Top 10 Marijuana News Stories For 2012, LA Weekly-Style
If you like drama and marijuana together, then 2012 was the year for you: It was jam-packed with topsy-turvy cannabis news.
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As the Obama administration cracked down on medical marijuana dispensaries in California, the president himself said pot users in marijuana-legal states shouldn't be prosecuted. Come again?
Here's our list of top pot stories for 2012. Hold on to your bongs:
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10. Pot prices drop. After the U.S. Department of Justice's crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana in California, you would think that the Golden State would have become a Mojave Desert of weed. Quite the contrary: Prices plummeted in spring because big growers in the northern half of the state had a surplus crop they couldn't sell to legit outlets that either closed or were afraid to operate. Oops? And, yay (for consumers).
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9. Marijuana for profit? The crux of the debate over the legality of marijuana dispensaries often comes down to whether the law allows profit-taking in the distribution of such medicine. The likes of L.A.'s own City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich, says it doesn't. The guy who wrote the law, SB 420, made a stand: Former state Sen. John Vasconcellos said the law was indeed intended to allow for retail-style, for-profit sales of pot. However: Trutanich's office says California courts have ruled that notion out of existence. Today, it's still up in the air, sort of like what you just exhaled.