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California: VICTORY! Feds Drop North Bay Marijuana Dispensary Case

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

After a grueling 18-year court battle, federal authorities on Tuesday finally dropped their appeal of the Shaw Decision, clearing the way for the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, led by Lynnette Shaw, along with other dispensaries in the North Coast region, to sell medicinal cannabis.

"I WIN and WE ALL WIN," Shaw posted on Facebook Tuesday. "I am Fed Proof - wow - after 18 years of litigation. And I have the first-ever Federal orders that okay my selling medical pot!!"

Santa Rosa lawyer Greg Anton represented Fairfax-based MAMA, the state's first licensed dispensary after it was forced to close in 2011, reports Paul Payne at the The Press Democrat.

The spunky Shaw had sued in federal court, citing a new law authored by a Southern California Congressman which prohibits the feds from spending money to prosecute dispensaries which are operating in compliance with state law.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer last October sided with Shaw, issuing a scathing critique of the Department of Justice position, which he said "tortures the language of the law." Federal prosecutors appealed in December, to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Oregon: NextGen Partners With Merry Jan's Cannabis Edibles Bakery

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Next Generation Management Corporation on Tuesday announced its wholly owned subsidiary, NextGen Holdings, LLC, has entered the rapidly growing cannabis infused edibles market by signing an agreement with Merry Jan's Edibles, an Oregon based bakery. Both parties have agreed to terms; final partnership agreement is being drafted.

Merry Jan's has more than 30 years baking experience and is currently supplying a small number of existing marijuana dispensaries with a variety of gourmet cookies, brownies and other baked goods and confections. Merry Jan's THC-infused cannabutter is made in-house.

"Now that Measure 91 has passed, legalizing marijuana in Oregon, we will continue to expand operations by strategic partnerships," said Darryl Reed, CEO of NextGen. "Our role in the newly formed partnership will be to assist in the expansion of the brand by hiring sales staff, increase awareness through social media and other forms of mass marketing.

"Merry Jan's is currently working on rolling out a Holiday platter that will include cannabis infused cookies, pecan pie bars, raspberry white chocolate bars and chocolate mint brownies," Reed said.

"NextGen also continues to look for a location in the Portland, Oregon, area to open a licensed dispensary," Reed said.

Next Generation Management Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary, NextGen Holdings, LLC, was formed to hold its Oregon cannabis assets.

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