Psychoactive Drugs

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    October 22, 2014

    These Cannabis Bills Could Change Toking in Texas for Good

    Remember the first time you met that good old bill, who was just sitting on Capitol Hill? Yep, Schoolhouse Rock was the learning bomb, and it knew just how to explain complicated subjects with catchy little songs like "Conjunction Junction" and "Mother Necessity." Well, those Schoolhouse Rockers ma ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    District Attorney Candidate Kim Ogg on the "Human Toll" of Prosecuting Misdemeanor Pot Offenders

    Last Friday, Kim Ogg, the Democratic candidate for Harris County District Attorney, was the guest of honor at a gathering of the Houston chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a pro-pot legalization group. Just let that sink in for a moment. A major party candidate v ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    The Marijuana Biz Comes to Houston This Weekend

    Got a good pot product you want to pitch? Well, you're in luck. The Marijuana Investment Conference will be happening this weekend, and it will take place right in our fair city. That's right -- the Bayou City is about to be home to quite a few weed deals, and unlike what's been happening under the ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Refugees are Fleeing Texas to Help Their Loved Ones

    Sitting cross-legged on the floor in her apartment outside of Houston, Faith's mother looks over at the toddler repeatedly as she talks. There are no physical indicators that signal the start of a seizure, but Faith's mother can tell one is on its way. Everything about raising Faith involves watchi ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    The War On Drugs at House of Blues, 9/27/2014

    The War On Drugs House of Blues September 27, 2014 There was a certain point in time when I thought truly simple and original music was a thing of the past. These days, if you don't have a certain niche or unique twist to your sound, there's a good chance your band will get passed by like most of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    "Reeferendum": This Election Season's Most Confusing Political Ad Yet

    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 >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Anonymous Tip Leads to Large Pot Bust in North Harris County

    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 >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Police Looking For Man In Pot Farm 'Selfie'

    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 >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Congress Votes to End War on Medical Marijuana

    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 >>

  • News

    May 22, 2014

    Could Legalization of Marijuana Be in Texas's Future?

    Opinions on pot are changing in the Lone Star State.

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    May 21, 2014

    Cover Story: Move Over, Colorado; Nevada May Be the New Amsterdam

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League: Marcell Dareus Continues Buffalo's Horrific Offseason

    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 >>

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    March 28, 2014

    NFL Fantasy Crime League Update: Baltimore RB Ray Rice Indicted

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Kinky Friedman's "Legalize It" Campaign Hits Mucky Duck

    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 >>

  • News

    November 21, 2013

    Even Though He Doesn't Smoke It Anymore, Marijuana Is at the Core of Kinky Friedman's Run for Public Office

    Political gadfly Kinky Friedman thinks winning the Agriculture Commissioner race is the key to legalizing marijuana in Texas.

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    August 30, 2013

    Feds Won't Go After Pot Smokers in Colorado & Washington (Texas Still Draconian)

    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 >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Horror for Bath-Salt Buffs: DEA Acts Against Synthetic Stimulants Used in Vanilla Sky, Bliss, Ivory Wave & Purple Wave. Oh, They Acted Against Fake Weed, Too

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    HPD Officers Arrested for Shady Coke Dealings, Face Life Imprisonment

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Rockport Meth Trailer Yields Strong Ice; Pit Bull Killed in Raid

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Congress Gets Tougher On K2, "Spice" & Other Synthetic Pot

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Steven Cox: This Close To Not Getting Busted With 30 Pounds of Weed

    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 >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Darlene Mayes: Shocking New Details in Oklahoma Ganja Granny Case

    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 >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Incredible Medibles: The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, Part 2

    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 >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Incredible Medibles: The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook, Part 1

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Christmas Catfight Lands Mom and (Alleged) Meth-Peddling Daughter Behind Bars (w/VIDEO)

    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 >>

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    December 16, 2011

    How Not to Turn Yourself in for Arrest When High

    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 >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Chicago Bears WR Sam Hurd Has a Ring...a Drug Ring!

    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 >>

  • News

    November 17, 2011

    Texas Tweakers

    James "Bull" Durham burned down his mother's house while cooking meth. In Angelina County, the jail is full of guys like him..

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    November 10, 2011

    Darren Aronofsky's Meth Ads: Anti-Drug PSAs That Actually Might Work

    ​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 >>

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    Obama's War on Weed

    In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.

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    October 19, 2011

    Gary Robert Watson, Bentley-Driving Alleged Heights-Area Coke Dealer, Goes Down in Target Parking Lot Bust

    The Bentley is gone​Up 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 >>

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    September 30, 2011

    HPD Sting Snags HBU Cop with Coke

    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 >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Gilmore Cox: Lufkin Man Gets 35 Years and 20 Years on Seperate Meth Charges

    An unhappy Gilmore Cox​Gilmore 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 >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Dennis Hollifield: Guns, Toddlers and Showing Cops Where He Keeps His Meth

    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 >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Ron Paul Wants Feds' Hands Off Your Weed

    Ron Paul and Barney Frank, probably discussing Phish​It 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 >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Houston's NORML Chapter Pees on the DEA in Protest

    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 >>

  • News

    November 18, 2010

    Shock the Junkie

    Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?

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    October 26, 2010

    Geroge Wesley Ellington: Sheriff's Deputy Indicted For Moonlighting As Security For Ecstasy Dealer

    Rave on, with the help of the Harris County Sheriff's Office​Harris 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 >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Marijuana Laced Soda: Dixie Elixirs, The Anti-Red Bull​Medicinal 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:

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    August 3, 2010

    Medical Marijuana Group Starts In Texas, We Think

    Image from disinformationIt's possible an announcement was made​Our 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 >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    Rice's Baker Institute on Drugs

    KPFT recordings to be archived there.

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    May 17, 2010

    The James Baker Institute Embraces Drugs

    Photo by Chris CurryDean Becker​When 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 >>

  • News

    January 7, 2010

    Weed Takes Root

    Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide.

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    November 11, 2009

    Edinburg Police Foiled In Attempt To Give Pot To State Prison Inmates, Apparently

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    One Man's Fight To Legalize It

    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 >>

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    November 20, 2008

    More HISD Middle-School Staffers Nabbed For Pot

    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.

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    July 30, 2008

    Ron Paul and Barney Frank -- Partners For Pot

    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 >>

  • News

    February 1, 2007

    How to Hide Your Weed

    An ex-cop from East Texas decides to switch sides

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    June 15, 2006

    Feel My Pain

    A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted

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    February 25, 1999

    Cop vs. Cop

    Police officers don't complain about other officers -- or else.

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