The Week in Weed 6-30-12 Cannabis News

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Cheri Sicard, NORML Women's AllianceThis week: Federal Ruling Could Change Probable Cause in Marijuana Cases; Chicago Decriminalizes Marijuana; Top DEA Agent Won’t Admit Heroin More Harmful Than Marijuana; Columbia Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Marijuana, Cocaine; New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Veto Upheld; 10 Worst Cases of Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Pot; Hemp: The Solution to Soil Decontamination; Feds Seek to Derail Silver Tour, and more!

Sorry I missed you last week, but I took a vacation then spent time at the Bay Area High Times Medical Cannabis Cup where I was a speaker on the edibles panel and a judge in the edibles competition.  This week’s photos are by Sharon Letts and are from that event.

POLITICS/LEGAL

Federal Ruling Could Change Probably Cause in Marijuana Cases — A recent federal district court ruling in Spokane, Washington is something of which every medical cannabis attorney, patient, provider and advocate needs to be aware — not only in Washington State but throughout the entire Ninth Circuit.  The ruling is also something of a victory for Washington’s recently changed medical cannabis law, because for the first time a judge has ruled in a way that gives quasi arrest protection under the state medical cannabis law and has likely set an interesting precedent on probable cause and cannabis. And the ruling came from a federal court judge.

Top DEA Agent Won’t Admit Heroin More Harmful Than Marijuana — During a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart repeatedly refused to admit that anything was more addictive or harmful than marijuana.  Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado pressed Leonhart on whether illegal drugs like methamphetamine and crack, as well as legal prescription drugs, caused greater harm to public health compared to marijuana. But within a three minute time-span, Leonhart dodged his questions eleven times.

Chicago Decriminalizes Marijuana — The Chicago City Council last Wednesday voted to decriminalize possession of marijuana with an overwhelming 43-2 vote. The measure was backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  People who are caught with under half an ounce of marijuana will now face fines between $250 and $500, instead of being arrested.

New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Veto Upheld — Bad news from the Live Free Or Die state, where they won’t allow patients to live free, but seem to have no problem allowing them to die. The New Hampshire Legislature on Wednesday morning narrowly failed to overturn Gov. John Lynch’s veto of a proposed medical marijuana bill.

10 Worst Cases of Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Pot — Our government spends more than $7 billion annually to enforce marijuana prohibition in shockingly cruel ways, but the efforts have not deterred marijuana use. Here are some of the most egregious abuses.

Feds Seek to Derail Silver Tour — Robert Platshorn became the longest serving marijuana prisoner in United States history, doing almost 30 years in federal prison for importing Colombian pot in the 1970s. When he got out four years ago, Platshorn took up the cause of medical marijuana, launching The Silver Tour to bring the good news about cannabis to senior citizens.  Platshorn did his time, and when he got out, he started trying to make the world a better place and to help sick people. Now, even though he’s been officially released from the jurisdiction of the U.S. Parole Commission, the federal government is trying to silence him, ordering travel restrictions — which would effectively end The Silver Tour — and forbidding him to associate with fellow Silver Tour director, federal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld.

HEMP

Hemp: The Solution to Soil Decontamination  — Phytoremediation is the environmentally friendly science of using plants and trees to remove heavy metals and other toxins from contaminated soil. By planting specific plants and trees, called hyper-accumulators, in polluted areas, the contaminants can be reduced.  And no plant does the job better than hemp!

10 Reasons to Kill Our Absurd Ban on Growing Hemp — The only people who oppose the cultivation of industrial hemp are anti-cannabis bureaucracies, politicians, drug-testing companies and U.S. law enforcement.

INTERNATIONAL

Columbia Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Marijuana, Cocaine — Colombia’s Constitutional Court on Friday approved the government’s proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana for personal use. Anyone caught with less than 20 grams of marijuana or one gram of cocaine for personal use may receive physical or psychological treatment depending on their “state of consumption,” but may not be prosecuted or detained, the court ruled.

Edibles Panel, San Francisco High Times Medical Cannabis CupENTERTAINMENT

Snoop Dogg Arrested (again) at Oslo Airport For the second time this year, a pot-sniffing pooch got the better of pot-smoking superstar Snoop Dogg when the hip-hop legend was busted at Norway’s Oslo Airport on Thursday for possession of eight grams of chronic (slightly more than a quarter-ounce).

Edible Surprises at the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup — Yours truly, Cheri Sicard, had the honor of being an edibles judge at the Bay Area competition.  The winners surprised everyone.  Here are my top medicated edibles picks.

TAKE ACTION OPPORTUNITY

Help Save The Silver Tour — As we reported above, the feds are trying to silence cannabis hero Robert Platshorn and The Silver Tour.  The tour is in need of funds to help with legal costs and  to complete production of their TV Show “Should Grandma Smoke Pot?” You can help by contributing contributing at www.thesilvertour.org.

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