The Week in Weed 5-17-14 Marijuana News

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Cheri Sicard, The Cannabis Gourmet CookbookThis Week’s Marijuana News: 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Serving Life Sentence for Marijuana; Feds Seek Prison Time for Rural WA Grower Family; Crime Still Not Devouring Denver 4 Months After Legalizing Marijuana; Bermuda Gov Board Recommends Immediate Decriminalization of Marijuana; Colorado Group to Provide Free Medical Marijuana to Veterans; and more.

Medical/Health

Girl at Center of Fight to Legalize Cannabis Dies at 7 — Lydia Schaeffer, the 7-year-old girl with a rare genetic disorder whose plight inspired lawmakers in Wisconsin to legalize a marijuana extract to treat her condition despite their opposition to medical marijuana, has died.

Politics/Legal

1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Serving Life Sentence for Marijuana — Like most prisoners serving life sentences for marijuana Randy Lanier’s refusal to “cooperate,” in other words indict others, helped bring about his sentence of “natural death” in prison.

Feds Seek Prison Time for Rural WA Grower Family — Larry Harvey, a 70-year-old medical marijuana patient with no criminal history, three of his relatives and a family friend each face mandatory minimum sentences of at least 10 years in prison after they were caught growing about 70 pot plants on their rural, mountainous property.

Crime Still Not Devouring Denver 4 Months After Legalizing Marijuana — Four months after recreational marijuana sales were legalized in Denver, crime still hasn’t gone up, according to the city’s latest data.  Overall violent crime in Denver for the four-month period that includes January to April fell 5.6 percent from the same period a year earlier. Crime is down in the four main categories of violent crime — homicide, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crime dropped 11.4 percent from the first four months of 2013.

International

Bermuda Gov Board Recommends Immediate Decriminalization of Marijuana– A new government-commissioned report in Bermuda recommends that the island nation should “decriminalize personal possession and personal cultivation immediately,” and “develop a phased approach to cannabis reform and policies that limit potential of Bermudians being denied access to the United States.”

States News

Colorado Group to Provide Free Medical Marijuana to Veterans — A new group in Colorado plans on providing cannabis to U.S. military vets as an alternative to using narcotics to treat physical or mental illness sustained during military service. The cost to vets? Nothing.  Called Operation Grow4Vets, the group intends to give away free marijuana, cannabis-infused oils and tinctures, as well as marijuana plant growing equipment, to qualified veterans.

Oregon Legalization Drive Buys 20 Billboards Across the State — Activists in Oregon have rented 20 billboards in prominent positions across the state in support of their campaign to end criminal penalties for cannabis. The billboards, found in Portland, Eugene, Beaverton, Roseburg, and Salem, carry the messages “Help End Marijuana Prohibition,” or “Prohibition is the Problem, Hemp is the Answer!”

Nor CA Dispensaries to Offer Free Seizure Medicine for Children — 2 Northern CA dispensaries want to help parents of children insure their kids get the medicine they need.

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