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Cannabis News Roundup: 01.30.15

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Clock ticking for California ballot framers… Can US Attorney stop Pomo tribe pot plans?… Bad week for e-cigs… Terry Gross learns about CBD… and more

LEGALIZATION

California reformers have less than six months to draft and name a ballot measure // EastBayExpress.com   "It is very soon — that's part of my concern," says Dale Sky Jones, chair of ReformCA,  Voters are likely to have multiple measures to consider.

COPS & COURTS

A.G. candidate would maintain status quo on marijuana // Marijuana.com   Loretta Lynch says Eric Holder’s current strategy  “certainly would be my policy if confirmed as attorney general.”   …

And she’s against legalization // NPR.org     "Not only do I not support legalization of marijuana” Loretta Lynch told the Senate Judiciary Committee, “it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently, to support the legalization, nor would it be the position should I become confirmed as attorney general."

Santa Cruz Supervisors want cultivation certification //  SantaCruzSentinal.com   “We’re simply just trying to reign in these issues [concerning  medical cannabis] that have gotten out of hand,” says one supervisor.

Felony? Misdemeanor? It all depends… // SFWeekly.com  An arrest in San Francisco’s Mission district illustrates the need for uniform control of marijuana.

Sheriff questions legality of Pomo tribe’s plans // PressDemocrat.com    The proposed 110,000 sq. ft. marijuana plantation may not be legal after all, if the US Attorney’s Office weighs in. 

BUSINESS

Tech industry vets moving into cannabis //  SFchronicle.com   Tech industries are called the new California gold rush. Early investors in that field are moving on to what they think is the next big thing: marijuana.

Pot growers take a page from the wine industry // SFweekly.com    In dry times, wine makers promote the “concentrated flavors” of their smaller grapes. Marijuana growers are saying similar things.

Mile High city bans marijuana souvenirs at airport // News.Yahoo.com   "We don't want marijuana to be the first thing our visitors experience when they arrive.”

The debut of Evergreen // sfexaminer.com   “Like wine growers in Napa and Sonoma counties and giant technology companies in Silicon Valley, marijuana impacts the way all Californians live, work and play.” And that’s why this monthly print publication was founded. Find it in the free racks near the SF Weekly. [But don’t forget to check in here every Friday. – Ed.]

HEALTH

Pediatricians recommend removal of cannabis from Schedule 1 status// USnews.com    “The recommended switch ‘could help make a big difference in promoting more research’,” says Stanford professor.

Ban on public use of e-cigs urged // SFGate.com   “No tobacco product should be exempt from California’s smoke-free laws,” says State Senator Leno of San Francisco.

E-cigarettes are health threat: California Dept. of Public Health // cnbc.com   State joins others, such as Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee, which already have cautionary advisories in place.

Terry Gross gets a lesson on teens and marijuana //  NPR.org  Host of “Fresh Air” learns why marijuana and binge drinking of alcohol are worse for teens than for adults, and how the cannabis extract CBD might help epileptic children.

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