Legal Cannabis Week #60

Legislative weed watch

The Washington State legislative hotline is 800-562-6000, or 800-LOAN-000. For a good mnemonic device, remember “toll free, loan nothing.” Here are some legislative headlines:

Lawmakers: No tax breaks for pot production
JAN 21 | The Daily News

Medical marijuana: Is new regulation in the pot leaves?
JAN 22 | Crosscut

Pot bills concern access and safety
JAN 22 | Spokesman-Review

Bill would hire more police with Wash. pot tax revenue
JAN 22 | Associated Press

Washington lawmakers consider whether or not minors who attempt to buy pot should be penalized as criminals
JAN 23 | The Oregonian

Medical pot bill moves to House
JAN 23 | Spokesman-Review

Week in review

NFL players consume cannabis, and should be allowed to.

Rep. Allen Peak pushes for medical cannabis in Georgia.

Sen. Rick Jones introduced a bill to allow Michigan judges to kidnap children from medical cannabis patients.

Wyoming NORML filed a legalization initiative.

Parents push for medical cannabis in Minnesota.

Las Vegas stumbles toward medical cannabis dispensaries.

Senator Constance Johnson introduced a bill to legalize marijuana in Oklahoma.

Bill Gates voted yes on Initiative 502. Smart fella!

The Olympian demands legislative action to stop cities from banning pot.

Investors warm to cannabis risks.

Illinois released draft medical cannabis regulations.

Seattle Times supports municipal marijuana moratorium option.

Facebook and Google prohibit legal pot ads.

Michael Balderstone encouraged the Australian government to legalize cannabis.

Sheriff Joe DiSalvo convenes a community roundtable on legal cannabis in Pitkin County, Colorado.

Colin Davies abandoned plans for a cannabis social club in Manchester, England.

Kirkland City Council considers cannabis zoning at its February 4 meeting.

Rep. Jared Polis invited President Obama and Senator Harry Reid on a dispensary tour.

Yakima City Council enacted an I-502 moratorium.

Colorado allows untested cannabis.

Kamal Worrell, Krystl Assan, and Eron Hill resigned from a Bermudian cannabis commission.

Albert Zepeda asked Quincy City Council to repeal its I-502 moratorium.

Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division finalized recreational cannabis rules.

College students study cannabis.

Illinois intends to take away pot patient gun rights.

United States Coast Guard threatens cannabis boaters.

House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee heard testimony on a bill to further criminalize youth cannabis purchases.

Attorney General Eric Holder said federal regulators will soon change pot banking rules.

The ArcView Group met in Las Vegas.

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association endorsed a medical cannabis bill.

Colorado NORML and Washington NORML wagered on the Super Bowl.

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes reiterated his request for more retail cannabis stores.

Sergeant Sean Whitcomb faces an internal complain over Seattle Police Department’s Hempfest Doritos giveaway.

Mark Fitzsimmons asked to be charged with cannabis possession to challenge Ireland’s pot laws.

Transportation Security Administration cedes legal cannabis to local cops.

Delegate Mike Manypenny introduced medical cannabis legislation in West Virginia.

Governor Rick Perry supports cannabis decriminalization.

Tweede Kamerlid Merith Rebel-Volp suggested legalizing cannabis production in the Netherlands.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari announced legislation to legalize cannabis in New Jersey.

Rep. Rida Cabanilla introduced legislation to study cannabis legalization options in Hawaii.

United for Care qualified a medical cannabis initiative for the Florida ballot.

Dr. Carola Kieve sued New Mexico for disallowing medical cannabis to PTSD patients.

Louisiana House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee considered a cannabis bill.

Sen. Nicholas Scutari intends to introduce legislation to legalize cannabis in New Jersey.

Pot shop ATMs raise concern.

Worth repeating

“You don’t want just huge amounts of cash in these places. They want to be able to use the banking system. And so we will be issuing some regulations I think very soon to deal with that issue.”

Attorney General Eric Holder on allowing cannabis industries access to the banking system

“What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry on cannabis decriminalization

“We’ve known in Nimbin for years to give people a joint when they’re pissed and aggro because it works most times.”

HEMP Party Australia President Michael Balderstone on the mellowing properties of marijuana


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