The snitch knew many things about Luis Silva. He or she knew knew his name, date of birth and address. He or she could describe the 41-year-old father's grey Dodge Charger with a paper tag and knew that Silva wasn't supposed to be driving it, because his license had been suspended 10 times. But one ... More >>
While top Republicans like Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are opposed to legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, the issue isn't necessarily a left vs right issue. Don Gaetz, the Republican President of the Florida Senate, has made the blunt admission that he once bought pot t ... More >>
Is Florida ready for medical marijuana? Well, yeah actually. The latest polls show that seven in ten statewide support legalized weed for various ailments, and supporters have gathered enough signatures to put the question on November's ballot. One way or another, loosened mary jane restrictions see ... More >>
Miami-Dade Police were busy last night. Officers conducted three raids of three separate grow houses in the Redland last night and hauled off about $1 million worth of marijuana in the process.
Despite opposition from Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Supreme Court of Florida officially ruled today that a ballot question that could approve use of medical marijuana is perfectly valid. This means that the question will now all but certainly come before voters in November. Bondi had challenge ... More >>
82 percent of Floridians may support the legalization of medical marijuana, but Governor Rick Scott isn't one of them. Despite the issue apparently heading to the ballot at the same time as his reelection, and its broad support, Scott announced that he would vote against legalization.
Peter B. Lewis, billionaire pot philanthropist and chairman Progressive Insurance, died in his home in Coconut Grove of natural causes on Saturday afternoon, he was 80 years old. Lewis donated millions of dollars towards cannabis legalization reform in America. National Organization of the Reforma ... More >>
Since July, one petition has been Florida dope-smokers' great white hope. By August, People United for Medical Marijuana had already collected 100,000 signatures from people who favor medicinal weed. That milestone meant an amendment to legalize medical marijuana would appear before the Florida Supr ... More >>
Here at Riptide, we chew on the fodder of public corruption, despotism, and power-hungry cops gone bad. But today, we're thrilled to report, this story won't be another entry into the annals of Miami mayhem. Late last month, 29-year-old Jessica Robles looked at her three children and came to a real ... More >>
Jimmy Dewayne Whipple made a series of unfortunate mistakes on Tuesday. First, he called his local police department to report that his gun had been stolen. That's a reasonable thing to do for most people, but less of a great idea when you're a felon who is not allowed to own a gun. Whipple may ha ... More >>
Florida is one step closer to getting a statewide public vote on legalizing medical marijuana. With powerful backers like Orlando super-lawyer John Morgan and funding from big Democrats around the state, the push by People United for Medical Marijuana is blazing ahead. The group announced yesterday ... More >>
It's only happened once, and it wasn't even real -- a recreational pot-smoking session gone terribly wrong. Blanche was simply playing the piano cartoonishly fast to soothe Ralph's mind. But when Jack showed up unexpectedly, Ralph lost his shit and killed the man. The police arrived shortly therea ... More >>
Wiseman Willie, Padre Nelson, the potheaded stranger. He's known by many names, but this country legend and social activist has remained steadfast in his singular devotion to Mary Jane for nearly 60 years. He's been busted. He's been badgered. But he's never backed down. And by God, everyone's fav ... More >>
Read "Hialeah Gardens Cop Lawrence Perez Shows How Drugs Can Corrupt Police."A Hialeah Gardens Police detective who was helping his pals rip off marijuana dealers got 151 months in federal prison yesterday. Miami New Times profiled Lawrence Perez in June after a jury found him guilty of two felony c ... More >>
Kimberly McCarthy, an 18-year-old Tampa woman, racked up three DUIs in an 18-day span this spring, which seems like a mixture of serious problems, serious stupidity, and serious bad luck (who knows how many times she was driving under the influence and didn't get caught?). But the teen won't be faci ... More >>
This synthetic drug-induced zombie apocalypse is apparently now spreading outside of Florida. Naturally, Texas was the next stop. A man there got high on K-2, a form of synthetic marijuana, started chasing his neighbor, and then ate his dog.
Federal prosecutors announced today the arrest of 13 men and women for their involvement in a massive network of marijuana grow houses in Miami.Feds say that the network was run by baby-faced con Gilberto Santiesteban Jr. and three of his brothers. According to several indictments, the family operat ... More >>
Another week, another local man on synthetic drugs showing bizarre behavior with a penchant for biting others. Brandon DeLeon, a North Miami Beach man, is under arrest for walking into a Boston Market and trying to get into a fight with two police officers who were dining at the restaurant. Once in ... More >>
If you're going to take the risk of setting up an illegal marijuana growhouse, it's best to take just the littlest bit of caution and make sure that growhouse isn't directly next door to a school where kids as young as kindergarteners study.Three Miami men weren't so smart and set up shop right a ... More >>
If you'd told Larcenia Bullard 35-years ago - back when she was teaching school kids for a living -- that she'd one day use her lofty platform as a Florida state Senator to advocate for marijuana reform, she would have banished you to the principal's office. "I would not have possibly imagined th ... More >>
Miami-area State Sen. Larcenia Bullard has fired up a big ol' blunt of legislative reform this morning, as her proposal to give Florida voters a chance to legalize medical marijuana was introduced in the Senate. Bullard's bill joins a similar proposal by Lake Worth Rep. Jeff Clemens in the House ... More >>
The first steps towards the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana in Florida are underway. Last month State Rep. Jeff Session, a Democrat from Lake Worth, introduced a resolution that would allow Floridians to vote on the matter in 2012. Now, state Sen. Larcenia Bullard, a Miami Democra ... More >>
via FacebookTwo twin brothers, one an FIU student and another a UM student who was on track to become a Marine officer, have found themselves on the wrong side of the law after about $75,000 worth of marijuana plants were found in their shared South Miami apartment. The discovery was made after a ... More >>
America is facing economic malaise, overcrowded prisons, and an ever increasing obesity problem. Things might not just seem a little bit bitter if we all chilled out and got high, they might actually get better. Yes, even on the fat front. A new study has found that pot smokers are less likely to ... More >>
It's not often you see a commissioner from one Miami-Dade municipality protesting outside another's city hall. Yet that's exactly what South Miami Commissioner Walter Harris did when he recently carried a poster board depicting a giant marijuana leaf outside Miami Beach City Hall. Harri ... More >>
Considering our new governor loves Arizona's controversial immigration law so much he wants to create a similar one in Florida, we think Rick Scott should also consider the Grand Canyon state's acceptance of medical marijuana. By a slim margin, voters said yes to Proposition 203 on November 2, ma ... More >>
Michael McElroyOn Monday night, the South Miami city commission took a giant leap forward in the pro-marijuana debate. Commissioners voted 3-1 to push the Florida Legislature and the federal government to authorize the medicinal use of marijuana making South Miami the first city in the state to r ... More >>
A chronological guide to the life and times of marijuana.
From an Olympic champion to an honest-to-goodness queen, everybody has smoked pot.
To hell with Harper's. New Times gets you high.
The Sunshine State has the nation's stiffest pot penalties, but everyone seems to be lighting up.
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Up this week, Luke makes the case for legalizing marijuana across the nation, beginning in Miami-Dade County.Off the bat, I am not a weed he ... More >>
Nate Dogg would approve of this message.
"Marijuana causes many health and social problems. It lowers testosterone levels and causes sterility."
Meet the "magnificent" Irvin Rosenfeld
Between Collins and Washington avenues on Fourteenth Street
Sixty-three-year-old Miami Beach gadfly Stanley K. Shapiro might seem an unlikely enemy, but war is war