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What to know: Legal marijuana in California

Last November's election legalized marijuana in California. The odor of smoked marijuana is no longer an indicator of criminal activity, which makes a huge difference on how police must now act.

Can anyone over 21 purchase marijuana? - Not yet, applications for cannabis businesses begin in December of 2017 and the first permits are expected January 2, 2018. After then, the businesses will start sales.  Sonoma seems to have started their sales off last month.

Where can I smoke Marijuana? - You can't consume marijuana in a public place or side walk or around children. Driving and boating are out. Your residence is a fine place to consume and there will also be consumption clubs where you can smoke in a social setting. Magnolia Wellness in Berkeley already is serving patients at their consumption area.

Can I grow marijuana? - Yes, I'm sure these adult use clubs will stock starter clones or seeds and each household can grow 6 plants (more with a med card). Don't carry more than an ounce of dried flowers or 8 grams of concentrate while traveling. At home you're allowed to have the harvest from 6 plants.

What's the price? - The price tends to tumble in states that legalize even if it starts out high. A local favorite here, Flow Kanna brand, already has eights for $35, expect that to drop to $25 or less.

What about edibles? - They are strong AF. Read the dose info on the package then follow it. It is extremely uncomfortable to over dose on THC, and ingested THC is a different THC than when smoked, so experience smokers beware. 

The marijuana industry in California is huge, nothing this size has come online yet. Look for tourism to be huge around LA and the Bay and points North.

Michigan Regulators Expand Pool of Eligible Medical Marijuana Patients

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Michigan Regulators Expand Pool of Eligible Medical Marijuana Patients | NORML

LANSING, MI — State regulators took action last week to expand the pool of patients eligible to receive medical cannabis. Officials expanded the pool of qualifying conditions under the state’s medical access law to include those patients diagnosed with: arthritis, autism, chronic pain, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, Tourette’s syndrome, and […]

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North Dakota Could Vote on Legalizing Marijuana in November

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North Dakota Could Vote on Legalizing Marijuana in November | NORML

BISMARK, ND — Proponents of a statewide ballot initiative to legalize the adult use of marijuana in North Dakota on Monday turned in nearly 19,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in an effort to place the measure before voters this November. State officials must certify 13,452 of those signatures in order to qualify the measure for […]

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Minnesota Patients With Autism and Sleep Apnea Now Qualify for Medical Marijuana

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Minnesota Patients With Autism and Sleep Apnea Now Qualify for Medical Marijuana | Kate Zawidzki

Late last year, the Minnesota Department of Health approved adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program. Under state law, the additions take effect the following summer. Starting on July 1, 2018, patients with a doctor’s certification and either of those conditions could begin registering for the program. They can start accessing […]

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Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law

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Rhode Island Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law | Paul Armentano

PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island’s Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo has signed legislation permitting those with past marijuana convictions to have their records expunged. House Bill 8355/S. 2447 allows those with past convictions for crimes involving the possession of less than one ounce of cannabis to petition the court to seek an order of expungement. It states, “[W]here the […]

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Advocates Question Police Tactics That Led to Man’s Death Over Small Marijuana Grow

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Advocates Question Police Tactics That Led to Man’s Death Over Small Marijuana Grow | NORML

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) questions the excessive use of force used by Pennsylvania law enforcement, whose pursuit of a man suspected of growing a small amount of marijuana outdoors ultimately led to his death. The body of a suspect in the case, Pennsylvania resident Gregory A. Longenecker, was found earlier this […]

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Restrictive Changes to Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Restrictive Changes to Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law | NORML

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed into law emergency regulations amending State Question 788 — the state’s voter-initiated medical marijuana access law. The changes, approved Tuesday in a 5 to 4 vote by directors at the Department of Health, seek to severely limit patients’ access to a wide range of cannabis products. Specifically, the new provisions prohibit the […]

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Medical Marijuana Access Leads to Significant Reduction in Prescription Opioid Use, Study Finds

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Medical Marijuana Access Leads to Significant Reduction in Prescription Opioid Use, Study Finds | Paul Armentano

The enactment of medical cannabis access laws is associated with significant reductions in prescription opioid use among Medicaid enrollees, according to just-published data in the journal Addiction. Investigators with the University of California at San Diego assessed the relationship between medical cannabis legalization and opioid use among Medicaid enrollees over a period of 21 years (1993 to 2014). […]

Medical Marijuana Access Leads to Significant Reduction in Prescription Opioid Use, Study Finds | The Daily Chronic

 

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New York State-Commissioned Study Calls for Legalizing Adult Marijuana Use

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New York State-Commissioned Study Calls for Legalizing Adult Marijuana Use | NORML

A state-commissioned study released Thursday by the New York Department of Health recommends replacing cannabis criminalization with a policy of adult use legalization. The 74-page study, entitled “Assessment of the Potential Impact of Regulated Marijuana in New York State,” acknowledges the following: “Regulating marijuana can reduce opioid use;” “Regulating marijuana may lead to a reduction in the […]

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More Senior Citizens Are Using Marijuana Than Ever Before

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More Senior Citizens Are Using Marijuana Than Ever Before | NORML

Older Americans are using cannabis more frequently than ever before, according to a review of demographic data published in the journal Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. A pair of investigators at the University of Florida reviewed 18 peer-reviewed studies published between the years 2000 and 2017 evaluating marijuana use patterns among those ages 50 and older. They reported that […]

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Oklahoma Board of Health Restricts Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law

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Oklahoma Board of Health Restricts Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law | Kate Zawidzki

On June 26, 57% of Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788 — a broad medical marijuana initiative that required swift implementation. The Department of Health had been working for three months on regulations in case the initiative passed and swiftly released draft emergency regulations. MPP and many other advocates and patients submitted comments raising concerns, […]

Oklahoma Board of Health Restricts Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Law | The Daily Chronic

 

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Miami, Cleveland to host cannabis industry caucuses

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As the legal marijuana industry heads into the second half of 2018 on a wave of progress at both the state and federal levels, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) will host a pair of Quarterly Cannabis Caucuses Tuesday, July 17— one in Miami and one in Cleveland on the same day and time, at 6:30 pm. The […]

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When marijuana is legal in Canada, Americans are expected to flock. But the border, and US law, stands in the way.

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BLAINE, Wash. - Recreational marijuana has been legal here in Washington state since 2014. Adults just a few miles away in Canada also will be able to legally buy and smoke marijuana for pleasure starting in October.

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Vermont adults can light up — at last

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Just in time for the Snoop Dog days of summer, a law allowing Vermont adults to legally possess and grow small quantities of cannabis for their own personal use took effect  July 1. Granted, nobody had time to grow their stash in time for the fireworks, but the implementation of the law was itself a […]

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Signatures Submitted for North Dakota 2018 Marijuana Legalization Initiative

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Signatures Submitted for North Dakota 2018 Marijuana Legalization Initiative | Paul Armentano

Proponents of a statewide ballot initiative to legalize the adult use of marijuana in North Dakota turned in nearly 19,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office today in an effort to place the measure before voters this November. State officials must certify 13,452 signatures in order to qualify the measure for the 2018 electoral ballot. The […]

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Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Expand Medical Marijuana Access

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Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Expand Medical Marijuana Access | Paul Armentano

Legislation to significantly expand patients’ access to medical cannabis in Maine will become law later this fall following Monday’s decision by lawmakers to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto. By a vote of 119 to 23 in the House and 25 to 8 in the Senate, Maine lawmakers rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1539. The bill will become […]

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Advisory meeting faces anger over cannabis rollout

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When the California Cannabis Advisory Committee meets in San Diego on July 19 to discuss implementation of the new regulations, it can expect to face heated disappointment in the wake of NIMBY roadblocks and the BCC’s testing and labeling deadlines and requirements that led to the destruction of potentially millions of dollars of product. The […]

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Cannabis industry network expands locally

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As it approaches its annual Business Summit in Oakland, the National Cannabis Industry Association is again extending its community outreach with the launch of its new Allied Associations Program (AAP). Allied Associations have access to member workshops and information sessions hosted by NCIA, and receive monthly updates on NCIA’s work and ongoing relevant legal or policy updates. […]

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Arizona Appellate Court Rules Cannabis Concentrates Are Not Protected Under State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law

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Arizona Appellate Court Rules Cannabis Concentrates Are Not Protected Under State’s Medical Cannabis Access Law | NORML

PHOENIX, AZ — A ruling from the Arizona Court of Appeals has found that the possession of concentrated forms of cannabis resin is not protected by the state’s voter-initiated medical marijuana access law, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. The 2 to 1 decision upholds the two-and-one-half year prison sentence of a state-registered patient, Rodney Jones, for the possession of […]

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Oklahoma Lawmakers: No Special Session to Amend Voter-Approved Medical Law

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Oklahoma Lawmakers: No Special Session to Amend Voter-Approved Medical Law | NORML

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has scrapped plans to convene a special legislative session for the purposes of amending provisions of State Question 788 – the medical marijuana access initiative approved by voters last week. On Friday, Fallin – who publicly campaigned against the measure – stated: “After conferring with legislative leaders, we believe […]

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History and process for Florida cannabis patients

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In light of the recent shifts in Florida’s state cannabis laws, theLeafOnline.com is presenting this report on the history of medical marijuana in Florida and how you, as a patient and resident, may qualify for access to the state’s new program. It’s easy … if you can find the right doctor and don’t need to […]

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