The Week in Weed 5-24-14 Marijuana News

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Cheri and Cannabis POW Paul Free

Cheri and Cannabis POW Paul Free

This Week’s Marijuana News: Texas Teen Could Spend Life in Prison for Making Marijuana Brownies; FBI Considering Changes To Its No Marijuana Policy; Kentucky Tells Feds “Hands Off Our Hemp”; Changes Planned for Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Law; Mendocino, CA’s Payment Plan for Marijuana Defendants Under Investigation; and more.

This week’s photo: With cannabis POW Paul Free (serving a LIFE SENTENCE for a nonviolent marijuana “offense”).  Taken at Atwater Penitentiary.

Medical/Health

The Entourage Effect of Whole Plant Cannabis Medicine — State legislatures are passing laws “CBD-only”  medical marijuana legislation.  But the reality is that both compounds, along with as many as 66 other cannabinoids, play important roles in providing the therapeutic benefits associated with cannabis therapy. They work in conjunction with approximately 420 additional compounds (terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) to give cannabis its versatility in treating a multitude of medical ailments.

Politics/Legal

Texas Teen Could Spend Life in Prison for Making Marijuana Brownies —  A 19-year-old Texas man could be facing life in prison for baking pot brownies. Officials in Round Rock, Texas charged Jacob Lavoro with a first-degree felony Thursday for making and selling the illegal baked-goods.  Lavoro was charged so harshly because of a quirk in Texas law. Since he used hash oil as an ingredient police were also able to weigh the other ingredients used and add that to the total weight of the drugs. That means the weight of the eggs, cocoa and butter were all factored into the charges against him according to KFOR-TV.

FBI Considering Changes To Its No Marijuana Policy — The FBI says its no-tolerance marijuana policy is forcing the agency to turn away its best hacker recruits.  “I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” FBI Director James Comey told the White Collar Crime Institute on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

States News

Changes Planned for Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Law — Nevada’s medical marijuana industry is not yet off the ground. But already, one lawmaker is considering changes for the 2015 Legislature.  State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, was the main force behind the 2013 medical marijuana push in the Legislature to set up Nevada’s system of dispensaries, grow houses, kitchens for edible products and testing labs.  First, he would like the law changed in 2015 to allow more dispensaries statewide.

Mendocino, CA’s Payment Plan for Marijuana Defendants Under Investigation — A unique Mendocino County program aimed at reducing court backlogs by offering marijuana defendants lesser criminal charges in exchange for sizable restitution payments is at the center of a growing debate over its fairness and legality.

Hemp

Kentucky Tells Feds “Hands Off Our Hemp” — The Bluegrass State is eager to grow hemp for the purposes of research and commerce. Instead, its hemp seeds just became the latest casualty in the DOJ’s war on drugs.

TAKE ACTION OPPORTUNITY

Sign Petition for Mass Clemency for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Serving Life Sentences –  We are asking the President Obama to grant a systemic or group Presidential Clemency to a unique category of nonviolent federal inmates.  This group would be nonviolent drug offenders serving sentences of life without parole or de facto life without parole.

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