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Matt Brooks

Based in San Francisco, Matt is a journalist who has specialized in marijuana policy for more than five years. He provides regular news coverage on and

THC Breathalyzer Hits California Streets

Marijuana breathalyzer

Police in multiple parts of California are rolling out the nation’s first “marijuana breathalyzers” in a unique experiment to gauge how well they pinpoint impaired drivers. Multiple high-quality studies have confirmed that driving while high on cannabis is relatively safe – at least in comparison with alcohol, which dramatically increases the risk of collision, injury, and death. High driving is ...

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Hospital Might Let Patients Toke

A Marin County hospital could allow medical marijuana use.

In what could mark a major development for medical marijuana patients, a Northern California hospital could soon allow patients to openly use pot as medicine. Officials at Marin General Hospital in Kentfield, Cal., are considering a policy change that would make Marin the first mainstream healthcare facility in California to officially allow marijuana use on its campus. Members of the ...

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First City in LA County Approves Pot Grows

California allows marijuana cultivation

Officials in Lynwood will allow legal pot grows under California’s new medical marijuana rules, making theirs the first city in Los Angeles County to do so. The Lynwood City Council voted 3-2 Sept. 8 to license the cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis within city limits. The permits are also subject to other local and state regulations, officials said. Specifically, ...

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Why Legalization Won’t Lead Kids to Toke

Conventional wisdom, especially the kind touted by opponents of marijuana reform, says that legalizing pot is a sure way to convince more kids it’s OK to smoke it before they reach 21. A new study pops that myth. The federal report, released in September by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control ...

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Rapper Buys Into Medical Marijuana Dispensary

It’s a well-established fact that rap and marijuana go hand in hand. They’re both popular, they both fuel important social movements, and they both help people relax. It should be no surprise, then, that rising hip hop artist The Game bought a stake in a Southern California medical marijuana dispensary this summer. The Game, a protégé of Dr. Dre, disclosed ...

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Court: Pot Smokers Can’t Have Guns

Medical marijuana patients are barred from using and owning guns.

A U.S. appellate court ruled in August that marijuana users, including medical tokers in California, may not own guns. The ruling, handed down Aug. 31 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, prohibits even legitimate medical pot patients from owning firearms. A panel including three of the court’s judges upheld a federal law barring all gun ownership ...

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Wildfire Destroys Small Town, Marijuana Crop

Wildfire Lower Lake California

A wildfire allegedly sparked by an arsonist swept through parts of Northern California in August, threatening communities, burning buildings, and destroying at least one farmer’s prized marijuana crop. James McCauley told the UK’s Daily Mail that he wept when he saw his pot plants covered in pink fire retardant material that killed them and cost him an entire harvest. The ...

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The Adult Use of Marijuana Act: What Is It?

Adult Use of Marijuana Act

California voters will hit the ballot box Nov. 8, where they will decide, among many other important things, whether they want to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The odds look good at this point (depending on how one feels about cannabis reform). Recent polls show up to 60 percent of voters support the idea, and the Adult Use of Marijuana ...

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California Activists: We Expected DEA Decision on Marijuana

DEA Decision Expected By Reformers

Marijuana policy reformers in California say they weren’t in the least surprised by the DEA’s decision to leave the drug in schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, a category of substances deemed more dangerous, more addictive, and less medically useful than cocaine and methamphetamine. “We’re not shocked at this,” said Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry ...

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Legal Pot Could Bring California $2 Billion

California could raise $2 billion

Legalization of marijuana is a great idea in California, and not just because it would make life easier, cheaper, and safer for pot smokers (and everyone else). It could also make the state quite a bit richer than it already is. The office of the state’s Legislative Analyst reported in August that two propositions on the November ballot – including ...

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