California Medical Marijuana News
December 16th, 2014It’s the intersection of tech and pot. As more and more states legalize marijuana – both recreational and medicinal – the opportunity to cash in is blowing up. And ground zero is right here in the Bay Area.
December 16th, 2014Medical marijuana advocates in California are cheering an amendment included in the federal spending bill. But the measure still leaves room for uncertainty.
December 16th, 2014As if state and federal drug policies weren’t already a mishmash of contradiction and confusion, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that Native American tribes can grow or sell marijuana on their reservations, even in states that have not legalized pot for medicinal or recreational purposes. The decision was a further recognition of the sovereignty of Indian lands. But its ramifications will be felt far beyond the reservations.
December 16th, 2014Modesto officials’ effort to regulate those who grow medical marijuana is not quite ready for prime time. That was the judgment rendered Monday night by the city’s Planning Commission, which declined to endorse a proposed marijuana cultivation ordinance and forward it to the City Council for possible adoption.
December 15th, 2014Medical marijuana advocates in California are cheering an amendment included in the federal spending bill. But the measure still leaves room for uncertainty. The amendment prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from using federal money to interfere with states’ medical marijuana laws. Advocates say that means federal prosecutions and raids of regulated dispensaries should stop.
December 15th, 2014Monday, the Modesto City Council will consider new restrictions for medical marijuana grow operations. The proposed restrictions would limit medical marijuana grows to indoor, single-family homes without children.
December 15th, 2014Despite 2013's Measure D, under which only about 135 existing medical marijuana dispensaries have permission to stay open in Los Angeles, the city has continued to issue tax registration certificates to new pot shops and keeps collecting business taxes from some 450 dispensaries. Talk about mixed messages. While the city attorney and Police Department are attempting to close rogue pot shops, the Office of Finance keeps cranking out new tax certificates for those same dispensaries.
December 14th, 2014The Emerald Cup is a cannabis flowers/solvent-less hash/edibles/topicals competition that culminates in a weekend-long main event at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. The main event features an awards ceremony, a vendor fair, musical performances, educational panels and workshops and a 215 medication zone. It’s a cannabis media frenzy, a crazy big party and the ultimate canna-biz networking opportunity.
December 14th, 2014In a sign of the burgeoning marijuana cultivation industry and its mainstream acceptance, an estimated 10,000 people flocked to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds over the weekend to honor the growers behind some of the finest and most powerful strains of pot in Northern California.
December 11th, 2014A federal judge in northern California has tossed a civil forfeiture case against a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary, possibly setting a precedent that could give the U.S. government pause before taking similar actions to shut down MMJ companies, reports John Schroyer at Marijuana Business Daily.
December 11th, 2014San Diego’s leading medical marijuana activist group, Alliance for Responsible Medicinal Access, celebrated its first anniversary this week. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith dropped by the celebration to give his support for the group’s efforts to legitimize the medicinal marijuana industry in San Diego.
December 11th, 2014The legalization of marijuana has been one of the most controversial issues in America during recent election cycles. With two more states (Oregon and Alaska) and Washington, D.C. legalizing recreational marijuana in the recent election, the issue is more prominent than ever. Recently, President Obama pledged to cease federal interference in state-level marijuana issues.
December 11th, 2014If past campaign cash is an indication, some of San Diego's most prominent lobbyists and special interests aren't disappointed by the ascendency of Democrat Sherri Lightner to the presidency of the San Diego city council, though they didn’t appear to be overly unhappy with her predecessor.
December 11th, 2014If you don't think the Yuba County ordinance governing cultivation of medical marijuana (and the way it is enforced) is a very important topic, you don't get out and about and talk to people much. Oh, there's always some joking and laughing and shrugging. But it's a topic that incites passion from a couple different perspectives.
December 10th, 2014Big news from DC on Tuesday as congressional budget negotiators included language barring the use of federal funds to go after medical marijuana where it is legal, and a whole lot of news from California, too. Let's get to it:
December 10th, 2014A marijuana club fought the law. And for the first time weed won. Shambhala Healing Center, a city-permitted cannabis dispensary in the Mission District, survived the federal Justice Department's effort to shut it down.
December 10th, 2014SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The government lost its chance to seize a medical marijuana dispensary when it accepted $150,000 in lieu of the property, a federal judge has ruled.
December 10th, 2014Some residents would like to see the city of Galt ban growing marijuana within city limits, even if it’s for medicinal purposes. The process to create an ordinance to do just that will begin at tonight’s regular Galt Planning Commission meeting.
December 9th, 2014Recent research shows cannabis correlates to reduced domestic violence. This Saturday, it does one better and helps take guns off the street. San Francisco cannabis dispensaries Barbary Coast, Grass Roots, and The Green Door are helping to provide $40,000 for a gun buyback on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre this weekend.
December 9th, 2014Two Los Angeles City Council members said Tuesday they want the city to stop issuing tax certificates to medical marijuana dispensaries that are banned under a measure approved by voters.