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Toke Grenades: DC Activists Pull Off Marijuana Fueled Trump Protest

Toke Grenades: DC Activists Pull Off Marijuana Fueled Trump Protest

“America first” floated into a cloud of marijuana smoke.  A marijuana-themed protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration went off as planned on Friday, with several thousand (sort-of-legal) cannabis joints distributed and at least several hundred smoked four minutes into Trump’s first address as the nation’s chief executive. As much less mellow protesters burned trash cans on K Street and President Donald Trump’s triumphant Inauguration Day parade trundled past empty bleachers, activists with DCMJ—the organization behind the successful 2014 ballot measure that legalized marijuana possession and cultivation in Washington, D.C.fulfilled their vow to mark the occasion with a protest smoke. Pro-weed group […]

Iceland Figured Out How to Stop Teen Drug Substance Abuse—Can the Rest of the World to Do the Same?

Iceland Figured Out How to Stop Teen Drug Substance Abuse—Can the Rest of the World to Do the Same?

In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young, of Mosaic Science, writes how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit. An abridged version of that article was written for HIGH TIMES by Maureen Meehan. Twenty years ago Icelandic teens were among the heaviest-drinking youths in Europe. Today, it is exactly the opposite. How did Iceland Do It? The dramatic turnaround, radical and evidence-based, relied a lot on what might be termed enforced common sense. “This is the most remarkably intense and profound study of stress in […]

Marijuana Under Trump: It Won’t Get Better

Marijuana Under Trump: It Won’t Get Better

The near-continuous rank speculation that’s been a way of life in America since the early-morning hours of Nov. 9 ends today. At noon, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office and was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. He’ll now have access to the @POTUS Twitter handle and the nuclear codes—perhaps using one to announce, in real time, what he plans to do with the other—and then sometime, maybe this afternoon, maybe over the weekend, in between presiding over inaugural balls or empowering alt-right internet trolls, President Trump will get around to figuring out exactly what he’s […]

Obama’s Many Commutations Overlooked Women Inmates, Say Advocates

Obama’s Many Commutations Overlooked Women Inmates, Say Advocates

On President Obama’s last day in office, he granted another 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders, bringing his total number of clemencies to 1,715—more than the last 12 presidents combined. But clemency advocates argue that Obama’s clemency policy consistently overlooked one group: women. Of the 1,715 individuals who received commuted sentences under Obama, fewer than 100 were women. “We’re upset he didn’t increase the number of women prisoners, most of whom have perfect prison records and families,” said Amy Povah, founder and director of the non-profit CAN-DO Foundation (Clemency for All Non-Violent Drug Offenders). “The fact that the number of women released […]

Israel is Running Out of Marijuana

Israel is Running Out of Marijuana

Israel has big plans for cannabis. Already a worldwide leader on marijuana-related research—with a government-approved, government-funded national research center under construction, and “millions of shekels” invested into companies working on marijuana products—Israel’s government has allowed medical marijuana as a tonic for intractable illnesses since 1992. Now, as legalization spreads like spider mites across America, Israel believes marijuana can be a money-making export product. Israelhas plans to begin exporting medical marijuana to other countries within a few years, but in the short term, the country’s cannabis program is a victim of its own success. As things stand now, Israel is going […]

Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Lands in New York to Face Charges

Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Lands in New York to Face Charges

BY TOM HAYS, PETER ORSI AND BRADLEY KLAPPER ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) — Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, was extradited at the request of the United States to face drug trafficking and other charges and arrived in New York late Thursday. A plane carrying Guzman landed at a suburban airport, where a caravan of SUVs waited to take him away. Guzman, the convicted leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, one of the world’s largest drug trafficking organizations, was expected to spend the night in a New York […]

Million Dollar Grow Site Busted in Detroit Because of Tell-Tale Smell

Million Dollar Grow Site Busted in Detroit Because of Tell-Tale Smell

Detroit, Michigan is in the grip of Operation Ceasefire, where police say they are taking neighborhoods back one at a time. The operation is a partnership between law enforcement, church leaders and community members who are seeking to stop the gunfire and violence between some of the city’s worst gangs. While this noble cause has recorded a 40 percent reduction in shootings in Detroit’s hard scrabble 9th Precinct, one wonders how Operation Ceasefire ended up finding the otherwise nondescript warehouse with over 200 marijuana plants quietly growing inside it? The smell. “Cannabis doesn’t hold the record for world’s smelliest plant, […]

DC Marijuana Group Has 5,500 Joints Ready for Donald Trump

DC Marijuana Group Has 5,500 Joints Ready for Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday is guaranteed to be a memorable affair for reasons beyond the historic moment of America welcoming its first reality-TV, Twitter-feuding, sexual assault-boasting president. Forget, for a second at least, the cheap jokes about the musical acts pulled from the hotel-by-the-airport convention circuit in order to perform before the #MAGA set at the celebrity-shunned inauguration, or the very real, very ominous army of immigration authorities waiting to descend on America’s workplaces as soon as Trump gives the word. There’s going to be five thousand marijuana joints in the crowd, and unless the incoming administration signals a […]

Washington Lawmakers Seek to Ban Bitcoin at Pot Shops

Washington Lawmakers Seek to Ban Bitcoin at Pot Shops

A new bill filed in the Washington State Senate is seeking to prohibit local marijuana businesses from using Bitcoin. Proposed by Senators Steve Conway and Ann Rivers, the bill seeks to prohibit local weed businesses from being allowed to buy or sell goods using Bitcoin’s digital currency. The bill also includes a definition of “virtual currency” that explicitly targets “digital representation[s] of value used as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, or a store of value.” Virtual currency, also known as digital currency, is a medium of exchange not authorized or adopted by any government. Bitcoin, a so-called […]

Obama Commutes 330 Drug Sentences

Obama Commutes 330 Drug Sentences

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any other president in U.S. history, the White House said. During his presidency Obama ordered free 568 inmates who had been sentenced to life in prison. “He wanted to do it. He wanted the opportunity to look at as many as he could to provide relief,” Neil Eggleston, […]

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