Cannabis news roundup

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Uruguay to be first country with legal cannabis...  Illinois is 20th medical cannabis state… Court case targets dispensaries using “pot docs”…  Be cautious when “dabbing”… Hemp scooter in production… and more

LEGISLATION

BBC // Uruguay took a step towards becoming the world’s first country to regulate cannabis on the national level when the House approved cannabis draft legislation Wednesday.

Author Emily Brady is not new to the world of cannabis. She was visiting a friend when authorities removed the friend’s father from their house in a drug raid. Brady was 14 at the time. What is new, she discovered in researching this book, is cannabis culture itself. “What started as a lark 40 years ago,” she notes, “has become the backbone of the economy” in rural northern California.

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OAS calls for flexibility… New health findings… Supreme Court just says no… “Great Gatsby” was a pot dealer… and more!

POLITICS & COURTS

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US Attny. targets SF center… Positives reported in two clinical trials… Jimmy Carter denounces legalization… Dueling conferences in Bay Area this weekend… and more!

>> Politics and Legalization

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Court says counties can ban dispensaries… US Attorney targets Berkeley Patients Group… New research: cannabis smoke doesn’t increase cancer risks… and more!

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DEA resumes threats against landlords renting to dispensaries…. Cannabis college recognized by Dept. of Higher Ed…. Softer possession legislation passes CA Senate…. and more!

Seattle Times // The Drug Enforcement Administration notified eleven cannabis dispensaries in and around Seattle this week that they could be shut down because they’re too close to prohibited areas such as parks and schools.

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National policy to focus on diversion, not jail… California moves one step closer to statewide regulation… 4/20 revisited…  and a two-pound joint…

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(ASA) // The US House of Representatives was  presented with updated legislation yesterday calling for cannabis to be reclassified for medical use. US Representative Sam Farr, from California’s Central Coast, is a lead sponsor. The bill is substantially the same as one previously introduced by recently retired US Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

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(The Republic) // The State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday about whether cities have the authority to ban cannabis dispensaries within their jurisdictions. The defense argued that distribution should be permitted, because medical cannabis is legal statewide, thus superseding local ordinances. The Court didn’t seem convinced, but their ruling will not come until spring. Roughly 200 cities and counties in California have dispensary bans.

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(SFGate) // Close Harborside Health Center in Oakland and “tens of thousands of patients” will be forced to buy cannabis on street corners. That’s the City of Oakland’s argument, as presented yesterday in the on-going forfeiture case against the mega-dispensary and the US Attorney. The US Attorney, in turn, says Oakland doesn’t have any legal rights in this case. No comment from the judge on her eventual decision.

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