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Strawberry Cough (sativa) Flowered 8 weeks [Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Strawberry Cough (sativa)
Flowered 8 weeks
[Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Toke Signals Stories of the Week

House Removes Restrictions Preventing Veterans’ Access To Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

army-medical-marijuanaThe U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed an amendment to the FY 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill led by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon to make it easier for qualified veterans to access state-legal medical marijuana.

“One of the greatest tragedies of our time is our failure to adequately deal with the needs of our veterans returning home with wounds both visible and unseen,” Representative Blumenauer said. “Giving them access to medical marijuana as an alternative treatment option to deal with chronic pain, PTSD, and other conditions is critical at a time when our veterans are dying with a suicide rate 50 percent higher than civilians and opiate overdoses at nearly double the national average.

“Medical marijuana can be a safer, more effective alternative,” Representative Blumenauer said. “I commend my colleagues for showing compassion and supporting our wounded warriors. Today’s vote is a win for these men and women who have done so much for us and deserve equal treatment in being able to consult with, and seek a recommendation from, their personal VA physician about medical marijuana.”

“Today, the House of Representative took a big step forward in expanding access to healthcare for all of our veterans,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “By expanding access to medical cannabis for veterans living in states with legal markets, we are empowering our veterans, in consultation with their medical professionals, to make the best possible healthcare decision for themselves and their families.

 

AAA Says There’s No Science Behind Laws Against Driving On Marijuana

(Hemp News)

420safedriver-thumb-400x217Six states that allow marijuana use in one form or another have legal tests which supposedly serve to determine who is driving while impaired — but those tests have no scientific basis at all, according to a study done by the largest auto club in the United States. AAA, as a result, has called for scrapping those laws.

The study was commissioned by AAA’s safety foundation, and it discovered that it’s not possible to determine impairment by setting a blood-test threshold for the level of THC, the main component of marijuana responsible the high. Yet the laws in five of those six states automatically presume a driver is guilty of driving while impaired if he or she tests higher than the limit, not not guilty if the level is lower, reports the Associated Press.

The AAA foundation recommends replacing those faulty laws with ones that actually rely on science, using specially trained police officers to determine if a driver is impaired on pot, backed up by a test for the presence of THC rather than a specific level. The officers would be responsible for screening for dozens of supposed indicators of marijuana use.

The foundation’s recommendation to abandon the laws around marijuana and driving in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington comes as legislatures in several more states consider adopting similar laws.

 

Denver Police Issue 18 Citations For Public Pot Consumption At Rally

(Hemp News)

20160521__CD22DENVER420RALLY_KAH8833-p1-1Denver Police on Saturday issued 18 citations for public marijuana consumption at the rescheduled 420 Rally in Civic Center Park downtown, according to police spokesman Doug Schepman.

While that’s bad enough, at least it’s noticeably less than the 60 citations handed out on April 20, when thousands gathered in Civic Center to celebrate Cannabis Day.

Recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Colorado when voters approved Amendment 64 in 2012, but smoking weed in public remains illegal, reports Katy Canada at The Denver Post.

Last year’s rally — which lasted for two days — resulted in more than 150 police citations.

 

Ohio Patients Would Face New Hurdles Under Senate Medical Marijuana Bill

(Hemp News)

MPP_OMM_horizontal greenThe Ohio Senate’s State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday accepted a substitute version of House Bill 523, the narrow and restrictive medical marijuana legislation passed last week out of the Ohio House of Representatives.

“This latest version includes a series of high-cost requirements that will effectively keep many patients from being able to access medical marijuana,” said Aaron Marshall, spokesman for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana. “These mandates coupled with the legislature’s insistence that home grow be prohibited — and the Senate’s elimination of a medical marijuana discount program for veterans and low-income Ohioans — cements this bill as a deeply-flawed measure helping very few patients.”

Also changed on Wednesday in the Senate’s new version was language specifying that a patient’s pain must be “chronic, severe AND intractable” to qualify under a general pain provision. Intractable is often defined in medical dictionaries as “having no relief” or “resistant to cure, relief or control.”

“In essentially making the pain threshold intractable, lawmakers are cutting off access to thousands of Ohioans who have severe, debilitating, but not intractable, pain,” Marshall said.

 

California: One In 10 Say Police Took Cash, Property Without A Conviction

(Hemp News)

civil-asset-forfeiture-attorneyIn a recent survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, a startling 10 percent of adults living in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties said that they had had their property taken by a police officer without being convicted of a crime. Nearly one in five (19 percent) of those living in these three counties also stated that they know someone who had experienced the same.

One of the ways in which law enforcement can legally take property or money from people in the absence of a conviction is through civil asset forfeiture, a highly controversial policy that allows law enforcement officers to seize cash or property that they suspect has been involved in criminal activity, such as drug sales.

While California law offers greater protections, federal forfeiture laws do not require that police arrest or charge a person with a crime, or convict them. If the owner does not file a claim in civil court and prevail in the case, the property is permanently lost, and the majority of the funds go to the same law enforcement agency that seized the cash or property in the first place.

Last year the Drug Policy Alliance released Above the Law: An Investigation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses in California, a multi-year, comprehensive look at asset forfeiture abuses in California that revealed the troubling extent to which law enforcement agencies have violated state and federal laws.

 

Arizona Marijuana Supporters Call On Opposition To Return $10K Alcohol Contribution

(Hemp News)

alcohol-vs-cannabis-use-thcfinder-420The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), the committee backing an initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona that is expected to appear on the November ballot, on Wednesday called on leaders of the committee opposing the measure to return a contribution from the alcohol industry.

According to a report published earlier this week by the Phoenix New Times, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy (ARDP) received a donation of $10,000 last month from the Arizona Wine and Spirits Association, a trade group representing various alcohol wholesalers.

The leaders of ARDP, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, and radio host Seth Leibsohn have repeatedly argued that marijuana needs to remain illegal because it is too dangerous to regulate for adult use. Yet, by every objective measure, marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol.

“Using alcohol money to fund their campaign to maintain marijuana prohibition is grossly hypocritical,” said CRMLA Chairman J.P. Holyoak. “They want to continue punishing adults for using marijuana, but they have no problem accepting five-figure donations from purveyors of a far more harmful substance.

 

Alabama Man Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana

(Hemp News)

54e3a9d997c98.image_While the cannabis industry proceeds merrily along its profit-strewn path to the mainstream, a man in Alabama last year got sentenced to life in prison for selling the stuff.

It makes a big difference, you see, if you are a minority male in the Deep South selling marijuana, or if you are a monied entrepreneur in, say, Washington state or Colorado doing the same thing. If you were of the latter class and geography, you’d get a license from the state allowing you to carry on your business; if you were of the former, you’d get thrown in a cage until you die.

Houston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Conaway in February 2015 sentenced 39-year-old Richard Bolden of Dothan, Alabama, to life in prison for “trafficking marijuana.” He gave Bolden an additional eight years for a felony first-degree bail jumping charge, to be served consecutively (not concurrently) with the life sentence, reports Matt Elofson at the Dothan Eagle.

Assistant Houston County DA Kristen Shields had asked for the maximum sentence of 99 years for the weed trafficking offense, and 20 more years for the bail jumping. Shields told the court Bolden had one prior felony conviction, a federal drug charge in Florida. She claimed Bolden was out on bail for trafficking cocaine when Dothan Police charged him for marijuana.

 

 

 

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Plushberry Outdoor, sun-grown, organic Jack at Dharma Farms Kitsap Cannabis Farmer's Fair [Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Plushberry
Outdoor, sun-grown, organic
Jack at Dharma Farms
Kitsap Cannabis Farmer’s Fair
[Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Toke Signals Stories of the Week

Cops Combing Craigslist, Facebook For Illegal Marijuana Sales

(Hemp News)

Marijuana-_On_Craigslist-1Denver Police are combing Craigslist and Facebook to find black market marijuana dealers who illegally promote their products online, law enforcement said on Thursday.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado for adults 21 and older, but Denver Police Department spokesman Doug Schepman claimed pot dealers are circumventing state law by using online marketplaces like Craigslist and Facebook to stimulate sales, reports Andrew Blake at The Washington Times.

The Denver-area Craigslist page on Friday had more than 700 postings where marijuana is listed under the “for sale” category. Thousands of people are using the website to sell pot online, according to Kevin Torres at Fox 31 Denver.

“I think the black market in general is still very active and Craigslist is a perfect example of the active black market,” said Lauren Harris, owner of Dynama Consultikng, a cannabis consulting firm that helps dispensaries navigate the rules of Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.

 

U.S.: Ruling Could Limit Federal Marijuana Prosecutions

(Hemp News)

marijuana139-1A federal appeals court is expected soon to rule on the scope of the law that could point the way to ending or overturning at least six federal marijuana prosecutions and convictions.

People who are fighting federal marijuana charges say that a recent act of Congress should have stopped the U.S. Department of Justice from prosecuting them, because their activities were legally allowed in their states. Cannabis is still illegal under federal law for any purpose.

“It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever hard to deal with in my life when you see the government coming down on you for simply trying to be healthy,” said Rolland Gregg, who along with his family has fought federal marijuana charges, reports the Associated Press. Gregg said the cannabis plants found on his property in Kirkland, Washington were for medicinal use and in compliance with state law.

A federal jury last year convicted Gregg, his mother and his then-wife of growing 50 to 100 cannabis plants. They had about 70 plants, which, according to their attorney, Phil Telfeyan, was in compliance with Washington’s medical marijuana law. The Greggs have prison sentences looming, reports Sudhin Thanawala at the AP.

 

New York Company Wants To Produce Marijuana’s Cannabinoids In Tobacco Plants

(Hemp News)

22ndCenturyOwnsOrIsTheExclusiveLicensee-1Wait, what? In another development on the fast-breaking front regarding the corporate takeover of cannabis, a New York-based company wants to produce cannabinoids in plants other than marijuana, particularly in tobacco.

22nd Century Group, Inc., a plant biotechnology company that calls itself “a leader in tobacco harm reduction and cannabis research,” on Thursday announced that it is launching a major new initiative to produce medically important cannabinoids in plants other than cannabis – including tobacco plants.

In support of this initiative, the company also announced that has opened its own fully outfitted molecular biology laboratories in the Cleveland BioLabs building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 22nd Century said its new laboratories will host cutting-edge research in industrial hemp/cannabis and tobacco biotechnology.

Paul J. Rushton, Ph.D., the Company’s recently appointed Cambridge and Max Planck Institute-educated Vice President of Plant Biotechnology, will manage the Company’s research efforts at the new laboratories.

 

Washington: Study Says Licensed Grows Can Meet Medical Marijuana Needs

(Hemp News)

WashingtonStateBlueMarijuanaLeafGreen[GrahamLawyerBlog]A new study released on Thursday performed for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board by the University of Washington supposedly shows that the amount of marijuana allowed to be grown by state-licensed I-502 producers in the state “is enough to satisfy both the medical and recreational marijuana markets,” while ignoring the challenges of price, pesticides, and access which I-502 stores present for patients.

The study, “Estimating Canopy Size for the Washington Medical Marijuana Market,” seems tailor-made to be used as political ammunition in the fight led by many I-502 recreational cannabis merchants to finish the shutting-down of Washington’s medical marijuana community, which is already slated for extinction, at least as we know it, on July 1. After that date, any medical marijuana dispensaries which don’t have an I-502 license will be required to shut down under penalty of law.

It would be a mistake to miss the drift, here. Saying that licensed I-502 growers can produce all the marijuana needed by Washington state medical marijuana patients is just about a half-step, politically, away from some politician, likely with fat I-502 contributions in the coffers, making another try to shut down home grow by medicinal cannabis patients in next year’s session of the Legislature.

Once you’ve been defined as “unnecessary” in the supply chain — even though you’re growing your own medicine in exactly the way that works best for you, and probably a strain you can’t find easily, or at all, in a recreational marijuana store — it seems it’s only a matter of time before I-502 merchants and their pet politicians in Olympia want their greedy little hands on every cent of your cannabis budget. Never mind growing your own; that bad for profits!

 

Ohio: Patients Lose Under House Medical Marijuana Vote

(Hemp News)

maxresdefault_0_1With the Ohio House voting to approve legislation purporting to offer patients access to medical marijuana, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana on Tuesday released a statement rejecting the narrow measure.

“It’s a shame lawmakers couldn’t have made history with a vote on a substantive and meaningful medical marijuana bill,” said Aaron Marshall, spokesman for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana. “Today’s vote will only bring false hope and empty promises to Ohioans suffering from debilitating conditions who need medical marijuana.”

The House legislation suffers from numerous fundamental flaws that would restrict patient access and would take up to two years to be implemented, Marshall said. In addition, the House version leaves many critical decisions to an unelected board that could be stacked with persons openly hostile to medical marijuana.

In contrast, the Ohioans for Medical Marijuana amendment provides access to medical marijuana for thousands of Ohioans immediately upon passage through an affirmative defense and home grow clause and has clear language spelling out regulatory aspects of the plan, according to Marshall.

 

Maine: Legalization Initiative Would Force Merchants To Hide Marijuana Magazines

(Hemp News)

censorship-1Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Act, which has qualified for November’s ballot and is being sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), would require merchants to keep marijuana magazines behind the counter if their stores are open to customers younger than 21.

An almost identical provision which was part of a bill passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2013 was so blatantly unconstitutional that Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said the state wouldn’t enforce it, reports Jacob Sullum at Reason.com.

Yet, just three years later, MPP is asking Maine voters to approve the same restriction as the price they must pay for the state’s “legalization” initiative.

The Marijuana Legalization Act which will be on the Maine ballot in November says “a magazine whose primary focus is marijuana or marijuana businesses may be sold only in a retail marijuana store or behind the counter in an establishment where persons under 21 years of age are present.”

 

This Is Groundbreaking: Cannabis Encyclopedia Takes Mainstream Book Award

(Hemp News)

JorgeCervantesGoldBenFranklinAward2016In what looks to be the first time the mainstream “book world” has presented any award to a cannabis book, George Van Patten — AKA Jorge Cervantes — was presented the Gold Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association for The Cannabis Encyclopedia.

“After 33 years publishing cannabis books Van Patten Publishing is proud to receive this award from the IBPA, the first association to recognize a cannabis book with an award,” said Van Patten at the awards ceremony in Salt Lake City, on April 8.

The Ben Franklin award is a celebration of the publisher’s work, but also sets a precedent to any other publishing firm that high quality works should be celebrated, regardless of subject, as long as a high quality is shown across the entire text.

“As you can see by the wording of our awards, it is open to all,” said Jan Nathan, founder of the IBPA. “We decided to parallel the universe of book publishing that doesn’t discriminate between large and small.”

 

Toke Signals Must Read of the Week

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Washington Family Goes From Busting Growers To Selling Marijuana In One Generation

(Toke Signals)

Change is happening fast in Washington state. “Some of the best growers we buy from? My dad put into prison a few years ago,” Ray Alloway told me this week in his new shop, A Recreational Marijuana Store, in Port Orchard, where we had a chance to visit on Tuesday.

Yeah, the name Alloway means a whole different thing these days in Washington state marijuana circles… Where it once struck fear into the hearts of medical marijuana patients throughout the region — with Roy Alloway and the WestNET Narcotics Enforcement Team regularly conducting raids of home growing operations — it has for some time now meant access to medical marijuana. And starting this week, it also means access through the new legal, recreational marijuana system in Washington.

Raymond stocking the shelves on Tuesday

Raymond stocking the shelves on Tuesday

Roy Alloway’s son, Raymond Alloway, along with longtime business partner Will Climer, this week opened A Recreational Marijuana Store (yes, that’s really the name) in South Park Center.

Climer and Alloway aren’t newcomers to the marijuana business. In fact, they toldToke Signals they’ve been compadres and business partners since the eighth grade.

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A Recreational Marijuana Store management team:
Will Climer, left, and Raymond Alloway
have known each other since eighth grade.

[Photos by Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Change is happening fast in Washington state. “Some of the best growers we buy from? My dad put into prison a few years ago,” Ray Alloway told me this week in his new shop, A Recreational Marijuana Store, in Port Orchard, where we had a chance to visit on Tuesday.

Yeah, the name Alloway means a whole different thing these days in Washington state marijuana circles… Where it once struck fear into the hearts of medical marijuana patients throughout the region — with Roy Alloway and the WestNET Narcotics Enforcement Team regularly conducting raids of home growing operations — it has for some time now meant access to medical marijuana. And starting this week, it also means access through the new legal, recreational marijuana system in Washington. Read Full Article →

Toke Signals Bud Pick of the Week

Afghan Kush [Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Afghan Kush
[Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Toke Signals Stories of the Week

U.S.: Cannabis Market Reaches New Heights

(Hemp News)

ArcViewStateOfLegalMarijuanaMarkets2016A recent report by New Frontier and ArcView Market Research has revealed some very impressive numbers. Sales of legal cannabis products increased by 17 percent in 2015, reaching $5.4 billion, and sales are expected to increase by 25 percent more in 2016, reaching a total value of $6.7 billion.

This is quite an achievement for an industry in which the first legal dispensaries opened just two years ago. By 2020, total legal sales across the U.S. are expected to reach $22 billion.

According to ArcView projections, Washington state is expected to be the largest legal sales market by 2020, with estimated $2.3 billion of total sales. In 2015 alone, legal sales of marijuana products totaled more than $709 million in Washington, which is an increase of an amazing 242 percent over 2014.

It is a rare opportunity when a market that is potentially worth hundreds of billions of dollars is virtually untouched by large companies. While the number of states where the growth and sales of cannabis products remains limited, the majority of the population in the United States approves the end of federal marijuana prohibition nationwide.

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New Study Shows Natural Marijuana Superior To Synthetic Cannabinoids

(Hemp News)

nature-marijuana-cures-weed-memes-1A new study called “Comparison of Outcome Expectancies for Synthetic Cannabinoids and Botanical Marijuana,” in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, shows that negative effects are significantly lower for natural, botanical cannabis than for synthetic cannabinoids.

In the study, 186 adults who had previously used both the synthetic and natural forms of marijuana, as well as 181 who had previously used only natural (botanical) marijuana, were surveyed about their expected outcomes of using either type of cannabinoid. The results showed that the expected negative effects were significantly higher for synthetic marijuana than for natural marijuana across both categories of use history.

Despite the more commonly expected negative effects of synthetic cannabinoids, the most cited reasons for using these compounds were wider availability, avoiding a positive drug test for cannabis, curiosity, perceived legality, and cost. For instance, synthetic cannabinoids are popular among members of the armed services, and in other occupations where a positive test for marijuana might get you fired, but synthetic cannabinoids would remain undetected.

“Given growing public acceptance of recreational and medical marijuana, coupled with negative perceptions and increasing regulation of synthetic cannabinoid compounds, botanical marijuana is likely to remain more available and more popular than synthetic cannabinoids,” Kirstin J. Lauritsen and Harold Rosenberg, the authors of the article reasonably concluded.

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Toke Signals Bud Pick of the Week

Gorilla Glue #4 Patient Cannabis Exchange Tacoma, Washington [Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Gorilla Glue #4
Patient Cannabis Exchange
Tacoma, Washington
[Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Toke Signals Stories of the Week

U.S. Senate Committee Prevents DEA From Undermining Medical Marijuana Laws

(Hemp News)

mikulski-2In yet another huge victory for marijuana reform, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted by 21 to 8 to approve an amendment offered by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Maryland) to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference by the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Marijuana reforms are repeatedly winning votes in Congress,” said Bill Piper, senior director of National Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “Letting states set their own marijuana policies is now a mainstream, bipartisan issue.”

After decades of inactivity on marijuana reform, Congress has moved at lightning pace to advance marijuana reform in recent years. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend marijuana. The Committee approved similar amendments last year as well as an amendment to allow state-legalized marijuana businesses to access banks and other financial services.

The Mikulski Amendment is expected to pass the full Senate as well as the House. Similar amendments were passed by Congress last year and the year before.

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The results are in, and they do not lie: If the United States were to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana throughout the country, the tax revenue that would accrue is absolutely mind blowing. The legalization of marijuana would not only benefit current users but the country as a whole, helping to pave the long road toward national debt recovery by creating a new source of massive revenue. Community Tax has crunched the numbers and the facts we uncovered are just staggering.

While four states have seen the actual revenue recreational marijuana is able to pull in, others are left to projections and the results? Electrifying. California alone is at the top of the rankings with a projected $519.3 million possible in tax revenue. Eight other states including New York and Texas are over the hundred million dollar mark in projected revenue. The lowest projected revenue by state was predicted to be $4.5 million in Wyoming — definitely not pocket change.

The impact of legalizing marijuana is both definite and immediate.  Between 2014 and 2015 Washington, Oregon and Colorado have gone legal and we took a look at the tax revenue gained in just the first month of sales alone.  The first state to go legal, Colorado made a whopping $2.9 million in their first month with Washington not far behind collecting 1 million.  Oregon gained $3.48 million in just their first month of sales after hoping on board the legal bandwagon and all of these states are putting their green to great uses.

The tax money earned by marijuana gets doled out according to the needs and wants of each individual state, as federal government still considers marijuana to be an illegal substance the states themselves have the power.

Colorado chooses to vote on how they spend their money; this past year $66.1 million was put into causes like school grants, education and substance abuse programs. Washington and Oregon both have set percentages for their earned money to funnel into certain programs and funds.  Alaska, the newest state to go legal, has yet to determine how to spend their money but as with the other legal states, the cash will without a doubt go to making Alaska a better place to live.

Leaving America’s top crops corn, oil crops and wheat in the dust, recreational marijuana is unparalleled to any other cash crop. If the United States were to go legal as a whole the projected yearly revenue stands at $3.1 billion.

Take a look for yourself at the stunning numbers we have rounded up for you in the infographic below:

Courtesy of: Community Tax


 

 

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Grape Ape flowered 8 weeks [Photo by Eki Bird]

Grape Ape
flowered 8 weeks, HPS and LED
[Photo by Eki Bird]

Toke Signals Stories of the Week

DOJ Accepts Decision Saying It Can’t Target State-Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

Lynnette Shaw, Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM) [Tim Porter/Marin Magazine]

Lynnette Shaw, Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM)
[Tim Porter/Marin Magazine]

The U.S. Department of Justice has abandoned its appeal of a ruling that said federal prosecutors are breaking the law when they go after medical marijuana dispensaries who are in compliance with state law.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer issued the ruling last October, when he said that enforcing an injunction against a state-legal dispensary would violate a spending rider prohibiting the Justice Department from spending funds to interfere with state laws allowing medicinal use of cannabis, reports Jacob Sullum at Reason.

Breyer’s ruling is left in force by the ruling in the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM) casea, without establishing a circuit-wide precedent. The DOJ’s request to abandon the appeal probably came about because it feared the 9th Circuit would agree with Breyer’s reading of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which says the DOJ may not used funds to “prevent” states from “implementing” their medical marijuana laws.

The DOJ argued that prosecuting dispensaries, seizing their property, and shutting them down does not prevent implementation of laws which allow them. Judge Breyer rightly ruled that interpretation “defies language and logic.” Read Full Article →

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Chocolope 7 weeks flowering [Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Chocolope
7 weeks flowering
[Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

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DEA Plans Decision On Rescheduling Marijuana By Mid-Year

(Hemp News)

Dean-Noris-trains-1The Drug Enforcement Administration plans to decide whether marijuana should be reclassified under federal law “in the first half of 2016,” according to a letter from the DEA to senators.

The agency was responding to a 2015 letter from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and seven other Democratic senators urging the federal government to stop blocking research into the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

If marijuana is reclassified at all, it would have to be moved to a “less dangerous” category, because it is currently considered Schedule I under federal law, the category of drugs considered the most dangerous of all. Schedule I drugs, by definition, supposedly have no medical value and a high potential for abuse. The insanity of including cannabis — which, of course, can be used to treat hundreds of conditions — should be obvious.

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Parker and his mother, Tracy Coleman

Parker and his mother, Tracey Coleman

Cannabis POW of the Month
By Cheri Sicard (Cannabis Cheri)

Like many people serving egregiously long sentences for marijuana, Parker Coleman is the victim of America’s conspiracy laws, where it takes no actual evidence to  get a conviction, just the testimony of others who are “cooperating” in order to avoid prison time themselves.

He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

At trial, no witnesses testified they had ever bought marijuana from Coleman. There was no violence involved in this case, although the police recovered 3 licensed guns from others in the case (who had concealed weapons permits). The guns did not belong to Coleman and he even passed a DNA test (with a 99 percent negative result) to prove that. 

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