California Medical Marijuana News
July 25th, 2014ASA will host its annual CA Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, August 4, 2014. Hundreds of ASA Members and allies will meet for a special legislative briefing that day, before heading to the Capitol the meet with every Assembly and Senate Office. California Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) will be our guest speaker on Monday morning, and ASA will honor Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) at a reception that evening.
July 22nd, 2014Medical marijuana advocates in San Jose failed in their petition drive to let voters decide whether the city's tough restrictions on pot clubs should be overturned. The San Jose city clerk's office announced Monday that supporters were more than 10,000 signatures short of the 33,262 registered voters required to put their measure on the November ballot, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
July 18th, 2014LOS ANGELES - Brian Reichle couldn't have gotten a pepperoni pizza much faster. Needing to replenish his stash of marijuana one recent afternoon, the Burbank resident dialed Speed Weed. Within the hour, a driver arrived with a white paper bag carrying a gram of cannabis, 10 joints and a handful of pot-infused candies and cookies. "They come to my house, and they're in and out," said Reichle, 39, a comedian who spends about $100 a week on medical marijuana. "I shouldn't have to go to a store." Once a small, word-of-mouth phenomenon, mobile marijuana businesses now number in the hundreds across Southern California....more »
July 18th, 2014Controversial new rules that severely restrict the operations of medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits are now in place in San Jose, and many pot club operators say the regulation will put them out of business. Shutdown letters will start going out in the next 90 days for business that, for example, are too close to homes and schools.
July 18th, 2014Dozens of pot clubs in San Jose are facing strict rules that would force them to close, but there's a last ditch effort going on that could save some of those businesses.
July 18th, 2014After getting an earful from angry residents, Santa Ana council members backed away this week from proposed measures on pot shops and city charter changes they had planned to place on the November ballot.
July 17th, 2014It's the balloon theory," Jeff Raber, president of a cannabis testing lab in Pasadena, tells The Times' David Pierson about an unintended effect of Proposition D, which prompted a crackdown by local authorities on storefront marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. Hundreds of the stores have closed. "They think taking down all the dispensaries will make it go away. But it's not going away. It's going to morph into something else."
July 17th, 2014The Berkeley City Council recently voted unanimously that local medical marijuana dispensaries donate an amount equal to 2 percent of their sales to low-income patients.
July 17th, 2014Today is the last day to gather signatures for the San Jose Medical Marijuana referendum. If the Referendum does not qualify, San Jose's ban on concentrates, branded edibles and outdoor growing begins tomorrow, July 18th. The Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition is asking all San Jose residents who support reasonable regulations on medical marijuana in San Jose to come down to City Hall today and sign the referendum.
July 17th, 2014CBS News' local affiliate KPIX-5 in San Francisco reports that medical marijuana advocates are offering free marijuana for signatures on a ballot referendum petition in San Jose.
July 16th, 2014A San Diego City Council committee is considering banning edible marijuana products like cookies and brownies as well as the by-products of the plant such as hash oil.
July 16th, 2014After the San Jose City Council recently voted to make it nearly impossible to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the city, stakeholders in the South Bay city’s medical marijuana industry are fighting back.
July 16th, 2014On Friday, July 18, San Jose's new medical marijuana laws go into effect. The new rules make all 85 or so of the dispensaries in the city illegal. Many of the clubs, however, probably won't close. Instead, some collectives will try to work with the city to find ways to remain open, while others plan to file lawsuits to overturn the new ordinance. And some dispensary operators are gathering signatures for a voter referendum to soften the law.
California: Charity Case - Berkeley Is Mandating That Poor People Can Get Free Medical Marijuana. S.F. Is Not On Board.
July 16th, 2014Before there was medical marijuana, before there was legalization talk, there was free weed. It began here, and it began with AIDS. There are a few happy stories to come out of the dark days of AIDS in the 1980s. One is the woman who roamed the ward at San Francisco General Hospital, where the gay men were dying in droves, giving out cannabis-laced brownies.
July 15th, 2014The poor and homeless would get free medical marijuana under a proposal approved last week by the Berkeley City Council. The ordinance, which is scheduled for a second reading next month, requires dispensaries to give away 2 percent of their cannabis, the Bay Area's NBC affiliate reports. And the ordinance makes clear that the free pot can't be poor quality stuff.
July 15th, 2014LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the operation of an outdoor medical marijuana farmers market.
July 15th, 2014I checked, wondering if this story was some kind of Onion-like parody site. (Look: the Los Angeles Times is something of a joke these days; who’s to say they didn’t decide to jump the shark overnight?) Nope; it appears to be on the level.
July 15th, 2014LOS ANGELES - A judge granted a temporary restraining order today blocking the operation of a medical marijuana “farmers market” in Boyle Heights, agreeing with city attorneys that it falls outside the parameters of a voter-approved measure limiting dispensaries in the city and is an unauthorized use of the property.
July 15th, 2014The Fifteenth HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup was held at the Santa Rosa, California fairgrounds the last weekend of June, and we were there. It is the fifth time the massive two-day trade show and EXPO has been held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each year, this event has increased in size and attendance.
July 15th, 2014Fresno County supervisors Tuesday levied their largest fine yet in an appeal of the medical marijuana ordinance, imposing a $99,000 fine against a man who was caught growing 99 plants on his property near Laton earlier this year.