Michigan Ave. Becoming Medical Marijuana Row
More than 60 medical marijuana businesses are registered with the city of Lansing, and 11 of them are on Michigan Ave. between US-127 and the river.
And that's not sitting well with many who live in the neighborhoods nearby. The Eastside Neighborhood Organization is made up of a handful of groups that represent all of Lansing's east side. The group sent Lansing City Council a letter last week, urging members to vote in favor of a ban on new medical marijuana establishments.
"I don't think they should all be clustered together, when we're trying make Michigan Ave. better," said Nancy Mahlow, the Eastside Neighborhood Organization president.
James Lerma opened Evolve Medical Marijuana Services two months ago, rushing to beat the moratorium. He vows to be a good neighbor, and plans to open his space to artists and bands.
"I hope the community embraces me, because I'm embracing them," Lerma said.
But neighborhood groups aren't happy about Michigan Ave., the gateway to the Capitol, turning into Lansing's medical pot capital.
"What does it say to our visitors, when they drive up and down, and all they see is medical marijuana?" Mahlow asked.
Full Court Press against marijuana growing
That's what Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is orchestrating on the Mendocino National Forest --- which is odd, if you think about it. Shouldn't that be the feds' job?
UKIAH -- Mendocino County Sheriff-Coroner Tom Allman introduced the plan for a six-county, multi-agency operation to eliminate marijuana growth in the Mendocino National Forest publicly for the first time Thursday during a two-day symposium in Ukiah.
Colorado medical marijuana making way into Nebraska
Lawmaker mulls measure that establishes pot driving impairment level
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A state lawmaker is considering introducing a measure that would establish a marijuana driving impairment level similar to the 0.08 blood alcohol level.
The Denver Post reports that Boulder Democrat Rep. Claire Levy plans to sponsor a measure that sets the threshold for the active ingredient of marijuana in the bloodstream at 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.
Vagueness in current state law plus concern over the rising use of medical marijuana prompted the ColoradoCommission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to draft a proposal.
Several states have zero-tolerance policies for THC or its metabolites, while Pennsylvania and handful of other states have established a 5 nanogram per milliliter of blood limit.
Spanish Cannabis Club May Have A Hard Future
A Spanish club that allows members to smoke marijuana joints has opened in Madrid, but its future is uncertain due to imminent anti-smoking laws. The Private Cannabis Club opened last month within a Madrid bar and restaurant and is run by an association that argues it is within the bounds of a law that allows consumption of cannabis if it is in private.
“We do not allow the public in, it is strictly a private association so we only allow in members,” Spokeswoman Alicia Mendez said from the club located near the Spanish airport. She continued to say that “We do not sell drugs nor do we promote the consumption of drugs. We are simply a place where people with a shared interest meet.”
Personal consumption of marijuana in private was legal, however, mendez said, and members were allowed to do so inside the private club, which had been registered as an association. “The consumption of cannabis is not only for recreational but also therapeutic,” she said. So this is just one step closer to true legalization as all we can do is wait to see what the Spanish authorities to if they even do anything.
Willie Nelson Charged with Misdemeanor for Marijuana Possession
After Willie Nelson's arrest last week (Nov. 26) for marijuana possession, the country star managed to steer clear of felony charges and walked away with a misdemeanor.
The southern superstar was originally suspected of carrying six ounces of the narcotic, which was found on his tour bus while traveling from California to Texas. Nelson faced felony charges with a maximum sentence of two years in prison plus a $10,000 fine. Officials later determined the amount of marijuana to be four ounces, earning the 77-year-old a $4,000 fine and maximum one-year prison term. However, according to TMZ.com, Nelson will not be jailed.
In an interview with 'Rolling Stone,' Mickey Raphael, a harmonica player for Nelson, revealed that the 'Country Music' performer was in high spirits since he was arrested and subsequently released. "He said he feels great - he lost six ounces," Raphael said.
Dick DeGuerin, a Texas criminal defense lawyer, questioned the lawfulness of the search. DeGuerin pointed out that officials searched the vehicle 100 miles from the Mexican border.
"It's supposed to be a checkpoint only for aliens, and [agents] overstep their authority all the time," explained DeGuerin, who recently represented former politician Tom Delay and country singer Billy Joe Shaver. "I've had several cases from that checkpoint and they just use the opportunity to check out anybody they want to. If you have long hair, if you're driving a van or it looks like you're from California or you look like a hippie, they do profiling."
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