Regulation & Legislation

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DEA Says It Will Ignore President Obama's Wishes During Congressional Hearing on Marijuana Policy

by David Downs
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Imagine if a vice-president at Google told Congress she thought that company CEO Larry Page was doing a bad job, and that the rank-and-file employees at Google aren’t going to listen to the boss. How long would it take to fire that gal?

Well, the clock’s ticking on Drug Enforcement Administration Chief Michele Leonhart. She's saying her anti-marijuana agency is “fighting back” against White House instructions to focus on heroin and OxyContin deaths, and leave alone lawful cannabis activity in Colorado and Washington.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Check Out Colorado’s Condescending New PSAs

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM

You’d have to be insane to assume that just because a state like Colorado legalized adult-only possession and use of cannabis, it also would legalize driving under the influence of THC.

If you’re one of those lunatics, or maybe you’re just in need of a reminder, the Colorado Department of Transportation has whipped up some funny — if condescending — public service announcements reminding folks of the obvious: it’s still illegal to drive high in Colorado, and everywhere else in the civilized world.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

California Bans Rat Poison Often Found on Trespass Pot Farms

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

California has approved a statewide ban on direct-to-consumer sales of certain animal poisons that are killing mountain lions, hawks, foxes, owls, and pacific fishers. These so-called "anticoagulant rodenticides" are popular in residential neighborhoods, on farms, and on trespass pot grows — where criminals use them to poison wildlife that nibbles the plant.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

First Legal Pot Grower Licensed in Washington? You Guessed It: Kouchlock Productions

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

The state of Washington awarded its first ever legal pot-growing permit on March 5.

And the name of the historic recipient of the soggy state’s first-ever license to grow and process cannabis? None other than “Kouchlock Productions.” How auspicious.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Colorado Reports $14 million in Pot Sales for January; $3.5M in taxes and fees

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The Colorado Department of Revenue released yesterday a much-anticipated report on legal weed sales and tax revenue for the Rocky Mountain state, which began to tax and regulate over-the-counter pot sales to adults over 21 on January 1.

And the results are promising.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

California Democrats Move to Make Marijuana Legalization Part of Their Platform

by David Downs
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM

California’s Democratic Party officials moved to make regulating cannabis like alcohol a plank of their platform during a voice vote Sunday at their convention in Los Angeles, the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle report.

California should be leading the national debate about pot, not following, said Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in a speech to the convention. Watch below.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pot Taxes Funding New Colorado Courts: 'We're Going To Have To Sell More Weed'

by David Downs
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Legal cannabis taxes have begun funding much-needed upgrades to Colorado’s judicial system, according to reports, in some of the first signs of legalization’s effects in the Rocky Mountain State.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday afternoon that the southern Colorado county of Pueblo was the first in the state to quantify tax revenues from the legal sales of weed, which began January 1.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Think of What California Could Do With An Extra Billion Dollars

by David Downs
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Fresh off the news that taxing and regulating pot will almost certainly not happen in California this year, Colorado reports that it will receive about $100 million in expected weed taxes this year. The money will be spent on public schools, and public health like youth drug-use prevention.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

White House Gives Banks "Red Light" on Servicing Pot Shops

by David Downs
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM

On Friday, the federal government released a memo (.pdf), telling banks how they could work with legal marijuana businesses in Colorado, Washington, and elsewhere.

The memo is being billed as a “green light” for banks to work with the legal weed industry, but the text of the memo reads like anything but. The federal government essentially told banks that accepting marijuana cash still breaks federal money-laundering laws, and if banks chose to do so, they should file a bunch of extra reports to the government that would likely constitute self-incrimination.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Gripes of Wrath: Fresno County Bans All Medical Cannabis Cultivation

by David Downs
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Hell hath no fury like a homeowner who thinks his property value is in decline, folks.

Driven by nuisance complaints, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 last night to ban all medical cannabis cultivation in unincorporated parts of the county, the Fresno Bee reports. The ban institutes fines of $1,000 per plant and $100 per plant per day for each day the plants remain after the first fine. The ordinance takes effect in thirty days.

Pot remains illegal federally and in the state of California, though Californians approved medical defenses against charges of illegal pot growing in 1996. Patients can legally grow up up twelve immature plants or six mature plants unless a doctor says they need more. Typically, federal law enforcement won’t prosecute cases of less than one hundred plants.

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