Cannabis News Roundup: 10.31.14 | KALW

Cannabis News Roundup: 10.31.14

Oct 31, 2014

Historic review of Schedule 1 listing closes… Live election coverage planned… Mothers risk jail to treat kids… What Ben Cohen says… and more.

LEGALIZATION                                 

Five plans for California’s legal cannabis //  SFGate.com  It’s going to happen, says UC-Berkeley professor, so start planning now.

“Go slow” approach recommended to other states by Colorado governor// ft.com  “The counsel I offer is that you don’t lose anything by waiting a couple of years to see how marijuana legalization unfolds. 

COPS & COURTS

Federal judge reviewing Schedule 1 listing for cannabis // theLeafOnline.com      Decision could see plant removed from most restricted list. “It’s amazing to have the opportunity of several expert witnesses to testify why they think marijuana is mis-scheduled,” says Kris Hermes of Americans for Safe Access. “That’s historic.”  Testimony ended yesterday. A ruling is expected by the end of the year.

Second San Diego dispensary denied // UTsandiego.com   Planners say it’s too close to a park, even though a freeway and a river separate them.

Six grow sites hit in Denver area // KDVR.com   Denver Police “conducting an ongoing investigation involving illegal drug activity.”

ELECTION

Local cannabis measures on ballots throughout California // SFGate.com    A statewide plan won’t be considered before 2016.

“Treating marijuana as a crime has failed// Toke of the Town.com    A group of former lawmakers and law enforcers say, “Arresting and citing thousands of people in Oregon and elsewhere for marijuana-related crimes is a distraction to law enforcement and a misuse of taxpayer resources.” The remarks appear in a pro-pot statement ahead of Oregon’s ballot measure to decriminalize cannabis.

Live election coverage on 420RADIO.org//TheWeedBlog.com   Internet radio station 420RADIO.org plans to provide live results of cannabis initiatives from Maine to New Mexico to Alaska on Tuesday.

BUSINESS

Former bank building to house cannabis incubators // DenverPost.com    Owners hope to attract “businesses wanting to work on new ways to serve the marijuana industry,” including banking.

Thoughts from the man behind Cherry Garcia and Phish Food ice cream: Ben Cohen // mmjbusinessdaily.com    “I’ve always viewed marijuana as a substance that is safe, that’s beneficial and enjoyable and that has tremendous health benefits,” says co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. “It’s also good just for people who want to relax.”

HEALTH

Mothers risk jail to get medical marijuana in Bay Area // sanfranciscoCBSlocal.com   “ Coming to California to obtain a medicinal marijuana card when they aren’t living in the state is likely illegal. They don’t care. They’ll do whatever it takes.”

OPINION

“Legalizing marijuana is a step toward social justice” // SFGate.com  Former police commander now advocates for change in the law.

EVENT

US Rep. Lee speaks at Berkeley Patients Group party //  BerkeleyPatientsGroup.com   The dispensary marks 15 years in business today (Halloween), making it the oldest medical cannabis dealer in the US.  A variety of political well wishers are scheduled during the parking lot party, starting at 4 pm.

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