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Colorado: US attorney orders more dispensaries closed

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

cannabisColorado's top federal prosecutor ordered 25 medical marijuana dispensaries located near schools to close in a new series of letters issued March 23. US Attorney John Walsh warned owners of the establishments that they have 45 days to shut down or "action will be taken to seize and forfeit their property," his office said in a press statement. Walsh's office said the letters were sent to dispensaries that violate a state law requiring cannabis dispensaries be at least 1,000 feet from a school. He sent a similar ultimatum to 23 cannabis dispensaries that violated the buffer law in January. He said no enforcement measure was taken because those locations all ceased cannabis sales.

Multiple cannabis bills pending in Sacramento

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

medical marijuanaFive bills have been introduced this year in Sacramento concerning cannabis and medical marijuana, winning varying degrees of support from activists and the cannabis industry. Most likely to pass is San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's Assembly Bill 2312, which would regulate medical marijuana at the state level instead of letting each city and county take differing approaches to interpreting the law. AB 2312 would create a Board of Medical Marijuana Enforcement within the state Department of Consumer Affairs to approve or deny permits for growing, processing, testing, transporting, distributing and selling medical cannabis.

UFCW unionizes Los Angeles cannabis workers

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

medical marijuana United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770 has decided to take Los Angeles area cannabis dispensary workers under its wing. The union announced March 22 that "health care and grocery workers will welcome the medical cannabis workers and their successful organizing campaign into their union." Said Local 770 president Rick Icaza: "This is the next step in professionalizing and stabilizing this new sector of the health care industry. Unionization and collective bargaining bring better training, less turnover, and more stability to the health care industry. This is a positive step towards successfully integrating compassionate care into our system of health care." (LA Weekly, March 21)

Cannabis "ninja" robbers stalk California?

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

CaliforniaTwo men dressed as ninjas who allegedly robbed a medical marijuana deliveryman in West Covina, Los Angeles county, remained at large, police said March 27. The two suspects allegedly wielded batons at a man delivering medicinal cannabis to a local home. The victim told police the robbers—dressed in black with masks over their faces—frightened him into dropping a bag containing an unspecified amount of cannabis and money. The suspects took the bag and fled. "It just sounds so unique and bizarre," Lt. Alan Henley told the Los Angeles Times. "We haven't had any similar incidents." (LAT, March 27) Actually, there has been a spate of similar incidents in Santa Cruz, Humboldt and elsewhere in California recently.

California courts shoot down municipal bans on dispensaries

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaliforniaA Shasta County Superior Court judge on March 15 denied the town of Redding's request for a court order that would have closed down medical marijuana dispensaries across the city. Judge Stephen Baker's ruling relied heavily on the 4th District Court of Appeal decision in City of Lake Forest v. Evergreen, issued Feb. 29. The appellate court in the Lake Forest case ruled the city violated state law with its attempt to ban dispensing medical marijuana by declaring the dispensaries nuisances. The Orange County municipality tried to label its dispensaries nuisances solely because of their existence and not because of any illegal activity, the court ruled. (Record Searchlight, March 15)

Cannabis used to smear Trayvon Martin

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , .

ThinkProgress notes that over the last 48 hours, there has been a sustained effort to smear Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year old African American shot dead last month in Sanford, FL, by self-appointed "neighborhood watch" vigilante George Zimmerman—who has notoriously still not been arrested. Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said, "They killed my son, now they're trying to kill his reputation." Sleazy tricks apparently include circulation of a picture on Michelle Malkin's website Twitchy of a tough-looking kid in baggy pants which was passed off as from Martin's Facebook page (it wasn't—his actual Facebook photo is pictured here). Here are some other dirty tricks documented by ThinkProgress:

Cannabis and Obamacare: will high court case reveal double standard?

Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , .

An odd irony has emerged around the pending Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. As Daily Beast notes, liberal advocates of Obama's "individual mandate" are pointing to the 2005 high court decision Gonzales v. Raich, in which the justices upheld Congress' ability to ban the growth of cannabis even in states that have legalized medical marijuana—rejecting the claims of California activist Angel Raich and two co-plaintiffs, who had sued to block enforcement of federal marijuana laws against them. Advocates note that Justice Antonin Scalia deviated from his "states' rights" principles in siding with the majority. He wrote:

Judge rules medical providers not shielded from federal prosecution

Posted on March 3rd, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California on Feb. 28 dismissed a lawsuit challenging the US Attorney's authority to prosecute medical marijuana providers in the state. The suit was filed in November by Sacramento's El Camino Wellness Center Collective, after the US Attorney's Office sent a letter to the collective and its landlord warning that its activities violated federal law.

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