Cannabis News Roundup: 05.15.15 | KALW

Cannabis News Roundup: 05.15.15

May 15, 2015

McDonald’s to go to court over drugs?   Lobby Day in D.C.   Sidecar delivers cannabis in SF… Morgan Freeman says “Legalize it”… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

No dispensaries in SF Sunset District? Here’s why // SFweekly.com   Blame it on ill informed neighbors and a typo.

Texas ad calls for “more sensible approach” on marijuana // EastBayExpress.com     “Law enforcement officials have more important things to do than arrest people for marijuana possession,” says police detective.

Oregon committee meets 19 times, with no decisions // KLCC.org    The latest impasse concerns a bill that would establish new guidelines for the existing medical marijuana program. Recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state July 1.

COPS & COURTS

Haight Street McDonald’s tops city’s 911 calls // Sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com  The City Attorney has warned the company of a possible lawsuit because of continued drug activity, including marijuana and other substances.

San Jose takes dispensary to court // NBCbayArea.com   “They’re not going to follow the rules, no matter what,” says City Manager’s office.

Native Americans could provide cannabis in Washington State //mjbizdaily.com  “The newly minted law gives the state the authority to enter into agreements with tribes looking to join the marijuana industry.”  [Do the DEA and Dept. of Justice know about this? -Ed.]

BUSINESS

Sidecar expands to cannabis delivery // Cnet.com  The ride-hailing company “is able to power the on-demand economy, and medical marijuana is an example of all kinds of products we can deliver.” [Can I get some Cheetos with that? – Ed.]

State’s oldest marijuana collective may close // gtweekly.com    The Santa Cruz operation, which started as a true co-op, dates to the 1970s.

Dispensaries OK in Palm Springs commercial areas // DesertSun.com  “The shops would also be allowed in zones known as ‘highway commercial,’ and the energy and industrial zones in the northern part of the city.”

EVENTS

Lobby Day conference in D.C. // norml.org   “Hundreds of marijuana consumers, activists, patients and business owners are expected to attend a day-long training and informational conference” in Washington, DC on May 20, then fan out throughout Congress the next day for face-to-face meetings with their elected representatives.

Stoned on Easter” updates the sacrament // EW.com   “The bread and wine have been replaced by leaves,” Matt Jaffe sings in this video, and he’s not referring to arugula. Matt Jaffe & The Distractions will perform around 10:30 am on Sunday at The Finish Line Festival following San Francisco's Bay to Breakers, one of the oldest – and kookiest – foot races in the country.

OPINION

Morgan Freeman all in on legalization// DailyMail.co.uk   Actor says, “They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!’”

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