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

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…

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

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…

Long Beach, Other Cities, Given Leeway In Crafting Medical Marijuana Laws

CALIFORNIA: New legislation that would create California’s first comprehensive attempt to regulate the medical marijuana industry would give Long Beach and other cities considerable leeway to regulate the sales and cultivation of cannabis. Local governments could even enact outright bans on dispensaries and cultivation sites. Such is the view of the Long Beach City Attorney’s Read the full article…

California Lawmakers Announce Deal On Medical Marijuana Legislation

By Christopher Cadelago & Alexi Koseff CALIFORNIA: California lawmakers said late Thursday that they have reached a deal on legislation to regulate and license medical marijuana. The regulatory framework to corral the billion-dollar medical cannabis industry will be contained in three bills that have received the blessings of the two chambers and Gov. Jerry Brown, said Assemblyman Rob Read the full article…

Colorado Preparing To Spend $9 Million On Medical Marijuana Research

COLORADO:  More than a decade after voters here first said marijuana could be medicine, Colorado is preparing to embark on the largest state-funded effort to study the medical benefits of cannabis. Under a bill signed this year by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the state health department will give out about $9 million in grantsin the next Read the full article…

Free Marijuana For San Jose Voters, “Weed For Votes”, Tuesday June 3rd

CALIFORNIA: The San Jose City Council‘s actions regarding medical cannabis has activated the cannabis voter base for the June 3rd elections. To encourage turnout for several closely contested races, including the mayoral race, collectives are providing discounts and even free weed to encourage their supporters to vote. To help, the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition (SVCC) has Read the full article…

San Jose City Council Delays Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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…

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…

Brilliant Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Marijuana Dispensary

CALIFORNIA:  In perhaps the greatest display of entrepreneurial spirit in modern history, a California Girl Scout has been selling cookies outside of a San Francisco marijuana dispensary. Danielle Lei, 13, set up shop in front of The Green Cross on Monday, selling a whopping 117 boxes in just two hours, according to Mashable. That’s about one box Read the full article…

At California Pot Convention, Business Is Strong – And Potent

CALIFORNIA: Working from a small booth on the fringes of a trade show packed with thousands of enthusiasts, Sean Donahoe says these are heady times to be in the marijuana business. “In a gold rush, you sell picks and shovels,” says Donahoe, deputy director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. The young organization is trying to Read the full article…