This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Nearly 1800 Killed in Philippine Drug War;Jesse Ventura: The DEA Has Been Toying with Us About Rescheduling Marijuana; Michigan Seizing Home of Couple Over Marijuana, No Charges Filed; Michigan Court Says No to Marijuana Ballot Initiative; Oregon Collects $25.5 Million in MJ Taxes Sinces Start of the Year; High Times Signs with UTA Makes Major Move Into Marijuana Media; UFC FIghter Nate Diaz Could Face Sanctions for Vaping Cannabis; and more.
Happy Birthday. August 27, to Paul Free, serving a sentence of Life Without Parole for a nonviolent marijuana conspiracy offense. Paul Free is 66 years old today and has been incarcerated for 22 years.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Jesse Ventura: The DEA Has Been Toying with Us About Rescheduling Marijuana — See, it comes down to job security. Why on earth would they reverse their position on marijuana? That would mean for the past 45 years, they’ve been prosecuting American citizens unjustly, ruining lives, and for what? Nothing. Literally nothing. Imagine if the DEA did reclassify marijuana. Would everyone with a marijuana conviction then be able to sue the DEA? Would their sentences be commuted? Would we see amnesty for marijuana offenders?”
Court Says Residency Where Marijuana Is Legal No Reason for Police Search — A federal appeals court on Tuesday said police officers cannot stop and search vehicles belonging to out-of-state motorists simply because of where they are registered, including states where marijuana use is legal. By a 2-1 vote, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said two Kansas Highway Patrol officers violated the constitutional rights of Colorado motorist Peter Vasquez in December 2011 by pulling him over and searching his car after he had been driving alone at night on Interstate 70. The officers relied heavily on Vasquez’s residency to justify the search, which uncovered nothing illegal, saying Colorado was a known “drug source” where marijuana is legal.
International Marijuana News
Nearly 1800 Killed in Philippine Drug War — Killings by the police and vigilantes in the Philippines’ war on drugs have soared to nearly 1,800 in the seven weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office, the nation’s top police official told a Senate hearing on Monday.
Marijuana News State-by-State
Michigan Court Says No to Marijuana Ballot Initiative — A campaign to put a marijuana-legalization question on Michigan ballots suffered a setback today that could keep the measure off November ballots. The petition campaign called MI Legalize failed to submit enough valid petition signatures, according to a ruling by the Michigan Court of Claims. Although MI Legalize submitted 354,000 signatures — well over the 252,000 required — the court agreed with a State Board of Canvassers decision in June, deciding that “more than 200,000 were collected more than 180 days before the petition was submitted” to the Secretary of State — a violation of state law.
Michigan Seizing Home of Couple Over Marijuana, No Charges Filed — Kenneth and Mary Murray operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Traverse City, Michigan. The state is currently trying to take their home under civil asset forfeiture laws—even though the couple hasn’t been charged with any crime.”
Missouri Prosecutors Argue Pot Destroys Children’s Lives — Although medical marijuana has been known to improve the quality of life for many children suffering from severe health conditions, a group of Missouri prosecutors has filed a lawsuit intended to prevent the voting public from deciding on whether to legalize a medicinal cannabis program in the upcoming November election. The reason for this retaliation, they say, is because the herb “destroys children’s lives and results in addiction and a lifetime of suffering.
Oregon Collects $25.5 Million in MJ Taxes Sinces Start of the Year — Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries have sold an estimated $102 million in recreational cannabis since January, when the state imposed a 25 percent sales tax on pot. The state has collected about $25.5 million in marijuana taxes in the first six months of the year and is on track to meet state economists’ projections.
Marijuana Business News
High Times Signs with UTA Makes Major Move Into Marijuana Media — High Times is preparing to make major moves. The print and digital magazine that has been covering cannabis for more than 40 years recently signed an agreement with United Talent Agency, a global powerhouse that represents everyone from Will Farrell to Mariah Carey.
Marijuana Sports News
UFC FIghter Nate Diaz Could Face Sanctions for Vaping Cannabis — Diaz might be facing a UFC anti-doping policy potential violation for vaping cannabis at the UFC post-fight press conference Saturday night in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting has learned. Diaz was vaping on the dais and, when asked, said it was CBD, or cannibidiol oil.
Marijuana Lifestyle News
Where Do Seniors Get Their Weed? — Apart from mainstream media recognition, specialized educational websites are popping up to cater to an older audience. Longtime cannabis activist and author Cheri Sicard created the website Senior Stoner earlier this year to provide information to the population that has the most to gain from using the plant. Articles on the site cater to the curiosities and needs of the older demographic.
This LA Chef Will Cook You a Weed Infused Feast — “Would you like to come to a private cannabis-infused dinner? It is an upscale event with an intimate setting where the chef pairs each plate to compliment terpenes found in cannabis.” You bet! Read all about the amazing Chef Andrea Drummer of Elevation VIP!