This Week’s Marijuana News: Legalization Would Bring in Over $3 Billion in Taxes; Jury Nullifies Case Against Man Growing Marijuana; Legalization Battle Coming to California in 2016; 11 Month-Old Baby Removed for Marijuana Killed in Foster Care; Alaska Reporter Outs Herself as Pro-Pot Activist in Epic On-Air Resignation; Willie Nelson Feels Maureen Dowd’s Pain; and more.
Legalization Would Bring in Over $3 Billion in Taxes — Legalizing the retail production and sale of cannabis in the United States would yield over $3 billion in annual tax revenue, according to an analysis published this week by the personal finance website, NerdWallet.com.
11 Month-Old Baby Removed for Marijuana Killed in Foster Care — Angel Lane Place had been removed from her parents’ home because they were fighting and her father, Theodore Place, admitted to smoking marijuana to human services. A foster mom taking care of an infant who was less than a year old has admitted to accidentally dropping her on September 12th and shaking her while holding her by the throat on September 15th. She is married to the brother of the infant’s biological mother and was in the process of adopting her when the infant was killed.
Jury Nullifies Case Against Man Growing Marijuana — A New Hampshire Rastafarian facing felony marijuana cultivation charges was declared not guilty on Friday because a jury believed that punishing him for the offense would be unjust. Jury nullification occurs when a jury concludes that a defendant is technically guilty, but fails to convict the defendant on the grounds that the law in question is unjust. While jury nullification is legal, judges frequently do not inform juries of this power, and may prohibit defense attorneys from doing so, according to the University of Missouri.
Legalization Battle Coming to California in 2016 — On Wednesday, the Marijuana Policy Project filed paperwork with the state of California to put a legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot. Greater numbers of young voters turn out for presidential elections – and tend to favor legalizing marijuana.
Alaska Reporter Outs Herself as Pro-Pot Activist in Epic On-Air Resignation — An Alaska television reporter revealed herself as the owner of a medical marijuana business and told viewers she was quitting her job to focus on the legalization of pot in one of the most memorable on-air resignations ever.
Willie Nelson Feels Maureen Dowd’s Pain — Maureen Dowd needed a marijuana Miyagi, and who better than Willie Nelson, who has a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and a first-degree black belt in helping NORML push for pot legalization?
RIP to “Tokin’ Woman” Polly Bergen — Actress, activist and businesswoman Polly Bergen has died at 84. Bergen played an enlightened mother who bakes pot brownies for her cancer-stricken daughter on Desperate Housewives. During Episode 3, Season 4 ofDesperate Housewives(“The Game”), Lynette (played by Felicity Huffman) gets seriously stoned on her mom Stella’s baked goods. Spongebob Squarepants epiphanies, charades and platitudes follow. The show originally aired on October 14, 2007.