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Brownies are okay, but candies like this will remain illegal.

As we reported last week, Oregon recently began re-allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the state under a new, uniform set of guidelines. Among those rules: dispensaries weren’t allowed to sell edibles that could be “attractive to minors”. That meant no cookies, brownies, crackers, candies or anything sweet and loaded with cannabis extracts could be sold.
But state officials fixed that problem last night, issuing a revised set of rules that allows for baked infused-foods but still banning anything that is colorful and childlike, or anything that is “an animal or any other commercially recognizable toy or candy.”

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In recent weeks, we’ve posted about several satirical Colorado marijuana sales stories that some are taking seriously, including one that claimed pot overdoses killed 37 people and another about Representative Michele Bachmann supposedly driving stoned that prompted an official denial from Fort Collins.
A piece about folks buying weed with food stamps is a joke, too. But there is now actual legislation intended to ban this nonexistent practice. Denver Westword has more.

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Oregon, New Mexico and Maine will no longer allow certain applicants for food stamps to deduct medical marijuana expenses from their incomes after federal officials threatened to slap the three states with penalties.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a nationwide memo to regional directors of the food stamp program after newspaper The Oregonian contacted the agency about the deductions last week. The newspaper surveyed the 17 medical marijuana states and found that Oregon, New Mexico and Maine allowed deductions for the cost of medicinal cannabis.
In deciding whether a family is poor enough to receive food stamps, the three states had allowed applicants to deduct medical expenses from their incomes. Since all three states have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana, they had counted the cost associated with buying medical cannabis as a qualifying medical expenses, reports Noelle Crombie.

Graphic: Fweedom Collective
New member patients at Fweedom Collective get 25 percent off their order for donating canned food.

​​Fweedom Collective, a Seattle medical marijuana dispensary, is offering patients who join the collective a chance to donate food and receive 25 percent off their order.

The food drive, named “Cans For Grams,” has a goal of 10,000 cans of food to be donated to the charity Northwest Harvest, whose mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in Washington state.
“Not only does this event raise food for the local community, but it also helps low-income patients obtain quality medicine,” said Sky Nielsen of Fweedom Collective.
Located in Seattle, Fweedom Collective says it is “looking to make a positive difference in the local community.”
The dispensary offers a wide variety of top shelf cannabis for Washington medical marijuana patients (WA ID and medical marijuana authorization required).
Fweedom offers strains including Afghani, Afgoo Kush, AK-47, Blue Dream, and Seattle favorite PermaFrost at donations of $11.84 per gram, $40.08 per eighth, $72.86 per quarter, $141.17 per half or $273.23 per ounce. (Don’t forget, you get 25 percent off those prices if you donate canned food.)

Photo: Westword
Dave Crook and Amy DiIullo of Urban Cannabis with donated food items

​’Cans For Cones’ Turns To Controversy
A Denver medical marijuana dispensary says it is literally trading a ton of joints for a ton of food. But one local charity turned down the food donation offered by Urban Cannabis because of its connection to marijuana.
Urban Cannabis said it is giving out free pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes to qualified medical marijuana patients who bring in four or more (8-ounce) canned food items. Monday marked a high point for the food drive, according to the dispensary, which said it collected 250 pounds of food in eight hours.

Photo: Granny Purps
Granny Purps medical marijuana dispensary in Soquel, California, found a very effective way to motivate customers to donate to a food drive — give away free joints.

​​A medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Cruz County, California has found a very effective way to inspire canned food donations for the holidays — giving away joints.

The Granny Purps dispensary in Soquel, about 60 miles southeast of San Francisco, handed out one free cannabis cigarette for every four cans of food donated by its patients, reports Tovin Lapan at the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Each patient was limited to three free joints a day.
The dispensary took in donations of more than 11,000 pounds of food and handed out 2,000 free joints between November and Christmas Eve, when the promotion ended. (Aw, man!)
The food was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Photo: The Huffington Post

​A farmer in France has been given a one-month suspended jail sentence for feeding cannabis to his 150 ducks.

Michel Rouyer was arrested after police found 12 cannabis plants and 11 pounds of marijuana during a search of his home in the village of Gripperie-Saint-Symphorien, reports
“There’s no better worming substance for them; a specialist advised me to do it,” the farmer said.
His lawyer, Jean Piot, added, “This is for real; not one [duck]has worms and they’re all in excellent health.”
But authorities thought he was a quack.
“We have never investigated a case like this,” police said. Rouyer was given a one-month suspended jail sentence and fined 500 euros (about $700).
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