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California Cannabis Regulation Released

LICENSING AUTHORITIES RELEASE EMERGENCY MEDICINAL AND ADULT-USE CANNABIS REGULATIONS SACRAMENTO – California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced today that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review. View the pdf: California Cannabis Regulation Released. The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of […]

CA: Nurses Look To Get Certified In Cannabis Treatment

A meet-up group comprised of vocational, registered nurses and nurse practitioners interested in training and expanding their knowledge of treatments for medical marijuana patients has started to meet in Mendocino County in the hope of creating an official local chapter of a national non-profit dedicated to advancing cannabis nursing practices throughout the state. “The American […]

CA: Campbell City Council Prepares For Possible Special Election On Medical Marijuana

The Campbell City Council is preparing for a potential special election next year regarding the cultivation, delivery and dispensing of medical marijuana within city limits. At its Nov. 15 study session, the council asked city staff to bring back more information at its Dec. 6 meeting. In March the city council approved an ordinance banning […]

Jamaica: Cannabis Authority To Grant Conditional Permits By Year End

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) expects to grant conditional licences by the end of the year for the growing and processing of ganja for medicinal and therapeutic purposes and research and development. Chairman of the CLA Board, Hyacinth Lightbourne, told JIS News that the entity has received 89 applications. Of the number, 25 are for […]

CA: Hanford Moves Forward With Medical Pot Idea

Hanford – The Hanford City Council directed staff this week to begin crafting an ordinance that would eventually allow large-scale medical marijuana cultivation/manufacturing facilities to apply for a conditional use permit to locate in the city’s heavy industrial zones. Oakland-based Purple Heart Patient Center has proposed a large medical cannabis facility for the former Pirelli […]

Olivia’s Story – Cannabis and Epilepsy

From birth, doctors were sure Olivia’s lack of cerebral cortex and severe underdevelopment in her brain would yield an abbreviated life. After four years of testing and endless doctor’s visits, Olivia was diagnosed with pyruvic dehydrogenase deficiency, a genetic neurodegenerative disease that prevents cells from fully metabolizing glucose, affecting energy production and increasing the buildup […]

California and Washington Cultivation Compliance – Guide and Law

In California, The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is the lead agency for the promulgation of rules and the issuing of licenses for cultivation according to the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), “a community based, non-profit organization that advocates for science-based protection and restoration of Northwest California’s Forests”. Starting in 2018 the Department of […]

CA: Kern County – Recreational Vs. Medical Marijuana

Bakersfield, Calif. With last week’s passage of Proposition 64, the recreational use of marijuana is now legal in California. Today, Kern County Supervisors will take up the issues that now arise between recreational and medical marijuana law. They will be looking at amending the county ordinance to address land use regulations, as well as looking […]

CA: Bloom Room Collective Honors Veterans With Free Weed Today

Today we honor the brave military men and women who put their lives at stake for the freedom of our country. At the very least, our veterans could use a free bag of weed. Which is why San Francisco’s Bloom Room Collective is offering all past and present servicemen and women a free 1/8th of […]

CA: Weed For Warriors Project Aids Vets

U.S. Army veteran Art Gutierrez served in Iraq from 2006 to 2008. Two years later, he described a period in his life of uncertainty. Prior to readjusting to civilian life, Gutierrez knew where he had to be for 6 a.m. physical training, he knew what his job was and where his home was and that […]

CA: Berkeley Medical Marijuana Club Not Nervous About Legalizing Recreational Use

Berekely – With polls showing that California voters are likely to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, one might think that medical cannabis clubs are nervous about losing customers. Some are quite the opposite. Berkeley Patients Group is confident that quality products and customer service will see it through whatever ups and downs the legalization […]

CA: Medical Marijuana Complicates Business Deal

San Francisco – Nothing is simple in the medical marijuana business, even “a simple breach of contract claim” in which a federal magistrate refused to grant summary judgment this week to a woman who wants to back out of buying two companies because they are illegal under federal law. Sara Gullickson agreed to buy DispensaryPermits.com […]

CA: Feds Drop Effort To Shut Down Berkeley Marijuana Dispensary

The U.S. Justice Department has dropped a three-year legal fight to shut down a prominent Berkeley medical marijuana business, the latest signal that the federal government is backing away from challenging dispensaries allowed to operate under California law. Federal prosecutors in San Francisco filed a motion Monday to dismiss their civil forfeiture case against the […]

How Cannabis Can Positively Impact California’s Drought

As the drought in California persists and quickly becomes the new hydrological norm, many within the state have embraced efforts to find ways and means to live within the drought forced water “budget.” Because of the importance of water conservation, the cannabis industry should embrace its socio-ecological responsibility and seize the opportunity to help shift the […]

CA: New Law Could Put Some Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Out Of Business

In 2001, Steve DeAngelo agreed to help a friend by attending the delivery of nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in a Maryland trailer park and verifying the quality of the product. In exchange, DeAngelo said he would get 10 pounds of the cannabis that he planned to distribute to medical marijuana patients in that state, […]

CA: Police Seize Family’s Bank Accounts Because Dad Ran A Medical Marijuana Business

James Slatic, a California medical marijuana business owner, found out all his family’s bank accounts had been seized by the government one day in January when his 19-year-old daughter tried to buy lunch at the San Jose State University cafeteria and her card was declined. Slatic’s wife tried to transfer money to their daughter, figuring […]

CA: Coalinga Gambles On Medical Marijuana

Coalinga – As Hanford officials consider whether to approve a proposal for a large-scale medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing business in the Hanford Business Park, Coalinga is already moving forward with the idea. If you ask Coalinga leaders why, the answer you’re most likely to get hearkens back to the famous Bill Clinton presidential campaign […]

CA: Campbell Council Discusses Compromise To Medical Marijuana Petition

The Campbell City Council is still mulling over the possibility of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation and delivery within the city. In an effort to avoid a costly special election, medical marijuana petitioners and the council are trying to reach a compromise that could allow access to medical marijuana in the city. At an Oct. […]

CA: Stockton Voters Weigh Two Pot Measures

Stockton – There are only two medicinal marijuana dispensaries inside Stockton city limits but that could change if Measure P passes this November. Supporter and Stockton attorney Zach Drivon said this could be a good change. “Regulation and licensing of the cannabis industry is actually going to increase public safety, it’s going to increase safe […]

CA: Santa Ana Drops Charges Against Dispensary Workers Arrested During Infamous Raid

Santa Ana’s city attorney office has dropped all charges against a dozen employees of Sky High Holistic, the Santa Ana medical marijuana dispensary that police raided on May 26, 2015, during which officers were recorded on surveillance footage eating what appeared to be pot edibles, throwing darts, and insulting a paraplegic pot activist. After the […]

CA: Ojai-Based Cannabis Cooperative Seeks Restitution From Sheriff, Ventura County

Shangri La Care Cooperative, a medical marijuana club based in Ojai, has been raided three times since October 2015 and is seeking restitution for the value of property lost or destroyed during the raid, a lawsuit filed against the Sheriff’s Department and the County of Ventura this month says. On Oct. 6, 2015, Ventura County […]

CA: Not Your Parents’ Dealer – Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Today

Brightly lit rooms, enticing menus and a smiling staff greet customers from the entrance of the Green Door. What initially might seem like a favorite coffee bar is actually a San Francisco dispensary. The Green Door in San Francisco is one of the oldest medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States, having opened in 2003. […]

CA: How The Nation's Oldest Medical Marijuana Law Could Be Affected By Proposition 64

If Proposition 64 passes this November, California will bid adieu to the nation’s oldest medical marijuana law. Enacted in 1996, Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act, created looser restrictions on cannabis use across the state. Chris Conrad is a cannabis authority who has worked as an expert witness in more than 325 marijuana-related cases. […]

CA: How The Nation’s Oldest Medical Marijuana Law Could Be Affected By Proposition 64

If Proposition 64 passes this November, California will bid adieu to the nation’s oldest medical marijuana law. Enacted in 1996, Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act, created looser restrictions on cannabis use across the state. Chris Conrad is a cannabis authority who has worked as an expert witness in more than 325 marijuana-related cases. […]

CA: What Happens To Medical Marijuana If Proposition 64 Passes?

Proposition 64 not only seeks to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use in California, but also makes changes to the state’s longstanding medical marijuana industry. “We strengthen it in a couple key ways,” Yes on Proposition 64 spokesman Jason Kinney said of the measure’s medical marijuana provisions. From privacy protections for patients, exemption from state […]

CA: Grass Valley Marijuana Committee Updates Council With Dispensary Discussion

The Grass Valley City Council opted to postpone any action regarding a medical marijuana dispensary to be located within the city during a council meeting Tuesday. Citing consensus from a previously formed ad-hoc committee, the council decided to wait until after the Nov. 8 election to continue the discussion. Vice Mayor Howard Levine, who was […]

CA: A Look At Tax Propositions And Legalizing Medical Marijuana

There is an overwhelming number of propositions on this year’s statewide ballot. – 17 in total. As part of our You Decide 2016 coverage we’re breaking down each one of these measures over the next several days. In this report, Monte Francis takes a look at two tax measures and a move to legalize recreational […]

CA: Butte Supervisors To Decide Position On Measure L And Medical Marijuana

In Butte County, voters will get to decide again whether they want to change the rules on growing medical marijuana. Measure L goes before voters in November. It would overturn Measure A, which voters approved more than two years ago and allows most property owners in unincorporated areas to grow medical pot within a maximum […]

CA: City Attorney Launches New Marijuana Campaign

San Diego – The city attorney and the city’s 14 regulated medical marijuana dispensaries are teaming up. They want medical marijuana users to only patronize the law-abiding clinics. Hard to believe, but the local weekly, San Diego Reader, with all of its medical marijuana dispensary ads in the back, was part of a news conference […]

CA: San Diego Steering Pot Users Toward Legal Dispensaries

Aiming to rid San Diego of illegal pot shops, city officials are partnering on a new campaign urging people to use only the 15 medical marijuana dispensaries that have received permits to operate legally. The most effective way to put the roughly 20 to 30 illegal shops out of business is to deprive them of […]

CA: Officials May Visit Other Medical Pot Facilities

Hanford – Members of the Hanford City Council want Police Chief Parker Sever and Community Development Director Darlene Mata to go on a fact-finding travel mission before council members decide whether to allow an industrial-scale medical marijuana cultivation and processing facility south of town. At their regular meeting Tuesday, the council directed Sever and Mata […]

CA: Oakland Medical Marijuana Dispensary Celebrates Milestone

Oakland, Calif. – Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana pioneering enterprise in California, is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary today. California will soon decide at the ballot box on whether to allow all adults to use pot for recreational use with Proposition 64 come November. For a decade now, Harborside Health Center has been and […]

CA: Q And A – New Medical Cannabis Rules Explained

California will soon be moving away from an unregulated marijuana marketplace to a state-regulated medical marijuana regime. The new licensing requirements will be the most comprehensive and complicated in the nation, attorneys say. At a recent meeting in Oakland, Lori Ajax of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation answered questions about how the new Medical […]

CA: Cannabis Company Sees Benefit In Pair Of Laws Covering Pot Manufacturing

Small-scale medical marijuana growers and businesses that manufacture medical cannabis products are set to get a boost from two new laws, both sought by California’s burgeoning medical pot industry. Both laws, signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown, continue filling in the specifics of the state’s landmark medical pot law adopted last year, establishing a […]

CA: Fight Looms Over Location Of Medical Marijuana Farms In Sonoma County

Sonoma County is putting out a welcome mat for the medical marijuana industry, but it may not be as big as the industry would like as it emerges from the legal shadows. Under California’s new medical marijuana law, cities and counties are allowed to regulate the location of pot-growing sites and other cannabis-related businesses, which […]

CA: Lynwood Considers Proposed Ordinance On Marijuana Grow Houses

Lynwood residents joined in a small, but strong protest against the opening of medical marijuana grow houses in their city. “We just strongly feel that opening a manufacturing cultivation plant would potentially be a distributor for the local dispensaries, we do not want that in Lynwood,” resident, Mayra Hernandez, said. There are no dispensaries in […]

CA: State And Medical-Cannabis Industry Meet To Create New Regulations

The Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, home of rock-ribbed American ideals of law, order and country, played host to a most curious road show last week. Officials from California’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) and Office of Medical Cannabis Safety (OMCS) convened the third of eight pre-regulatory workshops they are holding across the state […]

CA: Supervisors Pass Urgency Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an urgency ordinance that adds a new chapter to the county code to restrict and regulate marijuana cultivation within the county. The ordinance will exempt marijuana crops that can be proven to have been under cultivation as of Sept. 27, 2016, but will terminate once they […]

CA: Small Medical Marijuana Cultivators Fear County Rules Exclude Them

Santa Cruz – Ken Wing, a high-tech retiree who founded the Georgiana Bruce Kirby School, and Larkin Valley nurseryman Jon Friesell share the same problem: They want to get a license to grow medical cannabis but under the proposed Santa Cruz County cultivators ordinance, they do not meet all the criteria. Wing has 4.97 acres, […]

CA: Cannabis Dispensary To Be Considered By Nevada City Council

Nevada City could be the site of the first medical marijuana dispensary in the county as soon as February, if council members choose to move forward with the issue at their meeting today. There are many steps the city would have to take, though, before medicinal cannabis users could walk away from a city storefront […]

CA: No Cannabis Registrations Approved Yet

There’s a flowchart that lays out the process for medical cannabis farm registration in Calaveras County. That flowchart is included with a report that Planning Director Peter Maurer will present Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors. Maurer will explain why his department has yet to complete the processing of even one cannabis farm registration more […]

CA: Free Seminar “An Introduction To The Endocannabinoid System” On Oct. 3

September 27, 2016 – The public is invited to a free seminar, “An Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System,” on Monday, October 3rd, 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Golden Empire Grange, 11283 Grange Ct. (off La Barr Meadows). The class is being offered by Americans for Safe Access (ASA-NC) as part of their “first Monday of […]

Oakland Rolls Out Drug War Reparations

Amid growing concern about racial inequity in the cannabis industry, the City of Oakland is attempting to create what is possibly the world’s first drug war reparations program. Under its “equity permits” system, applicants with marijuana convictions will go to the head of the line for new medical cannabis licenses in certain neighborhoods. It’s a bold […]

CA: Richmond Dispensary Sues Over Alleged Monopoly On Medical Marijuana

After more than six years spent trying to open up shop, Richmond Compassionate Care Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Richmond’s three existing dispensaries conspired with community organizers and a city council candidate to monopolize the local medical marijuana trade. Richmond Compassionate Care Collective (RCCC) first obtained a license to […]

California Poised to Make Huge Advances in Market Expansion and Regulation

California’s tradition of social and political experimentation has made it the national leader in areas ranging from environmentalism and social justice to technology. Now it is poised to make the same far-reaching transformations in the cannabis industry. As one of the world’s top ten economies and the nation’s most populated state (having a population of […]

CA: Santa Rosa’s First Growing Operation For Medical Marijuana Moves Forward

Santa Rosa’s budding above-board marijuana industry continued its growth Thursday when planning officials sanctioned the city’s first commercial growing operation. Planning commissioners voted 5-0 – with two commissioners absent – to allow Aim High Cultivation to establish a medical marijuana cultivation facility at a northwest Santa Rosa building currently occupied by a tile company. The […]

CA: Hanford Medical Marijuana Facility Could Employ 1,115 Workers

The “times are a changing” and perhaps cotton will no longer be king in Kings County. Hanford is weighing a proposal by an Oakland company to use a 1 million square-foot vacant Pirelli Tire (Armstrong) plant building to cultivate medical marijuana indoors. The building, in Hanford’s Industrial Park, has been largely empty since 2001. According […]

CA: A Walk In The Pot At Cascade Valley Cannabis

Logan Osenga is the proud owner of 600 pot plants. Well okay, technically they belong to his mother/business partner Theresa Stephens, seeing that her name is on the license. For Stephens, investing in a recreational pot farm seemed like a logical retirement option, and Osenga ultimately opted to split the cost instead of further pursuing […]

CA: City Creates Task Force To Address Medical Marijuana

The Paso Robles City Council voted Tuesday night to create a task force to address the city’s medical marijuana regulations. Mayor Steve Martin and councilmen Steve Gregory, John Hamon and Jim Reed voted in favor of the task force. Councilman Fred Strong was absent, attending another meeting on behalf of the city. City Manager Tom […]

CA: Council Unsure About Marijuana Facility

Hanford – The Hanford City Council was skeptical Tuesday about a proposal for a medical marijuana processing facility touting more than 1,000 new jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue. In a letter submitted to the city last week, Keith Stephenson, owner of the Oakland-based Purple Heart Patient Center medical marijuana dispensary, said he […]

CA: Regulators Take Ideas For New Medical Pot Rules

For the second time in less than a week, state regulators visited Redding to gather ideas on possible rules for the medical marijuana industry. “None of this is final by any means,” said An-Chi Tsou, a senior policy analyst with the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. That agency joined with the state’s new Office of […]

CA: Dixon Takes Up Rules For Marijuana Dispensaries

Rules and restrictions regarding marijuana businesses were up for discussion in Dixon Tuesday. The Dixon City Council approved 5-0 a first reading of an ordinance that would tax marijuana-related businesses. The ordinance discussed Tuesday will take effect if Dixon voters approve Measure K in November. If approved, the measure would impose a business license tax […]

CA: Reedley Men Look To Bring Medical Marijuana To Huron

Ever since meeting in a Grant Middle School P.E. class in Reedley, Andrew Chavez and Luis Valencia have wanted to start a business. Nearly 20 years later, the two friends are close to realizing their boyhood dream in an unconventional way. They’re bringing pot to Huron. At least, that’s the plan. Chavez and Valencia are […]

CA: Shasta Lake’s Drive-Thru Pot Dispensary Now Open

Shasta Lake now has its first medical marijuana dispensary drive-thru after Leave It To Nature opened its pull-up window at the former Starbucks on Shasta Dam Boulevard. “It’s no different than going and picking up Vicodin at Rite Aid,” said Stacy Lidie, owner of the medical marijuana dispensary, which just opened a few months ago. […]

CA: State To Hold Meeting In Redding About Medical Pot Industry, New Laws

Two California state agencies are coming to Redding on Monday to present an overview of the medical marijuana industry, regulations still in the works and requirements for license applicants. “We thought, before we’ve already put out (specific regulations) and proposed them, it’s good to have a dialogue with the public,” said Lori Ajax, bureau chief […]

CA: Ukiah Planning Commission Delays Vote On Marijuana Dispensaries

The Ukiah Planning Commission delayed voting this week on a proposed ordinance that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within the city of Ukiah. “We are on the cusp of something changing, which is going to change whether we want it to or not, but there are too many questions unanswered in this for […]

CA: County Considers Adding Marijuana Dispensaries

An Alameda County proposal to eventually allow up to six medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in unincorporated communities isn’t sitting well with some residents who are wary of potential impacts. The proposal is among a set of changes being reviewed by county leaders in response to the state Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, a […]

CA: Marin General To Study Medical Marijuana Use On Site

Marin General Hospital will study the feasibility of allowing patients at the hospital to use medicinal marijuana when it is recommended by their physician. The hospital is embarking on the investigation at the request of the publicly elected Marin Healthcare District board. The board voted 2-0 Tuesday night, with three members abstaining, to ask for […]

CA: Medical Cannabis Earns Humboldt County’s Seal Of Approval

Despite being synonymous with cannabis culture for decades, Humboldt County is now lending their stamp of approval to regionally-grown marijuana. The sustainable cannabis grown by True Humboldt will be one of the first to participate in the County’s seed to sale program that tracks the movement of Humboldt-grown medical cannabis throughout the state of California, […]

CA: Ukiah To Consider Permits For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Ukiah Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday night on a proposed ordinance establishing a process to allow marijuana dispensaries to operate in all commercial zones, including the downtown core. According to the staff report prepared for the Sept. 14 meeting, the proposed ordinance was created by an ad-hoc committee that included Vice-Mayor […]

CA: Monterey County To Discuss Outdoor Commercial Medical Marijuana Grows

Monterey County, Calif. – Monterey County is holding off on expanding commercial medical marijuana cultivation rules to allow outdoor grows. Currently, only indoor medical marijuana grows are allowed in Monterey County. While no one from the county was immediately available to talk about the decision on Tuesday, the county report states outdoor grows bring up […]

CA: Garden Of Eden Boasts A Wealth Of Top-Shelf Medical Cannabis 'Unicorns'

The commuter town of Hayward sounds like the last place to look for America’s best medical cannabis flowers. And yet there’s a veritable promised land of good bud just off of Interstate 580, at an 11-year-old dispensary with the promising name Garden of Eden. Because Alameda County law bans the sale of medical-marijuana edibles or […]

CA: San Jose Must Deliver On Managing Medical Marijuana

There is no question that San Jose residents want legal medical marijuana delivery. In fact 69 percent of residents polled are in favor of delivery. The real question is whether policymakers will do anything about it. The poll, commissioned by Eaze and completed by Tusk Ventures, asked more than 500 San Jose residents their opinions […]

CA: Garden Of Eden Boasts A Wealth Of Top-Shelf Medical Cannabis “Unicorns”

The commuter town of Hayward sounds like the last place to look for America’s best medical cannabis flowers. And yet there’s a veritable promised land of good bud just off of Interstate 580, at an 11-year-old dispensary with the promising name Garden of Eden. Because Alameda County law bans the sale of medical-marijuana edibles or […]

Thanks, Sean Parker: Calif. Prop 64 Outraising Opponents 60-to-1

As polls indicate a widening lead for Proposition 64, California’s adult-use legalization initiative, public disclosure documents reveal an immense 60-to-1 advantage for proponents in the funding race. As of September 1, advocates for Prop 64 have raised $11,752,943. Opponents have reported only $229,385. That funding advantage seems to be paying off, as the most recent poll shows […]

CA: Marin Hospital Could Be First In State To Allow Medical Marijuana

If Dr. Larry Bedard has his way, Marin General Hospital would become the first acute-care medical center in California to allow patients to openly consume medical marijuana in the hospital. Patients wouldn’t be allowed to smoke it, since smoking is prohibited. But Bedard, a retired emergency physician at Marin General who now serves on the […]

CA: Cities Reconsidering Rules On Marijuana

Los Angeles – Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act on the Nov. 8 ballot, has made several cities in Los Angeles County reconsider their current laws regarding medical marijuana. If approved by voters statewide, the measure would allow adults 21 and over to possess, transport, purchase, consume and share up to one ounce […]

CA: Upland Receives Some But Not All Money Owed From Defunct Marijuana Dispensary

Upland – Former City Manager Stephen Dunn is questioning the city’s claim it has collected $250,000 in settlements and court judgments against illegal medical marijuana dispensaries it shut down. “The city says it has received $250,000, but the reality is they haven’t received all of it,” he said. Since 2014, Upland has closed 24 illegal […]

CA: Young Medical Cannabis Patients Lose Access

Connor Caporicci can’t buy a lighter or pipe to smoke his medical-grade cannabis. Caporicci, a 19-year-old business management major, is a medical cannabis user with a legal prescription for the drug. This is the dilemma some 18 to 20-year-old legal card holders are facing now that California has begun enforcing its new Tobacco 21 Law. […]

CA: City Council Considers Community Committee To Study Medical Marijuana

Community requests medical marijuana and recreational regulations be considered separately Several medical marijuana supporters addressed the Paso Robles City Council during the marijuana regulation study session at Tuesday’s council meeting. The consistent request was for the council to separate medical marijuana regulations from any recreational use regulations the council may be considering. At its Aug. […]

CA: Eureka City Council Passes Draft Ordinance On Medical Marijuana Business

Eureka, Calif. – Tuesday, the Eureka City Council had yet another discussion on allowing commercial medical marijuana within city limits and a draft ordinance was passed. As written, it would allow up to 12 different types of medical marijuana businesses to open, including those for cultivation and distribution. The council made amendments to this draft […]

CA: Owner Of Popular Dipsea Cafe May Convert It To Pot Dispensary

Mill Valley, Calif. – Overlooking the marshlands from Richardson Bay lies a Mill Valley institution, of sorts. It’s name is Dipsea Café – Dipsea as in the trail that takes you to Stinson beach and the longstanding footrace with the same name. The owner of the ever-popular Dipsea Cafe in Mill Valley may close his […]

CA: Rio Dell City Council To Revisit Pot Ordinance On Tuesday

The Rio Dell City Council on Tuesday will take a look at a medical marijuana land use ordinance that limits industry activities to a site north of the Eel River. The council voted down the original version of this ordinance during a June 21 meeting, Mayor Frank Wilson said. This ordinance, as it’s worded now, […]

CA: County Reviews Medical Cannabis Dispensary Applications Near San Anselmo, Fairfax

Marin County, CA – By early 2017, the County of Marin expects to issue licenses for up to four medical cannabis dispensaries to operate in unincorporated areas of the county, it was announced Friday. According to a news release, the Marin County Community Development Agency is reviewing applications and is in the process of updating […]

US CA: Column: Cannabis Not Always A Benign Bud

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n603/a11.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Fri, 02 Sep 2016Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Column: California JournalCopyright: 2016 Los Angeles TimesContact: Website: http://www.latimes.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/248Author: Robin Abcarian CANNABIS NOT ALWAYS A BENIGN BUD As Voters Ponder Prop.  64, Experts Cite the Effects Pot Can Have on Young Users. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Devan Fuentes made it all the way […]

US CA: Column: We Have To Gamble On Legalization

Cannabis Flower in Puna Hawaii

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n601/a02.html Newshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htm Votes: 0 Pubdate: Thu, 01 Sep 2016 Source: SF Weekly (CA) Column: Chem Tales Copyright: 2016 Village Voice Media Contact: Website: http://www.sfweekly.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/812 Author: Alex Halperin Poorly Informed WE HAVE TO GAMBLE ON LEGALIZATION A few years into the state legalization experiment, we know one big thing: A legal marijuana […]

US CA: Column: Under The Tuff Gong

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n601/a01.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Thu, 01 Sep 2016Source: North Coast Journal (Arcata, CA)Column: The Week in WeedCopyright: 2016 North Coast JournalContact: Website: http://www.northcoastjournal.comDetails: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2833Author: Linda Stansberry UNDER THE TUFF GONG Big Numbers The Aug.  23 deadline to register existing commercial cannabis activity with the county of Humboldt has come and gone, and the planning and […]

Court Case In California Could Impact Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Industry

Most Pennsylvanians supported the recent legalization of Medical Marijuana. Most law enforcement agencies are opposed to the legalization, in general, of that controlled substance. In particular, the federal government actively prosecutes cases involving the production and sale of marijuana, which is still classified as a Schedule 1 substance. Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health […]

US CA: Column: Latinos Are Key To Pot Legalization

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n592/a04.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Sun, 28 Aug 2016Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Column: California JournalCopyright: 2016 Los Angeles TimesContact: Website: http://www.latimes.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/248Author: Robin Abcarian LATINOS ARE KEY TO POT LEGALIZATION The town hall meeting, in a cavernous garage on an industrial side street in Gardena, was billed as an opportunity to learn about cannabis from some […]

US CA: Column: Do We Really Want to Become the Mecca for

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n591/a06.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Sun, 28 Aug 2016Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)Copyright: 2016 The Press DemocratContact: Website: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/348Author: Paul Gullixson DO WE REALLY WANT TO BECOME THE MECCA FOR MARIJUANA? “Santa Rosa wants this industry here.  I think this is probably going to be the New Age Amsterdam.” – – Larry Schaeffer, […]

US CA: Mendocino County Growers Plan Pot Appellations to

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n588/a07.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Sun, 28 Aug 2016Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)Copyright: 2016 The Press DemocratContact: Website: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/348Author: Paul Payne MENDOCINO COUNTY GROWERS PLAN POT APPELLATIONS TO PROMOTE CANNABIS COUNTRY Justin Calvino raked a hand beneath a shimmering marijuana plant, combing through chips of century-old apple trees and manure from his stable […]

CA: Proponents Of Signal Hill Medical Pot Ballot Measures Gather Required Signatures

Signal Hill voters may be deciding whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries after a petition drive similar to one in Long Beach. Except the Signal Hill proposition won’t be on the ballot – if it qualifies – until March. A Long Beach ballot initiative to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, along with a second marijuana taxation […]

CA: Potency In Pot Will Be Regulated Under New Medical Cannabis Law

Sam Quinones makes an impassioned plea for state regulation of legal cannabis potency levels to safeguard children and to protect responsible adult cannabis users in his story, “Regulate potency in pot before legalizing it” (Forum, Aug. 21). I agree, and it is exactly why I, along with a bipartisan coalition of legislators, authored the Medical […]

US CA: Editorial: No On Prop 64

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n587/a03.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Sat, 27 Aug 2016Source: Signal, The (Santa Clarita, CA)Copyright: 2016 The SignalContact: http://drugsense.org/url/942n6o2yWebsite: Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/4221 NO ON PROP 64 Among the 17 statewide ballot measures on Californians’ Nov.  8 ballots will be Proposition 64, which claims to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state. Plenty of good reasons spring to mind […]

CA: Supervisors Reject Medical Marijuana Bans

After nearly three hours of staff reports, public comment and board discussion Tuesday, Aug. 16, county supervisors declined to pass urgency ordinances that would have temporarily restricted the cultivation of medical marijuana and prohibited dispensaries in Plumas County. Instead, the board plans to form a working committee made up of two supervisors, one or two […]

CA: Signal Hill Voters Could Decide On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Signal Hill voters may be deciding whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries after a petition drive similar to one in Long Beach. Except the Signal Hill proposition won’t be on the ballot – if it qualifies – until next March. A Long Beach ballot initiative to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, along with a second marijuana […]

CA: Campaign Ignites Over Pot Dispensary

Local voters will soon get used to hearing the words “Measure KK.” Proponents and opponents of the November ballot measure to open two medical marijuana dispensaries in Laguna Beach say they will make their points with anyone and everyone who will listen. Both sides of the measure say they’re taking a grassroots approach to voters, […]

CA: With Spotlight On The Medicinal, Adelanto Makes First Pitch For Pot Tax

Adelanto – Making its first formal pitch to voters Tuesday evening, the city unleashed a panel of medical marijuana industry insiders to vouch for the plant’s health care benefits as a November ballot measure looms that would tax commercial pot activities here. Measure R would enact an up-to 5 percent excise tax on cultivation, manufacturing, […]

CA: Some Marijuana Activists Urge “No” Vote On Legalization

Sacramento – As voters consider marijuana-legalization efforts in several states this November, they can expect opposition from the usual pot opponents like law-enforcement groups and anti-drug activists – but some of the most ardent foes come, unexpectedly, from within the marijuana community itself. Opponents include some in the medical-marijuana industry, concerned about what a wide-open […]

US CA: Prop. 64 Foes Focus On Pot Ads

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n585/a05.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Fri, 26 Aug 2016Source: Washington Post (DC)Copyright: 2016 The Washington Post CompanyContact: Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/491Author: Christopher Ingraham PROP.  64 FOES FOCUS ON POT ADS But Supporters of California Bill Say Such Advertising Isn’t Possible Polls show that Californians generally support marijuana legalization.  But opponents of the state’s Proposition 64 have seized […]

CA: Why Pico Rivera Killed A Plan To Legalize Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Pico Rivera – A ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city will remain in place after City Council members Tuesday refused to move forward a proposal legalizing them. When it came down to a motion, no council member would make it, in effect killing the proposed ordinance. Councilmembers decided to keep their ban in […]

US CA: Inconsistent Strains: Medicinal Users Struggle With

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n582/a05.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Thu, 25 Aug 2016Source: Sacramento News & Review (CA)Copyright: 2016 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.Contact: Website: Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/540Author: John Flynn INCONSISTENT STRAINS: MEDICINAL USERS STRUGGLE WITH SACRAMENTO REGION’S PATCHWORK MARIJUANA LAWS Rancho Cordova Bans Dispensaries, Sacramento Allows Them and Other Cities Fall in the Middle Sometimes, Stephanie Raskin smokes marijuana to stop […]

US CA: Column: As Legalization Nears, Serious Coverage of

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n582/a03.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Thu, 25 Aug 2016Source: SF Weekly (CA)Column: Chem TalesCopyright: 2016 Village Voice MediaContact: Website: http://www.sfweekly.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/812Author: Alex Halperin AS LEGALIZATION NEARS, SERIOUS COVERAGE OF GREEN RUSH LACKING My first encounter with the cannabis industry was in November 2014 at a marijuana business conference in Las Vegas.  At the time, the plant […]

US CA: Drug Raid on Downtown Chico Business Nets

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n583/a01.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Thu, 25 Aug 2016Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)Copyright: 2016 Chico Enterprise-RecordContact: Website: http://www.chicoer.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/861Note: Letters from newspaper’s circulation area receive publishing priority DRUG RAID ON DOWNTOWN CHICO BUSINESS NETS MARIJUANA-REFINING EQUIPMENT Staff Reports Chico – A nearly year-long investigation resulted in a raid Tuesday on a downtown business that police say netted […]

US CA: Column: The Anti-High

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n582/a01.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Thu, 25 Aug 2016Source: Sacramento News & Review (CA)Column: The 420Copyright: 2016 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.Contact: Website: Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/540Author: Ngaio Bealum THE ANTI-HIGH So I just heard that some people are using high doses of CBD to counteract the effects of ingesting too much THC.  Does this really work? – -Oso […]

CA: Pico Rivera Council Kills Plan To Legalize Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Pico Rivera – A proposal to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries was killed Tuesday when council members took no action on the plan. After nearly two hours of debate, no one was willing to make a motion in favor, with Mayor David Armenta the only council member speaking in favor. Council members said they saw no […]

US CA: Weedmaps May Have Fake Reviews

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v16/n579/a04.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htmVotes: 0Pubdate: Wed, 24 Aug 2016Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Copyright: 2016 Los Angeles TimesContact: Website: http://www.latimes.com/Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/248Author: Paresh Dave WEEDMAPS MAY HAVE FAKE REVIEWS Many Glowing Remarks Come From the Same Ip Address, a Software Flaw Shows. Millions of consumers treat Weedmaps like the Yelp for pot, relying on the Irvine company as […]