Tag: California

  • Ten Cannabis Companies Aim to Corner the Market

    Ten Cannabis Companies Aim to Corner the Market

    March 11, 2015 – A group of ten businesses in Ohio is aiming to not only legalize marijuana, but also corner the market on wholesale distribution of it — a disturbing turn of events with lessons for California reformers. If California’s warring factions of growers, dispensaries, and activists can’t stop fighting over the best way…

  • Want More Crime in Your City? Close Your Local Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Says Study

    Want More Crime in Your City? Close Your Local Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Says Study

    September 26, 2011 – Medicinal (and, ahem, recreational) marijuana aims to soothe, ease, and relax users; take away said users’ pot and be prepared to face the consequences. A report released Tuesday by the RAND Corp., a Santa Monica-based think tank, revealed that after hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to close in Los…

  • California: Hemp Bill Lands on Governor’s Desk

    September 13, 2011 – By State Senator Mark Leno – California is one step closer to building a successful hemp industry in the Central Valley. This week the Legislature gave final approval to legislation I introduced that allows California farmers to grow industrial hemp for the legal sale of seed, oil and fiber to manufacturers.…

  • California: Kings County calls for Change to Legalize Growing industrial Hemp

    California: Kings County calls for Change to Legalize Growing industrial Hemp
  • Medical Marijuana Store gets Discovery Channel Reality Show

    Medical Marijuana Store gets Discovery Channel Reality Show

    July 21, 2011 – Discovery Channel is set to announce a potentially controversial new series: A docu-soap reality show set in the country’s largest medical marijuana distributorship and starring a pot reform activist. This fall, the network will unveil Weed Wars, where cameras follow the day-to-day dealings of a California ganja store. The show follows…

  • Crackdown on Medical Marijuana Ahead?

    July 12, 2011 – Drug-policy reformers are worried about a new Obama administration memo instructing federal prosecutors on how to deal with the growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries. The Justice Department memo, sent to U.S. attorneys around the nation, addresses a central problem with the growing number of states that have legalized medical marijuana:…

  • Law Enforcement and Prohibition: Two Sides to Every Coin

    Law Enforcement and Prohibition: Two Sides to Every Coin

    June 18, 2011 – On its most basic level, the war on drugs is the constant confrontation between law enforcement and “illicit drug” users. While politicians make the policy, police and attorneys and judges must enforce laws that are often unenforceable at best, and get law enforcement officials killed at worst. While it can be…

  • A Good Week to Drink a Hemp Shake

    A Good Week to Drink a Hemp Shake

    May 5, 2011 – Most readers likely have some hemp in the house — whether it’s hemp cereal in the kitchen, hemp clothes in the closet, or hemp soap in the bathroom. I’ve got all of the above — plus hemp napkins besides. After all, hemp’s super-versatile plant — and it’s known for growing easily…

  • California Tax Officials put the Squeeze on Medical Marijuana Industry

    SACRAMENTO, Calif SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As one of California’s pioneering marijuana dispensaries, the Berkeley Patients Group served thousands of medical marijuana users and handled tens of millions of dollars in pot transactions a year. But until 2007, the dispensary didn’t charge customers sales taxes nor did it pay them to the state, contending that marijuana…

  • California: Leading Hemp Advocacy Groups Applaud Introduction of Hemp Farming Bill SB 676

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 28, 2011 — The leading hemp advocacy organizations Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association are applauding the introduction two weeks ago of SB 676 in support of hemp farming in the state of California. The bill clarifies that industrial hemp is separate and distinct from forms of Cannabis used to produce…