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State Police in Michigan announced how much they love burning gasoline and wasting taxpayer money earlier this week, bragging about a costly flyover search in Livingston County that – so far – hasn’t resulted in any arrests according to the Detroit Free Press.
But if you live in Deerfield, Handy or Cohoctah and have an outdoor grow, you might want to reconsider harvesting your crops now.


Seattle Police won’t be ticketing people for public consumption at this weekend’s Hempfest. Instead, they’ll be issuing munchies along with information on the newly-passed marijuana laws in Washington state.
We already predict that there will be two schools of thought on this from the ganja smoking camp: The first, is that it’s a funny, smart and tongue-in-check way of distributing some public information to a target group of people. The second is that it’s an insulting way for police to continue stereotype cannabis users as junk-food eating dumbbells. We here at Toke side more with the former than the latter here, though admittedly we have a thing for Doritos to begin with.

Center For Legal Cannabis
Under Washington state’s I-502, the Liquor Control Board will not license cannabis businesses that are within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, libraries, child care centers, recreation centers, public transit centers, and game arcades

Tuesday Lecture In Seattle Will Cover I-502 Prohibited Zones
In the wake of the historic voter decision to legalize cannabis in Washington state, licensed marijuana retailers may become a reality by December 2013. But good luck getting such a license in Seattle, said one researcher, with the zoning requirements put in place by Initiative 502.
“Nowhere will it be more difficult to site a licensed cannabis business than in urban areas, particularly in the Seattle metropolitan area,” said Ben Livingston with the Center for Legal Cannabis, a newly formed “think tank and project incubator.”
Livingston started mapping federal “school zones” two months ago after the DEA sent letters to dozens of medical cannabis businesses and their landlords, warning them to shut down.

On September 3, in what President Obama’s press secretary described as an attempt to appeal to “the youth vote,” the Obama campaign released an ad featuring fictional potheads Harold and Kumar.
The President asks them for their support and they agree, mindlessly gobbling junk food and chuckling at cartoons. But the Obama Administration has waged a war on marijuana users at a faster pace than President Bush, even attacking state-legal medical marijuana at nearly every turn.
Your vote is worth more than a stoner “wink-and-nod” commercial.

Legalize It

Seattle Hempfest and two Seattle churches will host sneak previews of the new cannabis documentary Legalize It, a “socially conscious” film on Proposition 19, the 2010 campaign to legalize marijuana in California. 
Scenes from the film will be shown at Seattle Hempfest on Saturday, August 18 in the afternoon in the Hemposium, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and film participants. Participants include Presidential candidate Governor Gary Johnson, his running mate Judge Jim Gray, Dan Rush (director, National Medical Cannabis & Hemp Division at UFCW) and I-502 “legalization” advocate and celebrity trophy wife Jodie Emery.

Michigan Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville) introduced a bill to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries

A proposal introduced in the Michigan House last week would legalize medical marijuana dispensaries, an issue not clarified in the law enacted following voter approval of a 2008 ballot initiative to allow use of cannabis for medical purposes.

The bill, HB 5580, the Medical Marihuana Provisioning Center Regulation Act, was introduced by state Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville), reports Christopher Behnan at the Daily Press & Argus. It will legalize cannabis dispensaries but allow local governments to prohibit them in their communities outright, or regulate their number and location.

DEA agent Tuesday morning at Seattle Cannabis Co-op’s location in the Rainier neighborhood

​Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided medical marijuana collectives in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Rochester, and Lacey, Washington, as a coordinated raid swept across the Puget Sound region on Tuesday.

Patient advocates and legal defense groups report that at least nine dispensaries have been raided, according to The Seattle Times. Ben Livingston of the patient advocacy group Cannabis Defense Coalition said he’s spoken with several dispensary owners and defense attorney Aaron Pelley, who confirmed raids were occurring.

“I’m in shock because now I have no pain medicine,” said patient Cameron Christenson outside of Seattle Cannabis Co-op on Rainer Avenue, reports David Rose at Q13 Fox News. “I can think of 100 crack houses in town — why don’t you go raid those?”

Diane Bielewicz, 61, of Nunda, New York, called police on her son for firing a gun in the house, but wound up going to jail herself for marijuana cultivation.

​In what the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is describing as one of the biggest marijuana growing operations they’ve ever seen, a New York mother and son were arrested for cultivating cannabis after the mother called police, saying her son was firing shots inside their home.

Deputies said they were called to the Nunda, N.Y., home of Diane Bielewicz, 61, after her son Joseph Bielewicz, 33, started firing a gun, reports Christine VanTimmeren at WHEC. When deputies got there about 3 a.m. on Tuesday, they said they found “hundreds” of marijuana plants growing inside the home, around the property, and in a state wildlife preserve just off their property.
Besides what they breathlessly described as “one of the most sophisticated growing operations they had ever seen” (Incidentally, ever notice how the cops describe every single busted grow as either “the most sophisticated ever” or “dangerously primitive”? Seems there’s no middle ground with these clowns), officers also found more than 20 weapons including shotguns, rifles and pistols.

Photo: Benton County, Washington
Gotta love Sheriff Steve Keane for speaking truth to power.

‘Put the money where the problem is’

~ Sheriff Steve Keane
From time to time, a public servant says something so obviously true, so resonantly sensible, that it’s startling. Yes, it’s kind of sad that we’re startled by the truth, but it’s also great that there are people out there willing to lay it on the line.

Today’s hero is Steve Keane, sheriff of Benton County, Washington.
In a lunch meeting with Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, when the subject of controlling gang violence came up, Sheriff Keane told the A.G. it’d be nice if some money set aside for marijuana eradication could be used for gang prevention so they can “put the money where the problem is,” reports Paula Horton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
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