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Cannabis News Roundup: 01.09.15

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Should marijuana be a Schedule 1 drug or not?... Home invasions linked to pot… Prices drop 40% in Washington… What Smokey says… and more.

LEGALIZATION

Looking back at 2014 drug policy successes // HuffingtonPost.com   Changes are moving California “towards drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights,” according to this summary by the Drug Policy Alliance.

COPS & COURTS

Is marijuana dangerous or not? // SFGate.com & theLeafonline.com   Is marijuana a dangerous Schedule I drug or not? New federal legislation prohibiting interference with medical marijuana laws would indicate that it’s not. But that’s not what the Justice Department said last week in court. A decision is expected in about a month.

Home invasion robberies linked to illegal home grows // SFGate.com  “You’re in a trade that typically has violence,” says Oakland police captain, “and so by opening yourself up to weed grows, there’s consequences behind that, unfortunately.”

Shotgun blast ends marijuana trade in parking lot // SFGate.com    “An apparent medical marijuana deal” gone wrong ends the life of a local company manager.  [What kind of “medical marijuana deals” go on in parking lots? – Ed.]

Smokey says: Remember, marijuana is still a felony // DailyMail.co.uk  Yellowstone Park arrests are up nearly 400 percent in five years.

BUSINESS

Green Cross is pioneering dispensary advertising on TV// SFWeekly.com  Back pages of free street weeklies are filled with ads for cannabis dispensaries. Now there’s one on an independent San Francisco TV station, “one of the first of its kind.”

Are THC levels in Washington really that high? // SeattleTimes.com  Here’s a look inside one of the state approved labs, which clocks potency of some strains at over 30 percent THC.

Prices drop 40% in Washington // Bloomberg.com  The shortage is over: High THC levels don’t mean high prices.

Instagram blocks cannabis accounts // sfweekly.com  But as one portal closes, another opens.

Former US Senator joins Cannabis Sativa, Inc. // cnbc.com   Mike Gravel of Alaska joins former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, the company’s CEO. 

HEALTH

Emergency room visits on the rise due to edibles //  SanFrancisco.cbslocal.com    “There’s no way to know the content of the THC, nor what the other additives are and clearly they are not done in the auspices of public health or standards for restaurant production,” says San Mateo Police Chief.

Suicides of young adults decrease with legalization: Cato Institute // EastBayExpress.com   “Opponents of these policy changes contend that any increase in marijuana use is undesirable. Yet our research suggests the public-health benefits of legalization may outweigh the costs.”

IT’S A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, SO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL…     

Feisty fisher no match for pot pesticides //  SacBee.com  The fisher, a small mammal related to the weasel, is so endangered by run-off from illegal marijuana fields that the US Fish & Wildlife Service is considering listing it as a threatened species.

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