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Colorado pot dispensaries fight the feds

“This is called Jack Frost, but it’s a triple A: alert, awake, and aware,” the “budtender” Carrie tells Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes. “If you needed to medicate in the a.m. before going to work, no one would ever be able to detect that you took any medicine, just as…

Nevada state senator to push dispensary bill amid confusing medical marijuana law

A Nevada state senator announced that he would push legislation to create a system to regulate for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries, reported the Las Vegas Sun. His announcement came after a hearing on medical marijuana during which legislators from both parties agreed that changes to the law needed to be made,…

Weed workers join labor union as Los Angeles weighs pot shop ban

The City of Los Angeles won’t be banning marijuana dispensaries any time soon, if the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) gets its way. That’s because workers at 14 of the city’s pot shops have all banded together and formed the “medical cannabis and hemp division” of Los Angeles…

Feds crack down on Colorado medical pot dispensaries

DENVER (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors in Colorado launched a crackdown on Thursday against nearly two dozen medical marijuana dispensaries located within 1,000 feet of schools, giving the proprietors 45 days to cease operations or face civil and criminal penalties. U.S. Attorney John Walsh issued the ultimatum in letters to 23…

U.S. attorney threatens to seize 23 Colorado marijuana dispensaries

U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent letters to 23 medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado on Thursday, warning them that they faced legal repercussions if they did not close down within 45 days. “This letter constitutes formal notification that a marijuana dispensary is operating on the above described property in violation of…

Justice Department faces lawsuit over medical marijuana crackdown

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country’s largest medical marijuana advocacy organization, filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday challenging the U.S. Department of Justice’s attempt to close down medical marijuana dispensaries in California. “Although the Obama Administration is entitled to enforce federal marijuana laws, the Tenth Amendment forbids it…

California lawmaker: Marijuana crackdown will cost millions in lost revenue

California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D) said last week that the federal government’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries would cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue. In early October, U.S. Attorneys threatened to seize the properties of medical marijuana dispensaries if they didn’t close up shop within 45 days.…

Oaksterdam chancellor: Fed crackdown on medical pot a ‘war on patients’

Dale Sky Clare, executive chancellor of the Oaksterdam University in California, on Tuesday warned that the federal government’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries could prevent thousands of qualified patients from having safe access to their medicine. In letters received by 16 licensed California dispensaries and their landlords last week, U.S.…

Bill would turn legal drug-related activities overseas into U.S. crimes

The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee has taken a giant step towards limiting the civil liberties of American citizens by approving a bill that, according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, “would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out…

Pot activists push for upset win in Calif

Measure to legalize marijuana in California is highlight of 160 measures on state ballots California voters decided Tuesday whether to make their state the first to legalize recreational marijuana, drawing worldwide attention atop the 160 ballot measures in 37 states that also included divisive proposals to slash taxes and ban…

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