The Week in Weed 4-10-15 Marijuana News

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Amy Povah and Cheri Sicard

Film maker Amy Povah and author Cheri Sicard at the launch party for “Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women”

This Week’s Marijuana News Round-up: Justice Dept. Says War on CA Medical Marijuana Will Continue; Political Children Arrested for Drug Who Got Special Treatment; Many Americans Say Drug Sentencing Too Harsh; Is the President Discovering the Political Benefits of Cannabis?; Scotts Miracle grow Acquires General Hydroponics; Coming Out Green; and more!

Politics/Legal Marijuana News

Political Children Arrested for Drug Who Got Special Treatment — Everyone should know about the double standard in this country when it comes to the politically connected who get off for using, dealing and/or manufacturing drugs.

Many Americans Say Drug Sentencing Too Harsh — Americans are generally supportive of President Barack Obama’s recent decision to commute the sentences of 22 prisoners serving long prison terms for non-violent drug offenses, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.  Forty-six percent of respondents said they approve of the commutations, which were granted to inmates who’d been sentenced to jail for intent to distribute an illegal drug. Just 23 percent of respondents said they disapprove, with the rest undecided.

Is the President Discovering the Political Benefits of Cannabis? — Late in his term, the former “choom-ganger” seems to be softening towards his old friend.

Coming Out Green — These Americans are about to share one of their biggest secrets.

POW of the Month Crystal Munoz — Marijuana users are frequently given the advice to never chat or “cooperate” with law enforcement, and there’s no better example of why not than Crystal Munoz, currently in her 7th year of incarceration on a 19 year, 10 month sentence.

Marijuana News State by State

Justice Dept. Says War on CA Medical Marijuana Will Continue — California’s multi-billion medical cannabis industry will remain in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors, despite direction from Congress to cease interfering with state medical pot systems.  In December, the US Congress passed and the president signed a historic amendment that de-funded the Department of Justice’s war on medical pot. Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states, yet the Obama Administration had spent an estimated $300 million enforcing the marijuana provisions of federal Controlled Substances Act.  After three months reviewing the amendment, the DOJ told the Los Angeles Times this week that “it did not believe the amendment applies to cases against individuals or organizations.”

Is Pot Causing the CA Drought? — No, pot is not causing the California drought. You’d have to be a buffoon to think that was the case. And the international media is full of buffoons. Over the last week at least four publications have seized on a narrow study of marijuana agriculture in one, heavily affected watershed to write the following headlines: California Drought Caused By Marijuana Cultivation?; California is in one of its worst-ever droughts because people are growing too much weed; Smoked dry: Massive marijuana cultivation has ‘lethal’ impact on California water supply – study. Yet the actual study takes pains to point out that is exactly the opposite of the case. Industrial-scale agriculture takes the vast, vast majority of California’s water supply, and that water supply is decreasing because of climate change.

Business Marijuana News

Scott’s Miracle Grow Acquires General Hydroponics — The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. offshoot that targets young, urban gardeners has acquired a Santa Rosa, California-based hydroponics company popular with marijuana growers.  Hawthorne Gardening Co., a Scotts subsidiary formed in October, purchased General Hydroponics Inc. and Bio-Organic Solutions Inc.

 

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