Kodiak Capital Inks $1M Stock Deal With MJ Firm

Kodiak Capital Group, a California private equity firm, has agreed to purchase $1 million of common stock in FutureLand Corp., a Colorado company that leases land and equipment to growers of medical and retail marijuana as well as industrial hemp.

FutureLand will use proceeds from the deal for acquisitions and working capital, according to a press release.

The company said it owns 240 acres of land in southern Colorado and plans to purchase additional land and a grow facility in southern…

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CA Marijuana Software Startup Lands $2M Investment

A marijuana software company that aims to streamline business services for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivators announced on Tuesday that it has completed a $2.1 million capital raise.

California-based Meadow said it will use the money to hire more employees and continue improving its software, which is currently available to MMJ businesses in its home state.

The round of seed funding included investments from Slow Ventures, Liquid 2 Ventures, SOMA Capital and Poseidon Asset…

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SF Dispensary Reemerges After 2011 Forced Shutdown

From bricks and mortar to wheels and then back to bricks and mortar again.

That’s the story of Medithrive, which started in 2009 as a dispensary in San Francisco’s Mission District but was shut down in 2011 by federal authorities and remade itself as a delivery service. Now, Medithrive is going back to its roots and will reopen as a dispensary later this month, according to Missionlocal.com.

Before being shuttered five years ago, Medithrive had 26,000 patients and employed 17 people,

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Harborside Canceling National Expansion Plans, Will Focus on California

Mug shot of Steve DeAngelo

By John Schroyer

What a difference seven months make.

Since discussing plans last August to expand into nearly every market in the western United States, Steve and Andrew DeAngelo of Harborside Health Center have pulled a 180-degree-turn and decided to focus solely on solidifying and growing their foothold in California.

Along these lines, the brothers told Marijuana Business Daily that they have sold the Harborside-branded dispensary they opened last October in Portland, Oregon, which…

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Branding Firm Acquires Major California MMJ Delivery Service

Aquarius Cannabis, a branding firm in Woodland Hills, California, announced on Thursday that it will acquire SpeedWeed, one of the state’s biggest medical marijuana delivery services.

SpeedWeed was founded in 2011 by three siblings and now has 25,000 medical marijuana customers in the Los Angeles area, and it generated more than $2.5M in revenue in 2015, according to a press release.  SpeedWeed has 45 employees, including 30 drivers.

Aquarius CEO Davis Lawyer said the firm had plans to…

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Whoopi Goldberg Launches Cannabis Business

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg is the latest celebrity to enter the burgeoning marijuana business.

Goldberg is partnering with Maya Elizabeth, the owner of OM Edibles, a growing collective and infused products seller.

The pair have launched a separate company called Whoopi & Maya that is developing products specifically for women.

The company will offer four cannabis-infused products that are aimed at reducing the pain and cramps from periods: a balm, a tincture, a sipping chocolate and a bath soak,

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UK Research Firm Names Top US Cannabis Vendors

London-based Technavio, a market research firm, has issued a report in which it names what it considers the top seven American marijuana vendors.

The report focuses on four markets: Arizona, California, Colorado and Washington State, as opposed to all 23 states across the country, to get a sampling of the larger market. The firms named are “the top seven leading vendors,” and the report includes 16 additional companies that are “expected to impact the market” between now and 2019,

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California Lt. Gov. Endorses Recreational Cannabis Initiative

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom formally threw his full support behind a proposed ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis on Monday, in an editorial published in the Modesto Bee.

The move marries Newsom to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which has been supported – and largely funded – by tech billionaire Sean Parker. Although there are many more proposed legalization initiatives, Parker’s is the only one that seems to have the resources to mount a statewide campaign.

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Court Shuts Down L.A. Marijuana Delivery App ‘Nestdrop’

Court Shuts Down L.A. Marijuana Delivery App ‘Nestdrop’

California Court Ruling Could Halt Medical Marijuana Deliveries in LA

LOS ANGELES, CA — App developers behind a medical marijuana delivery service for Los Angeles cannot overturn an injunction, an appeals court ruled Monday.

When Joseph Pycher and Roddy Radnia started Nestdrop LLC in 2013, their mobile app of the same name was focused on arranging deliveries of alcohol within one hour customers placing an order.

They branched out and partnered with Los Angeles medical-marijuana dispensaries in late 2014, providing users with menus of local…

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LA Dispensary Crackdowns Continuing

An ongoing crackdown on Los Angeles-area dispensaries, many of which are technically illegal under city and county law, was expanded on Wednesday to include unincorporated parts of the county.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to target illicit dispensaries, which have reportedly cropped up in areas such as Marina del Rey and East L.A. even though the county banned dispensaries in unincorporated areas back in 2011, according to L.A. Weekly.

The city of L.A.,…

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Federal Agents Seizing Far Less Marijuana At Southern Border

Federal Agents Seizing Far Less Marijuana At Southern Border

Is less marijuana entering the US from Mexico today than in years past? According to newly released data provided by the US Border Patrol, the answer may be ‘yes.’

Federal statistics reveal that law enforcement seized an estimated 1.5 million pounds of marijuana at the US/Mexico border in 2015.

That total is the lowest amount reported in a decade and continues a steady year-by-year decline in seizure volume that began in 2009, when nearly 4 million tons of cannabis were confiscated.

Overall, 99.8 percent of all marijuana seized by federal…

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Poll: 60% of Likely California Voters Support Initiative Effort to Legalize Adult Marijuana Use

Poll: 60% of Likely California Voters Support Initiative Effort to Legalize Adult Marijuana Use

A majority of likely California voters say that they intend to vote ‘yes’ this November for an initiative to regulate the retail production and sale of marijuana by adults, according to the results of a Probolsky Research poll released Thursday.

Sixty percent of respondents say that they will vote in favor of an initiative this November “that would legalize marijuana for recreational use under California law and allow government to tax” its retail sales.

Thirty-seven percent said that they would vote ‘no.’

Support was strongest…

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Infused Products Maker Dixie Expands Into Nevada

Colorado-based Dixie Elixirs & Edibles is expanding into yet another new state.

The company has cemented a joint venture agreement with Silver State Wellness, which last summer became the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Nevada.

It marks the fifth new market Dixie has expanded into over the last nine months and its seventh overall. The move comes as edibles companies in general attempt to expand across the country and develop national brands.

Dixie will bring eight different…

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CalCann Holdings Hopes to Bring Credibility to Southern California’s MMJ Industry

California marijuana

By Omar Sacirbey

Southern California’s medical cannabis industry is one of the largest in the country, but it’s also one of the most chaotic and controversial given the proliferation of unregulated, unscrupulous dispensaries in the Los Angeles area.

CalCann Holdings hopes to change that.

The company is looking to help build the region up into a reputable hub for the marijuana industry by running above-board dispensaries and grows in areas that require MMJ businesses to obtain local…

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California Considers 15% Medical Marijuana Tax

A new bill introduced Wednesday in California would impose a 15% percent tax on medical marijuana sales to pay for state programs and enforce new regulations, according to SFGate.com.

But the Marijuana Value Tax Act, as the bill is known, may not be the only expense MMJ businesses face, since local governments could levy their own additional taxes. Combine the two, and it could mean a significant increase in MMJ prices, which could result in lower sales.

The tax is similar to those embedded in…

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California Medical Association Officially Endorses Marijuana Initiative

On Monday, the California Medical Associationcma-logo announced that it was officially supporting the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which would make marijuana legal for adults in California and regulate it similarly to alcohol.

The Sacramento Bee reports:

CMA officials, in a statement released by the legalization campaign, which is funded by billionaire venture capitalist Sean Parker and supported by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, said their rationale was twofold: Under a legal market, cannabis could be monitored, researched,…

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Bi-Partisan Congressmen Team Up for Marijuana Legalization

Bi-Partisan Congressmen Team Up for Marijuana Legalization

WASHINGTON, DC — Two U.S. congressmen — a conservative Republican and a progressive Democrat — are teaming up in California to advocate marijuana legalization.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) will share the stage at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco Feb. 13-14.

Rohrabacher will discuss his battle to stop the federal government continuing to shut down California dispensaries.

“I co-authored the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to stop overzealous federal weed warriors from raiding…

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ASA Releases New Report on State Medical Marijuana Programs

ASA Releases New Report on State Medical Marijuana Programs

With the release last year of the first detailed analysis and comparison of state medical marijuana laws, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) created a patient-focused tool to identify effective programs and problem areas. That groundbreaking report was followed by the release of ASA’s new, far more detailed report on state programs, which reflects the many new states that have added programs as well as others that have improved their existing programs.

Like the original report, this latest white paper enables advocates, policy makers and…

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ASA Report Evaluates Medical Marijuana Programs Nationwide

ASA Report Evaluates Medical Marijuana Programs Nationwide

Patient Advocates Hope Report will Help State Legislators “Make the Grade” in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Americans for Safe Access (ASA) issued “Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” on Tuesday. The annual report evaluates the array of differing state medical cannabis programs across the country from a perspective often overlooked in policy debates: the patients’ and provides policy makers with model legislation and regulations. With dozens of states already seeing legislative…

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Marijuana Legalization 2016: Is It Better Than Prohibition?

Marijuana Legalization 2016: Is It Better Than Prohibition?

The test should be, “Is it better than Prohibition.” Does the proposal stop the arrest of smokers and establish a legal market where consumers can obtain their marijuana?

As we look forward to what should be a fantastically successful year for marijuana legalization, it is important that those of us who support legalization join arms and move forward in a unified manner. All political progress requires some measure of compromise, and legalizing marijuana is no exception.

Each state that legalizes marijuana, at least during this early…

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California NAACP Endorses “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”

The California State NAACP has formally endorsed an initiative to regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol in the state in 2016, joining a growing coalition of supporters for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).

From the press release:

“Creating a legal, responsible and regulated framework for marijuana is a predominant civil rights issue and it’s long overdue,” said Alice Huffman, longtime President of California State NAACP.  “The current system is counterproductive, financially wasteful and racially…

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A Marijuana First: Oakland Dispensary Shares To Be Publicly Traded

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By Omar Sacirbey

Following a brutal 2015 for marijuana stocks, the cannabis investment sector has something to smile about to start the new year. The stock markets will soon welcome the first U.S. dispensary to the ranks of the publicly traded: Black Oak Gallery, better known as Blüm Oakland.

But Blüm Oakland didn’t take the traditional route of selling shares to raise capital. Rather, the Oakland dispensary has announced it will merge with an already public company, Terra Tech Corp….

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Grassroots Movement Opposes Sean Parker’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act

Grassroots Movement Opposes Sean Parker’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act

ReformCA.org organizes grassroots support to oppose Sean Parker’s Adult use of Marijuana Act. $250,000 committed to the effort in just 4 days to put alternative on ballot.

SACRAMENTO, CA —  Not everyone in the cannabis community is ready to sell out to Sean Parker’s highly publicized and supposedly well-funded effort to legalize cannabis in the State of California, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).

On January 1st, ReformCA.org, an organization spearheaded by California activist and author of Medical Marijuana 101, Mickey Martin,

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CA: Judge Tosses Claims of a Berkeley Marijuana Monopoly

CA: Judge Tosses Claims of a Berkeley Marijuana Monopoly

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A federal judge has thrown out claims that the city of Berkeley and three dispensaries conspired to corner the market on medical marijuana.

Private dispenser Christopher Smith sued Berkeley, its city council and Medical Cannabis Commission, and dispensers Berkeley Patients Group, Berkeley Patients Care Collective and Cannabis Buyers Club of Berkeley under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Practices Act, known as RICO.

Smith said in a September 2015 complaint that the city imposed a three-dispensary cap and has…

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The Smoke Clears on California Marijuana Legalization; AUMA Takes Center Stage

The Smoke Clears on California Marijuana Legalization; AUMA Takes Center Stage

After several years of jostling since the defeat of Proposition 19 in 2010, the smoke has cleared in California and it now appears that a single, well-funded marijuana legalization initiative will go before the voters next November. That vehicle is the California Control, Tax, and Regulate Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), backed by Silicon Valley tech billionaire Sean Parker, WeedMaps head Justin Hartfield, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), and a growing cast of state and national players.

The AUMU has sucked all the air out of the room for other…

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ASA Urges California Cities and Counties to License Cannabis Cultivation

ASA Urges California Cities and Counties to License Cannabis Cultivation

The California Local Access Project provides resources and training for medical marijuana advocates

SACRAMENTO, CA — A national medical marijuana advocacy organization published a memo and model ordinance on Monday for California cities and counties recommending that they regulate the cultivation of medical marijuana instead of banning it.

The memo and model ordinance are part of project by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) to support patients and advocates fighting bans on cultivation and pushing for local licensing and regulation of medical…

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Marijuana Business Incubator Launches in Oakland

It may seem strange that California’s first cannabis business incubator just launched, but better late than never.

Based in Oakland and founded by two technology veterans, Gateway Inc. seeks to nurture both ancillary firms and companies that handle the plant, such as growers, dispensaries, and extractors.

Gateway will provide companies with $30,000 in return for six% equity, with once percent going to the mentors responsible for coaching the incubator companies, as well as office space,

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Pioneering Marijuana Dispensary Owner Hits Comeback Trail

Lynnette Shaw

By Omar Sacirbey

Medical cannabis pioneer Lynnette Shaw is back in business – or, at least, trying to get back in business.

In 2011, the federal government prohibited Shaw, who founded the first licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the country, from working in the marijuana industry ever again as part of a court settlement.

But after winning one of the most significant legal cases against the government over marijuana in October, Shaw is trying to get back to doing what she loves best:…

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San Diego Dispensary Hit With Record Fine

A San Diego judge has slapped a local medical marijuana dispensary with a $1.8 million fine for violating the city’s zoning regulations, the largest fine against a dispensary in city history, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to the fine levied on SoCal Holistic Health Inc., San Diego County Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor issued a permanent injunction against the dispensary and its president, Ryan Murphy, banning them from having a dispensary anywhere in the city.

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Cost of MMJ Rules Could Leave CA’s Black Market Untouched

Will California’s forthcoming medical marijuana regulations eliminate the state’s cannabis black market?

Not if the costs for businesses to participate are too onerous, MMJ growers and retailers say.

The regulations will cost an estimated $20 million-$50 million to implement and maintain, according to the Press-Democrat of Santa Rosa, citing a legislative analyst’s report.

Oversight would be paid for by industry license fees, which – assuming 5,000 annual applications – would have to…

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California Congresswoman Receives National Cannabis Industry Association Leadership Award

California Congresswoman Receives National Cannabis Industry Association Leadership Award

OAKLAND, CA — On Wednesday, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) received the 2015 Legislative Leadership Award from the National Cannabis Industry Association at the organization’s 5th annual gala dinner.

“It is truly a humbling honor to receive this award. I’d like to thank the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Board Chairwoman Jamie Lewis and Executive Director Aaron Smith for this tremendous honor,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

NCIA is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only…

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Entrapped Autistic Teen’s Lawsuit Against School Administrators Dismissed

Entrapped Autistic Teen’s Lawsuit Against School Administrators Dismissed

Jesse Snodgrass, who has autism, was befriended by an undercover police officer who repeatedly insisted that Jesse find marijuana for him. After being harassed for nearly three weeks by the officer, Jesse was able to buy half a joint from a homeless man to give to the officer. Shortly thereafter, Jesse was arrested in front of his classmates along with 21 additional students, many of whom have special needs.

TEMECULA, CA —  Last month, the lawsuit filed by the family of Jesse Snodgrass against Temecula Valley Unified School District…

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MPP to Support Newly Filed CA Legalization Initiative

California voters are ready to end marijuana prohibition in 2016 and replace it with a more sensible system. That is exactly what the Adult Use of Marijuana Act will do, and that is why MPP is proud to support it.california-160550_640 We look forward to working with the initiative proponents and doing whatever we can to help pass this measure and make history in California next year.

Under the proposed initiative, marijuana will be regulated, taxed, and treated similarly to alcohol. Adults will no longer be punished simply for…

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Constitutionality of California’s New Medical Marijuana Law Challenged in Court

Constitutionality of California’s New Medical Marijuana Law Challenged in Court

SAN JOSE, CA — California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, signed into law this month to regulate the state’s medical marijuana industry, violates the state’s constitution, a medical marijuana collective operator claims in court.

Governor Jerry Brown signed the law on Oct. 9, to establish a comprehensive legislative framework for the production, transportation and sale of medical marijuana in California.

The bipartisan group of legislators who drafted the laws says they will provide a licensing structure for the…

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Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment Prevents Feds from Continuing to Shut Down California Dispensary

Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment Prevents Feds from Continuing to Shut Down California Dispensary

Ruling Undermines Department of Justice Interpretation of Congressional Restrictions On Interference With State-Legal Medical Cannabis Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled that enforcement of the injunction against the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana (MAMM), which has prevented the medical cannabis dispensary from engaging in business, must be consistent with the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment and therefore, was only enforceable against activity that is not allowed within state law.

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Federal Court Ruling: Spending Limitation Approved in Congress Shields Medical Marijuana Patients and Providers Acting in Compliance With State Laws From Justice Dept. Actions

Federal Court Ruling: Spending Limitation Approved in Congress Shields Medical Marijuana Patients and Providers Acting in Compliance With State Laws From Justice Dept. Actions

DOJ officials had said they did not believe the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment would affect individual cases; the sponsors of the amendment disputed that claim in letters to the attorney general and a request for an inspector general investigation

WASHINGTON, DC — A federal judge ruled Monday that a budget amendment approved by Congress prevents the Department of Justice from taking action against medical marijuana patients and providers who are operating in compliance with state laws.

Northern District of California Judge Charles Breyer said…

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Federal Ruling Protects Medical Marijuana Dispensaries That Follow State Law

Federal Ruling Protects Medical Marijuana Dispensaries That Follow State Law

In Precedent-Setting Case, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer Rules Justice Department in Violation of Federal Law and Lifts Injunction Against Medical Marijuana Dispensary; Judge Cites Recent Congressional Reforms, as Support for Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Continues to Grow in Congress

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — On Monday, a federal judge lifted an injunction against one of California’s oldest medical marijuana dispensaries.  The injunction can no longer be enforced in the wake of a congressional spending amendment passed by…

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Gov. Brown Signs Historic California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bills

Gov. Brown Signs Historic California Medical Marijuana Regulation Bills

Under the new laws, businesses will be licensed to produce, test, and distribute medical marijuana, and a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation will be established to develop and enforce uniform state regulations

SACRAMENTO, CA — Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills into law Friday that establish a statewide regulatory framework for California businesses that produce and distribute medical marijuana in the state. AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643 create standards for licensing businesses as well as testing, packaging, labeling, and tracking marijuana products, among other things.  

The bills establish a new agency within the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, which will oversee the system and work with other agencies that will be involved in licensing…

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California Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Regulation Bills

California Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Regulation Bills

Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act Will Establish State-Level Regulation in California

SACRAMENTO, CA — On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the trio of bills known as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act that will establish regulation of commercial medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and transportation, as well as create a state-level licensing system in California for the first time since the medical cannabis program was enacted in 1996.

The California legislature passed Assembly Bills 243 and 266 and Senate Bill 643 on September 11th, 2015, with overwhelming support in both the Assembly and the Senate.

“Governor Brown’s approval of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act ushers in a new era in California,’” said…

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Here Comes the Big One: ReformCA Files Its California Marijuana Legalization Initiative

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, also known as ReformCA, has filed a draft marijuana legalization initiative with state officials, the group announced Sunday. The long-anticipated move means the campaign best-placed to bring legalization to the Golden State can finally get underway.

The Control, Regulate and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016 would allow people 21 and over to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana and it would set up legal marijuana commerce overseen by a pair of new state agencies, the California Cannabis Commission and the Office of Cannabis Regulatory Affairs.

“We believe this effort has the most statewide input and consensus, and thus the greatest likelihood of succeeding on the 2016 ballot,” ReformCA said. “We engaged…

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The Big California Marijuana Legalization Initiative is About to Roll Out

LOS ANGELES, CA — The long-awaited pot legalization initiative from the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, also known as ReformCA, is about to be filed with state officials. Backers of the initiative told the LA Weekly Tuesday that language for circulation will be filed with the attorney general’s office in a matter of “days.”

There are a handful of legalization initiatives already filed and some already approved for signature gathering, but there is little sign that any of them have the financial and organizational resources to actually make the ballot. It takes some 365,000 valid voter signatures to qualify, a number that virtually demands paid signature gatherers at a cost that could approach a million dollars.

The ReformCA campaign, on the other hand, has the backing of…

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California Lawmakers Urge Gov. Brown to Sign Marijuana Bills

California Lawmakers Urge Gov. Brown to Sign Marijuana Bills

OAKLAND, CA – A bipartisan front of California legislators urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign their bills regulating the medical marijuana industry at a news conference on Thursday.

The bills are Assembly Bill 266, Assembly Bill 243 and Senate Bill 643, known together as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.

Should Brown sign them, the bills would provide a licensing structure for the industry, establish security, worker and safety standards and protect patients and their access – all under a hybrid of state and local control.

The…

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California: Legislative Package Seeking to Clarify, Regulate Medical Cannabis Sent to Governor

California: Legislative Package Seeking to Clarify, Regulate Medical Cannabis Sent to Governor

California lawmakers approved a series of bills in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session that seek to establish statewide rules and oversight governing the distribution of medicinal cannabis. The three bills — Assembly Bill 266, Senate Bill 643, and Assembly Bill 243 — now await final approval from Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown.

Much of the measures’ finalized language was amended and approved by lawmakers at the close of the session and was not subject to public testimony or significant floor debate.

Specifically, the legislative…

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California Will Regulate Medical Marijuana

California Will Regulate Medical Marijuana

SACRAMENTO, CA — After nearly 20 years of wrangling over what is and is not legal under California’s 1996 Proposition 215 medical marijuana law, the state legislature has passed a set of bills designed to bring order to the chaos.

If, as expected, Gov. Brown signs the bills into law, the medical marijuana status quo, rife with ambiguities, contradictions, and grey areas, will be transformed into a robust, strictly regulated medical marijuana industry. It won’t always be painless, and there will be winners and losers.

For starters, the…

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California Legislature Agrees to Last-Minute Medical Marijuana Bills

California Legislature Agrees to Last-Minute Medical Marijuana Bills

SACRAMENTO, CA — California’s state assembly reached a bipartisan agreement on a “historic framework” to regulate the state’s medical marijuana industry, lawmakers announced Friday.

The bill, AB 266, will “ensure patient access, as well as protect the environment, public safety, and public health,” according to a press release.

It marks the first time in state history that framework for medical marijuana regulation has been agreed to by the state assembly, the state senate and the governor’s office.

California was the first…

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Judge Rules City of Oakland Can’t Challenge Feds’ Forfeiture Action Against Harborside

Judge Rules City of Oakland Can’t Challenge Feds’ Forfeiture Action Against Harborside

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Oakland cannot challenge the government’s forfeiture action against a medical marijuana dispensary because its collateral attack would “impermissibly disrupt” forfeiture framework, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office accused Harborside Health Center’s two dispensary locations in Oakland and San Jose of selling marijuana in violation of the Controlled Substances Act in July 2012. Although medical marijuana is legal in California, is still illegal under federal law.

In late 2012 the dispensary pleaded with its landlord to stop upending the business amid the forfeiture proceedings.

The City of Oakland challenged the government by – rather than filing a claim in the forfeiture action – doing an end-run and seeking a declaratory…

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CA: Santa Cruz County Repeals Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ban – Daily Chronic

CA: Santa Cruz County Repeals Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ban

SANTA CRUZ, CA — On Wednesday at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meeting, a historic event in medical marijuana history took place. The County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to repeal ordinance 5201, the ban on cannabis cultivation, and approved appointments to a thirteen member Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee.

This is a result of the recent successful referendum spearheaded by Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz, with the help of Cannabis Advocates Alliance, which overturned the cannabis cultivation ban with over 11,000 signatures.

The new thirteen member panel of the Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee will work together until December 23, 2015, to create a policy framework for regulating medical cannabis in Santa Cruz County.

Supervisors Leopold and Friend…

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Harborside Health Center Outlasts California’s US Attorney Melinda Haag Era

Harborside Health Center Outlasts California’s US Attorney Melinda Haag Era

OAKLAND, CA — On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag from Northern California announced her departure, effective September 1.

Since 2011 Ms. Haag shuttered more than 600 state-compliant medical cannabis dispensaries by threatening to seize their leased properties from landlords. Haag claimed she launched her actions because the properties were less than 1000 feet from a school, park or playground.

Haag’s crusade largely ended in July of 2012 after she targeted Harborside Health Center, which she admitted was not close to a sensitive site. Harborside fought back in state and local court, and won multiple decisions that have allowed it and other state-compliant dispensaries to remain open ever since.

The City of Oakland subsequently filed suit against Haag and the Department of…

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2016 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives: An Overview

2016 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives: An Overview

Marijuana legalization initiative campaigns aiming at November 2016 are underway in nearly a dozen states. Here’s a look at what’s likely to pass and what isn’t.

Marijuana is going to be part of the political conversation between now and Election Day 2016. Support for legalization is now consistently polling above 50% nationwide, four states and DC have already voted to legalize it, and activists at least ten states are doing their best to make it an issue this time around.

In those states, they’re working to take marijuana legalization directly to the voters in the form of initiatives. Not all of those efforts will actually make the ballot — mass signature-gathering campaigns require not only enthusiasm but cold, hard cash to succeed — and not all of those that qualify will…

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California Marijuana Legalization Efforts Receive Guidance from Blue Ribbon Commission

California Marijuana Legalization Efforts Receive Guidance from Blue Ribbon Commission

California will be joined by a number of other states hoping to legalize marijuana in 2016.

SACRAMENTO, CA — A Blue Ribbon Commission led by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom released a report Monday providing a total of 58 recommendations for advocates to consider as they move forward to place a legalization initiative on the statewide ballot in November 2016.

California will be joined by a number of other states hoping to legalize marijuana in 2016.

This report seeks to provide regulatory guidance for the state’s forthcoming legalization effort. The commission prefaced its report by stating: “Legalization of marijuana would not be an event that happens in one election. Rather, it would be a process that unfolds over many years requiring sustained attention to…

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