Citing federal law, Brown vetoes industrial hemp bill

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Oct 112011
 

Though Gov. Jerry Brown called federal regulation of industrial hemp plants “absurd,” potential enforcement of those regulations ultimately led to his veto of state Senate Bill 676, which would have allowed hemp cultivation in four California counties, including Kern, as part of an eight-year pilot program. Supporters of the bill said the federal categorization of industrial hemp plants as the same as marijuana plants is woefully outdated, Jill Cowan reports in the Bakersfield Californian. The [read more …]

U.S. Attorneys announce medical marijuana crackdown

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Oct 072011
 

California’s four U.S. attorneys, declaring that marijuana dispensaries in the state are illicit, profiteering operations violating federal law, today announced multiple criminal complaints and forfeiture actions against medical pot stores, property owners and major cultivators. “We want to put to rest the notion that large marijuana businesses can shelter themselves under state law,” said Melinda Haag, the top federal prosecutor in San Francisco who joined U.S attorneys from Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles in [read more …]

Governor signs SB 1449, making simple cannabis possession an infraction instead of misdemeanor

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Oct 012010
 

Bud’s note: The newspapers are playing catch-up on this as they plow through the other bills on Arnold’s desk. This action alert comes from the fine folks at NORML; I’ll post more coverage as it becomes available. “Weed Wars” coverage from the Sacramento Bee “Radical” Russ Belville’s reaction in NORML’s Stash Blog San Jose Mercury News coverage Los Angeles Times coverage ========== Yesterday outgoing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1449 — which reduces [read more …]

Latest Field Poll shows lead for Prop. 19 backers

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Sep 272010
 

California voters are leaning toward making the Golden State the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational use. In a new Field Poll of likely voters for the Nov. 2 election, the Proposition 19 marijuana initiative leads by a 49 percent to 42 percent margin, Peter Hecht reports in the Sacramento Bee. The measure holds heavy majorities among voters who are younger than 40 and those who live in the populous San [read more …]

Tax board takes a pass on Prop. 19 revenue estimate

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Sep 242010
 

The state Board of Equalization, which last year famously declared that legalizing marijuana could generate $1.4 billion in new tax revenues for California state coffers, has an updated analysis out for Proposition 19, the November ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use. This time, the BOE says it is clueless on what legal weed can bring in, Peter Hecht reports in “Weed Wars.” Officials also said it may take them months – or years [read more …]