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Whittier to Ban Dispensaries

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Another light has gone out in Southern California. Whittier has now joined the long list of cities, towns and counties that have banned medical marijuana dispensaries. The situation was already bad, but in some place it continues to get worse. The Whittier City Council voted 4-1 at a special meeting Nov. 19 to ban all dispensaries in the city. They ...

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New Dispensary, Tidewater Patients Group, Set to Open in Oakland

Oakland, long a battleground in California’s war over pot, may soon get a new medical marijuana dispensary. City officials recently gave the go-ahead to a dispensary that would be run by the Tidewater Patients Group, an organization tied to a former aide to an Oakland City Council member. The shop would be located at 3007 Telegraph Ave., in the Pill ...

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California Prosecutor Goes Rogue on Pot

The announcement was clear, and it brought joy to the hearts of medical marijuana supporters and tokers everywhere: The federal government would no longer interfere with states that legalize marijuana and would no longer go after cannabis businesses that follow state law. Yet some high-ranking government officials responsible for enforcing this new policy don’t seem willing to acknowledge it. Case ...

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Parents4Pot: New SF Group Defending Parents Who Smoke Marijuana

There’s a new group for parents, but this one is also all about weed. Parents4Pot, a San Francisco-based movement formed by weed activist Mickey Martin (of Tainted, Inc. fame), is trying to prove not just that parents who smoke pot are okay, but that they’re better than most. “‘Dad ate all the potato chips again’ is always better than ‘dad ...

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L.A. Dispensary Tries To Open Despite Ban, Sued To Shut Down

Los Angeles city officials have been cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries since mid-October. With strict guidelines laid down by Measure D, the intent was to establish order in the otherwise chaotic pot shop market, primarily by restricting how many dispensaries can legally operate in L.A. But that didn’t stop some enterprising operators from attempting to open a new pot ...

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Drug Smuggling Stopped Off Of Del Mar Beach

Early Friday morning, November 15th, federal agents stopped a panga boat carrying over $500,000 in marijuana. 10 individuals were arrested on a Del Mar beach, with the operation a partnership between U.S. Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protections Office of Air and Marine. An OAM vessel went to intercept the panga boat while a Blackhawk Helicopter assisted. Border Patrol ...

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Modesto City Council Divided on Medical Marijuana for Sick Kids

This weeks Safety and Communities Committee meeting saw parents of children with seizure disorders stand up to talk of their experiences. The Modesto City Council was regaled for three hours with stories of heartbreaking seizures and hospital visits. And then each spoke of medical marijuana helping in ways that prescription drugs never could. “I didn’t pick medical marijuana; medical marijuana ...

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Lake County Planning Commission Proposes New Ordinance to Grow Marijuana

After a public hearing on Thursday the Lake County Planning Commission has helped push forward a new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance. The new ordinance comes shortly before the expiration of an interim urgency cultivation ordinance that would end next July. It details the limits and boundaries with outdoor medical marijuana cultivation, not least of which is “limit indoor cultivation to ...

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1st Ever California Women’s Cannabis Conference

Our friends at NORML are doing a special event tomorrow, Saturday, November 16th. Well, more specifically the NORML Women’s Alliance is running things. They’re throwing the 1st California Women’s Cannabis Conference, an all day event in Wilton, CA. Currently the NORML Women’s website lists a tentative speaker list as: Keynote: DeeDee Kirkwood – Creator of “Toke” the play and movie ...

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Alameda County Asks Feds to Back Off on Pot

The Obama administration has promised not to interfere with state and local regulation of legal marijuana. Now officials in the Bay Area are asking the president to make good on his word. In early November the Alameda County supervisors adopted a resolution that asks federal law enforcement to stop harassing lawful dispensaries in the county. The resolution recognizes the benefits ...

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