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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.

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto and Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill

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Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto and Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

AUGUSTA, ME — On Wednesday, Maine lawmakers voted to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would establish regulations for the legal marijuana market, with the House voting 109-39 and the Senate voting 28-6 to approve the measure. LD 1719 creates the rules for licensing and regulating marijuana producers, processors, and retail establishments and […]

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto and Approve Marijuana Regulation and Implementation Bill | The Daily Chronic

 

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Frequent Cannabis Use Unrelated to Brain Morphology, Study Finds

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Frequent Cannabis Use Unrelated to Brain Morphology, Study Finds | NORML

RICHMOND, VA — The frequent use of cannabis is not associated with changes in brain structure, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction. An international team of scientists from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States assessed the relationship between habitual cannabis exposure and grey matter volumes in seven regions of the […]

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More Seniors Using Cannabis, Substituting Marijuana for Prescription Painkillers

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More Seniors Using Cannabis, Substituting Marijuana for Prescription Painkillers | NORML

EMERYVILLE, CA — Adults age 50 and older are far more likely to consume cannabis today than they were decades ago, according to population use data published in the journal Addiction. Investigators with the Alcohol Research Group assessed trends in marijuana use between the years 1984 and 2015. Authors reported that, compared with older Americans 30 years ago, […]

More Seniors Using Cannabis, Substituting Marijuana for Prescription Painkillers | The Daily Chronic

 

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Court Rejects Challenge to DEA’s Classification of Marijuana Extracts

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Court Rejects Challenge to DEA’s Classification of Marijuana Extracts | NORML

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A three judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition filed by the Hemp Industries Association challenging the DEA’s authority to establish a new administrative drug code specifically for marijuana extracts. The DEA first announced the proposed rule change in 2011, but did not enact the new policy until January […]

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Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure

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Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure | NORML

Maine lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1719; the enactment of the legislation establishes a framework for the retail sale of marijuana to adults, but also amends numerous provisions of the 2016 voter-approved measure — including those specific to home grow limits and taxation. Specifically, LD 1719 limits the number […]

Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Amend Voter-Initiated Adult Use Measure | The Daily Chronic

 

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PA: Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

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PA: Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization | NORML

Police in the Pennsylvania cities of Allentown and Bethlehem continue to arrest hundreds of residents for less than 30 grams of cannabis while opiate and cocaine arrests seem to be going down. Last year Allentown put 315 people into handcuffs and the courts over marijuana possession, while the city reported just 31 other drug possession […]

PA: Marijuana Arrests Soar in Allentown and Bethlehem as Both Cities Consider Marijuana Decriminalization | The Daily Chronic

 

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New York Medical Marijuana Patients Using Fewer Opioids

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New York Medical Marijuana Patients Using Fewer Opioids | Paul Armentano

Patients enrolled in New York state’s medical cannabis program reduce their use of opioids and spend less money on prescription medications, according to data published online in the journal Mental Health Clinician. Investigators from the GPI Clinical Research in Rochester and the University of Buffalo assessed trends in patients’ medical cannabis and prescription drug use following their […]

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Advocates Demand Marijuana Legalization in New York; Focus on Racial and Economic Justice

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Advocates Demand Marijuana Legalization in New York; Focus on Racial and Economic Justice | Drug Policy Alliance

ALBANY, NY — Advocates assembled in the state capitol today to urge state Legislators and the Governor to move on marijuana reform and emphasize that marijuana legalization remains a social, racial, and economic justice issue. Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Liz Krueger were joined by organizations and groups dedicated to criminal justice reform, civil rights, and public […]

Advocates Demand Marijuana Legalization in New York; Focus on Racial and Economic Justice | The Daily Chronic

 

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Illinois Cop’s Warning: If You Legalize Weed, We’ll Have to Kill Our Drug Dogs

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Illinois Cop’s Warning: If You Legalize Weed, We’ll Have to Kill Our Drug Dogs | Phillip Smith

As the state legislature ponders a bill that could make Illinois the 10th state to legalize marijuana, law enforcement is getting nervous. Old anti-marijuana shibboleths have lost their potency, but the Macon County Sheriff’s Office has a brand new reason not to free the weed: They will have to kill their drug dogs. As the […]

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Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act

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Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act | Justin Strekal

Today, California’s junior Senator Kamala Harris announced in a video message that she will be joining Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Ron Wyden on the Marijuana Justice Act. This comes just a week and a half after California senior Senator Diane Feinstein told reporters that she has dropped her opposition to ending the federal prohibition of […]

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New York Patients Use Fewer Opioids Following Enrollment in Medical Cannabis Program

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New York Patients Use Fewer Opioids Following Enrollment in Medical Cannabis Program | NORML

ROCHESTER, NY — Patients enrolled in New York state’s medical cannabis program reduce their use of opioids and spend less money on prescription medications, according to data published online in the journal Mental Health Clinician. Investigators from the GPI Clinical Research in Rochester and the University of Buffalo assessed trends in patients’ medical cannabis and prescription drug […]

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated with Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Among Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated with Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation Among Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure | NORML

ENGLEWOOD, NJ — Cannabis exposure is associated with lower instances of atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia) in patients hospitalized for heart failure, according to data published in the American Journal of Cardiology. A team of investigators from Seton Hall University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and elsewhere assessed the relationship between cannabis exposure and atrial fibrillation in a cohort of nearly four […]

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NY Times: Severe Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests Continue in NYC

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NY Times: Severe Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests Continue in NYC | Drug Policy Alliance

NEW YORK, NY — A major investigation by the New York Times found continued racial disparities in marijuana enforcement and arrests in every neighborhood in the City. The Times found, “Across the city, black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white, non-Hispanic people over the past three years. Hispanic people were arrested at […]

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When it Comes to the Issue of Cannabis and Opioids, the DEA Admits it Knows Nothing

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When it Comes to the Issue of Cannabis and Opioids, the DEA Admits it Knows Nothing | Paul Armentano

In testimony before Congress last week, by DEA acting administrator Robert Patterson opined that the medicalization of cannabis is exacerbating opioid abuse. But when prompted to provide evidence in support of the agency’s position, he acknowledged that he could not. Further, he denied being aware of any evidence — including recent, well-publicized studies by the […]

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Progressive Marijuana Policy Change Announced in New York City

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Progressive Marijuana Policy Change Announced in New York City | David Holland, Esq

NEW YORK, NY — In a surprise joint press conference, Cyrus Vance Jr. and Eric Gonzalez, the respective District Attorneys of Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, both announced that with limited exception low-level marijuana-related offenses would no longer be prosecuted. Both cited a six-month-long study that revealed that there was no discernible impact upon issues of […]

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Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana

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Historic House Appropriations Committee Vote On Marijuana | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House appropriations committee for the first time heard and passed language, known as the Joyce amendment, to restrict funding for the Department of Justice to prosecute state-legal medical marijuana programs. “Today marks a victory for medical marijuana programs and a loss for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Passage of this amendment through […]

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House Appropriations Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Protections in Federal Budget

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House Appropriations Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Protections in Federal Budget | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — The House Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to continue blocking the Justice Department from interfering in state medical marijuana laws. On a voice vote, the committee approved an amendment offered by Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) to the base FY2019 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, prohibiting the Justice Department from using funds to interfere in the […]

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Movement to Expunge Marijuana Convictions in Legalization States Picks Up Steam

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Movement to Expunge Marijuana Convictions in Legalization States Picks Up Steam | Clarence Walker

As marijuana legalization spreads into various states, some are allowing people who’d been previously been convicted of possession of a small amount of pot to clear their records. They have their convictions either wiped off their record forever under state expungement laws or, in some cases, have low-level felony marijuana convictions be reduced to misdemeanors. […]

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New Law Excludes CBD from Kansas Criminal Code

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New Law Excludes CBD from Kansas Criminal Code | NORML

TOPEKA, KS — Republican Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has signed legislation amending the state’s criminal code to explicitly exempt cannabidiol from the definition of marijuana. Passage of Senate Bill 282 allows for the possession and retail sale of products containing CBD as long as they contain zero percent THC. Unlike CBD-exemption laws enacted in most other states, Kansas’ new law permits […]

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Vermont County Prosecutors Move to Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions

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Vermont County Prosecutors Move to Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions | NORML

BURLINGTON, VT — State officials in Chittenden and Windsor counties have publicly announced their intent to vacate past misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions. State lawmakers in January enacted legislation permitting adults to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2018. “In recognition of this change, … the Windsor and Chittenden County State’s […]

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