Court Says Feds Can Police Pot Collectives

Preventing federal enforcement “would compromise a governmental interest in enforcing the law and would therefore be inappropriate,” the ruling says.

CALIFORNIA:  An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the federal government’s right to crackdown on California medical marijuana dispensaries complying with state law. The unpublished ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals addresses a lawsuit from four San Diego dispensaries and a patient, as well as separate but similar suits in Sacramento Read the full article…

Fresno County Supervisors Ban Any Medical Marijuana Growing

The ban includes fines of $1,000 per plant.

CALIFORNIA: Over objections of medical marijuana users, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday banned all marijuana cultivation in the county’s unincorporated areas starting in February. The ban includes fines of $1,000 per plant. The 5-0 vote by supervisors also adds a fine of $100 per plant for each day plants remain after the initial Read the full article…

California May Become Third State To Legalize Weed. Surprise!

Multiple stings by have authorities have found zero marijuana sales to minors by pot shops in Colorado.

CALIFORNIA: It was perhaps inevitable. The first state to offer medical marijuana — nearly a generation ago — may soon become the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, too. California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she supports two of the three pending bills in the state legislature, saying they would be good for Read the full article…

As Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Pot, California Mulls Its Options

Some advocates want California to have a regulatory scheme in place for the marijuana market before moving forward, while others argue that 2016 will present a more favorable voting poll for broader legalization.

CALIFORNIA:  On New Year’s Day in Colorado, state-licensed marijuana stores will begin selling pot purely for pleasurable consumption. Colorado, already home to the nation’s most regulated medical marijuana industry, expects to open its first two dozen stores selling recreational cannabis users up to an ounce of pot each. Another 400 applications are pending for retail Read the full article…

As Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Pot, California Mulls Its Options

Some advocates want California to have a regulatory scheme in place for the marijuana market before moving forward, while others argue that 2016 will present a more favorable voting poll for broader legalization.

CALIFORNIA:  On New Year’s Day in Colorado, state-licensed marijuana stores will begin selling pot purely for pleasurable consumption. Colorado, already home to the nation’s most regulated medical marijuana industry, expects to open its first two dozen stores selling recreational cannabis users up to an ounce of pot each. Another 400 applications are pending for retail Read the full article…

GrowLife Wants To Be Legal Weed's Financier

Under federal law, simply accepting regular business deposits from a known marijuana seller is a violation of money-laundering laws.

CALIFORNIA:  People will soon be able to purchase marijuana legally in Colorado and Washington State. Who will get high, financially speaking, from this emerging market? One aspiring company is GrowLife (PHOT), a publicly traded business in Woodland Hills, Calif., with cheeky ticker symbol PHOT. It doesn’t actually sell pot; it caters to marijuana growers, dealing them hydroponic Read the full article…

The Indispensable Leader Of The Marijuana Movement

Dennis simply refused to accept that anybody —no cop, no district attorney, no judge— could tell him he didn't have a right to smoke marijuana.

by Fred Gardner CALIFORNIA: Last weekend at the Emerald Cup, a sprawling hempfest held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Dennis Peron got a lifetime achievement award and I got to present it. The marijuana legalization movement would not have achieved its great breakthrough in 1996 had it not been for Dennis, the founder and maitre’d of Read the full article…

Sebastopol California's New Mayor Puts City On Medical Marijuana Map

Sebastopol's newly selected mayor Robert Jacob at his Peace in Medicine dispensary.

CALIFORNIA: Left-leaning Sebastopol has elected Green Party candidates to the City Council, fought PG&E SmartMeters and declared itself a nuclear-free zone. Now the city is the first in the nation to select a mayor with a background in the medical marijuana industry. First-year councilman Robert Jacob, founder and executive director of marijuana dispensary Peace in Medicine, Read the full article…

San Jose, CA To Take New Shot At Limiting Medical Marijuana Shops

Mayor Chuck Reed

CALIFORNIA:  Bolstered by new legal authority, San Jose leaders are trying again to impose rules that would sharply shrink the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that have proliferated across the city in recent years as officials struggled to regulate them. But even as the San Jose City Council considers new rules Tuesday evening, marijuana advocates Read the full article…

For Berkeley Jews, Medical Cannabis Is Ethical Imperative

Elie Green (from left), Ramona Rubin and Daniel Kosmal show off Doc Green's topical cannabis lotions.

CALIFORNIA: If you want to traffic in stereotypes, Elie Green, Ramona Rubin and Daniel Kosmal — the founders of Doc Green’s, which makes healing cannabis ointments and lotions — look pretty much like what you might imagine when you hear, “Berkeley-based medical marijuana collective.” That is, of course, until they open their mouths and tell you they’re Read the full article…