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Cannabis crusader Dennis Peron raided?

Posted on August 7th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

Reports are breaking that Dennis Peron, longtime San Francisco cannabis activist and co-author of California's 1996 medical marijuana initiative,  was raided at his home Aug. 4. Citing posts on Facebook, a report on Examiner.com says that Peron, who was recovering from a stroke, suffered a seizure as city police broke down his door.

Senate passes anti-brownie bill

Posted on August 6th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

The US Senate last week approved a bill ostensibly aimed at toughening penalties for those who peddle pot brownies to minors. But the proposed law is actually far more sweeping, and will apply to those who simply bake brownies at home, doubling the penalties for the amount of cannabis involved.

Obama signs bill on cocaine sentencing disparities

Posted on August 6th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

cocaineOn Aug. 3, President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 into law, reforming the notorious "100-to-1" ratio between crack and powder cocaine into a fairer 18-to-1 ratio and repealing a mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack.

Cannabis class enrolls students in Michigan

Posted on August 3rd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

cannabisA "Medical Marijuana University" is now open for students in central Michigan's Genesee township. The California-based trade school Oaksterdam University is holding weekend seminars hosted by the Genesee County Compassion Club, featuring a horticulture lab. Director of the Genesee County Compassion Club, Jeremy Rupinski, says students learn how to cultivate medical marijuana within the law. (ConnectMidMichigan, Aug. 1)

New VA policy bolsters legal challenge on medical marijuana

Posted on July 28th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

cannabisMedical marijuana patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed a legal brief July 28 in a Ninth Circuit case aiming to correct statements by the federal government that "marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States." The ASA legal filing points to a policy directive issued last week by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), recognizing medical marijuana and distinguishing it from other illegal controlled substances. In its brief, ASA contends that the VHA directive bolsters advocates' arguments that cannabis does indeed have medical value.

Coordinated protests against DEA medical raids

Posted on July 23rd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

United StatesCoordinated protests were held July 21 by medical marijuana patient advocates in both Saginaw, Mich., and San Diego, Calif., against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over several raids it conducted earlier this month. The raids came despite a Justice Department policy issued last October discouraging such actions.

Oakland approves "industrial" marijuana farm measure

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaliforniaOakland's City Council July 20 approved regulations permitting what the San Francisco Chronicle called "industrial-scale" cannabis farms—over the protests of small growers who fear they will be squeezed out of the industry they helped build. To address such concerns, the council pledged to create regulations for small and medium-size grow operations later this year.

US Patent Office nixes cannabis trademarks

Posted on July 21st, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

cannabisIn a setback for the corporatization of cannabis, the US Patent Office has shelved consideration of  trademarks for medical marijuana products, according to a July 19 report in the Wall Street Journal:

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