An armed home invasion in White Rock on Thursday led to the discovery of thousands of cookies believed to be laced with marijuana.
Just before noon, RCMP were called to a house near Earl Marriot Secondary School on North Bluff Road after reports two males were trying to break into a home. Police say the intruders fled by foot, forcing the school into a brief lockdown.
While officers were at the home, they discovered 8,000 cookies believed to contain marijuana.
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White Rock RCMP Const. Janelle Shoihet said it was a shocking discovery.
"I've never seen anything like [...]
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
The “stolen election” controversy over this month’s officially defeated Ohio pot legalization referendum has gone to a new level.
“The results are not only impossible but unfathomable,” stated Ron Baiman, Assistant Professor of Graduate Business Administration at Benedictine University, where he teaches economics and statistics.
The Columbus Free Press asked Baiman to calculate the odds of the official vote count of Ohio’s Issue 3, to legalize marijuana, being correct – compared to the tracking polls charting voter preference leading up to this year’s November election. The Free Press supplied Baiman with poll results taken prior to the election by noted pollster Jon Zogby.
The polls leading into the November 3 vote showed the referendum passing. But the official results claim it lost by 2:1.
The standard assumption with such polling is that the undecided voters in the poll would have potentially gone 50-50. Thus half of them would be voting no and the other half would be voting yes on Issue 3. Baiman pointed out that with such an assumption being probable, the odds against the referendum losing 2:1 go through the roof. They are, he said, “one in a trillion.”
The analysis showed that even if the most illogical outcome is assumed – that every single undecided voter in the polls voted against Issue 3 – it is still statistically impossible to accept Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s official tally as being credible.
If the Zogby poll was accurate, says Baiman, one would expect the official outcome as reported by the state once in every 105,000 elections.
As general rule, undecided voters do not tend to split more than 60-40 percent in favor of one side or the other.
Pre-election tracking polls are performed using a random and representative sample. They accurately reflect how voters of various demographics are likely to vote. All such polls do contain a margin of error. The Zogby poll has a 4.9 percent margin of error, which leaves the official outcome of the Issue 3 vote still very far out of [...]
In a slight break from his predecessors, DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg said voters should have an intellectually honest debate about legalizing marijuana.
“I don't recommend it, but there is other stuff in our society that is dangerous that is perfectly legal,” he said at a press briefing reported by the Washington Post.
Since taking over as DEA Chief this past May, Rosenberg told the Washington Post that he has given a great deal of thought to marijuana legalization.
He said people should not conflate the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana with medical marijuana.
The public debate, according to Rosenberg, mixes the two different issues, which he sees as distinctly different.
“There are pieces of marijuana—extracts or constituents or component parts—that have great promise” for medicinal use, Rosenberg said, according to CBS News. “But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana, which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana, it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.”
Rosenberg's remarks coincide with the release of the DEA's 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary, which [...]
Ballot initiative would have legalized recreational and medical use of pot, but would have granted exclusive growing rights to wealthy investors
Opponents of Issue 3 warned that the initiative would lead to a 'marijuana monopoly.' (Photo: Conor Morris/Athens News)
Ohio on Tuesday voted down a contentious marijuana legalization bill that would have allowed medical and recreational use of pot but also granted exclusive production rights to a small network of 10 growing facilities.
Opponents of Issue 3, which included some legalization advocates, warned that it would help create a "marijuana monopoly" for the wealthy investors who owned the would-be production sites and were bankrolling the measure.
"The people of Ohio have understandably rejected a deeply flawed, monopolistic approach to marijuana reform that failed to garner broad support from advocates or industry leaders," National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith said on Tuesday after the vote. "This debate has shown that there is a strong base of support for legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana. Now the foundation has been laid for a potential 2016 effort that would put forward a more common-sense initiative and have a major impact on the presidential conversation in the process."
Issue 3, backed by a group called ResponsibleOhio, would also have allowed adults over 21 years old to use, grow, and purchase small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and allowed others to use it medicinally. If it passed, Ohio would have become the first state in the country to end weed prohibition altogether without first legalizing medical marijuana.
But the controversy over corporate licenses was troubling enough to turn off even the staunchest advocates.
As David Graham, writing for The Atlantic, explains, "The business model was meant to serve a double purpose: It would both draw in strong monetary support for the ballot issue, and it would put a sober, corporate face on cannabis, soothing the nerves of swing-state Ohioans wary of a hippie takeover."
However, as Ohio State University law professor Douglas Berman explained to Graham, even the most ardent marijuana legalization supporters didn't buy it and came out strongly "against corporatization" of [...]
What Marijuana Growers Can Learn from MSNBC Pot Barons of Colorado
By J. Howard
What can marijuana growers learn from the pot barons of Colorado?
Embedded in this article are answers to that question, in the form of videos from the MSNBC series titled “Pot Barons of Colorado.”
This is the best marijuana industry reality television show yet, but what it shows more than anything else is that people are coming to the marijuana industry to get rich quick.
It really isn’t about getting high, exploring different strains of marijuana, or growing marijuana… it’s about money money money!
And because banks are prohibited by federal law from taking marijuana money, the pot barons of Colorado have tall stacks of cash all over the place.
Some of the male pot barons in this television series really do act, look, and talk like “barons.”
They drink expensive alcohol and make endless toasts to money. You never see them using cannabis. But they do smoke huge, fat, non-cannabis cigars.
One has a Maserati and wants his company to be “the Costco of marijuana.”
As it turns out, the stars of Pot Barons of Colorado are the most financially successful Colorado “ganjapreneurs.”
For example, you may already have heard of Tripp Keber, founder of Dixie Elixirs.
His company makes “marijuana infused products,” otherwise known as “MIPs.”
His MIPs come in recreational and medical versions, and include tasty, uber-expensive marijuana soda and sweets that allegedly contain special natural ingredients that increase your ability to absorb and get high from THC.
Keber says 50% of the legal Colorado marijuana market are MIPs.
My favorite pot baron is Jamie Perino, whose sleek and shiny Euflora recreational marijuana dispensaries are referred to as “the Apple Store of Weed.”
Jamie is a very attractive woman heading a marijuana dispensary consortium in Denver and nearby Aurora. She works long hours dealing with ridiculous amounts of stress and bureaucratic hassles, as all the pot barons do.
What’s most interesting for you as a marijuana grower is that the biggest problem these barons face is they can’t find enough marijuana.
The marijuana shortage is happening because the Colorado government strictly supervises grow ops for recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries, and at present there aren’t enough grow ops to supply all the marijuana dispensaries that have opened up.
The pot barons of Colorado are so desperate for weed, they even pay for fan leaves!
And they have to pay in cash. The legal Colorado marijuana industry is cash-only, and that includes paying taxes and paying employees.
The cash-only aspect means dispensary staff and management are at serious risk, not just because tons of cash and marijuana are present at their place of employment, but because they get paid in cash too.
I worry that violent thugs will start robbing these marijuana businesses, and the people who own and [...]
A proposal to reform marijuana laws in Jamaica cleared a big hurdle this week when it gained the approval of the prime minister and her cabinet. Jamaica isn't the only nation ready to loosen laws that outlaw ganja. Here are ... [...]