Political satirist and host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report took a look Tuesday at the reports that marijuana improves metabolism, may prevent diabetes and keep people skinny in a segment called "Cheating Death".
"The idea that this stupid ... study could eat into the profits of these great American pharmaceuticals makes my blood boil!"
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Los Angeles voters chose to drastically reduce the number of storefronts selling medical marijuana yesterday, passing Measure D by a wide margin, 62 to 37 percent.
Watchers expected about 20 percent of L.A.'s 2.4 million registered voters to participate in the city's May 21 general election, which included three voter initiatives to regulate medical marijuana stores. The vast, diverse metropolis has tried and failed to regulate such storefronts since at least 2007, and about 472 are thought to be open in city limits, according to one independent study by researchers at UCLA.
Measures D, E, and F all contained various forms of medical marijuana club regulations. Chief among them, Measure D caps the number of clubs at about 135, while Measure F contained no such cap. All were feared doomed, but Measure D took 62 percent 'yes', to 37 percent 'no' with 380,108 voters participating.
A bill to better protect medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives passed the California Senate yesterday, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's office reports.
According to the bill's analysis, SB 439 clarifies that a cooperative, collective or other business entity that operates within the Attorney General's "Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use" will not be subject to prosecution for marijuana possession or commerce, as specified.
The bill stems from the fact that law enforcement in medical marijuana-unfriendly counties have been arresting medical pot growers, and raiding collectives and dispensaries, arguing that all collective sales are illegal. SB 439 makes it abundantly clear that collective sales as well as storefronts are legal.
You know who could use some medical marijuana education? The San Francisco peninsula, where it's seemingly nothing but dispensary bans from the San Francisco border to San Jose. That's just cruel.
To that end, your humble, ever-faithful Legalization Nation editor is scheduled to speak Saturday, May 18 at 4:40 p.m. in Burlingame, CA. at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo.
California forces thousands of teens convicted of minor marijuana offenses into "drug rehabilitation", but who are the drug counselors?
Sometimes pedophiles and thieves, according to a California State Senate investigation showing a deplorable lack of oversight of the drug rehab industry.
"California does not require a criminal background check for drug and alcohol counselors, nor does it ask applicants to report their criminal histories, according to the report, which found that at least 23 sex offenders have been permitted to work as counselors since 2005," the L.A. Times reports.
"What happens when we take the polarizing issue of cannabis consumptions and frame it as if it was a classy winetasting session? Become a pot afficionado," writes @kyleykim, Global Post's Deputy Social Media and News Desk Editor. Click to enlarge the image below. (via Reddit)
A Michigan lawmaker wants to pass a bill to limit police use of children in drug stings to children ages 13 and up, after Michigan narcs used a 14 year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy to set up a 36-year-old parolee. The father of the 14-year-old has filed a complaint with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. “To me, it was absolutely ridiculous to think that this was OK,” the father told the Detroit Free Press. “If this guy ever gets out of prison, the repercussions could be huge.”
Colorado became the first U.S. state to regulate and tax sales of recreational marijuana yesterday, the Denver Post reports. Legislators levied a 15 percent excise tax, and a 10 percent sales tax on cannabis in order to pay for enforcing regulations like capping marijuana sales to Colorado visitors at a quarter of an ounce, a six-plant limit on pot gardens, mandatory child-resistant packaging, potency information and serving-size limits for edible marijuana. How grown-up!
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates took local U.S. Attorney (and rumored Berkeley resident) Melinda Haag to task Wednesday for harassing Berkeley Patients Group. The popular, permitted medical cannabis dispensary in Berkeley faces federal forfeiture efforts from Haag yet again, leading to a press conference yesterday where town leaders defended the Better Business Bureau member and ripped on the U.S. Attorney.
Popular Berkeley medical cannabis dispensary Berkeley Patients Group is being targeted again by the federal government, reports state. The US Attorney is attempting to seize BPG's new location at 2366 San Pablo Avenue. BPG had re-opened in the location after the feds forced the club from its home at 2477 San Pablo in 2012 on the grounds that it was too close to a school. This time, however, the landlord and the dispensary seem ready to fight federal action, arguing that the new location is nowhere near any school.