CDPH Issues Public Health Advisory Urging Everyone To Refrain From Vaping

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Health Advisory Warns About Imminent Public Health Risks CALIFORNIA: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a health advisory today urging everyone to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source, until current investigations are complete. The health advisory follows an executive order signed by Governor Gavin Newsom last week to confront the growing youth epidemic and health Read the full article…

California’s Sweeping New Marijuana Industry Laws Are A Win For The Environment

Assembly Bill 243, Assembly Bill 266, and State Bill 643 will set up state and local licenses for marijuana businesses and create a brand-new, dedicated Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.

CALIFORNIA: A comprehensive suite of marijuana regulations were passed by California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday, creating much-needed government oversight over the state’s billion-dollar industry. The bill specifically addresses the environmental impact of growing marijuana, including water use during the drought. Since the state’s Compassionate Care Act was passed almost 20 years ago, marijuana cultivation has been Read the full article…

California Marijuana Legalization 2015: New Medical Marijuana Law Rankles Top Cannabis Industry Investor

Legislators finally reached a compromise on three bills, which have been sent for final approval to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign them into law.

CALIFORNIA: California lawmakers quietly passed Friday the state’s most significant medical-marijuana legislation in almost two decades, but some leaders in the space worry that the law’s good intentions could get lost in the weeds. Paving the way for what supporters say is a much-needed regulatory framework for the state’s multibillion-dollar medical-cannabis industry, the California Senate and Read the full article…

Goldstein: Legalized Marijuana Benefits, Not Hurts, Society

In the states that have taken the illicit marijuana market away from criminal organizations, even law enforcement has noted that there have been minimal issues with legalization.

CALIFORNIA:  Marijuana legalization will be on the ballot in California for 2016, an effort that 55 percent of Californians now support. As a retired police officer, I spent a career fighting the war on marijuana and other drugs, which largely felt like the most expensive whack-a-mole game ever created. No matter how many drug users Read the full article…

Stoners Rejoice: Full-On Weed Legalization Is Heading For California Ballots

The big daddy of legalization proponents, ReformCA, part of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), says it will have its ballot initiative ready to file with the state attorney general within weeks.

CALIFORNIA: There’s been mad talk about finally legalizing recreational marijuana in the great state of California. Well, this is the one you’ve all been waiting for: The big daddy of legalization proponents, ReformCA, part of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), says it will have its ballot initiative ready to file with the state attorney general Read the full article…

California’s Most Effective Pot Lobbyist Used To Be A Cop

5-year-old Bradley has spent his days bounding through the halls of the Capitol building and his nights hopping from reception to fundraiser, hoping to befriend influential legislators, lobbyists, and political staffers and communicate the details of what reasonable marijuana regulations might look like. “Make me your Google on this issue,” he tells them.

CALIFORNIA:  Nate Bradley used to be a cop. Now he’s the marijuana legalization activist that California state legislators and weed entrepreneurs alike have come to rely on. The son of a pastor and conservative Christian radio show host, Bradley has a well-used bong and a rig for dabbing hash oil on his desk in his Read the full article…

California’s Assembly Gears To Legalize Medical Marijuana

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CALIFORNIA:  The future of medical marijuana program in California awaits its fate amidst the two decade- long ongoing efforts to enact statewide controls on medical marijuana cultivation and sales. The future prospects seem brighter as the political will is backing a 2016 legislation to legalize Medical marijuana. The regulation of this recreational weed is an Read the full article…

Legislature Considering Plans To Regulate Medicinal Pot Shops, Growers

California lawmakers are wading into the politically sticky issue of regulating medical marijuana, laying groundwork for when voters could legalize recreational use next year.

CALIFORNIA:  California lawmakers are wading into the politically sticky issue of regulating medical marijuana, laying groundwork for state control of the sale and cultivation of cannabis with the expectation that voters will legalize recreational use next year. The Legislature is considering multiple — and conflicting — plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on Read the full article…

California Marijuana Legalization Supporters Worry Video From Smokers Promising Hash Bars Will Hurt Campaign

A new online video could shape the early debate over legalizing pot in California, but some supporters fear it could backfire.

CALIFORNIA:  A new online video could shape the early debate over legalizing pot in California, but some supporters fear it could backfire. “This is an initiative to bring back hash bars all over California, all over the beaches and then beyond,” a man in the video said. “This is an initiative to help fund education Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization — A Step Toward Social Justice

A lawmaker on the country’s largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe’s stance against legalizing marijuana.

CALIFORNIA:  Marijuana legalization advocates announced a plan last month to put an initiative to tax, control and regulate the adult consumption of marijuana on the 2016 ballot in California. As a retired police officer who spent more than 20 years on the force and who has closely watched legalization in Colorado and Washington, I’m here Read the full article…