Marijuana








Members of this California Medical Marijuana collective enjoy the benefit of home delivery, but drivers risk arrest for distribution even though the patients who most need the week often are too sick to drive themselves:



Joel Millman reports in the Wall Street Journal:

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. — Police Chief Carmen Smith says he knows three things about suspected drug trafficker Artemio Corona: He’s from Mexico, prefers a Glock .40-caliber handgun, and is quite possibly growing marijuana on the Indian reservation that Mr. Smith patrols.

Last year, Mr. Smith’s detectives identified Mr. Corona as the alleged mastermind behind several large marijuana plantations on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon. These “grows,” as police call them, had a harvest of 12,000 adult plants, with an estimated street value of $10 million. Five suspects were arrested and pleaded guilty to federal trafficking charges. But their alleged boss, Mr. Corona, who has not been indicted, remains a “person of interest” to federal authorities and hasn’t been found.



Michael Wolff is calling Mr. Obama “the Pot President.” He explains why in Newser: Wow. Pot. Just like that, on its way to being legalized. Well, just like that after 50 years…




In the annual HIGH TIMES ranking of the top 10 cannabis strains of the year senior cultivation editor Danny Danko travels the world, smoking and sampling, to bring you this unparalleled list of the top names in herb. Where else can you read all about the most amazing marijuana varieties in the world—enticing hybrids like Space Bomb, A-Train and the Church—while drooling over the kind of full color pot photography that made HIGH TIMES famous in the first place?

Alright so it’s a cheesy ad for the mag, but it’s pretty cool anyway :)



From the Washington Post: ARCATA, Calif. — Stiff competition from thousands of mom-and-pop marijuana farmers in the United States threatens the bottom line for powerful Mexican drug organizations in a way that…


Josh Richman writes in the Oakland Tribune:

Oakland International Airport may be the nation’s only airport with a specific policy letting users of medical marijuana travel with the drug.

The policy is spelled out in a three-page document quietly enacted last year by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. It states that if deputies determine someone is a qualified patient or primary caregiver as defined by California law and has eight ounces or less of the drug, he or she can keep it and board the plane.

Deputies warn the pot-carrying passengers that they may be committing a felony upon arrival when they set foot in a jurisdiction where medical marijuana is not recognized. But they say they don’t call ahead to alert authorities on the other end.





Steve Fainaru and William Booth report for The Washington Post: Stiff competition from thousands of mom-and-pop marijuana farmers in the United States threatens the bottom line for powerful Mexican drug organizations in…



Marijuana dispensaries are legal in Denver, but they are not all created equal. Richard Perez Pena reports in the New York Times :

Don’t look for phrases like “insouciant yet skunky.” At least, not yet.

Westword, an alternative weekly newspaper in Denver, has the standard lineup of film, food and music critics. But in what may be a first for American journalism, the paper is shopping around for a medical marijuana critic.

The idea is not to assess the green stuff itself, but to review the dispensaries that have sprouted like, um, weeds in Denver this year.

“We want to see what kind of place it is, how well they care for you and also how sketchy the place is,” said Patricia Calhoun, editor of Westword. “Do they actually look at your medical marijuana card? Do they let you slip some cash under the counter and bypass the rules?”

Last week, the paper published a call for a regular freelance reviewer with a real, doctor-certified medical need — asking each candidate to send a résumé and an essay on “What Marijuana Means to Me” — and received several dozen applications within a few days.