December 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The tidy Takoma Wellness Center, one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the nation's capital, has a quaint reception area furnished with black leather chairs, plants and artwork. On the front desk are a pile of business cards and a sign-in sheet. In the back, shelves are stocked with the latest marijuana accessories: pipes, cookbooks, even a machine that mixes the drug into butter or oil for cooking. All that's missing are more patients. Since opening this summer, the three Washington, D.C.-based marijuana dispensaries have served a total of 111 patients in a district with about 600,000 residents.
December 23, 2013 |
The Dodgers are closing in on a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Chris Perez, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. Financial terms of the prospective deal aren't known. Perez, 28, was an All-Star with the Cleveland Indians in 2011 and 2012 but was released Oct. 31. Perez was arrested on marijuana charges this year and lost his job as the Indians' closer. Armed with a fastball routinely clocked in the mid- to high 90s, Perez figures to be a late-inning reinforcement in a bullpen that includes closer Kenley Jansen and setup man Brian Wilson.
December 21, 2013 |
TOPPENISH, Wash. - The Yakama Nation sits in the fertile heart of illegal marijuana country - Washington state's answer to Mendocino County, minus the tie-dye. The soil is rich. The growing season is long. And one of the biggest illegal pot grows in state history was seized here on sacred forested acres where the tribe hunts and gathers food in the shadow of Mt. Adams, also known as Pahto. A year has passed since Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana use. State officials are poised to issue licenses to grow, process and sell what once was contraband.
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December 11, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- For the second time this month, Coast Guard personnel shot out the engine of a panga boat attempting to flee after being detected in an attempt to smuggle marijuana into the U.S., authorities said Wednesday. The latest incident occured 155 miles southwest of San Diego on Tuesday morning and involved a panga carrying 7,100 pounds of marijuana. Three suspected smugglers were taken into custody. The first incident occurred Dec. 2 about 140 miles southwest of San Diego.
December 10, 2013 |
In a bold and controversial move, Uruguay on Tuesday became the first country to legalize marijuana and make it a farm-to-table state business. President Jose Mujica championed the bill that narrowly passed the Chamber of Senators, arguing that "the repressive path has failed" to discourage drug use. Despite penalties for buying or selling marijuana, its consumption has grown and served to enrich the criminals who control illegal trade, he said....
December 5, 2013 |
Mark Kleiman is a UCLA public professor and a go-to guy when it comes to drug policy analysis; it's a field he's studied for years, including the consequences and mechanics of the pendulum swings of criminalizing and legalizing marijuana. Lately, the goalposts - at least from the point of view of the legal marijuana lobby - have moved, and Kleiman consulted with Washington state's liquor control board about the rules of the road for the state's Jan. 1 legal marijuana market. I talked with Kleiman for my “Patt Morrison Asks” column.
December 4, 2013 |
Come New Year's Day, in Washington state and Colorado, marijuana will be legit, courtesy of two ballot initiatives. How do you create a legal business out of an illegal one? After 13 years of Prohibition, the country at least had an earlier legal liquor market to refer to. That's where Mark Kleiman comes in, the go-to expert on these matters. A UCLA professor of public policy and author and coauthor of books like "Marijuana Legalization," he's heard all the jokes about "hemperor" and "your serene high-ness.
December 1, 2013 |
FOR THE RECORD: Michael Richards: The Sunday Conversation with actor Michael Richards in the Dec. 1 Calendar section misidentified his wife as Ann Talman. He is married to Beth Skipp. Talman is an ex-girlfriend. - Three-time Emmy winner and "Seinfeld" star Michael Richards talks about his return to network television as eccentric chauffeur Frank Baxter in TV Land's "Kirstie" (premiering Wednesday), his first series since his infamous N-word rant at a black heckler at the Laugh Factory in 2006.
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November 28, 2013 |
A security guard was critically injured Wednesday at a Palmdale marijuana collective during an apparent robbery attempt, officials said. At 7:17 p.m., three masked men fired multiple shots outside the Green Cactus Collective in the 3600 block of Sierra Highway, Deputy John Cereoli of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told The Times. When sheriff's deputies arrived, they found the guard on the ground. The suspects had fled the scene. "They fled in an unknown direction, to an unknown location," Cereoli said.
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November 24, 2013 |
Peter Lewis, who helped build Progressive Corp. into one of the largest auto insurers in the country and later became the billionaire backer of marijuana legalization, died Saturday. He was 80. Philanthropic advisor Jennifer Frutchy said Lewis died at his home in Coconut Grove, Fla. In 1965, Lewis became CEO of Cleveland-based Progressive, a company that succeeded a small operation co-founded by his father in 1937. Lewis held the post for 35 years and was Progressive's chairman at his death.