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By Jeremy Daw The Leaf Online
Medical marijuana advocate Larry Harvey, whose use of medical marijuana stood at the center of the controversy known as the Kettle Falls Five case, has died, Washington’s KDWN reports. He was 71.
By Steven Nelson US News and World Report
Larry Harvey visited the nation’s capital in May 2014 and sat in a wheelchair outside Congress, flanked by lawmakers appalled that the Obama administration wanted to put him and his family in prison for roughly complying with Washington state’s marijuana laws.
By Kristen Moulton Salt Lake Tribune
Legalizing medical marijuana would open the door to a host of problems, including abuse by children and deaths from psychotic reactions, a Colorado drug-law enforcer warned Utah lawmakers Wednesday.
Jim Gerhardt, vice president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association, provided the Health and Human Services Interim Committee with a litany of woes Utah's neighboring state has experienced since legalizing medical marijuana.
Farm-to-pipe: Petaluma distributor fills niche for medical marijuana patients - Americans for Safe Access
By Eric Gneckow Petaluma360.com
As medical and recreational marijuana use becomes increasingly accepted in the United States, one Petaluma company is carving a niche as southern Sonoma County and northern Marin County’s medical marijuana provider, operating with a business model that eschews the brick-and-mortar dispensary in favor of in-home service.
By David Down East Bay Express
Making extracts of medical cannabis with butane is already illegal in California, but doing it within 300 feet of a home now comes with potentially stiffer penalties. On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 212 which will allow judges who are sentencing butane extract-makers to extra prison time, based on a new aggravating factor: being close to homes.
By Brendan Murray GoLocal Providence
Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called America’s “War on Drugs” a failure and has promised to transform America’s drug policy if elected to the White House.
By Bob Egelko San Francisco Gate
In a newly disclosed memorandum, President Obama’s Justice Department has told federal prosecutors they can file criminal charges against medical marijuana users and suppliers and shut down pot dispensaries, despite a congressional ban on federal interference with medical marijuana laws in California and other states.