This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: How California’s Prop 64 Could Help Some Federal Prisoners; Colorado Politicians Lend Lies to Prohibitionists in AZ and CA; Santa Claus Endorses Medical Marijuana; Starbucks Wins Over $500,000 in Damages Over Dabuccino Smoking Line; This Farm-To-Table Marijuana Dinner Serves Freshly Picked Greens; Why I am Voting for Prop 64; and more.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Colorado Politicians Lend Lies to Pot Prohibitionists in AZ and CA — In an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper conceded that marijuana legalization so far has turned out better than he expected but suggested that other states should wait for more data before they follow Colorado’s example. “I urge caution,” he said a week before voters in five states decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. “My recommendation has been to go slowly and probably wait a couple years and let’s make sure we get some good vertical studies to make sure that there isn’t a dramatic increase in teenage usage, that there isn’t a significant increase in abuse like while driving. We don’t see it yet…but we don’t have enough data to make that decision.” That’s a perfectly reasonable position, if you assume that continued prohibition imposes no costs and that there is no moral problem with punishing people for actions that violate no one’s rights.
Santa Claus Endorses Medical Marijuana — As communities across Alaska try to figure out how to handle the new legalized marijuana industry, many are opting out. Among those just saying no is the tiny town of North Pole, and that’s not sitting well with the town’s most famous resident: Santa Claus has put medical marijuana on his “nice” list.
Marijuana Business News
Starbucks Wins Over $500,000 in Damages Over Dabuccino Smoking Line — Caffeine is a stimulant, cannabis is a psychoactive drug—and Starbucks doesn’t want anyone to confuse its product with something that promotes a mostly-illegal substance. According to Law360, a U.S. District Court judge in New York has ordered an Oregon artist named James Landgraf to repay Starbucks $410,800 — $300,000 for copyright infringement, $99,000 for trademark infringement and $11,580 in attorneys’ fees — for designing a water pipe that looked way too much like the coffee company’s Frappuccino cups.
Marijuana News State by State
Why I (Cheri) Am Voting for the AUMA or Prop 64 — Enough of you have asked, so I guess I can’t put it off any longer and I need to answer how I voted on Prop 64, or California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) and why I did.
How California’s Prop 64 Could Help Some Federal Prisoners — Under Prop 64, most marijuana felonies in the state of California will become misdemeanors, and that applies retroactively. This means state marijuana prisoners get an immediate chance at release. But even beyond state prisoners, this law will also help some federal prisoners. One such inmate is Corvain Cooper, 37, serving a sentence of life without parole (LWOP) for a nonviolent marijuana conspiracy. Two California state priors for marijuana helped prosecutors win that harsh sentence in federal court. However, if Prop 64 passes, Corvain’s prior felonies would become misdemeanors, and he would no longer qualify for a life sentence.
Life in Prison for Pot? Prop 64 Could Change That — Though his fate will hang in the balance on Election Day, Corvain Cooper won’t get to cast a ballot. The 37-year-old will be in a cell in central California’s Atwater federal prison, where he’s serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for convictions involving marijuana. But California’s adult Use of Marijuana Act could change that.
Marijuana Lifestyle News
This Farm-To-Table Marijuana Dinner Serves Freshly Picked Greens — To introduce their line of artisnal Mendocino grown cannabis to the Los Angeles market, Flow Kana held an incredible dinner party. Since I was one the lucky ones to get an invitation I can vouch for that. I will be writing more about this innovative company in the future. In the meantime, here’s what the LA Weekly had to say.
Marijuana Recipes: Mini Marijuana Pumpkin Cheesecakes — Use 1/2-cup sized ramekins to make guests their own individual marijuana pumpkin cheesecakes. Talk about a festive Thanksgiving! These are even freezer friendly! Make and bake, cool completely, then wrap and freeze the Pumpkin Marijuana Cheesecakes in the ramekin. Bring to room temperature and enjoy!