Cannabis News Roundup: American Legion asks for medical marijuana study

Jun 2, 2017

Pot ban in cars considered ... Monterey commercial greenhouses to grow new crop ... The return of Lynnette Shaw ... Marley son invests in High Times ... Events, health, and more. 

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LEGISLATION & REGULATION

Bill would make cars “no pot smoking” areas // The Cannifornian

“Just months after state voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the state Senate on Tuesday voted to prohibit its use in automobiles because of concerns over drugged driving.”

Alameda to reconsider seven year old marijuana ban // East Bay Times

“'Currently, Alamedans must travel out of town to purchase cannabis, which can be challenging and inconvenient for those with medical conditions,' [Mayor Trish] Spencer said when putting the item on Tuesday’s agenda.”

Napa cities and county plan joint policies // Napa Valley Register

“Representatives from county and city governments met Wednesday at Napa Valley College for what was billed as a ‘Napa Countywide Cannabis Roundtable.’

“The outcome – they want to meet again...”

Town of Weed considers ... weed // The Fresh Toast

“Earlier this month, and ordinance was introduced at a Weed City Council hearing that would allow medical cannabis dispensaries. You read that right: You may be able to buy weed in Weed, as long as you have a medical marijuana card.”                                     

BUSINESS

Oakland working to level the diversity playing field //sanfrancisco.cbslocal

"The lack of diversity ... can be traced to multiple factors: rules that disqualify people with prior convictions from operating legal cannabis businesses; lack of access to banking services ... and state licensing systems that tend to favor established or politically connected applicants." 

Century-old San Francisco landmark hopes to become dispensary // SFChronicle

A two-story building housing a working blacksmith shop is quickly being surrounded by high rises. There’s little call for the old trade, so the owners are considering a high-end cannabis dispensary. 

Return from exile: godmother of dispensaries wins in court // MarinIJ

“When [Lynnette] Shaw opened the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in 1996, it was the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state to operate under the auspices of Proposition 215, California’s Compassionate Use Act. But in 2011, a crackdown launched by Melinda Haag, the San Francisco-based U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, shut down the Marin Alliance.” [Editor’s note: This story arrived after last week’s deadline.]

New kind of flower considered for ailing Monterey County industry // KQED

An ordinance limits marijuana grows to dilapidated commercial green houses, where decorative flowers were once grown.

CBD aides hemp product sales // The Leaf Online

“The continuing rise in sales also bodes well for hemp farmers in California and other states...”

High Times sells out; Marley son among investors // tmz.com

“Damian Marley is 1 of 20 new investors in the ownership group that bought controlling interest in the media company behind HT, which is valued around $70 mil. It's the first time the mag changed ownership since it was founded in 1974.”

HEALTH

American Legion calls for medical marijuana research // defenseone.com

“The American Legion, representing millions of wartime vets, calls on Trump to loosen federal restrictions on medical marijuana research to help those suffering from PTSD, TBI, opioid abuse, and more.”

EVENTS

Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento // http://www.californiacitizenlobbyday.org/

“Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and California NORML for the annual California Citizen Lobby Day on June 5, in Sacramento. You will be part of the state's largest cannabis lobby day - with more than 300 patients, advocates, providers, industry works, and other stakeholders. This is your chance to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and regulators about discrimination, taxation, and commercial regulation.”

“Cannabis in California” at Sonoma State // Sonoma State Univ.

“In California and the United States, the cannabis industry's multi-billion dollar legal footprint reflects a massive shift in societal perception of cannabis. This wave of new enterprise creates the need for professional education in navigating cannabis in California,” so Sonoma State is sponsoring an all-day workshop on June 9.

Cannabis Cup returns to Sonoma County after suspension // CannabisCup.com

The two-day event starts Saturday at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The High Times-sponsored event earned a suspension “after a 2014 party ... ‘left the facility fairly messy.’”

Hemp history week // The Leaf Online

This year’s theme is “Breaking Ground.” “Thomas Jefferson lauded [hemp] as ‘first necessity to commerce and the marine and therefore to the wealth and protection of the nation.’”

IN OTHER NEWS....

Tips for quitting marijuana // Howtoquitsmokingweedhelp

You may want to listen to this, even if you’re not interested in the topic, just to hear this guy’s accent.