Michigan Court Dismisses Marijuana Related Charges Filed Against Dispensary Personnel

Ferndale Patch:  “Charges have been dismissed against six people arrested in a January 2012 raid of a Southfield medical marijuana dispensary, action advocates of pharmaceutical cannabis are calling a victory. . . . Police raided  the Green and Greener Grow Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary, on Jan. 4, 2012, charging Carruthers; his brother, Ryan; and four others with offenses involving money laundering, money laundering, conspiracy to deliver marijuana, three counts of delivery of marijuana, and possession with intent to deliver, all felonies ranging in penalties of four to five years.”

By |2019-06-14T08:27:46-07:00December 21st, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Michigan Court Dismisses Marijuana Related Charges Filed Against Dispensary Personnel

Arizona’s Legal Dispensaries Sold More Than 2.5 Tons of Medical Marijuana in First Year

Phoenix New Times:  “Arizona’s medical-marijuana dispensaries sold more than 2.5 tons of marijuana in the past 12 months, officials say.  From December 6th, 2012 — opening day for the state’s first state-authorized dispensary, Arizona Organix — to December 9th of this year, 5,279 pounds of marijuana were sold, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.  The health department provided the numbers this morning following a New Times records request made last month.”

By |2013-12-19T08:16:30-07:00December 19th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona’s Legal Dispensaries Sold More Than 2.5 Tons of Medical Marijuana in First Year

The New Politics of Pot: The 2014 Candidates Who Want to Legalize It

The Daily Beast:  “Forget decriminalization or medical marijuana. Bolstered by state ballot victories, top-tier contenders in 2014 are seeking full legalization, the drug’s highest-profile advocacy ever.   After a round of victories at the ballot box, the spliff is trying its make case at the statehouse—and on the stump.   Advocates for marijuana legalization say the 2014 elections represent the first time that serious, top-tier candidates for major state and federal offices are advocating for full legalization of the drug.”

By |2013-12-14T14:13:28-07:00December 14th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on The New Politics of Pot: The 2014 Candidates Who Want to Legalize It

Pot Business Banking Issue is on Agenda as Bank Group Meets

Seattle Times:  “For the nascent marijuana industry in Colorado and Washington there is a lot riding on a meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C., of an obscure financial-watchdog group. . . . the next big challenge: getting banking services to pot merchants so they won’t have to conduct all their business in cash.  Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, implored the Treasury and Justice departments to work together to solve the problem. Now, because pot remains federally illegal, banks are loathe to provide checking accounts and loans to pot merchants for fear of being prosecuted for money laundering.  On Thursday, the federal Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG) will hold its first meeting since the DOJ’s watershed announcement in late August. The meeting is a chance for industry, regulators and law enforcement to have a “frank discussion,” according to a Treasury Department spokesman.”

See also “Federal Officials, Financial Industry Representatives to Address Marijuana Banking Crisis.”

By |2015-04-06T18:57:49-07:00December 14th, 2013|Banking Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Pot Business Banking Issue is on Agenda as Bank Group Meets

Seattle Vet Offers Medical Pot For Pets

Breitbart.com: “Two Seattle veterinarians are pioneering the use of medical marijuana to treat pets. Dr. Sarah Brandon, co-founder of Canna-Pet, says medical cannabis can be used for many ailments plaguing your dog or cat.   “Cannibanoids control inflammation to reduce pain from arthritis,” she says. ‘They can help reduce anxiety.’   Brandon and her colleague Dr. Greg Copas launched Canna-Pet two months ago because citing that traditional pet medicines can have undesirable side effects.”

By |2013-12-13T05:17:14-07:00December 13th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Seattle Vet Offers Medical Pot For Pets

NY Legislature Considering Legalizing Marijuana

CBS New York:  “A New York State lawmaker outlined her proposal Thursday to raise revenue by making marijuana legal.  State Sen. Liz Krueger’s measure — the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act — would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana under state law.  “It will take the market in marijuana away from the criminal enterprises, just as happened when alcohol prohibition was ended,” she said at a City Hall press conference.  Krueger, a Democrat from Manhattan, said her bill would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the state.”

By |2013-12-12T07:26:23-07:00December 12th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on NY Legislature Considering Legalizing Marijuana