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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

Two Busted with 600 Plants

Police destroyed more than 600 marijuana plants during a raid in Lake Los Angeles in late July. The raid, carried out July 30, also turned up a large amount of harvested weed, thousands of dollars in cash, and a shotgun, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Police found the plants inside a house and detached garage in Lake Los ...

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San Bernardino, Out of Money, Could Turn to Medical Marijuana

Bankrupt and swamped with illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, the City of San Bernardino is turning to a promising solution: more weed. City officials are considering a move to legalize, regulate, and tax pot shops in town. Dispensaries are currently banned under city ordinance, though medical pot is allowed statewide in California. The new approach was prompted by worries about the ...

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

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 “Latinos believe that the war on drugs is a failure and that our sentencing system is broken,” said Arturo Carmona, executive director of “Families shouldn’t be torn apart over ...

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L.A. Judge Shuts Down Farmers Market

Los Angeles city officials won a restraining order in July to shut down a popular marijuana farmers market. An L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled July 15 that the cannabis farmers market in Boyle’s Heights must cease operations immediately. The ruling was a victory for City Attorney Mike Feuer, who said the market violated L.A.’s rules for medical marijuana dispensaries. ...

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L.A. Tries to Close Marijuana Farmers Market

Los Angeles city officials have launched an effort to shut down a new medical marijuana farmers market that opened in the city earlier this month. The California Heritage Market, which was organized by West Coast Collective, opened to big crowds and long lines over the Fourth of July weekend. It offered shoppers a chance to interact directly with growers and ...

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Man Accused of Starting Wildfire, Growing Weed

Authorities have accused a Northern California marijuana grower of starting a large wildfire while he was transporting material for a pot garden. The man, who gave his name as Freddie Alexander Smoke III, was arrested July 12. He was charged with recklessly causing a fire and cultivating marijuana, both felonies, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. ...

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San Jose Dispensaries Rally Against New Rules

San Jose’s unregulated medical marijuana dispensaries are rallying together to fight new rules that could make it next to impossible to sell marijuana in the city. Dozens of shop owners joined together to protest the new regulations, adopted by the San Jose City Council last month. The owners were joined by employees and supporters at a rally in front of ...

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2 Arrested in Bakersfield Raid

Police in Bakersfield arrested two men after finding more than three tons of weed in the U-Haul van they were driving. The 6,700 pounds of marijuana, valued at $76 million, was allegedly discovered early July 9 after the driver ran a red light. Two officers pulled the van over at about 5:30 a.m. and smelled a strong odor of cannabis ...

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MJ Farmers Market Debuts in L.A.

Thousands of happy stoners waited in line for hours in early July to peruse the stands at the first marijuana farmers market in Los Angeles. Vendors at the first-ever California Heritage Market, held inside a warehouse in Boyle Heights, sold a wide variety of bud, cannabis edibles, oils, concentrates, and other products. Shoppers were allowed to handle the goods and, ...

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