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What Do Weed Votes Mean for California?

Election Day 2014 marked a major turning point in the movement to reform marijuana laws. Two new states legalized recreational pot by substantial margins, as did Washington, D.C. A major medical marijuana initiative failed in Florida, but it was the only setback of the day. So what does all this mean for the future of cannabis policy in California? Above ...

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San Diego Licenses First Pot Shop

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San Diego officials have approved the city’s first license to run a medical marijuana dispensary. The license went to David Blair, owner of A Green Alternative pot shop. Blair plans to open the store in Otay Mesa. The license was cleared by a hearing officer at the San Diego Development Services Department Oct. 15. “We’re at the end of the ...

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San Jose Will Vote on Pot Shop Restrictions

Pro-pot activists in San Jose have succeeded in triggering a public referendum on a restrictive new law passed by the city earlier this year. Voters will decide in two years whether they want to repeal the new regulations, which many expect will end medical marijuana in San Jose. The law requires that all pot shops locate within less than 1 ...

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San Jose Hikes Marijuana Fines from $25 to $50,000

After the San Jose City Council passed a new law earlier limiting pot shops in the city, it became clear dispensaries that refuse to close would face fines. As of now, that means just $25. But if the council adopts a new ordinance now under consideration, the fine would increase 2,000 percent, to as much as $50,000. The plan is ...

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Reform Group Launches Legalization Campaign for 2016

A campaign to legalize marijuana in California is getting a head start on the 2016 election. The Marijuana Policy Project filed documents with the California secretary of state’s office in late September that registered a new campaign committee. Now that committee can start raising and spending money. The MPP is the biggest national group that fights for cannabis reform. Members ...

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Marijuana Robbery Leaves 2 Suspects Dead

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A gunfight during a robbery at a Fresno marijuana grow site left two suspects dead while their accomplices took a 15-year-old girl hostage. Seven men, armed and dressed as police, burst into a home in south Fresno in an attempt to rob the residents of cash and weed, police said. They pistol-whipped one man inside the house and then started ...

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Police Find 4,000 Marijuana Plants in Public Park

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Police found as many as 4,000 marijuana plants growing in a public park in Orange County in August. Narcotics investigators uprooted the plants Aug. 15. A parks worker spotted the plants “a few weeks back” and called the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Jeff Hallock said. The plants were growing in the Muddy Canyon portion of the Laguna Coast Wilderness ...

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Will California Regulate Medical Marijuana?

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Efforts to regulate medical marijuana in California could be headed for trouble – yet again. With just 30 days left to reach a deal that would ensure the new rules pass in the legislature, lawmakers are still floundering, and there are few signs they know exactly what they want the law to do. The proposal to reform the state’s scant ...

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Poll: Latinos Don’t Think Weed Should Lead to Deportation

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A recent poll finds most Latinos in California view drug possession, especially marijuana possession, as an illegitimate reason for deporting undocumented immigrants. The poll was released July 25 by Presente.org. “Latinos believe that the war on drugs is a failure and that our sentencing system is broken,” said Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente.org. “Families shouldn’t be torn apart over ...

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