Ventura County sheriff’s deputies found a $201-million marijuana grow operation hidden in canyons north of Lake Piru in the Los Padres National Forest. More than 50,000 pot plants, stretching over a mile and into several canyons, were discovered Friday during a reconnaissance flight for drugs, said Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials.
The state of Georgia has entered an agreement with GW Pharmaceuticals and Georgia Regents University to trial a marijuana-based epilepsy treatment according to a new article on Leaf Science. The agreement comes just months after Georgia lawmakers failed to pass a bill that would have allowed the use of CBD to treat seizures.
Ladybud introduces Bret Black from LEAP who is running for the Utah House of Representatives. Bret is a Former Deputy Constable who stated “I support full legalization. The drug war is a deceitful civil war.” “I am in full opposition to the police state and prisons for profit…the more I learned, the more I realized the ‘Drug War’ was the true threat to our society.”
The future of a medical marijuana bill in New York rests with Sen. John DeFrancisco, chairman of the finance committee. While he is opposed to the “Compassionate Care Act” passed by the Assembly, he’s open to a bill proposed by Republican Sen. Phil Boyle that would prohibit smoking the drug but allow its use through a vaporizer, oils or edibles.
Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper opposed Amendment 64, but now he tells CBS News he has no major qualms with how things have gone. “If people didn’t smoke before, generally they’re not smoking now. So we haven’t seen a giant increase in the number of people smoking marijuana, assuming that they’re giving honest answers to polls.”
In Washington State, where recreational marijuana is now legal, the Liquor Control Board hired Prof. Mark Kleiman of UCLA to research the state’s marijuana market. He estimated Washington’s medical and illicit consumption generated approximately $1.2 billion in sales annually.
Leaf Science examines the research from a group of neuroscientists at the University of Cagliari in Italy. The study was the first to investigate the effect of THC on meth-induced brain damage. “We showed that Δ9-THC, the principal constituent of cannabis, attenuates the neurotoxic effect of meth by reducing two markers of neuronal damage.”
Ladybud reports women the world over are ending prohibition…Again. This is the motto of the International Women’s Cannabis Coalition, consisting of over 250 members worldwide with 60 chapters “dedicated to spreading knowledge and truth about cannabis and pursuing what should be our rights and freedoms in our own medical care.”
It’s pretty easy to find cannabis in Barcelona, Spain. All you need to do is Google the words “marijuana Barcelona” to come up with a list of available options listed in the English language, as ”cannabis tourism” booms in the region.
High Time says the Weed Fairy is at it again, this time Seattle got some free buds. Unsuspecting cities across the nation have been greeted over the last year or so with mysterious messages posted to walls with free baggies of real smokeable weed. Usually the message says something to the effect of: “These are tough times. Take this WEED.”
As the rules for a state medical marijuana pilot program are being finalized, a handful of people, including a doctor, a consultant and the vice president of a nonprofit, are trying to improve the drug’s image and increase awareness of its medical benefits. The plan is to do so with a cannabis conference to be held in Chicago this June.
The vending machines at a Vancouver, Canada storefront look ordinary enough, but instead of spitting out gum or snacks, for a few coins, they deliver medical marijuana. The really good stuff is “Pink Kush,” available from a machine the size of a fridge that delivers a wide range of marijuana in plastic bags which are heat-sealed for hygiene.
Las Vegas City Council members debated more than 12 hours before approving zones on the city’s main drag and along Fremont Street east of 8th Street for dispensaries, cultivation and production facilities. A state law passed last year allows up to 40 medicinal pot dispensaries in Clark County.
Ohio task forces seized over 20,000 pounds of marijuana in 2013, making it the most commonly seized drug in the state, according to the Ohio Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force Report. Synthetic hallucinogens came in second, with 433, 518 grams seized, according to the report.
From HighTimes, a recent report by the Marijuana Industry Group indicates that since January, Colorado’s newfound pot trade has created upwards of 10,000 new jobs. The group admits, however, that it is difficult to determine how many of those jobs were the direct result of the recreational market.