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Now that Colorado has legalized recreational marijuana use, it has become a booming business in that state, with entrepreneurs popping up with new ideas, new lifestyle coverage for the local papers, and a revelry in the cannabis life that was on display for this weekend’s celebration of 4/20 Day.
While we can make all sorts jokes about getting high, there are lots of opportunities to get rich (or at least to make a good amount of money) by building a business in this new and quickly growing industry. The latest stats we found show that cannabis is a billion-dollar business now and will grow into a multi-billion dollar business within the next few years.
Terra Tech is broadening its agricultural business by moving into the cannabis business, hosting an open house last Thursday to show off its greenhouse, operated through its wholly-owned subsidiary Edible Garden.
“Some have estimated that it will be upwards of a $100 billion industry,” Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech told us via email. “There’s also an emerging trend of eco-friendly products, which is part of the reason we’ve decided to set up eco-friendly cultivation facilities to be able to produce the highest grade cannabis possible in a responsible way taking advantage of natural light.”
Located in Belvedere, NJ, Edible Garden grows herbs and greens in eco-friendly ways for restaurants and local supermarkets. Eventually, at this new state-of-the-art greenhouse, the company would like to add cannabis to the list of offerings.
With more states likely to legalize marijuana, now’s a good time to think about some of the business options available to an entrepreneur looking to get into this business.
“There are many different niches of the cannabis industry,” Peterson wrote. “We’ve targeted the cultivation sector because we feel production will be one of the largest sectors in the industry. I’ve gone from Wall Street to the cannabis industry because of the opportunities of this emerging market, and investors are becoming increasingly more interested in this industry as well. There doesn’t seem to be a lack of people interested in the industry, but finding the right players to align yourself with can be tricky.”
Lil Scrappy has finally decided to “try” to get himself together after hitting quite a stumbling block in court.
After failing a recent court ordered drug test at a hearing in Atlanta, TMZ learned that he has decided to check into a rehab program. According to his lawyer, Mawuli Mel Davis, Scrappy has admitted to being addicted to marijuana.
If you watched the first season of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, you’ve probably heard Scrappy mention he’s on probation (particularly around the time he got into a fight with Stevie J). Since testing positive for any drug is an automatic violation, his parole could be revoked and Scrappy, real name Darryl Richardson, could wind up back in jail rather quickly.
Davis says Scrappy checked in late Thursday evening and plans to stay there to work on his problem until June 16th when he faces a judge again on the violation charge. The hope is that the judge will see he’s working on breaking this addiction and will show him a little mercy.
One could say that this is just a way for Lil Scrappy to stay out of jail, and you might be right, but there is a chance that he’s legitimately addicted to “the chief.” There’s a fine line between really enjoying something and becoming addicted to it. We’ll see if Scrappy can break his “habit.”
What are your bad habits? Are you working on trying to break them?
Poor Fanny. Lord knows I root for her but this past week it’s become increasingly difficult to stand by and watch her sink deeper and deeper into that hole she’s hellbent on digging for herself. In case you missed it, in her original rant, she
whined explained the unfairness (?) in the fact that people were judging her life when gay marriage and marijuana are legal in some places in the U.S.
Fantasia was further outraged when she noticed that the media ran with and misinterpreted her words. She released another error-laden message about how her words were incorrectly being used against her. I’m not exactly sure how those words could not be interpreted as homophobic; but Fantasia justified them by playing the same cliche card a whole lot of bigoted people play: “I have gay friends.” In Fantasia’s case it was gay fans and a predominately gay management team.
What can we say that we haven’t already?
What we do know is that this has not been Fantasia’s week. While, I would bet she doesn’t have a problem with homosexuality as a practice, she maybe, probably definitely has a problem with them being able to legally marry…and smoke that ooo-wee.
I would bet that she’s probably pissed off a few of those gay fans she was claiming.
I’m not sure if Kid Fury was ever a fan of Fantasia but he definitely had a few choice words for the songstress. Though I won’t endorse his particular word choice, I will say that the sentiment behind his words is something I can agree with and it is certainly enough reason for Fantasia Barrino to be having the worst week ever.
We’re hoping she pulls it together by Sunday.
Toni Braxton’s got some skeletons in her closet and she’s airing a few of them out during her VH1 “Behind the Music” special airing Monday night. I loved Toni’s 1996 hit “You’re Making Me High” but I totally missed some of the subliminal messages in her lyrics, like the fact that she was actually talking about getting high in the song.
Toni dropped that little gem while talking about how her second album took on a whole new life once this single landed in her hands. After singing lots of other sad love songs on her ’93 self-titled debut, Toni’s image changed from love to sex, which may have had a little something to do with the singer puff puffing and passing during those days.
“A week before [writing the song with Babyface and Bryce Wilson], I was introduced to marijuana, and I got high for the first time,” she said during the special. “In the bridge, I’m singing ‘I want to feel your heart and soul inside of me / Let’s make a deal you roll, I lick / And we can go flying into ecstasy’, I was talking about [smoking a joint].”
Sounds like the church girl stepped out the sanctuary. Check out the clip from Toni’s “Behind the Music” special below. Will you watch Monday?
He Didn’t OD, But He Was On Drugs: PCP, Cocaine, Weed, And Alcohol Identified In Rodney King Death Report
When Rodney King was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool on the morning of June 17, there were a million theories about what could have lead to his death which has since been ruled an accidental drowning. Now TMZ has obtained the official death report on the civil rights figure in which the coroner says that King, 47, “was in a state of drug and alcohol induced delirium at the time of his death … and either fell or jumped into the swimming pool.”
King was reportedly under the influence of a number of substances at the time of his death, including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and PCP. As the report states:
“The effects of the drugs and alcohol, combined with [King's preexisting heart condition] probably precipitated a cardiac arrhythmia and [King], thus incapacitated, was unable to save himself and drowned.”
As TMZ notes from the report:
King was naked and face down at the deep end of the pool when officials arrived on scene.
Cops also found a pitchfork, a hoe and a vaccuum pool sweeper in the pool … which King’s GF used to try and fish Rodney out of the water. The GF told cops she didn’t go in after Rodney because she is not a good swimmer and was afraid to enter the water.
With his death now ruled as an accidental drowning, at least the questions surrounding any foul play on the part of King’s girlfriend should subside.
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A struggling waitress and mother from Minnesota received the tip of a lifetime a while back when she opened a box with $12,000 in it. While she was trying to do the right thing and decided to contact the police about the money, that’s a decision she now regrets. Here’s the deal-io according to our friends at ABC News:
One day while working at the Fryn’ Pan in Moorhead, Minn., Stacy Knutson found a small box on the table of a customer who was leaving. When she tried to hurry up and return in to the customer, the woman told her to keep it. So she did. And when she opened it, she was surprised to find $12,000 worth of cash in it, wrapped in bundles and with rubber bands. This is what Knutson said in the lawsuit: “Even though I desperately needed the money as my husband and I have five children, I feel I did the right thing by calling the Moorhead Police.”
When she did, Moorhead Police took the money and told her that if it wasn’t claimed within 60 days, it was all hers.
But after 60 days passed, they asked her to wait 90 days.
Then 90 days passed. Still no money.
In the end, the police kept the money and said they would offer Knutson a $1,000 reward as a replacement for turning it in. Why? Despite what you’re thinking (that they played her), the local police say that the money had the smell of marijuana on it, and therefore, they needed to open up a drug investigation on it.
But people working the day Knutson found the money don’t believe that mess, and made their opinions known in an affidavit. It wasn’t drug money, because they know drugs when they smell ‘em:
“I know the smell of marijuana,” said Nickolas Fronning, a line cook at the Fryn’ Pan. “I can also assure you that there was no smell of marijuana on the bills or coming from the box.”
Her lawyer says that he and his client believe someone from her local church, who knew of her money woes found a way to give her the large “tip.” With her large family, Knutson had been working at the Fryn’ Pan for 18 years to help make ends meet.
“Somebody knew she really needed the money and she needed to be helped,” says Craig Richie. “The only thing that smells bad about this is that it’s unfair. So that’s why we’re doing something about it.”
But the police told ABC News that they are not trying to steal from her at all. Lt. Tory Jacobson says they’re actually on her side:
“The police department doesn’t have a decision on either side,” Jacobson said. “She did the right thing, we credit her with that. It’s certainly not the police department against her. We’re actually with her.”
I don’t know folks, this is a really tricky situation. Something about it does smell funny, as though she was left with dirty money. But money is money, and she found it, and it is long past the initial 90 days. So…I say just let the woman have it. However, that’s just my opinion. What about you?
Do you think this money is dirty? Or did it come from a generous person doing a good thing?
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I am totally in need of a mental break from discussions about this Trayvon Martin murder. Everyday I wake up to more news of the absurdity and pointless debates with stupid people via Facebook, who insist on engaging in a smear campaign to passively defend their racism.
So to help us keep off the meds, here is a little mental respite by way of this question: If money was no object, what would you do with your life? Last night, I watched an episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” in which Kandi Buruss premiered her first co-written country song about money growing on trees. I think the question gets asked a lot in different ways, but no one really puts thought into what this really could mean…I think we all have our beauty pageant answers to this question, and they sound like a dope follow-up to the Nas/Lauryn Hill collaboration of If I Ruled the World. But how many of us would readily admit that the plans for our newfound financial whirlwind would be much closer to Mase’s 24 hours to Live than anything else?
So let’s say that due to some sort of strange twist of good fate, I won the lottery or inherited an infinite amount of money from a dead long lost relative (fingers crossed) and had more money than Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and all the world’s top one percent combined–how would I go about living my life?
One thing I know for sure is that I would instantly quit my job and pledge to never work again – ever. Seriously, I never understood why those folks who win those multimillion dollar lotteries always say that they will continue to work. I mean, I like the work that I do, but I would be lying my A$$ off if I didn’t say that I like the days I don’t have to work, much, much more.
Of course I would pay off all my bills and loans, as well as the debt of my brothers, my parents, my Uncle Keith and my grandmother. Additionally, I would give them each a million dollars and set up a trust fund for my nieces and nephews to be retrieved when they turn 30 years old. But that’s it as far as family is concerned. The way I see it, the less the extended family knows about my new financial status the more chances I have to avoid going back to being broke.
If money were not an object, traveling the world would definitely be second on the list. There would not be a country, island or U.N. unrecognized territory on this planet that I wouldn’t touch ground in. I would collect art, spices and textiles from these places. I would also collect phone books, census counts and registries…
Trust me, it will make sense later.
Until recently in Chicago’s Cook County, there wasn’t much of a punishment for getting caught with a small amount of marijuana. Most offenders got away with a ticket that officers didn’t enforce. But the Chicago Sun-Times reports that this time around, “the ticket writing option is going to enforced.”
The Cook County Board approved an ordinance two years ago that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in unincorporated areas. When the Sun-Times reported that no tickets had been written, the sheriff’s officials decided it was time to tweak the rule.
After officers settled a disparity in how to handle persons caught with 10 or less grams inside of their jurisdiction compared to those outside of their jurisdiction, they reached a conclusion that will ensure that their enforcement is equal. Now Cook County commissioners have amended the ordinance to areas where Cook Country officers are the primary law enforcement, including suburban Ford Heights. Residents in these areas are now subject to ticketing as well as an enforcement of those tickets handed out.
Toni Preckwinkle, the county’s Board President, has been pushing to stop low-level drug arrests for drug possession offenses. She hopes that drug abuse can be treated as a public health issue and praises the move made by Cook County officials. Halting the arrest of low level drug offenders also saves counties money, as it costs to keep detainees in jail for up to 21 days only to see the charges dropped.
Cook County is not alone in their move to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Philadelphia has also decriminalized the offense. Those arrested for possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana could face a fine, but no criminal charges.
Across the country there has been an increase in marijuana use. According to USA Today, marijuana has about 17.4 million regular users and the number is steadily growing. Its usage increase has been attributed by some to the growing number of states who have approved it for medical use.
(Forbes) — The Camp Bisco music festival in upstate New York is a morass of sunburned teenagers stumbling around drunkenly in the mud–a distant echo of Woodstock, for better or worse. But when I knock on Wiz Khalifa’s trailer behind the main stage, I find myself tumbling down a slightly different rabbit hole.
(Chicago Sun Times) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who boldly declared last month that the war on drugs has failed, said she’s talked with Chicago’s new police Supt. Garry McCarthy about halting arrests for low-level drug possession offenses. “It’s pretty well known within the criminal justice system that the judges will dismiss those charges [involving] very modest amounts of illicit drugs,” she said. “I suggested to him that although the law is pretty clear that such possession is a violation of the law, that since the judges routinely and almost universally dismiss such low-level drug charges that the police might stop arresting people for this since it clogs up our jail and these people their cases will be dismissed out anyway,” Preckwinkle told reporters after Wednesday’s Cook County Board meeting.