Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Florida Supreme Court Will Hear Medical Marijuana Measure

by David Downs
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM

The Florida Supreme Court has set December 5 as the date for arguments in a lawsuit over the placement of a medical marijuana measure before Florida voters. Last month, medical marijuana advocates People United for Medical Marijuana submitted petitions and ballot language for a November 2014 measure vote. Last week, however, Attorney General Pam Bondi asked the Supreme Court to throw it out.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pot Shop Landlords Begin Paying Measure D Fines in Los Angeles

by David Downs
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

A South Los Angeles landlord is the first to pay a $500 fine under the city's new law — Measure D. The fine was for leasing space to an unauthorized pot club.

LA voters approved regulations at the ballot box that allow for about 135 dispensaries in the city. Hundreds of others have to close.

A spokesman for City Attorney Mike Feuer told City News Service that Donald Curtis Andrews, who leased space to Universal Holistic Collective pleaded no contest on October 8 to violating Measure D. He owes the city $500 and cannot rent to another pot club or he faces stiffer penalties.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Pot Legalization Reverberates Through the Court System

by David Downs
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Pot legalization in Colorado and Washington in 2012 was a cultural lightning strike that touched down on a legal fault line. Ever since, deep, powerful forces in the legal landscape have begun sliding and grinding. The Baltimore Sun records one such aftershock — judges are dipping below established sentencing guidelines when punishing Americans for weed crime.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Research Shows that Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells

by David Downs
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

New research published this month in the journal Anticancer Research concludes that certain non-psychoactive cannabinoids "resulted in dramatic reductions in [leukemia] cell viability" and "caused a simultaneous arrest at all phases of the [leukemia] cell cycle," according to an abstract posted online.

Study author Wai Liu, a University of London - St. George's medical school oncologist, tested six cannabinoids, together and independently, on leukemia cells.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Got Real Drugs? Bring Them To The Saturday Prescription Drug Take-Back

by David Downs
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Focusing on cannabis — which has no lethal dose — has clued us into the insane number of unintentional prescription drug overdose deaths in America, which total about 18,000 per year. Statistically, two Americans will die from an unintentional overdose of drugs like Vicodin or Oxycontin before the end of your lunch hour.

Amplifying this insanity is the fact that there's no easy way to even dispose of the drugs. Throwing them in the garbage poisons the land, and flushing them down the toilet fouls our waters. In response, the DEA has been holding wildly successful prescription drug take-back days, which return to Alameda County Saturday date.

The Alameda County DA's office will participate in the nationwide event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the:

Alameda County Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

And the Hayward Hall of Justice, 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mother Jones: Legal Pot in US by 2020

by David Downs
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

With Gallup reporting that a record-high 58 percent of Americans support legalizing pot, Mother Jones' Kevin Drum writes that the plant will be legal nationwide by 2020.

"I have a rule of thumb that favorability ratings need to reach about 65 percent before you hit a tipping point where a major social change starts getting codified into law nationwide," Drum writes.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Vallejo's Marijuana Raids Prove Ill-Advised, Wasteful, Costly

by David Downs
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The bankrupt Bay Area town of Vallejo seems to have money to burn on fruitless and unjust marijuana cases. And the costs are piling up.

On Saturday the Vallejo Times-Herald reported that a dispensary owner who was raided in Vallejo is suing the city for abuse of power, excessive force, and retaliation.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Poll: 65 Percent of Californians Support Tightly Regulated Pot Legalization

by David Downs
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Polling firm Tulchin Research released the results of a new survey today showing 65 percent of Californians support the taxation and regulation of marijuana.

“The survey makes it clear that voters offer strong support for legalizing marijuana when it is coupled with a comprehensive regulatory system and an ability to collect revenues to fund public services,” the San Francisco polling firm stated in a release.

The phone survey of 1,200 California voters was conducted September 26 and October 6 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Berkeley's Weed Speakeasy, 40 Acres, Searched for Code Violations

by David Downs
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Berkeley city officials including police and code enforcement officials paid a visit to the town's infamous, seedy weed speakeasy, 40 Acres Collective, last Tuesday, Berkeleyside reports. Officials were after code violations in the heavily modified warren of connected apartments at 1820 San Pablo Avenue, where the medical marijuana collective has operated for four years, selling pot to members without a permit from the city.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

'Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014' Filed in California

by David Downs
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Another group has decided to shoot for pot legalization in California by 2014. According to San Jose dispensary operator Dave Hodges, his group submitted to the State of California for review the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014 on Friday. Now the Secretary of State must review the ballot language and if it's approved for circulation, allow the group to begin gathering signatures to put the initiative before California voters in November 2014.

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