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Legal Cannabis Week #99

Week in review

Anaheim cuts power to dispensaries.

Botany Unlimited Design & Supply received fines for on-site paraphernalia and a missing alarm system, and also operates in a moratorium city.

Lewiston, Maine City Council placed a legalization initiative on the ballot.

Iowa Marijuana Company appears to be a hoax.

Arizona State Health Director Will Humble suggested stricter rules on adding medical marijuana conditions.

Arizona Rep. Ethan Orr intends to introduce a legalization bill.

Advocates complain about $125,000 annual fees for pot growers in Maryland.

D.C. voters legalize cannabis this November.

Roger Christie nears release.

First Security Bank services Nevada cannabis businesses.

Jacob Sullum overdosed on weed candy, too.

Prosser City Council considers lifting its I-502 moratorium and banning medical cannabis businesses.

Italy intends to grow medical cannabis on a military base.

Lisa Ross medicates with cannabis and is running for state legislature.

East Coast Cannabis Business Expo happened in New York.

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates differ on medical cannabis.

Occupy Weed Street teaches martial arts in Washington Square Park.

Bill Pesch visited a Vancouver pot shop.

Euflora opened shop in Aurora, Colorado.

BMF grossed $820,373 in August.

Jon Walker categorizes six forms of marijuana legalization.

Daniel Holmes failed in a bid to have his ten-year pot-growing sentence halved.

Legal dispensaries preceded a spike in new Oregon pot patients.

Competing pot measures vie for approval in Butte County, California.

Hillary Clinton cracked a pot joke.

Jamie Hoffman crafts cannabis syrups at Craft Elixers.

An unnamed I-502 applicant met with concerned neighbors in Airway Heights.

Cannabis protects the brain against injury, new research suggests.

Australian Capital Territory joined New South Wales in medical cannabis clinical trials.

Firefighters doused a Federal Way grow-op fire.

Winter Park City, Florida Commission enacted medical cannabis zoning.

Uncle Ike’s averaged nearly $14,000 daily sales its first week.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval declined an invitation to speak at the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival.

Seattle Times endorsed higher taxes for pot growers.

Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield called for flexible interpretations of the UN Single Convention Treaty.

Iowa approved rules for medical cannabis oil.

Protesters picketed Massachusetts Department of Public Health for too-slowly implementing a medical cannabis program.

Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes grew pot in Washington State seventeen years ago.

Cynthia Franklin heads the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board fined two cannabis businesses while warning many more.

Teenagers managed just fine after California decriminalization.

Wenatchee and East Wenatchee differ in allowing recreational cannabis.

Marvin Washington says NFL players deserve medical cannabis.

Prosser City Council banned medical cannabis businesses.

A Green Alternative received preliminary approval to open San Diego’s first dispensary.

Seattle Times endorsed higher taxes for pot growers.

Orange County, Florida proposed cannabis zoning.

Cannabis Business Expo happened in New York City.

Washington Supreme Court agreed to review Kent’s medical cannabis moratorium.

Measure 91 leads in Oregon, new poll says.

Spokane pot shops generated nearly $2 million in sales.

Vanita Gupta supports marijuana legalization.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board intends to quadruple the cannabis canopy limit.

Colorado legislators forwarded a bill to require cannabis caregivers to register.

Advocates argue against a medical cannabis grower lottery in Florida.

Jason Washington left federal prison three months early.

Sonoma County seized $1.4 million in cash after a grow-op fire. To think sprinklers cost but a tithing.

Naples, Florida City Council banned medical marijuana treatment centers.

Lewis County Public Works sued to disallow Brandon Milton from connecting his proposed pot grow to their water supply.

Everett Herald calls marijuana moratoriums a “backlash” against I-502, despite many existing before I-502.

Marni Soupcoff wonders why Canada is appealing pot brownies to the Supreme Court.

High Times celebrates forty years. Long live Tom Forcade.

Ezra Pryor petitioned the American Chemical Society to create a professional division for cannabis chemists.

Seward, Alaska City Council urged a no vote on legalization.

Bill Buckman died at age 61. Smoke a bowl, and long live Bill Buckman.

SMP Retail sued the City of Wenatchee over its I-502 moratorium.

Aspen nixed a pot smoking area at a cannabis business conference.

Synthetic cannabis sucks and might make you cuckoo.

Court of Groningen District declined to punish a guilty Dutch cannabis grower.

Medicine Man stars in a reality TV show.

Americans for Safe Access launched a medical marijuana voter guide.

Roslyn City Council repealed its I-502 moratorium.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board published cannabis sales data and fine information online.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced his resignation.

David Saltzman died execution style while awaiting sentencing on federal cannabis charges.

Amtrak busted an alleged pot smuggler.

Judge T.W. Small upheld Wenatchee’s I-502 moratorium.

Spokane County smokes the most legal pot. East side!

Some English sheep ate illegally-dumped cannabis.

Delawareans support cannabis legalization, poll shows.

Federal Way City Council plans to ban I-502 businesses.

Oregon Measure 91 taxes pot at $35 per ounce.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives avoided an amendment to legalize medical marijuana.

Colorado candidates shun cannabis conversations.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board proposed marijuana rule amendments.

Will Jones III campaigns against legalization in D.C.

Judge Pat Wolke ruled that Oregon cities can ban dispensaries.

Moms campaigned for and against Oregon Measure 91.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel rejected a proposed legalization initiative.

Hershey settled with TinctureBelle and Conscious Care Cooperative over parody pot candy.

Spokane City Council member Karen Stratton owns a recreational cannabis production company.

Key West Planning Board enacted a moratorium ahead of Florida’s medical marijuana vote.

Patrick, Dan and Michael Devlin create pot-infused candies at DB3.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia indicted ten people for allegedly distributing synthetic marijuana.

Clallam County Planning Commission studies cannabis zoning.

National Geographic covered cannabis tourism.

Protestors lit joints across from the New Jersey Statehouse.

Columbia, Missouri City Council considers a bill to decriminalize small-scale cannabis cultivation.

Jeffrey Hanson processes cannabis at THC Express in Jefferson County.

Melbourne protestors smoked pot.

Philippine College of Physicians opposed a bill to legalize medical cannabis.

Everett Herald encourages cities to kick their marijuana moratorium habit.

Everett City Council renewed restrictive cannabis zoning.

David Ahl and Seth Simpson opened Greenside Recreational, the first I-502 shop in Des Moines, Washington.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment retreated from its pot food opposition.

U.S. Supreme Court accepted a case to decide whether a convicted pot grower can sell his guns.

Liberty Lake City Council authorized $50 citations for minors whose breath smells of marijuana.

U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood dismissed a lawsuit challenging a medical marijuana ballot.

Key West Planning Board enacted a moratorium ahead of Florida’s medical marijuana vote.

Attorney General Eric Holder expressed optimism about cannabis legalization.

Worth repeating

“We are behind the 8-ball right now in terms of our knowledge level.”

Clallam County Planning Commission member Scott Clausen on the local understanding of our state legalization law

“Today’s ruling affirms the opinion of my office earlier this year and allows Initiative 502 to continue to be implemented in Washington state. As I have said from the beginning, the drafters of Initiative 502 could have required local jurisdictions to allow the sale of recreational marijuana. It could have been done in a single sentence, but it was not. Now it is up to the Legislature to decide whether to require local governments to allow for the sale of marijuana.”

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on steering clear of federal preemption of state-legal cannabis laws

“‘Consent’ is a threadbare fiction which should be eliminated from highway or pedestrian searches. No traveler with a choice wants to be detained for the minutes or hours that searches consume. No one wants the humiliation and spectacle that attaches to the process while he or she sits on the hood of a car or the guardrail as police strangers comb through their vehicle and their most intimate possessions. Every request for a highway search carries the implied threat that if the traveler does not accede to the officer’s wishes in this most vulnerable and isolated situation, he or she could potentially be the object of the officer’s wrath, be it more tickets, an elongated stop, or worse.”

Attorney Bill Buckman on the mirage of consent

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