Oakland, Ca. April 2, 2012 — Ever since the launch of the resurgent campaign against medical cannabis, I and other movement leaders have warned that limited federal law enforcement resources should be devoted to real crime, not medical cannabis.
Today, the City of Oakland suffered a terrible example of what will happen when those warnings are not heeded.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón wants legitimate medical marijuana industry workers and patients to know that he's not out to get them, saying that dealiing with marijuana is "not a priority for this office."
The "Walmart of Weed" is set to open in Washington D.C. on Friday. It will coincide with the city's eligibility announcement for medical marijuana growing and selling permits.
The store opening, weGrow, isn't a dispensary, nor is it a grow-collective. Rather, it's an outlet store for all things marijuana - just without the marijuana. "weGrow is not unlike a typical retailer in mainstream America," says the Huffington Post, "with towering shelves of plant food and vitamins, ventilation and lighting systems." The store also plans on scheduling classes on different growing topics.
A marijuana testing lab owner is suing the city of Santa Monica, California for "dragging its feet" in licensing his facility.
Richard McDonald, owner of Golden State Collective, spends his days testing marijuana for contaminents like mold, pesticides and bacteria, as well as testing for THC levels. Dispensaries and growers alike rely on labs like Golden State Collective to establish safe products for local patients.