The 15th episode of Toke Signals TV with host Steve Elliott takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the past week.
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in 22 minutes!
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The poll indicates that 26 percent of Americans say they would buy cannabis if it was legal in their state, compared to 9 percent who said they already buy it, reports Emily Swanson at The Huffington Post. The percentage who said they would buy marijuana “often” jumped from 1 percent who already do so, to 4 percent who said they would buy it “often” if it was legal.
When asked how often they’d buy weed, 18 percent said they’d buy it more often than they do now if it ws legal. That includes 16 percent who said they’d never buy pot now but would, at least on rare occasions, get it if it was legal.
Hundreds of paid signature gatherers are fanning across Florida as part of a petition drive for the legalization of medical marijuana in the Sunshine State. Advocates have until February 1 to get 683,149 signatures to qualify their proposal for the 2014 general election ballot.
The People United For Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) campaign has already collected about 200,000 signatures since July, with more than 100,000 of those already being validated, reports Steven Nelson at U.S. News.
That leaves just 90 days to get signatures from half-a-million more voters, meaning the campaign must average just more than 5,555 valid signatures per day from now until February.
A Missouri Drug Task Force cop who debated marijuana legalization advocates from the group Show-Me Cannabis at a town hall meeting apparently got butt-hurt during the debate because some people disagreed with his point of view.
When he got safely home at his computer and away from “those people,” he posted a rant on Facebook in which he “basically call[ed] the legalization advocates a bunch of stupid potheads,” reports Ray Downs at the St. Louis Riverfront Times.
Seemingly upset that these folks dared to hold an opinion different than his when it comes to cannabis, the petulant policeman, Sgt. Kevin Glaser of the SEMO Drug Task Force — who evidently is having some real difficulty adjusting to the realities of modern America — got home and really gave those weed-suckers a piece of his mind.
“My views and opinions were not well received and they appeared to have very closed minds towards what I had to say,” Sgt. Glaser posted (you’ll have to imagine him sniffling to himself indignantly as he furiously typed). “Many impressed me as having no minds at all. Or at least very slow functioning minds.”
The parents of a 17-year-old special needs student arrested in an undercover police operation on Thursday announced they are suing the school district that authorized the operation. The student, who suffers from a range of disabilities, was falsely befriended by a police officer who repeatedly asked the boy to provide him drugs.
After more than three weeks, 60 text messages and repeated hounding by the officer, the student was able to buy half a joint from a homeless man he then gave to his new -– and only -– “friend,” who had given him $20 weeks before. He did it once again before refusing to accommodate the officer, at which point the officer broke off all ties with the child.
Shortly thereafter, the student was arrested in school in front of his classmates as part of a sting that nabbed 22 students in all, many of them children with special needs.
“Our son is permanently scarred from the abuse he suffered,” said Catherine and Doug Snodgrass, the boy’s parents, who are suing the Temecula Valley Unified School District, Director of Child Welfare and Attendance Michael Hubbard and Director of Special Education Kimberly Velez for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other charges.
The third trial against medical marijuana dispensary operator and Navy veteran Jovan Jackson is coming to an end Friday in San Diego Superior Court, before Judge Louis R. Hanoian. Closing arguments were underway Friday morning and the jury was expected to begin deliberations on the verdict after lunch.
San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, a staunch — nay, fanatical — opponent of medical marijuana, has waged a years-long effort to rid the county of dispensaries, and Jackson has borne the biggest brunt.
After a 2008 law enforcement raid, Jackson was tried in 2009 for possession and sales of marijuana, but was acquitted by a jury. Dissatisfied with that result, District Attorney Dumanis tried Jackson again on the same charges stemming from another raid in 2009.
At his second trial in 2010, Jackson was denied a defense and ultimately convicted. However, with the help of patient advocates Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Jackson appealed and overturned his conviction with a 2011 landmark decision that gives dispensary operators the right to a defense in state court. Instead of admitting defeat, Dumanis is choosing to retry Jackson for a third time.
A group of medical marijuana patients in Lynnwood, Washington, this week got more than six pounds of cannabis back from the police after it was seized more than a year ago. Also returned were 202 dead marijuana plants.
The Lynnwood Police Department seized the marijuana, along with lights and other growing equipment, in a May 2012 raid, reports The Associated Press. The patients were following Washington’s medical marijuana law, attorney Aaron A. Pelley said, and no criminal charges were filed.
Pelley and two other attorneys demanded that city officials return the items, or pay nearly $1 million, the estimated value of the property. The mayor didn’t like the sound of that, and signed off on the return of the marijuana.
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LED Grow Lights Make Growing Marijuana Easy — Or Do They?
Marijuana growers are an opinionated bunch. They can argue about almost anything relating to weed cultivation, and that certainly includes the lights used for indoor growing.
For patients who need medical marijuana, the progress of LED grow lights has been closely watched. The lights, which promise greater energy efficiency and lower heat than their high pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide cousins, have gained increasing visibility in the cannabis community.
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