Jan 182013
 January 18, 2013
State Lawmakers To Consider Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol In Hawaii

House Speaker Souki Will Introduce Bill To Establish A Legal Market For Businesses To Cultivate And Sell Marijuana To Adults 21 And Older HONOLULU - Newly elected State House Speaker Joseph Souki (D-8) is scheduled to introduce a bill today to remove penalties for private adult marijuana possession and establish a system in which the cultivation and sale of marijuana would be regulated and taxed in a manner similar to alcohol. House Bill 150, the Personal Use of Marijuana Act, is the first of several anticipated bills on marijuana legalization this [...]

Jan 182013
 January 18, 2013
After Being Denied A Medical Marijuana Defense, Another Montana Cultivator Was Convicted In Federal Court

Montana medical marijuana patient, cultivator and former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jason Washington was convicted yesterday in federal court of two felonies, “conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana” and “possession with intent to distribute marijuana,” but was acquitted of another felony possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-related crime. Washington claimed to be in compliance with Montana’s medical marijuana law but, as is typical with such federal cases, defendants like Washington are routinely denied a defense. He is facing a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence, up to 40 [...]

Jan 182013
 January 18, 2013
Washington Liquor Control Board Announces Public Forums On I-502 Implementation

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor Control Board will hold six evening public forums across Washington regarding the implementation of Initiative 502. The forums are an opportunity for interested citizens to meet WSLCB staff involved in implementation, be updated on implementation and to provide input to the Board for it to consider as it develops rules. “Clearly there is passion about what Washington’s system of legal marijuana will look like when fully implemented,” said Board Chair Sharon Foster. “This is an opportunity for the public to meet the Board and [...]

Jan 182013
 January 18, 2013
Marijuana Policy Project To Host Oregon Town Hall With Congressman Blumenauer

Free, Public Event Will Look At Pathways To Marijuana Regulation In Oregon By Kate Zawidzki, Legislative Coordinator, Marijuana Policy Project The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the nation’s leading advocacy organization focused on reforming state and federal marijuana laws, will be hosting a free, public town hall from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Matt Dishman Community Center in Portland on Sunday, January 27, 2013. The town hall, entitled “Marijuana: Setting a Path Toward Regulation in Oregon,” will feature special remarks from U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The panel will be moderated by [...]

Jan 182013
 January 18, 2013
Cannabis Law Reform Advances In Saint Louis

On Thursday, the Health and Human Services Committee of the Saint Louis Board of Aldermen held a hearing on Alderman Shane Cohn’s bill to reform the city’s cannabis policies. Shane’s proposal would make marijuana possession a municipal offense (i.e. like a traffic ticket) instead of a misdemeanor and protect medical marijuana patients, and it was extremely well-received at the meeting. We had around a dozen supporters there — which is a large number for a morning hearing — and every member of the public who signed up to speak was [...]

Jan 182013
 January 18, 2013
San Diego City Attorney Refuses Closure Of Medical Marijuana Dispensary

San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith Refuses Closure Of Medical Marijuana Dispensary Cases, Sends Misleading Letter To Litigants, Mayor And City Council By Terrie Best, San Diego ASA Court Support Coordinator San Diego – City Attorney Jan Goldsmith dashed off a letter to litigants in medical marijuana dispensary cases indicating he is not answerable to his client the Mayor and manufacturing mistruths, in what appears an attempt to make the procedure the punishment in twelve medical marijuana dispensary zoning cases. Last week in a dramatic move, newly elected San Diego [...]

Jan 182013
 January 18, 2013
Drug Test Tampering To Be New Crime In Missouri?

By Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair A series of new crimes involving “altering or falsifying” drug tests would be created if House Bill 38 filed last week by Rep. Jeff Roorda of Jefferson County, is passed.  The new crimes would be committed by using or possessing with intent to use any device or “biological sample” to alter a test or test result. It would be a new crime to provide, even without charge, or possess, a “biological sample”, like urine, or any adulterant, for the purpose of altering a drug test result. [...]

Jan 182013
 January 18, 2013
California Supreme Court Denies Review Of Landmark Medical Marijuana Case, Affirms Legality Of Storefront Dispensaries

High Court also denies depublication of People v. Jackson despite request from League of California Cities The California Supreme Court denied review yesterday of a landmark medical marijuana dispensary case, which drew widespread attention from prosecutors and policymakers across the state. The Fourth District Court of Appeal for California issued a unanimous published ruling on October 24th in the case of People v. Jackson, reversing the conviction of former San Diego dispensary operator Jovan Jackson and establishing a clear defense for Jackson and other medical marijuana providers similarly prosecuted in [...]

Jan 172013
 January 17, 2013
St Louis Cannabis Law Reform Bill Committee Hearing Underway

At 9:00 AM on Thursday, January 17th, the Health and Human Services Committee of the Saint Louis Board of Aldermen will hold an initial hearing on Alderman Shane Cohn’s proposed reform to the city’s marijuana laws. The hearing will occur at City Hall (1200 Market Street) in the Kennedy Hearing Room and is open to the public. The more supporters that testify or even just attend the meeting, the more the committee members will understand that the people of Saint Louis want reform. Here are some suggested talking points if [...]

Jan 172013
 January 17, 2013
Website Launched To Help Keep Medical Marijuana Provider Out Of Prison

Matt Davies of Stockton, CA, a 34 year-old father of two young daughters with no criminal record, is being threatened with 10 years to life in federal prison for providing the medical marijuana that patients suffering from AIDS, cancer, and other serious health conditions need and are entitled to under a state law, overwhelmingly approved by California voters in 1996. Matt’s small business was permitted and complied with state laws and regulations. Through Matt’s work providing qualified patients safe access to medical marijuana, the cities of Stockton and Sacramento, the [...]