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Fri November 1, 2013
Cops & Courts

Cannabis News Roundup: November 1, 2013

First fine issued to rogue dispensaries in L.A… Eight tons of pot found in San Diego tunnel… Map: compare legal and illegal cannabis prices… The Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users… and more.

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

Echo Park Patch // The first fine for renting to a unauthorized cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles has been paid after the enactment of Prop. D. Voters approved that measure last election cycle, limiting the number of dispensaries to 135.

The Reporter // Elected officials in Solano County are campaigning against allowing dispensaries in Vacaville, CA. A council member said at a meeting Tuesday that products with names like AK-47 and Green Crack “don’t sound like medicines.” The city currently has a moratorium preventing dispensaries.

NBC News.com // Eight tons of marijuana were found in a tunnel leading from Mexico to San Diego. Dozens of tunnels have been discovered along the border in the last few years. This one, with train tracks and ventilation, is unusually sophisticated.

Toke of the Town // It appears Denver residents will be able to smoke recreationally in their back yards after a proposed ban on such activity was reworked this week. Fines for public consumption have also been reduced under the revised draft.

BUSINESS

Huff Post // Claims that legalization of marijuana will put illegal pot dealers out of business may be true, according to this map of price comparisons. It typically costs half as much in Washington state, where it’s legal, as it does in Vermont, where it’s not.

HEALTH

NYT // The ACLU has joined with parents of a five-year-old Arizona boy in asking the state to include marijuana extracts, such as resins, on the list of approved medicinal products.

MMJ Business Daily // This approval in Arizona is predicted to have a big impact on sales at dispensaries, if it passes.

Medijean.com // Military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have shown “promising” results from cannabis use in tests conducted in Israel.

OPINION

SF Gate // Columnist Debra J. Saunders says “there are three things we know” about recent changes in marijuana policy.  You’ll find them at the end of her column, here.

IN OTHER NEWS…

NYT // There were concerns before California approved medical marijuana that the move might lead “to civil disorder, increased lawlessness and a drastic rise in drug use,” according to this article in the New York Times, which states that those concerns “have proved unfounded.”

MPP // This year’s list of the Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users is out, as compiled by the Marijuana Policy Project.

NYT // And here’s an interesting timeline tracing U.S. marijuana laws from the Harrison Act of 1914 to the Justice Department’s statement that it won’t sue to overturn laws legalizing the plant.

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