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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.

Connecticut Voters Put Legalization on the Agenda for 2019

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Connecticut Voters Put Legalization on the Agenda for 2019 | Kate Zawidzki

Last week, Connecticut voters made it possible that marijuana prohibition will be brought to an end during the next legislative session. For the first time in history, Connecticut has voted to elect a governor, Ned Lamont, who supports the legalization, regulation, and taxation of cannabis for use by adults. “It’s an idea whose time has […]

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Congress: New House Rules Chairman Pledges to Allow Floor Votes on Marijuana-Related Amendments

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Congress: New House Rules Chairman Pledges to Allow Floor Votes on Marijuana-Related Amendments | Paul Armentano

WASHINGTON, DC — Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern says that he will permit federal lawmakers to debate and vote on marijuana-related amendments when he assumes control of the House Rules Committee in 2019. “Unlike my predecessor, I’m not going to block amendments for marijuana,” he said. “Citizens are passing ballot initiatives, legislatures are passing laws, and […]

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Election Brings New Hope, but Challenges Remain in Wisconsin

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Election Brings New Hope, but Challenges Remain in Wisconsin | Kate Zawidzki

On Election Day, around a million Wisconsin voters approved advisory questions on their ballots calling for more humane marijuana laws. More than half of the state’s population saw cannabis-related measures on their ballots, and every single one of the measures passed. Medical cannabis questions received between 67% and 89% in the 11 counties and two cities where […]

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New Legislation Aimed to Reduce Veterans Medical Marijuana Confusion

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New Legislation Aimed to Reduce Veterans Medical Marijuana Confusion | Justin Strekal

Just two days after Veteran’s Day, Congressman Seth Moulton has introduced a series of bills aimed at addressing the therapeutic use of marijuana among veterans. Post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, and other medical issues can be a matter of life or death. Moreover, failure of VA policy to allow physicians to openly talk about cannabis or […]

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Alt-rock icon Dean Ween pitches marijuana-friendly concert venue in downtown Denver

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Dean Ween has big plans for Denver. The guitarist, best known for his work in the iconic alt-rock band Ween, hopes to open a Denver concert venue where the audience will be allowed to use marijuana -- without hiding from security.

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Edgewater's $13 million civic center, partly funded by cannabis cash, opens Sunday

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This weekend, thanks to its bustling marijuana trade, this tiny city on the western shore of Sloan's Lake will forge a new civic identity with the opening of a $13 million municipal complex complete with library, police station, fitness center and city offices.

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Arrests for Low-Level Marijuana Possession have Decreased 90 Percent Following New NYPD Marijuana Guidelines

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Arrests for Low-Level Marijuana Possession have Decreased 90 Percent Following New NYPD Marijuana Guidelines | Drug Policy Alliance

Arrests for low-level marijuana possession have plummeted 90 percent since new NYPD marijuana enforcement guidelines took effect in September. There were 151 arrests for low-level marijuana in the entire city of New York in September 2018, less than 10 percent of the 1,500+ arrests last September and 3 percent of the 4,300+ arrests that took […]

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Eliminating License Suspension Penalty for Marijuana-Related Offenses, Other Crimes

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Eliminating License Suspension Penalty for Marijuana-Related Offenses, Other Crimes | NORML

HARRISBURG, PA — Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has signed legislation into law eliminating mandatory driver’s license suspensions for a wide range of non-driving related crimes, including marijuana-related offenses. House Bill 163 amends existing law so that those age 21 or older convicted of certain drug-related offenses unrelated to driving are no longer subject to the revocation of […]

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Cali judge protects right to grow cannabis

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California Judge David Cohn ruled that the City of Fontana’s anti-home growing ordinance was too restrictive and was not "reasonable" as required by Prop. 64. He decided on behalf of the plaintiff, an adult medical marijuana patient wishing to cultivate marijuana for his own use inside his home.

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Marijuana is emerging among California's vineyards, offering promise and concern

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Marijuana is emerging among the vineyards, not as a rival to the valley’s grapes but as a high-value commodity that could help reinvigorate a fading agricultural tradition along the state’s Central Coast.

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A cannabis Coke and a smile? Colorado companies hoping to tap infused beverage craze

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When Coca-Cola publicly announces it is sizing up business opportunities in a specific industry, people tend to take notice.That was the case with in mid September, when Coke -- the world's largest beverage company, said it was keeping an eye on cannabis infused drinks, with a particular focus on beverages containing the non-psychoactive compound CBD.

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Gubernatorial Victories Bode Well for 2019 Statewide Marijuana Reform Prospects

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Gubernatorial Victories Bode Well for 2019 Statewide Marijuana Reform Prospects | NORML

Voters on election day decided in favor of several gubernatorial candidates who campaigned on promises to either address or enact statewide marijuana law reforms as Governor. “In four states — Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois — voters elected Governors who openly campaigned on a platform that included legalizing adult marijuana use,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano […]

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Voters in Ohio and Wisconsin Approve Municipal Reform Measures

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Voters in Ohio and Wisconsin Approve Municipal Reform Measures | Paul Armentano

Voters in Ohio and Wisconsin approved a series of binding and non-binding local marijuana reform initiatives on Election Day. In Ohio, voters in five cities — including Dayton (population 140,000) — approved municipal ordinances seeking to either eliminate or significantly reduce local fines and penalties associated with marijuana-related offenses. Voters approved similar measures in the communities of […]

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Illinois Cannabis Reform Candidates J.B. Pritzker, Kwame Raoul, Bob Morgan Cruise to Victory

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Illinois Cannabis Reform Candidates J.B. Pritzker, Kwame Raoul, Bob Morgan Cruise to Victory | Kate Zawidzki

Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, who has been a vocal supporter of legalizing, taxing, and regulating cannabis for adults’ use, appears to have handily won Illinois’s gubernatorial election. While official election results are still pending, both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times reported a margin of victory of around 55% of the vote. In the race for state attorney […]

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Marijuana Reform Scores Big Wins in Midterms

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Marijuana Reform Scores Big Wins in Midterms | NORML

Marijuana reformers enjoyed numerous federal, state, and local victories on election night. Here are the highlights. STATE BALLOT INITIATIVES Florida: Sixty-three percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 4, which amends the state constitution to restore voting privileges to those with non-violent felony convictions – including tens of thousands of those convicted of marijuana-related offenses. Passage of the […]

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns | NORML

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that he is resigning, effective immediately, from the office of the Department of Justice. In both his tenure in Congress and as Attorney General, Sessions was a longstanding, vocal opponent of marijuana policy reform, who once opined, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” As Attorney General, his office rescinded the 2013 Cole memorandum […]

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Utah latest state to legalize medical pot, expand Medicaid

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Voters in conservative Utah have decided to join the growing number of states legalizing medical marijuana and expanding Medicaid to cover tens of thousands more low-income residents, two issues that had long stalled out with conservative state lawmakers.

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Cannabis reform passes, Florida restores voting rights

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All cannabis reform measures except one were passed by voters in November and voting rights were restored to felons in Florida as a "Blue Wave" of Democrats in the House broke the GOP led logjam that blocked federal reform. Senate remains in hands of the Reds, allowing Trump to appoint more authoritarian judges.

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