California Medical Marijuana News
August 27th, 2014California DARE Coordinator Steve Abercrombie was not pleased to learn the news that the Los Angeles Unified School District had decriminalized small amounts of marijuana at its schools.
August 27th, 2014The California Court of Appeal appears to have just handed a major victory to medical marijuana dispensaries that follow state law. Until now, dispensary operators targeted by police have faced the prospect of trying to defend themselves in court without being allowed to argue a so-called affirmative defense citing protection under California's medical marijuana law.
August 26th, 2014Under a hot sun amid the sounds of a concrete mixer, Beate Kirmse and her husband, Bern Galvin, lined up in the backyard of their Rolling Hills home to lend a hand in the construction of their future living room.
August 24th, 2014The California Assembly Appropriations Committee held SB 1262 (Correa/Ammiano) in committee on August 15, meaning the bill will not proceed to the floor for a vote or be adopted this year. The controversial bill would have regulated doctors who recommend medical cannabis and commercial medical cannabis activity. Because both co-authors are serving their final term in the state legislature this year, it will be back to the drawing board for statewide medical cannabis regulations in 2015. This is the third time that the legislature has failed to adopt regulations for the state's seventeen year-old medical cannabis industry.
August 21st, 2014Lake County’s voter-approved marijuana-cultivation ordinance has been in effect for less than two months but it already is generating a whirlwind of controversy, including allegations of constitutional rights violations, at least one lawsuit and a ballot measure aimed at replacing the regulations with more lenient rules.
August 20th, 2014BERKELEY, Calif. - Free marijuana is now available in Berkeley. Those who qualify won't have to pay. It's a program that's popular with some and very unpopular with others.
August 20th, 2014BERKELEY, CA - Free marijuana is now available in Berkeley. Those who qualify won't have to pay. It's a program that's popular with some and very unpopular with others.
August 19th, 2014If there is one thing cannabis activists, cannabis opponents, legislators, police and the cannabis industry in California can agree on, it’s that adult-use pot legalization (similar to Colorado and Washington) is coming. But, legalization is a complicated term in California. Although the state’s voters were the first in the nation to pass medical cannabis legislation via ballot initiative in 1996 (Prop 215), the state did not set guidelines for the massive industry expanding within its borders. And, for the first time this year medical cannabis advocates, police and municipal organizations came to the table to work on regulations together resulting in two bills. The second, and only remaining bill, SB 1262, died in committee this August amidst contentious debate from all sides.
August 18th, 2014Success has many fathers, the saying goes, but failure is an orphan. Plenty of people are responsible for the collapse of a potentially landmark bill enacting the first statewide rules for medical marijuana.
August 18th, 2014West Hollywood’s Business License Commission on Tuesday night will take up again a proposal to revoke the license of Zen Healing Collective, a marijuana dispensary whose owner pleaded guilty in March to several dozen criminal charges including conspiring to rob his former landlord’s home, attempting to burn that home and hiring others to attack the landlord.
August 18th, 2014The old Craftsman bungalow at 3015 H St. is directly across the street from McKinley Montessori, a quaint little nursery school and kindergarten. It’s also about 200 feet from McKinley Park and not even two blocks from Sutter Middle School.
August 18th, 2014SPRING VALLEY >> Members of the Spring Valley community met Thursday to discuss potential legal options regarding searches and seizures allegedly conducted by the Lake County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) Narcotics Task Force.
August 18th, 2014At first glance, it would seem that Smokey and Kyle, two new members of 420singles.com -- a dating site for people who smoke marijuana created by a Mill Valley resident -- could be soul mates.
August 17th, 2014Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman addressed the Board of Supervisors last Monday in Covelo on the status of marijuana grows in the Mendocino National Forest.
August 17th, 2014At first glance, it would seem that Smokey and Kyle, two new members of 420singles.net — a dating site for people who smoke marijuana created by a Mill Valley resident — could be soul mates.
August 17th, 2014“SB 1262 is dead!” That’s the text I got from a pot activist contact on Thursday afternoon. SB 1262 was an attempt by peeps in our state government to regulate the medical marijuana industry. The bill died in committee on Thursday morning. Nice try, fellas. (LoCO coverage from Friday.)
August 16th, 2014Steve Johnson is 28, a rapper who goes by the stage name “Young Kodak.” Late last year, he tore a ligament in his lower back while lifting a couch. It still causes him pain. For relief, he buys medical marijuana from the Berkeley Patients Group. Johnson is among 1 million card-carrying medical pot patients in California — but he’s not the typical user.
August 16th, 2014The news: San Francisco General Hospital is making strides in developing a marijuana-derived treatment for sickle-cell anemia, a blood disorder that affects over millions worldwide, including 10% of African Americans in the U.S. It causes severe pain throughout the body. The condition is currently treated using opiate painkillers, but researchers believe that CBD, one of the compounds in marijuana, could cure the disease without the dangerous addictive, often lethal qualities of pharmaceutical painkillers.
August 15th, 2014Rumors, like other weeds, flourish in the hills of Mendocino County, and one of the more alarming recent rumors had renewed life the week after a letter to the editor about them published in the Ukiah Daily Journal. The letter, signed by a Robert Callahan of Laytonville, an apparent alias, alleges that private security contractors dropped from helicopters in vigilante raids, without any police support, in the Woodman Canyon area, east of Laytonville. However, no one has come out with definitive proof of such allegations and Mendocino County Sheriff's spokesman, Capt. Gregory Van Patten, provided the Willits News with accounts of police activity in the area, specifying that in fact COMMET and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force was active in the Woodman Creek area during the time in question.
August 15th, 2014(FOX11) - A Sargent from the California Highway Patrol's Special Investigation Unit says they found "criminal activity" inside a warehouse in Huntington Park after a car crashed into it during a police chase overnight.