"Why are we underground right now, sir? Why can't we be out in the open?" asks Private Miller while sitting in a smoky interrogation room during the opening scene of the 2008 movie Pineapple Express. "Why aren't we in a square right now? Why aren't we talkin' to people, lettin' them know that Item ... More >>
Life in Florida imitates art -- especially the kind of art that deals with drug dealing. Last week we noted a Miami cocaine shipping case that eerily mirrored the second season of The Wire. This week we bring you something of a real-life Breaking Bad. Well, at least it involves tons of meth and Walt ... More >>
A Miami man was caught trying to bring a green Christmas up to the folks of Pennsylvania. Randy Jesus Valdivia, a 38-year-old resident of Surfside, wasn't driving a sleigh, but instead a 2014 Dodge Caravan. On Thursday afternoon, police pulled over the vehicle for displaying "criminal activity ind ... More >>
An amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida could find itself before Florida voters in 2014, but Attorney General Pam Bondi is trying her damnedest to make sure it doesn't. The Florida Supreme Court today heard initial arguments in a case that will decide whether or not Floridians will get ... More >>
Smoke it if you've got a prescription. That's what the vast majority of Floridians say about marijuana. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 82 percent of Floridians support the use of medical marijuana. But only 48 percent support decriminalization of small amounts of pot for recreational use, which, ... More >>
In Florida, drugs are more likely than whales to beach themselves on our shores. So it's not much of a surprise that police found 16 kilos of cocaine washed up on a St. Augustine Beach last night and are looking for 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 >>
Reefer common sense is taking over Miami Beach. When voters go to the polls in November to elect a new mayor, they will also get the chance to answer a non-binding straw ballot question on whether the city commission should adopt a resolution urging the federal government and the Florida Legislature ... More >>
Ever since state-wide and municipal level bans on the sale of synthetic drugs went into effect reports of people getting sick from ingesting things like "bath salts" and "K2" are significantly down in South Florida.
Sounds like someone is plagued by a serious amount of body thetans. Denise Gentile, the twin sister of David Miscavige, the top religious leader of the Church of Scientology, was arrested in St. Petersburg on marijuana charges over the weekend. Gentile is active in the church as well, and Scientol ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man who made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke says its time to legalize medical marijuana.Florida lawmakers need to roll up a fat joint and chill out. While the Republican-dominated state legislature ... More >>
Florida has some of the nation's toughest anti-marijuana laws. For instance, anyone caught growing at least 25 plants in their home can be charged with a second-degree felony and face a maximum sentence of 15 years. Even the feds aren't that draconian. They at least give you 99 plants before chargin ... More >>
Come 2014, Florida may join the ranks of states that legalize medical marijuana. There is talk of putting the measure on the ballot in the next state-wide election, and a new poll conducted by People United for Medical Marijuana finds that nearly seven out of ten Floridians back the idea.
Tampa rapper Money-Clipz has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for possession of over 28 grams of crack cocaine with an intent to distribute. Jeez Louise! First, they tell you that sharing is caring and then they throw you in jail for caring too much. Mixed messages, you guys. If 30 yea ... More >>
"Everything that happened today is actually in my dream, and I want to prove it to everybody," 18-year-old Mark Welch of Volusia County told a 911 dispatcher.It sounds like the beginning of a reality-bending sci-fi movie, but it was actually the beginning of a kid who smoked too much synthetic marij ... More >>
Here's yet another story of a Floridian ingesting some synthetic drugs and getting all naked and violent.Police in Bradenton say a man who shot off a Glock in his home and then ran around his apartment complex naked had been smoking synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.
Robert Platshorn served thirty years in prison for smuggling pot into Florida. That's more than any other person has served for a marijuana offense in the United States. He'll turn 70 years old in November. But it now appears clear that he will never be free from the federal government. Platshorn ... More >>
Well this couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission took the first step towards adopting a strict ban on synthetic marijuana products. It comes hot on the heels of news that a North Miami Beach man on some sort of synthetic drug tried to bite a police offic ... More >>
This couldn't have come at a more opportune time. Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission took the first step towards adopting a strict ban on synthetic marijuana products. It comes hot on the heels of news that a North Miami Beach man on synthetic pot tried to bite a police ... More >>
The family that grows drugs together takes mugs together.Over in Charlotte County, Sheriff's deputies have arrested a mother, father and son after they discovered that the family was growing psychedelic mushrooms.
Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro t ... More >>
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they haven't made a huge pot bust at the Port of Miami for months, but sometimes you just have to wait. Authorities report they discovered 3,837 pounds of marijuana, nearly two tons, stuffed inside shipping containers at the port last Friday.
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees.
A new druggy detail has emerged in the shocking case of Tyler Hadley, the Florida teen who killed his parents with a hammer over the weekend and then threw a party in their house: Hadley's best friend now tells the media that the teen claimed he was high on ecstasy when he bludgeoned his parents ... More >>
Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to ... More >>
Tallahassee is not only the political capital of Florida, but also apparently the pot-smoking capital of America. Surprisingly, Miami, most often associated with drugs, doesn't even make the Daily Beast's list of Mary Jane-loving cities. Then again, maybe it's not much of a surprise that college ... More >>
With a recent poll showing 57 percent of Floridians favoring legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, state Rep. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) has introduced a resolution to put an amendment on the 2012 ballot that would do just that. Clemens claims that the move could bring in $5 to $12 million ... More >>
With 14 states and the District of Colombia allowing the legal medical use of marijuana, acceptance of the issue is steadily growing in America. A new poll shows that 57 percent of Floridians support legalization of medical marijuana as buzz grows that the issue could be placed on the ballot as s ... More >>
Despite a triumphant concert in Miami and a Grammy win within the last few months, Buju Banton's dark days are not behind him. After an initial trial on drug charges was declared a mistrial, Banton has been found guilty of conspiring to set up a Florida cocaine deal back in 2009.
Photo by Ivon David RojasA reveler at Ultra Music Festival. Miami's credentials as a cocaine capitol are well established, but for that last weekend every March during the Ultra Music Festival, it's no secret an extravaganza of ecstasy use takes hold of the city. Now, one of the largest studies i ... More >>
SoBe is ground zero in the battle to decriminalize pot.
It's already been a busy week for the drug that made Miami -- or at least for the feds' perpetual war on the white stuff. First, the DEA arrested 10 people, mostly from Miami and Hialeah, and charged them with organizing a ring shuttling coke from Juarez to South Florida.Then came word that a muc ... More >>
From AmsterdamAfter recently writing a goofy post about imaginary pot-food pairings, I received an email from the pseudonymous William Breathes, one of two medical marijuana critics for our sister paper Westword, in Denver, Colorado. He expressed gratitude for being mentioned in the post and disa ... More >>
The belief that Marijuana use will lead to dabbling in harder drugs is overblown claims a new study that followed 1,286 young adults enrolled in the 1990s in Miami-Dade public schools. Researches from the University of New Hampshire who conducted the study are now urging policy makers to reconsid ... More >>
British Models: Your Government is concerned that your love of cocaine is killing trees, and then what will you dry hump in black lingerie?Those of us who like to "ski" might be making it harder for those of us who want to, you know, actually ski. Apparently, members of the British Parliament are ... More >>
Joyoendho via Flicker CCWhen it comes to the drug habits of the rich and famous, there's a thin line between hilarious and disturbing. Championship race car driver Mariusz Malyszczycki's relationship with ecstasy is something closer to entrepreneurial. The Polish speedster was busted in the middle o ... More >>
For some, ganja is nothing to giggle about.
Scheming snitches, dirty detectives, intrepid investigators. This ain't The Shield's Strike Team.
Despite the risks, local pot farmers have taken homegrown high-tech