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Deputy AG Silent on MMJ Dispensary Crackdown

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole, the author of a June, 2011 memo which says that state MMJ laws do not protect medical marijuana growers is in Denver this week, announcing the results of a local crackdown on armed gang … Continue reading

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Do Closed MMJ Dispensaries Increase Crime?

There’s a report on the AP wires this week that the Santa Monica-based Rand Corp, a nonprofit “think tank” has removed from their website a study which asserted that crime increased in the areas around medical marijuana dispensaries in Los … Continue reading

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California Judge Says Cannabis is Not A Crop

“It grows in the ground, requires water and sunshine to blossom, and earns Californians an estimated $17 billion a year. But don’t call marijuana an agricultural crop in Tulare County.” Those words are the opening of a story from the … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz Cannabis Study Approved By FDA, but Not Starting Yet

Late last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted a proposal from the Santa Cruz Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) on a protocol to study cannabis as a possible treatment for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in veterans … Continue reading

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Tulare County Delays Vote on MMJ Card Fees

The county supervisors in Tulare County, California have tabled a vote on the fee for medical marijuana identification cards until next week, in order to have time to clarify some of the issues in the proposal. At issue is a … Continue reading

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CA Proposes Ban on Firing MMJ Users

Even though the proposal to legalize marijuana for all purposes (not merely medicinal) failed in the California polls last November, state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has proposed SB 129 – a piece of legislation that would remove employers’ ability … Continue reading

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Friday Film Festival: The Green Rush

Scrolling through the streaming options on NetFlix the other day, I noticed a title that looked interesting: The Green Rush. It’s the story of one family of California-based marijuana growers, and how their business works, and it’s a fascinating, intimate … Continue reading

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IRS Auditing Dispensaries

The IRS has been auditing medical marijuana dispensaries in California, where sale of the substance is legal under state law, but illegal under federal law. As a result, representatives of cannabis collectives say the way the IRS is treating them … Continue reading

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Grow Lights in Home Pot Gardens Cause Fires in Santa Rosa

In less than a week, faulty electrical wiring in indoor marijuana gardens has caused two apartment fires in Santa Rosa, California. According to Battalion Chief Mark Basque, the latest blaze yesterday morning destroyed the apartment unit where it began, and … Continue reading

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News Brief: Cashing in on Cannabis?

If you read any major newspaper this isn’t a secret, but just in case you don’t, a report released on September 28th by the folks at the Washington, D.C.-based CATO Institute found that if the U.S. government treated cannabis as … Continue reading

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