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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
We've all been there. And now we totally realize that two months' worth of rolling balls was a bad idea. But shit ... It was fun. And drugs are what your 20s are for, right? DJ Laz did it. "When I was 27 or 28, I did Ecstasy for about a six-week period," Lazaro Mendez says in this week's Miami ... 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 >>
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 >>
Aaron Cohen, one of the two bicyclist who were injured in an early morning hit-and-run car crash on the Rickenbacker Causeway on Wednesday morning, has died.Meanwhile, police have arrested the driver Michele Traverso, 25, after he turned himself in early this morning. Traverso was driving with a ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The way we snort now: with less frequency and with less potent cocaine. The Miami Herald crunched the numbers (which aren't exactly anything new) and found cocaine use has declined in South Florida. That doesn't mean the War on Drugs has actually worked. Of course not. We're just doing cheaper dr ... More >>
TMZ is reporting that rapper and one half of OutKast, Big Boi (AKA Antwan Patton), has been arrested in the Magic City.The charges are three counts of possession of a controlled substance (MDMA, Ecstasy and...Viagra?) and one count of drug paraphernalia. All four charges are felonies in Miami-Dad ... 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 >>
Quick, what causes more heart attacks: cocaine or air pollution? It's actually air pollution, which triggers roughly five to seven percent of all heart attacks. Whereas cocaine is responsible for only 0.9 percent of all heart attacks. Of course, cocaine is much more dangerous on a personal level. ... 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.
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 >>
C.StilesCharles "Krazy Horse" Bennett Seeks a title and an end to his madness.When it comes to second chances, Charles Daniel Bennett Jr. will take four, five, six, and however many more he can get. Nicknamed Krazy Horse, the Ocala native has been one of the most scandalous characters to step int ... 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 >>
A narcotics bust in West Miami took a wild turn last night, with a high speed chase leading to a foot race leading to undercover cops slaying a neighborhood dog to save a suspect in an ecstasy ring. It all started around 7 p.m., says Officer Kenia Reyes, a spokeswoman for City of Miami police ... More >>
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A newly illegal drug takes us on a short, bumpy trip.
The feds call Rickey Brownlee one of South Florida's biggest narco-traffickers. His friends and neighbors in Opa-locka call him a valiant victim.