Unprecedented Pot Study Planned at SF General

Pending final clearances, SF General Hospital Chief of Hematology and Oncology Dr. Donald Abrams will use government dollars and government-supplied weed to see if cannabis reduces the pain and inflammation associated with sickle-cell disease. Such scientific studies are extremely rare, because of the ongoing federal war on marijuana.

CALIFORNIA:  An unprecedented human trial of vaporized cannabis is set to begin this summer at San Francisco General Hospital, Legalization Nation has learned. Pending final clearances, SF General Hospital Chief of Hematology and Oncology Dr. Donald Abrams will use government dollars and government-supplied weed to see if cannabis reduces the pain and inflammation associated with sickle-cell disease. Read the full article…

Meet the Congressman Whose District Grows Most of Your Weed

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CALIFORNIA: Two years ago, California Rep. Jared Huffman, who had previously served as a state assemblyman and an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, was elected to represent a district stretching from Marin County all the way to the Oregon border. It includes the Emerald Triangle, the three-county region that produces most of America’s Read the full article…

Sacramento County California Bans Outdoor Marijuana Crops

The Sacramento Bee reports Sheriff Scott Jones told supervisors Tuesday that marijuana plants have increased throughout the county because of a lack of clarity in federal and state laws and inconsistent prosecution

CALIFORNIA:  Sacramento County supervisors have unanimously voted to ban outdoor marijuana crops after hearing from law enforcement officials who said the region has seen an explosion of grow sites. The Sacramento Bee reports Sheriff Scott Jones told supervisors Tuesday that marijuana plants have increased throughout the county because of a lack of clarity in federal Read the full article…

How Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Are Rushing To Cash In On Cannabis.

Sasha Robinson and Mark Williams in Robinson’s San Francisco home, which doubles as Firefly’s prototyping lab and office.

CALIFORNIA:  LIKE MANY PEOPLE in San Francisco, Sasha Robinson is working on a startup out of his home. His living room is a riot of wires, battery packs, pliers, and metal casings. If I didn’t know better, I’d think he was a bomb maker. But these are just the raw materials for a new gadget he’s Read the full article…

More Than 450 Medical Pot Shops File To Renew Taxes In Los Angeles

The Oregon Legislature is mulling a plan to let medical-marijuana dispensaries temporarily sell pot to all adults July 1.

CALIFORNIA:  More than 450 medical marijuana dispensaries have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year – more than three times as many as are allowed to stay open under Proposition D. The new numbers won’t settle the debate over exactly how many medical marijuana dispensaries are now operating in Los Angeles. Additional pot shops may be Read the full article…

Major shift: CA Democrats’ Proposed Platform Plank Calls For Full Legalization Of Pot

The proposed platform change comes as 3,000 California Democrats met this weekend at a 3-day convention in Los Angeles, where they heard an appeal Saturday by California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom on the issue.

CALIFORNIA:  With proponents arguing that it could put billions into state coffers and provide crucial jobs, California Democrats on Sunday will move to insert a plank in their party platform calling to “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” the Chronicle has learned. The proposed platform Read the full article…

Major shift: CA Democrats’ Proposed Platform Plank Calls For Full Legalization Of Pot

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would back a Marijuana legalization measure “if it is the right initiative.”

CALIFORNIA:  With proponents arguing that it could put billions into state coffers and provide crucial jobs, California Democrats on Sunday will move to insert a plank in their party platform calling to “support the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” the Chronicle has learned. The proposed platform Read the full article…

San Diego City Council Passes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Regulations

Issues raised in the judiciary committee hearing Thursday ranged from government regulation and Congressional involvement to the punitive effects the ban has on businesses and residents who don’t own their homes.

CALIFORNIA:  The San Diego City Council on Tuesday passed regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego that will limit the establishments to no more than four per council district. The 8-1 vote, with Councilman Mark Kersey dissenting, sets zoning and operating restrictions for collectives. The panel has addressed the issue numerous times since California‘s Read the full article…

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer Takes On Marijuana With Compassion

Feuer told us he's been cracking down at a steady pace, with nearly 80 shops now targeted for civil or criminal action.

CALIFORNIA:  Former City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who once held the opinion that no dispensary in Los Angeles was truly legal, was reviled by the local medical marijuana community. His predecessor, Democrat Mike Feuer, took Trutanich’s job, in at least some small part, because voters were fed up with the onetime Republican’s anti-dispensary crusades. So what have Read the full article…

New Pot Banking Guidelines Moot In California?

“The MMRSA (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act) makes clear that local public entities retain their current right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and related medical marijuana activities within their respective jurisdictions,”

CALIFORNIA: Thanks to some recent direction from the Obama administration, banks are now allowed to do business with folks who make their living in the legal marijuana trade. But, maybe not in California. In response to a growing uneasiness with the cannabis cash conundrum, spurred at least in part by the introduction of legal recreational marijuana Read the full article…