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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.

New York to Allow Opioid Patients Access to Medical Marijuana Program

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New York to Allow Opioid Patients Access to Medical Marijuana Program | Drug Policy Alliance

New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has announced that patients who are prescribed opioids will have access to the state’s medical marijuana program. There is a growing body of scientific literature suggesting that legal access to marijuana can reduce the use of opioids as well as opioid-related overdose deaths. As a recent journal article details, there are at […]

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New York State-Commissioned Report Will Recommend Legalizing Marijuana

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New York State-Commissioned Report Will Recommend Legalizing Marijuana | Paul Armentano

ALBANY, NY — A forthcoming report commissioned by the Governor’s office is set to recommend that lawmakers legalize and regulate the possession and sale of marijuana by adults. According to statements made Monday by New York State health commissioner Howard Zucker, the report’s authors have concluded that “a regulated, legal marijuana program [ought to] be available to […]

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Proposed Bill Would Allow Marijuana Use in Federal Housing

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Proposed Bill Would Allow Marijuana Use in Federal Housing | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced legislation to protect state-lawful marijuana users from housing discrimination. Entitled the “Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act of 2018,”  the legislation includes protections for consumers in both medical and adult use states. It states, “A public housing agency or an owner of federally assisted housing may […]

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In One Week, Oklahoma Voters to Decide Fate of Medical Marijuana

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In One Week, Oklahoma Voters to Decide Fate of Medical Marijuana | NORML

In just seven days, voters in Oklahoma will have the opportunity to decide in favor of providing much-needed medical marijuana access to patients. State Question 788 will appear on the June 26 ballot. Under this plan, physicians — not lawmakers — will have the final say on making health care decisions involving the use of […]

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Canada: Lawmakers Reconcile and Pass Historic Marijuana Legalization Legislation

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Canada: Lawmakers Reconcile and Pass Historic Marijuana Legalization Legislation | Paul Armentano

OTTAWA, ON — Members of the Canadian House and Senate have reconciled and given final approval to C-45, sweeping legislation amending the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that those over the age of 18 may legally possess, purchase, and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. Majorities of both chambers had previously approved slightly different versions […]

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Canada Becomes Second Country to End Marijuana Prohibition; Regulated Adult Sales to Begin Later This Year

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Canada Becomes Second Country to End Marijuana Prohibition; Regulated Adult Sales to Begin Later This Year | Marijuana Policy Project

OTTAWA, ON — A bill to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use in Canada received final approval from lawmakers Tuesday and will now be sent to the governor general for royal assent. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet will choose the specific date on which the law will take effect, and legal sales […]

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Teen Marijuana Use in Colorado Still Has Not Increased Since Legalization: Report

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Teen Marijuana Use in Colorado Still Has Not Increased Since Legalization: Report | Marijuana Policy Project

DENVER — A new federal report shows rates of teen marijuana use in Colorado have still not increased since voters decided to end marijuana prohibition in 2012 and start regulating it similarly to alcohol for adult use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) found 19.6 percent […]

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Canada Becomes Second Country in the World – and First G-20 Nation – to Legalize Marijuana

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Canada Becomes Second Country in the World – and First G-20 Nation – to Legalize Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance

Last night, the Canadian Senate approved The Cannabis Act, making Canada the second country in the world to legally regulate all aspects of the marijuana market – including production, sale and consumption – following Uruguay’s historic move to do so in 2013. The bill has already passed the House of Commons and has the support of Prime […]

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Some parents fear changes to state laws as FDA weighs use of CBD pharmaceuticals

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Some American parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as U.S. regulators near a decision on whether to approve the first drug derived from the marijuana plant.

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Polls show growing moral acceptance of cannabis

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Over six in ten Americans consider it to be morally acceptable for adults to use cannabis, regardless of its legal status, according to nationwide polling data compiled by Gallup. Pollsters reported that 65 percent of respondents personally believe that “smoking marijuana” is morally permissible. Thirty-one percent defined the behavior as “morally wrong.” The 2018 data represents […]

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Virginia Crime Data Shows 20% Increase in Marijuana Arrests

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Virginia Crime Data Shows 20% Increase in Marijuana Arrests | NORML

Marijuana-related arrests increased over 20 percent between the years 2016 and 2017, according to crime data compiled by the Virginia State Police. Law enforcement officials made 27,852 arrests for marijuana violations, according to the report – up from 21,637 in 2016. At that time, Virginia ranked sixth in the nation for total marijuana arrests, and fifteenth overall in per capita marijuana arrests. Overall, […]

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New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments with Legal Marijuana

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New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments with Legal Marijuana | Phillip Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan group of legislators have introduced a bill in both houses of Congress that would protect state marijuana legalization, medical marijuana, and decriminalization laws from federal interference. Under the measure, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act), the Controlled Substances Act’s (CSA) provisions federally criminalizing marijuana would […]

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Canadian Senate Approves Historic Cannabis Regulation Measure

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Canadian Senate Approves Historic Cannabis Regulation Measure | NORML

OTTAWA, ON — Members of the Canadian Senate voted late last week in favor of Bill C-45, sweeping legislation amending the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that those over the age of 18 may legally possess, purchase, and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. Since Senate members added amendments to the bill, it now returns to the […]

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“Cole memo” federal prosecutor to speak at NCIA

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James Cole, former deputy attorney general of the United States and author of the famous 2013 ‘Cole Memo,’ which fundamentally shifted the legal landscape for cannabis in America, will be the featured keynote speaker at the National Cannabis Industry Association’s 2018 Cannabis Business Summit® & Expo. In a not-to-be-missed fireside chat interview with NCIA executive director Aaron Smith, Cole […]

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Cannabis community backs Newsom for Cal governor

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California’s cannabis community is faced with a choice for Governor in November: A Democrat who helped legalize cannabis in the state or a Republican who wants to ramp up the Drug War and force treatment on cannabis consumers. Democrat Gavin Newsom, currently the state Lieutenant Governor as well as the top vote-getter in the June […]

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The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice

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The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced The “RESPECT Resolution: Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades” to elevate the importance of equity within the legal cannabis marketplace. The RESPECT Resolution seeks both economic and reparative justice, ensuring that disenfranchised communities will be able to benefit equally in the emerging legal […]

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More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances

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More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances | NORML

BETHLEHEM, PA — Members of the Bethlehem city council have moved toward the enactment of a local ordinance that seeks to make first-time minor marijuana possession offenses punishable by a $25 fine. Members decided unanimously in favor of the proposal on its first reading. A final vote is anticipated in about two weeks. However, it remains unclear […]

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Marijuana equity bill introduced in Congress

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced The “RESPECT Resolution: Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades” to elevate the importance of equity within the legal cannabis marketplace. While people of color, particularly Black and Latino males, have borne the brunt of the Drug War, primarily white people have benefited from the licenses issued in states […]

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