SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A marijuana activist whose advocacy dates
to the 1960s counterculture has been arrested in California toting 22
pounds of illegal marijuana, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Irvin Dana Beal, 70, of New York, was arrested Saturday in far
Northern California after prosecutors said his rental car was spotted
weaving across the road and driving 20 miles below the speed limit.
James Statzer, 51, of Michigan, also was arrested.
The arrest occurred along a well-traveled highway in California's
famed Emerald Triangle area, known for its high-grade pot. A police
dog smelled marijuana during the stop and 22 pounds of the drug was
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At the two malls in town you can buy key chains and Christmas
ornaments shaped like marijuana leaves. Along a downtown shopping
corridor, paintings of cannabis plants grace storefront windows.
Even Kmart stocks its shelves with T-shirts and mugs decorated with
the signature green leaf and "Colorado est. 2012" -- the year the
state legalized recreational marijuana.
But that is the one pot product you can't buy in Colorado Springs.
When Coloradans voted overwhelmingly to make non-medical marijuana
legal, they left it up to cities whether to allow sales. Colorado
Springs, home to five military bases and known for its conservative
politics and religious values, blocked recreational cannabis sales.
Now some in town want to change that, saying the state's second
largest city is missing out on sales taxes that are enriching cities
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Medical marijuana dispensaries and other portions of the medicinal
cannabis supply chain could be legal in Fresno as the result of a
unanimous vote Thursday by the City Council.
The 7-0 vote begins the process of rewriting the city's complete ban
on commercial marijuana operations that was adopted earlier this year.
It will likely be several months, however, before drafts emerge for
ordinances and rules that will govern where and how businesses that
cultivate, process, manufacture, distribute or sell medical marijuana
can operate within the city.
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MANCHACA, Texas -- When California rings in the new year with the sale
of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into
its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive
that doubts swirl over who will even use it.
Texas is the last big state to allow some form of medical marijuana,
albeit an oil extract so low in the psychoactive component, THC, that
it couldn't get a person high. Though it might seem that Texas
policymakers have softened their attitude toward the drug, bringing
them more in line with the U.S. population as a whole, they have not.
A joint could still land you in jail in Texas, and the state's embrace
of medical marijuana comes with a heavy dose of caution.
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Beantown Greentown is trying to build a 100-foot-long joint this
weekend at a marijuana expo event in Worcester. This is a practice
Keith Laham and his friends have been practicing for the past few
They have gathered in his cellar, in other people's cellars - you name
it, the 42-year-old West Roxbury native said.
But this weekend will mark the true attempt, and Laham, cofounder of
Beantown Greentown, a medical marijuana advocacy group, lifestyle
brand, and cannabis club, has high ambitions for it.
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WORCESTER - Thousands of people gathered at a convention hall Saturday
for the first-ever Harvest Cup, a friendly if spirited competition
among home-growers of marijuana that doubled as a convention for the
burgeoning cannabis industry and its consumers.
The event, taking place this weekend at the DCU Center, came the same
week that marijuana regulators began drafting rules for the scheduled
July start of recreational sales in Massachusetts. Many participants
Saturday were overheard debating various policies and what they will
mean for the small-scale cultivators at the heart of the Harvest Cup
once millions of dollars of investment funds pour into the state.
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The grass is looking greener for New Jersey marijuana users.
The idea of legal pot was once a pipe dream for those who so indulged.
Not anymore. Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has pledged to sign legislation
legalizing pot within 100 days of his Jan. 16 inauguration, prompting
speculation on what that hazy world would look like.
Among the particulars that have been largely agreed upon: New
Jerseyans would be permitted to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana for
personal use, and previous convictions for such possession would be
eligible for expungement.
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Have they opened Pandora's box? Some Deerfield Beach city leaders
worry that's what they might've done by allowing marijuana
dispensaries in the city.
They're now trying to stop medical dispensaries from clustering
citywide by keeping them out of commercial areas that also have homes,
as well as setting rules to stop them from opening next to one another.
Mayor Bill Ganz said he doesn't want the city to become known as the
place to buy pot, even if it's just the medical kind that doesn't get
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"Merely having a medical marijuana card doesn't mean you're using
marijuana. We can't prove you're using marijuana. Our practice of
having them turn in their firearms was incorrect," Honolulu police
Chief Susan Ballard said of her department's controversial policy
requiring medical marijuana patients to relinquish their guns.
Honolulu police Chief Susan Ballard said her department's
controversial policy requiring medical marijuana patients to
relinquish their guns was wrong.
"It is not illegal to possess the ones you already have," Ballard told
the Honolulu Police Commission on Wednesday. "Merely having a medical
marijuana card doesn't mean you're using marijuana. We can't prove
you're using marijuana. Our practice of having them turn in their
firearms was incorrect."
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Medical marijuana is now available in Maryland. Here's what you need
to know about it.
Medical marijuana is now available in Maryland, more than four years
after the General Assembly passed a law legalizing it.
Standing up the industry -- with growers, processors, dispensaries and
doctors -- took longer than expected. The law needed to be tweaked,
rules needed to be written and legal battles needed to be fought over
who won licenses.
Here's what prospective users need to know about medical marijuana.
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The Honolulu Police Department is reviewing a controversial policy
that requires legal marijuana patients to turn in their firearms.
The reconsideration follows community backlash since the Honolulu
Star-Advertiser reported earlier this week that HPD has sent letters
to at least 30 medical cannabis users who are permitted gun owners
telling them to surrender their firearms.
The new police chief, Susan Ballard, hasn't said what her position is
on the issue. HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Ballard is reviewing
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COLUMBUS - One day after Ohio announced its choices for larger growing
sites that would fuel a fledgling medical marijuana industry, a legal
challenge was announced that could throw a wrench into the works.
Ironically, such a lawsuit would be filed by some of the chief players
behind 2015's failed ResponsibleOhio ballot initiative that would have
legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
"Whether we end up with a license or we don't end up with a license,
that's not what this is about..." said Jimmy Gould, chairman and chief
executive of CannAscend Ohio. "I care that this process is broken. I
care that there should have been better oversight over this process,
and I care where this ends up....
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Within weeks an estimated 150,000 Texas patients suffering from
untreatable epilepsy will have a new means of relief.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a form of medical marijuana, will finally be
delivered to patients who qualify under the state's very strict
guidelines. The CBD reduces or halts convulsive epileptic seizures but
doesn't get the patients stoned.
Right now, the treatment will be available only for certain epilepsy
patients, and it's highly controlled.
We believe availability should be expanded for treatment of other
conditions when there's evidence those patients can be helped. We urge
state lawmakers to begin work through the political and medical
hurdles now so they can make that happen when they meet in 13 months.
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As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is
granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in
their youth - as long as they realize they can't do so again in the
The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana
use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016. Three years
ago, no such waivers were granted. The big increase is just one way
officials are dealing with orders to expand the Army's size.
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The Honolulu Police Department will not enforce a controversial policy
requiring legal marijuana patients to turn in their guns.
The department issued a notice Tuesday, saying it is consulting with
other governmental agencies, as well as reviewing recent court rulings
regarding the issue. HPD said it will, however, continue to deny new
firearm permits to applicants with medical marijuana cards.
"This is a new area of concern for cities across the country, and we
in Honolulu want to develop a policy that's legally sound and serves
our community," HPD Chief Susan Ballard said in a news release.
"Formulating the policy will take time, but we want to do it right."
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Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on
Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features
some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for
the prescribed cannabis.
Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary in Montgomery
County, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales soon after
receiving their first shipment Friday afternoon.
"You can tell there's a buzz, and we're excited for so many reasons,"
Askinazi said. "We're giving care to people who need it."
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When a rising Chinese American power broker became a partner in a
proposed cannabis dispensary in San Francisco's Outer Sunset, he knew
it would hit resistance.
But David Ho sees himself as the perfect emissary to the mostly older
Chinese residents and merchants who are deeply skeptical of the pot
"I'm the working-class, westside Asian American story," said Ho, who
is a co-owner of the Barbary Coast medical cannabis dispensary that
has applied to open at 2161 Irving St., on a block lined with grocery
stores, dry cleaning shops and banks.
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For 17 years, Chalfonte LeNee Queen suffered periodic episodes of
violent retching and abdominal pain that would knock her off her feet
for days, sometimes leaving her writhing on the floor in pain.
"I've screamed out for death," said Queen, 48, who lives in San Diego.
"I've cried out for my mom who's been dead for 20 years, mentally not
realizing she can't come to me."
Queen lost a modeling job after being mistaken for an alcoholic. She
racked up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, and her
nausea interrupted her sex life. Towards the end of her illness,
Queen, who stands 5-foot-9, weighed in at a frail 109 pounds.
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NEW YORK -- It was a telling setting for a decision on whether
post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana.
Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade,
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he'd sign
legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states
to OK therapeutic pot as a PTSD treatment, though it's illegal under
federal law and doesn't boast extensive, conclusive medical research.
Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now include PTSD in
their medical marijuana programs, a tally that has more than doubled
in the last two years, according to data compiled by the
pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. A 29th state, Alaska,
doesn't incorporate PTSD in its medical marijuana program but allows
everyone over 20 to buy pot legally.
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There's hardly a more receptive or captive audience for marketing an
intoxicant than the beleaguered commuters crowded onto a rush-hour
Muni bus (except perhaps the ones packed onto a rush-hour BART train).
But unlike many of the dopey regulations proliferating ahead of
California's legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes in
2018, Muni's decision to ban cannabis advertising makes sense.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's board voted
Tuesday to ban recreational marijuana advertising and stop accepting
medical marijuana ads once current contracts expire. The policy is in
keeping with Muni's refusal of alcohol, tobacco and firearms
advertising in light of the number of children who ride city buses and
trains. It's also in line with statewide regulations that prohibit
cannabis advertising that targets children or reaches audiences with
large numbers of young people.
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