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    Federal government’s new marijuana policy welcomed by Sonoma County activists

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat

    In a sweeping new policy statement prompted by pot legalization votes in Washington and Colorado last fall, the Department of Justice gave the green light to states to adopt tight regulatory schemes to oversee the medical and recreational marijuana industries burgeoning across the country. The memo was greeted with optimism by Sonoma County medical marijuana advocates who said it would provide relief to local officials who feared federal liability for permitting dispensaries and provide a springboard for the next statewide ballot measure to legalize pot for recreational use.

    “It’s fantastic,” said Omar Figueroa, a Sebastopol lawyer who has drafted legalization initiatives. “They are deciding that rather than remaining in denial and allowing a Wild West, laissez faire atmosphere, they will encourage ultra-regulated systems. That’s huge.”

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    Feds Green Light Colorado Legalization, With Conditions

    San Francisco Chronicle: SF Gate: Smell the Truth Blog

    U.S. Attorneys are receiving new marching orders from the Dept. of Justice regarding pot legalization in states that have legalized marijuana, including Washington and Colorado. Prosecutors should not make a state-legal pot businesses a priority as long as they follow state law and meet eight key federal goals: 1) Preventing marijuana distribution to minors; 2) Preventing money from sales from going to criminal groups; 3) Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to states where it is illegal; 4) Preventing criminal groups from using state laws as cover for trafficking of other illegal drugs; 5) Preventing violence and the use of illegal firearms; 6) Preventing drugged driving; 7) Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands, and; 8) Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property. California attorney Omar Figueroa, a cannabis law specialist said the effects could be profound. The DOJ’s statement could green-light California efforts to legalize marijuana.

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    Minister seeks return of peyote seized in Santa Rosa

    The Press Democrat

    A minister in the North Coast chapter of the Native American Church says his right to religious freedom was violated when sheriff’s deputies seized mind-altering peyote from his home during a raid on indoor pot gardens.
    Former Santa Rosa resident David Marbain, 56, is seeking the return of nearly 5 pounds of the dried cactus known for its hallucinogenic effects as well as 27 live plants that were taken in the 2010 sweep.

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    Feds’ Medical Pot Fishing Expedition Hits Mendocino Chop

    East Bay Express

    US Attorney Melinda Haag’s attempts to obtain Mendocino County’s medical pot-growing records is hitting some snags.

    Prosecutors for the US Attorneys Office of the Northern District of California continue to push back hearings on their subpoena for “any and all records” from Mendo’s three-year-old medical cannabis farming program. Since Mendocino officials began fighting back in December, the feds have delayed US District Court hearings scheduled for January 4, January 29, February 19, and March 19. Mendocino County’s lawyer William Osterhoudt told Legalization Nation that US Attorney Haag and the county are negotiating the scope of her fishing expedition.

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    Charges dismissed against Vallejo pot dispensary operator, star of ‘Weed Country’

    Times-Herald

    Year-old criminal charges were dismissed Thursday against Matt Shotwell, a one-time operator of one of Vallejo’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries. Since February 2012, when the Vallejo Police Department’s series of raids on medical marijuana dispensaries launched with Shotwell’s arrest at Greenwell Cooperative dispensary, no operators have been convicted.

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    Judge: Video of west county artist’s arrest can stay online

    The Press Democrat

    A Sonoma County judge Thursday rejected prosecutors’ efforts to remove a controversial video from the Internet that shows a Santa Rosa police officer repeatedly punching a prostrate man as he tries to handcuff him.

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    Mobilizing Help for People Accused of Hacking

    The New York Times

    When Senator Joseph R. McCarthy held hearings in the 1950s to question witnesses about their supposed ties to communism, critics accused him of fomenting a Red Scare hysteria. Decades later, the term Green Scare was used to describe a series of sweeping federal prosecutions of people involved in radical environmental and animal rights groups.

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    Don’t Call It ‘Pot’ in This Circle; It’s a Profession

    The New York Times

    As more and more states allow medical use of the drug, and California considers outright legalization, marijuana’s supporters are pushing hard to burnish the image of pot by franchising dispensaries and building brands; establishing consulting, lobbying and law firms; setting up trade shows and a seminar circuit; and constructing a range of other marijuana-related businesses.

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