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 …]

Dec 112013

Fresno County supervisors voted Dec. 10. 2013, to enact a total medical cannabis ban, including all cultivation indoors and outdoors. Final approval of the ordinance is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. (See agenda; item 33.) Condensed audio of Dec. 10 cannabis public hearing. (Use media player or right-click to download.) Fresno Bee coverage: Fresno County supervisors move to ban marijuana farms abc30 coverage: Although supervisors were presented with an alternative ordinance to permit [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 …]

Medical Cannabis Cup coming to L.A.

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Jan 122012

Title: Medical Cannabis Cup – L.A. Location: Los Angeles Center Studios, 1201 W. Fifth St., Los AngelesLink out: Click hereDescription: The world’s premier medical-marijuana competition arrives in Los Angeles for the first time. Panels and seminars with leaders of the medical-marijuana movement, including doctors, patients, researchers, growers, dispensary owners, activists and HIGH TIMES magazine’s own cultivation editors. A Saturday-night VIP party featuring performances by very special musical guests. A closing-night Medical Cannabis Cup awards ceremony [read more …]

Times report: Trimming marijuana has global appeal

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Dec 012011

SEBASTOPOL — In an old, shingled house not far from the center of town, the trim crew hunkered over trays in the living room, snipping away at the strain of the day, Blue Dream. Its pungency knifed the air, like a medley of French roasted coffee beans and roadkill skunk. Sheets and a sleeping bag blocked the windows facing the neighbors, Joe Mozingo reports in the Los Angeles Times. Panels of jury-rigged fluorescent lights hung [read more …]

Oct 172011

SANGER — This summer, California narcotics officers have pulled millions fewer pot plants from the state’s remote forests than in past years. The reason, investigators say, is that drug traffickers have come down out of the mountains to plant pot in plain sight in backyards and on prime farmland, where California’s medical marijuana law makes them tougher to bust. Historically, growers of large-scale illicit pot gardens relied on the cover and isolation of California’s wildernesses [read more …]