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Cannabis News Roundup: 08.21.15

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Cannabis bill shelved due to cost… Harborside: good news and bad news… Pesticides in concentrates… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

California’s statewide medical cannabis bill put on hold // EastBayExpress   The widely supported bill was tabled because of it’s $20 million estimated implementation cost.

San Francisco’s Sunset District continues blocking dispensaries // Pressreader.com  The City has more registered medical marijuana users than any other part of the state, but “traditional Chinese attitudes toward illegal drugs,” with support from City Hall, makes it difficult to open a medical marijuana dispensary in this neighborhood. [The neighborhood is highly Asian.]

Rural Humboldt County dispensaries approved // lostcoastoutpost.com      A four-year ban on marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the Emerald Triangle has been lifted.

COPS & COURTS

Oakland cannot stop Harborside closure case // SFGate.com   “The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Thursday that Oakland has interests of its own at stake, but said the federal government has the authority to decide when to seek confiscation of property for alleged legal violations, and neither the city nor any other outsider has the right to intervene.”

Santa Cruz growers plan to fight county ordinance // SantaCruzSentinal.com   Last week’s raids, based on aerial images, included “a lot of people in the 99-plant rule” allowed by county ordinance, according to an attorney examining the situation.

Judge tosses request to block Santa Ana cops dispensary raid video // OCregister.com  The argument was that since the police had clearly ransacked the dispensary, including what they thought were all the security cameras, that they had “a reasonable expectation of privacy” while continuing to trash the shop.

THC levels way up in Washington drivers, but what does that mean? // NPR.org  There’s active THC and “carboxy THC,” the kind that “hangs around your system long after you've sobered up.”

BUSINESS

DeAngelo Brothers talk of national plans  // MJBizdaily.com  The founders of Harborside Health Center “must use different approaches in each market given that rules and regulations vary by city and state.” 

Sales vary widely state to state // mjbizdaily.com   Marijuana sales in Colorado are nearly five times as high as in Rhode Island. Why the difference?

Marijuana management course for Canadians // MJbizdaily.com  “Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada” will be offered online by a polytechnic university in British Columbia.

HEALTH

Pesticides in extracts: the nasty truth  // EastBayExpress  THC isn’t the only thing that’s concentrated, according to this Oregon study.

EVENTS

HempCon returns to San Francisco // hempcon.com    It starts today (08.21). Remember your medical card.

OPINION

Anti-tax advocate supports excise tax on cannabis // DailyNews.com  “An excise tax on marijuana would provide local law enforcement with … revenue…. Local governments would be better able to respond to complaints related to cannabis grown and sold in their communities.”

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