Friday, May 31, 2013

Breaking: California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Fails, Voting Irregularity Challenged

by David Downs
Fri, May 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

A bill to regulate California's medical marijuana industry did not gather enough votes by its deadline today, but the voting procedure is being challenged.

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano's communications director Carlos Alcala said Rep. Ammiano will challenge the closure of voting on AB 473 today, on the grounds that Ammiano's option to pause the vote was not offered.

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Where Are Los Angeles' 135 Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

by David Downs
Fri, May 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles medical cannabis patients remain livid and confused about last week's passage of Measure D, wherein voters chose to drastically reduce the number of Los Angeles pot shops from an estimated 800 to the roughly 135 that were open before September 2007. Measure D makes all post-2007 shops a nuisance, and the city can start fining them thousands of dollars per day.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

San Jose Medical Cannabis Patients See Taxes Rise to Ten Percent

by David Downs
Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

The San Jose City Council raised taxes on medical cannabis sales from 7 to 10 percent this week, the Merc reports.

About 96 clubs are open in the South Bay city, which collects about 4 million dollars per year is pot sales taxes. The City Council is also moving to declare clubs that do not pay sales taxes a public nuisance and shut them down.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Colbert Report on 'Marijuana Makes You Skinny' Research

by David Downs
Thu, May 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Political satirist and host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report took a look Tuesday at the reports that marijuana improves metabolism, may prevent diabetes and keep people skinny in a segment called "Cheating Death".

"The idea that this stupid ... study could eat into the profits of these great American pharmaceuticals makes my blood boil!"

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Los Angeles Votes to Cut its Number of Dispensaries by About Two Thirds

by David Downs
Wed, May 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Los Angeles voters chose to drastically reduce the number of storefronts selling medical marijuana yesterday, passing Measure D by a wide margin, 62 to 37 percent.

Watchers expected about 20 percent of L.A.'s 2.4 million registered voters to participate in the city's May 21 general election, which included three voter initiatives to regulate medical marijuana stores. The vast, diverse metropolis has tried and failed to regulate such storefronts since at least 2007, and about 472 are thought to be open in city limits, according to one independent study by researchers at UCLA.

Measures D, E, and F all contained various forms of medical marijuana club regulations. Chief among them, Measure D caps the number of clubs at about 135, while Measure F contained no such cap. All were feared doomed, but Measure D took 62 percent 'yes', to 37 percent 'no' with 380,108 voters participating.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes California Senate

by David Downs
Tue, May 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

A bill to better protect medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives passed the California Senate yesterday, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's office reports.

According to the bill's analysis, SB 439 clarifies that a cooperative, collective or other business entity that operates within the Attorney General's "Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use" will not be subject to prosecution for marijuana possession or commerce, as specified.

The bill stems from the fact that law enforcement in medical marijuana-unfriendly counties have been arresting medical pot growers, and raiding collectives and dispensaries, arguing that all collective sales are illegal. SB 439 makes it abundantly clear that collective sales as well as storefronts are legal.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Meet Legalization Nation at INTCHE in Burlingame This Saturday

by David Downs
Thu, May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

You know who could use some medical marijuana education? The San Francisco peninsula, where it's seemingly nothing but dispensary bans from the San Francisco border to San Jose. That's just cruel.

To that end, your humble, ever-faithful Legalization Nation editor is scheduled to speak Saturday, May 18 at 4:40 p.m. in Burlingame, CA. at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Your Teen's Marijuana Counselor Might Be A Convicted Pedophile or Thief — Nobody Checks

by David Downs
Wed, May 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

California forces thousands of teens convicted of minor marijuana offenses into "drug rehabilitation", but who are the drug counselors?

Sometimes pedophiles and thieves, according to a California State Senate investigation showing a deplorable lack of oversight of the drug rehab industry.

"California does not require a criminal background check for drug and alcohol counselors, nor does it ask applicants to report their criminal histories, according to the report, which found that at least 23 sex offenders have been permitted to work as counselors since 2005," the L.A. Times reports.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Illustration: If Pot Was Like Wine

by David Downs
Tue, May 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

"What happens when we take the polarizing issue of cannabis consumptions and frame it as if it was a classy winetasting session? Become a pot afficionado," writes @kyleykim, Global Post's Deputy Social Media and News Desk Editor. Click to enlarge the image below. (via Reddit)

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Monday, May 13, 2013

New Michigan Law Would Keep Kids Out of Drug Stings

by David Downs
Mon, May 13, 2013 at 9:37 AM

A Michigan lawmaker wants to pass a bill to limit police use of children in drug stings to children ages 13 and up, after Michigan narcs used a 14 year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy to set up a 36-year-old parolee. The father of the 14-year-old has filed a complaint with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. “To me, it was absolutely ridiculous to think that this was OK,” the father told the Detroit Free Press. “If this guy ever gets out of prison, the repercussions could be huge.”

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