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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Says California Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016

(Hemp News)

California voters will legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in the 2016 general election, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom predicted on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday. “I’m leading the effort,” Newsom added.

“As some folks may know, we’re very likely to have a ballot initiative in 2016 and we have strong confidence that we’ll win,” Newsom said, reports David Downs at SF Gate.

“We gotta do it right and be thoughtful and deal with the legitimate concerns folks have about our children, and not allowing Big Tobacco come in and do Big Marijuana,” Newsom said. “So we want to do it in a very thoughtful way and we want to have that opportunity next year.”

 

California Cannabis Hemp Initiative Signature Drive To Begin Oct. 31

(Hemp News)

The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI 2016) is organizing a statewide infrastructure of volunteers and activists in a drive to qualify for the November 8, 2016 ballot.

The group’s signature drive is set to begin October 31, 2015 through April 21, 2016, and CCHI 2016 will have just under 180 days to gather 600,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to proponent Michael Jolson.

“We are at a 30-year low in the amount of signatures needed to qualify an initiative for the California ballot,” Jolson wrote in a Wednesday fundraising email. “We will need to gather 365,880 signatures … In order to attain the necessary 365,880 signatures, we will need to gross around 600,000 signatures by April 21, 2016! We will submit our signatures into the counties on April 26, 2016.”

“We are building our grassroots volunteer infrastructure in preparation for our upcoming signature drive,” Jolson said. “The more volunteers and activists we can get to help us organize our grassroots effort, the better chance we have of qualifying for the November 8, 2016 ballot!”

 

Texas Police Search Woman’s Vagina For Marijuana – In Parking Lot

(Hemp News)

A Texas woman says sheriff’s deputies violated constitutional protections by conducting a body cavity search in the parking lot of a gas station during a routine traffic stop last June.

Charnesia Corley, 21, was driving in Harris County about 10:30 p.m. on June 21 when a male deputy pulled her over, allegedly for running a stop sign, reports Dylan Baddour at the Houston Chronicle. He claimed he smelled marijuana, handcuffed Corley, put her in the back of his cruiser and searched her vehicle for almost an hour.

The officer found no marijuana, said Corley’s attorney, Sam Cammack.

Returning to his cruiser, the deputy again claimed he smelled marijuana, and called in a female deputy to conduct a body cavity search. When the female deputy arrived, she ordered Corley, who is African American, to pull her pants down, but Corley protested, saying she was handcuffed and had no panties on.

 

Missouri Man Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana Granted Parole

(Hemp News)

In a case of justice long delayed, a Missouri man serving life without parole for marijuana will be released from a maximum security prison, according to the man’s son.

Jeff Mizanskey was told Monday morning that he has been granted parole, according to his son, Chris Mizanskey, report Michelle Pekarsky and Shannon O’Brien at Fox4KC.com. Chris said his dad should be released within 10 to 25 days.

According to Chris, his sad called him briefly Monday morning to share the good news. They planned to talk again Monday night.

Jeff Mizanskey has already been behind bars for more than two decades for marijuana offenses. He is now 62 years old.

 

Federal Lawmakers Urge Oregon To Speed Up Industrial Hemp Program

(Hemp News)

U.S. Congress members from Oregon on Monday urged state agriculture officials to speed up a pilot project allowing farmers to begin cultivating industrial hemp crops in time for next year’s growing season.

The federal lawmakers said in a letter that the program missed the 2015 growing season because of concerns in the Oregon Legislature over how hemp would coexist with the marijuana industry, which became legal for recreational use by adults in Oregon on July 1, reports Shelby Sebens at Reuters.

Industrial hemp cultivation faces a number of complications, including the fact that all forms of cannabis are federally illegal. Prosecutors have cautiously allowed state hemp experiments to inch forward.

In the letter, sent to Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba and Oregon State University Director of the College of Agricultural Sciences Daniel Arp, lawmakers said provisions in last year’s Farm Bill allow states and universities to research potential benefits of commercial hemp cultivation.

 

Colorado Cannabis Chamber Warns Against Overregulation of Edible Products

(Hemp News)

The Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged against a culture of dangerous potential overregulation of legal cannabis edibles in Colorado.

At the HB13-1361 and HB14-1366 Work Group Meeting on August 11, the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) of the Department of Revenue (DOR) discussed with various stakeholders the creation of new rules surrounding all edible cannabis products.

The Chamber also stands behind the consensus at the meeting regarding standard measurement procedures and the need for public education to always be the number one priority.

However, many proposed new regulations on edible products could create a strong negative impact not only on legal, licensed, compliant marijuana business throughout Colorado, but also on public safety for adults and children alike, according to the Chamber.

 

Activist Group Exposes Secret Law Enforcement Meetings on Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A group of Washington state medical marijuana patient/activists has exposed secret law enforcement meetings on medical marijuana, held by Washington State Liquor Control Board officials as they prepared to extend their authority to medicinal cannabis in the state as they implemented I-502, the recreational marijuana legalization initiative approved by state voters back in 2012.

The announcement, from the Board of Directors of the Viper’s Club, is reproduced in its entirety here.

 

Toke Signals Must Read of the Week

If The Truth Hurts, Censor It: Seattle Hempfest Has Journalist’s Facebook Account Shut Down

(Toke Signals)

Hempfest Vice President John Davis with the infamous Cheryl Shuman. Birds of a feather? [xCannabis.com]
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Hempfest Vice President John Davis with the infamous Cheryl Shuman. Birds of a feather?
[xCannabis.com]

Seattle Hempfest REALLY doesn’t want you to know about Hempfest Vice President John Davis’s support for legislation which ended medical marijuana as we’ve known it in Washington state for 17 years.

They are SO adamant you don’t hear a speech in which Davis endorses SB 5052, that they convinced social media behemoth Facebook to shut down the account of journalist Steve Elliott, editor of Toke Signals, merely for posting a speech in which Davis clearly endorses the legislation.

Elliott’s account has been suspended for 30 days, including his ability to post, Like and comment — conveniently covering this weekend, when Hempfest, once a “protestival” but now little more than a big-bucks trade show for monied I-502 interests.

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