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California Cities Ban Local Marijuana

California Cities Bans

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 ...

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Legalization Could Help with Drought

Legalization could help California with drought problems

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, ...

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Q & A: How Would Legal Marijuana Work?

California marijuana Q and A

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 ...

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How Should You Vote? Our Endorsements

Vote AUMA and Hillary Clinton

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 ...

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How Legalization Will Work for Businesses

Marijuana legalization and business

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. ...

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California Newspapers Back Legalization

California newspapers support 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. ...

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Legal MJ: Is There Any Reason to Vote No?

Reasons to vote no in California

Election Day is fast approaching, and it’s a big one for California. Along with a critical presidential contest, voters in the Golden State will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreation. The case for a yes vote is strong, and polls show it’s winning. Roughly 60 percent of Californians say they support the idea generally, and most plan to vote ...

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Will Legalization End Racist Pot Busts?

Marijuana Legalization Racist Arrests

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 ...

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Why Legalization Won’t Lead Kids to Toke

Conventional wisdom, especially the kind touted by opponents of marijuana reform, says that legalizing pot is a sure way to convince more kids it’s OK to smoke it before they reach 21. A new study pops that myth. The federal report, released in September by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control ...

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The Adult Use of Marijuana Act: What Is It?

Adult Use of Marijuana Act

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 ...

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