This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: A New Beginning for Criminal Justice Reform; Waiting to Die in Prison for Selling A Couple of Bags of Pot; 15 People Who Never Hurt Anybody Rotting Away in Prison for Drug Crimes; CA Senator Dianne Feinstein Receives 11,000 Letters Telling Her to Stop Opposing Medical Marijuana; New Mexico Police Claim They Can’t Fight the Drug War Without Stealing; CA Governor Jerry Brown Signs Protection for Pot Users Seeking Organ Transplants; Charlotte’s Web – Untangling One of Medical Marijuana Biggest Success Stories; Organized Labor Wants Its Piece of the Cannabis Industry; and more.
Medical/Health Marijuana News
CA Governor Jerry Brown Signs Protection for Pot Users Seeking Organ Transplants — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users based solely on their use of the drug, Brown’s office announced Monday. Proponents of the bill argued some patients had been denied life-saving organ transplants because medical professionals classified them as drug abusers.
Charlotte’s Web: Untangling One of Medical Marijuana Biggest Success Stories — A closer look at Colorado’s Stanley Brothers and Realm of Caring.
Marijuana News State by State
CA Senator Dianne Feinstein Receives 11,000 Letters Telling Her to Stop Opposing Medical Marijuana — The Drug Policy Alliance hand-delivered nearly 11,000 letters to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) telling her to stop opposing medical marijuana! Senator Feinstein’s continued assault on medical marijuana is shameful. Many thanks to the thousands of amazing advocates who took action and signed our petition.
New Mexico Police Claim They Can’t Fight the Drug War Without Stealing — Law enforcement officials in New Mexico are concerned that departments will no longer be able to afford to support the drug war now that the state has officially outlawed the asset forfeiture program—a revelation that has drug reform advocates asking, what’s the problem? Beginning this month, police agencies across the state can no longer seize a citizen’s property based on suspicion of a drug-related crime. The recent signing of House Bill 560 by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez abolished the capacity for law enforcement to go scavenging for profitable items like houses and automobiles without first obtaining a conviction.
Marijuana Business News
Organized Labor Wants Its Piece of the Cannabis Industry — How the UFCW believes marijuana legalization is good for workers.
Prison Reform/Clemency News
15 People Who Never Hurt Anybody Rotting Away in Prison for Drug Crimes — A number of prisoners Cheri advocates for, including Paul Free, Charles Cundiff, and Leopoldo Hernandez-Miranda are covered in this Alternet piece.
4 Prisoners President Obama Should Consider for Clemency — Friend and cannabis POW Weldon Angelos is covered in this Think Progress story.
Waiting to Die in Prison for Selling A Couple of Bags of Pot — Even as millions of American toke up legally, many are still rotting away behind bars for marijuana offenses.
A New Beginning for Criminal Justice Reform — Over the past three decades, Congress has steadily increased the size and scope of the federal criminal code, ensnaring people who have no business being behind bars, without a corresponding benefit to public safety. From 1980 to 2013, the federal criminal code increased from 3,000 crimes to approximately 5,000 crimes. Over the same period, our federal prison population skyrocketed from 24,000 to 215,000 — a 795 percent overall increase — while federal spending on prisons also soared from $970 million to more than $6.7 billion — a 595 percent increase.
Marijuana Lifestyle News
Medicated Kale Chip Recipe — Kale chips are a healthy, tasty, trendy, snack food that cost a fortune when you buy them at the store. Not to mention I don’t know of ANY edibles companies currently selling medicated Kale Chips. I am not sure why as the addition of cannabis only makes this super health food that much healthier.