With legal marijuana on its way to California, a growing number of local communities are voting to ban any cultivation or sale of the drug. In early November San Jose became the latest and one of the largest cities in the state to enact a total prohibition on pot sales. The decision came days before California voters legalized cannabis in ...Read More »
California Opens Door to Wax Labs
California lawmakers have made it a bit easier for stoners to get their hands on hash oil and other marijuana concentrates. A new law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October, will allow a small number of marijuana processors to obtain licenses to make cannabis wax (also known as hash oil, honey oil, shatter, and dabs). The law was adopted ...Read More »
Legalization Could Help with Drought
Proposition 64, a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in California, could help a lot of people and a lot of causes. But there’s one potential benefit that hasn’t received much attention in the lead-up to Election Day: Legalization could help the state preserve water. Why? It’s because illegal pot growers cause significant damage to natural watersheds. Their illicit farms, ...Read More »
Q & A: How Would Legal Marijuana Work?
In all likelihood, recreational marijuana will be legal in California within a matter of months. The state’s voters will decide Nov. 8 whether they want to legalize the drug, and recent polls show support is strong. Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), would make it legal for adults to use small amounts of cannabis ...Read More »
How Should You Vote? Our Endorsements
Come Election Day, California voters will face two monumental questions about marijuana: Do they want to legalize the drug for recreation, and who do they think should lead the future of drug policy in the United States? The first decision may be an easy one for most stoners, if not all, but the second is a bit harder. In the ...Read More »
How Legalization Will Work for Businesses
Legal marijuana is coming to California, and it is increasingly likely it will arrive next month. That’s when voters will decide whether they want to follow the legalization experiments in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia. Several recent polls show broad support for Proposition 64, the legalization initiative that will appear on the statewide ballot Nov. 8. ...Read More »
California Newspapers Back Legalization
California’s largest newspapers want to see marijuana legalized at the ballot box next month. That includes both the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, which formally endorsed Proposition 64 in September. Both papers argue the Golden State would be better off abandoning prohibition and regulating a legal cannabis industry. Voters are widely expected to pass Prop. 64 Nov. ...Read More »
Will Legalization End Racist Pot Busts?
There are many reasons marijuana reformers want to legalize the drug. But maybe the biggest is to cut racial disparities in arrest rates. It’s a big problem. African Americans across California regularly report racial profiling by police, and pot is at the center of it. This leads to massively overcrowded prisons, unnecessary incarceration, and permanent criminal records that have ruined ...Read More »
First City in LA County Approves Pot Grows
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, ...Read More »
The Adult Use of Marijuana Act: What Is It?
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 ...Read More »