Cannabis news roundup

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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.

LEGALIZATION

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

LEGALIZATION

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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”… 

LEGALIZATION

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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.

LEGALIZATION

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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.

LEGALIZATION

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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.

COPS & COURTS

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.

LEGALIZATION

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

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New statewide legislation introduced in Sacramento…  Maryland says yes to legalization; New Jersey says no… Poppies replace Mexican pot as US prices plummet…  Want some pot-oil pizza? … and more.

LEGALIZATION

Statewide cannabis legislation introduced in Sacramento // Huff Post    This is a re-working of Assemblyman Ammiano’s earlier effort.

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Smaller school buffers considered in San Francisco…  E-cigs treated like tobacco in two Bay Area counties… Local cultivation bans upheld by CA Supreme Court… Cannabis endorsed for MS treatment… and more.

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COPS & COURTS

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E-cigarettes to be regulated like tobacco in San Francisco… Green light on federal study called “great day”… Help the Forest Service clean up illegal grow sites… and more.

LEGALIZATION

Alabama Legislature unanimously approves CBD bill // Reuters

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Attorney General & UN critical of drug sentencing… Brown’s “pothead” comment rebuffed… More positive news for CBD treatments… Book event in Oakland… and more

COPS & COURTS

“Over reliance on incarceration is unsustainable” in drug sentencing: Attny. Gen’l. Holder // NYT

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Jerry Brown afraid of potheads... Oregon & Washington go legit... Customer etiquette in Colorado... Tenants right to smoke indoors not valid... Gold rolling papers?... Gupta doubles down on cannabis... and more. 

LEGALIZATION

Gov. Brown fears potheads can’t stay alert enough to be good citizens // Sac Bee

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Exclusive update on Christian dispensary court appearance… Denver plans first recreational smoke trade show… More states consider legalization… “Smoke shack” dynamited in Colorado… and more

BUSINESS

Christian cannabis club challenges IRS // Time

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What do new federal guidelines really mean for banks?...  Don’t look for legalization measure on CA ballot… Epilepsy Foundation endorses cannabis research…. Girl Scout cookies a hit outside dispensaries… Tips on edibles… and more.

BUSINESS

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Obama gets pro & con letters on his cannabis statements… This is Ganja Yoga… Why dabbing is so popular… and more.

LEGALIZATION

18 members of Congress ask President to reclassify marijuana // Congressman Earl Blumenauer

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Police say they’ll regulate since Assembly won’t… Congressional committee reviews cannabis policy… Dhar Mann sentenced in Oakland… Mendo sheriff to arrest water thieves at illegal grow sites… Bieber “pot plane”… and more.

COPS & COURTS

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Medical cannabis in CA is a “con job,” says Law Enforcement … Hemp study included in House farm bill… Banks leery of working with dispensaries… Super Bowl billboard competition…  Flying high to Denver… and more.

COPS & COURTS

“California’s medical marijuana law is a giant con job” says State law enforcement // SacBee

LEGALIZATION

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Obama: pot less harmful than alcohol… Drug arrests down 30% in San Francisco… Farm Bureau endorses reclassification of industrial hemp... A petition and a survey… and more.

LEGALIZATION

President Obama says cannabis is “less harmful than alcohol,” but legalization “is going to be a challenge” in Colorado and Washington // USA Today

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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.]

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KPFA reporter sentenced to community service… Federal Court hears cannabis case Tuesday… Fourth California reform initiative filed… Credit card companies look the other way… Participate in national survey… and more.

COPS & COURTS

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CA A.G. thinks legalization could save millions, while producing millions… Colorado’s recreational launch a success… Protect your pets… Reader’s Digest lists pot as a reason 2014 will be a good year… and more.

COPS & COURTS

Marijuana legalization could save California millions while bringing in millions in taxes // State Attorney General

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Feds may issue banking rules in New Year… National certification program announced… Survey: teens using less synthetic pot… Emerald Cup winners… and more.

BUSINESS

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Uruguay ready to legalize… CBDs could benefit stroke victims… Take part in online poll… Sonoma Emerald Cup this weekend… and more.

LEGALIZATION

AP // Uruguay is set to become the first nation on earth to legalize marijuana after Congressional approval of a bill Tuesday. The bill awaits the President’s signature.

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Mayor owns pot shop… Grow bans approved by CA court… Are you puffing pesticides?...  Bill Clinton did inhale, and so did Greg Kihn… and more.

POLITICS

SF Gate // Robert Jacob, a cannabis dispensary owner and legalization advocate has been named mayor of Sebastopol, CA, in California’s wine country.

COPS & COURTS

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Organizers seek comment on California ballot measure… Feds raid Colorado dispensaries… Cannabis still “dangerous” to AMA… Health news… Holiday travel tips... and more.

POLITICS

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Alameda Supes vote for legalization… If cannabis is medicine, shouldn’t pharmacies sell it?... Health news… Have you heard about Sam Hurd?... and more

LEGALIZATION

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Three wins for cannabis… Washington police dogs no longer trained to detect pot… More health benefits... Former grow house for sale… Events… and more

ELECTION RESULTS

East Bay Express // Cannabis-related ballot measures were approved Tuesday in Colorado, Maine, and Michigan.

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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

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Mendo forced to release info on permitting program… New breath test for THC unveiled… More polls show approval of pot…  New health benefits detailed… Mid-Fifties cops awed by plants… and more.

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

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