Regulation & Legislation

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Medi-Pot Rules Advance in Assembly

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

California’s first statewide regulations on medical marijuana inched toward becoming law yesterday. The California Assembly’s Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee passed state Senator Lou Correa’s SB 1262 on a 10-2 vote Tuesday.

Americans for Safe Access California Director Don Duncan seemed optimistic about the bill, which is also endorsed by police and civic leaders. “We’re on the right track with this,” said the patient advocate.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Read San Jose’s New Dispensary Ban … Ahem, ‘Regulations’

by David Downs
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The San Jose city council will try another medical pot dispensary ban — again posing as regulations, reports indicate this week.

San Jose has about eighty operating dispensaries — some really good, some not so nice — due to an ongoing lack of regulations. New rules the council approved Tuesday would allow such outlets in about 1 percent of the city — and only if dispensaries somehow grew all their own supplies in Santa Clara or Santa Cruz counties. (Imagine your local Whole Foods farming its produce aisle within county limits.)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Riverside Sues to Block Vote on Regulating Medical Marijuana

by David Downs
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Citizens of Riverside attempting to regulate dispensaries at the ballot box are facing off against an old foe — their own city council.

The City of Riverside has a total ban on all medical marijuana collectives operating in retail storefronts, so Riverside Safe Access gathered enough signatures to put dispensary regulations before a vote of the people.

But the city Council doesn’t want that vote to happen. The Riverside Press Enterprise reported  on Monday that the city council sued its own registrar June 4 as a way of blocking direct democracy. The council contends that regulating medical marijuana dispensaries — as dozens of California cities already have done — would violate federal law.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Big Tobacco’s Hush-Hush '70s Plan To Get Into Weed

by David Downs
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

As cannabis legalization spreads across America, tobacco companies are denying any interest in getting into weed.

But newly released historical documents show that tobacco companies did the same thing in the 1970s during the last historical high point for legalization, while simultaneously working in secret with the federal government on a legal weed cigarette.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pot, Salmon, Page Views, and Perspective

by David Downs
Thu, May 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Outside Online on May 20 added to our cover story about the environmental effects of unregulated cannabis agriculture with a piece that poses the question: “does the fate of the state’s salmon rest on weeding out the illegal marijuana farms?”

Catchy, but hyperbolic. First off, Outside doesn’t know.

“It’s impossible to know exactly how much water is being drawn from streams for marijuana farms …
many residents believe marijuana is the biggest factor threatening Humboldt’s watersheds.”

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Big Dates for California Medical Pot Regs Coming Up

by David Downs
Thu, May 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

California continues to sail into uncharted territory this week.

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s AB 1894 — which would regulate and tax California’s $2 billion medical cannabis industry — could get a floor vote in the Assembly later this month.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

California's Police Fear Weed Anarchy More Than Weed Itself

by David Downs
Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

For the first time in history, California's police chiefs and city bureaucrats are less afraid of pot than they are of a regulatory vacuum after California legalizes it in 2016. In order to fill that vacuum, state legislators are making genuine progress on historic regulations for California's multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sober DUI Bill Dies in Sacramento; Alcoholics Go Untreated

by David Downs
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Medical cannabis advocates and others with common sense defeated a bill Tuesday from Antioch Assemblyman Jim Frazier that would have made it a crime to drive sober.

It’s already a crime in California to drive under the influence of any drug, but Frazier’s AB 2500 wanted to fast-track citizens' path to prison by specifying that “under the influence” means 2 nanograms of tetrahydrocannbinol (THC) — the active ingredient in cannabis — per milliliter of whole blood.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cops and Politicians Play Doctor With California Patients

by David Downs
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Politicians and cops continued to play doctor with California’s estimated one million medical cannabis patients on Monday, advancing a bill that shows how little they know about science or medicine.

State Senator Lou Correa’s SB 1262 passed a senate committee hearing with some amendments Monday and while the legislation is much-improved from its original version, SB 1262 still puts politicians in the role of physician — telling patients what type of marijuana they can and can’t have.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Martinez Bans Outdoor Medical Cannabis Cultivation

by David Downs
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Last year we said bans on any and all medical marijuana cultivation were going to be a defining trend of 2014.

That trend continued last night when the five city councilmembers of the East Bay city of Martinez unanimously voted to ban medical marijuana patients from growing even a single pot plant in their backyard, KTVU reports.

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