Legal Cannabis Week #61

Super Bowl provides amazing pot activism hook

Seahawks win! Ooooooh yeah! This is the first time Seattle has taken home a professional sports championship since the Supersonics won back in ’79, three months after I was born. It is exciting times ’round here, to say the least.

For those living under a rock, the Super Bowl this year featured the two teams from states that legalized cannabis, creating a perfect opportunity for mass-media pot activism. The scale of the energy underlying these professional sports can not be understated, and however you cut it and whoever your preferred team, cannabis was a clear winner. NORML made news for betting a song-and-dance routine between its Washington and Colorado chapters:

NORML offices in Denver, Seattle make Super Bowl bet
JAN 23 | The Cannabist

Gene Johnson summed up all the light-hearted cannabis humor surrounding the game:

THC-Hawks? Pot puns pack this Super Bowl
JAN 27 | Associated Press

Marijuana Policy Project purchased pro-cannabis billboards near the stadium:

Marijuana activists are putting up 5 billboard ads near the Superbowl
JAN 28 | Washington Post

This led the neo-prohibitionists at Project SAM to purchase anti-pot billboards which, in turn, led Marijuana Policy Project to purchase two more billboards, using Project SAM’s rhetoric against them:

The Super Bowl is the latest front in the fight over legalizing marijuana
FEB 1 | Washington Post

The players, coaches and NFL commissioner were asked about cannabis — repeatedly. NFL head Roger Goodell said the league would consider allowing medical cannabis for players:

Roger Goodell: NFL may allow medical marijuana if it helps with concussions
JAN 23 | Sports Illustrated

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the NFL should look into allowing medical cannabis:

Carroll weighs in on medicinal pot

Dispensary operator Nate “Diggity” Johnson made news for naming some pot after a Seahawks player:

Pot grower’s ‘Beast Mode’ strain packs punch
JAN 26 | Seattle Times

Non-plussed with the city-to-city bets thus far, I bet Mitch Shenassa from KindReviews an ounce of legal pot while doing a Super Bowl-related interview on CBC Radio:

Stoner Super Bowl
JAN 31 | CBC Radio

I’m proud to report that Denver will be paying up one legal ounce of local favorite Bruce Banner #5 to your’s truly! And Colorado NORML will soon be wearing Hawks gear and singing Purple Haze by Seattle-native Jimi Hendrix. Go Seahawks! And go cannabis!

And on an even lighter note, check out this Seahawks music video.

Week in review

Jamen Shively announced his penny stock plans and is still suggesting his banana-plant-growing grandpa was the world’s largest cannabis hemp producer.

Michele Leonhart slammed President Obama over softball and the American flag.

Medical cannabis advocates penned an open letter to the legislature.

California cops vowed to oppose cannabis regulation.

Brendan Kennedy and Alex Cooley seek sustainable pot profits.

Marysville Planning Commission voted to recommend and I-502 moratorium.

Vail, Colorado strains to make cannabis users feel unwelcome.

Marijuana IPOs risk lawsuits.

Justin Hartfield hopes to raise $25 million for cannabis investments.

Association of Washington Cities opposes state pre-emption, also known as RCW 69.50.608.

Denver County Fair added cannabis awards.

Marijuana Policy Project started an online petition to fire DEA head Michele Leonhart.

Rep. Rida Cabanilla introduced legislation to legalize cannabis in Hawaii.

Uruguayan researchers announced a cannabis sleep study.

Sativex costs around $20,000 per year in New Zealand.

Walla Walla Union Bulletin applauded the city council’s decision to zone for cannabis.

Washougal City Council heard testimony on it’s I-502 moratorium.

Bainbridge Island Review suggests respecting the cannabis wishes of local voters.

Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners asked the Planning Commission to draft cannabis zoning.

Moses Lake intends to allow cannabis businesses, despite the state Attorney General’s opinion that they can ban it.

Washington State Liquor Control Board finished preliminary processing of the pot license backlog.

Rep. Allen Peake introduced legislation to legalize cannabis in Georgia.

Health Canada licensed only five medical cannabis producers ahead of sweeping program changes in April.

United States House of Representatives passed a farm bill that will legalize industrial hemp.

Guam legislators amended a cannabis bill to require a vote of the people.

John Walters searches for work in the legal pot industry.

Eric Holder compared cannabis to alcohol.

Point Roberts entrepreneurs applied for legal pot licenses.

House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee heard testimony on bills to prohibit I-502 moratoriums.

Tacoma News Tribune tires of the “marijuana is safer than alcohol” meme and suggests we focus on keeping kids cannabis-free.

Lynette Shaw faces federal harassment over her California compassion club.

Coroner Sheriff Payne claimed a British woman died of a cannabis overdose.

Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference drew a packed house.

Rhode Islanders support legal cannabis, survey says.

Sequim and Clallam County expect to treat cannabis like tomato plants.

Rick Garza predicts ample pot when state-licensed cannabis shops open in Washington.

Carla Lowe promotes prohibitionist rhetoric.

Dutch mayors called for regulated cannabis production.

Hawaii voters support legal cannabis, survey says.

President Obama prevaricated on federal cannabis rescheduling questions.

Uruguay launched cannabis training courses.

Peter Ward demanded the FBI return BitCoins seized in the Silk Road raid.

Denver air travel increased since legal pot shops opened.

Jim Camden tires of the “marijuana is racist” argument frequently pitched in legislative hearings.

Black leaders shift their views on cannabis.

Worth repeating

“Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this.”

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on medical cannabis

“A really forward-looking legislature would establish a standing commission of medical cannabis experts to construct medical regulatory frameworks that are as attentive to the WHO’s enumeration of the four elements comprising the right to health (Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability, and Quality) as they are to the Cole II memo’s eight conditions for avoiding Federal intervention.”

Allison Bigelow, Andrew Wichman, Dale Rogers, Dr. Dominic Corva, Jeremy Miller, John Davis, Kristin Flor, Shawn DeNae and Vivian McPeak on medical cannabis legislation

“We thought it was time for us to take that leap and represent one of the things Denver has going on.”

Denver County Fair spokeswoman Tracy Weil on adding cannabis awards to the annual event

“She was particularly frustrated with the fact that, according to her, the White House participated in a softball game with a pro-legalization group. … But she said her lowest point in 33 years in the DEA was when she learned they’d flown a hemp flag over the Capitol on July 4. The sheriffs were all shocked. This is the first time in 28 years I’ve ever heard anyone in her position be this candid.”

Bristol County, Massachusetts Sheriff Thomas Hodgson on DEA head Michele Leonhart’s comments about President Obama


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