San Jose Cracks Down On Pot Clubs After Eschewing SF’s Regulatory Approach

Barcelona's city hall has imposed a moratorium on associations opening premises for smoking the drug and regional authorities also want new rules on cannabis.

CALIFORNIA: San Jose’s current (and harsh) crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries contrasts with San Francisco’s decade-old (and still working well) regulations. Over the last five years, cannabis club after cannabis club sprouted throughout San Jose while the city’s local government debated, wavered, and faltered over the best way to regulate their pot clubs. But last Read the full article…

Oakland’s Marijuana Scavenger Hunt Canceled, Thanks to Government Red Tape

Authorities have stopped a planned cannabis scavenger hunt in Oakland, CA.

CALIFORNIA:  The mysterious force behind the weed scavenger hunt announced for Saturday has revealed herself: she’s an entrepreneur from the East Coast, now head of a “tiny startup in Oakland.” And she has bad news: the authorities have stepped in, so there’s no more smartphone-powered weed giveaway on Saturday. Flyers appearing in Oakland and 4×6 Read the full article…

Right Brand Name Gives Marijuana Strain A Higher Value

The right strain name creates a brand for higher value.

CALIFORNIA:  Adam Orenstein spent years cross-breeding marijuana plants before arriving at his proud new strain, a tall stalky plant frosted with white crystally hairs prized by growers and smokers. But before releasing it to the public, he and his partners toiled over one of the most crucial steps: giving it the proper name. “It’s like any Read the full article…

League Of California Cities Reports Assembly Member as Co-Author Of Medical Marijuana Bill

Assembly member Tom Ammiano signs on as principal co-author of SB 1262

CALIFORNIA:  In a move highlighting the rapidly expanding support for the League-and-Police Chiefs sponsored bill in the Legislature, Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has signed on as principal co-author on SB 1262 (Correa). If enacted, the bill will be the first serious step toward regulation of medical marijuana since voters approved the Compassionate Use Read the full article…

Berkeley Set To Require Free Medical Pot For Poor

Medical dispensaries are to provide free marijuana to low income patients.

CALIFORNIA:  Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley will likely soon be required to provide free pot to low-income members, according to an ordinance approved by the city council on Tuesday. The city is also looking to approve a fourth dispensary, raising the current limit of three locations, as reported by the East Bay Express. The proposed ordinance Read the full article…

California Hemp Gets Rolling

At Kentucky's Murray State, researchers say some of their plants have reached 14 feet in height.

CALIFORNIA:  Green, twenty-foot-tall fields of research hemp might be waving in the Davis breeze by the next year in a startling breakthrough for California hemp advocates who have been working for decades to grow the plant. The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 combined with the 2014 federal farm bill has unlocked the possibility Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization May Open Door To “Big Cannabis”

Marijuana legalization may lead the way for big tobacco into big cannabis

CALIFORNIA:  In 1978, two market forecasters with the Brown & Williamson tobacco company wrote a report in which they imagined what might happen if marijuana was legalized. While legalization would cause “a period of difficult reappraisal in tobacco company strategy,” they wrote, “marijuana products seem to be a logical new industry for tobacco companies.” There Read the full article…

Cannabis Cup A Hit At Fairgrounds In Santa Rosa

The High Times plan to host a Cannabis Cup in Portland has hit a snag with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

CALIFORNIA:  Jared Combs peered through thick clouds of marijuana smoke Sunday afternoon, searching for a cure for the munchies. He saw hash brownies, pot-laced cookies and an array of smile-inducing doughnuts. But the thing that caught his eye as temperatures in Santa Rosa rose beyond 90 degrees was cannabis ice cream. Combs grabbed a cup Read the full article…

League of California Cities Sponsored Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Assembly Public Safety Committee

While prospective ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana and tweak pot laws pile up, state lawmakers are preparing to take what may be a final stab at bringing order to the medical marijuana trade.

CALIFORNIA:  This morning the Assembly Public Safety Committee held a special one-bill hearing to consider SB 1262 (Correa), the medical marijuana bill co-sponsored by the League and the California Police Chiefs. June 26, 2014 – After a short discussion and testimony, the committee passed Sen. Lou Correa’s (D-Santa Ana) legislation on a 6-1 bipartisan vote. Read the full article…

Vancouver MP Claims Liberal Party Promoting Marijuana To Kids

In the flyer, the Conservative Party claims the Liberal policy of legalizing and deregulating marijuana will make it easier to access cannabis.

CANADA:  In an election-style flyer mailed to her constituents, Vancouver South Conservative MP Wai Young claims Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is promoting marijuana to children. The flyer also features a photo of a young person who is about to light a joint and says Liberal policies would make it easier for children to smoke pot. In the flyer, Read the full article…