The 18th episode of Toke Signals TV with host Steve Elliott takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the week.
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Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service agents, along with officers of the Denver Police Department, on Thursday morning conducted raids at multiple medical marijuana facilities in the Denver, Colorado area.
A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver confirmed the ongoing raids, reports Michael Roberts at Westword. “Our sources tell us it’s likely to continue throughout the day and involvers a notable number of targets,” Roberts wrote.
A statement from Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Walsh, gives few details about the raids.
“The Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, the Denver Police Department and state and local law enforcement are today executing lawfully obtained search warrants and seizure warrants,” reads Dorschner’s statement.
With backers of an initiative gathering signatures for next year’s ballot, medical marijuana has the support of an amazing 82 percent of voters in Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday. The same poll found that 48 percent of voters favor overall legalization.
“If the folks who want to legalize medical marijuana in Florida can get their proposal on the ballot, they are overwhelmingly favored to prevail next November,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Support for the proposed constitutional amendment which could appear on the 2014 ballot is very strong among voters of every political affiliation, every age and every income level, reports Marc Caputo at the Bradenton Herald. Independent voters show the highest level of support at 88 percent, according to the poll.
The 82-16 overall support for medical marijuana is the biggest ever recorded in Florida. The previous crest of support was about 70 percent, taken in a poll earlier this year by People United For Medical Marijuana (PUFMM), the group behind the constitutional amendment.
West Virginia lawmakers on Wednesday got a draft of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.Nearly identical bills were introduced in the House in the past two legislative sessions, reports Dave Boucher at the Charleston Daily Mail, but both died in committee.
If that happens again, the Senate would never see the bill, but Senate Health Committee Chairman Ron Stollings (D-Boone), a physician, said there are medical uses for cannabis. The issues, Sen. Stollings said, are the logistics and liability of providing safe access to patients.
The draft legislation was briefly discussed on Wednesday when it was presented to a joint House and Senate health committee.
(Toke Signals)The Washington State Liquor Control Board, along with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, on Friday announced that more than 200 pesticides will be allowed for use in the production, processing and handling of marijuana sold through state-licensed stores.
If you were expecting pesticide-free pot from the state stores, so much for that idea… and don’t even think about asking for “organic” cannabis, as there certainly won’t be any of that.
Is it a coincidence that the WSLCB waited until the day after their “public input” meeting to announce that state-store marijuana will have all these pesticides in it? One can only imagine what the patients who spoke Thursday night would have had to say about that. Many of them have compromised immune systems, compromised liver function, or both — which makes it a really bad idea to ingest bug poison.
New Mexico’s largest county is bucking the state’s medical marijuana law by prohibiting any use of marijuana by county employees, following a new policy issued on November 12 by Bernalillo County Manager Tom Zdunek. The county memorandum cites federal prohibition and county policy as the reason for prohibiting the use of marijuana.
More than 10,000 New Mexican residents are actively enrolled in our state’s Medical Cannabis Program and nearly 4,000 of them live in Bernalillo County. Many are military veterans, patients living with disabilities, and victims of serious trauma and violent crime.
A hopeful for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania has predicted the primary “will be a referendum in reforming and legalizing marijuana law,” and has endorsed cannabis legalization, saying “For a lot of people in this state, this is the top issue in their lives.”
John Hanger is currently running fourth in a six-person Democratic primary race for the right to oppose Republican Gov. Tom Corbett next year, reports Charlie Deitch at Pittsburgh City Paper.
“If I’m elected, I support expunging the criminal records of anyone convicted of possessing small amounts of cannabis,” Hanger told City Paper on November 14.
Mizeur proposed that Maryland regulate marijuana much like alcohol, reports John Wagner at The Washington Post.
Running for the Democratic nomination for governor, Mizeur faces Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in next year’s primary. She estimated that taxing cannabis could net up to $157.5 million in new revenue for the state annually.
Under her plan, adults 21 and older would be allowed to have up to an ounce of cannabis legally. Public pot smoking would not be allowed, and it would be illegal to drive under the influence.
“Marijuana’s time as a controlled, illegal substance has run its course,” Mizeur said. “Marijuana laws ruin lives, are enforced with racial bias and distract law enforcement from serious and violent crimes.
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By Mickey Martin (Toke Signals)
Welcome to the tawdry story of how Cheryl Shuman got control of Moms For Marijuana International for little more than the price of a video camera, a laptop, and a spa trip.
Moms for Marijuana International got a taste of the Cheryl Shuman treatment this week, as the organization all but collapsed on itself after a mass exodus by many members of the Executive Board and Chapter Leaders nationwide. The organization began to unravel when members of the Board inquired about the financial records and non-profit filing for M4M. What they discovered was that the organization was not filed as a non-profit organization legally and that there was no accounting for the group’s funding.
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