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Tommy Chong Promotes New Line of MMJ Products at Arizona Festival

Tommy Chong Promotes New Line of MMJ Products at Arizona Festival

The Arizona Cannabis for Wellness Festival had an extra special guest this weekend, as longtime marijuana activist and cannabis comedian Tommy Chong was in town to help promote the event that seeks wellness and a better understanding of the effects of medical marijuana. The festival was held Saturday at the Encanto Green Cross dispensary in Phoenix.

Lifestyle
Fast Food Workers Fired for Trading Dabs for Burgers and Fries

Fast Food Workers Fired for Trading Dabs for Burgers and Fries

Two fast food employees have been summarily canned after footage of them smoking cannabis wax through the drive-thru window hit the social media circuit and went viral.

The two workers were in the employment of the burger chain Frugals when they were approached by marijuana advocate and YouTube personality Jonah Tacoma and offered hits of marijuana concentrate (often referred to as dabs) in exchange for some burgers and fries.

"We were going through the drive-thru and when we were done ordering, I offered to pay with a dab instead of cash," said Tacoma. "She said, 'Yeah, sure.' We started filming when we pulled up."

Health
New Rolling Papers Warn Drivers Not to Smoke and Drive

New Rolling Papers Warn Drivers Not to Smoke and Drive

While most Drug Warriors would use vehicle accidents as a major reason for prohibition, one safety advocacy group is looking for a joint effort with marijuana smokers.

new campaign launched last week by drugged driving safety group We Save Lives provided thousands of Colorado stoners with rolling papers that animate a tiny car crash when rolled, while also bearing the warning, “Pot slows your reactions. Don’t smoke and drive.”

Politics
Seattle Wants MMJ Dispensary Population Cut in Half

Seattle Wants Its MMJ Dispensary Population Cut in Half

With the impending Washington State medical marijuana overhaul, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has fired the first shot, stating he wants half of the city's MMJ dispensaries gone.

Last week, Murray announced plans that all cannabis industry businesses will be required to obtain a new special business license. The new license would be much like those required for pawnshops and taxi operators. All those that want to remain in the cannabis industry must obtain the new business license by July 2016.

Legal
Louisiana Takes Softer Stance on Marijuana

Louisiana Takes Softer Stance on Marijuana

The South is the worst place in America to use cannabis, but at least things are getting less awful.

On Monday, the Louisiana legislature approved a bill to reduce the state’s draconian marijuana sentences. Personal possession of any amount of pot can earn you six months in jail and a $500 fine in Louisiana. Second and third-time pot possession convictions can equal five or 20 years in prison.

Legal
Big Surprise, Craigslist Ad Backfires on Aspiring Drug Dealer

Big Surprise! Craigslist Ad Backfires on Aspiring Drug Dealer

Social media and online drug dealers have always fascinated me... I mean really, are these people living in a cave, cut off from reality? How do they not hear the weekly stories of some knucklehead getting caught for openly selling his or her wares online? How high or inept are these people when this flashes across their mind as a good idea and a viable option to make a little extra cash? Unfortunately I have the answers to none of these questions, as I am in wonderment of these folks as much as you are.

Politics
California Wants More from it's MMJ Dispensaries

California Wants More from Its MMJ Dispensaries

It would be safe to say that California tax officials are notoriously creative when it comes to eking out as much tax revenue as humanly possible. The proof is in the pudding, just ask about any business that has migrated out of California in recent years for greener pastures, aka states with much lower business taxes. Yet lately California has been dropping the ball and leaving piles of money behind because of its continuing failure to come up with any coherent way for the many dispensaries throughout the state to pay their fair share of taxes.

Legal
Rastafarian Defense Goes Up in Smoke

Rastafarian Defense Goes Up in Smoke

Seems that Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s recently signed in Religious Freedom Restoration Act has done little to help a Rastafarian man trying to get his felony marijuana charges reduced.

Last week Indiana Superior Court Judge Jane Woodward Miller rejected a defense argument that charges against Jerome Scott, 30, should be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor because he is a practicing member of the Rastafarian faith, which believes in the open use of cannabis for religious purposes.