Medical marijuana license winner's record is uncertain
A company that was awarded a medical marijuana dispensary license in Lowell and is vying for two more in Massachusetts appears to have overstated the scope of its operations at a counseling and research program for HIV and AIDS patients at ...
Questions remain over pot company's HIV program
Woman shot, killed in marijuana grow theft
In the yard the man had about 20 to 25 mature marijuana plants. When the couple went outside to investigate the noises, several individuals were in the process of taking the pot plants. There was a confrontation and the thieves opened fire, hitting Unsiog.
Woman shot during marijuana theft in Waterford, detectives say
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REDLANDS: REV student shot to death over marijuana theft, mom says
Jessie Gonzales acknowledges that her 17-year-old son, Marcus Green, should not have stolen marijuana buds from plants he saw growing in Erlindo Rodriguez Jr.'s backyard. But, Gonzales said, "(Rodriguez) didn't have to shoot him for it." Redlands ...
Redlands East Valley High student allegedly shot over marijuana
Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner announced earlier this week that, if he had been in office, he would have vetoed Illinois’ new law, which allows seriously ill patients access to medical cannabis. Rauner also said he preferred a system that would make business licenses available only to the highest bidders in order to raise money for state coffers.
Governor Quinn, who signed the medical marijuana bill in 2013, took exception to the comments, pointing out that the process is both competitive and transparent. His campaign called Rauner’s statements “heartless” and stressed that the law “will ease pain and provide relief for cancer patients (and) severely ill people.”
Rep. Lou Lang, who sponsored the current law, noted that Illinois’ program is among the most tightly-controlled in the country. He also stated that “[t]he whole notion that Mr. Rauner would veto the bill, the notion that it would go to the highest bidder, is just callous, and flies in the face of logic.”
Rauner’s opposition to the current law stands in contrast to most Republican lawmakers, who joined Democrats earlier this year to extend the program to allow individuals with seizure conditions to qualify for access. His statements are particularly important because the winner of this election will be in office in 2017 — when the current program expires. In order for seriously ill patients to continue to have access, a new law will need to be passed.
Among those voters age 18 to 40, 47 percent ranked alcohol as the most harmful substance to society, well ahead of both tobacco (27 percent) and cannabis (13 percent). (Thirteen percent of respondents were undecided.) Respondents among all age and ethnic groups were consistent in ranking marijuana as the least harmful of the three substances, as were self-identified Democrats and Independents. (Republicans rated tobacco to be the most harmful of the three products.)
“[These] numbers suggest younger Americans are upending societal conventions, which have long seen alcohol as an acceptable drug while condemning marijuana,” stated Rare.us in an accompanying press release.
The results are somewhat similar to those of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released in March which reported that most Americans believe tobacco to be most harmful to health (49 percent), followed by alcohol (24 percent), sugar (15 percent), and marijuana (8 percent).
Under federal law, marijuana is classified as a schedule I controlled substance, meaning that its alleged harms are equal to those of heroin. Both tobacco and alcohol are unscheduled under federal law.
According to a study published in 2004 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the leading causes of death in the United States ware tobacco (435,000 deaths; 18.1 percent of total US deaths), poor diet and physical inactivity (365,000 deaths; 15.2 percent), and alcohol consumption (85,000 deaths; 3.5 percent).
Medical marijuana advocates' growing impatience
Matt Allen, the man behind the state's medical marijuana law, is all done holding his tongue. Almost two years after voters passed that ballot question, Allen notes, this state isn't even close to having, in his felicitously turned phrase, “seeds in ...
How to get your hands on a marijuana-laced pizza in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times
With pizza joints popping up on every corner in the city, it's easy to get your hands on your favorite pie. The topping possibilities are almost endless at customizable spots 800 Degrees, Blaze and Pizza Rev. But a new L.A.-based start-up is offering ...