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Legal Cannabis Week #125

Week in review: Washington

Granger City Council enacted an I-502 moratorium.

Recreational cannabis prices hover around $12 a gram.

Save Our Agriculture and Rural Spaces complained to state and federal officials about a proposed pot farm near an unregistered private school.

Steep Hill Labs raises $5 million to expand operations.

Three former cops smoked pot for a funny video.

Rumors circle about Capitol Hill pot shop plans.

Trupanion reported increased claims for pet-related marijuana toxicity treatments.

Snoop Dogg visited Evergreen Market in Renton.

Cannabis retailers struggle to find real estate.

Leafly partnered with Uber to provide 4/20 ride coupons to cannabis consumers.

Colville Business Council placed a non-binding cannabis legalization question on the tribal ballot.

Ethan Russo spoke at the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance meeting.

Testing labs run few medical cannabis contaminant tests.

Federal Way City Council enacted a third I-502 moratorium.

Seattle Police Department arrested nearly 100 people suspected of distributing drugs downtown.

Washington shuns out-of-state cannabis investors.

Canary closed after the legislature hosed its half-hearted business model.

Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs asked Governor Jay Inslee to line-item veto nonprofit medical marijuana collective gardens.

Martin Tobias lost his Chase banking service.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill to overhaul the state’s medical cannabis laws.

Week in review: Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, D.C.

News related to the U.S. government is lumped here, because it happened in D.C. where pot’s now legal.

High Times Denver Cannabis Cup afforded free weed to attendees.

Colorado cannabis clubs offer pot to patrons.

President Obama talked medical cannabis with Sanjay Gupta.

Cannabis celebrants reveled in Denver.

University of Colorado Boulder opened the Quad on 4/20 for the first time in four years.

Cannabis activists toked on the National Mall.

Denver Police Department tweeted a light-hearted pot public service announcement.

Alaska State Legislature approved a new marijuana control board.

Denver Police Department cited nearly 200 people at 4/20 events.

Michelle Leonhart resigns as head of the Drug Enforcement Agency in May.

Marijuana activists cheered the news of Michelle Leonhart’s resignation.

Colorado officials met with a Virgin Islands delegation on a cannabis fact finding tour.

Adam Eidinger declined to leave a U.S. House of Representatives public hearing and was arrested.

Oregon Liquor Control Commission requested $10.5 million for its recreational marijuana program.

Colorado Senate Committee on Business, Labor, and Technology rejected a bill to require pregnancy warnings on pot products

Alaska Marine Highway System announced new procedures for handling pot onboard.

Black entrepreneurs compete in the marijuana industry.

Kevin Harrington keynoted the Marijuana Investor Summit in Denver.

Fort Collins Police arrested Julieane Jablonski for allegedly providing a pot brownie to her teenage son who jumped from a third-story window.

Colorado Senate approved a bill to create an industrial hemp “certified seed” program.

U.S. Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

Little Spider Creations leaves Denver because too many employees got high.

Week in review: other states

Amarillo Cannabis Culture rallies for pot in the Texas panhandle.

Metropolitan Detroit Community Action Coalition drafts legislation to regulate medical cannabis dispensaries.

Drug Policy Alliance released cannabis-positive stock photos.

Extravaganja hit the Amherst Town Common.

Hill Air Force Base reminded personnel about the military ban on hemp food.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned citizens about synthetic cannabis.

Omaha NORML gathers signatures for a Nebraska medical cannabis initiative.

Rossmoor Medical Marijuana Education and Support Club educates retirement community senior citizens.

California companies sold pot at the High Times Denver Cannabis Cup.

Ed Forchion prepares for his New Jersey cannabis possession appeal.

Nebraska Legislature Judiciary Committee advanced a medical cannabis bill.

Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office announced pot prosecution changes and dismissals.

Cannabis activists marched to the Indiana Statehouse.

Cannabis activists toked on the Minnesota Capitol steps.

Nugg delivers California cannabis to smartphone consumers, too.

Young Americans for Liberty distributed non-pot brownies at University of Iowa.

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians contracted for the construction of a cannabis production facility.

ResponsibleOhio cleared the 160,000 signature mark.

Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy met at UCLA.

Cannabis activists toked on the New Hampshire State House steps.

Mokena, Illinois Board of Trustees intends to approve a state-approved dispensary.

Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill to extend the state’s medical cannabis pilot program past 2018.

Missouri House of Representatives approved industrial hemp legislation.

Pennsylvania Representatives Russ Diamond and Marty Flynn introduced industrial hemp legislation.

Benjamin Hubbard faces charges for shooting at a Green Bay pot thief.

Tom Yamachika complained about a proposed 25% tax on medical cannabis in Hawaii.

Utah Senator Mark Madsen appealed to conservative Mormons to support medical cannabis.

Yuba Patients Coalition appealed to the California Supreme Court to allow a voter referendum on a cannabis cultivation ordinance.

Ohio Rights Group filed an elections complaint against ResponsibleOhio.

Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee forwarded a medical cannabis bill.

Stanislaus County, California sued Kiona’s Farm’acy.

Indiana Rep. Don Lehe said his industrial hemp bill is dead.

Drones deliver contraband into prisons.

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians added amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and ulcerative colitis to the state’s list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions.

Alabama Senator Jabo Waggoner promised to kill medical cannabis legislation.

Dresden, New York Town Board sent a letter to state regulators requesting a medical cannabis production license in the county.

South Carolina Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates presented an anti-marijuana conference.

Baywood Nurseries challenged Florida’s proposed low-THC medical cannabis rules.

Ted Berndt and Stephen Lulla vie to grow medical cannabis in New York.

Illinois House of Representatives approved a marijuana decriminalization bill.

New Mexico Department of Health awarded a cannabis software contract to BioTrackTHC.

Florida legislators concede medical cannabis is dead for the session.

Melbourne, Florida police arrested Ray and Margherita Cunningham for allegedly distributing medical cannabis and medical cannabis cards.

Michigan House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved a bill to protect anti-pot landlords.

Luck Pot treats San Francisco diners to medical cannabis meals.

Florida Department of Health argued Baywood Nurseries has no standing to sue over proposed medical cannabis rules.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected a cannabis legalization initiative as “not fair and truthful.”

Week in review: international

Caribbean governments created a commission to look into cannabis policy changes.

Queensland and Victoria joined New South Wales in medical cannabis trials.

London Police arrested 53 people at a Hyde Park 4/20 rally.

University of the West Indies planted Jamaica’s first legal cannabis research crop.

Virgin Islands Senator Terrance Nelson’s delegation enjoyed 4/20 in Denver.

Jesse Willesee smoked a joint in front of Sydney Town Hall.

Vancouver Downtown Business Improvement Association complained about the local 4/20 rally’s lack of permits.

Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party campaigns against the use of roadside saliva testing in New South Wales.

Vancouver, BC plans to regulate medical cannabis dispensaries.

European Court of Justice ruled that Germany may ban cannabis-convicted drivers.

Worth repeating

“In 1947 Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the MLB. Some people cursed him and spat in his face as he took the field. Jackie was told to stand tall, smile and play ball. That is just what he did. Later that year, Jackie won the Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award. If some people need to curse us and spit in our faces, we will stand tall and smile because we are simply here to play ball.”

Old McDonald’s Farm authorized agent T.J. McDonald on why allowing his pot grow next door to an unregistered religious school is akin to allowing black people to play professional sports

“I-502 promised to displace illegal sales, both from the street and from brick and mortar stores. I support that promise. The marijuana-dealing suspects with the most serious records are being charged by the U.S. Attorney; the County Prosecutor is charging others and I’ve agreed to charge those with the least extensive records with misdemeanor street vending or drug traffic loitering where possible based on our City code.”

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on the arrest of 100 alleged downtown drug dealers

“We respect and value the fact that each and every member of the community has a story to tell regarding whether or not they support marijuana, and this affords us an opportunity to at least gauge whether folks view this issue in a positive or negative light.”

Colville Business Council Chairman Jim Boyd on a tribal advisory vote on legal cannabis

“The people are very, very sweet to each other. They were sweet to me, treated me with a lot of kindness. It was a marvelous experience.”

Virgin Islands delegation member and former corrections officer Claude “Iya” Claxton on a 4/20 celebration in Denver

“I’ve been laboring in obscurity, and all of a sudden things have exploded in terms of interest.”

Medical cannabis specialist Dr. Ethan Russo on pioneering medical cannabis research before the dam broke

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