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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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