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Cannabis News Roundup: Voters to decide on recreational pot

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Recreational cannabis makes November ballot ... Senator Boxer supports reclassification of cannabis ... Senator Feinstein opposes research ... Talking menstrual cramps with Whoopie ... and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

AUMA qualifies for November ballot // Marin Independent Journal

“California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot.” Some of the details of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) appear in this article.

Nevada County cultivation regulations called too restrictive // The Union

“The regulations introduced Monday included prohibiting indoor and outdoor grows in residential zones and restricting the number of plants by the size of the property.  ...  None of the proposed regulations discussed Monday were implemented. The county’s outdoor grow ban and indoor 12-plant limitation remain in effect.”

With deadline approaching, Salinas has no applicants for canna-biz // The Californian

Marijuana is a fast growing industry, but not in Salinas, where applications to grow, manufacture and distribute go unclaimed. The deadline is July 6.

Senator Boxer joins group urging DEA to reclassify cannabis // Wall Street Journal

“A group of Democratic lawmakers is renewing pressure on the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove marijuana from its current position on a list of the most dangerous drugs, a category that includes heroin and ecstasy.”

Anti-cannabis Senator calls for research //East Bay Express

Republican Congressman Andy Harris from Maryland joins three others in introducing “the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016, which would remove barriers to cannabis research. A group of bipartisan Senators plan to introduce a similar bill in the Senate.” This is notable because Harris has been “one of the House's most prominent anti-marijuana voices.”

California Senator Dianne Feinstein voted against the measure.

Talk of Mexican medical marijuana stalls // news.vice.com

“[T]he senate postponed discussion of the bill until next September at the earliest. Some say the delay has ensured that the momentum has now been lost and the most likely outcome is that the liberalization effort is now heading for the shelf.

HEALTH

Talking menstrual cramps with Whoopie Goldberg // MJBizDaily

Women experiencing menstrual cramps are the market this Bay Area company focuses on with its cannabis products.

EVENT

Humboldt hosts Cannabis Country Fair  // Ukiah Daily Journal

“The event [next weekend] will feature workshops and presentations focused upon education, medical cannabis farming and the cannabis industry, featuring topics focused upon sustainability, safety and ethics.” And there will be speakers and music — and feather dancers.

IN OTHER NEWS….

Rapper speaks truth to power in video // Huffington Post

Got ten minutes?  Then watch this video by rapper Prince Ea as he educates a President Obama impersonator “on why America’s war on this Schedule I drug is not only crazy, but also racist and hypocritical.”

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