U.S. Judge Halts Federal Seizure of California Medical Cannabis Dispensary

By Katherine Proctor, Courthouse News Service

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A federal judge stayed a forfeiture action by the United States against a licensed Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary, pending Berkeley’s appeal to the 9th Circuit.

The government sought to shut down Berkeley Patients Group in May 2013. The dispensary, its landlord Nahla Droubi and the city of Berkeley challenged the forfeiture.

In March 2014 the court struck Berkeley from the action for lack of standing, but the city appealed to the 9th Circuit, asserting that its interest in dispensary-generated tax revenue and its ability to regulate dispensaries within its jurisdiction gave it a stake in the case.

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Berkley, Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge, Michigan Decriminalize Cannabis

Initiatives to decriminalize cannabis in the Michigan citiesmichigan of Berkley, Huntingwood and Pleasant Ridge have been approved this evening, with all three garnering over 60% of the vote with a majority of the precincts reporting in.

In Berkley, polling shows the initiative at 66% support, with support at 71% in Huntingwoods, and over 80% in Pleasant Ridge. Although these numbers will change once reporting is finished, it’s an essential certainty that all three will finish above 50%.

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2014 Election a Week Away

A week from today, on Tuesday, November 4th, the 2014 cannabisleafgeneral election will occur, and voters in numerous locales will be given the opportunity to strike a blow to the absurd prohibition on cannabis.

Below is a quick overview of the cannabis-related proposals being voted on:

Oregon:

Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis, in addition to the private cultivation of up to 4 plants. The proposal would also authorize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets, which anyone 21 and older could purchase cannabis from. The outlets would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission, and cannabis would be taxed at $35 an ounce.

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Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. to Vote on Cannabis Legalization in Just 10 Days

In just 10 days, on November 4th, the 2014 general election will be upon us, and Alaska, Oregonvoters and Washington D.C. – along with a couple of cities – will be voting on the legalization of recreational cannabis, only two years after Washington and Colorado did the same.

In Oregon, Measure 91 has consistently maintained majority support among polls, including one from last week which found it winning 52% to 41%. Still, the numbers are close, so it’s vital that legalization advocates in Oregon take the time to vote in favor of the proposal if they’re registered, and to spread the word either way.

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In 72 Days Alaska, Oregon, D.C. and Several Cities to Vote on Legalization, Florida to Vote on Medical

In a little over 10 weeks, on November 4th, voters in several cities and states will have the opportunity to continue the growing momentum behind the legalizemeyomovement to end cannabis prohibition, and they’ll be able to do so in a big way.

In Oregon, voters will be deciding the fate of Measure 91, an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. By far the most progressive of the initiatives being voted on this year, Measure 91 would legalize the possession and use of up to half a pound (eight ounces) of cannabis, in addition to the private cultivation of up to four plants. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets will also be authorized and regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission. According to a recent study, the initiative’s tax rate, which is said to be far more reasonable than rates in Colorado and Washington, will put cannabis prices at around $140 an ounce.

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Enough Signatures Submitted to Put Legalization to a Vote in Saginaw and Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Activists submitted approximately 3,800 signatures today to put an initiative to legalize cannabis to a vote this November in Saginawsaginawgrossepointe, Michigan, nearly twice the required amount of 2,000. Also today, proponents of a similar initiative submitted roughly 600 signatures to put their proposal to a vote in Grosse Point, Michigan, over 100 more than the required 493.

“We hope it deals a death blow to the prohibition of cannabis,” says Cary Justice, who led the initiative drive in Saginaw.

Once enough of the signatures are verified to be valid (from registered Saginaw and Grosse Point voters), the proposals will be officially placed on the November 5th ballot. If approved in law by voters, the initiatives would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis.

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Berkley, CA City Council Votes to Require Dispensaries to Give Free Cannabis to Low-Income Patients

The Berkley, California City Council voted unanimously last week to require dispensaries to give away at least 2% of their cannabisberk for free to “low-income” individuals, with low-income being defined as anyone making under $32,000 a year, or families making under $46,000 a year.

Deborah Sadler, General Manager of the Cannabis Buyers Club of Berkley, one of three dispensaries currently operating in the city, tells us that they’re fully in support of the council’s vote, and that it won’t effect the way they operate; “We have always given back well over 2% of our cannabis for free”, says Sadler. “We have a cancer-chemo compassion program that provides patient undergoing any type of chemotherapy 100% of their medicine for free, we offer people that have seizures and chronic pain 100% of their CBD medication for free and we have a low-income compassion program where we give individuals a 2 gram allotment each week”. Sadler says she believes the most important part of being a dispensary is being part of the community, and “being part of the community means doing outreach.”

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Placed on November’s Ballot in Berkley, Michigan

An initiative to legalize cannabis in Berkley, Michigan has officially qualified for the November ballot, according to Tim Beck, director of the Safernormlbud Michigan Coalition.

If approved by voters this November 4th, the initiative will legalize the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and older. Similar initiative have been approved in the Michigan cities of Detroit, Lansing, Ferndale, Jackson, Flint and Grand Rapids.

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