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Cannabis News Roundup: 10.17.14

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Ups and downs for dispensaries… Thousands arrested for possession in California… DEA looks across our northern border… Hillary’s cannabis joke…  and more

LEGALIZATION        

San Jose’s new rules spotlighted// KALW Radio      Medical marijuana is legal in California. Medical marijuana is not legal in California. How can this be? [This story is scheduled for broadcast on Tuesday, October 21 around 9:55am, but click the link to hear it now.]

D.C. legalization could “set off chain of events” // WRAL.com   Legalization of marijuana is becoming a race issue in Washington, DC. Blacks accounted for 90 percent of those arrested for marijuana possession in the nation’s capital in 2010, while comprising about half the district’s population.

COPS & COURTS

Marijuana arrests topped 20,000 in California last year // CaNORML.com   Nobody gets arrested for pot in California any more, right?  Tell that to the 13,779 people with felony arrests and the additional 6,567 with misdemeanor charges in 2013.

“Get your act together” DOJ attorney warns California // LATimes.com    “If you don’t want us prosecuting [marijuana users] in your state, then get your regulatory act together,” he said, adding that California must do a better job of stopping marijuana growth on federal lands.

“Come back when you’ve got a warrant” // SFGate.com   Judge sends “a clear message to law enforcement” in Lake County following several unwarranted cases of search and seizure.

“It’s a war zone” trying to find space for clubs in San Jose //  Sanjoseinside.com   Only one percent of city is zoned for cannabis clubs.  Applications must be filed today.  Most existing shops will have to close.

Long arm of the law reaches to Canada // Reuters.com    DEA says it’s “most interested” in US investors putting money into Canadian hemp and medical cannabis.

BUSINESS

Anaheim gets tough on illegal dispensaries //  OCregister.com   City cuts power and water, calling it “a good first step.”

First San Diego dispensary on track // UTsandiego.com   SDSU business professor could have city’s first medical marijuana outlet by year’s end. More are likely to open, following this approval.

US farmers bring in first hemp crop in nearly 60 years // High Country News  Getting seeds is seen as this biggest challenge, since federal law prohibits their transport across state lines.

Cannabrand ad agency loses client over New York Times story // The Cannabist.com   Recent NYT story alienates many in the industry. Founders offer clarification.  [This is a bit late, but worth including.]

HEALTH

THC appears to aid in survival after brain injuries // Reuters.com   “This data fits with previous data showing that (THC) may be neuroprotective,” says an author of the study.

Safety of Internet CBD products questioned // Project CBD    Concerns include toxins, and low levels of CBD. And their sale over state lines is most likely illegal in many instances.

OPINION

Attorney suggests work-arounds for dispensaries without bank accounts // MJ Business Daily    He says it will literally take “an act of Congress” (legalizing cannabis) before banks feel comfortable working with this business sector.

IN OTHER NEWS…

History Channel features cannabis in “10 Things” series // History.com    Former Black Flag musician Henry Rollins visits Dale Sky Jones at Oaksterdam University.

Hillary Clinton sees marijuana leaf on her latte // Marijuana.com  The design is clearly one often used to decorate coffee drinks. Some people need to get beyond the beltway more often.

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