California Medical Marijuana News

California: A Higher Law - Crafting California's 2016 Marijuana Legalization Bill

Huffington Post

January 12th, 2015
The recent Emerald Cup's 2016 California marijuana legalization panel may have been in the only hall of the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds not smelling of skunkweed, but there was still plenty of energetic buzz among the half dozen speakers. For the first time, the sometimes competitive factions of the state's cannabis movement were sitting at the same table, discussing what an evolved legalization measure might look like.

California: City Unveils 2015 Malibu Speaker Series Lineup

The Malibu Times

January 12th, 2015
The City of Malibu and Los Angeles County Library revealed a roster of luminaries from various fields slated to speak in Malibu this year as part of the annual speaker series.

California: Northern California Tribe Plans Marijuana Farm

The Sacramento Bee

January 10th, 2015
A tribe in Mendocino County plans to be the first tribe in the state to grow and distribute a large amount of medical marijuana. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/14FRc8P ) reported the announcement late last week by the 250-member Pinoleville Pomo Nation. The deal authorizes a Colorado-based investor, United Cannabis, and Kansas-based FoxBarry Farms to grow and distribute products from thousands of marijuana plants at the tribe's rancheria north of Ukiah.

California: Native American Pot Farming Imminent In California?

East Bay Express

January 8th, 2015
Are California’s native Americans getting ready to grow Amsterdam marijuana? That seems likely according to the Lost Coast Outpost’s Hank Sims, who writes this week about an imminent deal to bring medical cannabis cultivation to a Northern California reservation.

California: DEA, Sheriff’s Office Searching For Pot In Mckinleyville, Arcata

Times-Standard

January 7th, 2015
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force is currently assisting U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents in three marijuana-related searches today in Humboldt and Trinity county residences, according to sheriff’s office Lt. Wayne Hanson.

California: Marijuana Cuts Suicides By 5 Percent, Says New Study

East Bay Express

January 7th, 2015
Critics of marijuana law reform argue that any increase in cannabis use is automatically a bad thing. But what if they’re dead wrong? According to new research, they are wrong. In a new brief published by the Cato Institute called "High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide," researchers report that the passage of a state medical marijuana law “is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate.”

California: Reports - Marijuana Edibles Are Sending More People To The ER

SF Weekly

January 6th, 2015
Maureen Dowd is not known as a psychedelic writer. Even so, her account of an unseemly encounter with a marijuana edible in a Denver hotel room last year is probably the New York Times' resident redhead's most widely read piece in recent memory.

California: California Legalization Activists Announce First Public Meetings Of 2015

East Bay Express

January 6th, 2015
Several pro-cannabis groups are trying to attract followers and raise funds to draft a 2016 initiative and gather signatures for it. That effort kicks off Friday with an Oakland-centric seminar on what California activists can learn from the winning efforts in Oregon, Washington DC, and the rollout of legal pot in Colorado.

California: One Ex-Pothead Does Not Evidence For Marijuana's Dangers Make

Los Angeles Times

January 6th, 2015
Susan Shapiro's anecdotal experience with cannabis — describing her past use as "an extreme addiction" — is anomalous. Most people who experiment with pot do not become dependent upon it. In truth, most users who try marijuana voluntarily cease their use as they grow older, enter the workplace or start a family.

California: Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed Joins Real Estate Law Firm

San Jose Inside

January 5th, 2015
After eight years as San Jose’s mayor, Chuck Reed is picking up where he left off in the private sector. On Monday, Hopkins & Carley announced that Reed will join the Silicon Valley-based real estate law firm as a part-time attorney.

California: 2 San Francisco Entrepreneurs Develop Medical Marijuana-Of-The-Month Club

CBS San Francisco

January 5th, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – California’s quasi-legal medical marijuana market can be hard to negotiate for the newbie. Two San Francisco 20-somethings have started a company that delivers hand-selected marijuana to customers each month.

California: Key Issues For Returning California Legislature

The Sacramento Bee

January 5th, 2015
Here we go again. A new year means a new Legislature, complete with 37 new lawmakers, 38 new committee chairs and three leaders new to opening session atop their caucuses. They will bring a burst of activity to downtown Sacramento, where the corridors of the state Capitol, the coffee shops and the restaurants will soon hum with staff, lawmakers and lobbyists plying their trade.

California: Health Officials To Kids - Quit E-Cigarettes Now

SF Weekly

January 5th, 2015
Never before has giving up tobacco been a more appealing New Year's resolution than present day when there's a seemingly guiltless alternative: e-Cigarettes. But alas, the health industry, always one step ahead, is here to ruin your fresh start with a campaign designed to take the batteries out of your nicotine buzz. Today, #CurbIt begins — a new advertising campaign, sponsored by San Francisco’s Tobacco Free Coalition, aimed to get kids to quit e-cigarettes.

California: 2 San Francisco Entrepreneurs Develop Medical Marijuana-Of-The-Month Club

CBS San Francisco

January 5th, 2015
California’s quasi-legal medical marijuana market can be hard to negotiate for the newbie. Two San Francisco 20-somethings have started a company that delivers hand-selected marijuana to customers each month.

California: Non-Regulated, Edible Marijuana Sending Increasing Number Of People To Emergency Room

CBS San Francisco

January 5th, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Doctors say they are seeing a jump in the number of people seeking help at emergency rooms after eating too much marijuana.

California: Big Battles Ahead Over Electronic Cigarettes’ Safety, Regulation

San Francisco Chronicle

January 4th, 2015
With the Oxford Dictionaries naming “vape” as 2014’s Word of the Year and a new study showing e-cigarette vaping has surpassed traditional cigarette smoking among U.S. teens, the debate over whether the practice is safe for users and those around them is heating up.

California: Reasons To Be Excited About A New Year

The San Diego Union-Tribune

January 3rd, 2015
San Diego’s first legal medical marijuana dispensary is expected to open this year, with one proposed for Otay Mesa the furthest along in the complicated permitting process. Others pending final approval are in Clairemont, the Midway area and San Ysidro.

California: Marijuana School Comes To San Diego

Press Release Rocket

January 3rd, 2015
On January 11th in California the Cannabis Career Institute will be teaching a marijuana business class. The seminar will take place in San Diego at the Hampton Inn in San Diego. Classes run all day from 9-7 with access to other classes nationwide. The end of prohibition is near entrepreneurs aren’t wasting any time.

California: Eureka Council To Consider Marijuana Dispensary Process, Hear Update On Homeless Plan

Times-Standard

January 3rd, 2015
With no established process to address a request from a local resident seeking to submit an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary, the Eureka City Council on Tuesday will consider potential changes to its 2010 ordinance.

California: Medical Marijuana A Challenge For Legal Pot States

The San Diego Union-Tribune

January 2nd, 2015
A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.