YAZOO CITY, MS — Canadian marijuana seed magnate and political dissident Marc Emery, who is about four years into a five-year US prison sentence for selling pot seeds over the Internet, has been sent to solitary confinement at the Mississippi federal prison where he’s doing his time.
According to the magazine he founded, Cannabis Culture, he is being punished over false charges.
Emery, along with other prisoners at the Yazoo City Federal Correctional Institution, formed a band some months ago. Photos of the band were taken by prison staff, then developed and sent to his wife, Jodie Emery, in Vancouver, and were posted on his blog in April.
According to Emery, permission for the photos was granted by three separate administrators, including one at the prison’s Special Investigative Services department.
But now, prison officials have placed Emery and his band mates in solitary confinement while they say they are investigating the possibility the photos had been taken with a prohibited smart phone. Prisoners in solitary, or, as it is euphemistically known, the Special Housing Unit (SHU), are locked in their cells 23 hours a day and denied normal prison amenities.
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ATHENS, GA – University of Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, implicated in an on-campus marijuana incident, may miss the first game of the season, school policy says.
Harvey-Clemons, a sophomore, admitted marijuana use to campus police May 15 after they were called to investigate an odor of marijuana near his dorm room. Also present was sophomore tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith.
Flournoy-Smith, who was arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor charge in February, was advised to transfer to another school by football Coach Mark Richt, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.
The university’s Athletic Association’s policy on marijuana use calls for a suspension of 10 percent of competition dates for a first-time violation, or one game in Harvey-Clemons’ case, the newspaper said. The Bulldogs’ first game of the season is Aug. 31 against Clemson.
NEW YORK, NY — Actress Amanda Bynes was arrested in New York City on Thursday after she allegedly threw a bong out the window of a midtown Manhattan apartment building, a police official said.
New York police received a call on Thursday night from an employee at the 47th Street high-rise building where Bynes lives, said NYPD spokesman Detective Brian Sessa.
The employee reported that someone was smoking marijuana in the lobby.
When police arrived, they were directed to Bynes’ apartment, where the actress invited police in, Sessa said.
Officers detected a strong smell of marijuana in the apartment and observed the bong – a tube-shaped water pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana – in the apartment, according to Sessa.
The officers went to Bynes’ apartment where they saw heavy smoke and a bong, which Bynes then threw out the window in front of the officers.
The actress lives on the 36th floor, The New York Daily News reported.
Bynes, 27, a former child star who had her own TV comedy sketch show on Nickelodeon at age 13, was taken into custody and charged with tampering with physical evidence, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of marijuana.
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ATLANTA, GA — Chief Keef, a 17-year-old rapper from Chicago, was arrested near Atlanta, Ga. on Monday after he was caught smoking marijuana in a hotel room.
NBC Chicago reports Keef faces disorderly conduct charges after security at a Dunwoody, Ga., hotel notified police after noticing a smell of marijuana coming from his room.
Officials arrested the rapper and he was booked at the Dekalb County Jail at 4:37 p.m. on Monday.
Upon being released Tuesday at around 3:38 a.m. the Keef posted a photo of his mugshot on the image sharing site Instagram and tweeted about the arrest.
A police spokesman said a court hearing for Keef will be set for a later date.
Just last month the teen rapper was released from prison after serving a 60 day sentence charged with a probation violation for pointing a gun at a police officer in 2011.
NEW YORK, NY — The Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Cheech and Chong based their 42-year career on counterculture humor with a particular emphasis on marijuana use. But these days Tommy Chong sees the recreational drug as something more than fodder for jokes about stoned hippies.
The 74-year-old comedian thinks legalizing marijuana on a federal level would offer numerous benefits, including a boost to the U.S. economy if it were taxed.
“Look at the situation we’re in now. Sequesters. Cuts. Everything cut across the board. Now, the government is tapped into the biggest cash crop in the world,” Chong said. “There’s little manufacturing cost. You don’t have to do anything except watch it grow and get a couple of hippies to cut it and then put it in a bag.”
His ambitions for marijuana may be outsized, but he notes the potential medical uses that have already inspired some states to legalize the drug. Nearly 20 states have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana, and two of them – Colorado and Washington – have totally legalized it. And at least 12 states have pending legislation to legalize for medical use.
“Hemp itself is going to save the world,” Chong said.
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Have you ever told your mom that you think marijuana should be legal for adults?
Today is Mother’s Day, so we figured we would take the opportunity to encourage our supporters to initiate that important conversation. The easiest and most effective way to help end marijuana prohibition is to talk to your family members and friends about why you think it is important.
Check out this video produced by the Marijuana Policy Project that shows just how easy it can be to get the conversation started with your mom. Then, share it with others you know who agree that marijuana should be legal, and encourage them to watch and share it, too.
A majority of Americans now support ending marijuana prohibition, but there are still those who believe marijuana is just too dangerous and that it is only used by “stoners.” But the truth is that marijuana, like alcohol, is used by people from all walks of life to relax or socialize with friends and family. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two substances is that marijuana is far less harmful to the consumer and to society.
Does your mom know that yet? Whether you want to tell her today or another day in the future, you can use this online tool provided by the Marijuana Policy Project to send her and others a message and let them know how you feel about the issue.
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