One of Oakland's most bombastic cannabis businessman will get probation for defrauding the City of Oakland, the Oakland Tribune reports today.
The San Jose City Council voted 8-3 last night to pursue tighter regulations on the eighty or so dispensaries in the city. Operators there feared the council would pursue a ban on all dispensaries, but as the meeting stretched late into the night, support for a ban did not bear fruit.
San Jose is again mulling a total ban on the eighty or so medical marijuana collectives renting retail storefronts in the city. This evening the San Jose City Council will look at a number of medical marijuana options. Staff recommends the city council:
A disturbing trend is emerging for 2014: bans on any and all medical marijuana cultivation in California counties opposed to Proposition 215.
The North Bay city of Sebastopol's new mayor, Robert Jacob, is also the founder of two licensed medical cannabis dispensaries called Peace in Medicine. Advocacy group Americans for Safe Access is lauding the historic, unprecedented move, saying it “illustrates the political strength and legitimacy of the medical cannabis movement.”
Activists are worried about a new California Appellate Court ruling over the Thanksgiving break that appears to give cities and counties the okay to ban all medical marijuana cultivation - even a single plant, in a closet, for personal, medical use.
The case revolves around the City of Live Oak, which passed an ordinance in 2011 banning medical marijuana cultivation. Patients there sued and a local judge sided with the city. Patients then appealed and the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Sacramento upheld the ban last week, according to reports, and said state law and previous court decisions "do not pre-empt a city's police power to prohibit the cultivation of all marijuana within that city."
Forty-two states have passed or are in the middle of legislatively addressing laws regarding medical marijuana, an analysis by WestlawNext found.
The 7th annual Patients’ Choice San Francisco - a medical weed contest and celebration - is shaping up in the Bay Area this week. The deadline for dispensaries to enter strains and products to win one of sixteen awards was Tuesday. Judge’s Packets filled with samples from contestants are nearly sold out at $300. They ship tomorrow and are quite the bargain.
Another medical marijuana dispensary is set to open in Oakland now that it has found a suitable home.
The Tribune reported that Oakland officials signed off on 3007 Telegraph Avenue as the new home for a dispensary run by Tidewater Patients Group, "which has strong ties to Carlos Plazola, a one-time aide to former Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente."
Alameda County is asking President Obama to end federal interference in states and cities that regulate cannabis for adult or medicinal uses.
The Tribune reports, that the Alameda County Board of adopted a resolution last week supporting medical and adult use of cannabis, and asking the feds to stop harassing lawful dispensaries. Many East Bay cities successfully tax and regulate medical marijuana.