LA Times Editorial: Los Angeles Needs A New Medical Marijuana Policy

If L.A. doesn't change its existing rules, all medicinal pot shops in the city's boundaries will be illegal in 2018.

CALIFORNIA: In October, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills establishing a statewide system to regulate medicinal cannabis, he called it a long-overdue framework that would “make sure patients have access to medical marijuana, while ensuring a robust tracking system.” He should have added: “Everywhere in the state, except Los Angeles,” because it turns out Read the full article…

Governor Brown Signs Bills Regulating Medical Marijuana Industry

CALIFORNIA: Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills on Friday that mark the state’s first move towards regulating the medical marijuana industry. In signing AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643, the governor marked the establishing of “a long-overdue comprehensive regulatory framework for the production, transportation, and sale of medical marijuana,” Brown said in his statement on Read the full article…

CA Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Allow Those Who Completed Court Ordered Diversion Programs to Clean Up Records

The prospective companion bill, A.B. 1351vetoed by Gov. Brown, would have allowed judges the discretion to order diversion to drug treatment or education without the precondition of a guilty plea.

CALIFORNIA: California Gov. Jerry Brown acted on two life-changing companion bills, approving one, but vetoing the other. Brown signed A.B. 1352 which allows those who have completed court ordered drug diversion since 1997 to file with the court to convert their plea to a “not guilty.”  Before 1997, there was a pre-plea diversion option in California.  Read the full article…

LA Times Editorial Gov. Brown, sign the medical marijuana bills

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CALIFORNIA: Nearly 20 years after voters legalized medical marijuana, California lawmakers have finally passed legislation to regulate the growth and distribution of cannabis for patients’ use. In the final hours of their session last week, legislators passed three bills that together establish a system to license, test and track medical marijuana from “seed to sale.” Gov. Read the full article…

Gov. Jerry Brown Brokering Late Deal On Medical Marijuana Regulations

Gov. Jerry Brown, who helped craft the deal, should not only sign the bills into law, but he should stay focused on ensuring their smooth, effective implementation.

CALIFORNIA:  Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is crafting the framework for medical marijuana regulations in California, a session-closing play that could end nearly two decades of clashing interpretations and court battles. With the Legislature scheduled to leave town next week, Brown’s office is said to be bearing down on the details of a compromise medical cannabis Read the full article…

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Law Targeting Illegal Marijuana Grows

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a measure allowing steep civil fines against marijuana farms that damage the environment.

CALIFORNIA:  Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a measure allowing steep civil fines against marijuana farms that damage the environment by dumping wastewater and chemicals, removing trees and killing wild animals. The measure, one of 16 bills signed by the governor Friday, is meant to expand the powers of the state Department of Fish Read the full article…

Despite Support In Party, Democratic Governors Resist Legalizing Marijuana

Gov. Jerry Brown, who helped craft the deal, should not only sign the bills into law, but he should stay focused on ensuring their smooth, effective implementation.

CALIFORNIA:  California voters strongly favor legalizing marijuana. The state Democratic Party adopted a platform last month urging California to follow Colorado and Washington in ending marijuana prohibition. The state’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, has called for legalizing the drug. But not Gov. Jerry Brown. “I think we ought to kind of watch and see how things go Read the full article…

Jerry Brown Worries About Marijuana Legalization And ‘Potheads’

"I'd really like those two states to show us how it's going to work. The problem with anything, a certain amount is OK. But there is a tendency to go to extremes. And all of a sudden, if there's advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?

CALIFORNIA:  Gov. Jerry Brown said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “fiscal discipline is the fundamental predicate of a free society,” but it may help if everyone isn’t getting stoned. Expressing reservations about legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Brown said a great nation requires a more alert citizenry “than some of the potheads might be Read the full article…

CA Gov Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill To Make Some Drug Crimes 'Wobblers'

A police officers conducts a traffic stop in Lincoln, CA.

CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that that would have given local prosecutors discretion when deciding whether a person charged with possessing a small amount of illegal drugs should be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor.

CA Gov Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill To Make Some Drug Crimes 'Wobblers'

A police officers conducts a traffic stop in Lincoln, CA.

CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Saturday that that would have given local prosecutors discretion when deciding whether a person charged with possessing a small amount of illegal drugs should be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor.