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Cannabis News Roundup: 06.26.15

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“Huge step forward” by White House… Major raids in Emerald Triangle… Is “medical marijuana” real?...   Cannabis Cup winners… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Lifting of review requirement seen as “huge step forward” // Huffingtonpost.com   “More research is needed.” How often have you read that concerning cannabis? But little could be done because Public Health Service review requirements were difficult to meet. The White House removed that requirement this week.

Who gets the water, fish or marijuana? // Times-standard.com  “The combination of the drought and rogue grows have resulted in unprecedented fish kills, have put endangered species on the brink in many California watersheds, and are hammering away at our coastal and port economy,” North Coast state senator says. He has called for a forum on July 1 in Sacramento to discuss concerns and solutions.

COPS & COURTS

Raids on large illegal grow sites continue in Humboldt // pressdemocrat.com   “A major multiday, multiagency law enforcement operation targeting large marijuana farms in the heart of the pot-rich Emerald Triangle has uncovered serious environmental damage along with huge numbers of pot plants.”

Dispensary's grow site raided in Santa Cruz // SantaCruzSentinel   Raid was prompted by a reversion to old guidelines and complaints from neighbors.

Illegal shops issued illegal prescriptions // UTSandiego.com    The owner of six San Diego County shops forged a doctor’s signature.

BUSINESS

Vallejo accepting dispensary applications // Timesheraldonline.com   Rules provide for one medical marijuana dispensary in each quadrant of the city.

Vallejo petition drive to over-rule dispensary closures // EastBayExpress.com  “The petition is a response to a May 26 ordinance in Vallejo, closing all dispensaries and rejecting millions of dollars in voter-approved medical cannabis taxes.”

Colorado customers spending at half of 2014 levels // MJbizdaily.com   Increased competition from more recreational stores and medical dispensaries seems to be the main cause.

HEALTH

Is “medical marijuana” a hoax? // SFGate.com   A study of 6,000 patients shows “weak evidence” of effectiveness for concerns such as anxiety and sleep disorders. As always, more research is needed. [See first story above, under “Legalization.”]

Patients usually don’t get what they pay for // NPR.org  Levels of THC and CBD in test purchases were accurate only 17 percent of the time. [See above story.]

EVENT

Inside last weekend’s San Francisco Cannabis Cup // PressReader.com  This review gives you a glimpse of what attendees experienced.

And here are the Cannabis Cup winners // blog.SFgate.com  “The High Times Cannabis Cup is no longer just a once-a-year party in Amsterdam. It’s a regional U.S. competition that runs all year-long.”

OPINION

Time to save natural treasures of the North Coast // Sacbee.com Assembly member Jim Wood outlines AB 243, now before the State Senate. “Sadly,” he says, “there are threats to our natural treasures in the form of illegal marijuana growers trespassing on private and public lands.” This legislation attempts to correct that. [See second story above, under Legislation.]

Remembrance: AIDS plague was catalyst for pot legalization // SFWeekly   “It's really very simple: Legal marijuana doesn't happen without the AIDS epidemic.”  It’s something to remember during Gay Pride weekend in San Francisco.

IN OTHER NEWS….

Take part in annual consumer survey // MJbizdaily.com   “Here's your chance to tell dispensaries, recreational retailers, edibles and infused product makers what you really want,” says Marijuana Business Daily. This is their fourth polling of users of recreational and medical cannabis. It only takes a a few minutes. DEADLINE: today (06.26).

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