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Nick Diaz's UFC Suspension for Weed Reduced in Settlement with NSAC

Nick Diaz's UFC Suspension for Weed Reduced in Settlement with NSAC

The public backlash that came with UFC fighter Nick Diaz’s five-year suspension and $165,000 fine testing positive for marijuana has actually paid off — at least a little.

After reaching a settlement with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) earlier this month, Diaz’s punishment for his third positive test result for marijuana has been reduced to an 18-month suspension and $100,000 fine. Which is better, but still pretty fucking stupid.

Business
Medical Marijuana Sales Increased Nearly 50% Last Year in Maine

Medical Marijuana Sales Increase Nearly 50% in Maine

Numbers coming out of Maine Revenue Services report that medical marijuana sales in the Pine Tree State have increased nearly 50% from 2014 to 2015.

Last year, Maine’s licensed dispensaries took in $23.6 million in revenue — a 46% increase from $16.2 million in 2014— as more Mainers sought relief from medical marijuana. This year’s sales generated $1.29 million in taxes for the state.

Legal
Two Dummies Calls the Cops on Themselves for Transporting Weed, 911 Call Goes Viral

Two Dummies Call the Cops on Themselves for Transporting Weed, 911 Call Goes Viral

About a year ago, Leland Ayala-Doliente, 22, and Holland Sward, 23, made what we can only hope was the dumbest mistake of their short lives thus far. The pair was driving from Nevada to Montana carrying more than 20 pounds of weed. They chose to test their wares and soon became so paranoid that as they approached the Nevada-Idaho border, they decided to call the cops. On themselves.

Legal
Florida Man Hears a Helicopter, Panics & Calls Cops on Himself for Growing Weed

Florida Man Hears a Helicopter, Panics & Calls Cops on Himself for Growing Weed

We’ve got a live one from the land of amazing news stories! A Florida man called the police and turned himself in for illegally growing marijuana in one of the best cases of unfounded paranoia to date.

Jasper Harrison, 47, heard a helicopter flying near his storage unit-cum-grow space around noon Wednesday and deduced the jig was up. He decided he’d rather call the local police and turn himself in than risk being shot by them in what was clearly a major sting armed and ready to take him out.

Legal
Two English Retirees Found Smuggling Cannabis in Frozen Chickens after Neighbors Complain of "Rotting Flesh" Smell

Retirees Caught Smuggling Cannabis in Frozen Chickens after Neighbors Complain of "Rotting Flesh" Smell

Former police officer Michael Kinkaid, 72, and retired meat dealer Anthony Right, 76, were convicted Friday in Essex, England, for possessing cannabis with intent to sell after their £267,000 supply was discovered when neighbors called police, complaining of the smell of “rotting flesh.” When police arrived, they (thankfully) found no human corpses, but instead 89 blocks of cannabis resin covered in rotting chicken detritus.

Legal
Canadian Judge Fines Man $1.30 for Growing 30 Weed Plants

Canadian Judge Fines Man $1.30 for Growing 30 Weed Plants

A Canadian judge issued a significant ruling last week when hearing the case of Mario Larouche, 46, who was charged with possession of 30 marijuana plants. Further proving that Canadian politics is on the right track when it comes to legalization, Quebec Judge Pierre Chevalier presented the defendant with his punishment: a fine of $1.30 Canadian. 

Politics
Sarah Palin's Views on Marijuana Legalization May Surprise You

Sarah Palin's Views on Legalization May Surprise You

When it comes to politicians I agree with (or respect), Sarah Palin is not at the top of the list. So imagine my surprise when she gave a Nov. 19 interview on a conservative talk show saying she thinks marijuana legalization is “no big deal” — as in not harmful, not the antichrist, not the ruination of America.

“I look on the national scene and think, wow, of all things to be fighting over and battling over — especially when it comes to medical marijuana — I think, hmm, this is just not my baby,” Palin told the show’s host Hugh Hewitt.