The Feds Don’t Want Parents Locking Up Their Pot

As cannabis policies at the state and federal levels continue down divergent paths, Stashlogix — a company trying to help people (particularly parents) store their pot responsibly — has had an entire shipment of their child proof containers seized by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Apparently the feds don’t want parents keeping their kids out of their stash.

Shortly after Colorado started adult use cannabis sales in January 2014, Skip Stone decided he wanted to create a cool yet functional lockable stash container so his fellow cannabis parents could keep all their ganja goodies safe from their kids.

“Seeing all the gummies and candy bars really helped inspired it,” Stone said, adding that — at the time — the go-to storage option for parents attempting discretion were things like shoe boxes.

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Goodbye Medical MJ, Hello ‘Medical AND Adult-Use’ Cannabis

California, the undisputed pioneer of state-level cannabis decriminalization, is about to make history again with the 2018 rollout of the largest regulated marijuana market in the United States. The recent unification of the state’s regulatory framework means that medical and adult-use cannabis will be governed by the same system.

There’s a new acronym in California cannabis — one acronym to rule them all.

Legislators in Sacramento recently approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget bill, and when they did, they also created a single, unified system for all commercial marijuana activity in the state.

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CA’s Legal Weed Market Is Worth $5 billion — There’s a Catch

California already accounts for roughly a quarter of all legal cannabis sales in the Unite States and is poised to be an economic powerhouse in a decriminalized national industry — if it can introduce regulation without empowering a new illicit market.

By sheer numbers, California is easily the nation’s largest market for legal marijuana — which means the state is the biggest bonanza for cannabis sales on the planet.

Once legal commercial sales of recreational cannabis begin sometime next year, California will play host to a $5 billion legal marijuana market, according to a recently released state-sponsored study from UC Davis.

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Prosecutor Charges Marijuana Business Attorney

An attorney who successfully returned money seized from a dispensary owner has now been changed with criminal action. The case is being called “vindictive prosecution.”

It appeared Bonnie Dumanis had lost. As San Diego’s district attorney, Dumanis had seized more than $324,000 from a local medical marijuana distributor during a January 2016 raid. But in May, with no charges filed against James Slatic, the operation’s owner, and no indication any charges were coming after almost a year and a half, a judge ordered Dumanis to return $100,000 seized from the personal bank accounts of Slatic and his family.

The money was expected within 10 days. For Dumanis, who is exiting the post on July 7 following a rare decision to resign mid-term, it would be an embarrassing footnote on her career.

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Left Behind by Clemency

What’s beef? Beef is when a rap video means the difference between a four-year sentence and 20 to life as a “cannabis kingpin.”

Jane Scarmazzo isn’t positive when her younger son started smoking pot, but she knows for sure how she found out about it.

Luke was in his early 20s, a few years out of high school and working with his father Nick Scarmazzo — a union carpenter — on bridges and overpasses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Ohio Files Lawsuit Against Rx Companies for Opioid Crisis

Ohio, like many parts of the U.S., is facing a serious opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, and its state attorney says pharmaceutical companies that flood the state with opioid painkillers are to blame. As a new medical cannabis system offers hope for harm reduction moving forward, a new lawsuit attempts to secure restorative justice for communities harmed by opioids.

Once wealthy and proud, Portsmouth, Ohio — a major steel and footwear manufacturing center in the mid-20th Century — became a shipping hub for illegal opiates in the 21st.

As many as 3.8 billion doses of opiates were distributed in Ohio between 2011 and 2015 — many of them through Portsmouth.

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Australia’s Most Famous Pot Prisoner Heads Home

Over the weekend, Australia’s most famous pot prisoner, Schapelle Corby, finished her parole in Indonesia and returned home to Australia for the first time in 13 years.

When Schapelle Corby left Australia in 2005, she was just another 20-something heading off to Bali for a tropical vacation — she would return to tabloid levels of fame resulting from her harrowing ordeal.

In May of 2005, Corby was convicted of smuggling 4.2 kilograms of cannabis — a little less than 10 pounds — into the tiny island province through the Ngurah Rai International Airport.

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5 Questions About ‘Weed DUI’ Answered

Many people assume chemical testing for THC is as simple and reliable as testing for blood alcohol content (BAC), but in reality it is much more complex.

Even in states that decriminalize medical or adult-use of cannabis, police can still arrest you for driving under the influence. That may not come as much of a surprise: most people know driving impaired is illegal, regardless of the substance. But many people don’t realize how difficult it is to chemically test for cannabis intoxication.

Here’s the answer to five big questions you might have about “weed DUI.”

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New WA Law: Adults Sharing Herb OK, ‘Catty’ Billboards Not

The state of Washington has passed a law protecting the right of adults over the age of 21 to share cannabis in any form with other adults. “Bogart[ing] that joint” is no longer a legitimate legal strategy — it just makes you stingy.

Washington state Governor, Jay Inslee, recently signed SB 5131 into law, correcting a draconian (if largely unenforced) section of the 2012 voter initiative that legalized possession and use of recreational cannabis in the Evergreen State — but made sharing it a felony offense, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Cannabis activists (and garden-variety enthusiasts) applauded the decriminalization of sharing as a step toward normalization and social acceptance of cannabis — among them, Vivian McPeak, founder of Seattle’s iconic Hempfest, an annual celebration of cannabis and cannabis rights.

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Florida: Smoke ‘Em (At Your Own Risk) If You Got ‘Em

How do you get around Florida’s silly ban on smoked marijuana? I appears putting a “WARNING: NOT FOR SMOKING” label on cannabis flower works just fine.

Florida is such a weird place – the legal marijuana there is not for smoking.

Yes, Florida lawmakers, with a straight face, have prohibited the state’s medical cannabis patients from smoking the medicine they currently receive from one of the state’s seven licensed marijuana producers.

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