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cannabis legalization links : 05.04.2013

Daley Plaza Protest Calls For Marijuana Legalization : CBS news Chicago

Hundreds march for marijuana legalization : CTV news Montreal

Veterinarian seeks to have clinical trial established on medical marijuana for pets : Ann Arbor dot com

Ohio lawmaker proposes marijuana legalization : FOX news Cincinnati

Survey : young Christians want Marijuana Legalized : CNN news

Cops train new dogs after marijuana legalization : ABC news Indianapolis

Puerto Rico Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed : Stop the Drug War dot com

Marijuana Super PAC Started By Brothers To Push Weed Legalization : Huffington Post

Canadian Lottery Winner Donates $1 Million For Marijuana Legalization : the Daily Chronic


cannabis legalization links : 04.12.2013

Vermont House backs marijuana decriminalization : Burlington Free Press

Marijuana legalization group replaces vandalized pro-pot billboard in downtown Portland : The Oregonian

Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana : Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Marijuana Research Funding Cut as Support for Drug Grows : Bloomberg

Legal marijuana draws crowds to US states : Irish Examiner

New in Congress: A marijuana states’ bill of rights : Seattle Post Intelligencer

As Marijuana Goes Legit, Investors Rush In : Sci-Tech today

Pennsylvania Marijuana Legalization Bill Formally Introduced : the Daily Tribune

Alabama, Pennsylvania Marijuana Legalization Bills Introduced : the Daily Chronic


marijuana legalization links 03.03.2013

Marijuana poll: Californians’ support for legalizing pot at record level; ‘Public opinion has been shifting’  : Times Standard

Maine legislature proposes marijuana legalization : Bodwin Orinent

 NH lawmakers weighing medical marijuana legalization : the New Hampshire

Rhode Island Marijuana Legalization Hearing Today : the Daily Chronic

Medical marijuana bill unveiled in House : Politico

Marijuana Legalization: Why the Pot Business Needs Unions to Survive : PolicyMic

Justice Department poised to respond to states that have legalized marijuana : Yahoo News

Reader Comment: Most Americans Favor Marijuana Reforms : Twin Falls ID Times-News

Two House Dems on recreational marijuana – Legalize it : CBS News political blog


marijuana legalization : links

Study: Fewer Arizona teens smoking pot since medical marijuana legalization : rawstory.com news report

Marijuana Laws Enforced, Poor Hit Hardest   Atlantic news analysis

CO’s first marijuana club opens since legalization law : KLSA channel 12 news report

The Next Seven States To Legalize Pot : rollingstone.com news analysis

Uruguayan President: Time “Not Ripe” for Pot Legalization : abc univision news report – update

Pulse of The People: Legalize marijuana for medical use : The Troy Record NY ‘pulse of the people’

Sailors Cautioned After Legalization of Marijuana : military.com news report

California no longer leading the way for marijuana legalization : redwoodtimes.com article


Washington counties drop pending MJ indictments

In a salutory sign of pragmatic altruism, Kitsap County Prosecutor Ray Hauge has officially dropped up to 100 on going cannabis court actions.  The indictments, that up until this week were active court cases, were brought against individuals that the state alleged to be in possession of cannabis. 

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Hauge reasoned that, since the people of the state of Washington have recently demanded legalization of marijuana, going forward  juries in Washington will not convict citizens who have been charged with simple possession.

Kitsap County encompasses Vashon and Bainbridge islands, the cities of Port Orchard and Bremmerton and borders King County where the city of Seattle is located.

Kitsap follows Pierce and Clark counties in the state officially abandoning the criminal pursuit of cannabis users in the wake of Washington’s historic legalization initative.  The nation is still waiting for an official statement from President Obama, a former cannabis user who for years actively promoted use of the substance amongst his peers, on the recent citizens’  initiatives in Washinton and Colorado that legalized cannabis for personal use for the first time in the US since 1937.


Obama DOJ pharmacy crackdown : links

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Minneapolis Star Tribune article

Orange County Register Star article

Washington Post article



Long Beach dispensaries take collective action

A California Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order allowing a medical marijuana provider to stay open.  The judge agreed with the cooperative’s lawyers that a local city ordinance that bans medical marijuana cooperative dispensaries if they have more than three members in Long Beach was superseded by California state law, which allows the legal sale of medical marijuana from cooperatives without restrictions on membership size.

The cooperative has asked the court to rule that the Long Beach ordinance is so restrictive that it would have the effect of putting cooperative dispensaries out of business in the city, and the judge’s order allows the cooperative to remain open as the court case proceeds.

Graham Berry, the attorney for the Eartheart medical marijuana dispensary argued that, “for most seriously ill patients, self growing…is not a realistic alternative. For most patients, collectives with a dispensary are the only option. In our opinion, even the limited exception of Long Beach and Los Angeles ordinances is, in effect, a total ban and not permitted by state law.”

Although other dispensaries in the area have decided to comply with the local ban, patients, caregivers and supporters are taking action to challenge the ordinance and raise awareness of the Long Beach ordinance and a similar restrictive ordinance in Los Angeles.  Though dispensaries are unable to provide medicine for their patients, they have raised awareness about the restricting local ordinances and distributed voter registration cards.

Local activists proposed a ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana dispensaries, but were unable to get enough signatures to place the measure on the ballot.  The group submitted 6800 signatures to the county, 1000 more than required to place the initiative on the ballot.  The county, however, invalidated over 1100 of these signatures, disallowing the measure from being on this year’s ballot.  Robert Martinez, president of the Orange County Cannabis Alliance is undeterred stating, “We have a list of people where we can actually go and get their signatures and do another ballot initiative…the people have spoken and they know what’s up; they want this.”