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Cannabis News Roundup: 04.10.15

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Congressmen to DOJ: knock it off… New DOJ forfeiture plans… Mayor works for dispensary… California’s Blue Ribbon Commission wants input… and more.

LEGALIZATION

Colorado still hasn't collapsed // USAtoday.com  Another report from the front lines of the drug war: "Things in Colorado haven't really changed much since we legalized pot" over a year ago.

LEGISLATION

Congressmen challenge Justice Dept. on continued dispensary raids // HuffPost.com  “Although the DOJ has slowed its crackdown of medical marijuana, it continues to target some dispensaries, including multiple shops in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

COPS & COURTS

Attorney General outlines new civil forfeiture policy //  WashingtonPost.com  “The new limits underscore a major shift in the federal government’s use of civil asset forfeiture laws.”

BUSINESS

Mayor takes job with dispensary, says there’s no conflict // Desertsun.com   Desert Hot Springs mayor says, "I think the general public and the city understand — as elected officials — we're in contact with a tremendous amount of companies and organizations throughout the community.”

HEALTH

Vaped cannabis seems beneficial to some diabetics: UCSD // NORML.org   Our finding of an analgesic effect of cannabis is consistent with other trials of cannabis in diverse neuropathic pain syndromes.”

DEA asks for increase in government-grown marijuana //  TheWeedBlog.com/  Interest in health benefits of CBD appears to fuel the request for the University of Mississippi to grow more pot, as it has done for decades.

Warning: buying CBD products online is dangerous // Alternet.org   You know this, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded.

Are mild-strength products the future of marijuana? // SFgate.com   It says here that such alternatives exist. I'd love to hear from anyone reading this who has tried them.

EVENT

Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy to meet in L.A. // www.safeandsmartpolicy.org/    “The Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy was formed in light of the likelihood that a marijuana legalization initiative will be placed on the 2016 California ballot.”  And you’re invited to attend, at UCLA, on April 21. 

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

State Water Board issues guidelines for growers concerning drought // EastBayExpress.com  “The state has begun a historic effort to work with growers on best-practices and fine bad actors who steal water and foul streams.”

Santa Cruz supervisor calls for limits //  SantaCruzSentinel.com   “After seeing a drastic increase in the number of illegal cannabis cultivation sites county attorneys, the Sheriff, and the County Administrative Officer finally — and reluctantly —recommended that the best option was to repeal the commercial cultivation ordinance.

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