Cherry Hill Cops Find 250 Pounds of Pot

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Cherry Hill Police today announced a drug bust where police seized 250 pounds of marijuana from a truck and a storage unit.

Police said narc cops uncovered suspicious deliveries to a storage unit in the town and proceeded to perform surveillance. Cops stopped Nelson Anderson after they observed him transferring boxes from the unit to his car. They called in the K-9 unit Mika (above, in one of the most ridiculous drug bust photo ops of all time), who returned a positive for drugs.

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N.A. Poe’s Splendor in the Grass

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Photo by Rachael Friedman

Last December, Nikki Allen Poe was sentenced to one year of federal probation—no drugs, strict drug-testing and no walking within 100 feet of the Liberty Bell. That was the site of his arrest on charges including possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct. Turns out you can’t light up a joint on federal property. Poe did so brazenly and repetitively during monthly Smoke Down Prohibition rallies on Independence Mall, which was an off-shoot of Occupy Philly. (You can read more about Poe in our latest cover story.)

During his year of probation, Poe convinced Councilman Jim Kenney to back a decriminalization bill (it passed); he ran for city council himself (he lost); and interviewed a host of naked bike riders. He also failed drug tests, went to rehab and called his probation officer a “lapdog.” As the comedian-turned-activist’s probation strikes midnight, we caught up with him about his next act, the prospects of marijuana reform statewide and whether he considered a Whizzinator.

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Can I Bring Ganja to a Dinner Party?

Photo by Shutterstock

Photo by Shutterstock

As the laws restricting marijuana have begun to change, there’s a new pot etiquette to consider. How do you navigate parenting within a legalized state? What do you bring to the neighbor’s potluck? For answers, we spoke with two cannabis connoisseurs from Colorado: Brittany Driver, who writes about parenting and pot for The Cannabist, and Jane West, proprietor of Edible Events Co.

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Confessions of a Philly Pot Dealer

This bud’s for you, says the dealer, shown here. Photo courtesy of Nick Centore

This bud’s for you, says the dealer, shown here. Photo courtesy of Nick Centore

When everything is legalized — here and everywhere else — guys like me will be done. I serve a purpose because the laws are backwards. I started selling in college. A friend of mine was getting four ounces at a time, and I would sell an ounce and keep what I made in profit. You make more money by selling it in smaller quantities, but you also take on more risk, just because you’re dealing with more people. Now, I’m a professional — I’m a publicist — and I don’t sell directly to customers. But I’m happy to go out of business. I want to be able to buy weed legally and enjoy it legally.

The people who move pounds and have made a career out of this, those who don’t go legit and open stores — they won’t go out of business immediately. When I went to California — back when you needed a medical card — we still went to dealers.

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Pot Is Coming, Philadelphia!

Photography by Clint Blowers

Photography by Clint Blowers

It’s a Saturday morning a few months ago. I’m in Atlantic City, sitting on a folding chair in a medium-size conference room at Bally’s, along with maybe 75 other bleary-eyed semi-note-takers. I’m here for day one of a four-day horticultural seminar — cost: $995 — in which the only plant that will be discussed is marijuana. The event is being run by Oaksterdam University, a college in Oakland, California, that behaves like it’s in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Sample course — “Methods of Ingestion: Vaporizing 8701.”) Oaksterdam, founded in 2007, has only been raided by federal agents once.

Among the first speakers is a handsome young New York lawyer named Adam Scavone who specializes in deconstructing the incomprehensible mishmash of local, state and federal laws that govern pot consumption in this country. “Let me ask you a question,” Scavone begins. “Are there any law enforcement officers in the room?” Four very silent seconds pass. “All right, good. That doesn’t mean there’s not. So just keep this in mind. We don’t know who might be here.”

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The 11 People Leading the Charge for Legal Pot in Philadelphia

The Politicians

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Photos: Senate of Pennsylvania (Leach); Will Connelly (Kenney)

Two local politicians — er, pot-iticians? — stand at the forefront of the movement. State Senator Daylin Leach (left) has co-sponsored legislation in Harrisburg both to legalize medical marijuana — a bill that passed the Senate — and to legalize pot outright. (See Leach’s hilarious appearance at ThinkFest below.) City Councilman Jim Kenney (center) has recently fashioned himself into a millennial folk hero, championing gay-rights legislation and marijuana decriminalization that saw passage in September. Michael Bronstein (right), of the Bala Cynwyd political consultancy Bronstein & Weaver, is helming a nascent pot lobby called the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp, designed to persuade states to pass cannabusiness-friendly legislation.

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WATCH: 3 Grandmas Smoke Pot For the First Time

Cut Video found three grandmothers in Washington (where marijuana is legal) who had never smoked pot before and persuaded them to do it on camera. What results, naturally, is hilarious. And they get blasted—smoking from a bong, a vaporizer, and sipping on marijuana-infused tea.

Check out the video above for unforgettable quotes like, “I could go iron for days now,” and “I’d do it again … if I could get this bag of chips open.”

90 Pounds of Pot Sent to 69th Street City Blue to Be Destroyed

An unknown person shipped 90 pounds of marijuana to the 69th Street City Blue, Upper Darby police said. The reefer was shipped to the store with a name of someone who doesn’t work there.

“When I opened the boxes and looked inside there was no men’s clothing,” the City Blue manager told NBC 10. “It was marijuana.”

Police said the 90 pounds of marijuana was worth about $3,000 a pound. Average drug prices put an average pound of pot in Philadelphia at $800 to $1,500.

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Meet Mike Whiter, Recipient of Philly’s First Marijuana Citation

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As of this morning, Philadelphia is the largest city in the country to decriminalize marijuana. You’ll now receive a $100 fine for smoking in public and a $25 for possession of up to 30 grams — but you will not be arrested. Pot advocate Mike Whiter called dibs on the first marijuana citation weeks ago, and today, he promptly lit up a joint in City Hall’s courtyard at 8 a.m. with police by his side. One quick puff and one handwritten ticket later, Whiter was the happiest man to pay a municipal fine I’ve ever seen.

On the eve of his marijuana citation, I sat down with Whiter to understand the motivation behind the ceremony, what led to him founding Pennsylvania Veterans for Medical Marijuana, and why he thinks marijuana can help millions with PTSD.

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