10:20am

Fri April 25, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Cannabis News Roundup: 04.25.14

Some drug offenders to benefit from Justice Dept. changes…  Regulation moves forward in California Assembly… E-cigs to be regulated like tobacco… 4/20 recapped… What’s your favorite pot song?… and more.

COPS & COURTS

Non-violent drug offenders to benefit from Justice Dept. overhaul // USA Today

California Senate Bill 1262 passes from committee // East Bay Express               California Medical Assn. opposes it; law enforcement endorses it. 

California Assembly Bill 1894 also leaves committee // asmdc.org         Comprehensive bill would regulate cannabis statewide, while still allowing local control.

Marijuana should be legal, says retired Supreme Court Justice // npr.org            “Recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction.”

First offenders should know about Back On Track before arrest // SF Gate     Back On Track is a national restorative justice program led by prosecutors.

BUSINESS

FDA announces plans to regulate e-cigs // npr.org   Proposed rules would be similar tobacco controls.

“Vape pens are reshaping the business and culture of marijuana.” // North Country Public Radio     They lack the stigma of joints and bongs.

O.penVAPE begins drug testing of employees // Market Watch             Employee feedback from largest cannabis brand “has been positive.”

Interest in Nevada’s medical marijuana program is high //  MMJ Business Daily     Over 200 applications in Clark County alone.

Nevada state representative on fact finding mission to Castro club // Bay Area Reporter       "‘I want the state to learn from someone who has done it right," Titus told Apothecarium staff during her visit.’”

Canadian cannabis firms turning away investors // WSJ    “There’s a whole lot of people who think the framework in Canada is better aligned.” 

IN OTHER NEWS…

All remained mellow at Golden Gate Park 4/20 event // SF Gate     … in spite a few arrests. Trash was still a problem, but at least one dispensary, Green Cross, provided volunteers to help city workers with the clean up. Critics could legitimately call the revelers “those dirty pot smokers,” after the park was left blanketed in refuse. Again.

“Lazy pothead” stereotype lingers, despite changes in attitude about legalization // Huff Post

Is your favorite “pot song” on this Top Ten List? // ultimateclassicrock.com     If not, why not add it in “Comments” below?  [Thanks, Larry.]

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