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Cannabis News Roundup: 07.17.14

M.W. Benutzer

Free pot for petition signers…  US House says banks should be able to work with dispensaries… Events canceled... Gambling and cannabis don’t mix in Nevada… and more


San Jose advocates giving away grass to petition signers // SF Weekly      Give-away is an attempt to qualify a referendum on the ballot that would overturn strict zoning regulations for dispensaries.


US House says banks should be able to work with legal dispensaries // Fox News    Vote is largely symbolic, but shows a trend toward federal easing on cannabis controls.

Obama administration says cannabis policy should be up to the states // Huff Post     A proposed House amendment “undermines the principles of States' rights.”

Berkeley’s cannabis scavenger hunt didn’t happen // SF Weekly         Last Saturday’s proposed scavenger hunt, with cannabis as prizes, was stopped before it ever got started.  (See item below.)

Farmers market breaks the rules // LA Weekly      Last week’s story about the farmers pot market in Los Angeles said police considered it legal. This week the City Attorney says otherwise.


What good is legalization if you can’t buy anything? // Seattle PI        Seattle’s “supply line isn’t ramped up.”  Customers looking for legal recreational smokes have to leave town, at least through this weekend.

Nevada Gaming Board says gambling and cannabis don’t mix // MMJ Business Daily    Decision designed to “send a message” to casino operators.


PTSD added to medical cannabis ills in Arizona // 12 News/NBC         Arizona is the ninth state to include PTSD on the list of ailments.


Kilmer to policymakers: be proactive on legalization //  SFGate           Co-director of Rand Drug Policy Research Center names five points to consider.

In praise of cannabis for productivity // Ladybud     Not all cannabis users are lazy stoners. Some people just tend to their knitting.


Boyer fired, then not fired // Alternet    Yet another follow up from last week: Mike Boyer became the first person to buy legal recreational cannabis in Spokane, WA, last week. He also lost his job because of a positive THC test. But it was his day off. His company admitted the error, adding “Pot is legal, and we know that.”

Legalization: not as easy as you might think // The Economist    A thorough examination of legalization - medical, recreational, and societal.