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Cannabis News Roundup: 01.16.15

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California legalization far from certain… All Vallejo dispensaries ordered closed… Pomo tribe plans cannabis plantation… Brazil approves CBD… Two Oregon Ducks banned from playoff… and more.

LEGALIZATION

Senator Feinstein warns of conflict with international drug treaties // WashingtonPost.com   Attorney General and Secretary of State advised that marijuana legalization measures are counter to the UN Conventions on Narcotics treaty.

California legalization proponents far from united //  EastBayExpress.com   "We will all have to compromise" is but one message from last week’s strategy session in Oakland.

COPS & COURTS

 Vallejo City Council orders all medical marijuana dispensaries closed //  TimesHeraldonline.com   “In a series of four motions, the council first decided in a 5-2 vote to shut down all MMDs in the city – even if they are compiling with the Measure C tax.”  Further consideration is in the works, as you’ll read here.

BUSINESS

Berkeley considers fourth dispensary // InsideBayArea.com  Nearly $10,000 in fees required to apply.

Pomo tribe first to announce grow operations // PressDemocrat.com    Predictions that Big Tobacco will be the major player if and when recreational cannabis is legalized in California appear to be wrong. The Pomo tribe of Ukiah is already moving in.

Founders Fund makes historic investment //  SFGate.com  Venture capital firm behind Facebook and SpaceX decides to put millions into “the burgeoning medical and recreational marijuana sectors.”

HEALTH

Brazil approves CBD for epilepsy, multiple sclerosis // abcnews.com   The cannabidiol (CBD) extract is not made in Brazil, so it will have to be imported.

A joint a day shouldn’t hurt lungs, study says //http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/   The long-term study by Emory University in Atlanta also reported that marijuana smoke may have some protective  effects among long-term smokers of tobacco.

Another surprised candy eater goes to the hospital //  WashingtonPost.com   [I know they’re not regulated, but can someone explain why cannabis edibles have to be so extremely potent? - Ed.]

IN OTHER NEWS…

Two Oregon Ducks sidelined by pot test //  ESPN.go.com   Players tested positive for marijuana, according to several sources, so they are out of Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game against Ohio State.

Hemp’s comeback: part 1 or 2 // SFgate.com  The chart that lists dates, near the end, titled “Hemp’s American century,” is a quick read, and informative.

When smoke gets in your clothes // FT.com  Humorous advice on how to cope when a heavy pot smoker lives next door. [See first item in this link.]

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