ICWMI: Stories We Could Have Covered But Didn't
In case you dabbed too hard and missed these stories from last week.
Chris Brown Denies His Cannabis Habit Contributed to Daughter’s Asthma
Responding to allegations made by the mother of his daughter, Nia Guzman, that singer Chris Brown’s weed habit contributed to asthma in their one-year-old daughter, Brown said: “"I take care of my daughter and I would never ever put her in a position that will harm her. I'm so sick and tired of negative people trying to use me and slander me. All this annoying bs, everybody knows what they do in this street.” Brown says the claims are false, and that Guzman is seeking an increase in child support payments. [International Business Times]
Ricky Williams: Weed Can be Good For NFL Players
Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL player, Ricky Williams has long been a proponent of the medical benefits of marijuana. This week, as part of a live panel at the High Times Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino, California, Williams discussed how weed could help NFL players, whose bodies are getting pretty fucking wrecked on a weekly basis. “One of the ways I took care of myself was using cannabis. I'd go see the doctor, he'd wiggle my knee around and say here and give me some anti-inflammatories, some pain pills, and say, 'Just try to rest.' That's it. I think there's a better way,” Williams told the crowd. Cannabis use has been at the forefront of discussion among the professional football community, as players testing positive for THC face fines and suspensions. [CBS Sports]
Annual Arrests for Marijuana in NYC Drop Nearly Fifty Percent
New York City weed-related-arrests fell below 17,000 for the first time since 1996, according to data released by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The decrease in stoners being locked is 42 percent less than in 2014. Of the more than 700,000 marijuana arrests the city has seen over the last two decades, a vast majority involved minority offenders. Statistics such as this are very telling. As marijuana legalization programs and initiatives make their way around the country, we see the effect it has at a hyperlocal and quantifiable level. What is really cool for New York’s cannabis community is the report notes a decrease from more than 50,000 marijuana arrests in 2011. At this rate, America’s police might not need all those tanks after all. [Huffington Post]
SLC FUNK: DEA Agent Warns of Rabbits Potentially Getting Stoned in Utah
If pot becomes legal in Utah the state's rabbits would get stoned AF. At least according to Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Matt Fairbanks.
“I deal in facts,” Fairbanks said during a hearing in March 2015. “I deal in science," amid claims made by the agent regarding the invasiveness of the marijuana plant and its alleged destructiveness toward ecosystems, which isn't entirely false.
But the rabbits? Fairbanks cites an experience from his time working as part of the DEA's Cannabis Eradication Team, a program that destroys millions of marijuana plants and costs tax payers millions of dollars: "“One of them refused to leave us and we took all the marijuana around him." Seriously a dick move. [Daily Beast]
California Chooses New Weed Chief
On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Lori Ajax of Fair Oaks the Golden State’s first chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, a recently formed governing body that hopes to guide the state as it begins regulation on an industry that has historically fallen under black market control. Ajax currently serves as the deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. “We are encouraged by Lori’s experience with state bureaucracy and familiarity with rural counties,” sHezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, told the Sacramento Bee. [Sacramento Bee]