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Cannabis News Roundup: 12.26.14

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What does new federal drug policy mean for those already charged?... Illinois medical marijuana OK for kids… John Lennon’s role in popularizing marijuana… and more…

LEGALIZATION

New law raises legal concerns// SFGate.com  Congress decided last week that the Justice Dept. couldn’t interfere with state medical marijuana rules. What does this mean for those already charged with federal drug crimes for cannabis?

Police vs. politicians on KPIX legalization series // sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com    The final segment featured Lt. Gov. Newsom in favor, and San Mateo police chief Manheimer opposed. Find all four parts of the series at the above link.

Minors included in Illinois medical marijuana plan //  ChicagoTribune.com   “Children may obtain only marijuana-infused products, such as food or liquid drops, and will not be allowed to get raw pot for smoking.”

$210,000 in fees required from New York State growers // CrainsNewYork.com    Program could be operational in about a year. "Based on our stakeholder engagement process, we don't expect there to be any lack of interest." 

COPS & COURTS

Judge stops Nestdrop from home deliveries // LATimes.com    The reason: if Los Angeles dispensaries can’t deliver to customers, neither can this outside service. This decision doesn’t appear to impact the “Uber of marijuana” in its Bay Area operations.

BUSINESS

State Water Board puts forward plan for cannabis growers // WilletsNews.com   “The plan aims to coordinate activity among the hodgepodge of state and local agencies attempting to regulate the marijuana industry.” A 45-day comment period is expected to start in January.

British CBD producer added to Nasdaq Biotech Index // MMJbusinessdaily.com   GW Pharmaceuticals sells it’s cannabis-based Sativex in 27 countries to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Don’t look for it in the US, though.

HEALTH

Cannabis concentrates get OK as medical marijuana // sacbee.com  This decision erases doubts by some courts and district attorneys.

CBD treatments considered in Brazil // TheState.com   The national Health Surveillance Agency will consider reclassification of cannabidiol (CBD) next month “to treat people suffering from severe seizures.”

EVENT

Reform group plans strategies in Oakland // reformCA.com  What can California learn from other western states that have successfully legalized marijuana?  Participate in the meeting January 9th and help plan for 2016 election cycle.

OPINION

Legalization concerns native tribes // times-standard.com   “There’s little to be gained by bringing the [Humboldt County] pot industry into the light if the costs continue to be unfairly dumped on tribal or public land.”

How John Lennon helped make marijuana popular // FT.com   “Today’s pot purveyors owe so much of their success to the creative marketing efforts of an unlikely entrepreneurial force — the counter-culture revolutionaries of the 1960s.”

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[The news never takes a holiday, but your aggregator-in-chief does, so expect the next CNR on Friday, January 9, 2015.]