Cannabis news roundup

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Should marijuana be a Schedule 1 drug or not?... Home invasions linked to pot… Prices drop 40% in Washington… What Smokey says… and more.

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Looking back at 2014 drug policy successes // HuffingtonPost.com   Changes are moving California “towards drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights,” according to this summary by the Drug Policy Alliance.

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What does new federal drug policy mean for those already charged?... Illinois medical marijuana OK for kids… John Lennon’s role in popularizing marijuana… and more…

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No charges for officer with pounds of pot… Tommy Chong, Peter Thiel & Rick Steves… Vape oil potency questioned… and more.

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No charges likely for officer with marijuana  // ContraCostaTimes.com   He says four pounds of marijuana in his home was being use to train his police dog.

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Court favors dispensaries over US Attorney… OK for native tribes to grow cannabis… Emerald Cup this weekend… Pot plant not acceptable as Christmas tree… and more

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Close to half of US population lives in states with legal marijuana dispensaries // mmjbusinessdaily.com   That figure has more than doubled since 2011.

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Mendo and Sonoma see harvest crime wave… THC breath tests… Cannabis ice cream... How to legalize cannabis… and more

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Cannabis regulation on next year’s Assembly calendar// EastBayExpress.com     The listings on the California Assembly calendar are primarily placeholders, to assure discussion.

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Marijuana edges out alcohol in Bay Area “impaired” driving stops… Why cannabis causes the “munchies”…  Video: Grannies get high… and more

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Denver has surpassed Amsterdam as marijuana capital // msnbc.com  Society has not collapsed. In fact, things seem pretty normal.

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AG Harris softens her stand on legalization after election…. “Dramatic reduction” in brain cancer with cannabis… Word of the Year: Vape… Bob Marley is now a brand… and more.

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Nevada could consider recreational cannabis in 2016… US marijuana laws break UN treaties… Canadian natives plan medical cannabis facility… Don't hit your customers… and more.

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Historic review of Schedule 1 listing closes… Live election coverage planned… Mothers risk jail to treat kids… What Ben Cohen says… and more.

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Five plans for California’s legal cannabis //  SFGate.com  It’s going to happen, says UC-Berkeley professor, so start planning now.

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Marijuana’s Schedule 1 classification hearings start today… Fresno: less violence since ban on outdoor grow sites… Guides to election issues… Events… and more

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Edibles ban withdrawn in Colorado // DenverPost.com        Monday saw a proposal to stop sales of most edible forms of recreational marijuana; Tuesday saw the withdrawal of that proposal.

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Ups and downs for dispensaries… Thousands arrested for possession in California… DEA looks across our northern border… Hillary’s cannabis joke…  and more

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House passes welfare restrictions on pot… Banking reform stalls in Colorado… Teen use drops again… Pizza that gives you the munchies… and more.

COPS & COURTS

Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act” passes House // The Hill        Restrictions would join those for liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos.

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UN urges rethink on drugs… Illegal grows shrink in Mendo… Sungrown pot for sale… “Teen smoker” report causes friction… Ganja Yoga is relaxing… and more.

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Restraining order refused in Lake County cannabis case… OK for Washington town to ban “pot shops”…  You want THC with that PBJ?... Legalization survey shows most support ever… and more.

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Thousands of pot inmates to be released from Italian jails // The Weed Blog   The judicial system is reverting to previous sentencing rules. About 40 percent of Italian inmates are serving time for drug crimes.

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Major Oregon paper endorses legalization… Washington State’s recreational statute defended… Can CBD-cannabis qualify as hemp?...  Deaths drop in legal pot states… and more.

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Oregon’s leading paper endorses recreational marijuana // The Oregonian    “Oregonians should support outright legalization.” 

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USA Today runs cannabis ad… Hemp grows in Kentucky, again… Domestic violence may drop in pot households… Music pick… and more.

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Plenty of “clean money” investors are watching the cannabis market // SF Weekly   “There are entire floors on Wall Street evaluating this industry right now,” says one East Bay investment group. And that’s despite the legal obstacles.

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No statewide regulations this year… Banks cautiously work with cannabis customers… Hemp-powered batteries? ...  Amsterdam vs. Boulder ... and more.

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Statewide regulation proposal revised… Santa Clara County tightens rules on dispensaries…  Why not sell CBD-rich pot in pharmacies? …Which state has the heaviest users?... and more.

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 “Clear benefits for patients” in latest revisions on SB 1262 // Americans for Safe Access   Changes in statewide regulation are outlined.

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New York Times endorses national legalization… Move in Congress to increase regulations… Yurok tribe welcomes federal intervention… Let’s just call it marijuana… and more.

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CBD bill introduced in US Congress // Representative Scott Perry      Epilepsy Foundation applauds Pennsylvania Republican’s move.

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Senators propose bypass for medical marijuana states… Changes in federal drug sentencing proposed… San Jose’s zoning ordinance stands… Brownies OK; lollipops not… WHO backs decriminalization of personal use… and more.

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Free pot for petition signers…  US House says banks should be able to work with dispensaries… Events canceled... Gambling and cannabis don’t mix in Nevada… and more

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San Jose advocates giving away grass to petition signers // SF Weekly      Give-away is an attempt to qualify a referendum on the ballot that would overturn strict zoning regulations for dispensaries.

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Cannabis news from another week in the land of the free and the home of the brave…

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Legalization petitions submitted by New Approach Oregon // The Oregonian       Boxes with 145,000 signatures delivered to Oregon Secretary of State’s office. (Also see next item.)

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FDA looks at reclassifying cannabis… News from San Jose… Teen use unchanged when pot is legal… Emergency labeling on edibles in Washington State… Cannabis Cup on Saturday… and more.

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Jamaica & Mexico consider legalization… DEA threatens doctors in Massachusetts… Business certification program begins… “High Maintenance” Internet series praised… and more.

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Minnesota set to become 22nd medical marijuana state… Hash brownies could result in life sentence… Growers blocked from using “Federal water”…   FBI set to hire pot-smoking hackers… Synthetic drugs worry UN… More on “vape pens”… 

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Legislation progresses from coast to coast…  San Jose dispensaries conflicted over taxes… Microsoft loses tech award to cannabis site…  Alzheimer’s reduced by THC & CBD… “Classically Cannabis” concerts canceled... and more.

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SF General to study cannabis as aide for sickle cell sufferers… Don’t look for pot parties in newly legal Uruguay… “Bank co-op” awaits Colorado Governor’s signature… “Pot heart attack” report challenged… Cannabis tourism guide… and more.

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“Drugged driving” bill fails in CA… Bud tenders tend to “over prescribe” edibles…  Colorado attempting to cure dispensaries “cash only” woes… Heart problems in young linked to cannabis… Don’t call Willie a lazy pot smoker… and more.

COPS & COURTS

AB 2500 fails – would have regulated California “drugged driving” down to the nanogram // Legislature.ca.gov    (See next three related stories.)

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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.

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

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NCAA lowers penalties… Martinez outlaws cannabis gardens… Did pot overdose lead to student death?... Cannabis vending machines in Colorado… “420” event in danger of being shut down… Willie Nelson smokes pot!... and more.

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City of Martinez bans outdoor cannabis gardens // KTVU-TV      It joins 89 other California cities and counties with restrictions.

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