11:16am

Fri June 28, 2013
Politics

Cannabis News Roundup: June 28, 2013

Humboldt merchants asked to stop selling d-Con…  Mayors unanimously tell Feds to leave it to them…  California business climate called “grim”…  Myths about legalization addressed…  And more!

POLITICS

NYT // Humbolt County supervisors recently resolved to ask local businesses to stop selling d-Con, the rat poison. It’s a popular way to control vermin in illegal cannabis fields, but it is having negative consequences in the wild, as are other activities related to these grows. [This is well known, but bears repeating.] Here’s the front-page story from The New York Times.

SFGate // A resolution by the US Conference of Mayors calling for cities and states to control cannabis, and for the federal government to end the war on cannabis, passed unanimously Monday.

BUSINESS

SFGate // The Herbal Mission dispensary in San Francisco’s Mission District opened it’s doors on April 20 (4/20), and plans to close their brick and mortar operation on July 1. Tired of fighting the federal cannabis crackdown, the operation is going to be delivery-only.

MMJ Business Daily // “Grim” is the word this journal uses to describe the business climate, from Arcata to San Diego, following last month’s California Supreme Court ruling allowing cities and counties to implement bans on businesses.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

East Bay Express // In a similar vein, “Storefront Marijuana Sales and Cultivation Investigations” was the title of an all day workshop Tuesday in Dublin, sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). If law enforcement is going to shut down dispensaries, they want to do it right.

Concord Patch // Police in Concord, CA are enforcing a ban passed in late May that forbids medical cannabis from being grown outdoors. Violators can face a $500 fine.

The Atlantic Cities // Owners of three Dutch coffee shops who sold cannabis to foreigners were given hefty fines this week. They’re among the first to be charged under a law that went into effect this past spring.

IN OTHER NEWS…

San Diego Union-Tribune // Did you know that Big Marijuana plans to market cannabis to children? That’s what Patrick Kennedy says in an editorial in yesterday’s San Diego Union-Tribune. Kennedy is co-founder of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

SFGATE //  “Girl Scout Cookies” from Berkeley Patients Group won this year’s Cannabis Cup SF in the Indica category. To be clear, this is a strain of cannabis, not a baked good. Find a full list of winners here.

WashingtonPost // Test your cannabis legalization knowledge.  This column addresses five myths about making it legal.

                                                # # #

Related Program