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Gov Brown Signs Historic Bills to Regulate California's Medical Marijuana Industry

Nearly 20 years ago, California led the nation in legalizing cannabis for medical use with the enactment of the Compassionate Use Act (Proposition 215). However, the Act offered little guidance on how patients should obtain medical cannabis or how the industry should be monitored. This uncertainty has created a hodgepodge of local rules and ordinances and some very disturbing environmental and safety issues, but that’s all about to change.

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Too Soon to Tell What Impact Marijuana Bills May Have

A legislative package signed into law Friday by the governor establishes a regulatory framework for the statewide cultivation, transportation and sale of medical marijuana, providing exemptions and sanctions that Riverside County officials were busy analyzing to determine their impact.

“The Office of County Counsel has all the content, and we’re waiting to hear back from them on what this could mean,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries told City News Service. “I have felt for a number of years that the state Legislature failed to address significant issues concerning medical marijuana across California. It might be a good thing to establish a framework that all counties can work within.”

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California Enacts New Rules on Medical Marijuana, Growers Pretty Cool With It

California has implemented a series of regulations aimed at one of the state's booming agricultural products—medical marijuana—and far from balking at government interference, producers seem pleased that lawmakers are ready to treat them as a real industry.

The Los Angeles Times reports that three bills, creating a system of oversight for the production of marijuana for medical purposes, were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday:

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Alaska Marijuana Control Board To Hear Testimony Next Thursday And Friday

I received the following action alert:

Dear Johnny:

Next week, the Marijuana Control Board will hear public comments on all rules it has proposed this year. If you haven’t already, we urge supporters to review the latest draft. If you would like to speak with members of the board, consider attending and making your voice heard.

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Linden market vendors remanded on ganja charge

A Linden couple, accused of being found in possession of cannabis at a Mackenzie marketplace stall, was yesterday denied bail by a city court.

The defendants were accused of having 64 grammes of cannabis in their possession for trafficking, on October 7th, at Central Amelia’s Ward.

Pollydore and Alexander, who were represented by Eusi Anderson, both pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In Anderson’s petition for bail, he informed the court that Alexander, who shares a nine-year-old child with the co-defendant, is a father of 14, two of whom are minors and depend on him for support. He related as well that although Pollydore has had no prior run-ins with the law, Alexander has had a previous assault conviction.

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Most sophisticated marijuana plantation in Europe busted in Molina de Segura

The Molina plantation was exporting ten tons of cannabis per month to Holland

Eight people have been arrested by the Guardia Civil in connection with a marijuana plantation in Molina de Segura which has been described by investigators as “the most sophisticated yet found in Europe”.

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Big Marijuana Reforms Included in Senate Spending Package

A key Senate leader has included several pieces of good news for marijuana law reform advocates in a package of spending bills intended to keep the government operational for the next fiscal year.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), chairman of the Appropriations Committee, filed the bills on Tuesday, and they have just been uploaded to Congress’s website.

Here’s what the bills’ language will do, if enacted:

* Prevent the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Similar language was enacted last year and is current law.

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Oct

A Breakdown of Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Cannabis

The 2016 presidential field is taking shape, and many of the candidates are weighing in on the debate about marijuana.

Here’s a roundup of what the declared candidates have said about cannabis policy, as well as what they’ve admitted about their own marijuana consumption.

All candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

 

 

Jeb Bush – Republican

The former Florida governor does not favor legalization, or even medical cannabis, but he does support letting states set their own marijuana laws without much federal interference.

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Court Support Needed For Shona Banda At Prelim Hearing

Court Support Needed For Shona Banda At Prelim Hearing

Shona Banda, mother, author of "Live Free Or Die", and long-time cannabis activist is currently facing the possibility of 30 years in prison for invoking one of her most important human rights, the right to live. Now it's our turn to show Shona our support for her at her hearings. Supporters are needed in high numbers at the Finney County Courthouse located at 425 N 8th St., Garden City, Kansas on November 16th at 8:30am and November 23rd at 1:30 pm in Judge Wurst's courtroom. We ask that everyone shows up an hour early for coordinating and a rally. PLEASE SHOW UP DRESSED IN YOUR BEST ATTIRE! Shona asks that everyone is dressed to impress in formal attire. Please no t-shirts or jeans!

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Stephen Harper: wrong on science, wrong on personal freedom

As the marijuana legalization movement builds up steam, prohibitionists are grasping at straws to defend an increasingly untenable status quo. The most recent argument for prohibition comes from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who claimed that marijuana was “infinitely worse” than tobacco.

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