The Week in Weed 10-26-13 Cannabis News

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Cheri Sicard

Cheri in Denver, CO on 4-20, 2011

This Week: Will Legal Pot Cost More Than Black Market Pot?; Senator Mitch McConnell Thinks Marijuana Will Kill You; AZ Judge Rules Against Anti-Dispensary Ordinance; WA State Proposes Medical Marijuana Repeal; Mendocino, CA Gives Grow Records to Feds; Former Dispensary Sues City of Vallejo Over Raid; New Marijuana Breath Test; 8 Things We Won’t Miss When Pot is Legal Everywhere; The Top 5 Special Interest Groups Lobbying to Keep Marijuana Illegal; and more.

Politics/Legal

Will Legal Pot Cost More Than Black Market Pot? — When Congress banned marijuana in 1937, it did so in the guise of taxation, imposing a prohibitive levy on cannabis and created criminal penalties for those who failed to pay it. Marijuana taxes also played a prominent role in what may be the beginning of the end for pot prohibition: the legalization measures that voters in Colorado and Washington approved last fall.

Senator Mitch McConnell Thinks Marijuana Will Kill You — ​From time to time we are reminded just how much work remains when it comes to educating politicians and the public about cannabis.  For an example of one of these face-palm moments, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) last year warned a constituent via a letter that he doesn’t support medical marijuana legalization because, among other reasons, smoking pot can lead to death.

Former Dispensary Sues City of Vallejo Over Raid — The owners of a former Vallejo medical marijuana dispensary raided by police last year are suing the city for alleged abuse of power, excessive force and retaliation.

The Top 5 Special Interest Groups Lobbying to Keep Marijuana Illegal –The folks at Republic Report think it’s worth showing that there are entrenched interest groups that are spending large sums of money to keep our broken drug laws on the books and I couldn’t agree more.  Click the link for details.

New Marijuana Breath Test — A recent study published in peer-reviewed medical journal Clinical Chemistry suggests that a marijuana breath test may be a viable way for authorities to test for THC in a motorist, similar to the “breathalyzer” test performed on drivers to determine their level of alcohol intoxication. The breath test could be an alternative to the THC-blood test commonly used, which remains controversial.

How A Drug Raid Gone Wrong Sparked A Call For Change In The Unlikeliest State In The Nation — Even the conservative state of Utah has had enough!

8 Things We Won’t Miss When Pot is Legal Everywhere — An increasing number of citizens have realized that the government has better things to do than tell us what we can and cannot put into our bodies.

States News

Mendocino, CA Gives Grow Records to Feds — Officials in Mendocino County have complied with a federal subpoena to hand over records related to its discontinued medical marijuana registration system. Previous agreements with the feds allowed the county to redact personal information from the request, but the new subpoena has officials turning over “a limited number of unredacted county records,” reports the Sonoma Press-Democrat.

WA State Proposes Medical Marijuana Repeal — Regulators in Washington State have proposed repealing most of the state’s medical cannabis law to help ensure the profitability of the new recreational pot law.

CA Governor Jerry Brown Carries Torch for the Drug War — Over the long weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown chose to continue the 40-year-old failed war on drugs. Brown rejected the national ‘smart on crime’ trend and pragmatic public policy by vetoing SB649, which aimed to give judges and district attorneys the discretion to charge possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use as a felony or a misdemeanor as the case warrants.  Brown chose to make no advance towards the federal court order to reduce prison overcrowding. The governor chose to defy supermajority public opinion on how California should deal with nonviolent drug offenders.

AZ Judge Rules Against Anti-Dispensary Ordinance — Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon overturned Maricopa County’s zoning ordinance for medicinal cannabis dispensaries last week. The decision is viewed as a victory for medical pot patients.  Judge Gordon determined the ordinance was intentionally crafted in order to avoid conflicts with the federal government’s stance on all forms of marijuana. He also noted there isn’t any available property in Sun City that fits the zoning categories currently required by Maricopa County – meaning there could be no dispensaries.

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