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Cannabis News Roundup: 08.14.15

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Oakland considers official pot farms, again… Oakland union official is a suspect in kickback scheme… Slimmer waists for smokers… Shakespeare’s garden… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

GOP looks to cannabis for possible revenue // Pressreader.com   “No new taxes” doesn’t extend to medical marijuana, and the proposal has the support of Humboldt  growers group.

Oakland again considers allowing large grow operations // EastBayExpress.com  “Oakland’s return to the issue of permitting medical cannabis cultivation would be its first since a historic dust-up with the federal government over licensing pot-growing in 2011.”

North Coast growers get new regulations // Pressdemocrat.com    “The new rules, from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, result from growing concern about environmental damage related to the booming marijuana industry.”

COPS & COURTS

Oakland union official faces bribery charge // SFgate.com   “An Oakland labor union official has been charged in federal court with accepting bribes or kickbacks in exchange for endorsing prospective marijuana dispensary operators, court records unsealed Wednesday show.”

BUSINESS

Secondary license market developing in Nevada  // MJbizdaily.com    “A passage written into a ballot measure set to go before voters in November 2016 says only individuals or companies that hold medical marijuana establishment registration certificates will be allowed to even apply for recreation permits for 18 months should the initiative pass.”

HEALTH

Foodies discover “medibles” // SFconronicle.com  “Is a medicated marshmallow a medicine, an illegal drug or a foodstuff?” Medicated edibles are another wrinkle for regulators to consider.

Smaller waistlines associated with cannabis use // HighTimes.com  No, seriously! This Canadian study on Inuit adults corresponds with an earlier French study on American adults.

EVENTS

Seattle Hempfest starts today // Seattlepi.com  But don’t look for smoking lounges. They’re now illegal. The event goes all weekend (August 14-16) in three locations.

“420 Games” at Golden Gate Park // 420games.org   “Come run with us and forge a new respect for cannabis users!” is the call for Saturday’s event.

OPINION

Humboldt radio host critical of Blue Ribbon Commission  // sfgate.com   Recommendations “would institutionalize the environmental damage inflicted on the forested mountains of Humboldt County” by protecting existing growers.

IN OTHER NEWS….

Cannabis pipes found in Shakespeare’s garden // Time.com  Earlier claims that The Bard smoked more than tobacco have been dismissed. This finding encourages a reexamination.

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