Prop. 19 backers: Let’s get to work on cannabis controls

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Sep 302010
 

James P. Gray is a retired judge of the Orange County Superior Court. Hanna Liebman Dershowitz is an attorney in Culver City and a member of the Proposition 19 legal subcommittee. Their guest column supporting Prop. 19 appears in the Orange County Register. =========== We’ve tried marijuana prohibition for three-quarters of a century, and all-out war in the last four decades. These policies manifestly don’t work. What’s next? Let’s try something that heralds a new [read more …]

Panel: Marketing is key to growing cannabusinesses

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Sep 302010
 

While Prop. 19 was on the minds of many at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo, the panel presentations were focused on issues unique to cannabusiness. Among the best was “Branding Cannabis: An Industry Talk.” You’ll want to hear what these experts say about the importance of branding, social media, packaging and building relationships with other growing businesses. Also take notice how they name-drop their own brands frequently as they talk. Good stuff. ========= Speaking, [read more …]

Fresno man to face murder trial for pot-garden shooting

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Sep 302010
 

A Fresno man will stand trial in the shooting death of a man suspected of stealing medical marijuana plants from a backyard garden, a judge said Wednesday in Fresno County Superior Court. Judge Edward Sarkisian Jr. made his ruling after three Fresno police officers and two homicide detectives testified at Phayvanh Dydouangphan’s preliminary hearing, the Fresno Bee reports. Dydouangphan, 47, fatally shot Stanley Wallace on Sept. 8 as Wallace and six other people drove away [read more …]

Bud’s Blog: Cannabis standards, self-regulation urged

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Sep 292010
 

You don’t hear much in the Prop. 19 debate about cannabis standards and self-regulation, but they’re important concepts to consider regardless of what happens in November. The co-founders of Steep Hill Lab in Oakland, Addison DeMoura and David Lampach, joined with Bret Bogue of Apothecary Genetics for a panel presentation at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo this weekend. I’ll try to snag a copy of Lampach’s insightful prepared comments, but here are some clips [read more …]

Report: Prop. 19 vote could shape Mexico’s drug policy

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Sep 292010
 

Some of the most anxious observers of California’s November vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use are ineligible to vote because they are located south of the border in Mexico. Prop 19 proponents argue that the most nervous observers are the Mexican drug cartels, whose operations could be undercut by legal marijuana in the Golden State. But leading political intellectuals in Mexico are also wondering whether the California vote will open the door to seriously [read more …]

Bud’s Blog: Raucous Prop. 19 debate is a joyful sound

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Sep 272010
 

Sunday night update: My brain is still chewing its cud on the import of Saturday’s Prop. 19 debate at the Cow Palace. Opponents have raised numerous concerns that seem to me more fearful than factual, but like any new law the lawyers and judges will have the final say. I only heard part of Richard Lee’s opening statement, because he blurted it out so quickly. Chris Conrad and George Mull gave informed perspectives on Prop. [read more …]