We - and, judging by the email, nearly every other newspaper in the state - got a very perplexing message in our inbox yesterday from a brand new political action group calling itself the "Medical and Personal Freedom PAC." The message starts by pointing out how Texas feels mighty far behind on the ... More >>
An anonymous tip to the Harris County Sheriff's Office led deputies to a large marijuana grow operation in North Harris County on Tuesday, according to sheriff's officials. Several marijuana grow areas were discovered in a wooded area off of I-45 N and Rankin Road, near a cemetery, after investiga ... More >>
Take this pot farm selfie as evidence that solo snapshots are always a bad idea. Benigno Ramirez of Michoacan, Mexico, might be regretting his recent selfie right now, considering it has landed him at the center of the investigation into last week's $10 million marijuana farm bust in Fort Bend Cou ... More >>
Medical marijuana patients, rejoice. The federal government is no longer in fear of your (state-legal) reefer. Late last night, Congress voted to essentially end the federal war on medical marijuana by approving a measure that prohibits the Department of Justice -- which includes the DEA, by the wa ... More >>
Opinions on pot are changing in the Lone Star State.
High rollers. Glitzy casinos. Feathered showgirls. And now, weed. Las Vegas has long been a city of overindulgence. That little slogan, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," exists for a reason. And that reason? Debauchery. Throw a little weed to the mix and it may just push that Vegas-bred sti ... More >>
On Saturday, May 3, the deadline hit for teams to exercise the fifth year option on their 2011 first round rookies. In the end, 21 of the 32 rookies of 2011 had their teams pick up their fifth year option for 2015. Among the most notable was San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith, who had to wait right up ... More >>
Atlantic City casino. Video footage of an NFL running back dragging an unconscious girlfriend from an elevator. Rumors of a violent scene between the two. Indeed, in this 2014 offseason's NFL Fantasy Crime League, the first crime of the season, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's assault on hi ... More >>
The Kinky Friedman Agriculture Commissioner campaign rolled through Houston this weekend, with the candidate playing a sold-out show at Mucky Duck Sunday night and speaking at a NORML luncheon this week. As reported in a recent Houston Press cover story, Friedman, who previously ran for governor a ... More >>
Political gadfly Kinky Friedman thinks winning the Agriculture Commissioner race is the key to legalizing marijuana in Texas.
The Department of Justice is not going to move to undo new Colorado and Washington laws legalizing marijuana. The Washington Post reports: The Department also, per Reilly and Grim's report, sent a three page memo to governors of all states outlining federal priorities for enforcing marijuana laws ... More >>
The Drug Enforcement Administration took steps today against synthetic stimulants and cannabinoids So if that little froggie pictured above used synthetics to get the sly semi-smile look some drug users get when they finally figure out the world (only to eventually forget what it was that had occur ... More >>
The coke game was kind to Houston Police Department officers until Sunday when the two 26-year-olds were arrested when they reported for duty. Emerson Canizales of Kingwood and Michael Miceli of Humble have been accused of accepting $1,000 bribes and smuggling five kilos of cocaine with an intent ... More >>
A pit bull is dead and three people have been arrested after a police raid on a Rockport meth house. According to KIII-TV, police found more than $1,000 and eight grams of high-grade ice hidden in an Altoids can and a pill bottle inside the trailer home. Elizabeth Martinez, 44, Sean Lee Harrison, ... More >>
The Drug Enforcement Agency has announced that the House and Senate have reached a compromise that will make it tougher to get K2, "Spice" and other forms of synthetic marijuana. Twenty-six drugs, most of them used in creating synthetic pot, have been added to Schedule I, meaning they have been fou ... More >>
Steven Cox used to be a jailer for Galveston County, but left that job for the greener pastures of working for a Dollar General store. He's back in the jail business now, but on the other side of the bars. He was arrested for possession of 30 pounds of marijuana in a case where it sounds like he al ... More >>
If you want to make it as a writer in Hollywood, you have to hone your ideas into "elevator pitches," short descriptive bursts that can intrigue the big cigars between floors in office buildings. The case of Darlene Mayes is an easy one: Weeds meets Breaking Bad meets Golden Girls, with a Shakespea ... More >>
The one thing that The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook doesn't tell you is that making medibles is a smelly process. Measurements in the brand-new cookbook are accurate if disjointed -- going from ounces to grams to cups in one recipe, for example -- and the recipes are reliably good. Many of ... More >>
"Ancient people almost exclusively ate their cannabis, saving seeds for food, and using the resinous flowers for medicinal, recreational, and spiritual use," the introduction to the new The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook tells us in its fascinating introduction to humanity's long history of e ... More >>
Trinity County Constables OfficeBrandy Liles: Now facing another felony, on top of two from her earlier case.A woman charged with meth possession earlier this month is behind bars again after she and her mother were filmed beating a woman they suspected had been working with the police. Acc ... More >>
I turned myself in, for something I didn't do, 'cause I got hiiiiiiiggggh.If you have a warrant or two for your arrest, it's a good idea to go ahead and turn yourself in. That way you get to pick when you are detained, and not the boys in blue, who might just haul you in at a very inconvenien ... More >>
The Stringer Bell School of Entrepreneurship.I remember former Houston Texans (and now Washington Redskins) wide receiver David Anderson telling me a couple years ago about a program that the NFL offered players in which they could travel to prestigious universities during the off season and ... More >>
James "Bull" Durham burned down his mother's house while cooking meth. In Angelina County, the jail is full of guys like him..
Last week, we posted a list of anti-drug commercials that not only didn't stop any children from doing drugs, but potentially encouraged such abusing behavior. The famed PSA one-liner, "I learned it from watching you," probably made more kids of the '80s wish they were rolling doobies with th ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.
The Bentley is goneUp until September 16, Gary Robert Watson was living pretty large. He had the swanky condo in the Sawyer Heights development overlooking the Heights Target. Every day he drove a 2006 Bentley into the garage, and on his thick wrist the giant of a man rocked a $3K Breitling. ... More >>
A three-year veteran of the Houston Baptist University police force has been fired and now faces first-degree felony drug charges after the Houston Police Department caught him in a sting operation yesterday. According to the Harris County District Attorney's office, HPD had received a tip that an ... More >>
An unhappy Gilmore CoxGilmore Cox had a bad day in court on Wednesday. After pleading guilty last month to charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of transport chemicals with intent to manufacture, Angelina County district court judge Barry Bryan sentenced him to 35 yea ... More >>
This is almost as freaky as GoodfellazMy oh my the Goodfellaz Master Barber Shop certainly did live up to it's gangster-iffic name, if a court document Hair Balls obtained is to be believed. On August 4, a gang/narcotics investigation culminated with a raid on the North Houston Rosslyn Road ... More >>
Photos Montgomery County Police ReporterDennis Hollifield: Dazed and confused.Dennis Eugene Hollifield of (naturally) Splendora looks like Robert Plant coming off a wild night, but he shows none of Plant's ability in Led Zeppelin's heyday to explain away the occasional guns-and-drugs episode ... More >>
Ron Paul and Barney Frank, probably discussing PhishIt takes a big issue to get US Reps Barney Frank and Lake Jackson's Ron Paul leading the fight together, but they have found one: Weed. Paul and Frank and four other Democrats (only one of whom has a last name that's also a first name) are ... More >>
It's not likely to rank up there with the great protests of all time, but it has been documented forever. Members of the Houston chapter of NORML gathered outside the regional offices of the Drug Enforcement Agency yesterday to protest what they say is the agency's habit of killing pets while makin ... More >>
She's 34...THIRTY-FOUR!Acting on a tip, Montgomery County Constables took down a "shake and bake" meth lab in a New Caney motel in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Arrested were 34-year-old Kerry Lee Datray, of Cleveland, and 38-year-old Wayne Paul Walters of Lufkin. Each was charged manu ... More >>
Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?
Rave on, with the help of the Harris County Sheriff's OfficeHarris County Sheriff's deputies moonlight all the time, providing security for local businesses.Including ecstasy dealers, apparently.A federal grand jury indicted a sheriff's deputy for selling criminal information to a ecstasy dealer ... More >>
dixieelixirs.comMedicinal marijuana is legal in 14 states, and it's big business. Earlier this month the New York Times reported on the financial boom from medicinal marijuana ads in Colorado, citing our sister publication in Denver and Village Voice Media's COO, Scott Tobias:
Image from disinformationIt's possible an announcement was madeOur sister blog, Toke of the Town -- the number one site for all weed-related news on the net -- reported yesterday on the founding of a new group seeking to make medical marijuana legit in Texas.Lots luck with that, fellas.There's an ... More >>
KPFT recordings to be archived there.
Photo by Chris CurryDean BeckerWhen talking publicly about illegal drugs and butting heads with the U.S. government over its prohibitionist policies, respect is hard to come by.Over the years, though, local Houston radio host Dean Becker has earned high regard for getting top-tier guests and hav ... More >>
Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide.
They do things different down in the Valley. Like, if you're a police department, you donate some marijuana to inmates at the local state prison.Oh sure, Edinburg police are saying it was all a mistake, and no way did they intend to give 25 pounds of pot to inmates by cleverly concealing it in a ... More >>
As lawmakers scramble to address the surge of violence spawned by Mexican drug cartels seeping into our borders, the question of legalizing drugs has once again been raised -- and not just by a bunch of hippies. Russ Jones, a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), tells Hai ... More >>
Local and federal agents in an anti-gang task force charged with waging the much-debated "War on Drugs" have nabbed another round of bad guys, this time more than a dozen members of Texas' largest prison gang, Tango Blast Houstone. Acting Houston U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson announced today that 14 mem ... More >>
What is it with HISD teachers and pot these days? A month ago, a middle-school assistant principal gets nabbed for growing dope in his home. Now, a pair of teachers at Williams Middle School (Northwest side represent!) are making friends in county due to a meddling tipster and a drug-sniffing dog.
Alleged bigot and Marshall Applewhite lookalike Ron Paul is co-sponsoring a bill to virtually eliminate federal marijuana possession penalties – a bill that’s getting a lot of play from those stoners over at CNN: The bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Barney Frank from Massachusetts, would ab ... More >>
Craig Larotonda Today's cover story is based largely on court documents and internal government memos, most of which can be found at The NarcoSphere, an online project of the Narco News bulletin. Unlike other publications which have covered the House of Death story, Narco News has not ignored th ... More >>
An ex-cop from East Texas decides to switch sides
A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted
Police officers don't complain about other officers -- or else.