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Cannabis News Roundup: 10.23.15

Under CC license from Flickr user: U.S. National Archives, Marc St. Gil, photographer (1973

Justice Dept. must follow Congressional rule on dispensaries… Taxi testing in San Francisco… Oakland ready to cash in on cannabis… Our neighbors consider legalization… and more.


States rights trump Justice Dept. // San Francisco Chronicle   California’s first licensed dispensary can reopen in Fairfax after a federal judge clarified that the Justice Department cannot spend tax dollars to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws.” Other prominent local dispensaries could benefit from the decision. [See Opinion, below.]

Drug testing for San Francisco taxi drivers // KQED  “The city has been out of compliance with state regulations adopted in 1996 that require alcohol and drug testing of taxicab drivers. The new policy, which took six years to craft, would put the city 'mostly in compliance'.”

Legal marijuana in Mexico? It could happen //  Marijuana Business Daily  The Supreme Court of Mexico looks at a case next week that would allow “personal cultivation and use.”

Legal marijuana in Canada? It could really happen // SF Gate   The Liberal Party’s landslide victory in Canada should pave the way for their plans to “legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.”


Marijuana industry tops others with female execs  // SFGate Provocatively dressed models at trade shows are not the only women working in the pot biz. In fact, over a third of the industry’s executives are female.

Is proposed Marina dispensary a buzz kill for youthful self-defense students? // SF Chronicle   Apothecarium’s expansion plans concern long established martial arts studio.

Oakland sees big opportunities with new statewide medical cannabis law //  East Bay Express   “Hundreds of permits in a dozen classes — from distributor to processor — could become available to entrepreneurs, generating thousands of legal jobs, and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue annually for the city.” 


“Weed is different from alcohol” when driving //  Sacto News & Review  Driving around high is not recommended, but a University of Iowa study determines that “marijuana doesn’t really affect driving skills.” [See related story below.]


Fairfax dispensary case seen as “significant victory” in War on Marijuana // East Bay Express   But one battle doesn’t win the war; the Congressional measure cited by the judge – a budget amendment - expires in December.


Federal study on drugged driving under consideration //  Marijuana.com   A bill before Congress would require the Department of Transportation to conduct a year-long review of “the role and extent of marijuana impairment in motor vehicle accidents.”


Number of pot smokers doubles in ten years // The Guardian  Did it really, or are people just more likely to admit it now?


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