The Marijuana Industry's Latest 'It Product': 'Dabs'

CALIFORNIA: It’s become a daily occurrence. Customers visit Hugs Alternative Care, a medical-marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, Calif., and ask for “dabs.”

They are referring to butane hash oil, an especially potent form of marijuana, also known as “honey,” “honey oil,” “wax” or “earwax” because of its sticky, amber-colored appearance. [Read more…]

Good News For World’s Largest Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Harborside Health Center won a significant victory earlier this week in their battle against the feds. As the world’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, everyone should be closely following the Harborside/feds case, as the process and decisions that come out of it will no doubt be used in other cases. Below is a press release that I received a couple of days ago describing the recent victory:

Oakland, California ~  This morning U.S. District Court Judge Maria-Elena James granted the City of Oakland’s motion to stay the civil forfeiture proceeding against Harborside Health Center Oakland until the City of Oakland’s pending appeal is heard in the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Judge James also ruled that the stay in the commercial forfeiture proceeding should be extended to the Harborside San Jose location. [Read more…]

State Battles Federal Government for Independence in Medical Marijuana Case

CALIFORNIA: Magistrate Maria-Elena James ruled that a cannabis dispensary in Oakland, CA, is free to stay open while local authorities fight federal prosecution to shut it down, reports Reuters.

The ruling came in on July 3rd, just under the wire for local supporters of the Harborside Health Center to celebrate their temporary medical marijuana freedom on the Fourth of July.

This long-standing court case between California and the US government is currently in an appeals stage, whereby the local government is contesting Magistrate James’s February decision that the city has no right to interfere in a federal prosecutor’s action to shut down or seize the property of the Oakland-based pot store. [Read more…]