis industry.
How many times must we repeat this? Attacking medical marijuana is not a good legalization strategy.
The sadly predictable outcome is that for the next umpteen years, every single time a medical cannabis initiative is raised in any state, the opposition are going to drag out St. Pierre's ill-considered words as ammunition. "Why are you sitting there trying to tell us this state needs a medical marijuana law when NORML itself has admitted medical marijuana is a fraud and a sham?"
The piece, published by Steve Bloom on CelebStoner (according to NORML's "Radical" Russ Belville, from private listserv emails sent last October, and without St. Pierre's permission), is really unfortunate, and is a huge, huge blunder on NORML's part. The pity of it is, it's not just NORML that's going to have to pay for St. Pierre's mistake -- it's the medical cannabis community which he apparently so disdains.
It Turns Out That Smoking Marijuana May Actually Make You A Safer Driver
Category: Odd | Posted on Mon, December, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
Regardless of what this study may show, it's probably in your best interest to NOT drive under the influence of anything!
An amazing study authored by professors D. Mark Anderson (University of Montana) and Daniel Rees (University of Colorado) shows that traffic deaths have been reduced in states where medical marijuana is legalized.
According to their findings, the use of medical marijuana has caused traffic related fatalities to fall by nearly nine percent in states that have legalized medical marijuana (via The Truth About Cars).
The study notes that this is equal to the effect raising the drinking age to 21 had on reducing traffic fatalities.
One key factor is the reduction in alcohol consumption. The study finds that there is a direct correlation between the use of marijuana and a reduction in beer sales, especially in the younger folks aged 20-29.
A drop in beer sales supports the theory that marijuana can act as a substitute for liquor.
The study also finds that marijuana has the inverse effect that alcohol does on drivers. Drivers under the influence of alcohol tend to make rash decisions and risky moves, whereas those under the influence of marijuana tend to slow down, make safer choices, and increase following distances
Marijuana Halloween Candy to be Given Away to Grateful Partygoers This Weekend: Best Warning Ever
Category: Odd | Posted on Fri, October, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
Once again the cops overeact and try to continue the Marijuana is so evil routine.
You have to love the folks at the L.A. County Sheriff's Department for being sincere in their concern for your safety.
But really now, holding a press conference to tell people to beware of marijuana-laced candy?
In L.A. that's only going to make people want to trick-or-treat more.
As in (Adam Sandler voice): I'm Stoner Man. Give me some candy! Still, we must think of the children:
Alarmed by the packaging they've seen on marijuana treats seized during dispensary busts in the last year, sheriff's officials want parents to be extra cautious when sorting through this year's trick-or-treat loot.
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