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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.

Legislative Session Ends with Loss, Win

California residents got a mixed bag out of their Legislature this year when it comes to medical marijuana law, according to NORML, the pot-reform group. There were two major cannabis bills up for consideration in this year’s session, and both were scrapped before they reached the floors of the state House and Senate. One would have been harmful to many ...

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Kids of MMJ Users Taken by Government

San Diego Reconsidering Dispensaries

In another case of official abuse sparked by marijuana use, a California man is suing local officials who took his children for a year solely because he uses legal medical pot. Michael Lewis and his wife, Lauren Taylor, are suing San Diego County, the City of Coronado, and nine cops for seizing his two children, then ages two and four, ...

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California Cops Kill Pot Bill

Anaheim Axes MMJ Clinics

California police groups, determined to kill medical marijuana in California after 17 years of failure, have sunk a bill that would have enacted some of the very regulations they complain are lacking. These policy narcs have taken the formal position that there is no such thing as medical pot, no matter what most doctors and their own state marijuana laws ...

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California’s Pot Ban Turns 100

California’s ban on weed is 100 years old this month. And it’s an open question how much longer it’ll last. It’s been exactly a century since the state enacted a law banning what was then known as loco-weed, according to the Contra Costa Times. Massachusetts was the first state to prohibit pot, in 1911, but California was the first Western ...

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Oakland Gets New Dispensary

Oakland’s medical marijuana industry has expanded. With one new dispensary opening its doors, the city now has six in operation. Magnolia Wellness, a retail pot shop in the Acorn Industrial neighborhood, opened to the public Aug. 1. It joins five other dispensaries in the city: Harborside Health Center in East Oakland, Purple Heart Patient Center in the Jack London Square ...

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Drug Czar Who Fought Prop 19 Going to Customs

Gil Kerlikowske, noted opponent of California’s failed attempt to legalize pot in 2010, is leaving his position as U.S. drug czar to become head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The announcement was made in early August Kerlikowske has served as head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy since 2009, when he was appointed by President Obama. Soon ...

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Tehama County Limits Home Grows

The Tehama County Board of Supervisors has tightened regulations on home marijuana grows after getting an earful from angry residents who want to stamp out pot gardens in their neighborhoods. Tehama County’s cultivation ordinance previously restricted the number of plants that could be grown based on the size of a plot of land. It also applied location restrictions, setback rules, ...

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Coming Soon: 420 Vending Machines

LA Clinics Safe

It’s a pot smoker’s dream and an opponent’s worst nightmare. That’s right, the marijuana vending machine could soon be coming to a location near you. Vending machines serve almost everything imaginable: candy, soda, past-due milk and gas-station-quality lunch products, to name just a few. But weed? Thanks to Dispense Labs of Aliso Viejo, it could soon be stocked behind glass ...

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Pot Smoker “Forgotten” by DEA wins $4.1m

LA Closes Dispensaries

A college student whose bloody, urine-drinking ordeal at the hands of the Drug Enforcement Agency became a national scandal has scored a multimillion dollar settlement from the federal government without even filing a lawsuit. Daniel Chong, a student at UC San Diego, was detained by agents from the DEA following a party in April 2012 at which he admitted to ...

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California’s Current Marijuana Laws

California’s Marijuana Possession Laws In California, the possession of marijuana was largely decriminalized on January 1, 2011. This date marked the passage of a law that essentially made the possession of 28.5 grams of marijuana or less a mere civil infraction. The only penalty for this offense is a $100 fine, although the fees added during the California legal process ...

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