Cannabis News Roundup: 09.05.14 | KALW

Cannabis News Roundup: 09.05.14

Sep 5, 2014

Restraining order refused in Lake County cannabis case… OK for Washington town to ban “pot shops”…  You want THC with that PBJ?... Legalization survey shows most support ever… and more.

LEGALIZATION        

Thousands of pot inmates to be released from Italian jails // The Weed Blog   The judicial system is reverting to previous sentencing rules. About 40 percent of Italian inmates are serving time for drug crimes.

COPS & COURTS

Temporary restraining order denied in Lake County // US Dist. Court & Lake County News      The plaintiffs claimed the Lake County Sheriff did not follow the law with paramilitary-style raids. The judge did not agree, citing three of four legal standards.

Washington town’s ban on cannabis businesses upheld /// Seattle Times    Judge rules that the town of Fife is within the bounds of Initiative 502, which allows recreational stores, but doesn’t mandate them. The case is likely to go to the State Supreme Court.

BUSINESS

New business concepts emerge in legal-recreational states // Marijuana Business Daily    “Bud & Breakfast” in Colorado; PBJ+THC sandwiches in Washington.

Cannabis college classes offered in Massachusetts // Cannabis Now magazine     A dozen classes open next week, with more planned as the school, and state law, evolve.

HEALTH

Patient numbers drop in Colorado // Toke of the Town    Fear that recreational users would switch to medical pot to avoid taxes doesn’t seem to be happening.

Meanwhile in Oregon, the opposite is true // Oregonian   Medical cannabis is cheaper than recreational in the Beaver State, and tax revenue may be taking a hit because of it.

Males get the munchies more than females, study says // Washington State University   Women also tolerate higher levels of THC, in animal studies. 

OPINION

Illegal grow sites must be stopped // SFGate    Environmental damage is a serious concern. 

Where’s the opposition to Prop 47?: // SFGate  Drug possession would become a misdemeanor, not a felony, among other things.  Similar statutes have failed in the California State Assembly, but “soft on crime” critics are few concerning this ballot measure.

Support for legal pot reaches new high // HuffPost        Survey shows 58 percent approval, from sampling of over 450,000.

IN OTHER NEWS…

CNN covers cannabis prisoners in Missouri // CNN   See the promo video in the link above. County Prosecutor now working for some to be released. The whole story aired yesterday (09.04).

Joan Rivers: “I love pot, it makes you giggle.”// SFGate   The comedy and plastic surgery pioneer has died, aged 81.  (Click link above for video.)

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