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Apr

Indio considers regulating medical marijuana

Indio leaders are looking into whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the city.

Officials have created an ad hoc committee to research what role the city could play when it comes to permitting dispensaries and regulating sales.

The decision came after City Attorney Roxanne Diaz gave a presentation updating council members on other cities’ legal battles and pending state legislation.

“We need to fully understand all the issues related to medical marijuana facilities before the state passes any legislation, so that we may consider any city ordinance that might also address these facilities,” Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson said.

Fri
17
Apr

Federal Judge Upholds Marijuana's Status As Schedule I; Still As Deadly As Heroin

Hopes were raised and dashed for supporters of marijuana legalization this Wednesday as U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller upheld marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug fully constitutional. Being the first judge in decades to reexamine marijuana’s classification under the Controlled Substances Act, Mueller offered a potential step forward in examining marijuana from the federal standpoint, but she did not feel it was in her power to make that change.

Fri
17
Apr

The UK Lags Far Behind on Drug Policy

Will the United Kingdom follow the US example and reform its cannabis laws?

Fri
17
Apr

Woman held in skunk cannabis probe

Large amounts of cash have been seized as part of the police probe into the supply of skunk cannabis.

She was detained in the Birmingham area after organised crime officers searched a number of properties and has been brought to Northern Ireland for questioning.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop, who is leading the investigation, said: "I believe this is a significant arrest and this investigation is making substantial progress."

More than £2 million of cannabis and large amounts of cash have been seized as part of the police probe.

Thirteen people have been arrested, eight of whom have been charged.

The PSNI has been working alongside Italian police and the National Crime Agency.

Fri
17
Apr

Obama Reiterates Enthusiastic Support Of Medical Marijuana

In a CNN special to be aired on Sunday, not only will President Barack Obama state his full support of medical marijuana, he’ll also advocate for alternative models of drug abuse treatment which don’t involve incarceration.

The television special, called “Weed 3,” features CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who came to support medical marijuana after reviewing the evidence. This time around, he’ll be delving into the politics of medical marijuana research and interviewing President Barack Obama, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Fri
17
Apr

Dead MMJ Bill in Nevada Holds Lesson for Industry

A bill in Nevada aimed at adjusting the state’s medical marijuana program has died a quite death in the legislature. The bill had been held up in committee and the time limit expired before the Committee on Health and Human Services could give it a hearing.

If passed, the bill would have made it possible to transfer marijuana business licenses, make the licensing process more transparent, and make it easier for marijuana businesses to change locations. Although reasonable in scope, the bill never gained traction in the legislature, leaving outside observers to ask why.

Fri
17
Apr

New Jersey medical marijuana dispensary workers withdraw petition to unionize

TRENTON — The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has withdrawn its petition to unionize the employees at the medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, ending what would have been legal battle with national implications for the burgeoning cannabis industry.

An official at the National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia confirmed the hearing scheduled to take place in Philadelphia Wednesday was cancelled because the organizing petition was withdrawn by the union Local 152 Tuesday.

David Knowlton, a co-founder and board chairman of Compassionate Care Foundation alternative treatment center, said he was notified by the board of the cancelled proceeding but did not receive an explanation on why it had occurred.

Thu
16
Apr

Why lawmakers are increasingly losing faith in America’s top drug cop

The nation's lawmakers are increasingly losing confidence in America's top drug cop.

Yesterday, 13 Democrats and 9 Republicans on the House Oversight Committee voted to issue a statement of "no confidence" in the ability of Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, to carry out the duties of her job. The statement followed a day of withering criticism from lawmakers during Leonhart's testimony about a scandal involving DEA agents who attended lavish drug cartel-funded "sex parties"in Colombia.

Thu
16
Apr

Marijuana Legalization Wisconsin 2015: Bill To Make Weed Legal Faces Uphill Battle In ...

Lawmakers in Wisconsin were expected to consider a bill to legalize marijuana this year, however it’ll likely face substantial opposition in the Republican-controlled state Legislature, legal experts have said. Conservative lawmakers rejected a similar bill last legislative session and generally oppose legalization in the state, according to the Badger Herald.

Thu
16
Apr

Historic Extract trial Hits Ottawa

Decision Should Radically Change How Cannabis Is Used As Medicine In Canada

”Would you confine your points to things that really matter!”

This was the last thing Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said to crown lawyer Paul Riley before Riley quickly closed his arguments.  It was an appropriate ending to a special morning in the Supreme Court of Canada.  Health Canada had failed to defend limiting patients to ‘dried marijuana,’ and everyone in the room knew it.

The decision is expected in late June or Aug.

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