A fourth Washington state judge says cities and counties can ban licensed marijuana businesses within their jurisdictions. The state Attorney General’s Office says Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Michael Evans issued his ruling Wednesday in a case brought against neighboring Clark County. The plaintiffs, Emerald Enterprises LLC and John M. Larson, had argued that Washington’s legal pot law did not leave room for such local bans. But the judge disagreed, joining judges in Benton, Chelan and Pierce counties. The rulings comport with a legal analysis issued by Attorney General Bob Ferguson early this year, in which he said nothing in Washington’s legal pot law explicitly overruled local zoning authority. The plaintiffs in the Pierce County case have appealed to the state Supreme Court, which has not announced whether it will accept it.
Early Wednesday, about 30 medical marijuana growers and cannabis concentrates producers crowded into a U.S. Bancorp Tower with a view of the Willamette River to talk shop and policy. The group included cannabis producers from across the state, including outdoor marijuana growers from southern Oregon. The group, formed by Portland criminal defense lawyer Amy Margolis, is part of the Oregon Growers PAC, a political action committee formed to influence statewide marijuana policy. Among the topics the group discussed Wednesday are marijuana testing, mainstreaming by working with local politicians through fundraising and lobbying, and the importance of the Oregon Growers PAC to put forth professional, well-spoken representatives.
State Sen. Curt Thompson, a Democrat from DeKalb County, has filed a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in Georgia, much like Colorado’s law. Thompson says the additional revenue raised would go towards transportation infrastructure and education if it were to pass in Georgia. But while Sen. Thompson wants the marijuana discussion to include recreational use, Republican lawmakers are determined to keep the discussion centered on medical CBD use only. “I will fight with as much energy and compassion and conviction to make sure we don’t have recreational use of marijuana in our state,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, the Republican state representative spearheading Georgia’s effort to legalize medical marijuana, who made it clear his bill will not lead the state towards legalizing recreational marijuana.
An amendment blocking the legalization of marijuana in the District of Columbia is on the table as appropriators negotiate bills and policy riders to incorporate in the year-end spending package. The issue remained unsettled on Wednesday and has been forwarded to the chair and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. If enacted, the amendment would reverse the decriminalization of marijuana, which took effect this summer, and block an attempt to legalize the drug in the District. In November, D.C. voters overwhelmingly voted for the legalization measure. A policy manager for Drug Policy Alliance has said that conversations with rank-and-file Republicans — and leadership’s reluctance to take a hard-line stance on legalization in the past — indicate GOP leaders will not push for the rider to be included.
The D.C. Council unanimously passed temporary legislation yesterday that will prohibit an employer from drug-testing potential employees for marijuana before a conditional job offer has been made. The bill, the “Prohibition of Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Emergency Act of 2014” was introduced by Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) in March of this year, and explicitly states that an employer cannot test a potential employee for marijuana use until after an offer for employment has been made. After an employee has been hired, however, they “must still adhere to the workplace policies set forth by their employer.”
The surviving corrections officer who pleaded guilty to charges related to the discovery of marijuana butter at his home will not face jail but must pay a $10,000 fine and potentially testify against two other officers. Brian Tennant, a 20-year veteran of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, told a judge Thursday, Dec. 4, that he never meant to break the law. “I pick up prescriptions for my wife,” Tennant told Kent County Circuit Judge Dennis Leiber. “I believed I was operating within the law.” Police say Tennant’s wife, Christine Tennant, was a medical marijuana patient under the caregiving of Timothy Scherzer. The other officer facing felony charges over the marijuana butter, Tim Berhardt, committed suicide last week.
In a bizarre and emotionally transparent performance, Miley Cyrus mocked her own music, opened up about her dark year and belted some Led Zeppelin. Oh yeah, and she smoked pot onstage, too. ”Usually I don’t smoke weed and drink, well that’s a lie … usually I don’t smoke weed and drink on show days, but I felt like it was fine in Miami,” said Cyrus, whose boyfriend, Patrick Schwarzenegger, also attended the party.