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California Apartment Association targets medical marijuana users
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
Group Votes to Recommend Ban on Sale of Santa Cruz Home Grown Pot
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
CDC Guidelines: Drug Urine Tests for Pain Patients - Open Comment Until 1/13/16
CDC Proposed 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain has an open comment period. The Guidelines include details regarding drug urine tests for all pain patients (Including cancer, end of life - despite claims these groups will not be affected). The Guidelines acknowledge that insurance may not cover the drug urine tests, which are known for inaccurate results.
Posted: Mon Jan 4, 2016 12:40PM
Worth Repeating: Suicide Rates Fall In Medical Cannabis States
Rewrite of article showing suicide rates have dropped in states that have legalized medical cannabis compared to increased suicide rates in states that maintained cannabis prohibition. Theories for why this happened is that cannabis is more effective as self-medication for depression than pharmaceutical pills and is often substituted for alcohol once legalized.
Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:16AM
CALL IN: Opportunity for Input: Marijuana Scheduling NOVEMBER 20th, 2015
Currently marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance under both state and federal law, meaning it is illegal and viewed as having no potential medical benefit. It could be changed to Schedule 2-5 or removed from scheduling altogether. However, this change would not affect marijuana's continued status as a Schedule 1 drug under federal law. We would like to invite you to a meeting to learn more and offer input: November 20, 2015 2:00 to 4:00 p.m
Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:49AM
Will California's New Medical MJ Regulations Force Closure of All Los Angeles Dispensaries
The way I read the regulations it appears that there is no way for any of the currently operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles to comply with the state law and obtain a state license by 2018. Major changes will need to be made for any of the existing dispensaries to comply with the state law and obtain a license to continue operating.
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:54AM
Patients to File Lawsuit Over New Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act
The American Medical Marijuana Association (AMMA) has announced that it is filing a lawsuit over the violation of Prop. 215 by the California Legislature and Governor Brown. The recent adoption of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act attempts to modify a voter initiative, Prop. 215, something specifically forbidden by the California constitution.
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:06AM
Campaign contributions fuel UFCW bid to unionize cannabis workers
The arrest of former UFCW organizer Dan Rush calls into question efforts to unionize California cannabis workers, as well as pro-union provisions found in Assembly Bill 266 and other pending state legislation.
Posted: Fri Sep 4, 2015 4:20PM
Marijuana Union Organizer Took Bribes, Rigged Process
A Harley-Davidson-riding union organizer — once hailed as a "Superman" by the California cannabis movement — has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly taking bribes and rigging the union organizing process.
Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:27AM
Medical Cannabis Advocates Oppose AB 266 Bonta
AB 266 Bonta will dismantle SB 420, take action now to protect medical cannabis in California!
Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:31PM
The Cannabis Connection
The Drug War has failed and the times are changing. Cannabis prohibition is coming to an end. With legalization approaching it is obvious the time to talk Cannabis is now. Engage with our new talk show The Cannabis Connection and learn from your community about the powerful healing benefits this plant can provide.
Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:12PM
Expert Panel Releases Initial Marijuana Policy Report, Announces Public Phase
San Francisco – An initial progress report released today by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, identifies three key issues related to the possibility of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults to which the commission has devoted significant research and analysis during the past 18 months.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:07PM
NJ Gov. Christie Claims Cannabis Legalization is "Blood Money"
At a recent speech given in a drug treatment facility NJ Gov. C. Christie claims that legalization is "blood money" when in fact the opposite is true. This comedian who plans to run for Pres. in 2016 believes then that there is no blood money made in the illegal status of drugs that spurn the cartels and resulting violence of gang warfare? Am nominating NJ Gov. Chris Christie for the 2016 Cannabis Clown Award for making the most logically fallacious statement thus far in 2016!
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:29PM
NJ Bill to Legalize Cannabis, Gov. Christie Threatens Veto
In New Jersey, Senator Nicholas Scutari has introduced a bill (S1896) that would tax and regulate cannabis like alcohol. Despite several deaths (Sabina Rose and others) resulting from the state's ineffective medical cannabis program, Gov. Chris Christie remains stubbornly in denial of the scientifically proven medical benefits of this outlawed plant. His overt refusal to accept reality of science results in creating medical cannabis refugees and some who never left the state and became deceas...
Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:11AM
Measure K Committee Craps Out Again--Another Free Ride for the SCPD
The Measure K Committee, created by voter initiative in 2006 here, in Santa Monica, and in Santa Barbara was supposed to be the first step in holding the local PD and similar agencies accountable and moving to end Marijuana Prohibition. I detailed the agenda and some preliminary concerns about the Committee pro-police bias at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/05/18762458.php . The well-oiled rubberstamp proceeded as ever
Posted: Mon Oct 6, 2014 11:06PM
Saudi Arabia: Four relatives executed for hashish possession amid surge in executions
The Saudi Arabian authorities must halt all executions, Amnesty International said after four members of the same family were executed today as part of a “disturbing” recent surge in the use of the death penalty in the country.
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:24PM
California Fair Sentencing Act Passes Out of Assembly
SACRAMENTO, CA — Facing its final vote in the Assembly, the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won strong approval on a bi-partisan vote on August 14. SB 1010 now returns to the Senate for a final procedural vote before being sent to the Governor.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:21PM
Fresno Cannabis Association opposes Senate Bill 1262
Senate Bill 1262 would institutionalize a chaotic and ever-changing patchwork of “wet” and “dry” cities and counties, leaving medical cannabis patients in Fresno and much of the Central Valley with no safe access to medical cannabis.
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 3:02PM
Arizona State Senator Blocks Funding for Long-Sought Medical Marijuana Research
After 22 years of hard-fought efforts, the non-profit pharmaceutical company Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has finally obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a FDA clinical trial to examine the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana. The trial would study military veterans suffering from treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet the study’s ability to receive Arizona state funding is in jeopardy...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:55PM
Needle Litter is the Problem; Needle Exchange is the Solution
Addressing the Problem of Needle Litter at the Source
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:00PM