Time to take the high road and legalize marijuana – at the federal level

“Not tenable”. This is how western Washington US Attorney Jenny Durkan assessed the state’s poorly-regulated medical cannabis program in 2013. Igor Grant, director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego, used the same words to challenge the Drug Enforcement Administration’s categorization of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. And after years of reporting across the Read the full article…

Easter On 4/20, Pot Holy Day; Pastors Reach Out

CALIFORNIA: Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover’s highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid the online cracks about worshipping a “higher” Read the full article…

Despite Support In Party, Democratic Governors Resist Legalizing Marijuana

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…

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

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

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

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…

State Oversight May Tame California Pot Shops

CALIFORNIA:  Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed. A California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state’s free-wheeling medical marijuana industry — the farmers that grow the drug, the hundreds of storefront shops that sell it and especially the doctors who write recommendations allowing people to use it. Read the full article…

The Right Way To Legalize Marijuana (No, We’ve Been Doing It Wrong)

CALIFORNIA:  Mark Kleiman is out this week with the single most comprehensive look at the trend toward legalizing pot you’re likely to find. He doesn’t spend much space on the pros and cons of legalization–almost anyone can tick those off on the fingers of both hands–but on the right way to do it, and the wrong Read the full article…

Jerry Brown Worries About Marijuana Legalization And ‘Potheads’

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…

Marin County CA To Seek Way To Provide Medical Marijuana

CALIFORNIA:  Marin County officials are coming to the rescue of those who need medical marijuana. The Board of Supervisors is working on a program it hopes will provide the sick with a marijuana outlet while protecting the county from legal liability — and without raising the ire of federal regulators. The move comes as the Read the full article…