As the two opposing sides were debating medical marijuana on Tuesday in Broward County, the NAACP of Florida announced that it is endorsing the passing of Amendment 2. "Florida State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People proudly announces its support of United ... More >>
The debate for legalizing medical marijuana has been traveling throughout Florida the past few weeks, and now it's making its stop in our neck of the woods. United For Care and Drug Free Florida will be going head-to-head before the public in Broward, in a town hall debate Tuesday morning.
United for Care, a pro-medical marijuana lobby backed by attorney John Morgan, faces its biggest opponent: Florida's cops. In June, members of the newly formed Don't Let Florida Go to Pot coalition assembled in Tallahassee to educate voters on the dangers of marijuana and discourage voters from pass ... More >>
Never get high on your own supply. That classic piece of advice comes from Tony Montana in Scarface. But Pejman "Vincent" Mehdizadeh, a 36-year-old medical marijuana entrepreneur based out of Los Angeles, thinks the credo applies to dispensary workers just as much as cocaine kingpins. In fact, the ... More >>
Paula Crews, a suburban mom with short black hair, dumps a stick of butter into a double boiler and stirs in her secret ingredient. Her 24-year-old son, John, waits expectantly at the white Formica counter in their West Broward kitchen, watching while his mom mixes the butter into a pot of melted ch ... More >>
Daniel Soligny had a good life, except for the whole health insurance thing. He didn't have the most glamorous job, sure, but spending 14 hours a day on rollerblades at Sonic Beach Miami Gardens kept him active, and his girl, Jacqueline, was always by his side. Although he was 20 and she a young-loo ... More >>
In a historical moment for the medical marijuana movement, Rick Scott signed the Charlotte's Web bill into law on Monday. Back in April, the Senate approved the bill by a 36-3 vote, and Scott said he would sign it into law as soon as it hit his desk. Charlotte's Web, which is used to help children ... More >>
Big-money casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has jumped into the anti-medical marijuana fray by opening his deep wallet and donating $2.5 million to the Drug Free Florida campaign, the group looking to derail Florida's Amendment 2 initiative. Adelson has made a name for himself as one of the biggest do ... More >>
Medical marijuana advocates United For Care have come out and answered the various claims made in an eight-minute anti-medical weed ad that was recently released. Last month, we told you about Drug Free Florida's anti-medical marijuana video called "Devil In the Details," that breaks down reasons w ... More >>
In a pretty historic move for the state of Florida, the legalization of the strain of marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web" was passed by the Senate on Monday by a whopping 36-3 vote. The CW strain has very low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in it -- which is the stuff that gets you high when you smoke ... More >>
The many opponents of legalized marijuana in Florida have come and gone, defeated with facts and science and the power of the people. But, like a ferocious hungry hydra looking to devour the movement at every turn, opposition continues to rear its long, scaly talons at preventing medical weed from ... More >>
This week, our cover story in the print edition of New Times dispenses a ten-step program on how you can jump in on the medical marijuana craze that is expected to hit Florida soon and become a pot mogul. Or, not. Writer Francisco Alvarado went out and did all the research on what it takes to bec ... More >>
With 4/20 coming this weekend, chances are some of your friends are going to be all, "Woo hoo! 4/20, bro! Let's smoke!" And that's fine, bro. But keep in mind that, while 4/20 is officially pot day, it doesn't mean that it's legal to smoke it for one day. As it stands, you can still get busted in F ... More >>
Anticipating passage of the Florida medical marijuana amendment this fall, our favorite retired pot smuggler is hosting a conference this weekend on the business of therapeutic maryjane. Guest speakers from around the nation will spill the seed on the legal, medical, financial and probable regulator ... More >>
Another poll, another strong showing for medical marijuana in Florida. According to a new University of North Florida poll, 74 percent of Floridians say they support and will vote "yes" for Proposition 2 in November, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana. This, along with the recent n ... More >>
Florida seems to be well on its way to getting medical marijuana legalized. Voters this November are going to be able to decide on their own whether weed should be made legal for folks with debilitating diseases, and a bill that would decriminalize the use of a strain of medical marijuana for kids w ... More >>
Megan Auclair is not some tie-dye-wearing college kid whipping up potent pot brownies in the communal dorm kitchen. In fact, Auclair wants to wipe that stereotype from everyone's subconscious. Auclair is a medical professional, an entrepreneur, and as soon as the bill for medical marijuana passes, ... More >>
The strain of marijuana known as "Charlotte's Web" is closer to becoming legal in Florida, after House Criminal Justice Chairman Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach filed a measure to make it so. Last month, state representatives held a legislative hearing on getting Charlotte's Web legalized. The CW ... More >>
Advocates of medical marijuana met their goal -- they collected enough signatures to see that the issue gets posed to voters on this November's ballot. Elections officials announced today they they verified 710,508 signatures that were submitted -- enough to force a vote on a proposed constitutio ... More >>
Looks like medical weed will finally have its day, as the Florida Supreme Court has set a date to hear arguments about whether a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana should be put on the ballot next November. The arguments have been set for December 5. Florida GOPers, fo ... More >>
The organizers of an upcoming debate about the legalization of marijuana in Florida say that they are expecting overflow crowds, protests, and extra police. The head of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy will debate a UF professor who has advised three presidents. The event is set to take place at ... More >>
A Tampa woman wants to get medical marijuana to save her 2-year-old daughter's life. Although she's still getting her cancer-stricken daughter conventional treatment, such as radiation therapy, Moriah Barnhart says that's not enough. And she wants options other than just chemotherapy. Medical mari ... More >>
Michael Brewer, the Deerfield Beach teen who was the victim of a burn attack in 2009, has been ordered by a Palm Beach County drug court judge to write an essay after the teen missed a court hearing. Brewer, who was arrested on drug charges back in March, failed to show to a June 27 court hearing. ... More >>
Three pit bulls and a puppy suspected of being a part of a dog fighting ring have been rescued by Indian River County police. The dogs were found at a home located at 4565 33rd Avenue in Vero Beach, and had injuries consistent with dog fighting, according to officials. When police found the dogs, ... More >>
Florida state Sen. Jeff Clemens introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow patients with certain qualifying medical conditions to privately and legally possess medical marijuana. The bill, named after Florida Cannabis Action Network President and ALS patient Cathy Jordan, would allow patients to ... More >>
sodahead.comIf you want to see a medical marijuana referendum on the 2012 ballot, you'll have to say a prayer that House Joint Resolution 353 passes through the Legislature -- it's currently in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee -- or you're going to have to be one of 646,889 more Floridians to si ... More >>
Duuuuuuuuude.There are some bong-ripping writers and opinion-givers out there who believe that Eric Perez -- the 18-year-old who died at a West Palm Beach juvie lockup last month -- died because of the prohibition of marijuana.Perez was on already on probation for a robbery when he was younger, a ... More >>
Jeffrey Kennedy, with his wife, Sharon, says they've gone through "18 months of hell" since his arrest.Prosecutors dropped criminal charges today against a Palm Beach County man who had claimed a medicinal marijuana defense in a case that could have sent him to prison for five years for growing p ... More >>
Let's clear a few things up just in case anyone was misled by a column from the Sun Sentinel's Nicole Brochu earlier this week. Despite a recent survey that found 57 percent of Floridians support legalization of medical marijuana, Brochu doesn't think that it's likely to happen. "Florida isn ... More >>
A survey conducted by GOP pollster Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates -- the same firm that conducted polls for Florida Gov. Rick Scott's campaign -- found that 57 percent of Floridians support legalization of medicinal marijuana. Daily BruinSoon coming to a strip mall near you? This news ... More >>
Photo from jimlewisforflorida.comLewis: "Faint heart never won fair maiden."Jim Lewis won't be your next attorney general. But if there were some miraculous come-from-behind victory for the perennial losing candidate, Lewis would bring about a radical change. He'd legalize pot. Not just medicinal ... More >>
From an Olympic champion to an honest-to-goodness queen, everybody has smoked pot.
Here's ground zero in the battle to decriminalize pot.
FlickrEric Emmanuel, a 35-year-old man from Pembroke Pines, is being charged in what's said to be the biggest marijuana bust in Pennsylvania history. He and Stanley Baptiste, of Winter Garden, were arrested this weekend on a stretch of freeway east of the state capital, Harrisburg. Police found 6 ... More >>
Local attorney Norm Kent serves on the Board of Directors of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. So it wouldn't take a giant stretch of the imagination to picture him puffing on what my grandma used to call "the wacky weed." Saturday, however, Kent made it official in ... More >>
Collateral Damage Is Forever
Everyone loves Riviera Beach's special bud except the potheads.
The Nakamal Kava Bar
Labors to legalize bud in Florida have gone as sour as week-old bong water
Stranahan Park goes to pot
A public seminar on the evils of marijuana. An activist claiming pot saved his life. Someone was arrested.