Voters ban most Kern County dispensaries

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Jun 062012
 

Kern County voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a measure to sharply limit where storefront medical marijuana dispensaries can be located in unincorporated county areas. With all precincts reporting, Measure G passed with 68.98 percent voting yes and 31.02 percent no, James Burger reports in the Bakersfield Californian. The initiative will practically eliminate nearly every existing shop that distributes cannabis under California laws that permit the cultivation and possession of the plant for medical purposes. Kern [read more …]

Bakersfield Californian: Measure G hurts Prop. 215 patients

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May 172012
 

California voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996, giving “seriously ill Californians … the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes” as recommended by a physician. The practical implementation of Prop. 215 has been messy, contradictory and confusing, and it conflicts with federal law. Subsequent state regulations on the issue have tempered one problem while creating others. And local governments have passed a patchwork of regulations — and faced ensuing court battles over their [read more …]

Fundraiser set for Sacramento safe-access initiative

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Mar 242012
 

Title: CSPARC Fundraiser – SacramentoLocation: Sekou’s BBQ, 455 Bercut Drive, SacramentoLink out: Click here Start Date: 2012-04-07Start Time: 18:00End Date: 2012-04-08End Time: 01:00Description: Get your tickets now for the CSPARC Barbecue Bonanza and Good Times Fundraiser. The food will be excellent. The people will be down for the cause. And the vibes will be awesome. Your ticket will go to help fund our signature-gathering drive to return patient access to Sacramento County. Each $125 ticket [read more …]

Cannabis coalition drops 2012 ballot measure

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Mar 082012
 

Medical marijuana advocates are dropping efforts to qualify a November ballot initiative to regulate California’s dispensary industry and instead plan a media campaign to lobby the Legislature to tackle the issue. Cannabis industry groups including dispensaries, medical marijuana growers and a powerful union drafted the proposed measure in the face of an ongoing federal crackdown on California’s $1.5 billion medicinal pot trade. But a top campaign director said today initiative planners instead have decided to [read more …]

Few dispensary sites in Kern Co. ballot measure

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Feb 262012
 

The medical marijuana ordinance that Kern County supervisors decided this week to send to voters in June would, if passed, outlaw nearly every established collective or cooperative “shop” in unincorporated Kern County and make it very difficult for them to reopen in a new location. To stay in business, the collectives would have to find a new home on industrial-zoned land that is at least a mile away from schools, public parks and churches, James [read more …]

Key question: Will feds respect tighter medipot rules?

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Feb 062012
 

A proposed ballot initiative aimed for the November elections begs a key question looming over California’s medical marijuana industry: Can stricter state regulation keep the federal government from shutting it down? Dispensaries, medical marijuana growers and a powerful union local are rallying behind an initiative that would regulate California’s $1.5 billion pot trade, Peter Hecht reports in the Sacramento Bee. They predict they will be able to raise $2 million from medical marijuana businesses and [read more …]