1 in 4 Floridians have a more relaxed view towards marijuana, survey finds
It has officially been a year since Floridians temporarily went on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while some things haven’t changed (like flip-flop-wearing, sunbathing, and tank top- rocking all year round), some things, have — including Floridians’ views on recreational marijuana. According to a new poll conducted by Recovery.org, a provider of addiction recovery resources, 1 in 4 (24%) Floridians say they now have a more relaxed view towards recreational marijuana use after experiencing a year under lockdown orders. The survey also found that 49% of all respondents say that following the stress caused by the pandemic, they empathize more with those who turn to cannabis for relief. Currently, recreational marijuana is illegal in the state of Florida. However, medical marijuana treatment is currently legal in the Sunshine State and is sold only at state-approved dispensaries.
School board fires Florida teacher for medical marijuana use
MELBOURNE, Fla. – A Florida teacher has been fired for using medical marijuana. Florida Today reports that the Brevard County School Board voted 3-2 on Tuesday to terminate Allison Enright from her position at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School. Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, but federal regulations continue to categorize cannabis as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, like heroin, LSD and ecstasy. School Board General Counsel Paul Gibbs says the school district must be a drug-free workplace to receive certain federal grants. Enright disclosed her medical marijuana use when she took a drug test after an injury at work.
Man serving 90-year sentence for marijuana released from South Florida prison
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Richard DeLisi is a free man after serving 31 years of a 90-year sentence for selling marijuana. The 71-year-old walked out of a South Florida prison Tuesday saying he’s not bitter about the lost years and prefers to focus on creating memories with his family. According to The Last Prisoner Project, DeLisi was believed to have been the longest-serving nonviolent cannabis prisoner. While he was in prison, his wife, parents and 23-year-old son all died. On Tuesday, he met two granddaughters for the first time and ate at his favorite crab restaurant after being released from the South Bay Correctional Facility in Palm Beach County.
Massive drug bust yields $15 million worth of marijuana in Connecticut
Connecticut police arrested two men and seized an estimated $15 million worth of marijuana after discovering a storage facility was being used illegally as a hub for pot distribution in the Northeast, authorities said Thursday. West Haven police said local officers and agents with the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration found 1,700 pounds (770 kilograms) of marijuana on Wednesday when they stopped a U-Haul truck while investigating what they called an international marijuana trafficking operation. "The investigation revealed that individuals were utilizing a storage facility in West Haven as a hub to distribute large quantities of marijuana throughout the tri-state area," West Haven police said in a statement, referring to the area that includes Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. It wasn't clear if they have lawyers who could respond to the allegations. Fifteen states have broadly legalized marijuana, while 36 allow medical marijuana.cbsnews.com
“Weed Is Life” and The Key To Empowerment Declares St. Andrew, Jamaica Native Bob Da Builda
From recreational use to the various medical benefits such as controlling seizures, reducing the symptoms of ALS and Parkinson’s Disease and more, Marijuana has been deemed the source of life by many. Indeed, singers across all genres have sang the prowess of this natural plant, such as dancehall and reggae recording artist Bob Da Builda with “Weed Is Life”“Gimme The Weed Me want The Ganja Gimme The Weed Me Want It” sings Bob on the upbeat dancehall track that cleverly pairs Bob’s prolific lyrics. Speaking on the song and it’s inspiration, Bob explained “In Toronto where I reside marijuana is now legal and my short term goal is to open my own Dispensary in the near future providing the highest pre-packaged cannabis. It basically talks about how successful I am as a hustler or how successful one can be distributing the pharmaceutical.”“Weed Is Life” was written and produced by the St. Andrew, Jamaica native Bob Da Builda, and has also delivered vibrant visual with a video directed by The Knemisis. The blazing single is available on all major streaming platforms and digital outlets.sflcn.com
The unexpected winner on election night? Drugs
While we may not know if President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election for a while longer, there was one clear “winner” on election night, and that was recreational drugs. States across the country have been legalizing recreational marijuana every election cycle, and 2020 was no different. Residents in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota all voted to legalize recreational cannabis, and South Dakota also legalized medical marijuana, along with Mississippi. South Dakota became the first state to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the same election. For the first time in U.S. history, the state of Oregon decriminalized possession of hard drugs, as well as voted to legalize psychedelic mushrooms.
Medical marijuana and CBD sales rise sharply during COVID-19 pandemic
He said he used medical marijuana to treat glaucoma and a heart condition for years, but said it’s also been effective for stress and anxiety. Sutter, 55, said he has kept busy with various hobbies, but figures without marijuana, staying content would be much harder. "At least with cannabis, every little thing I do, I can make it into a little adventure and it’s not mundane.”sun-sentinel.com
Customs: U.S. marijuana hidden in cereal boxes to be sent to Guyana
MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Miami International Airport reported recently finding marijuana that was destined for Guyana. More than six pounds of marijuana likely grown in the southeastern region of the U.S. were in cereal boxes, cans of crackers and inside an iced tea container at MIA. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)Officers also reported finding an M4 rifle and a Tech 9 pistol with an ammunition magazine. The weapons were manifested as toys and also destined for Guyana. According to Christopher D. Matson, CBP Port Director at MIA, the “significant seizures” are a way to “disrupt dangerous criminal networks.”
Miami burglary crew with appetite for luxury preys on flashy social media users
She and her son are facing charges of structuring financial transactions and money laundering greater than $20,000. The long list of chargesXandi Garcia, Fabian Garcia, Valle, Sosa, Pacheco, Sanchez and Alcade are facing charges of racketeering and conspiring to racketeer. Pacheco and Valle are also facing burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and two counts of grand theft in the first degree. Pintado-Martell is facing charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, conspiracy to commit a burglary of a dwelling, grand theft in the third degree and conspiracy to commit grand theft in the third degree. Fabian Garcia is also facing charges of grand theft in the third degree and two counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.
Pot sales begin in Washington, but supplies are short
Pot sales begin in Washington, but supplies are short Marijuana shops in Washington are preparing for even more customers, following the huge crowds that showed up for the first day of legal recreational pot sales in the state. Adriana Diaz reports from Seattle.cbsnews.com
Cannabis Cup celebrates all things marijuana on 420 Day
Cannabis Cup celebrates all things marijuana on 420 Day In Denver, more than 60,000 people gathered to listen to music and party for 420 Day -- the day to celebrate all things pot. Barry Petersen reports on the festivities and the award for the best marijuana in the U.S.cbsnews.com