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 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…

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…

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer Takes On Marijuana With Compassion

Feuer told us he's been cracking down at a steady pace, with nearly 80 shops now targeted for civil or criminal action.

CALIFORNIA:  Former City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who once held the opinion that no dispensary in Los Angeles was truly legal, was reviled by the local medical marijuana community. His predecessor, Democrat Mike Feuer, took Trutanich’s job, in at least some small part, because voters were fed up with the onetime Republican’s anti-dispensary crusades. So what have Read the full article…

Major Marijuana Legalization Measure Off The Table In California For 2014

"We decided it was more important to do it right than to do it fast," Stephen Gutwillig, the Drug Policy Alliance's deputy executive director, said Tuesday. "We ultimately came quite close but just decided we didn't have enough of the pieces in place right now."

CALIFORNIA: Despite polls indicating that Californians are poised to legalize pot, the state’s best shot for a marijuana measure has suddenly gone up in smoke — and that likely means the Golden State will have to wait until at least 2016 to catch up with other pot-friendly Western states. Backers of the Control, Regulate and Tax Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization In California Races Toward Ballot

A would-be initiative by Americans for Policy Reform, backed by San Jose pot shop operator Dave Hodges, got the green light from the state to start gathering signatures. Also approved was a proposal from the Drug Policy Alliance. A third legalization submission got the thumbs up from the state way back in fall. A new, fourth player, the Cannabis Policy Reform Act of 2014, had yet to be approved for circulation.

CALIFORNIA:  Two initiatives that would fully legalize marijuana were approved for signature gathering (“circulation”), the California Secretary of State’s office announced this week. A would-be initiative by Americans for Policy Reform, backed by San Jose pot shop operator Dave Hodges, got the green light from the state to start gathering signatures. Also approved was a Read the full article…

As Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Pot, California Mulls Its Options

Some advocates want California to have a regulatory scheme in place for the marijuana market before moving forward, while others argue that 2016 will present a more favorable voting poll for broader legalization.

CALIFORNIA:  On New Year’s Day in Colorado, state-licensed marijuana stores will begin selling pot purely for pleasurable consumption. Colorado, already home to the nation’s most regulated medical marijuana industry, expects to open its first two dozen stores selling recreational cannabis users up to an ounce of pot each. Another 400 applications are pending for retail Read the full article…

As Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Pot, California Mulls Its Options

Some advocates want California to have a regulatory scheme in place for the marijuana market before moving forward, while others argue that 2016 will present a more favorable voting poll for broader legalization.

CALIFORNIA:  On New Year’s Day in Colorado, state-licensed marijuana stores will begin selling pot purely for pleasurable consumption. Colorado, already home to the nation’s most regulated medical marijuana industry, expects to open its first two dozen stores selling recreational cannabis users up to an ounce of pot each. Another 400 applications are pending for retail Read the full article…