This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Latest Swing State Polling Shows HUGE Support for Ending Prohibition; CA Gov Brown Vetoes New Hash Crimes Bill; How Drug Conspiracy Laws Put Regular People in Prison for Life; Can Legal Weed Save the Music Industry?; Ohio Sues City Over Marijuana Ordinance; Kettle Falls Five Members get Federal Prison Time; and more.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Latest Swing State Polling Shows HUGE Support for Ending Prohibition –The latest swing-state polling numbers via the fine folks who conduct theindependent Quinnipiac University Poll finds remarkably high public support for ending marijuana prohibition, especially with respect to allowing adults “to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it.”
How Drug Conspiracy Laws Put Regular People in Prison for Life –When many Americans think of drug conspiracies, images of Mexican Sinaloa cartel members buying off DEA agents might come to mind. But the reality is very different. At the federal level, mandatory minimums were applied to trafficking conspiracies at the height of the drug panic in 1988, and courts were soon crowded with suspects accused of playing some roleno matter how trivial, incidental or arbitraryin delivering drugs to the public. Many states have their own conspiracy laws, and even today, friends and acquaintances of actual traffickers can get sentenced to life in prison because of some vague connection to the legit players running the drug trade.
Kettle Falls Five Members Get Federal Prison Time –The marijuana grow that netted jail time for four members of a self-proclaimed medicinal farming family out of Stevens County may have started with good intentions, but ended as a distribution center, said the federal judge who handed down their sentencesFriday.Rice sentenced Rolland Gregg to 2 years and 9 months in prison. He gave Greggs wife, Michelle, and his mother, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 1 year and 1 day in federal custody. All will remain out of prison pending an appeal, a notice of which will be filed in the next two weeks, said lead defense attorney PhilTelfeyan.
Marijuana News State by State
California Gov Brown Vetoes New Hash Crimes Bill –California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed a bill which would have created new penalties for making hash oil with flammable chemicals like butane. Brown said the state already has enough laws, and a prison overcrowding problem, and doesn’t need to make the problem worse.
Ohio Sues City Over Marijuana Ordinance — The Ohio Attorney Generals Office filed suit Tuesday against the city of Toledo, asking a judge to declare invalid several key sections of the citys new Sensible Marihuana Ordinance.The legal challenge in Lucas County Common Pleas Court claims several portions of the voter-approved Toledo law, including restricting fines and incarceration for marijuana possession, contradict Ohio law.Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates and Sheriff John Tharp joined Attorney General Mike DeWine in the lawsuit.
California: Will Tech Investor Sean Parker Start Yet Another Legalization Initiative? –Billionaire and early Facebook investor Sean Parker may be gearing up to lead a campaign to legalize the adult use of pot in California. According to six sources well-placed in the legalization movement, after months of talks among weed reformers, Parker and several associates have decided to draft and back their own initiative for the 2016 ballot.
Entertainment Marijuana News
Can Legal Weed Save the Music Industry? — Amid the collapse of physical record sales, the Bay Area’s album mecca, Amoeba Music, is hoping to open a medical cannabis dispensary inside its Berkeley flagship store.
Marijuana Recipe of the Week
Enlightened Waldorf Salad –I call this my Enlightened Waldorf Salad not only because it is progressive enough to contain cannabis, but also because I cut the traditional recipes high fat content by mixing in some plain yogurt for some of the mayonnaise in this classic retro salad.