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After a three-year battle with the Christie Administration, New Jersey patients will have their first legal tokes of medical marijuana today with the opening of Greenleaf Compassion Center. Great news, sure, but don't expect any enormous residual weed smoke clouds to make their way across the bridge just yet–the dispensary is only scheduled to see 20 patients today, and each can only buy a half ounce of pot a month (two legally, there just isn't enough to go around). Initially, Greenleaf planned to open in September, but with medical weed, it's better late than never. [Newsworks]
For marijuana activists, Tuesday’s election was much like an overnight success literally decades in the making. Let’s take a tally: Two states legalized cannabis for recreational use, another for medical, and still another came out strong on the decriminalization front in three cities. Where pot measures failed, they failed only marginally.
NJ Weedman ate pot cookies as he explained his case to a jury on Thursday morning. Later in the day, that same jury unanimously found him not guilty of possession of one pound of pot with intent to distribute. Police picked up NJ Weedman on April Fool's Day back in 2010 and found the pound of marijuana in the trunk of his car. Weedman maintains that the drugs were solely for his personal use. He uses the drug to suppress pain brought on by his deep bone tumors. NJ Weedman asked if he could have his pot back, but the
Step right up and purchase your legal, government-regulated, potency-reduced, medical marijuana, New Jersey. The Garden State's first medical marijuana dispensary, Greenleaf Compassion Center, has received a permit to open for business. Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd says that the facility passed its final inspections and that she expects it to open by the end of 2012. The Essex County dispensary will be the first of its kind in Jersey, even though five other nonprofits received preliminary approval more than a year ago. The other organizations, including the two in South Jersey, have struggled to get local approval. [Inquirer]
The guy commonly known as NJ Weedman recently arrived in Philadelphia ahead of his Wednesday appearance in a Jersey court. Weedman is 48 and has been diagnosed with bone cancer. He faces charges from a 2010 incident when authorities found a pound of marijuana in his trunk. Now, he's looking to find marijuana legalizers to land on his jury and help him avoid 10 years in prison. Weedman has a medical marijuana card in California, where he recently opened a dispensary, and maintains that the pot was for personal use, not for distribution. [Daily News]
The first time my dad caught me smoking pot, I was mortified. A college sophomore at the time, I had just sparked a pipe out back of my parents' house, only to hear the rear door unlatch as Pop made his way to the backyard to let the dog outside. Smoke burning my lungs, I looked around for somewhere to furtively stash my cheap glass. Too late—I sensed my father’s presence through the darkness and waited for a rough hand to snatch the back of my neck or a masculine voice angrily grumble my name. Neither happened. Instead, I heard him say one thing before the screen door swung back into place, leaving me to finish up in solitude: “How come you never share, man?”
An 18-year-old man Bethlehem man was arrested for robbing a gas station in July. The teen—who is also charged with a September armed robbery and kidnapping in Philly—supposedly told police that he robbed the gas station because he needed to buy his mom a birthday present and realized that he wouldn't get paid until after it came and went. So, the teen held up the gas station and made off with $260, which makes complete sense because "Happy Belated!" is NOT an option when it come's to Mom's birthday. He used the cash to buy his mom a Kindle and
A baggage handler at Philadelphia International Airport has been sentenced to 36 months probation for smuggling drugs on U.S. Airways flights. For 10 years, the baggage handler had been hiding marijuana on Bermuda-bound flights. He was caught when he was spotted loading luggage onto a plane while he was off-duty in 2010. That afternoon, everything at PHL came to a grinding halt and the national media picked up on the incident. The subsequent investigation uncovered the drug ring. [U.S. Immigration and Customs]
Welp, the word is out and the jokes have been flying: If you smoke weed regularly as an adolescent, you’re going to be dumber later in life. Probably, anyway—as much as eight IQ points dumber, or so says a recent report from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Since its debut, that report has garnered quite a bit of controversy, with some prohibitionists calling points in their favor and even more stoners calling shenanigans in its wake. Shenanigans or no, the outrage from the latter camp has been particularly notable, especially given that the study’s results can really only help one group’s efforts. And it ain’t the squares.