McGregor police make bust for pot candy

A McGregor man was arrested last week after police found marijuana-laced chocolate bars and methamphetamine at his home. Read more

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Dallas man sentenced for marijuana trafficking

A Dallas man has been sentenced to 17½ years in prison for helping lead a marijuana trafficking ring headquartered in North Texas. Read more

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I’m a Christian and I want to end the drug war

In the fall of 2013, an Iowa man named Benton Mackenzie had a run-in with the police. He was arrested and jailed for 42 days, and police also charged his wife, son, and a family friend. His father, an army veteran, and his mother, who has been in the same weekly prayer meeting for four decades, were charged too—simply for living in the same house as Benton.

What crime were all these deviants accused of? Growing and using marijuana. Continue reading

Willie Nelson’s daughter busted for weed

Paula Nelson, the daughter of Willie Nelson, was allegedly busted for possession of marijuana on Sunday, April 20. Continue reading

Saliva tests for cannabis intoxication may soon be in use

Michigan could become the first state to adopt a roadside saliva test for marijuana impairment if legislators pass a bill introduced in both the state House and Senate.

A bipartisan group of Michigan legislators is pushing saliva testing and Michigan State Police are championing it. But researchers who have studied the test method said results are inconsistent and especially misleading when applied to regular users of cannabis, such as the more than 100,000 Michigan residents who are allowed to use medical marijuana. Read more

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Scientists Discover Gene For Happiness — And It’s Related To Marijuana

A gene responsible for the effects of marijuana may explain why some people are naturally happier than others, a new study suggests. Read more

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Louisiana man gets 13 years for 3 grams of pot

The Drug Policy Alliance filed an amicus brief Wednesday urging the Louisiana Supreme Court to review the egregious prison sentence of Bernard Noble, a 48-year old man who was sentenced to 13.3 years of hard labor in prison without the opportunity for parole for possessing the equivalent of two marijuana cigarettes.

Noble’s original sentencing judge considered the 13 and a third-year sentence egregious and imposed a sentence of five years of hard labor. But Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Jr. wasn’t satisfied with this punishment and appealed the sentence. Ultimately, the district attorney sought and obtained a prison term of close to triple the sentence imposed by the original sentencing judge. Read more

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Texas woman studying to be a Rehabilitation Counselor does 180 on pot views

cannabis stock photoPerspectives on marijuana are changing daily, often for the better, largely due in part to grassroots organizations such as local NORML chapters.

Texas NORML recently boasted of a success story on their Facebook page about a woman who now counts herself as a new supporter of the movement after doing a little research, attending some meetings, and talking with activists.

The woman, whose name is Vicki, is studying for her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. Continue reading

Media aims to scare in misleading stories on recent marijuana study showing abnormalities

Correlation does not equal causation, and a single exam cannot show a trend over time. Basic stuff, right?

But judging by coverage of a study just out in the Journal of Neuroscience, these are apparently foreign concepts for many folks in the media.

In the study, researchers at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital and Northwestern University in Chicago performed MRI brain scans on 20 young adult “casual” marijuana users and 20 age- and sex-matched nonusers. They found that, in the users, gray matter densities in the nucleus accumbens were higher than in controls, and the right amygdala and left nucleus accumbens were shaped differently.

Interesting, but remember that these findings only reflected differences between the marijuana users and controls at a single point in time. The researchers did not, could not, demonstrate that the differences resulted from marijuana smoking or even that the “abnormalities” relative to controls reflected changes from some earlier state.

You wouldn’t know that from the media coverage. Read more

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Round Rock man busted for selling weed brownies out of apartment

A Round Rock man is accused of selling baked goods with a “special” ingredient. It sounds like the plot of a movie from the late nineties but according to police this case is real. They say for $25, a man in The Colonial Village Apartments would bake you a brownie or cookie with marijuana baked right in. Read more

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Pharmaceutical payoffs alleged in killing of Georgia medical marijuana bill

Some grassroots political activists say campaign cash from pharmaceutical companies swayed two state lawmakers responsible for killing the medical marijuana bill.

Channel Two’s Lori Geary has been poring over the campaign disclosures and reached out to the two lawmakers, who vehemently deny the accusation.

“Money is behind everything in politics,” said political grassroots activist Chris Wall.

He said you need to look no further than the contributions to state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Gwinnett, and state Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Cobb County.

He and others accuse the two lawmakers who chair the Health and Human Services Committee for killing the bill that would have granted immunity to parents of kids with severe seizure disorders who brought non-FDA-approved cannabis oil back from states where it’s legal. Read more

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NCAA rules marijuana to not be a performance enhancing drug, reduces penalties for use

The NCAA has ruled that cannabis is not a performance enhancing drug and will reduce the punishment for players who test positive for marijuana. The organization announced Tuesday that they no longer consider it to be a PED and will lessen the suspension from a whole season to half a season if players test positive. Read more

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(Video) CW33 Interviews DFW NORML about the 2014 Global Marijuana March

DFW NORML was interviewed today by Nightcap News CW33 in front of their newly erected billboard on I-20 about marijuana legalization in Texas and the upcoming march on May 3. Continue reading

Female Texas cannabis activists take part in Waco panel discussion

Womens Panel Waco

Elizabeth Hill-Rodriguez, Sheena Marie Roberts, Nishi Whiteley, and Karli Duran participated in an all women panel discussion during the NORML of Waco meeting. Photo by Alan Caruthers.

Four Texas women met in Waco to participate in a panel to share their personal and political stories concerning their involvement in the cannabis movement. Continue reading

President Obama commutes Texas man’s pot sentence

obama picPresident Barack Obama has shortened a Texas man’s prison sentence by three-and-a-half years after attorneys discovered a sentencing error. Continue reading

Libertarian Party of Texas nominates cannabis friendly candidates

LPT Convention

This past weekend the Libertarian Party of Texas held their state convention to nominate state-wide candidates. Staff with the Texas Cannabis Report was on hand to not only cover, but also participate in the convention itself.

Support for cannabis legalization has always been strong in the Libertarian Party and this year it was unmistakeable. Continue reading

Texas man hit with fine after leaving weed in Colorado hotel room

No good deed goes unpunished they say, and in the case of a Texan vacationing in Colorado, he was initially punished to the tune of $200. Continue reading

Cannabis vending machine unveiled in Colorado

An automated pot-selling machine was unveiled at an event held at an Avon, Colo., restaurant Saturday, promising a potential new era of selling marijuana and pot-infused snacks from vending machines directly to customers.

Its creators say the machine, called the ZaZZZ, uses biometrics to verify a customer’s age. The machine is climate-controlled to keep its product fresh. Read more

Regulatory and disclosure issues cause anxiety in cannabis stocks

The Marijuana Index™ moved slightly lower last week amid a sell-off in the broader indices and concerns about compliance among pot stocks. Just as Advanced Cannabis Solutions Inc. resumed trading, GrowLife Inc. was halted amid concerns about its disclosures and stock sales. The series of regulatory halts has led to significant anxiety among cannabis investors. Read more

Texas school board member caught with 1,200 pounds of pot

progresoA Progreso school board member is facing charges after state troopers found over 1,200 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. Continue reading