SF Weekly, 14 May 2015 - Lawmaking in San Francisco is a time-intensive process - except when there's an emergency, like the one Supervisor Katy Tang's office dealt with in late April. Tang - the Board of Supervisor's youngest member, who serves the Sunset District where she grew up - introduced new legislation on April 21. Usually, new laws go through a 30-day waiting period before the next step. But Tang was in a rush. "This is very timely and needed in a short period of time," Tang aide Ashley Summers wrote in an email that asked for a hearing within a week.
The Chico News & Review, 14 May 2015 - Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Seeking to Block Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance The folks fighting Measure A were back in court Wednesday (May 13), where Judge Stephen Benson threw out their lawsuit seeking to block the medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.
Sacramento News & Review, 14 May 2015 - I'm a 100 percent disabled veteran and I have a question about oils. I stopped using marijuana because it was a little hard on my lungs and left me short of breath sometimes. The oils with the vape pens are easier on my lungs and simpler to use. Please explain the difference in oils versus marijuana and whether the oil's safer for me to use. Thank you. - -Earl
Jerusalem Post, 14 May 2015 - The cause of marijuana legalization received a boost from an unlikely source on Wednesday, when Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino said it is time for the government and police to reexamine their policies on the use of cannabis and study how other countries were dealing with the matter. "I think the time has come for the Israel Police, together with the state, to reexamine their stance on cannabis. I think we must sit and study what's happening around the world," he said.
The Bulletin, 13 May 2015 - Call us old-fashioned, but we're troubled by the notion that among those setting the rules for marijuana markets in Oregon is a handful of folks who have had serious run-ins with the law over weed. Surely less tarnished "experts" could have been found. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission recently appointed more than 30 Oregonians to a trio of committees and subcommittees that will make recommendations about what legal marijuana markets should look like when shops open next year. Many are lawyers, though there are also a county commissioner, policemen and the Clackamas County Sheriff in the group.
Vancouver Courier, 13 May 2015 - In her own words, Dr. Patricia Daly is a "prevention physician." What does that mean? "My main goal is to prevent the harm associated with any psychoactive substance," says the chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health.
Kelowna Capital News, 13 May 2015 - A call by supporters of medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Kelowna for city council to come up with its own policies to allow dispensaries to operate here has fallen on deaf ears. Following a small rally by pro-pot supporters Monday afternoon outside city hall, Mayor Colin Basran dismissed the call, saying the issue is one of federal jurisdiction and until Ottawa changes the rules, the city will not issue business licences to dispensaries because they are illegal.
The Reporter, 13 May 2015 - Last month, New Mexico approved a bill banning the law-enforcement procedure allowing the seizure and sale of property alleged to have been used for criminal activities, where the property owners are not convicted or even charged with a crime, commonly known as civil asset forfeiture. The bill, HB560, requires a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited to the state, and passed both chambers with robust support from both Democrats and Republicans. Additionally, any proceeds from actual criminal convictions would be transferred to the state's general fund. Civil forfeiture (different than criminal forfeiture) ignores the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Once property is taken, it's up to the owner to prove that the property was not used in, or acquired with, criminal activity in order to get it back in expensive litigation with the government.
Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2015 - On-demand transportation company SideCar has partnered with Meadow, a self-described "full-service cannabis concierge," to deliver medical marijuana to patients in the Bay Area, the two San Francisco start-ups announced Tuesday. Under the arrangement, when medical marijuana card-holding patients order cannabis from one of Meadow's partner dispensaries, some of the deliveries will be made by SideCar drivers.
Seattle Weekly, 13 May 2015 - As states open up to marijuana, let's not forget those still serving hard time for possessing a plant. When I talk to my friends about the marijuana movement, most think it's a fun idea that's basically run its course.
Metro Times, 13 May 2015 - It was a smart bit of positioning the MI Legalize team has been doing in relation to the whole Michigan roads and infrastructure funding argument. They were smarter than Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican-controlled legislature were in parsing the mood of state voters on raising the sales tax by 1 percent - something Snyder went all in on before failing spectacularly. One of the cornerstones of the MI Legalize plan, which hasn't been finalized or registered with the state for petitioning, is that 40 percent of the taxes raised will go to fixing the roads. Voters didn't want to pay the sales tax, but they may well decide to let the stoners pay for it.
Colorado Springs Independent, 13 May 2015 - Expo coming soon You've got five weeks to empty your schedule for June 19 and 20. That's when the U.S. Cannabis Expo (uscannabisexpo.com) hits the Colorado Springs Event Center (3960 Palmer Park Blvd.) for an event full of speakers, seminars and more.