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Cannabis News Roundup: 12.12.14

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Court favors dispensaries over US Attorney… OK for native tribes to grow cannabis… Emerald Cup this weekend… Pot plant not acceptable as Christmas tree… and more

LEGALIZATION

Close to half of US population lives in states with legal marijuana dispensaries // mmjbusinessdaily.com   That figure has more than doubled since 2011.

COPS & COURTS

US Attorney vs. dispensaries: case dismissed // mmjbusinessdaily.com    Dispensaries have been forced to close after landlords receive threats of property forfeiture. This decision may shelve that tactic.

Are dispensaries in San Francisco concentrating in poor neighborhoods?// SFgate.com  “It is kind of how the entire narrative has played out. Residents are in favor of medical marijuana but don’t want the clubs in their neighborhood.”

Native tribes cleared to grow, sell cannabis // LATimes.com   "The tribes have the sovereign right to set the code on their reservations," the Justice Department says. Many tribes oppose the idea because of their sad experiences with alcohol abuse.

Reminder: State law doesn’t protect from federal charges // lifeofthelaw.org   “Anyone using marijuana anywhere in the United States is still violating federal law, which means any number of problems can still arise."

BUSINESS

Growers struggle with power bills // mmjbusinessdaily.com    Rising costs could push the crop into greenhouses, where they’re still protected, but powered by the sun.

How Bob Marley’s Family decided to merchandise cannabis// NewYorker.com     I mentioned this news last week; this story gives a look at how the deal came about.

HEALTH

Don’t deny transplants because of marijuana use // CA Medical Assn.     Group unanimously votes to stop denial of medical transplants to patients who use medical marijuana.

Desperate parents may see too much in CBD treatments // livescience.com   Cannabidiol (CBD), the compound in cannabis that news stories link to epilepsy treatments for children, may be getting more attention than it deserves, according to data presented this week at the American Epilepsy Society meeting in Seattle.

EVENT

Gun buy-back sponsored by dispensaries in San Francisco // SFGate.com  Event on Saturday marks anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last year.

Emerald Cup this weekend // http://theemeraldcup.com/   Music! Speakers! Contests! It’s all at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds December 13 & 14. Details at the web link above, but check for lodging availability if you plan to spend the night. Thousands of out-of-towners are expected.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Marijuana not suitable as a Christmas tree // marijuana.com    “When I spoke to her yesterday she said ... she had the best tree in the world,” a neighbor reported. “I don’t remember seeing her taking one in. Now I know why.”

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