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The Weed Blog | March 3, 2015
 Federal Jury Acquits Medical Marijuana Defendants On 4 Out of 5 Charges

Johnny Green
In an unexpected verdict today, the jury in a widely watched federal medical marijuana case from eastern Washington State, known as the Kettle Falls Five, acquitted the three remaining defendants of all but one charge of manufacturing less than 100 marijuana plants. The charge carries no mandatory minimum sentence and defendants Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 56, her son Rolland Gregg, 33, and daughter-in-law Michelle Gregg, 36, remain free until sentencing on June 10th at 10am. In a prosecution and week-long trial that used up roughly $2 million, the Obama Administration aggres....
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The Washington Post | March 3
 D.C. pot advocates threaten public smoke-in to protest ban on pot clubs
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, center, and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier arrive at a news conference to discuss the Districts legalization of marijuana on Feb. 25.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, center, and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier arrive at a news conference to discuss the Districts legalization of marijuana on Feb. 25.
(image:Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)
Aaron C. Davis
After just five days of pot being legal in the nations capital, the D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve new limits on marijuana use. The legislation introduced last week by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser D prohibits smoking in bars, clubs and virtually anywhere outside a private home where people could gather. Although Bowser stood up to Congress last week and legalized marijuana over threats of jail time from House Republicans, the mayor immediately asked for the new curbs. She said they are needed to close a loophole in a voter-approved ballot measure that could a....
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Westword | Monday, March 2, 2015
 Media Confused About How Many Tons Of Pot Colorado Sold In 2014
A photo of a marijuana grow included in the Marijuana Enforcement Division`s annual report, on view below.
A photo of a marijuana grow included in the Marijuana Enforcement Division`s annual report, on view below.
Michael Roberts
Headlines of reports by news agencies such as Huffington Post and Yahoo scream that Colorado sold 17.5 tons of retail marijuana in 2014. Sounds like a lot, and it is even if that total was actually dwarfed by the amount of medical marijuana peddled in the state over that span: an amount rounded off by HuffPo and Yahoo as 49.7 tons. Funny thing, though: Both of these numbers are wrong, at least when using metrics employed in the United States. By those standards, the sales figures were around 19 tons for retail marijuana, 74 tons for MMJ. Continue for the amusing explan....
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The Seattle Times | March 3, 2015
 State should partner with tribes on legalized marijuana
Mark Higgins
Some tribes see potential of legal pot now that the feds have given them a green light to enter the market. When it comes to marijuana, Washington comes off as the granny state of recreational pot when compared with Colorado. Lets face it, the rollout here has been glacial. As of last week, Seattle had just nine state-licensed stores. Nine. But change is coming to this states nascent marijuana experiment. A major player is poised to enter the market. Some of this states most business-savvy Native American tribes are evaluating the risks and opportunity to grow or sell m....
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The Weed Blog | March 4, 2015
 New Mexicos Industrial Hemp Farming Act Passes Senate With A Super Majority

Johnny Green
Yesterday, for the first time in history, the New Mexico Senate voted in favor of a measure allowing hemp cultivation. On a vote of 33-8, New Mexico State Senator McSorleys D-16-Bernalillo Senate Bill 94 SB94 passed the Senate Floor. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. SB94 would allow for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to provide for the growing of industrial hemp for research and development purposes. And, upon passage of the legalization of hemp, the provision will permit growing of industrial hemp by New Mexicans issued a license by the depar....
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NORML | March 2, 2015
 Jamaica: Ganja Decriminalization Plan Finally Approved By Parliament
Paul Armentano
Members of Jamaicas Parliament have given final approval to a long-standing plan to amend the nations marijuana policies. The newly passed measure amends the islands Dangerous Drugs Act so that the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis by an adult is reclassified as a non-criminal offense. Violators of the new law will receive a ticket and be mandated to pay a fine, but will not face criminal penalties. Public use of the substance will remain prohibited. Separate provisions of the measure seek to establish regulations allowing for the licensed production of cannabis ....
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The Weed Blog | February 27, 2015
 Large National Brands Have Sights Set On Legal Marijuana Industry
Johnny Green
The recreational marijuana industry is expanding at a rapid pace. Right now there only two states that allow recreational marijuana sales Washington and Colorado of course. But Alaska will be soon to follow, as will Oregon, and hopefully someday Washington D.C.. Between now and the end of Election Day 2016, I have as many as 16 states in play that could make a move to legalize recreational marijuana. By the end Election Day 2020, we could see over half the states in America with legal recreational marijuana sales occurring. If that becomes the case, or even mostly becomes ....
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The Denver Post | 02/27/2015
 Colorado bill to register marijuana caregivers passes committee
Joey Bunch
A state Senate committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would require medical marijuana caregivers to register and allows state agencies to share enough information to ensure pot grown for medicine isn`t sold illegally. While pot sold for recreational use has been subject to a battery of tests and regulations since it became legal last year, medical marijuana has gone relatively unregulated, requiring only that caregivers be at least 18 years old and have ``significant responsibility`` for the care of a licensed medical marijuana user. THE CANNABIST Colorado....
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The Seattle Times | February 25, 2015
 Pot retailer plans to open in Pierce County despite ban
The gallery plans to open Friday despite Pierce Countys ban on marijuana stores
The gallery plans to open Friday despite Pierce Countys ban on marijuana stores
(image:Photo provided by Tedd Wetherbee)
Evan Bush
Despite a ban on pot businesses in Pierce County, Tedd Wetherbee said he plans to open a retail marijuana store called The gallery in Parkland on Friday. The store will be reminiscent of a SOHO gallery and feature a life-size cardboard cutout of President Bill Clinton and a 7 tall African bird sculpture, according to a press release from Wetherbee and business partner Michael Henery. Wetherbee believes the county wont target him for enforcement because it has allowed medical-marijuana businesses to conduct business in the county. We think more than likely we will get to ....
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