Nov 26 | Harborside Health Center defends against landlord lawsuits
Anna Chretien, who owns the land leased for the Oakland location, asked the Northern District of California earlier this month to enjoin Harborside from growing, possessing and selling marijuana on its property.
Nov 25 | Pot dealers ponder life in legitimate business
“I’ve been a drug dealer for more than 30 years.” Before Election Day this year, making such a statement in public could have been considered unwise. But when Jeff Gilmore says it now, there’s pride in his voice. Next year, when the state starts handing out applications for marijuana-growing licenses, Gilmore hopes his extensive experience with grow lights, fertilizers and irrigation systems will give him a leg up on competitors.
Nov 25 | Marijuana’s foot in the door
It’s not yet clear how a quasi-legal pot industry might operate in Colorado and Washington or what its public-health effects will be. It could be that these states are harbingers of a slow, national reassessment of marijuana policy. Or their experiment could serve as warning for the other 48 states. For now, the federal government does not need to stage an aggressive intervention, one way or the other. It can wait, watch and enforce the most worrisome violations as they occur.
Nov 25 | Hemp: Could the US rekindle its love affair?
Opponents of legalisation say it would be extremely difficult for the authorities to tell whether illicit varieties of cannabis sativa were being surreptitiously grown amid fields of the industrial hemp crop. However, according to Randy Fortenbery of Washington State University, who has studied the economic viability of hemp production, the voter initiatives in Washington and Colorado may make this a moot point.
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Nov 24 | How will marijuana legalization impact Sammamish?
Gurol said it’s unclear whether the city could institute an outright ban on marijuana outlets in city limits. The city currently has a moratorium on collective marijuana gardens for medical marijuana users and some councilmembers have discussed banning the gardens outright. Gurol said he was hopeful that the state legislature would clarify some of the gray area between the medical marijuana law and the new initiative.
Nov 23 | Yelm Police Chief asks good questions about pot law
When someone is arrested for a misdemeanor, they are searched and the contents of their pockets are removed, he said. If less than an ounce of marijuana is found in a suspect’s pocket during such an arrest, it’s not yet known what police should do with it, he said.
Nov 22 | Give Pot a Chance
In two weeks, adults in this state will no longer be arrested or incarcerated for something that nearly 30 million Americans did last year. For the first time since prohibition began 75 years ago, recreational marijuana use will be legal; the misery-inducing crusade to lock up thousands of ordinary people has at last been seen, by a majority of voters in this state and in Colorado, for what it is: a monumental failure.
Nov 21 | Clallam prosecutor drops pot cases
The Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will dismiss five pending misdemeanor marijuana possession and paraphernalia charges following the passage of Initiative 502, which legalizes possession of small quantities of marijuana for personal use.
Nov 20 | US marijuana legalisation fuels Mexico drugs war debate
"Obviously, we can't handle a product that is illegal in Mexico, trying to stop its transfer to the United States, when in the United States - at least in part of the United States - it now has a different status," Luis Videgaray, President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto's top adviser, told journalists.
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Nov 20 | Guess how much British Columbians spend on pot each year?
Since many people won’t admit to doing something illegal — such as smoking pot — Wood believes the survey under-reports marijuana use. He pegs B.C.’s annual domestic market in the range of $443 million to $564 million. Exporting into the U.S. brings in billions more each year.
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