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text Four Days…the Slaying of Krista Deluca in the Santa Cruz County Jail by Dr. Bruce Loisel
A description and analysis of the incarceration and pain she endured in the four days and nights she was held captive by the officials in charge of the Santa Cruz County jail. She was deprived of the medication that, without question, would have ended her agony and saved her life. The limitlessness of her four sleepless days and nights of torture and mayhem, that culminated in her choking on her own vomit and dying, is not easy to imagine....
Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:16AM
text Stay the Course With Prop 47 for Real Criminal Justice Reform by Steve Pleich
Critics Off the Mark...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:35AM
image Patient Advocates Denounce Sonoma Sheriffs for Raids on Medical Cannabis Manufacturers 480_rally-for-patients-rights-santa-rosa_6-16-16_1.jpg by Americans for Safe Access
"Thousands of California patients woke up today fearing for the future of their medicine" said Don Duncan, California Director of Americans for Safe Access. “It is time for local authorities to address perceived violation of regulations by means of civil penalties instead of criminal action. The path taken by Sonoma law enforcement yesterday is counterproductive to moving cannabis businesses towards licensing and regulatory compliance.”...
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:08PM
image California: Marijuana Infractions Unfairly Enforced Against People of Color cop_writing_ticket.jpg by via ACLU of Northern California
Oakland, May 31, 2016 – New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California (see PDF) 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. Possession of under an ounce of marijuana is punishable in California by a base fine up to $100 (plus substantial fees)....
Posted: Wed Jun 1, 2016 5:06PM
image Medicine for Real: California Lawmakers Should Tax and Regulate Cannabis Like Medicine 480_medical-marijuana-taxes_1.jpg by via Americans for Safe Access
We would not tolerate a sin tax on insulin or chemotherapy, even if the revenue was dedicated to a laudable goal. Lawmakers must resist the temptation to lump medical and non-medical cannabis use together when making policy choices....
Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 5:01PM
image No on Medical Marijuana Tax Bill AB 2243 in California 480_no-tax-on-medical-cannabis_2-23-16_1.jpg by via California NORML
The CA Assembly is expected to vote on Asm. Wood's bill AB 2243 to impose a $9.25/ounce tax on cultivation of medical (only) marijuana in coming days....
Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 11:29AM
text California Apartment Association targets medical marijuana users by Lynda Carson
The California Apartment Association has sponsored a bill (AB 2300) that allows landlords to prohibit renters from smoking medical marijuana in their apartments, that advanced yesterday from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) is author of AB 2300....
Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:18PM
text Group Votes to Recommend Ban on Sale of Santa Cruz Home Grown Pot by via SLVnews.net
The 13 member Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee (C4) tasked with developing recommendations on the regulation of cannabis cultivation in Santa Cruz County is recommending a ban on all GMO cannabis and almost all home grown plants. It’s estimated that more than two thirds of current grow sites could become illegal if the current recommendations were adopted....
Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:30PM
image Oppose SB 987 in California: A 'Sick Tax' Against Medical Marijuana Users 120_donna-lambert.jpg by via Don Duncan
California Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) has introduced SB 987, a bill that will assess an additional 15% excise tax on medical cannabis in the state. The new tax will be in addition to the ordinary state sales tax and any local tax patients already pay for their doctor-recommend medicine. SB 987 imposes an unnecessary and unfair burden on medical cannabis patients....
Posted: Wed Mar 2, 2016 7:25PM
image Take Back Santa Cruz - Needles Solution Team 120_s_olden_l_litten__exchange_1_jpeg_.jpg by TBSC Snopes
Take Back Santa Cruz has a long history of disdain for needles found in public and the people who use them. Dating back to 2013 Samantha Simon Olden and Lisa Sokolowski have been ardent critics of the former volunteer run Syringe exchange program, in particular mobile van services and today, will comment on and encourage conversations that call for shutting down the Syringe Program....
Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 5:45PM
image Marty Higgins Libertine of debauchery or a curmudgeon being entrenched in impropriety 120_marty.jpg by Katalina Mendoza
Marty Higgins or Martin J Higgins is a name that is growing notoriety in print and audio media for being a nefarious figure in real estate. He is overly involved in his endeavors, and stoically makes poor judgements based on his rapacious nature and over inflated ego. This is in many cases the face of corruption and unethical conduct, it is usually the family oriented community involved person who camouflages a more sinister existence. First Class Lodi llc, TP partners, The Apartment Group, a...
Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:11PM
image Santa Cruz County Cannabis Growers Survey 120_cannabis-survey.jpg by SCM²
Will you help us get some real answers to the questions about how many local residents are growing cannabis in Santa Cruz County?...
Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:25PM
image CA Medical Association Announces Support For Responsible Marijuana Ballot Initiative 120_california-medical-association.jpg by California Medical Association
Consistent with CMA White Paper of 2011, measure will tightly control, track, research and regulate the adult use of marijuana and invest new revenue in a way that protects public health...
Posted: Tue Feb 2, 2016 10:23AM
image Miwok Elder Participates in his Fifth Longest Walk 120_wk2.jpg by Angel Heart
Norman "Wounded Knee" DeOcampo (Miwok), a long-time resident of Vallejo, will be taking part in the Longest Walk 5. Wounded Knee is the only person who will have participated in all five Longest Walks....
Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:14PM
image Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws 120_2016-annual-report-asa.jpg by Americans for Safe Access
The report takes a patient-centered approach, evaluating programs on how effective they are in meeting patients’ needs. ASA is asking their members to share the report with their state representatives. "With the increased interest in medical cannabis access around the country, it is imperative that we ensure that new and existing programs adopt regulations and standards that provide patients with safe medicine while protecting their rights," said ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer. "This rep...
Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:46AM
image End Criminalization of Cannabis Consumers 120_cannabis-california-auma.jpg by Mikki Norris (repost)
A reply from Mikki Norris regarding the Adult Use Marijuana Act....
Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:30AM
image Statement in Favor of New Cannabis Licensing Ordinance for City of Greenfield 120_greenfield-california.jpg by #BanTheBans
The following statement in favor of a new cannabis licensing ordinance for the City of Greenfield was written by Mic Steinmann, Community Services Director of Greenfield, in the staff report for the January 12, 2016 city council meeting....
Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 3:09PM
image Shaw Case Success Shows the U.S. Congress Can and Will End MJ Prohibition 120_lynette-shaw.jpg by via Lanny Swerdlow
The importance of the Shaw case cannot be underestimated on so many different fronts. In a nutshell, Lynette Shaw who opened the first legal medical marijuana dispensary in the world in the small northern California town of Fairfax in 1997, had her collective closed by the maleficently evil US Attorney Melissa Haig in 2012....
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 6:23PM
image Passion and Progress at County Cannabis Committee Meeting 120_james-joseph-munson.jpg by via SLVNews.net
At the 6th meeting of the Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee (C4) all thirteen appointees expressed agreement that their focus should be on establishing an acceptable local licensing scheme to permit commercial cannabis cultivation....
Posted: Thu Nov 5, 2015 2:00PM
image A2C2 Closes, Americans for Policy Reform (AFPR) Sets Up New Headquarters 120_americans-for-policy-reform.jpg by Save Cannabis
New Headquarters For 2016 California Legalization Efforts Opens Upon Closure Of The All American Cannabis Club (A2C2)...
Posted: Tue Nov 3, 2015 8:38AM