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 …]

Feb 072014

Fresno County’s ban on medical cannabis cultivation takes effect today. The ban applies to ALL cannabis gardens, both indoors and outdoors, with heavy fines starting at $1,000 per plant. A referendum petition circulated by local cannabis advocates fell far short of its goal of 20,130 signatures. One common theme reported by signature gatherers: Many people had no idea the new county law had been passed. Other potential signers expressed concerns about the confidentiality of petition [read more …]

Follow-up to Fresno County growing ban set

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Jan 282014

Title: Fresno County cannabis growing banLocation: Fresno County Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare St., Fresno CALink out: Read the staff reportDescription: Supervisors are scheduled to hear a companion ordinance to the Fresno County growing ban that was passed on Jan. 7. The trailer bill would delete previously permitted cultivation facilities from the land-use matrix found in the county Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance is listed as Agenda Item 7 and may be adopted at the meeting [read more …]

Jan 072014

Fresno County supervisors voted 5-0 today to approve an ordinance that prohibits all cannabis cultivation, both indoors and outdoors, regardless of patient status or other circumstances. Absent possible legal action, the new Fresno County cannabis ban takes effect Feb. 6. Fresno Bee coverage of the cannabis ban Medical cannabis patients and advocates filled the board chambers in downtown Fresno, and all but one speaker opposed the ban. The exception was a female resident of Squaw [read more …]

Fresno attorney: Follow the law on medical marijuana

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Oct 122010

In reference to the use of cannabis as medicine, one member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors recently proclaimed in a public hearing, “I know it’s the law, but…I don’t like it!” The Board of Supervisors proceeded to unanimously enact an ex post facto ban prohibiting any outdoor growing of medicinal marijuana. The Board members then warned patients, “If you have any marijuana plants growing on your property you better move them indoors or [read more …]

Bud’s Blog: Medical cannabis still playing the name game

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Oct 012010

I’m hardly the first one to observe that names like “Green Crack” and “Durban Poison” don’t go hand in hand with good medicine. If first impressions count, and they do, the medipot industry is a teenage boy who shows up on your doorstep in baggy jeans and a “Smoke Weed” T-shirt, hoping to share his “medicine” with your daughter. You can spout off all you want about medical cannabis and its many benefits, but all [read more …]