Los Angeles Sues Unlicensed Cannabis Dispensary

The city of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit against an unlicensed cannabis dispensary for selling product tainted with dangerous chemicals, according to media reports. At a downtown news conference on Wednesday, City Attorney Mike Feuer indicated that the lawsuit against Kush Club 20 on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles would be followed by others.

“We are opening up a new front in our efforts to effectively enforce the city’s rules regarding marijuana,” Feuer said. “This compliments our criminal efforts in doing so, and we have filed a civil action against multiple business operators, property owners and real estate defendants.”

The city attorney suggested that cannabis users in the city ensure that they are purchasing from a licensed dispensary.

“Customers patronize illegal shops at their peril, and undermine businesses who play by the rules — and whose product is tested to protect buyers’ health,” Feuer warned.

“We apparently as a community care a lot about whether our romaine lettuce is contaminated, and we should. We care a lot about whether we can safely eat at Chipotle,” he added. “Marijuana buyers should at least exercise that same degree of caution.”

Suit Alleges Tainted Product Sold at Unlicensed Dispensary

The lawsuit alleges that Kush Club 20 was operating without a state license and sold cannabis products contaminated with paclobutrazol, a plant growth regulator and fungicide that is banned from use on cannabis in California. The civil action seeks civil penalties of $20,000 per day, which could total more than $7 million because the dispensary has been operating without authorization for more than a year, according to Feuer.

Named in the lawsuit are the property’s owner, 5527 S. Central LLC, and Michael Lerner, its CEO. It also names D/AQ Corporation, known as Daum Commercial Real Estate; Benjamin R. Spinner, an associate vice president at D/AQ Corp.; and James Vu, a vice president of D/AQ Corp., for allegedly leasing the property to Amy Sahadi Diaz.

“We’ve alleged the brokers and the business operators and the property owners knowingly omitted the true use of the property from the lease,” Feuer said. “In this case, the lease says that the use is for a church.”

Spinner told reporters that he believed that the property was going to be used legally.

“We leased this to a tenant who said they were going to go the legal, licensed route, and as soon as we found out it was unlicensed we started the necessary steps to evict them, and that’s all that we know,” he said. “We did everything legal and by the book. We can’t control what the tenant does. They told us they were going to do everything legal.”

“We just did the paperwork, we’re not the owner. We’re just the broker,” Vu said.

City officials have also threatened to shut off the power to unlicensed dispensaries. Ruben Honig, the executive director of the United Cannabis Business Association, a group representing licensed cannabis operators, said his group encouraged action against illicit dispensaries.

“The UCBA and the City Council have been urging the City Attorney about the potential dangers of pesticides in untested products (including Paclobutrazol) and the reckless behavior of landlords who indulge in fraudulent leasing schemes,” Honig said in a statement.

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Officials Issue Reminder That Cannabis is Forbidden in Michigan’s National Forests

Spring has finally sprung, and after a long winter people are pouring out of their homes to enjoy the long-awaited return of warm weather. For residents of Michigan, there are plenty of ecological treasures to explore, from prairies to coastal marshlands, dunes to bogs. And now that weed is legal in Michigan, venturing into the great outdoors is a perfect occasion for communing with nature with some cannabis. Unfortunately, some of the most popular spots in Michigan aren’t marijuana-friendly, and park officials are reminding everyone that federal prohibition still stands in the state’s National Forests.

On Federal Land, Prohibition Supersedes Legalization

In the 2018 midterm elections, Michigan voters legalized cannabis at the ballot box, passing Ballot Proposal 18-1 and establishing the “Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act”. But as in other weed-legal states, that law doesn’t apply on land controlled by the federal government. Land like national forests, national parks, wilderness preserves and wildlife refuges all fall under federal jurisdiction.

So since the federal government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance on par with heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, bringing it with you into a national forest violates the law.

Do people smoke weed on hiking trails and at their campsites? Of course. All the time. But Michigan parks and forest officials want to make sure visitors know that the state’s new legal marijuana law won’t protect them.

In a news release Thursday, the Forest Service reminded people that the MRTMA does not supersede federal regulations and that possessing, using, cultivating or selling cannabis is a punishable offense. “Marijuana users are asked to be mindful of National Forest System boundaries and to become familiar with relevant federal and state regulations prior to visiting,” the release said. If you plan to visit Huron-Manistee National Forest, Hiawatha National Forest, or Ottawa National Forest, be sure to keep that in mind.

Can You Smoke Weed in Michigan’s National Forest? No. Could You? Yes.

No reason to be naive about it: people break the law to consume cannabis all the time. That’s why prohibition is such a failure. So if like thousands of hikers, campers, and other outdoor aficionados you decide to partake when visiting Michigan’s National Forests, you’re not likely to face much trouble for your transgressions. Just be aware that you could.

And also make sure you’re doing your part to prevent forest fires, Smokey. According to Kathy Komatz, National Structural Fire Training Specialist for the National Park Service, you should soak any finished joints and weed ash in water before you throw them in a trash can. And make sure that can is unburnable and unmeltable and filled with sand. Never ash a bowl or toss a joint on the ground.

Now whether you can consume cannabis in public is still kind of hazy in Michigan. According to Michigan State Police, public cannabis consumption rules follow the same rules for alcohol consumption. So no shared public places. But that means you could probably get away with consuming cannabis at an individual campground, or on a hike in one of Michigan’s state parks and forests.

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Wisconsin Lawmakers, Advocates Trying to Legalize Marijuana—Again

Cannabis legalization is getting a concentrated push in the state of Wisconsin, where on Thursday Rep. Melissa Sargent of Madison announced that she would propose legislation to legalize recreational marijuana.

“The palate for legalization of cannabis in the state of Wisconsin is far more popular than probably the ratings for most politicians in this building,” said Sargent, delivering a fabulous piece of shade that should be printed onto t-shirts. Sargent has proposed a similar bill four out of her six years in office.

Legalization activism has a lot of history in the state, but cannabis advocates gained a formidable ally last year when voters elected Governor Tony Evers, a cancer survivor who ran on the campaign platform that adult use cannabis was essential. Evers included funds for greater allowance of medical marijuana use and a cannabis offense expungement program in his 2019 state budget, which he announced in February.

Upon hearing of Evers’ proposal, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos commented that the governor’s plan “appears to go too far.”

A poll released earlier this month by Marquette University Law School found that 59 percent of Wisconsin residents support legalization. Such has been the support for cannabis regulation in Wisconsin that individual cities have even proposed their own plans, including Madison (where a legalization ordinance was passed) and Stevens Point.

“I believe and I know the people of Wisconsin overwhelmingly believe that people shouldn’t be treated like criminals for accessing medicine that can change or maybe even save their lives,” said Evers when announcing his budget plan.

“It is far overdue that we listen to the voices of our constituents,” Sargent said on Thursday. “The people of Wisconsin have said loud and clear that the prohibition of marijuana is not working.”

Currently, Wisconsin does have a medical marijuana system (via AB 726, which was passed in 2014) but patients are limited to THC-free CBD oil, available with just a physician’s written recommendation. Governor Evers’ budget proposal would lift restrictions on the purchase of CBD oil, legalize small amounts of marijuana for medical use, and decriminalize the possession of up to 25 grams for personal use.

As state cannabis advocates have noted, the issue does not just come down to medical access and bolstering the budget woe-ridden state with fresh sources of tax revenue. Wisconsin is also home to a deeply flawed criminal justice system.

A report published in January by The Center on Wisconsin Strategy found that Wisconsin had one of the country’s worst rates of racial disparity, including soaring incarceration rates in the black community. A study published by Kids Forward last year found that black youth are arrested at twice the rate of white youth for drug offenses. Another 2018 survey found black kids were three times more likely to be arrested as whites, adding that Native American youth are also two times as likely to be arrested as their white peers. In fact, Wisconsin has the highest rate of Native American incarceration in the country and in 2013, also had the highest incarceration rates of black men.

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Lyft Offering $4.20 Discount on Rides in Massachusetts This 420

Ride-hailing service Lyft will be offering Massachusetts residents a discount of $4.20 on Saturday in an effort to help prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. The promotion on the cannabis community’s favorite holiday is a collaboration between Lyft, cannabis dispensary New England Treatment Access (NETA), and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA).

This is the first 4/20 since Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana and sales at dispensaries began last November. Tyler George, the regional director of Lyft New England, said in a statement that the company was providing 4/20 revelers a safe option to get around town.

“This 4/20, we’re encouraging those taking part to plan ahead with a Lyft ride as we continue to work towards safer streets and communities,” said George. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and NETA as we work toward a similar goal and commitment, as well as provide Boston residents with a responsible and reliable ride option. We’re also incredibly thankful to our drivers who help people celebrating in Boston get to where they need to go.” 

According to Lyft, the availability of ride-hailing services makes 63 percent of its Boston riders less likely to drive while impaired.

“We urge Boston residents to choose a reliable ride option to get where they need to go without worry,” said Executive Director of the MCOPA Mark Leahy.

“We’re proud to work alongside Lyft and their commitment to safer and more connected cities,” he added.

The $4.20 discount will be available to riders throughout Massachusetts on Saturday, April 20 with code 420BOS19.

Denver Gets a Discount, too

Lyft riders will also be able to get a $4.20 discount in Denver, where 78 percent of the company’s riders say ride-hailing services make them less likely to drive while impaired. Lyft is providing the 4/20 discount in Denver in coordination with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Marijuana Industry Group (MIG).

“This 4/20, we’re encouraging those taking part to plan ahead with a Lyft ride as we continue to work towards safer streets and communities,” said Gabe Cohen, general manager of Lyft Rockies Region. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with CDOT and MIG as we work toward a similar goal and commitment, as well as provide Denver residents with a responsible and reliable ride option. We’re also incredibly thankful to our drivers who help people celebrating in Denver get to where they need to go.”

Denver Lyft riders can use code 420DEN19 to receive the 4/20 discount on Saturday.

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