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Just Say "No" to Breathalyzer for Pot in Los Angeles

Just Say "No" to Pot Breathalyzer in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Police Department wants to crack down on a supposed increase in the number of people driving while "high," so they are taking the instant swab drug testing they use in jail to the streets. The swabs will be used during routine traffic stops to test motorists for seven different drugs, cannabis among them. In fact, cannabis is the main drug cops are on the lookout for.

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CA Governor Jerry Brown Pardons 127 During Holidays, Many For Weed-Related Crimes

CA Governor Jerry Brown Pardons 127 During Holidays, Many For Weed-Related Crimes

During the Christmas holidays California Governor Jerry Brown (D) approved 127 pardon requests, 93 of which pertained to drug-related crimes; many of those involved non-violent marijuana offenders.

This is one less pardon than Governor Brown handed down last year, but way up from the eleven pardons he gave in 2011. By contrast, California's previous governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), gave out only fifteen pardons in his entire eight years in Sacramento.

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Is NYT's David Brooks High?

Is NYT's David Brooks High?

Is New York Times columnist David Brooks high? In his Jan. 2 op-ed, he admits to smoking pot and breaking federal law as a youth, then argues the drug should remain illegal so people are encouraged to pursue higher pleasures.
 
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Los Angeles Using Pot Breathalyzers at New Year's DUI Checkpoints

Los Angeles Using Pot Breathalyzers at New Year's DUI Checkpoints

Looks like LA pot smokers should stay in tonight, regardless of the last time they smoked.

LA Times reports that City Atty. Mike Feuer is pushing to check for drivers under the influence of THC at DUI checkpoints throughout Los Angeles County.

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Historic Recreational Marijuana Sales To Begin In Colorado January 1

Historic Recreational Marijuana Sales To Begin In Colorado January 1

January 1, 2014 will go down in history as the day recreational marijuana sales first began in the United States. The state of Colorado will blaze a trail that eventually every other state will follow as retailers stock their shelves and brace for possible shortages, depending on initial demand.