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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. The young man didn't need to, as the song says, smoke two joints in the morning, and smoke two joints at night. One was more than enough when it was roughly 4 feet long and weighed more than two pounds. That's what UC Santa Cruz police officers were confronted with when they descended on a rally last Saturday. The young man was not happy when his cartoonishly large joint was hauled away, according to video footage capturing the incident.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A San Diego County sheriff's deputy shot a suspect during a physical altercation with "four intoxicated people smoking marijuana" in the laundry room of an apartment complex in Vista, officials said Thursday. The incident occurred Wednesday night. The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition. The deputy, who was also injured, was treated at a hospital and released. A Taser was used in the incident, but it was unclear whether it was used by the deputy or the suspect, the sheriff's department said.
SPORTS
September 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. submitted a positive post-fight urine test for marijuana, the Nevada State Athletic Commission informed the boxer's promoter Wednesday. Carl Moretti, the vice president of promoter Top Rank, said he received a phone call, alerting him to Chavez's positive test, from Nevada commission executive officer Keith Kizer. The result could have steep consequences for Chavez Jr., who surrendered his World Boxing Council middleweight belt with a unanimous decision loss Saturday to Sergio Martinez that came despite a dramatic 12th-round rally by Chavez Jr. It was the second positive test for Chavez Jr. in Nevada.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
NEW YORK -- Scammers may be jumping into the weed business, Wall Street's regulator warns. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, issued an investor alert Tuesday cautioning  investors that some marijuana stock pitches bear the hallmarks of classic Wall Street "pump and dump" schemes. The investment pitches can come via email, Twitter, webinars or fax, the alert said. In such scams, promoters of thinly traded, low-price shares (or penny stocks) fuel investor demand by hyping the stocks' growth potential.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The parents of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin on Monday angrily lashed out at reports that their son was suspended from school because of marijuana, accusing authorities of continuing to demonize the memory of the victim in order to support George Zimmerman, the man who shot him. Speaking at a televised news conference, Martin's father, Tracy, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, said their son was again being made a victim. Martin was killed during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer on Feb. 26. Zimmerman, 28, told police that he shot in self-defense, but the family has dismissed Zimmerman's version of events and has repeatedly called for his arrest.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama and a key Senate Democrat said Friday they were willing to consider relaxing federal enforcement of the laws against marijuana for those who possess small amounts of the drug. They were reacting to new voter-approved laws in Washington and Colorado that permit recreational users to have an ounce of marijuana at home. In addition, California and 17 other states allow the medical use of marijuana. Despite this state-by-state move toward limited legalization, federal law still classifies marijuana as a highly dangerous drug and makes it a crime to sell or possess even tiny amounts.
NEWS
July 19, 1990 | Associated Press
Yusof Zulti, 27, a clothing vendor, was sentenced to death Wednesday for trafficking in 30 ounces of marijuana.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Oregon voters will decide in November whether to make medical marijuana more readily available, officials said in Portland. The ballot initiative would let patients possess up to a pound of marijuana, up from 3 ounces under a law passed in 1999. It also would create a system of dispensaries that could legally sell the drug to patients. About 9,000 Oregonians have medical cards allowing them to grow and use marijuana for medical purposes.
NEWS
December 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Hawaii announced its medical marijuana rules, saying certified patients will be allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana and grow up to seven plants. Ted Sakai, director of the Department of Public Safety, detailed the regulations under a law passed earlier this year. Doctors can get a registration certificate for a patient to use marijuana to ease pain caused by debilitating diseases such as cancer and AIDS. The rules take effect Dec. 28.
NEWS
June 9, 1991
American society feels compelled to direct its efforts to doing away with marijuana. Unlike any other of the social drugs (caffeine, nicotine, alcohol) and the hard drugs (ice, crack, heroin), pot has some medicinal value. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have major bouts of nausea. Marijuana can reduce the sensation and allow patients to deal better with the treatment. Marijuana also is a minor pain killer and reduces sensation. (This is not to say that marijuana is not dangerous.
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