Friday, July 10, 2015

Toke Radio 92: Obama To Free Drug Prisoners! Marijuana Banking Bill In Congress! Feds Raid Tribal Pot Farm, Seize 12K Plants!

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Obama Plans To Free Scores Of Nonviolent Drug Prisoners

(Hemp News)

Aides expect President Barack Obama, sometime in the coming weeks, to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up for nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, the President will likely commute more sentences at one time than has been done in half a century, since the days of LBJ.

Marijuana Banking Bill Introduced By Bipartisan Group Of Senators

(Hemp News)

Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennett (D-CO), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Thursday introduced the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act, a bill that would allow banks to provide depository and other financial services to state-legal marijuana businesses.

Federal Agents Raid Tribal Marijuana Farm, Seize 12,000 Plants

(Hemp News)

Dreams of a new era of federal tolerance of cannabis cultivation on Native American tribal lands took a big hit Wednesday as law enforcement officers from at least four agencies raided land occupied by two tribes in California, seizing at least 12,000 plants and more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana.

Bipartisan Efficacy of Marijuana Amendment Introduced In House

(Hemp News)

Republican Congressmen H. Morgan Griffith (VA-09) and Andy Harris, M.D., (MD-01), and Democratic Congressmen Sam Farr (CA-20) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) on Wednesday introduced the “Credible Research on Medical Efficacy of Marijuana Amendment” to the 21st Century Cures Act, or H.R. 6, which is currently scheduled to be considered on the House floor this week.

Washington: Rowdy News Conference Announces Closure of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and Sheriff John Urquhart must have envisioned quite a different news conference than the one which actually happened Wednesday morning, when they announced the closure of medical marijuana dispensaries operating in King County. 

Dallas Woman Raises Awareness About 'Cite and Release'

(Hemp News)

Texas has a law allowing law enforcement to write a ticket rather than taking someone to jail for less than two ounces of marijuana, and it's been on the books since 2007 -- but most cops statewide aren't using it. 

Chile Moves Toward Marijuana Decriminalization

(Hemp News)

Chile has made a move towards decriminalizing marijuana after the lower house of congress approved -- by a wide 68-39 margin -- a bill that would change the cannabis laws in this South American country.

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Grateful Dead Drummer Wears Hemp T-Shirt At Band's Final Show

(Toke Signals)

Legendary psychedelic rockers The Grateful Dead, never prone to do anything half-heartedly, went out in style this weekend with a series of three 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Drummer Bill Kreutzmann didn’t disappoint at Sunday’s final performance, sporting a pro-hemp message on his t-shirt, which pictured Uncle Sam with the words “I Want You To Grow Hemp.”

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