LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas calling on the Office of Cannabis Management, in collaboration with various Los Angeles County departments and community stakeholders, to develop a countywide plan to facilitate the resentencing of minor cannabis convictions.
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City of Seattle to Nullify All Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession Convictions From Years Prior to Legalization
SEATTLE, Feb. 8, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes announced today that the city will nullify all misdemeanor convictions for marijuana possession in the years before marijuana was legalized for adult use in Washington state.
San Francisco to Dismiss Thousands of Pot Convictions
Thousands of San Francisco residents convicted of marijuana offenses since 1975 will see those convictions dismissed or reduced under an effort announced on Wednesday by the city’s district attorney.
District Attorney George Gascón Applies Proposition 64 Retroactively to Every Marijuana Case Since 1975
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office will be retroactively applying Proposition 64, which legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older, to misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 1975.
Hertzberg Introduces Legislation to Establish Framework for Cannabis Banking
SACRAMENTO, Jan. 25, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, introduced legislation today to help financial institutions safely conduct transactions with cannabis businesses.
Cannabis Marketing: Insights for California
County voting on Proposition 64 in California can offer insight into how medical marijuana dispensaries will be marketing themselves, according to research from UC Davis. “The way that communities vote and the values they have are going to have an impact on how this industry’s going to evolve over time,” said Greta Hsu, a professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and lead author on the paper, soon to be published in the journal Organizational Science.
California Approves Commercial Insurer’s Offering of Cannabis Business Insurance
It looks like the California Insurance Commissioner has taken a pivotal step for the state’s cannabis industry. On Nov. 2, 2017, Dave Jones approved a commercial insurer’s offering of cannabis business insurance for the first time.
Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Pot Use While Driving or Riding in Cars
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Smoking or consuming marijuana in any form while driving or riding in vehicles will be specifically prohibited by law in California come January 1 under a bill by Senator Jerry Hill that Governor Brown signed Monday.
Netflix Promotes ‘Disjointed’ With Show-Inspired Marijuana Strains
To market its new pot-focused Kathy Bates workplace comedy “Disjointed,” Netflix took over a West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary for the weekend where offerings included strains inspired by the streaming service’s shows including “Grace and Frankie,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “BoJack Horseman.”
Libertarians Object to Proposed Marijuana Regulations
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Libertarian Party of California strongly supports legal marijuana, for either medical or recreational use. However, we oppose the increase in new laws and regulations that has accompanied this trend.
Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California Sue City of Fontana Over Ordinance That Conflicts With Rights Granted by California’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Yesterday, the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California filed a lawsuit against the City of Fontana challenging a city ordinance that is in conflict with Proposition 64 (also known as the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” or “AUMA”).
Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation to Hold Public Regulation Hearing in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES June 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (Bureau) will hold its second public regulation hearing in Los Angeles to receive comments regarding the recent release of the bureau’s proposed medical cannabis regulations.
Legislation (AB 1578) to Protect Californians Against Federal Attacks on Lawful Marijuana Activity Passes California State Assembly
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Last night, the California State Assembly passed legislation that would prohibit state and local agencies from using resources to assist federal law enforcement authorities with marijuana enforcement against people in compliance with California state law.
California Could Be a ‘Sanctuary State’ From Federal Marijuana Laws
California moved a step closer Thursday to becoming a “sanctuary state” where local and state police would not assist federal enforcement of marijuana laws.
California Bill Would Ban Marijuana Edibles
They’re called edibles, and with marijuana now legal in California, they’re sending more and more kids to the emergency room. Now a proposed law that just passed in the Assembly would get the industry to stop making them.
CDAF Releases Draft Regulations on California’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation
SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) today released proposed regulations for the state medical cannabis cultivation and licensing program.
Proposed Prop 64 Trailer Bill Reflects Some Interesting Turns
Some big proposed changes came down on April 4, 2017, in the California Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Proposed Trailer Bill Legislation. As the industry digests and considers the implications of these proposed changes, some of the more notable changes seem to reflect a friendlier approach to cannabis regulation in some key areas.
Thursday Teleconference: California Lawmaker Introduced Legislation to Protect Californians Against Federal Attacks on Lawful Marijuana Activity
WASHINGTON, March 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — California Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer will join advocates to hold a media teleconference briefing to discuss his legislation that would prohibit state and local agencies from using resources to assist federal law enforcement authorities with marijuana enforcement against people in compliance with California state law.
San Diego County Outlaws New Marijuana Operations
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted to prohibit new marijuana operations in unincorporated areas and to set a closing date for existing operations. The 3-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors will allow three existing dispensaries to operate until 2022. Two dispensaries in the process of getting permits can open, but they also must close within five years.
Marijuana Advocates Take Cautious Approach to White House Warning
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday made comments about marijuana that both ignited concern in some and sparked hope in others within the state of California.
Hickenlooper to Talk Cannabis Taxes With California’s Legislators
As governor of the first state to implement legalized recreational cannabis, Gov. John Hickenlooper has priceless insight when it comes to state regulation and taxation of recreational cannabis and now California is ready to learn from him.
Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to Kick Off Tuesday’s Oversight Hearing on Cannabis Taxes and Regulatory Timelines
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who has become a legislative leader when it comes to the unique hurdles that occur with legalization of recreational marijuana, will kick off Tuesday’s Senate Oversight Hearing on cannabis taxes and regulatory timelines.
California Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Marijuana Use While Driving
On Dec. 29, 2016, California State Sen. Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Evan Low announced the introduction of Senate Bill 65 to ban marijuana use while driving.
Senator Hill & Assemblymember Low Introduce Bill to Outlaw Smoking Pot While Driving
State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Evan Low introduced Senate Bill 65 today to outlaw smoking marijuana while driving. The legislation, prompted by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, closes a loophole in Proposition 64.
California Bill Could Outlaw Marijuana Ads on Highway Billboards
A bill in the California legislature could prohibit marijuana advertising on state highway billboards. Part of Proposition 64 prohibited marijuana advertising on billboards lining highways that cross the state’s borders. If passed, the new bill would make marijuana billboards illegal on state highways, too.
In California, Proposition 64 Could Bring Less Tax Revenue Than Once Expected
Medical marijuana patients in California are getting a tax break, and that could mean less money for the state’s coffers. The Board of Equalization recently notified users they do not have to pay sales tax on medical pot if they have both a recommendation from a doctor and the appropriate identification card.
California Treasurer Launching Cannabis Banking Working Group
On Dec. 2, 2016, California State Treasurer John Chiang announced that he is creating the Cannabis Banking Working Group to address banking issues that could challenge the state’s rollout of recreational cannabis.
Treasurer Chiang Convenes Cannabis Banking Working Group
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 2, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — State Treasurer John Chiang announced today the creation of the Cannabis Banking Working Group to address a significant issue that could hamper the implementation of Proposition 64, a ballot measure approved by voters that legalizes the recreational use of cannabis.
California Could See $1 Billion in Tax Revenue From Legal Marijuana
In California, analysts are saying the state could see $1 billion in tax revenue from marijuana when a new legalization law becomes effective in 2018, according to an article in the International Business Times. The recently approved Proposition 64 prescribes a 15 percent excise tax on adult-use and medical marijuana.
VICE News Gives An Inside Look Into Cali After Prop 64
VICE News’ Dexter Thomas talks to Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center in California, and gives viewers an inside look at what legal weed looks like post Election Day.
Tax break, One Year Early for Some MMJ Patients in California
Just like a puff of smoke, some medical marijuana users will be paying a little less out of pocket.
Could Denver Marijuana Cafes be in California’s Future?
While it’s still illegal to consume marijuana on streets and in parks, enjoying cannabis in a private establishment is now an option.
In California, County Temporarily Bans Commercial Growth of Adult-Use Pot
In California, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has passed an emergency ban on commercial growth of marijuana for recreational use, according to a Nov. 15, 2016, article at KSBW.com. The ban is a response to California’s Nov. 8, 2016, passage of Proposition 64, which legalized adult-use marijuana in the state.
More States Vote to Allow Recreational Marijuana
The marijuana industry got a boost on election night. Voters in California, Nevada and Massachusetts approved measures to legalize recreational pot. Campaigns spent millions to support or oppose the effort.
California Gives Green Light to Recreational Cannabis
On Nov. 8, 2016, a majority of Californians voted to approve Proposition 64, legalizing recreational cannabis in the state and signaling an end to cannabis prohibition.
California Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Marijuana Legalization
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — California voters have approved Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana in the nation’s largest state.
MJ Investors Ready to Spend Millions if Cali Passes Prop 64
New Frontier Data estimates California’s marijuana industry will generate $7.6 billion a year in direct sales to consumers by 2020, and that’s not including sales generated when growers sell to processors and when processors sell to dispensaries.
Teleconference Wednesday at 12:30pm (ET) / 9:30am (PT): What Do Election Results Mean for Marijuana Law Reform?
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — This Election Day is shaping up to be a watershed moment for efforts to end marijuana prohibition, with five states voting on marijuana legalization and four more on medical marijuana.
Marijuana Legalization Movement Courts Moms to Back Prop. 64
For 20 years now, political pundits have been talking about, and obsessing over “soccer moms.” This year, they could be the key legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Nancy Pelosi Voting for Proposition 64 in California
On Nov. 4, 2016, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi revealed that she will be voting for Proposition 64, a state ballot measure that if passed by voters would legalize recreational marijuana in California.
Caution in Cali: San Jose Bans Retail Cannabis Before Prop 64 Vote
On Nov. 1, 2016, San Jose City Council adopted an urgency ordinance, amending Title 20 of the San Jose Municipal Code to ban retail cannabis ahead of the state’s vote next week on legalizing cannabis for adult use.
Election 2016: Marijuana Law Reform Takes Center Stage
WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — This Election Day is shaping up to be a watershed moment for efforts to end marijuana prohibition, with five states voting on marijuana legalization and four more on medical marijuana.
Billionaire Activists Are Fueling the Campaign to Legalize Pot
Observers say the outpouring of cash for the initiative is, in part, due to recognition by the national movement against marijuana prohibition that this may be the best chance in years to pass legalization in California, which could spark similar changes in other states.
Cannabis Benchmarks Predicts California Wholesale Cannabis Prices Will Increase at Outset of Legal Recreational Market
STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 2, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Cannabis Benchmarks®, a division of New Leaf Data Services, LLC, is predicting that wholesale cannabis prices will initially increase with the implementation of California’s Proposition 64.
Pusha T Voices Support for Legal Marijuana in California
The rapper filmed a public service announcement to make his case for pot legalization—particularly as a path to criminal justice reform.
San Diego’s Largest Daily Newspaper Endorses Proposition 64
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 28, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, the Proposition 64 campaign announced that the San Diego Union-Tribune has joined the long and growing list of California’s largest newspapers endorsing the measure, which will be on the statewide ballot in November.
Actor Who Said ‘This is Your Brain on Drugs’ Backs California Legalization
A famous anti-drug ad on TV in the 1980s used an egg sizzling in a frying pan to warn viewers: “This is your brain on drugs.” Nowadays, the man who voiced the commercial supports legalization of marijuana in California. Actor John Roselius told Rooster magazine he has already voted in favor of Proposition 64.
Artists Come Out Strong in Support of Marijuana Legalization in California
Artists for 64 is being organized by dream hampton and Mike de la Rocha of Revolve Impact and includes Jesse Williams, Shailene Woodley, Olivia Wilde, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Russell Simmons, Danny Glover, Piper Kerman, Ty Dolla $ign, Pusha T., Common, Tim Robbins, Michael K Williams and Al Harrington.
Unrolling the Issues: Prop 64 Discussion at Humboldt State University
On Oct. 26, 2016, Humboldt State University’s Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research will sponsor a panel discussion on Proposition 64, the November 2016 ballot measure that if passed by voters would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Oct 24: TheRoot.com Hosts Facebook Live Discussion on Marijuana Legalization, Mass Incarceration and Women
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 2016 /Weed Wire/ — On Monday, October 24, from 12-1pm ET, TheRoot.com will host a Facebook Live discussion on marijuana legalization, mass incarceration and women.