Bay Area marijuana retailers who went fully mainstream this month were
forced to act like gangsters anyway as they rumbled down freeways and
across bridges in sport utility vehicles and sedans and, in at least
one case, a Tesla, bearing cash piled in shopping bags and suitcases.
The money was headed for the collectors at the San Francisco and
Oakland offices of the California Department of Tax and Fee
Administration, which are handling tax payments under the 2016 state
law that legalized recreational cannabis.
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Dennis Peron, an activist who helped legalize medical marijuana in
California, died Saturday afternoon in a San Francisco hospital. He
Peron was a force behind a San Francisco ordinance allowing medical
marijuana, a win that later helped propel the 1996 passage of Prop.
215, which legalized medical use for the entire state. A Vietnam War
veteran, Peron spent some of the last years his life on a 20-acre farm
in the rolling hills of Lake County, growing and giving away what he
once sold: medical marijuana.
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When Attorney General Jeff Sessions did away with the Obama-era,
hands-off approach to recreational marijuana, he left the door open to
a new federal crackdown on the drug.
He also left the discretion for any stepped-up enforcement in the laps
of his local prosecutors.
In Western New York, where the recreational use of marijuana is still
illegal, Sessions' high-profile actions raised the question: Will
there be changes in the type of marijuana cases prosecuted here?
Three weeks later, there are no dramatic signs of a crackdown on pot
and, to the contrary, there's an expectation that little will change.
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During his 25 years of researching cannabis, Dr. Daniele Piomelli has
received hundreds of emails from people desperately wanting to know
whether the plant can help them with medical problems. He recalls the
one he received from the father of a girl with autism who was
desperate for help.
"Ninety-nine percent of the time, I have to say, 'We just don't know,'
" said Piomelli, a professor at the University of California, Irvine.
While Piomelli and other marijuana researchers acknowledge a shortage
of research on the benefits and risks of the drug, they also said they
feel the need to spread what is known about cannabis as California and
seven other states move forward with legalized, recreational weed for
adults. Piomelli was one of several public health experts who spoke
Thursday during a legislative briefing at the state Capitol on the
health effects of cannabis.
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Critics said this ad promoted drug use. Now the state of California
has pulled it
Video: The campaign, released ahead of California legalizing marijuana
on Jan. 1, stirred controversy with viewers over its descriptions of the
drug. California Office of Traffic Safety
The California Office of Traffic Safety has pulled a public service
advertisement that was intended to stop stoned driving but critics
said promoted marijuana use.
The office joined with law enforcement leaders last week to announce a
marketing campaign called "DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze," which
included the controversial advertisement. The campaign was timed to
coincide with the start of recreational weed sales in California on
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A Florida judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the state's decision
to ban smokable forms of medical marijuana can proceed but without one
of the key parties.
Leon County Judge Karen Gievers ruled on Friday that three patients
suing the state can proceed because their claims that the ban impacts
them are sufficient. Gievers dismissed the motion by People United for
Medical Marijuana, which is the committee formed by Orlando attorney
John Morgan, because it lacks sufficient grounds. The organization has
10 days to file an amended lawsuit.
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This month, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, introduced legislation to
change the spelling of "marihuana" in the 1970 Controlled Substances
Act to "marijuana" - and then to drop the word altogether from the
federal list of "controlled substances" - that is, illegal drugs.
Removing the marijuana prohibition from federal law is just the
warm-up act to the bill's primary goal: to end a counterproductive war
on drugs. It's past time to reform drug laws that have ruined lives
and devastated communities.
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It was an idea born in the middle of a devastating epidemic with an
ever-rising death rate. It drew the ire of state officials, threats to
arrest those who operated it, and fears that it would encourage drug
use and addiction.
No, Philly did not just approve of 'Hamsterdam'
It was a needle exchange to prevent reusing hypodermic needles, and
the year was 1991.
Twenty-seven years later, those involved in the struggle to open
Prevention Point - still Philadelphia's only needle exchange - say the
parallels are clear between that fight and the city's decision to
encourage the opening of safe injection sites, where people in
addiction can inject drugs under medical supervision and access treatment.
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Health advocates are hopeful the 2017 numbers will show a decline.
Across Florida the number of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers
spiked in 2016.
According to the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, 1,903
infants at Florida hospitals suffered from neonatal abstinence
syndrome in 2014. That number climbed to 2,487 in 2015 and to 4,215 in
At Sarasota Memorial Hospital, babies suffering from opioid addiction
withdrawal numbered 67 in 2014, jumped to 110 in 2015 and peaked at
114 in 2016.
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana House has passed a resolution calling for
a study of the benefits of medical marijuana.
The resolution was approved Thursday without opposition and comes as
29 other states have passed laws allowing medical marijuana in some
Republican majority leader Matt Lehman of Berne says it's time for a
legislative study committee to conduct its own research.
The measure is backed by Rep. Jim Lucas, a Libertarian-leaning
Republican from Seymour is an outspoken advocate for legalizing
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TALLAHASSEE -- Two years after lawmakers approved a needle-and-syringe
exchange program in Miami-Dade County, the House and Senate are
considering taking it statewide and expanding the types of providers
who can offer the services.
House and Senate health care-panels on Wednesday approved bills that
would allow hospitals, clinics, medical schools and substance-abuse
treatment programs to begin offering needle-and-syringe exchange
programs to try to reduce the spread of diseases such as HIV, which
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated cost nearly
$380,000 to treat over a lifetime.
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Compton voters Tuesday soundly rejected two competing proposals for
regulating cannabis businesses in the city, where marijuana
dispensaries and other pot-related operations are now banned.
The city's proposal, known as Measure C, would have allowed marijuana
sales while imposing a 10% business tax and banning commercial
cultivation of marijuana. It was rejected 76% to 23%. The competing
initiative, Measure I, included many of the same provisions as Measure
C, but called for a 5% business tax and would have allowed indoor
marijuana-cultivation businesses. It was rejected 77% to 23%.
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Recreational weed is now legal in California. So what does that
In January 2018, state and local authorities will begin issuing
licenses for the sale of legal recreational marijuana. But what do you
need to know before you rush to the dispensary? Information courtesy
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has defied the will
of voters by allowing large-scale marijuana farms, a group
representing growers alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
At issue is a dispute that has divided the industry over whether the
state should prohibit sizable cultivation facilities for the first
five years of legalized retail marijuana sales, which started Jan. 1
of this year.
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On Tuesday, Philadelphia officials took a bold step in addressing the
opioid crisis that has increasingly plagued the region, by supporting
the creation of medically supervised facilities where heroin users can
safely inject drugs.
While other cities, including Seattle and Baltimore, are also moving
toward the safe site model, no city in the United States yet has an
operating, sanctioned injection facility. The policy is controversial
and polarizing, raising questions by public officials and citizens
about legality, morality, and how to address a public health crisis -
not to mention the logistical details of where and how such sites
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A 24-year-old former Trump campaign worker who rose rapidly to a
senior post in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
will step down by the end of the month because of controversy
surrounding his appointment, the White House said late Wednesday.
Taylor Weyeneth, who graduated from college in May 2016, was named a
White House liaison to the drug office in March and then promoted to
deputy chief of staff in July, at age 23. His only professional
experience after college and before becoming a political appointee was
working on the Trump presidential campaign.
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Safe injection sites where addicts can shoot up in a supervised
setting could be a hard concept for many to grasp as anything but an
invitation for users to inject poison into themselves with the city's
To believe that, though, would be a mistake. Philadelphia announced
Tuesday it would support the idea of sites that would not only provide
medical supervision to addicts but give them access to treatment and
other services. Such a move won't solve the deadly opioid crisis, but
is intended to be damage control ... literally. Such sites may
control the fatal damage that drugs are inflicting, in a crisis that
has laid waste to thousands of lives and families.
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As the legal marijuana industry navigates uncertainty on the federal
level, state attorneys general are asking Congress to pass a law
allowing banks to work with cannabis companies.
Along with Illinois, 28 other states, Washington, D.C., and several
U.S. territories have legalized medicinal cannabis, and eight states
and the District of Columbia allow recreational use. But in the eyes
of federal law, weed is still illegal, and the cash earned selling it
is drug money.
Illinois' highly regulated medical cannabis industry, operating under
a state pilot program, has been fighting to expand. Earlier this week,
a judge ordered the state to add intractable pain -- pain that's
resistant to treatment -- to the list of 41 conditions that qualify
patients to use medical marijuana.
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Laguna Beach police this month shut down what they allege was a
marijuana dispensary posing as a church, the department said Monday.
Officers seized more than 20 pounds of marijuana and more than $3,000
in cash, according to police Sgt. Jim Cota.
Officers responded to Divine Church of Gardens at 910 Glenneyre St. at
about 4:40 p.m. Jan. 12 after a passerby reported a potent marijuana
smell emanating from the property and people leaving with white bags,
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As a teen in the '70s, Alexis Bronson sold joints to his Berkeley High
School classmates in front of the school cafeteria.
Bronson lived in hotels with his father and two brothers and made
enough money selling weed to eat and to buy clothes. He figured he
could probably make enough to keep a roof over his head, too.
In 1980, two years after he graduated from high school, Bronson began
cultivating cannabis, planting the seeds for his future business.
After California voters passed Proposition 215 to legalize marijuana
for medicinal use in 1996, Bronson began selling his cannabis flowers
to a dispensary in San Francisco.
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A judge is deciding whether Floridians should be allowed to consume
medical marijuana by smoking it.
Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers heard arguments Thursday on
whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on smoking.
The medical marijuana constitutional amendment voters approved in 2016
allowed the Legislature to prohibit smoking in public areas. But the
law passed in 2017 to implement the amendment banned smoking entirely.
Medical marijuana patients must vape the product, or else use patches,
oils, edibles -- any other means but the most traditional way of using
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When I think about the people I've met in Kensington over the last
eight months, the people who've opened up to me about their addiction,
about their lives, talking to me from the cardboard mattresses and
train bridges and alleyways and library lawns where they live, I think
about the ones I haven't seen in a while.
No, Philly did not just approve of 'Hamsterdam'
Could City Council block Kenney's proposed safe injection sites?
I think about how many of them by now are dead.
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MONTPELIER, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott on Monday privately signed
Vermont's marijuana bill into law, making the state the first in the
country to authorize the recreational use of the substance by an act
of a state legislature.
The law, which goes into effect July 1, allows adults to possess up to
1 ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants.
Vermont will become the ninth state in the country, along with
Washington, D.C, to approve the recreational use of marijuana. The
other states and Washington authorized the recreational use of
marijuana through a vote of residents. Vermont law contains no
mechanism that allows for a citizen referendum.
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President Donald Trump speaks after signing into law the bipartisan
Interdict Act, during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House
in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
Reince Priebus resigned on July 28 and was replaced by John F.
K.T. McFarland was asked to resign on April 9 but became the U.S.
ambassador to Singapore.
James Comey was fired on May 9, amid his investigation of Trump's
campaign and if it had ties to Russia's meddling.
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When it comes to legalizing marijuana Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Pa.)
is "one thousand percent on board."
When it comes to legalizing marijuana U.S Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) is
"one thousand percent on board," he told me by phone on Thursday afternoon.
Evans officially signed on to HR 1227 Wednesday, a bill that would
remove cannabis and hemp from federal drug scheduling completely.
"This is what the people want in the state," said Evans.
The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act is sponsored by Rep.
Tulsi Gabbard, a rising Democrat from Hawaii, and Rep. Tom Garrett, a
more libertarian-styled Republican from Virginia.
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A 10th medical marijuana grower has been approved to begin cultivation
in Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Health. Holistic
Farms LLC was granted permission Friday to plant its first cannabis
crop in Lawrence County, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.
That leaves only two of the 12 companies with permits yet to be
approved. AES Compassionate Care plans to open in Chambersburg in the
south-central part of the state; AgriMed Industries of Pennsylvania is
expected to operate in Carmichaels, 20 miles south of Pittsburgh. It
was unclear why they have yet to receive approval. Grow houses must
undergo several inspections and be plugged into the state seed-to-sale
tracking system. Representatives of the companies could not be reached
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A public hearing on Whitman's proposed ban of recreational marijuana
sales will be held before the Planning Board on Feb. 12.
To take effect, the ban requires approval at a special town election,
which has been set for March 17, and approval at a special Town
Meeting. A date for the Town Meeting has not yet been set, according
to Town Administrator Frank Lynam.
The town voted in favor of the 2016 statewide ballot question
legalizing recreational marijuana, but Lynam said these votes test the
will of residents on whether they want non-medical retail sales within
"This is the community's opportunity to say yes or no here," he
Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S.
opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are
calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and
coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more
than 90 Americans a day.
The list of more than two dozen recommendations made Thursday by the
National Governors Association is the first coordinated, bipartisan
response from the nation's governors since Trump's October
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The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is plowing ahead with
its preparations for the debut of recreational pot sales in July,
despite a recent change in federal law enforcement policy that has put
a cloud of uncertainty over the marijuana industry.
The commission has voted to negotiate a contract with Franwell Inc., a
Florida-based software firm whose "Metrc" product tracks all the
marijuana sold legally in Colorado and most other states with
The system, for which about $750,000 has been budgeted, is a vital
piece of regulatory infrastructure meant to prevent marijuana that's
grown, processed, and sold in state-licensed facilities from being
diverted to the illicit market.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Officials at an Albuquerque charter school
say a fifth-grader mistook her parents' medicinal marijuana for candy
and passed it out to other students.
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reports the Albuquerque School of
Excellence student handed out the pot edibles last week before
teachers noticed her acting strangely.
Kristy Del Curto, Dean of Elementary Students, says that student also
complained she couldn't see.
Del Curto says three students ate one gummy and the student who passed
out the candy ate three or four pieces.
Pot gummies can be two to 100 times more potent than traditional
Del Curto says school officials called 911 and paramedics monitored
all the students to make sure they were not having dangerous reactions.
5th-graders thought they ate ordinary gummies. But then the room
One student passed out.
Another fifth-grader said she couldn't see.
A third started to feel extremely dizzy.
"I felt like the room was going to flip to the side," a 9-year-old
student at Albuquerque School of Excellence in New Mexico told KRQE.
It didn't take the 8- and 9-year-olds -- or the principal of the school,
for that matter -- long to figure out why the students were reeling last
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday called for the creation of a state
panel to advise him on whether New York should legalize recreational
Cuomo did not specifically embrace a legalization effort, and said the
advisory group, which will include State Police representation, is
meant to get to the "facts" of the issue.
"I think we should fund (Department of Health) to do a study, let them
work with the State Police, other agencies, look at the health impact,
the economic impact, the state of the law. If it was legalized in
Jersey and it was legal in Massachusetts and the federal government
allowed it to go ahead, what would that do to New York because it's
right in the middle?" Cuomo said.
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More Georgia voters than ever support changing state law to allow
harvesting and distribution of medical marijuana, according to a poll
by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Over three-quarters of those surveyed said Georgia's medical marijuana
program should be expanded, an increase from previous years. This
year's AJC poll showed that 77 percent want greater access to medical
marijuana, compared with 71 percent last year and 73 percent in 2016.
Meanwhile, approval of marijuana legalization for recreational use
also reached new heights, with 50 percent of respondents backing
legalization, compared with 46 percent last year.
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A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with operating
a large-scale drug trafficking operation in which he boasted that he
hired other law enforcement officers to provide security to drug
dealers and could assault people for his clients, according to court
Kenneth Collins, a deputy assigned to the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority, and two other men were arrested by FBI agents Tuesday
morning in a sting operation when they arrived to what they thought
was a drug deal, according to records unsealed following the arrest.
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Police in Hingham are investigating after a student at the South Shore
Educational Collaborative School allegedly supplied classmates with
cookies that were laced with marijuana, officials said Monday.
According to a public notice posted to the department's website,
police were called to the school Thursday, after the student, who
wasn't named in the report, had distributed the cookies to at least
five other people.
Police said the students who ate the cookies, who were between the
ages of 16 and 17, were "evaluated by a school nurse who believed the
students were under the influence of marijuana."
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IN WASHINGTON, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed Obama
administration policies and freed US attorneys to prosecute the
marijuana business, even where it's legal.
In Boston, US Attorney Andrew Lelling has given no assurances that he
Meanwhile, in a nondescript Natick strip mall, in a physician's office
above a pizza joint and dance school, and down the hall from the
Ebenezer Assembly of God ministry, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan helps patients
use marijuana to wean themselves from an actual drug menace. That
would be opioids, legally prescribed, government approved, a drug
that's made billions for the politically wired pharmaceutical industry
and now kills nearly 100 Americans every day.
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Earlier this month, Kansas state Rep. Steve Alford embarrassed himself
by mistakenly repeating racist rhetoric that was originally used by
Henry Anslinger, an avowed racist from the late 1920s, when referring
to use of marijuana by people of color.
I do not believe Alford is a racist. But I do believe, like so many
others, he is misinformed when it comes to the facts and issues
related to marijuana and the history of marijuana prohibition.
Presently marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug under the federal
government's Controlled Substances Act -- right next to heroin. I
think most of us would agree marijuana is not the equivalent of
heroin. Nevertheless, it remains as a classified drug for the purposes
of federal prosecution.
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Just a few weeks ago, Joel A. Giambra the lobbyist was working the
State Capitol's hallways advocating the legalization of marijuana.
Now he works a different Capitol angle as a Republican hopeful for
governor, proposing that legalized and tightly regulated marijuana
sales represent the best way to address the state's massive
infrastructure and mass transit needs.
"I'm saying raising taxes is not the solution," he said during a
Monday press conference on Niagara Street. "My job would be to
convince the Legislature that this is the most appropriate way to deal
with this particular problem of infrastructure."
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In May 2016, Taylor Weyeneth was an undergraduate at St. John's
University in New York, a legal studies student and fraternity member
who organized a golf tournament and other events to raise money for
veterans and their families.
Less than a year later, at 23, Weyeneth, was a political appointee and
rising star at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the White
House office responsible for coordinating the federal government's
multibillion dollar anti-drug initiatives and supporting President
Donald Trump's efforts to curb the opioid epidemic. Weyeneth would
soon become deputy chief of staff.
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CHICAGO -- The Latest on lawsuit to allow 11-year-old to receive
marijuana treatment while at school.
The Illinois attorney general's office has told a federal court it
will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical
marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure
The commitment made to Judge John Blakey on Friday came two days after
the student's parents sued Schaumburg-based District 54 and the state
for the girl's right to take medical marijuana at school. Illinois'
medical cannabis law prohibits possessing or using marijuana on school
grounds or buses.
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Pennsylvania will no longer provide the names of medical marijuana
patients to law enforcement agencies.
The state Department of Health made the announcement late Friday
afternoon in the wake of an Inquirer and Daily News story that called
attention to the fact that marijuana patients would not be able to buy
The department also called for the federal government to reclassify
marijuana, essentially demanding that it legalize cannabis on a
national level. Currently, the Drug Enforcement Administration
considers all forms of the plant to be "without any accepted medical
use," "highly addictive," and on par with LSD and heroin. Last week
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed Obama-era policies and
said federal prosecutors had the discretion to crack down on
participants in state-legal marijuana programs.
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Sacramento has more retail cannabis shops than any other city in
California, which is the largest retail marijuana market in the country.
According to recent records from the state Bureau of Cannabis Control,
Sacramento has 15 dispensaries licensed to sell recreational weed to
adults 21 and over, followed by San Diego with 13, San Francisco with
nine and Cathedral City with eight.
These figures will change as the bureau continues to process license
applications. Dispensaries in some places, notably Los Angeles and San
Francisco, lagged in the application process because local officials
did not approve their own regulations as early as Sacramento and other
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In a case that could have far-reaching implications, parents of an
elementary school student who has leukemia are suing a
Schaumburg-based school district and the state of Illinois for the
right for her to take medical marijuana at school.
Plaintiffs identified only as J.S. and M.S., parents of A.S., filed
suit Wednesday claiming that the state's ban on taking the drug at
school is unconstitutional because it denies the right to due process
and violates the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Legalizing marijuana nationwide would create at least $132 billion in
tax revenue and more than a million new jobs across the United States
in the next decade, according to a new study.
New Frontier Data, a data analytics firm focused on the cannabis
industry, forecasts that if legalized on the federal level, the
marijuana industry could create an entirely new tax revenue stream for
the government, generating millions of dollars in sales tax and
''When there are budget deficits and the like, everybody wants to know
where is there an additional revenue stream, and one of the most
logical places is to go after cannabis and cannabis taxes,'' said Beau
Whitney, a senior economist at New Frontier Data.
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To the editor: The commercial interests driving the rapid legalization
of marijuana in California call to mind the playbook of Big Tobacco.
("For marijuana users, it's high times as California makes
recreational use legal," Jan. 2)
Decades passed and millions of lives were harmed before the adverse
impact of cigarettes was acknowledged. During that time, Big Tobacco
stifled government investigation of tobacco's potential harm while
manipulating their product's addictive properties and marketing to
Since the liberalization of marijuana laws in Colorado, more people
use marijuana than ever before, and many have or will become addicted.
Use of healthcare resources for marijuana-associated illnesses has
also increased here.
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To the editor: The three letters you published in "California moves into
its marijuana future on Jan. 1. Some readers are not eager to make the
leap" stated the following concerns about marijuana use, most of which
apply equally to alcohol.
Law enforcement does not have adequate test criteria for driving under
the influence. While there is no blood-alcohol test for pot, police have
many other field sobriety tests, including "walking the line," reciting
the alphabet backward and the "eye and penlight test." A driver may pass
the 0.08% blood alcohol content test and still be arrested for DUI if he
or she drives erratically or exhibits slurred speech or other cognitive
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To the editor: For far too long, our poor, working class and communities
of color have been suffering due to unjust criminal persecution for
minor offenses like possession of marijuana.
The time for criminal justice reform is long overdue. We ought to divert
money from prisons into education and drug recovery programs.
What happened in Portugal after it decriminalized drugs compared with
the U.S. when Presidents Nixon, Reagan and Clinton fought their war on
drugs is incredibly telling. We need to change our way of thinking and
get back to helping our communities, our brothers and sisters, succeed
and thrive in this country.
Melissa Veenhuizen, Long Beach
"Groove on! Groove on!" blared from speakers outside a gray warehouse
in Santa Ana. Inside, a line of 60 people snaked through the shop,
waiting to be helped by a budtender.
"We were bombarded!" said Robert Taft Jr., founder of the marijuana
dispensary 420 Central.
When the shop opened at 7 a.m. Monday -- Day 1 of legal recreational
pot sales in California -- a handful of people had already lined up.
Within two hours, more than 100 customers, some still nursing holiday
hangovers, had made purchases. As they walked out, Taft shouted,
"Enjoy your new freedom!"
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The state has issued 104 licenses for retail stores to sell marijuana
for recreational use in California and 239 other applications for
those permits are pending, officials said Tuesday.
An official with the state Bureau of Cannabis Control added that the
agency is prepared to begin taking enforcement action against pot
shops that are not properly licensed.
"The bureau's enforcement team is ready to respond to any complaints
it receives and start doing compliance checks and site visits at any
time," said Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the bureau.
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The five medical marijuana companies in New York have filed a lawsuit
to block new cannabis businesses, claiming the growth threatens to
kill the fledgling industry that has struggled to sell the drug to
critically ill patients.
The lawsuit seeks to stop the state Department of Health from allowing
five new companies to grow and sell medical marijuana in New York. The
companies in the legal fight include Vireo Health and Etain, which are
selling cannabis-based drugs at dispensaries in downtown White Plains
and Yonkers, The Journal News/lohud has learned from court records.
There is also a dispensary in Kingston, Ulster County.
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Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions ended an Obama-era federal policy that
provided legal shelter for marijuana sales in California and five
other states that have allowed recreational pot, placing at risk
thousands of marijuana businesses operating legally under state laws.
The Justice Department move on Thursday plunged California's fledgling
recreational pot market into further uncertainty, and was met with a
bipartisan backlash from lawmakers in states where marijuana is now
sold legally to any adult who wants to buy it.
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