New Jersey Woman Receives 50 Pound Package of Marijuana in the Mail

New Jersey Woman Receives 50 Pound Package of Marijuana in the Mail

A woman in Hazlet, New Jersey was greeted by a 50 pound package of marijuana when she checked her mail last week.

She was expecting to find a number of hair care products which she had previously ordered. When she found the cannabis, she contacted local law enforcement.

She told police she did not know who sent the package, which was not addressed to her — which begs the question of why she was expecting to find the products she ordered.

Local police confiscated the cannabis and posted photos to their Facebook page. The social media posts invited the true recipient of the package to claim it from police headquarters.

The police estimated the product had a street value of $100,000, or $2,000 per pound. Based on this estimate, it would sell on the street for $15.60 per eighth or $125 per ounce, prices, which in New Jersey, would lead a knowledgeable cannabis consumer to question whether it was actually marijuana or rather just packaged dirt.

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Facebook post from the Hazlet Township Police Department’s page

Weed News: This Week in Cannabis | 10.16.15

Weed News: This Week in Cannabis | 10.16.15

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Here is your weekly recap of weed news.

1: Croatia Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Croatia became the second European nation to legalize cannabis for medical use on Thursday. The ruling came after a patient of multiple sclerosis was detained for making cannabis oil to treat himself. The new law allows doctors to prescribe up to 7.5 grams of cannabis per month to assist with a number of medical conditions.

[Full Story: MassRoots]

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2: New Hampshire Police Offer Counseling After Destroying Grower’s Plants

A Screen Capture of the Danbury Police Department's Facebook Page
A Screen Capture of the Danbury Police Department’s Facebook Page

Police in Danbury, New Hampshire posted a bizarre update on their Facebook page after destroying the plants in an unknown suspect’s illegal garden. The post offered “some counseling to get through your loss” after losing “your summers horticulture project”.

[Full Story: The Cannabist]

3: Pennsylvania House Members Recommend Legalizing Medical Marijuana

(Photo Credit: Whaxy Staff)
(Photo Credit: Whaxy Staff)

A special task force in Pennsylvania’s State House of Representatives has recommended that cannabis be legalized for medical patients. The task force convened after a previous medical legalization bill stalled in the House. The recommendations included awarding licenses for the production, processing and sale of cannabis as well as 14 medical conditions including PTSD and Epilepsy.

[Full Story: Whaxy]

4: Democratic Presidential Candidates Talk Cannabis at First Debate

Senator Bernie Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at CNN's Democratic debate (Photo Credit: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
Senator Bernie Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at CNN’s Democratic debate (Photo Credit: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)

CNN hosted the first Democratic debate for the 2016 Presidential election in Las Vegas, Nevada Earlier this week. The two most popular candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, were asked their thoughts on legalization of the plant. Secretary Clinton refused to take a position on recreational marijuana, while Senator Sanders maintained his anti-war on drugs rhetoric.

[Full Story: The Cannabist]

5: Colorado Sells More than $100 Million in Cannabis in August

colorado-cannabisThe Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) of Colorado’s Department of Revenue released state-wide sales figures for August 2015. The month’s sales set a new record — $100.6 million between both medical and recreational cannabis were sold. Medical sales accounted for $41.4 million, while the remaining $59.2 million was sold in recreational stores.

[Full Story: MassRoots]

UN will Recommend Worldwide Drug Decriminalization Per Richard Branson

UN will Recommend Worldwide Drug Decriminalization Per Richard Branson

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Sir Richard Branson, one of the world’s most successful businessmen, says he obtained a copy of a UN report in which the organization plans to recommend that member nations decriminalize all drugs.

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(Photo Credit: Global Commission on Drug Policy)

The English entrepreneur says he was shown a document published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in which the organization plans to change its official position on international drug policy. Branson, who is known for building an international business empire from a single-location record store, first broke the news on his website, Virgin.com in a post titled “Finally – a change in course on drug policy”.

In his post, he said, “My colleagues on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and I could not be more delighted.” Branson is well-known for being progressive and an outspoken critic of the criminalization of drug possession and use. He called the report an “as-yet unreleased statement” that was sent to him, the BBC, and others.

Branson shared the information with several reporters in what he called “embargoed interview” with the hope that the UN does not change their mind about releasing the position to the public. The report published by the UNODC, “which has shaped much of global drug policy for decades, call on governments around the world to decriminalise [decriminalize] drug use and possession for personal consumption for all drugs.”

The post on Virgin.com ends with the statement, “Let us hope the UNODC, a global organisation [organization] that is part of the UN and supposed to do what is right for the people of the world, does not do a remarkable volte-face at the last possible moment and bow to pressure by not going ahead with this important move. The war on drugs has done too much damage to too many people already.”

The coming months will show whether the UN makes groundbreaking progress in ending the war on drugs.

Weed News: This Week in Cannabis | 10.9.2015

Weed News: This Week in Cannabis | 10.9.2015


After taking a week off from our weekly news roundup, we’re back! Here’s what’s happening in weed news around the country.

1. Feds to Release 6,000 Non-Violent Drug Offenders

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The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons is set to release approximately 6,000 federal inmates at the end of the month. The prisoners are non-violent drug offenders. Nearly one third of them are foreign nationals who will be deported, while the other 4,000 will be released to halfway houses prior to supervised probation. The decision is the latest in a series of events that deal a major blow to the decades-long war on drugs.

[Full Story: MassRoots]

2. Ohio Man Calls Police after Getting Too High

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(CHRISTIANZ1969/FLICKR)

A man in Austintown, Ohio called police because he was too high. When law enforcement responded to the call, they found the 22-year old man on the floor in a pile of Doritos, Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies. The man allegedly told the officers that he “smoked too much weed”. After conducting a search, the police found a pipe with residue, rolling papers and a glass jar filled with flower.

[Full Story: USA Today]

3. South Dakota Tribe to open State’s First Weed Resort

A grow consultant checks seedlings growing in the new marijuana growing facility on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation in Flandreau, SD (AP Photo/Jay Pickthorn)
A grow consultant checks seedlings growing in the new marijuana growing facility on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation in Flandreau, SD (AP Photo/Jay Pickthorn)

A tribe in South Dakota plans to open the first cannabis-themed resort in the state. The Santee Sioux, a small tribe, will open the resort on their reservation next to an existing hotel, casino and buffalo ranch. The plan comes after a June ruling from the Justice Department which granted tribal sovereignty with respect to marijuana legislation. The tribe hopes to generate up to $2 million per month in profit.

[Full Story: Whaxy]

4. Oregon sells $11 Million of Recreational Cannabis in First Week

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(Source: The Cannabist)

Oregon recreational stores sold more than $11 million worth of product in their first week of legal sales. The estimate was published by The Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association who also said that stores pulled in around $3.5 million on the first day of sales. The figures beat first-week sales in both Colorado ($5 million) and Washington ($2 million) where supply was very limited early on.

[Full Story: The Cannabist]

DoJ to Release 6,000 Drug-Related Inmates

DoJ to Release 6,000 Drug-Related Inmates

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In the largest move of it’s kind, the U.S. Department of Justice is set to release 6,000 inmates who were convicted of drug-related crimes. The decision by the DoJ is the latest blow to the decades-long war on drugs in America.

From October 30 to November 2, the Bureau of Prisons will release the drug-related inmates. Approximately 2,000 are foreign nationals who will be immediately deported, with the remaining 4,000 to be released to halfway houses. The move comes after the U.S. Sentencing Commission reduced penalties for future non-violent crimes. Now, the Commission plans to retroactively apply the changes, resulting in the large-scale release.

According to the New York Times, Jesselyn McCurdy, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said, “Today’s announcement is nothing short of thrilling because it carries justice. Far too many people have lost years of their lives to draconian sentencing laws born of the failed drug war. People of color have had to bear the brunt of these misguided and cruel policies. We are overjoyed that some of the people so wronged will get their freedom back.”

The action from the Department of Justice is separate from the clemency granted by President Obama to federal drug convicts earlier this year. However, the change in federal drug sentencing rules demonstrates an overall change in how our government and society view the war on drugs.

In addition to the shift in perspective at the federal level, states are changing their approach to drug-related incarceration as well. In September, Missouri Governor Jeremiah Nixon granted clemency to the state’s last remaining marijuana-related prisoner serving life without parole. After Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, state officials are allowing past convicts of cannabis-related offenses to have their records sealed.

The fact that there is bi-partisan support for drug policy reform at both the state and federal levels is an extremely hopeful sign for advocates and victims of the drug war.

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