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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Another Honey Oil Lab Blows Up - This One, in Malibu

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Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM
Proving that trying to extract high concentrations of THC from marijuana plants can be just as destructive as tweakers running meth labs, a man in Malibu blew up a rental home this week.

The house at 1170 Encinal Canyon Road was no shack - it sat on 34 acres and was worth about $600,000.

See also: Hash-Oil Blast In San Diego Investigated By DEA; 3rd Weed Explosion In SoCal This Month

It exploded Tuesday, L.A. County sheriff's deputies said, after a man running a honey oil lab flipped a light switch. Boom! Static electricity ignited butane vapors. It was the second wax-extraction operation to blow up in the county this week and the seventh this year:

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Marijuana Boat Runs Aground in Malibu (PHOTOS)

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Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM
NOT A MIRAGE: PHOTO BY LASD
  • Not a mirage: Photo by LASD
So you paddle out just beyond surf line at Malibu's Leo Carrillo State Park, with the mellow sounds of Bob Marley playing in your head, when you spot a boat full of marijuana getting beached nearby.

The only thing you need now is waterproof lighter and a beer with a lime in it. But no. Your hopes and dreams are dashed. In this case, authorities were quickly on the scene.

What they found was quite the boatload of pot, along with three suspects:

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

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Marijuana Legalization Proponents Throw in the Towel for 2014

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Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM
FILE PHOTO BY TIMOTHY NORRIS/LA WEEKLY
  • File photo by Timothy Norris/LA Weekly
The last of the standing California recreational marijuana initiatives for 2014 is throwing in the towel.

Dave Hodges, the San Jose-based backer of the Marijuana Control, Legalization & Revenue Act (MCLR), told LA Weekly that he plans to announce today that the effort to make the November, 2014 ballot is finished.

The only other initiative officially still in the running, the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI), was previously disqualified by the California Secretary of State because it failed to turn in enough signatures on time.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

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Obama Willing to Further Legitimize Marijuana (Really)

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Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM
FILE PHOTO BY TIMOTHY NORRIS/LA WEEKLY
  • File photo by Timothy Norris/LA Weekly
The Obama administration today signaled that it was willing to work with Congress to move marijuana out of the federal outlaw-drug category known as Schedule I.

Under that classification, shared with heroin, ecstasy and other narcotics, marijuana has no legitimate use whatsoever, even for medical research or patient treatment. Lower schedule status, such as II or III, gives drugs limited medical legitimacy.

Today U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama's top cop, addressed a House Appropriations Committee budget hearing:

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TIMOTHY NORRIS FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Timothy Norris for LA Weekly
A proposal in the state legislature could mean DUIs for drivers who aren't stoned but who toked a few days ago.

It would also target motorists who have even a trace of such prescription drugs as Ambien, Vicodin or even phentermine, a diet drug, in their systems when they're stopped by cops who think they're impaired.

Medical marijuana supporters are aghast. And they might have good reason to be:

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

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More Than Half of L.A.'s Weed Shops Have Closed

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Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 9:03 AM
NANETTE GONZALEZ FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Nanette Gonzalez for LA Weekly
Earlier this month we got the 2013 numbers for how many marijuana dispensaries in the city of L.A. have filed to pay a special city collective tax. It reflects how many weed retailers are in L.A. And it was higher than any other number we had seen in nearly five years: 1,140.

See also: Record High 1,140 Weed Shops Still Operate in L.A. Despite Ban

This despite repeated city crackdowns and a new law, passed last year, that limits the number of shops in town to the 135 or fewer that were legit during a 2007 city "moratorium."

Well, it looks that the law, Proposition D., and the efforts of L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, who has made legal moves against dozens of stores, are having an amazing effect:

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

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Weed Shop Owner Set Rival's Beverly Hills Home on Fire

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Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM
ZEN HEALING
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A West Hollywood weed shop operator who once proclaimed in a press release that medical marijuana dispensaries don't get enough positive coverage in mainstream media was convicted for trying to burn a rival's home down, the L.A. County District Attorney's office said over the weekend.

Andrew Harrison Kramer, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a home invasion, stalking, attempting "to burn," three counts of arson of an inhabited structure, and two counts of regular arson, prosecutors said.

The victims were Kramer's former business partner, George Lanning, and his "entire family," including Lanning's wife and three adult children, the D.A.'s office stated:

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Marijuana Concentrate Lab Goes Up in Flames

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Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 1:10 PM
It's been a while since we've heard of a good marijuana-concentrate explosion.

See also: Hash-Oil Blast In San Diego Investigated By DEA; 3rd Weed Explosion In SoCal This Month

The production of honey oil, hash oil, concentrates, waxes and "dabs" made cannabis culture look like a scene out of Breaking Bad just last year. The products are made, in part, by dousing low-grade marijuana in butane. The resulting product has been called the crack of cannabis - thick, potent, and waxy.

But using butane, flammable as it is, has its downsides, like blowing shit up:

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

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California Marijuana Legalization Initiative Fails

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Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 8:05 AM
FILE PHOTO BY TIMOTHY NORRIS FOR LA WEEKLY.
  • File photo by Timothy Norris for LA Weekly.
And then there was one. Pretty much.

One of two surviving initiatives that would ask voters to legalize recreational marijuana in California has failed to make the ballot, the Secretary of State's office says. The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI) did not turn in enough qualified signatures. Two others have already dropped out of the running, leaving just one viable possibility, the Marijuana Control, Legalization & Revenue Act, it would seem.

See also: Legal Weed in California is "Dead as a Doornail" for 2014

CCHI spokesman and backer Berton Duzy told us it's not entirely over yet for 2014, but he sounded realistic when we spoke to him via phone:

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Record High 1,140 Weed Shops Still Operate in L.A. Despite Ban

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Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 7:03 AM
FILE PHOTO BY TIMOTHY NORRIS FOR LA WEEKLY
  • File photo by Timothy Norris for LA Weekly
Last year Los Angeles voters essentially outlawed all marijuana dispensaries in town. Prop. D, which passed 62 percent in favor to 37 percent opposed, grants limited immunity to the 135 or fewer legit weed stores still standing following a 2007 City Council moratorium on pot sellers.

See also: 1,000 Medical Marijuana Shops to Close in L.A. after Prop. D Wins in a Landslide

As we've said, that leaves about 90 percent or so of our town's pot shops eligible to be closed down. And the L.A. City Attorney's office and LAPD say they've been making headway.

Well, not so fast:

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