Monthly Archives: August 2017

Atlanta Postal Workers Charged with Taking Bribes to Deliver Drugs

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BY KATE BRUMBACK ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA (AP) — Sixteen postal workers in Atlanta and the surrounding area accepted bribes to deliver packages of cocaine, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. In exchange for bribery payments, the postal workers provided special addresses on their routes where the drugs could be shipped and then intercepted the packages and delivered…

From Seed to Smoke: 10 Basic Tips for Growing Your Own at Home

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As part of our 500th-issue celebration, we’re answering the single most-asked question from our growers’ mailbag. Here is the question: Can you please list all of the necessary steps I need to know from seed to harvest? (Asked, in one form or another, more than 680 times since the start of 2017.) Well, the answer…

500 Issues of High Times: A History of the World’s Most Notorious Magazine

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[Cover Image: To celebrate the magazine’s fifth anniversary, High Times rented a plane and stuffed it to capacity with friends and weed (and other contraband). Looking at the above photo, it’s hard to believe the magazine lasted five years. Incredibly, it’s lasted 43 years (and counting).] High Times was founded in 1974 by a mercurial…

FDA Is Asking for Public Comments about CBD

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Photo by Justin Cannabis. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently soliciting public comments about the therapeutic benefits and abuse liability of various controlled substances, including cannabidiol (CBD). The FDA will consider these comments prior to preparing a formal response to the World Health Organization, which is considering placing these substances within their international drug…

Indiegogo Is Kicking ‘Risky’ Cannabis Companies Off Its Fundraising Platform

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The young entrepreneurs behind iRollie used a common crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, to raise funds through pre-sale for their new OG2 Roll and Stash Phone Case. Indiegogo abruptly removed their campaign a few days after the platform pre-approved their launch and iRollie had begun collecting funds. Their campaign is now live on their own website and they’re unable…

California Could Legalize Magic Mushrooms in 2018

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It is distinctly possible that California voters could be the first in the nation to decide whether psychedelic mushrooms should be made legal in a manner similar to alcohol and marijuana. Earlier last week, paperwork was filed with the state attorney general’s office asking to put the question of legal psilocybin (otherwise known as magic…

Jeff Sessions: Drug Overdoses Are ‘Top Lethal Issue’ in the U.S.

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BY IVAN MORENO ASSOCIATED PRESS GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to “create and foster a culture that’s hostile to drug use.” Sessions spoke to the annual conference of the National Alliance…

Armored Cars and Facial Recognition: Meet the Startups Securing California’s Pot Industry

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As long as the cannabis industry continues to grow, and as long as the feds and banking sector prohibit the scads of weed money from participating in normal banking operations, a couple of California companies are perfectly happy moving the dough around in their armored cars. In addition to the banking morass forcing the industry…

Marijuana May Be the Messiah for Israeli’s Kibbutz Movement

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If it weren’t for the kibbutzim, there may not be an Israel. Collective farms that combine Zionism with a brand of socialism recognizable to the members of Kurdish militias fighting against ISIS, just a few hundred miles away, kibbutzim helped draw idealist, like-minded Jews to remote areas of what was then still Palestine.  But then…

Nevada Tax Panel Makes Key Decision on Transporting Pot

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BY SCOTT SONNER ASSOCIATED PRESS CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada regulators said Tuesday they’ll open up the state’s pot distribution system to businesses other than alcohol wholesalers after rejecting an appeal by a liquor group that claims they have exclusive rights to transport marijuana from cultivators to retail stores. The state Tax Commission voted…