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Cannabis farm near Anacortes was center of alleged $4.85 million Ponzi scheme

2/2/20--Robert W. Russell is accused of using Green Acre Pharms in an elaborate Ponzi scheme that, from 2015 to 2017, took in $4.85 million from at least two dozen investors in Washington, Arizona, California and Texas, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors, many of them using retirement funds or family loans, were enticed by promises of enormous profits from Russell’s farm, according to an SEC complaint filed Jan. 21 in federal court in Santa Ana, California. Read

Washington Supreme Court rules against initiative to block public funding of safe-injection sites

12/6/18--The Washington state Supreme Court unanimously struck down a proposed county initiative that would have allowed voters to decide whether to ban public funding for safe-injection sites. The court found that Initiative 27 — slated for the February 2018 ballot before being rejected by a King County judge last year — infringed on the authority of the Metropolitan King County Council. Read

Marijuana legalization study panel to hold third meeting

11/26/17--A committee studying the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana in New Hampshire is hearing from several experts. The committee is holding its third meeting, and the panel is expected to hear from representatives of the state banking and agriculture departments as well as the New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. Read