California Medical Marijuana News

California: Lake County Residents Decry Enforcement Of Pot Rules

The Press Democrat

August 21st, 2014
Lake 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.

California: Vaporized Medical Marijuana Study Given Green Light

ABC 7 News

August 14th, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A clinical trial of medical marijuana could provide new hope for people suffering from sickle cell anemia. The study happening at San Francisco General Hospital is so cutting edge that the government almost stopped it from happening.

California: Apparent Pot Raid South Of Fresno Leads To Shootout, Deaths, Kidnapping

The Fresno Bee

August 7th, 2014
What was likely a predawn attempt to rob a marijuana-growing operation south of Fresno turned into a deadly gunfight in which two bandits were killed and a 15-year-old girl was used as a human shield by fleeing robbers, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Thursday.

California: Santa Clara County Medical Marijuana Proponents Upset By Dispensary Ban

Contra Costa Times

August 7th, 2014
Medical marijuana proponents today are expressing extreme disappointment with the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors' decision Tuesday to ban dispensaries in unincorporated parts of the county.

California: California Medical Marijuana Patients File Suit Over Pollution Caused By Driving To Get Pot

UPI News

August 7th, 2014
A group of California medical marijuana patients have filed a lawsuit involving air pollution, and it has nothing to do with the smoke that they produce.

California: Cali Pot Rules Getting Patient-Friendly, ASA Says

SF Gate

August 5th, 2014
California’s draft medical marijuana legislation – SB 1262 – is getting more user-friendly after a day of lobbying in Sacramento by over 100 patients.

California: California’s Legal Issue

Cannabis Now Magazine

August 5th, 2014
California boasts the world’s eighth largest economy, larger than even Russia. San Francisco Weekly’s Chris Roberts recently estimated the demand for legalized marijuana in California to be $2.1 trillion. The estimate was based on the numbers coming out of Colorado scaled to fit the Golden State. With a total annual gross domestic product (GDP) of about $2 trillion, Roberts’ estimate is even more astounding.

California: County To Reconsider Marijuana Letter Policy

Calaveras Enterprise

August 5th, 2014
A Calaveras County Public Health Department manager says her agency will work out a way to allow applicants for medical marijuana ID cards to retain the original copy of their doctor recommendation.

California: Marijuana Milestones Keep Piling Up. Now The First Ad

Los Angeles Times

August 3rd, 2014
There are so many firsts and so little time to talk about them all in the world of legalized marijuana. There's the first state to sell marijuana in licensed retail stores (Colorado, Jan. 1). The first retail store to open in Seattle (Cannabis City, July 8, at "high noon"). The first museum to exhibit the first marijuana bought legally in Seattle by Cannabis City's first customer (Museum of History and Industry, bud donated by Deb Greene).

California: Costa Mesa City Council Will Look Into Medical Marijuana Law

Daily Pilot

August 1st, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday will consider placing a medical marijuana initiative on November's ballot, a proposal that supporters say will give proper city regulation over dispensaries.

California: "Unstoppable" Ralph Nader Highlights Drug War Reform

Tokin Woman

August 1st, 2014
Seemingly tireless consumer rights crusader Ralph Nader spoke on July 30 to a packed, appreciative house at the First Congregational Church in Berkeley that gave him three standing ovations. At the age of 80, Nader is showing no signs of slowing down, having shown up earlier in the day at a protest to save the Berkeley post office building from the rapacious clutches of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's developer husband.

California: Council To Decide City’s Mobile Marijuana

Paso Robles Press

August 1st, 2014
The Paso Robles City Council will revisit the issue of whether or not to allow mobile marijuana dispensaries to continue operating in the city. The issue came forward at the last council meeting and instigated a great deal of discussion on the subject. Some councilmembers spoke of family who benefited from the medicinal plant.

California: County's New Cannabis Lobby

Ukiah Daily Journal

August 1st, 2014
Mendocino County's cannabis cultivators, businesses and advocates unified on Monday and moved to create a cannabis lobbying coalition. More than 100 people were at a training meeting at the Laytonville Grange Hall last month to find out how to organize a pro-marijuana industry lobbying group. By the end of the meeting, a seven-person leadership team had been nominated to form the cannabis coalition.

California: In California, A Way Out Of The Medical Marijuana Morass

Los Angeles Times

July 31st, 2014
Nearly two decades after California voters legalized medical marijuana, legislators are as close as they've ever been to passing the first comprehensive statewide regulations for the cultivation, transportation and distribution of the drug. This is long past due. State leaders should not let another year go by without fixing the medical marijuana mess.

California: Bankrupt California City Eyes Marijuana For Revenue

FOX News

July 31st, 2014
The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino has a new idea for raising revenue – legalize medical marijuana, and tax the pot. Ironically, the plan was spurred by concerns about not having enough resources to crack down on the illegal medical marijuana dealers springing up all over town.

California: Our View - Mixed Messages From White House Worsen The Marijuana Muddle

Merced Sun-Star

July 31st, 2014
Colorado and Washington are blazing the trail, the first states to legalize recreational pot. But one thing remains the same on this new frontier – the muddled, sometimes contradictory, stand on marijuana from the Obama administration.

California: Medi-Pot Rules Still Struggling With Basics Like Cost, Jurisdiction

East Bay Express

July 30th, 2014
'Who would be in charge?' 'How much would it cost?' These are two basic questions to answer before you open up a lemonade stand let alone spearhead a landmark bill to regulate California's $1.8 billion legal medical pot industry. But with just one month left to do the deal, politicians in Sacramento really haven't gotten past these two basic steps.

California: Riverside County Supervisors Targeting Pot Cultivation

The Desert Sun

July 30th, 2014
Riverside County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to draft regulations aimed at deterring large-scale marijuana growing operations in the unincorporated communities.

California: Berkeley To Give Free Medical Marijuana To The Poor

The Alternative Daily

July 30th, 2014
The city of Berkeley, California is considering an ordinance that, if passed, may provide great relief to many people in need. Passed unanimously by the city council, the ordinance would provide medicinal marijuana to city residents with low income.

California: No, Teens Don't Smoke More Pot In Medical Marijuana States

AlterNet

July 30th, 2014
The U.S. federal government stubbornly continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I substance with no known medical uses. However, while our government blocks all research on the potential benefits of marijuana, clinical studies in Israel, Spain and elsewhere confirm what patients in the 23 U.S. states with medical marijuana programs already know: it is a miraculous treatment option for many known diseases. It has the potential to mitigate, and sometimes reverse, ailments ranging from cancer, PTSD and epilepsy to arthritis, skin abrasions, and chronic pain.