The 22nd episode of Toke Signals Radio with host Steve Elliott takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the week.
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At 8 a.m. on January 1, an ex-Marine named Sean Azzariti became the first person in Colorado to legally buy a bag of recreational marijuana under legalization measure Amendment 64, approved by state voters last year.
A so-called "child welfare check" led to the arrest of a prominent Alabama medical marijuana activist after deputies discovered a cannabis growing operation in Cullman County.
Legislation adopted this year to establish a state-regulated medical marijuana program in Illinois will go into effect Wednesday. Licensed medical marijuana cultivation and distribution facilities are expected to begin producing medical marijuana and providing it to patients in late 2014.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Monday signed a new law that would allow the state to certify "pharmaceutical-grade cannabis," but the law can't take effect unless and until the federal government reclassifies marijuana as a Schedule II drug, suitable for medicinal use.
A California ballot initiative to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana got a positive review from state Attorney General Kamala Harris, who last week released a summary saying legalization could save the state "hundreds of millions of dollars."
Washington State last week reminded medical marijuana dispensary operators that they “must pay taxes,” and the state Department of Revenue plans to collect back taxes from about 300 dispensaries that seem not to have paid any. But Seattle-based activist/attorney Douglas Hiatt says he’s “hopping mad” about the announcement, and he’s advising shop owners to contact him before paying anything.
An Alabama family is celebrating their first New Year in Colorado after relocating to treat their epileptic daughter with medical marijuana.
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By Ron Marczyk
“The DEA had ignored accumulating evidence of marijuana’s benefits, and so acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in rejecting the rescheduling petition last year. Federal law requires the agency to take such evidence into account, accusing the Department of Health and Human Services of creating a Catch-22 for medical marijuana advocates by strictly limiting researchers’ access to marijuana, then arguing there is insufficient scientific evidence to merit rescheduling it.”