The Week in Weed 12-26-14 Marijuana News

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Cannabis Cheri SicardThis Week’s Marijuana News:Richard DeLisi Continues 90 Year Sentence for Marijuana After Judge Denies Release; Marijuana Possession Decriminalized in US Virgin Islands; CA Court Rules Cannabis Concentrate Qualifies as Medicine; Westboro Baptist Church To Protest “Pot Smoking Colorado Pervs”; Marijuana Will Take Center Stage at Nevada Legislature; Grateful Dead Themed Bud & Breakfast Opens in Colorado; and more.

Politics/Legal

Richard DeLisi Continues 90 Year Sentence for Marijuana After Judge Denies Release  — Richard DeLisi, sentenced to three consecutive 30-year terms, or 90 years, for a marijuana importation conviction in 1989, will remain incarcerated. Judge Michael E. Raiden denied a motion requesting a review of his sentence last week. DeLisi has spent the past 26 years behind bars for a nonviolent offense that has a normal guideline sentence range of 12 to 17 years.

Marijuana Possession Decriminalized in US Virgin Islands — Legislation decriminalizing the possession of one ounce or less of cannabis in the United States Virgin Islands became law last weekend.  The depenalization measure eliminates jail time for minor marijuana offenses. Under the new law, cannabis possession for those age 18 and older is classified as a civil offense, punishable by a fine between $100 and $200. Those under the age of 18 will also be required to complete a drug awareness program.

Westboro Baptist Church To Protest “Pot Smoking Colorado Pervs” —  “GOD HATES SAME-SEX PIMPING, POT-SMOKING, FILTHY COLORADO PERVS!”
If you guessed that the above statement came from Kansas’ controversial Westboro Baptist Church, you’re right. The church’s picket schedule says its congregation will protest at two marijuana shops in southern Colorado next week.

States News

CA Court Rules Cannabis Concentrate Qualifies as Medicine — A state appellate court in Sacramento has ruled that “concentrated cannabis” qualifies as marijuana for purposes of medical use.  A unanimous three-justice panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal disagreed this week with an earlier ruling by El Dorado Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner and reversed the judge’s decision that a medical marijuana patient violated probation by possessing concentrated cannabis 

Marijuana Will Take Center Stage at Nevada Legislature — Even though the growing and selling of medical marijuana was approved by the 2013 Legislature, the cannabis plant will remain a point of contention and debate at the 2015 Nevada Legislature, lawmakers said.  Lawmakers are expected to debate legalizing recreational use of marijuana and propose a study on the issues surrounding DUIs, employment drug testing and how it relates to Nevada’s medical marijuana law.

Proposed Legalization Measure Would Create Ohio Pot Cartel — A pro-cannabis group in Ohio is preparing a campaign to give voters the chance to amend the Ohio constitution to allow adult use of marijuana.  A couple of things separate this proposal from other pro-marijuana measure being considered across the country in the near future. One is a provision that would allow 10 unidentified people the exclusive right to cultivate and distribute marijuana in the state. Another is the timing of the proposed vote, in 2015 as opposed to 2016.

Entertainment

High Maintenance Web Series to Debut New Episodes in Feb —  High Maintenance: The Web Series centers around a cannabis dealer known simply as “The Guy” (Ben Sinclair) who slips in and out of the lives of his clients – an eclectic array of Brooklynites, from the likes of a harried personal assistant buying weed for her boss to a misunderstood asexual magician.

Travel

Grateful Dead Themed Bud & Breakfast Opens in Colorado — The Grateful Dead themed Bud + Breakfast Silverthorne has officially opened its doors to mountain tourists. The Mary Jane Group property represents the companies’ second foray into Bud + Breakfasts, as the company also owns The Adagio in Denver, Colorado’s first ever Bud + Breakfast.

 

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