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…

Marijuana Boom Spawns Ancillary Businesses

"The sky's the limit," said Wu, 35, a New York University business school graduate and former vice president at Wedbush Capital Partners. "As long as states continue to adopt, we're going to double growth each and every year."

CALIFORNIA:  Ben Wu took a six-figure pay cut when he left a career in private equity for a shot at the marijuana boom. Trained to spot small businesses with big potential, he started this year as chief executive of Kush Bottles, a Santa Ana company that sells child-resistant plastic cannabis containers. It took some persuading Read the full article…

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…