Saturday, January 30, 2010


Pot Smokers Busted On YouTube
A 44 year old Gretna, Nebraska, man has been arrested for smoking marijuana with his sons
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sarpy County Lt. Steve Grabowski tells 1110 KFAB they found more than 90 videos on YouTube showing David Johnson and his 17 and 19 year old sons smoking pot.  Investigators also seized 50 bongs and pipes from Johnson's house during the January 12th search.  
(gee I bet they had a few lighters too)

Johnson has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse and possesion of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.  Johnson's oldest son Tavis was cited for marijuana possesion, and the 17 year old is now in foster care.

The Internet has become a tool for law enforcement officials in recent years and Grabowski says anyone who engages in illegal online activity can end up in jail.


Two events dominated discussion last week: the unveiling of Apple's iPad and President Obama's State of the Union address. Leading up to last Wednesday, many wondered if Apple's event would overshadow Obama's. On social media, that was certainly the case.
As the infographic explains, however, even if Apple had the buzz, Obama brought the honey. Generally, 42% of Apple's mentions were positive and 46% were indifferent, whereas 65% of his mentions approved of Obama's address and only 19% were indifferent.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Court of Appeals Harshes Bogus Religion's Pot Buzz

No, you can't have special permission to smoke weed because you're part of a non-religious religion, said the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to Marc Perkel, founder of the Church of Reality.

While smoking weed nine years ago in San Bruno, Perkel came up with the idea for the Church of Reality, a "reality-based" religion that embraces smoking pot as a gateway to inspire creative thinking and "really good ideas." It has since become a tax-exempt non-profit and amassed thousands of followers. The church philosophy, according to the Web site, is essentially this: "If it's real, we believe in it."

Though not necessary for Church of Reality practice, weed is apparently a really important aspect. So eventually Perkel decided to ask the Drug Enforcement Administration for an weed exemption from the Controlled Substance Act under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The DEA said no way.

It likely didn't help that the Church of Reality isn't even really a religion. Even if it was, the inability to lawfully smoke weed doesn't impose a substantial burden on the exercising members, the DEA said.

Perkel wasn't satisfied that. He filed a petition for a review of the order with the 9th Circuit, stating that marijuana "has been misclassified and is a relatively harmless substance" used by church members to "inspire creative thinking, for medical purposes, relaxation, and socially -- like social drinking." He admitted, though, that the drug isn't consumed during any particular ritual or ceremony and that its prohibition would not coerce the members to act contrary to their beliefs (or, uh, non-beliefs).

Perkel's best argument, according to the court's denial of his petition, was that withholding weed causes members "a diminishment of spiritual fulfillment." Still, this didn't quite quality him for protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Bummer!

2 More Colorado Towns Could Decriminalize Pot

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) -- Two more Colorado towns could be voting this year on whether to decriminalize marijuana possession.

The Leadville City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to direct their city attorney to draft language that would change city code to waive pot fines. Currently Leadville law allows for a fine of up to $100 for possession of less than an ounce of pot.

In Aspen, attorney Lauren Maytin said there are talks to bring a marijuana decriminalization move to voters there this fall. Denver and Breckenridge have already voted to waive criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of pot by adults over 21.

Decriminalization moves are largely symbolic, though. Pot possession remains a state crime.