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Cannabis News Roundup: 10.24.14


Marijuana’s Schedule 1 classification hearings start today… Fresno: less violence since ban on outdoor grow sites… Guides to election issues… Events… and more


Edibles ban withdrawn in Colorado // DenverPost.com        Monday saw a proposal to stop sales of most edible forms of recreational marijuana; Tuesday saw the withdrawal of that proposal.


Federal District Court Judge to hear testimony on cannabis classification // blog.norml.org   “This is the first time in recent memory that a federal judge has granted an evidentiary hearing on a motion challenging the statute which classifies cannabis to be one of the most dangerous illicit substances in the nation.”  The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm today in Sacramento.

Fresno: A notable drop in violence connected to pot grows // FresnoBee.com    A cultivation ban in the county earlier this year is credited with the lower numbers. "These grow sites are not peaceful," sheriff says.


Advocacy group’s guide to November elections // Drug Policy Forum      DPF looks at the issues concerning cannabis.

“Brownie Mary Demo Club” forms in Alameda // brietbart.com       "The Brownie Mary Club will help bridge the cannabis community throughout Alameda County and educate our elected and future elected with cannabis reform issues," says club chair.

Santa Cruz Sentinel endorses tax on medical marijuana //  SantaCruzSentinel.com      “We have few qualms about asking the industry and its customers to contribute toward the considerable cost in enforcing laws and regulations on medical marijuana.”

“Drug duel” challenge in Maine // International Business Times  Police chief in Maine opposes claims that cannabis is safer than alcohol. Advocacy group challenges him to a “hit for shot” contest to prove it. 

Want to see more election ads? // ASA.com  You really might want to look at these, from Americans for Safe Access. This campaign would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.

Pot not an issue this year in Colorado // ABCNews.com    Predictions that voters would work to repeal the state’s new retail marijuana business plan have not come true. The $45 million in tax revenue that recreational cannabis has generated is one likely factor.


No new dispensaries for San Francisco neighborhood// SFexaminer.com   “We do have a situation where clustering is a problem," says city commission. Residents express concern over the type of people coming into the area.

More banking woes for dispensaries // Marijuana Business Daily         Cashless ATM accounts abruptly stop working, with no explanation. Many of the businesses sell recreational cannabis in Colorado and Washington State.


Berkeley event roasts Ed Rosenthal// Green Aid   Fundraising “roast” of the legendary Ed Rosenthal also marks release of his latest book, and the 40th anniversary of Ed’s Quick Trade Company. Event takes place in Berkeley November 8.


“420 REP” license plate seen as inappropriate // Marijuana.com       Childcare worker won’t have to pay to get a replacement.