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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.

More on the two new studies showing how marijuana can help fight the opioid epidemic

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"These findings further strengthen arguments in favor of considering medical applications of cannabis as one tool in the policy arsenal that can be used to diminish the harm of prescription opioids," the authors of one report concluded.

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Administration Policy to Seek Death Penalty in Federal Drug Cases Causes Concern for Marijuana Policy Reform Advocates

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Administration Policy to Seek Death Penalty in Federal Drug Cases Causes Concern for Marijuana Policy Reform Advocates | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON — Advocates for marijuana policy reform are decrying recent directives from the Trump administration for federal prosecutors to pursue the death penalty in drug cases where it is applicable under law. While these orders seem focused on the opioid issue, there are circumstances under which this punishment could potentially be applied to state-legal marijuana […]

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House Passes Budget with Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment

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House Passes Budget with Medical Cannabis Protection Amendment | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — after months of debate and continuing resolutions, the House of Representatives has passed its Appropriations package for the fiscal year of 2018. Unlike previous short term measures, this bill will fully fund the government through September 30, 2018. At over 2,200 pages the bill is a massive combination of funding outlays and policy. Due […]

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New Hampshire House Narrowly Votes to Study, Not Pass, Marijuana Bill

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New Hampshire House Narrowly Votes to Study, Not Pass, Marijuana Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire House of Representatives punted a marijuana legalization bill to “interim study” on Thursday, moments after a vote to keep the measure alive fell short in a 135-153 roll call vote. The bill is effectively dead for the year, although it may be studied further by the House Ways and Means Committee. […]

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Congress Approves Spending Bill Protecting Medical Marijuana States from Federal Interference

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Congress Approves Spending Bill Protecting Medical Marijuana States from Federal Interference | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — A spending bill passed by Congress early Friday contains language that renews restrictions on the use of federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs. If approved by the president, the legislation will continue to prevent the Department of Justice from spending resources to target medical marijuana patients and providers who are in […]

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Illinois: Cook County Voters Approve Non-Binding Marijuana Legalization Initiative

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Illinois: Cook County Voters Approve Non-Binding Marijuana Legalization Initiative | NORML

CHICAGO, IL — Voters in Cook County, IL (population 5.23 million) have approved a non-binding ballot measure in support of legalizing the adult use of marijuana. The advisory measure posed to voters the question of whether the state should legalize “the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 […]

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St Louis: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses Reduced to $25 Fine

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St Louis: Minor Marijuana Possession Offenses Reduced to $25 Fine | NORML

ST. LOUIS, MO — City lawmakers in St. Louis have approved municipal legislation reducing minor marijuana possession offenses to a $25 fine-only violation. The new policy took effect immediately after being signed into law by Mayor Lyda Krewson. Under the policy, cannabis possession offenses involving up to 35 grams are classified as a municipal violation, punishable by no […]

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Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections

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Federal Spending Bill Includes Medical Marijuana Protections | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — In a blow to Attorney General Jeff Sessions anti-marijuana agenda, Congressional leadership included in the omnibus spending package language that was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), to prohibit the Department of Justice and its affiliated agencies from prosecuting state-lawful and compliant medical marijuana systems, businesses, and patients. Originally known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, it explicitly […]

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Study: No Link Between Cumulative Cannabis Use and Kidney Disease

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Study: No Link Between Cumulative Cannabis Use and Kidney Disease | NORML

BOSTON, MA — The cumulative use of cannabis is not associated with adverse effects on kidney function, according to clinical data published in The American Journal of Medicine. Harvard investigators assessed the relationship between marijuana use and renal function in a cohort of 13,995 adults between the ages of 18 and 59. Current marijuana users possessed no significant differences […]

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Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads to Decreased Arrests, No Increase in Youth Use

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Study: Marijuana Decriminalization Leads to Decreased Arrests, No Increase in Youth Use | NORML

ST. LOUIS, MO — State laws reducing minor marijuana possession offenses from criminal to civil violations (aka decriminalization) are associated with dramatic reductions in drug-related arrests, and are not linked to any uptick in youth cannabis use, according to data published by researchers affiliated with Washington University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators examined the impact […]

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More California Counties Move to Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions

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More California Counties Move to Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions | NORML

SACRAMENTO, CA — Officials in two additional California counties, Sonoma County (population 502,000) and Yolo County (population 213,000), have announced that they will proactively review and vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions. Sonoma county officials estimate that some 3,000 cases are eligible for either a sentence reduction or expungement. In Yolo County, the District Attorney’s Office has […]

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Announces Expansion of State Medicinal Marijuana Program

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Announces Expansion of State Medicinal Marijuana Program | Drug Policy Alliance

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced steps to expand New Jersey’s long-stalled Medicinal Marijuana Program. The Governor acted quickly after taking office, issuing an executive order mandating the Department of Health to review the program and make recommendations for improvement. The announcement today is the result of this executive order. The changes […]

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New Jersey Governor Expands Medical Marijuana Program

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New Jersey Governor Expands Medical Marijuana Program | Justin Strekal

TRENTON, NJ — In his ongoing effort to expand the Garden State’s medical marijuana program to be more patient-oriented, Governor Phil Murphy (D-NJ) has made dramatic changes to the state’s regulatory program. We will begin the elimination of the requirement that doctors prescribing medical marijuana appear on a public registry, and transition to an optional listing […]

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Poll: Supermajority of Likely Voters Support Legal Medical Marijuana

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Poll: Supermajority of Likely Voters Support Legal Medical Marijuana | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — More than two-thirds of self-identified Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are in favor of medical cannabis legalization, according to nationwide survey data compiled by the polling firm Fabrizio, Lee, and Associates. The poll reported that 77 percent of likely 2018 voters held favorable opinions toward marijuana medicalization. Among Democrats, 84 percent endorsed medical cannabis legalization. […]

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Study: Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased as a Consequence of Legalization

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Study: Traffic Fatalities Have Not Increased as a Consequence of Legalization | NORML

EUGENE, OR — The enactment of adult use marijuana regulations in Colorado and Washington is not independently linked to an increase in traffic fatalities, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Investigators at the University of Oregon compared traffic accident outcomes in Colorado and Washington following legalization to those in other states with […]

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