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Cannabis News Roundup: November 29, 2013

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East Bay Congressional members tell US Attorney to back off… Mountie kicked out for smoking medical pot… Consultant pessimistic about Washington state’s legalization experiment… Peter (“better than scotch”) Lewis dies… and more.


 Representative Barbara Lee // When US Attorney Melinda Haag opened her mail last week she found this message from four East Bay members of Congress: “It is counterproductive and economically prohibitive to continue a path of hostility toward [cannabis] dispensaries.” 

Weed Blog // Cannabis extracts, such as butane hash oil, could get their own classifications if a request by the Drug Enforcement Administration is accepted.

ASA // Americans for Safe Access, a national advocacy group, released a white paper Monday that they plan to use as “a key element” of their 2014 campaign. The report is titled “Third Time the Charm? State Laws on Medical Cannabis Distribution and Department of Justice Guidance on Enforcement.”

The Atlantic // ASA (above) isn’t the only organization preparing for next year’s campaigns. This article says “the marijuana lobby is learning quickly from its mistakes and successes.”


NORML // New Jersey’s nickname is The Garden State, and it’s State Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee cleared the way this week for an additional crop to be grown: industrial hemp. But federal restrictions will have to be removed before any seeds go in the ground.

The New Yorker // Consultant Mark Kleiman currently feels Washington state’s pending experiment in legal marijuana will “end in tears,” as detailed in this article.

Cannabis Culture // Any marijuana-related slang or images will have to be removed before this hemp beer can be marketed or sold outside of Colorado. 

WestWord // Historic Central City, Colorado makes history again: a business there received America’s first retail sales license for recreational cannabis – effective once it becomes legal in 2014.


KABC-TV // A security guard was hospitalized after being shot during an attempted dispensary robbery Wednesday in Palmdale, CA. The perpetrators are still at large.“As It Happens”/CBC // A Canadian Mountie emotionally recounts the day the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came to retrieve his uniform because he wanted to smoke medical marijuana on the job. (Worth a listen.)

NewsHawk // The sheriff didn’t believe the Central California driver’s story about being a delivery man for a dispensary, so a kilo of pot and various other products in the car were confiscated.


Washington Post & Wall Street Journal // Peter Lewis, the man who told Forbes Magazine that marijuana was “better than scotch” has died. Lewis, who made his fortune with Progressive Insurance, was a prominent supporter of pro-legalization measures last year in both Massachusetts and Washington.

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