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Sun, 14 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMTWillits News, 14 Oct 2012 - It's up to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to decide Tuesday afternoon whether the operational permit for a Myrtletown medical marijuana dispensary should be revoked. The board will also discuss an annual report on the general plan update, three projects recommended for Headwaters Fund grants and two appointments to the newly formed Greater Eureka Area Municipal Advisory Committee.
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMTWall Street Journal, 11 Oct 2012 - OAKLAND, Calif.-This Northern California city is fighting to protect its biggest medical-marijuana dispensary-which generates more than a $1 million in local tax revenue annually-from a federal crackdown on pot shops. Oakland sued U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and San Francisco U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag on Wednesday in response to a Justice Department civil-forfeiture complaint aiming to seize the building where the Harborside Health Center, a medical-marijuana dispensary, rents space. The pot shop's owner says it sells more than $20 million of marijuana annually.
Fri, 12 Oct 2012 07:00:00 GMTNew York Times, 12 Oct 2012 - SAN FRANCISCO - The City of Oakland has filed a lawsuit in federal court to prevent the Department of Justice from seizing property leased to the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the country. "This lawsuit is about protecting the rights of legitimate medical patients," City Attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement on Wednesday, when the suit was filed. "I am deeply dismayed that the federal government would seek to deny these rights and deprive thousands of seriously ill Californians of access to safe, affordable and effective medicine."
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMTThe Columbian, 30 Sep 2012 - Prohibition of marijuana has failed as miserably as prohibition of alcohol did back in the 1920s. It's time to recognize the obvious: The longer we fight the war against marijuana, the greater grows the defeat.Initiative 502 on the Nov. 6 ballot would legalize recreational use of marijuana, which would be highly taxed and heavily regulated by the state. Licensed farmers would grow marijuana to be sold in private marijuana-only stores. The Columbian endorses Initiative 502 for many reasons, not the least of which is financial. I-502 offers Washingtonians the chance to radically change how we react to marijuana, from wasting $211 million over the past decade enforcing marijuana laws, to creating a revenue stream of more than $500 million annually via a 25 percent excise tax (plus other taxes) on legal marijuana sales.
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMTMissoulian, 28 Sep 2012 - HELENA - A jury on Thursday convicted a medical marijuana provider of drug trafficking and firearms charges, upholding the U.S. government's raids of state-regulated pot dispensaries in its first test at trial. The provider, Chris Williams, was barred by the trial judge from making the case that he and Montana Cannabis followed the state medical marijuana law that voters approved in 2004. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled state laws were irrelevant in the case involving alleged violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMTIssaquah Press, 25 Sep 2012 - GreenLink Collective, a medical marijuana operation along Northwest Gilman Boulevard, reshaped attitudes and policies about marijuana in Issaquah last year, as patients and officials engaged in a long debate about access to a drug banned under federal law. In November, Washington voters could further redraw the battle lines in the marijuana debate. Initiative 502 aims to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for recreational users. The proposal goes a step beyond a 1998 measure to legalize medical marijuana in Washington and could set a national precedent.
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMTThe Herald, 24 Sep 2012 - With Federal Law Making Possession, Growing or Selling of Marijuana Illegal, It's Likely the Government Will Take Action. If Washington voters approve an initiative legalizing marijuana in November it will set national precedent, ending the decades-long era of drug busts and prosecutions for possessing limited amounts of the drug.
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMTWall Street Journal, 14 Sep 2012 - LIVINGSTON, Calif. - When state drug agents first suspected a butcher-shop owner here of selling methamphetamine for a large drug network, they had no idea how big an organization their five-month probe would uncover. The resulting bust in August was one of the largest in state history, netting 11 arrests in four counties and more than 300 pounds of the illegal stimulant. More troubling was the discovery of the gang's approach to logistics: It imported raw powdered meth from Mexico and refined it at Southern California "conversion labs" into crystal form with a higher street value.
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMTSpokesman-Review, 12 Sep 2012 - (AP) - A November ballot initiative asks voters to reject the Legislature's restrictive law and return to the original law enacted by voters in 2004. HELENA The Montana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that restrictions on medical marijuana sales do not violate the constitutional rights of registered users or providers, overturning a lower judge's decision to block part of lawmakers' restrictive rewrite of state regulations.