Cannabis News Roundup: 11.07.14 | KALW

Cannabis News Roundup: 11.07.14

Nov 7, 2014

Election victories from sea to shining sea… What passage of Prop 47 could mean… Unique regs in Mendocino… Halloween scare just a fantasy… and more.

LEGALIZATION                                

New poll: Majority of Americans support legalization – barely// Gallup.com   New numbers show 51% supporting legal cannabis, down from 58% a year ago.

ELECTION

Marijuana wins from sea to shining sea // AP.com & Huff Post   Voters approved recreational cannabis measures in Washington, DC, Oregon and Alaska this week. Florida's medical marijuana measure was narrowly defeated, but one in the US territory of Guam passed.  Cannabis is now legal in some form in 23 states, one territory, and the nation's capitol.

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Prop 47 passes – now what? // Fivethirtyfive.com   Drug and theft crimes in California valued at less than $950 will now be misdemeanors.  See how this could impact prison populations, and compare it to measures in other states.

COPS & COURTS

Unique cannabis growing regs in Mendocino // Willetsnews.com   “The program will be the first of its kind in the state, and a big step in bringing some kind of environmental oversight to the largely illegal and almost totally unregulated marijuana cultivation industry.”

BUSINESS

NPR interviews editor of Marijuana Business Daily // NPR.org    “Does the product retain what its users find cool - a part of which has been it being illicit all these years” once it becomes mainstream?  

HEALTH

CBD-rich cannabis destroyed in recent raids // Huff Post.com   Marijuana’s benefits to children with certain types of epilepsy is well documented, and growers are filling that need.  Where do parents turn when the raw material for these treatments is destroyed, as has happened recently in California?

Colorado non-profit moves outdoors to increase harvest of CBD-rich strain // The Cannabist.com     Outdoor crop are large than those in greenhouses and warehouses, allowing them to serve more patients. But waiting list is still in the thousands. 

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OPINION

SF Chronicle calls on Legislature to reform marijuana law //  SFGate.com   State Attorney General is also asked to “lay out a plan that builds on nearby states that are running ahead of California.” 

Economist looks to legalization // The Economist.com  “It is not hard to imagine a future in which the federal ban is eased, now that voters in so many states have backed liberalization. The innovative pot entrepreneurs in places like Denver would welcome that. But should they?”

EVENT

Las Vegas to host marijuana conference // Marijuana Business Daily   Ben Cohen, of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, is among the speakers at the event scheduled November 12 – 14.

IT’S A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, SO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL…

Apartment building blows up - hash oil lab blamed // SFGate.com    Over a hundred butane cylinders “were shooting off like rockets,” destroying Walnut Creek building.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Fear of cannabis treats in Halloween bags didn't materialize // Marijuana.com   People enjoy being scared at Halloween. This year's new scare was the threat of pot-laced candy in kids' treat bags. Like many fears, this one turned out to be just smoke and mirrors.

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http://marijuana.com/news/2014/11/marijuana-laced-halloween-warnings-unfounded-despite-cbs-claims/

No one has seen "The Marijuana Show" …// Marijuana.com   …but creators are calling it a success. Media has shown strong interest in online series set to premiere November 18.

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[The Cannabis News Roundup is updated each Friday.]