After taking a week off from our weekly news roundup, we’re back! Here’s what’s happening in weed news around the country.
1. Feds to Release 6,000 Non-Violent Drug Offenders
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons is set to release approximately 6,000 federal inmates at the end of the month. The prisoners are non-violent drug offenders. Nearly one third of them are foreign nationals who will be deported, while the other 4,000 will be released to halfway houses prior to supervised probation. The decision is the latest in a series of events that deal a major blow to the decades-long war on drugs.
[Full Story: MassRoots]
2. Ohio Man Calls Police after Getting Too High
A man in Austintown, Ohio called police because he was too high. When law enforcement responded to the call, they found the 22-year old man on the floor in a pile of Doritos, Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies. The man allegedly told the officers that he “smoked too much weed”. After conducting a search, the police found a pipe with residue, rolling papers and a glass jar filled with flower.
[Full Story: USA Today]
3. South Dakota Tribe to open State’s First Weed Resort
A tribe in South Dakota plans to open the first cannabis-themed resort in the state. The Santee Sioux, a small tribe, will open the resort on their reservation next to an existing hotel, casino and buffalo ranch. The plan comes after a June ruling from the Justice Department which granted tribal sovereignty with respect to marijuana legislation. The tribe hopes to generate up to $2 million per month in profit.
[Full Story: Whaxy]
4. Oregon sells $11 Million of Recreational Cannabis in First Week
Oregon recreational stores sold more than $11 million worth of product in their first week of legal sales. The estimate was published by The Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association who also said that stores pulled in around $3.5 million on the first day of sales. The figures beat first-week sales in both Colorado ($5 million) and Washington ($2 million) where supply was very limited early on.
[Full Story: The Cannabist]