• Democrat Lawmakers seek use of Medical Marijuana in Indiana

    January 21, 2015

    Two Democratic lawmakers have filed bills, seeking the use of medical marijuana in Indiana, but the bills may not make any moves due to stiff opposition. Sen. Karen Tallian of Portage and Rep. Sue Errington of Muncie are sponsoring the bills. Sue Errington is taking personal interest in the bills after his friend's daughter died in her 30s of a terminal illness. Errington revealed that the deceased woman was doing well as long as she could get high-grade marijuana.

    The bills have been assigned to a House committee where they are unlikely to get a hearing. Tallian had earlier tried to decriminalize marijuana in Indiana with five different bills, but no bill has passed a committee so far. She has decided to adopt a new approach this year by focusing on medical use of the drug.

    Although the 'Hoosier Survey' found majority of people supporting the legalization of marijuana by making it regulated substance like alcohol and tobacco, the Indiana General Assembly may not take these findings into account. Randy Miller, Executive Director of Drug Free Marion County, said, "Never in the history of our country has it happened where a substance or medicine is approved by legislation. We’re not saying there isn’t value; we’re just saying we’re going about this the wrong way.”

    The Indiana State Medical Association too opposes the legalization of medical marijuana, saying the issue is not a legislative priority at all. 23 states in the U.S. have so far legalized medical marijuana, while Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska have legalized it for recreational use. Washington, D.C., has recently approved a marijuana ballot initiative, which is subject to Congressional review.

  • Sarah Jain Reviews the Herbalizer Vaporizer

    January 20, 2015

  • Cancer Patient in Iowa dies during Marijuana Fight

    January 13, 2015

    A cancer patient from Iowa, who was convicted for growing medical marijuana, finally lost the battle with the deadly disease. The 49-year-old Benton Mackenzie, was sentenced to probation in September 2014, but his health condition deteriorated during the trial, which eventually led to his death.

    In July 2014, Mackenzie faced trial for growing medical marijuana at home to make oil to be used in the treatment of his tumors. He and his wife, Loretta Mackenzie, were convicted in Iowa district court for marijuana manufacturing and conspiracy. Their son, Cody, was convicted of drug possession. However, the family was sentenced to probation instead of prison.

    After his conviction, Mackenzie traveled to Oregon, where medical marijuana is legal. He was reportedly treated there. However, that could not save his life. Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states in the U.S. At least 10 others have legalized medical use of CBD Oil, which Mackenzie needed for his treatment. Mackenzie suffered from severe angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that produces large skin lesions.

    Benton Mackenzie's wife and family vowed to fight the cause even they lost him. They have decided to take Benton’s case to the state supreme court, so that changes in the law can be made to prevent any more death. The family believes that although he was not sent to prison, he was beaten by cancer after his marijuana was taken away from him. Loretta wants her husband’s story to save other cancer patients. She says, “I have a pretty strong feeling that the law is going to change because of him.”
  • Attorney Frederick bats for Pot Legalization in Tennessee

    January 08, 2015

    As the debate over legalization of marijuana has gained momentum with more states joining the chorus, Frederick H. Agee of Nashville, who is an Attorney and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, has called for legalization of pot in Tennessee. In an article on Tennessean.com, Fredrick has cited several reasons and arguments to back his claim. Will be there any takers?

    Taking a dig at the Americal law, Frederick draws attention to the fact that the United States have spent an estimated $1 trillion from the taxpaayers' money to fight the war and defeat the lowly cannabis plant. Slowly, states like Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington as well as 70 percent of voters in Washington D.C. have realized this futility and have legalized recreational marijuana use. The 109th Tennessee General Assembly should do the same," he argued.

    According to him, Colorado collected approximately $40 million last year in marijuana taxes, while saving another $40 million from not prosecuting and incarcerating marijuana users. "That has shown the way to all," he said. If Colorado can establish a marijuana market, which gave high opportunity to the entrepreneurs to start businesses and create jobs for people, why others can't follow suit, he asked. "Tennessee can follow the Colorado model, it can earn millions of dollars additional revenue while creating a new market for economic growth," said Frederick.

    While talking about Tennessee, he lamented that the state is spending millions of dollars in prosecution, conviction and imprisonment of people convicted of marijuana and other drug offenses. He refused to justify the act and said there has been an increase in violence in the Tennessee over the last few years and the state has been in the top five most violent states, as the cops and law enforcement agencies waste their time and energy on drug related cases. "What we want today? keeping violent criminals out of our communities or nonviolent marijuana offenders? he asked.

    "If we claim to care for the lives of our children, why not follow more than 25 states and legalize medical marijuana? Instead, our laws force Tennessee parents to take refuge in states like Colorado in order to obtain marijuana medications for children suffering from ailments like epileptic seizures", he said.
  • Minnesota Man gets 9 Years Jail for possessing 400 Pounds of Marijuana

    December 31, 2014

    Scott Bradley Cunningham, a 45-year-old man from Inver Grove Heights at Dakota County in Minnesota, has been sentenced to 9 years in jail for possessing 400 pounds of marijuana. He pleaded guilty to all charges leveled against him by the Dakota County Drug Task Force agents, who arrested him in November 2011.

    The officials had seized 400 pounds of marijuana from Cunningham's house, which was estimated to be more than $1 million in the global market. He not only possessed the drugs, but also tried to distribute them to others. Three other people were also arrested along with him. The cops had recovered seven guns from his house, which led to the speculations that he was planning a robbery.

    The marijuana was kept inside a secret room, hidden by a fake wall at the home. But, the agents managed to trace those. While Cunningham was sent to nine years in jail, Brian Lee Speldrick (59) was sentenced to two years of probation. However, charges against Holly Joann Swenson (32) and Jerilyn Reis (44) were dismissed.

    Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom hailed the efforts of the agents, who cracked the case and exposed the convict. He also praised the prosecution, saying "This case involved one of the largest marijuana seizures in our county's history."

    In another development, the authorities in North Dakota arrested a 34-year-old man for possessing more than 4 pounds of marijuana. The accused, Brian Flem, reportedly tried to distribute marijuana, which is prohibited under the law in North Dakota. He was found driving with a suspended Minnesota driver's license. Flem was in possession of four pounds of paraphernalia drug.
  • Sarah Jain Reviews the Arizer Air

    December 23, 2014

    Just in time for Christmas, Sarah Jain reviews the brand-new Air by Arizer, which just came out last month.

    The Air is basically a slimmed down and upgraded Arizer Solo that is more stealthy and portable. The only drawback regarding the Air versus the Solo is that the Air has about half the battery life of the Solo. Stay tuned for the full review.

  • Kansas may join Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado

    December 22, 2014

    While Nebraska and Oklahoma have already sued Colorado over its legalization of marijuana and claimed that they are facing influx of pot through the borders because of it, Kansas may join them in filing a lawsuit over the same issue. According to reports, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been considering legal action against Colorado for months, but the recent move by Nebraska and Oklahoma, has given him enough reasons to go ahead with his plan.

    Derek Schmidt is weighing all options before he takes a final call. Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it to declare marijuana legalization in Colorado as 'unconstitutional'. They are seeking the reversal of 2012 initiative in Colorado that allowed recreational use of marijuana in that state.

    The latest development has triggered a massive debate across the United States. Many pro-Marijuana activists question the move by Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas, saying they don't have any right to interfere in the affairs of other states. They further argue that as nearly 1.4 million or 55% residents in Colorado voted to legalize marijuana, it can't be the business of its border states to intervene and seek scrapping of the law on flimsy grounds. They believe that these states are trying to hide their failure in maintaining law and order and passing the buck.

    Oklahoma and Nebraska have claimed that they witnessed more arrests and legal battles because of the influx of marijuana in the recent months. According to these states, their law enforcement agencies are spending more time and funds to deal with marijuana menace even though their states have now allowed its use or sale till date. It would be interesting to see what decision Kansas takes after exploring all options.