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 …]

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 …]

Rogoway: Repeal beats waiting on Supreme Court

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Jan 232012
 

On Jan. 18, the Supreme Court of California issued an order granting review of the now infamous line of medical marijuana cases of Pack v. City of Long Beach, City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Ctr., Inc., Traudt v. City of Dana Point, and People v. G3 Holistic. Unless the Supreme Court decides otherwise, this means that medical marijuana advocates can rejoice because local jurisdictions and lower courts cannot use the [read more …]

Mar 092011
 

George Mull opposed Proposition 19. Steve DeAngelo campaigned for it. Which made it all the more interesting at the recent CalNORML conference in Berkeley, where both said that medical cannabis distribution in California is — and I’m paraphrasing here — a total fucking mess. Mull is a Sacramento attorney who represents several NorCal collectives, and their struggles in assorted cities and counties have convinced him that statewide regulation is necessary. To that end, he co-founded [read more …]

Bud’s Blog: Finding the ‘sweet spot’ for pot ain’t easy

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Mar 072011
 

The Drug Policy Alliance gets top billing today in our belated video coverage of CalNORML’s marijuana reform conference in Berkeley. Ethan Nadelmann, DPA’s founder and executive director, and California director Stephen Gutwillig both possess a keen understanding of the political process, and their thoughts on legalization in 2012 deserve special attention. First and foremost is understanding that political compromises will be necessary to craft a winning initiative. Politics is a contact sport, after all, and [read more …]

Bud’s Blog: Two must-see videos for Tuesday

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Mar 012011
 

Today’s videos arrive from the better-late-than-never department, considering a month has passed since the CalNORML conference in Berkeley. But context is important, as is video editing, so taking my time isn’t a bad thing. We begin with a new and slightly improved video of Oakland Vice Mayor Desley Brooks, who has taken the lead on rewriting the city’s proposed regulations for large-scale cultivation. Brooks credited Oakland City Council President Larry Reid and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan [read more …]