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Fri January 17, 2014
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: January 17, 2014

Court clarifies federal vs. state laws concerning raids… DEA worked with Mexican cartels… Legalization "scares" DEA… Proposal for pharmacies to be cannabis distributors… and more.

COPS & COURTS

Federal law trumps state law concerning raids on dispensaries // SF Gate  [I’ve been saying this for years. - Ed.]

Two-year “snitch” program between DEA & Mexican cartels confirmed // SF Gate

LEGALIZATION

New Hampshire House first in nation to vote for legalization // US News     State Senate expected to reject idea.

DEA chief says state legalizations “scare us” // Huff Post

BUSINESS

E-cigarettes “targeting kids,” so Hayward issues a moratorium // San Jose Mercury News

Tennessee opens first state chapter of new Hemp Industries Association // HIA

The Illinois State Board of Pharmacy heard a proposal this week to have drug stores sell medical cannabis. // Chicago Tribune       "After all, pharmacists are the drug experts."

HEALTH

CBD-rich cannabis extract considered for seizure treatment in Florida //NPR     "I think this is using the substance wisely as God intended,” says Baptist preacher.

Young leukemia patient benefits from “massive doses of THC” // Vice.com

Claims that heavy pot smoking lowers IQ in teens called “spurious” // Scientific American

EVENT

 Clint Werner, local award winning author of “Marijuana, Gateway to Health” speaks at the San Francisco Main Library next Wednesday // San Francisco Public Library

OPINION

The issue of taxation is crucial to successful legalization // The Economist      “If pot-smoking displaces liquor-drinking, it might actually be good for public health.”

A trillion dollars later, it’s time to admit that the War of Drugs needs to end // Alternative Radio      “The time is long past to develop new mechanisms to establish humane and sustainable alternatives to the drug war, especially cannabis.”

IN OTHER NEWS

Times – and signs – are changing in Colorado // NBC News    “420” mile marker becomes 419.99

Cannabis users strike back against stoner/loser stereotypes // CNN

That previous item doesn’t stop Anderson Cooper from ending CNN’s week-long investigation into Colorado’s pot shops with more stereotypes and labored puns // CNN

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