San Diego County Supervisors Vote to Kill MMJ Dispensaries

Last week, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to ban medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation in the unincorporated areas of California’s second most populated county.

The two dispensaries already licensed to do business and three more in the process of opening would be allowed to operate for five years in order to recoup the investments made in accordance with current regulations. At the end of that time, the businesses will be forced to close. The decision does not affect businesses located within the 18 incorporated cities of the county.

The action of the board went against the wishes of the county planning commission, which recommended allowing medicinal dispensaries and cultivation-only facilities. The planning commission also suggested outdoor cultivation be allowed on county agricultural land beginning in 2018.

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The HIGH TIMES Guide to Trumping ICE

[Editor’s Note: HIGH TIMES wishes we could offer sanctuary smoking seshes for all of the pot-loving undocumented stoners and MMJ patients out there. Unfortunately, that’s just a pipe dream (pun most definitely intended); but while we can’t get you high, we can still expand your mind. Education is one of our most powerful weapons, so please share this guide with everyone and anyone you know who might be affected under the Trump administration’s deportation policies.]

Even though marijuana legalization is sweeping states countrywide, and recreational usage has also been decriminalized in some states, don’t get too comfortable just yet. You can still be deported, for smoking.

“As of February 25, 2017, 608 aliens in ICE custody have a marijuana-related offense listed as their most serious criminal conviction,”Jennifer Elzea, acting press secretary for ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), told HIGH TIMES. “ICE notes that marijuana-related offenses cited include, but are not limited to, the possession, selling, and smuggling of marijuana.”

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Florida’s MMJ Bill More Restrictive Than Before Legalization

What can you do in Florida to consume legal medical cannabis?

Back in November, Floridians voted overwhelmingly to approve medical marijuana.

Now, after all manners of roadblocks and a long wait for regulations, legislators have unveiled a plan that’s actually more restrictive than no plan at all.

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Ohio Town Charges Drug Overdose Survivors With ‘Inducing Panic’

Those people who survive drug overdoses can often encounter a number of hardships once they are finally released from the hospital, but one Ohio community is complicating the situation even further by slapping these folks with criminal charges.

In Washington Court House, a small town situated between Cincinnati and Columbus, police have decided to take a more “enforcement” type of approach to people who overdose on opioid medications. Now, anytime emergency responders are forced to revive someone with an overzealous lust for pain pills or heroin, that person will be charged with “inducing panic”—a misdemeanor offense that carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and fines reaching $1,000.

City officials believe entering overdose victims into the criminal justice system is the perfect way to keep tabs on the degeneration of the community. Yet, the suits of the system stop short of admitting that their mission is to capitalize on the problem—not offer any real assistance.

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Israel Moves to Decriminalize Recreational Cannabis

Last week, Israel’s cabinet approved a proposed measure to decriminalize recreational use of cannabis, allowing it to go to a vote in the country’s parliament, the Knesset.

If it passes there, as is expected, first-time cannabis offenders will face a fine of 1,000 shekels ($270), but criminal charges will only be brought on a fourth offense. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who led the reform effort, said that “the government’s approval is an important step on the way to implement the new policy, which will emphasize public information and treatment instead of criminal enforcement.”

Lawmaker Tamar Zandberg  of the center-left Meretz party, chair of the Knesset Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, said: “This is an important step, but not the end of the road. It sends a message that a million of Israelis who consume marijuana aren’t criminals. We will carry on following the details in the committee and ensure that the change is implemented.”

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States Plot Marijuana Defense As Sessions Goes Off Again

John Hickenlooper has never been a huge fan of marijuana legalization. When Colorado voted to legalized marijuana in 2012, Hickenlooper, a former mayor of Denver who’s served as the state’s Democratic governor since 2010, was in the minority who voted against legal cannabis. Now, the country’s marijuana movement is hoping Hickenlooper is serious when he suggests that he likes Donald Trump messing with him and his state even less than the reefer.

On Sunday, Hickenlooper appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press to utter the great conservative mantra—states’ rights—and declared, if in the most passive-aggressive (read: mainstream Democratic) way possible, his intent to abide by his oath of office and defend Colorado from all threats, foreign and domestic, even if that threat is the federal government and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“Our voters passed [marijuana legalization] 55-45. It’s in our constitution,” Hickenlooper told moderator Chuck Todd. “It’s in our constitution, and I took a solemn oath to support our constitution.”

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States Respond to Trump’s Impending War on Legal Weed

Officials in Washington State are vowing to fight any federal crackdown on the state’s successful cannabis industry after White House press secretary Sean Spicer strongly implied that the Trump administration may crack down on states with legal recreational marijuana.

“We will resist any efforts to thwart the will of the voters in Washington,” said the state’s attorney general Bob Ferguson in an interview with the Seattle Times.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and AG Ferguson sent a letter last week to U.S. attorney general and outspoken pot-hater Jeff Sessions, asking to meet and discuss the issue.

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White House Warns: Fed Crackdown on Recreational Marijuana Coming

America is in the throes of an opiate overdose epidemic with no end in sight. So President Donald Trump’s administration, which has yet to make a single misstep in domestic or foreign policy, is set to launch a federal crackdown on marijuana legalization, the White House suggested on Thursday.

During his daily briefing session with reporters, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the states enjoying tax revenue and job creation after legalizing cannabis will likely see “greater enforcement” of federal law banning marijuana in every shape and form.

Spicer also contradicted known science and medical research by tacitly pinning the blame for the country’s heroin problem on marijuana. Not pharmaceutical industry-driven overprescription of pain pills, or a faulty reliance on medication to solve pain—it’s marijuana that’s driving Americans to overdose on pain pills and then, when that supply or their health insurance runs out, turn to heroin, Spicer said.

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