This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: The Pot Effect on Denver’s Housing Market; Silk Road Founder Gets Life but These Marijuana Lifers Did Far Less; House Votes to Weaken the DEA and Support Medical Marijuana; Medical Marijuana Crackdown Continues in California; On Water and Weed: Is Marijuana Responsible for California’s Drought?; Nevada Jury Acquits Man on Felony Pot Charges, Sends Message to Cops; and more.
Politics/Legal Marijuana News
House Votes to Weaken the DEA and Support Medical Marijuana — Washington is chipping away at pot prohibition. In a series of votes on Tuesday, the U.S. House ended the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection program and also passed three amendments cutting funding from the DEA and shifting it to other federal law enforcement priorities. In more votes today, it approved three amendments aimed at blocking DEA and Justice Department interference with industrial hemp, CBD cannabis oil, and medical marijuana in states where they are legal. A fourth amendment that would have barred interference in legal marijuana states was narrowly defeated.
Silk Road Founder Gets Life but These Marijuana Lifers Did Far Less — Social media erupted in shock and outrage when federal Judge Katherine Forrest sentenced Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht to Life Without Parole for founding and operating Silk Road’s bitcoin funded drug market, but these men, serving LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE for marijuana did far, far less than Ulbricht.
Cannabis POW of the Month: Charles “Fred” Cundiff — This senior citizen, in poor health, has been serving a LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE sentence for marijuana since 1991!
Marijuana News State by State
Medical Marijuana Crackdown Continues in California — Law enforcement raided a state-legal medical cannabis cooperative in the Lake Tahoe area Monday, in a chilling reminder that the four year-old joint federal-state attack on medical marijuana continues despite widespread opposition.
On Water and Weed: Is Marijuana Responsible for California’s Drought? — The press has been lapping it up like….well, water: the allegation that marijuana cultivation in California is contributing to the state’s drought crisis. But is there really anything to these allegations? California NORML explores the science for the real answer.
The Pot Effect on Denver’s Housing Market — Home prices have shot up by double-digits, inventory has fallen dramatically and multiple offers with bidding wars have become common. One factor driving the demand: pot. The budding industry has impacted home prices since the state legalized marijuana in 2012.
Nevada Jury Acquits Man on Felony Pot Charges, Sends Message to Cops — In an emotional courtroom display Friday, Steven Ficano, 65, embraced his attorney and his wife after the jury read their verdict of “not guilty.” In 2012, Ficano’s house was raided by heroes protecting the citizens of Nevada from the horrors of marijuana plants. For the next three years, Ficano anxiously lived his life thinking that he could live out the rest of his golden years in a cage for the “crime” of treating his pain with a plant.
Lifestyle Marijuana News
The Stoner’s Guide to Strawberries — Celebrate the season with strawberry tips, strawberry strain reviews, medicated strawberry recipes, and even Strawberry themed to tunes to rock out to!