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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 marijuanaandthelaw.com and californiamarijuanamarket.com.

Future Of Medical Marijuana In California

A Marin County hospital could allow medical marijuana use.

California’s Current Marijuana Laws Medical marijuana is currently legal for certain individuals in California with certain restrictions. While medical marijuana patients are legally allowed to cultivate and process as much as 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of bud under California law, there are guidelines for being able to enjoy the privilege. Medical Marijuana Program The ...

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Family of Autistic Boy Suing Over Narc Bust

The family of a mentally disabled California boy who was tricked into buying pot for an overzealous narc, then arrested and kicked out of school by iron-fisted officials, have sued the school district even as it continues to try to expel him despite a court order. Last year, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department launched an ill-conceived crackdown on drug dealing ...

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Legalization Group Can Start Collecting Signatures

California has cleared the way for pot proponents to gather signatures so they can put legalization on the ballot in 2014. Secretary of State Debra Bowen has authorized the backers of a legalization petition to begin collecting the 504,760 signatures they will need to certify the legalization question for next year’s election. They have until Feb. 24, 2014 to do ...

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Poll: Most California Voters Support Legalization

Whether it happens next year or in 2016, the numbers are pretty clear: California will eventually legalize weed. That much can be read into a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. In a trend that mirrors national public opinion, more than half of all voters in the Golden State now want to make marijuana legal. Legalization Is ...

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San Diego Starts Suing Dispensaries

closed dispensary

The crackdown has begun again in San Diego. Now that former Mayor Bob Filner, a staunch supporter of medical cannabis, has left office in disgrace, the city has reversed course and started suing marijuana dispensaries to shut them down. In late September, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith filed a civil complaint seeking to close the Central Wellness Collective. The move reflects ...

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Berkeley Delays Vote on New Dispensaries

The City of Berkeley took a pass Sept. 17 on a vote to increase the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Instead, members of the City Council asked the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission and the city manager’s office to draft changes to regulations that govern collectives. That could include rules regarding the size of collectives, their operating hours, ...

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San Leandro Begins Opening Door to Dispensaries

The City of San Leandro is moving closer to allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in town. On Sept. 16, the City Council voted 5-2 to move forward with a draft ordinance and changes to the zoning code that would allow two dispensaries in San Leandro. Now the zoning amendments will go before the Board of Zoning Adjustments and the Planning Commission ...

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Anti-Pot Group Throws Mud

It’s the oldest trick in the book. When you’re in a political fight and you seem to be losing momentum, you turn ad-hominem and launch personal attacks on the other side, accusing them of being irrational, of endangering children (the old favorite), of pedophilia, of plain old evil. Whether it be a politician attacking an opponent or the NRA trying ...

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Wildfire Caused by Illegal Grow? Not Quite

Speculation by a California fire chief that a massive wildfire around Yosemite National Park was set by someone growing illegal pot turned out to be false. The Real Cause of The Rim Fire The fire, as it happens, was caused by a hunter who set an illegal fire, the U.S. Forest Service said on Sept. 5. Officials have not released ...

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City of Palm Springs Keeping Quiet On Dispensary Tax Proposal

Two years ago, when voters in Palm Springs decided whether they wanted a sales tax increase, the city poured money and resources into a campaign to sell the proposal. That push succeeded. But now that voters face a new proposal, one that would raise revenue from sales at medical marijuana dispensaries, and the city is staying mum. Taxing Marijuana Sales ...

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