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DEA looks at reclassifying cannabis … Grownups just say no … Harborside leaves Oregon … “Heavy users = losers” … Events, opinion and more.

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DEA to consider reclassification of cannabis by mid-year // Huffington Post

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California’s recreational initiative spawns opposition … NORML denied credit card processing … What pesticides are you smoking? ... and more.

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“Stop Pot 2016” hopes to block legalization // Reason.com

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NORML supports AUMA… Holder calls for reclassification… Black arrests still out of proportion to population… A look at the future of cannabis clubs… “Taxing cannabis is horrible”… Sing along with Willie & Merle… and more.

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Colombia to legalize medical cannabis… City offered cut in grow site… First tribal reservation store opens… More bad news for concentrates… Health… Events… and Willie Nelson.

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Hopes run high for statewide regulations… Teen use does not increase in legal states… How many hours a week do Americans get high? … and more.

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Statewide cannabis rules could become a reality // EastBayExpress.com   Assembly passage of AB 266 “is an unprecedented compromise.”

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Federal law trumps state law, again… Triple murder over stash… What to do with 200 tons of pot?... Willie Nelson, The Who, Gavin Newsom and more.

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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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City Visions explores the policy conflicts facing the marijuana legalization movement in California. Do the recent ballot victories in Colorado and Washington provide new momentum for cannabis legalization in the Golden State? Or will enforcement of federal law by the Department of Justice prevent California from forging its own vision for the use and sale of marijuana?  Host Victoria Thorp discusses these questions and more with guests Dr. Robert MacCoun, Professor of Public Policy and Law, UC Berkeley, Beau Kilmer, Senior Policy Analyst at the RAND Institute's Drug Policy Research Center, and Dale Gieringer, Director of Cal NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).

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(Oakland Tribune) //  Harborside Healthcenter’s eviction notice was heard in federal court yesterday in San Francisco. As noted in our last roundup, the question of “when” still seems to be as important as “what,” since Harborside was openly selling marijuana for six years before the US Attorney became interested.

Judge Maria Elena James did not announce a decision in the case, but indicated she will do so “as soon as possible.”

(ASA) // The scientific merits of medical cannabis will be considered in federal court for the first time in nearly 20 years tomorrow. The US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC is set to hear oral arguments challenging the government’s classification of marijuana as a seriously dangerous drug, with no medicinal value. Their decision could come at any time, but proponents don’t expect an answer for several months.

Cannabis news roundup

May 21, 2012

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