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Sun Oct 2 2016 (Updated 10/04/16)Police Asset Seizure to Require Convictions in Most Cases
Sun Oct 2 2016 (Updated 10/04/16)Historic California Law to Rein in Asset Forfeiture Abuse, Paving Way for Other States
While previous attempts to reign in police seizures have failed in the California legislature, state lawmakers approved Senate Bill 443 in August with bipartisan support. On September 29, the bill limiting civil asset forfeiture abuse in California was signed into law, marking a victory for the larger asset forfeiture reform movement underway throughout the country. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2017, requiring a conviction in most cases before state and local law enforcement agencies may permanently keep people’s property.
Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 07/06/16)Medical Cannabis Provider Care By Design Facilities Raided
Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 07/06/16)Patient Advocates Denounce Raids on Medical Cannabis Manufacturers
On June 15, law enforcement officers raided Care By Design and CBD Guild, a medical cannabis grower and manufacturer that tens of thousands of patients depend on across the state. The enforcement comes just days after the company hosted local and state public officials and regulators for a walk-through of their new facilities and to discuss regulations for the emerging industry resulting from the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act passed by the California legislature last fall.
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)Racial Injustice Persists in Marijuana Enforcement
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)Marijuana Infractions Unfairly Enforced Against People of Color in California
New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011. In November 2016, Californians will have the chance to vote for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). Voting for the AUMA will not only regulate the marijuana industry in the state but will also remove marijuana possession penalties both prospectively and retroactively for adults.
The California Apartment Association (CAA) has placed medical marijuana users in its crosshairs, including recreational marijuana users if voters approve marijuana for legalization in November. The CAA is sponsoring a bill (AB 2300) that allows landlords to prohibit renters from smoking medical marijuana in their apartments, and on April 26 the bill advanced to the Assembly floor. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) is the author of AB 2300.
Sun Mar 6 2016Cannabis Patient John Mazula Found Not Guilty in San Diego
Terrie Best of San Diego Americans for Safe Access writes: On March 1, the prosecution began its case against John Mazula, who was being charged with manufacturing medical cannabis concentrates. The case came down to whether the process John used to extract cannabis concentrate made use of butane gas or not. Without hesitation each juror at the table one-by-one pronounced John not guilty. Then they discussed why. The jurors blamed the police. They knew the case was poorly put together with no evidence to convict John.
Thu Feb 11 2016Miwok Elder Participates in his Fifth Longest Walk
Norman “Wounded Knee” DeOcampo (Miwok), a long-time resident of Vallejo, will be taking part in the Longest Walk 5 beginning February 13 at La Jolla Shores in San Diego, California. Wounded Knee is the Founding Executive Director of the Vallejo based organization Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes. (SSPRIT). He is the only person who will have participated in all five Longest Walks.
Thu Oct 22 2015 (Updated 10/24/15)Kettle Falls Patients Get Federal Prison Sentences
Thu Oct 22 2015 (Updated 10/24/15)President Obama Urged to Pardon All Three Kettle Falls Defendants and End Prosecutions
Federal prison sentences were handed down October 2 for the three remaining defendants in the Kettle Falls Five case in Washington State. They were charged with multiple federal felonies after a 2012 raid on the family’s personal cannabis garden. The case has received national attention as an example of federal interference with state-qualified medical cannabis patients. Lobbying by Larry Harvey, a defendant in the case who died last month from cancer, was instrumental in getting Congress to restrict Department of Justice enforcement in states with medical cannabis laws.
Tue Oct 6 2015 (Updated 10/08/15)Ohio Voters to Choose Between Cannabis Oligopoly or Continued Prohibition
Tue Oct 6 2015 (Updated 10/08/15)Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative – A Cautionary Tale for California
Receiving scant attention from marijuana legalization advocates and just about zero attention in the national media, voters in Ohio will be deciding on a controversial marijuana legalization initiative this November that “Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana." It is a cautionary tale to which the backers of California’s multiple marijuana legalization initiatives might want to pay close attention.
Dan Rush, a former union organizer for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, was recently named in a federal arrest warrant that alleges he engaged in bad-faith negotiations with cannabis dispensary owners while acting in his capacity as a union official. Rush is also accused of holding a private financial interest in a medical cannabis company seeking a dispensary permit in Oakland in 2010.
On the morning of Friday, August 14, dozens of residents of Boulder Creek gathered in a downtown coffeeshop in response to police raids of medical cannabis gardens the day before. People took turns explaining what they experienced when members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office’s newly formed Marijuana Compliance Team visited their homes and gardens.
Tue May 26 2015 (Updated 05/28/15)Referendum Suspends Ban on Medical Cannabis Cultivation in Santa Cruz County
Tue May 26 2015 (Updated 05/28/15)First Successful Santa Cruz County Referendum in 13 Years Challenges BOS Vote
The first successful Santa Cruz County referendum in 13 years has suspended an ordinance adopted by the County Board of Supervisors to ban all commercial cannabis cultivation. The ban was adopted on April 14, and was to go into effect on May 15. Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz circulated the referendum and after only 21 days filed 11,210 signatures with the county. 7,248 valid signatures are required to qualify the referendum for the ballot.
Sat Apr 18 2015 (Updated 04/19/15)Activists Say: Down with Steve Clark! Down with Slut Shaming!
Sat Apr 18 2015 (Updated 04/19/15)Report Back From Alix Tichelman Court Support Demonstration
On April 13, a group gathered at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse in support of Alix Tichelman, the woman charged with killing a Google executive named Forrest Hayes in 2013. Dozens of pamphlets were handed out in front of the courthouse detailing the case against Alix. Her parents personally thanked the group for their presence. Free Alix! writes: She is being unfairly railroaded into jail for an accident that was not her fault.
Sat Mar 28 2015 (Updated 03/29/15)Legal Rights of Patients to Cultivate and Access Medicine Drastically Reduced
Sat Mar 28 2015 (Updated 03/29/15)Board of Supervisors Approves New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County
On March 24, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 before an overflowing room to ban the cultivation of cannabis in all unincorporated territories of the county, with limited exceptions. Personal grows of 10×10 square feet are still permitted, with restrictions. Outdoor cultivation is entirely banned in the 2nd District, represented by Zach Friend, and includes the communities of Aptos, Corralitos, Freedom, and portions of Watsonville.
Sat Jan 17 2015 (Updated 01/21/15)Cannabis Patients and Cultivators are Under Attack in Santa Cruz County
Sat Jan 17 2015 (Updated 01/21/15)Cannabis Advocates Send Letters to Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Santa Cruz County is drafting new regulations for medicinal cannabis patients and providers. These new rules have the potential to turn large numbers of patients and providers into criminals and drastically roll back decades of progress won by cannabis activists. In letters to the Board of Supervisors, medicinal cannabis patients and cultivators are expressing their desire for "more effective, more sensible, and more just solutions" regarding a policy on medicinal cannabis cultivation and distribution.
Bill to limit property seizures by cops heads to Governor Wednesday Sep 7th 12:17 AM
Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment Continutes to Help Medical Marijuana Defendants in Federal Court (1 comment) Wednesday Aug 17th 2:12 PM
Four Days…the Slaying of Krista Deluca in the Santa Cruz County Jail (3 comments) Thursday Jun 30th 11:16 AM
Stay the Course With Prop 47 for Real Criminal Justice Reform Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:35 AM
Patient Advocates Denounce Sonoma Sheriffs for Raids on Medical Cannabis Manufacturers (1 comment) Thursday Jun 16th 10:08 PM
California: Marijuana Infractions Unfairly Enforced Against People of Color (1 comment) Wednesday Jun 1st 5:06 PM
Medicine for Real: California Lawmakers Should Tax and Regulate Cannabis Like Medicine Tuesday May 17th 5:01 PMMore Local News...
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El Cajon Police Return Medical Cannabis - Another Success for the Patient Community Monday Oct 10th 8:14 AM
New Orleans Drug Policy Update August 2016 Sunday Aug 14th 7:52 AM
Fusion Green Liberty Party 2016 Presidential Campaign (2 comments) Sunday Jul 31st 1:21 PM
On Drug User Health and Dignity - Interview with Mike Selick from Harm Reduction Coalition Monday Jul 11th 6:22 AM
And Here’s Another Thing the Clinton’s Fucked Up. Wednesday May 25th 9:57 AM
Governments Disagree Over Global Drug Control: UN's drug meeting in Vienna Saturday Apr 9th 7:10 PM
Readaloud: Dan Baum "Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs" Sunday Mar 27th 1:20 PMMore Global News...
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Philippines: The Punisher's dirty war on drugs Wednesday Sep 21st 11:53 PM
5 Whistleblowers Of Many Who Have Exposed The CIA Role In Cocaine or Crack Distribution Friday Jan 15th 10:07 AM
CALL IN: Opportunity for Input: Marijuana Scheduling NOVEMBER 20th, 2015 Thursday Nov 12th 9:49 AM
A technology that makes it impossible for guns to fire: The ultimate safe neighborhoods. Wednesday Aug 26th 7:34 PM
Marijuana Union Organizer Took Bribes, Rigged Process (7 comments) Friday Aug 14th 7:27 AM
Proposed Vallejo Ordinance to Close All Cannabis Dispensaries (6 comments) Sunday Mar 15th 11:12 AM
NJ Bill to Legalize Cannabis, Gov. Christie Threatens Veto Wednesday Feb 25th 2:11 AMOpen Newswire...
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