Cannabis News Roundup: 03.11.16 | KALW

Cannabis News Roundup: 03.11.16

Mar 11, 2016

Marijuana laws modified…  Investors alerted to possible scam… “Altered States” exhibit preview… Opinion, Stephen Colbert, and more….

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

The Leaf endorses AUMA // The Leaf

What pioneering advocate Chris Conrad likes and dislikes about the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Voters to decide on county marijuana adjustments // ChicoER.com

 “The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to put changes to the county’s medical marijuana cultivation ordinance and right-to-farm rules on the primary election ballot.”  [Editor's note: Chico and Oroville are in Butte County.]

Officials in Oregon looking to modify cultivation and distribution laws //  KLCC Radio

“Recently passed legislation puts non-profit medical grow sites at odds with selling to recreational dispensaries. Benton County Assistant Planner Linsey Godwin says in addition to zoning, residents have issues with terminology.”

COPS & COURTS

Off-duty U.S. marshal gets ten year sentence in pot robbery // SacBee

“Following the brazen daylight stickup, and with deputy marshal Griffin at the wheel, the three blew through a red light at a high rate of speed just around the corner from the California Highway Patrol’s Yuba City office. With a CHP officer in pursuit, the robbers abandoned their rented Jeep Patriot, and Griffin unwittingly ran straight to a building housing the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office.”

Merced dispensary raid nets illegal cannabis plants, and meat products // Merced Sun Star

“Sheriff Vern Warnke said, ‘You can’t have over 60 marijuana plants anywhere in Merced County,’ and, “‘You have to have a license to sell meat … and she does not.’”

BUSINESS

Investors warned of likely stock scheme // EBX

KUSH is a new Nevada-registered company posing as a funding mechanism for a California legalization measure that unnamed experts warn looks more like a penny stock scam.

“Cannabis finance experts as well as the US Securities Exchange Commission have repeatedly warned investors over the last two years to stay away from pot penny stocks due to lax oversight.”

HEALTH

“My Mother’s Hashes” (audio) // KCRW

A “just say no” kid procures medical marijuana for her terminally ill mother, living in El Cerrito. [Editor's note: Click on the second headline within the attached page. And ignore the credits from the previous segment, which will be the first things you hear.]

EVENT

Preview “Altered States,” a major cannabis museum exhibit // East Bay Express

“The [Oakland Museum of California] exhibit is the first of its scale in California and likely the world … There's a cannabis museum in Amsterdam, and small exhibitions have existed at places like Oaksterdam University in downtown Oakland. But nothing like this.”  [Editor's note: Is it just coincidence that the 3,700 sq. ft. exhibit opens April 16 – only days before 4/20?]

BOOK

David Downs explains it all for you // East Bay Express

Bay Area columnist David Downs releases his fourth book, The Medical Marijuana Guide Book: America’s First How-To Guide for Patients and Caregivers.

OPINION

Time to consider the consequences of recreational cannabis // Modesto Bee

“Should a societal stigma hang around cannabis like a cloud of smoke? Probably not, considering the vast majority of people alive in the United States today have at least tried it.

“Should it be accepted as harmless? No, because it’s not.”

IN OTHER NEWS….

Stephen Colbert: Bernie Sanders smoked pot? Only twice?

"Senator, you do know who your supporters are,” Colbert says here. “I will tell you this much: They have smoked marijuana twice... since I started this sentence.”

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