The correctional officer-jail inmate relationship is often a fraught one, rife with resentment, misunderstandings and violence. But sometimes, just sometimes, the two groups can put aside their differences and work together. That's the silver lining we can take from the news that two current Rikers ... More >>
At precisely 2:51 a.m. on Friday, June 20, the New York State Assembly passed the Compassionate Care Act, which (when the bill passes the senate, as it is widely expected to, when it is taken up around 10 a.m.) will make New York the 23rd state in the union where medical marijuana is legal...as long ... More >>
I'm a surly bastard, and among the things I hate most are large crowds and what I call "festy cunts " (terrible people who attend festivals like they're following Van Halen on tour). If you also hate music festivals for their attraction to white people who think it's appropriate to wear Native Ameri ... More >>
New York's most radical rehab counselor is still standing after a duel with the DEA
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A convicted sex offender accused of violently raping a woman at Hudson River Park last month told police that he doesn't know if he raped the woman because he'd consumed five Four Lokos before the attack -- but that was only after drinking vodka, and smoking weed and K-2, a brand of synthetic mariju ... More >>
And you thought Mitt Romney saying that windows on planes should be openable was the dumbest remark of the year! Well, here comes Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro demonizing Lady Gaga as some kind of Reefer Madness-style villain because she was photographed smoking a joint in Amsterda ... More >>
Federal authorities, in their ongoing campaign against California's legal cannabis corps, are now trying to shut down Harborside Health Center -- America's largest and most famous medical marijuana dispensary. As detailed by the Los Angeles Times, the feds filed complaints for forfeiture of propert ... More >>
Big news this morning for Massachusetts's prescription pot promoters: Today is the deadline for them to gather enough signatures for a medical marijuana ballot question. So, if they get 68,000 John Hancocks, Massachusetts voters will weigh palliative pot in November.
Medical marijuana is soon to be no more in Malibu, Calif. Federal law enforcement authorities' continued pressure on dispensaries has already prompted one of the town's prescription pot shop to close. The city's second store will shutter July 1, according to media reports.
And you thought bath salts were the only designer drug making people go batshit... A Costa Mesa, Calif. man, high on synthetic marijuana, was "speaking gibberish and hanging out in front of a married couple's apartment in the 600 block of Baker Street when he allegedly stole the 70-year-old man's s ... More >>
Friday brings us some more weed news from the Northeast. Though Connecticut potpreneurs are readying themselves for a medical marijuana-prompted business boom, it doesn't look like that will be the case in New Hampshire quite yet. Citing patient "risks" and calling cannabis a "serious drug," Gov. ... More >>
Right as New York's Assembly voted to greenlight prescription pot, federal authorities continue to put pressure on states with legal medical weed -- targeting dispensaries and now, landlords who lease space to marijuana shops.
Lots of pot news this morning! Though New York might reform weed regs, the Feds have continued their crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries elsewhere -- most recently, they filed court docs to shut down three dispensaries near Los Angeles -- but new research puts to question law enforcement's ... More >>
The U.S. Senate has just put the kibosh on K2. After a months-long effort to ban synthetic marijuana, spearheaded by the Empire State's very own Charles Schumer, the Senate voted today to ban the sale of fake bud.
For our Northeastern neighbor, it's a shame 4/20 was two weeks ago. This morning, after 10 hours of debate, the Connecticut Senate voted 21 to 13 on a bill that will legalize marijuana for medical usage. After already being cleared in the House, the "green" legislation heads to the desk of Gove ... More >>
Queens CollegeMuch of what we know about the racial discrepancy between marijuana use and marijuana arrests in New York comes largely from the research of one man: Queen College sociology professor Harry Levine. Levine is the go to guy for information on marijuana and the criminal justice sys ... More >>
Drug Policy AllianceEthan Nadelmann is the founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Interviews with DPA staff and data from DPA reports were used through out this week's Voice feature, "White Mayor's Burden." We spoke with Nadelmann after the stunning news from WNYC that t ... More >>
Rickard BlommengrenOur feature in this week's Voice finds that under Mayor Bloomberg, over 60,000 (mostly black and Latino male) New Yorkers will be arrested this year for small levels of marijuana possession. In a study co-authored by Harry Levine and Loren Sigel, the Drug Policy Alliance pu ... More >>
After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave the state's medical marijuana program the green light on Tuesday, our own Governor Cuomo is reconsidering whether or not to implement a similar program in New York. A group of New York politicians recently co-sponsored a medical marijuana bill, an ... More >>
After complications, New Jersey will move forward with its medical marijuana program, Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday. The bill, signed into law by former Governor Jon S. Corzine, a Democrat, on his last day in office back in January of 2010, was supposed to make way for operation wit ... More >>
In December, five Columbia students were arrested in a major drug sting, and yesterday, their lawyers turned down a no-jail plea deal. Four of the five were offered the bargain, which would have allowed them to serve zero jail time as long as they pleaded guilty to a felony. The students' law ... More >>
If it hadn't happened while Barry Bonds was on trial, Manny Ramirez might have made the Hall of Fame. As you've heard by now, Manny's career is over. Late last week Major League Baseball released a statement confirming what many had been whispering about: Ramirez was in some violation of bas ... More >>
NJ StonersAiling New Jersey residents may be smoking medical marijuana by next summer thanks to a compromise reached between Governor Chris Christie and weed advocates, who thought they had won when previous Governor Jon Corzine signed a law legalizing the treatment on his way out of office. ... More >>
In this week's cover story, writer Keegan Hamilton investigates the controversy surrounding ibogaine, the experimental hallucinogen drug that has helped kick meth and heroin addictions. Ibogaine is illegal, even though its power to cure addicts has been proven. Hamilton's story describes th ... More >>
Proposition 19, a move to legalize marijuana in California, will face the voters in November, and though he opposes the legislation, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is giving weed a head start. Last this week, he signed a bill downgrading possession of less than an ounce to an infraction. As i ... More >>
The New York State Senate has rejected a variety of 'sin' taxes that Governor Paterson has proposed to raise revenue. The Senate's budget proposal has neglected to tax sodas, or additionally tax cigarettes to help fill the $9 billion budget deficit. They've also declined to earn additional re ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 21, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 27 U.S. Tried to 'Set Up' Ginsberg for Dope Run By Marlene Nadle Musician Jack William Martin, underground film-maker Jack Smith, and poet Piero Heliczer were convicted last week in Federal court of assa ... More >>
Since Selena Roberts's February 7 Sports Illustrated story broke the news that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, we've maintained that there's no mystery as to how and why these names are being revealed: the federal agents who seized the 2003 test samples and the results ... More >>
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