Colorado’s Pot Windfall Taxes Figure into State’s Recently Approved Budget

As legal weed in Colorado continues to rake in millions, the state released its budget last Friday. Anti-pot governors and federal legislators should take a good look at the pot tax windfall and how it’s going to be spent. The budget not only manages to avoid what Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper called “draconian cuts” to hospitals and schools, it actually boosts school funding, averts…

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Prescription Drugs Still Vanishing at VA Hospitals

If you are in need of prescription opiates, make your way to the nearest Veterans Affairs hospital. Not because VA hospitals prescribe opiates to anybody for any reason, even when it is very bad and dangerous to do so—though they do that, too—but because VA hospitals do a very bad job at stopping employees from stealing armloads of the stuff. In February, the Associated Press discovered that opiates are going missing from VA hospitals at double the rate private…

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Setback in State’s Quest to Steal Grandmother’s Home Because Her Son Sold Pot

Elizabeth Young is a 72-year-old widow and former Amtrak employee who lived in a modest brick row house in West Philadelphia beginning in the 1970s. She lived there until 2013, when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took it. You should know Elizabeth Young has not been accused of a crime by the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Allegations of committing a crime is the usual precursor to conviction of a…

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New Highs! HIGH TIMES Acquired by Tech and Entertainment Conglomerate

HIGH TIMES, the leading voice of the cannabis movement for 42 years and parent company of the world-renowned Cannabis Cup, has been acquired by a group of savvy entrepreneurs, cannabis pioneers and entertainment veterans—marking the magazine’s first change in ownership since 1974. Operating as High Times Holding Company (HTHC), the company, which owns a thriving events business and a collection of digital properties, as well as the print publication, was purchased by a group of…

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Police Issue Annoyed Press Release After Pot Arrest

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire police department has issued a public service announcement with an odd mug shot after a man was arrested with marijuana in his car. Hampstead police said in a release Monday, “as a public service announcement – it is illegal to possess recreational marijuana in New Hampshire, even if you only ‘smoke it in Massachusetts.’” WMUR-TV reports the announcement came after the arrest of 27-year-old Selket Taylor, who was pulled over for using his cellphone while driving. Police say they arrested Taylor after…

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