Super trial lawyer John Morgan is on the road this month talking up Amendment 2, the move to legalize medical marijuana in Florida that he's pumped millions of his own dollars into supporting. That's when Morgan made two deadly errors, at least in the minds of Amendment 2's opponents: He appealed to ... More >>
No one really asked Jeb Bush, but it isn't much of a surprise he's not down with medical marijuana. The former governor, along with the Florida Chamber, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida and the Florida Trucking Association, is the latest to join the anti-medical marijuana push.
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 that ... More >>
South Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schutlz may be chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, but when it comes to medical marijuana she sure sounds like a Republican. Wasserman Schultz aired her "concerns" today about the ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida by ... More >>
An officer on patrol in suburban Virginia Gardens last week noticed "the distinct and unique odor of unburnt cannabis" coming from a parked 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis. Like any good weed-smelling cop, he stopped to investigate. In the driver's seat, he found 23-year-old Luke Bray, a redshirt seni ... More >>
Florida wants medical marijuana. Days after the state legislature for the first time sent a bill to the governor's desk legalizing some pot -- namely, a low-THC strain used to help children with epilepsy -- a new poll out this morning makes it crystal clear where voters stand on the full legalizatio ... More >>
Floridians will vote on a more widespread medical marijuana policy in November, but the Florida legislature has taken the first step. The state Senate passed a bill that would allow some patients to use a low THC and highly regulated strain of marijuana. The bill had already passed in the House and ... More >>
This week, the first organized opposition to Florida's looming vote on legalized marijuana has set up shop in Tampa, thanks to a six-figure donation from GOP power player Mel Sembler. To front his new anti-pot PAC, Sembler chose Carlton Turner, a former drug czar for President Ronald Reagan. Unfor ... More >>
Miami Beach may have found its new police chief. CBS Miami confirms that current Aurora, Colorado, police chief Dan Oates has been selected by city manager Jimmy Morales to take over for retiring Chief Raymond Martinez. Though, the city commission must vote on the matter before he officially takes o ... More >>
Like many families in Miami, Nelson Valeriano Rodriguez and Nelson Angel Rodriguez were running a father and son business together. Thier's just happened to be a drug ring. Miami-Dade police busted the pair yesterday after receiving an anonymous tip.
All signs point toward Floridians approving a medical marijuana proposal on November's ballot, but the legislature could ease the Sunshine State toward some legalized pot all on their own during this month's session. One measure, which would kick start research funding into medical marijuana and l ... More >>
Miamians hoping to take their careers to a higher level might get the chance as soon as next month. Medical marijuana may still be a pipe dream in Florida, but Jeremy Bufford, the founder of Medical Marijuana Tampa, says he's planning to open South Florida's first school aimed at teaching weed entre ... 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 >>
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.
Is Walter White overtaking Tony Montana as Florida's iconic drug dealing anti-hero of choice? Earlier this month police in Florida found a stuffed White doll in a car parked outside a meth house, and now another Florida man who won a fan contest to watch the series finale of Breaking Bad with the ... More >>
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 >>
At the risk of sounding like a D.A.R.E officer, it's common knowledge that taking molly is a little like playing Russian roulette with your system. Perhaps because it's marketed as the luxury brand of chemicals, it's almost considered gauche to ask what's in it. Or, on the other hand, maybe it's so ... 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 >>
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 >>
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.
He may be Will Smith's brother-in-law, but Dee Lawrence Downs did not get a very warm welcome to Miami.Downs, who is married to Smith's younger sister Ellen, was arrested last month after he fell into a cocaine trafficking sting operation.
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 >>
For Joleen Crisp and her 65-year-old associate Renter Pete Atwood, it's all meth all the time. Police found the duo cooking meth in a Daytona Beach Shores motel just hours before Crisp, 32, was scheduled to appear in court for previous charges on making meth.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 handmade t-shirt displaying the group's insignia with guns we found on one possible members MySpaceThe Murda Grove Boys are not, as their name would suggest, a horror-core boy band but actually one of Miami-Dade's most violent criminal gangs. CBS4 reports that Miami Gardens police, the FBI and ... More >>
We've seen some coke heads practically descend into a zombie-like state where they become completely devoid of normal human emotion and only fixate on their next fit like they were in a George Romero movie looking for brains (pure, uncut Bolivian marching brains). Well, now co ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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