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…

San Jose Stamps Ordinance to Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The state attorney general's office asks federal health and education officials for Colorado's colleges and universities to "obtain marijuana from non-federal government sources" for research purposes.

CALIFORNIA: Yesterday, the San Jose City Council passed an effective ban on medical marijuana collectives. The regulations require all concentrates, edibles and topicals be produced on-site, by the collective. Medical marijuana vendors statewide will not be allowed to provide any products to collectives in San Jose. Outdoor growing and medical marijuana patients ages 18 to 20 Read the full article…

California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Face Tough New Rules

“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:  San Jose leaders have taken their firmest stance yet on one of the thorniest issues at City Hall, moving to crack down big time on medical marijuana dispensaries following several failed attempts to get tough on pot over the last half-decade. The San Jose City Council’s 7-3 vote Tuesday evening limits existing and new Read the full article…

Sacramento County To Limit Indoor Marijuana Growth

Sacramento County acts to limit medical marijuana home grows to 9 plants.

CALIFORNIA:  Sacramento County supervisors are expected Tuesday to limit the indoor growth of marijuana to nine plants per house in unincorporated areas. The indoor restriction comes nearly two months after the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to ban outdoor marijuana growth, joining a number of other California cities and counties that have targeted cultivation in response Read the full article…

Free Marijuana For San Jose Voters, “Weed For Votes”, Tuesday June 3rd

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CALIFORNIA: The San Jose City Council‘s actions regarding medical cannabis has activated the cannabis voter base for the June 3rd elections. To encourage turnout for several closely contested races, including the mayoral race, collectives are providing discounts and even free weed to encourage their supporters to vote. To help, the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition (SVCC) has Read the full article…

Health Insurers Just Say No To Marijuana Coverage

The Veterans Equal Access Act. Introduced Thursday would lift a ban on VA doctors giving recommendations about medical marijuana to veterans who live in states where medical marijuana is permitted.

CALIFORNIA:  Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don’t cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month. Marijuana in recent years has gained increased mainstream acceptance for its ability to boost appetite, dull pain and reduce seizures in people with a wide Read the full article…

San Jose City Council Delays Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The measure would impose new rules on pot clubs. If approved, dispensaries would have to be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, day care centers, churches, recreation centers, parks, libraries and other collectives, 500 feet from rehab centers and 150 feet from homes.

CALIFORNIA: Both sides in the debate over the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Jose filled city council chambers for a contentious meeting Tuesday night, though council members delayed a vote on a proposed ordinance. The measure would impose new rules on pot clubs. If approved, dispensaries would have to be at least 1,000 feet Read the full article…