This week: Feds Announce Colorado Medical Marijuana Crackdown; Arizona Finally Implements MMJ Law California Legislature Considering 2 Marijuana Reform Bills; Supreme Court Rejects Marijuana Patients’ Gun Rights Case; Pot Smokers Don’t Puff Away Lung Health; Snoop Dogg Arrested for Weed in Texas; Arizona Tribe Seizing Cars of Medical Marijuana Patients; Mendocino Man to be Extradited to Texas Faces 99 Years; Biased Judge Recuses Himself in Long Beach Pot Case; Not Felling Well? You Might be Cannabinoid Deficient; and much more!
Unless you are a member of the “choir” (my affectionate name for the hard core cannabis activists who live this movement day in and day out), chances are you’re going to miss a lot of cannabis news. It’s not that there isn’t any, things are happening in the word of marijuana all the time. But the mainstream media never seems to make it a priority to report on it.
So, since I follow these things, and am on every cannabis mailing list imaginable, I thought it might be a good idea to do a weekly round-up of the compelling stories that came across my desk the week before. Sometimes I might discover stories older than a week old but still timely, so I’ll pass them on too. If you have suggestions for stories to be considered for inclusion in next week’s round up, use the Contact Us form here and let me know.
Feds Announce Colorado Medical Marijuana Crackdown — The U.S. Attorney’s office announced a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado on Thursday, the most aggressive federal law enforcement action yet against the cannabis-centered businesses in that state.
Arizona Finally Implements Medical Marijuana Law — Nearly 14 months after Arizona voters approved Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is finally directing the Arizona Department of Health Services to move forward to fully implementation the law.
California Legislature Considering 2 Marijuana Reform Bills — Californians have a chance to make strides for human rights in the coming weeks in Sacramento with two important marijuana-related bills before the legislature. The two important bills must be voted on this month. SB129 (Leno) would grant employment rights to medical marijuana users, and AB1017 (Ammiano) would reduce penalties on marijuana cultivation.
Supreme Court Reject Marijuana Patients’ Gun Rights Case — The question about owning guns while being a medical marijuana patient will not be addressed by the Highest Court in the Land. A gun-rights case that began in a small Oregon town may have finally reached the end of the line with a victory for the patients.
Depending on the State, Hash May Not Be Considered Marijuana — Depending on where you live, being caught with has can have serious consequences. For instance, 4our grams of hash equals fifty pounds of pot in Texas. You will be punished as severely for holding a little over an eighth-ounce of hash as if you had killed a person while drunk. Check out the state f the law where you live in this informative article from NORML’s “Radical” Russ Bellville.
Get Busted for Marijuana, Work as an Informant, Get Killed — No one has ever died from smoking marijuana. But getting busted with a small amount of marijuana has led to countless tragic deaths, especially for those who work as informants to avoid jail time.
Arizona Tribe Seizing Cars of Medical Marijuana Patients — A Native American tribe in Arizona says that the state’s medical marijuana cards don’t apply on tribal lands, and has apparently started seizing the vehicles of legal cannabis patients as they pass through.
Mendocino Man to be Extradited to Texas Faces 99 Years — A 22-year-old medical marijuana patient is set to be extradited to Texas in the coming days to face pot possession charges that could land him in prison for up to 99 years.
A Look at 3 CA Legalization Initiatives — Confused about the various California initiatives now gathering signatures/ This article will help clear things up.
Biased Judge Recuses Himself in Long Beach Medical Marijuana Case — Looks likes sentencing will have to wait for Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, who were convicted last month of marijuana sales in relation to a pair of marijuana dispensaries in Long Beach as well as Garden Grove’s Unit D collective. Instead, Long Beach Superior Court Judge Charles D. Sheldon removed himself from the case this morning, citing allegations of his biased behavior in the courtroom.
LA City Attorney Seeks “Gentle” Ban on Pot Shops — The Los Angeles city attorney is calling on the City Council to implement a “gentle ban” on marijuana dispensaries that would forbid businesses from selling the drug –- but still allow patients who are seriously ill and their caregivers to cultivate it.
Snoop Dogg Arrested for Weed in Texas — The rapper was arrested last weekend after a drug-sniffing dog uncovered marijuana on his tour bus.
Pot Smokers Don’t Puff Away Lung Health — Researchers found that multiple measures of lung function actually improved slightly as young people reported using more marijuana — at least up to a couple thousand lifetime joints.
Not Felling Well? You Might be Cannabinoid Deficient — Scientists have begun speculating that the root cause of disease conditions such as migraines and irritable bowel syndrome may be endocannabinoid deficiency.
Blair Witch Actress’ Life Gone to Pot –– Heather Donahue is best known for 1999 horror film The Blair Witch Project. The low-budget horror movie became a blockbuster hit, but did little to help Donahue’s fledgling acting career. The 37-year-old is back in the media spotlight, this time talking about a memoir she wrote called Growgirl that tells of a year she spent growing medical marijuana in Northern California.