Sep 152015
 

The California Legislature passed a weighty package of medical cannabis bills Friday, which Gov. Brown is expected to sign into law. For better or worse, the Medical Marijuana Regulatory and Safety Act (MMRSA) will fundamentally change how medical cannabis is grown and sold in California. The core of the MMRSA is contained within two bills ‐ Assembly Bill 266 and Senate Bill 643 ‐ while a third bill, AB 243, addresses environmental and funding issues. [read more …]

UFCW bid to unionize cannabis reaches state Capitol

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Sep 072015
 

Dan Rush, a former union organizer for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, was recently named in a federal arrest warrant that alleges he engaged in bad-faith negotiations with cannabis dispensary owners while acting in his capacity as a union official. (Affidavit.) Rush is also accused of holding a private financial interest in a medical cannabis company seeking a dispensary permit in Oakland in 2010. Dan Rush Filing Rush is a prominent figure in [read more …]

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Cannabis water rules get Fresno hearing Thursday

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Aug 172015
 
Cannabis water rules get Fresno hearing Thursday

A workshop on proposed cannabis water rules is scheduled in Fresno on Thursday. The workshop begins at 1 p.m. the Fresno office of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. (Event link, map.) The new rules will require large-scale growers to obtain a permit, or “water discharge requirement,” showing compliance with state and local regulations. The rules are designed to address environmental impacts for reported problems that include water diversions and sediment discharges in [read more …]

Fresno County judge dismisses $99K cannabis fine

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Jun 172015
 

Fresno County acted improperly when it imposed a $99,000 fine on a medical cannabis grower, a judge has ruled. Xiong Thao was cited for growing 99 cannabis plants in March 2014, the Fresno Bee reported, even though he had pulled up and removed the plants before the citation was issued by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Fresno County Superior Court Judge Dale Ikeda said that language in the ordinance allows 15 days for removal of [read more …]

Cannabis water rules set to hit Central Valley

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Jun 112015
 

Water regulations aimed at cannabis farmers in the Emerald Triangle could soon find their way to the Central Valley. Cris Carrigan, director of the State Water Board’s Office of Enforcement, described the agency’s “Cannabis Cultivation Enforcement Initiative” at a January meeting of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board in Santa Rosa. The Regional Water Board is set to adopt an expansive set of regulations in August as an outgrowth of a pilot program [read more …]

Newsom, commission talk legal cannabis in Fresno

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Jun 042015
 

The debate over cannabis legalization came to Fresno on Tuesday, the last stop in a series of “Blue Ribbon Commission” forums chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. About 75 people showed up for Wednesday morning’s session at Fresno State’s North Gym, the Fresno Bee reported. “This is complicated, and good people can disagree,” said Newsom, who has been supportive of legalizing marijuana use. “I want you to know that most of the people involved in [read more …]