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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.

People sleep easier with cannabis

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People who partake of cannabis can sleep easier after legalization, and cannabis, apparently, can help them sleep easier, as well. The use of herbal cannabis is associated with reductions in self-perceived insomnia severity, according to data published in the online, open-access journal Medicines.  Insomnia and nightmares are two symptoms of PTSD for which cannabis has […]

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North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

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North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot | NORML

BISMARK, ND — The North Dakota Secretary of State’s office confirmed Monday that activists have submitted more than enough signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for the November ballot. The voter-initiated measure, organized by the grass-roots group Legalize North Dakota, legalizes the possession, use, and sale of cannabis, as well as the possession of marijuana paraphernalia, […]

North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot | The Daily Chronic

 

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Marijuana Policy Project Hires Steve Hawkins as Executive Director

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Marijuana Policy Project Hires Steve Hawkins as Executive Director | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — The nation’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to marijuana policy, the Marijuana Policy Project, announced Tuesday it has hired Steve Hawkins to serve as its next executive director. The announcement comes after a months-long candidate search that included several exceptionally qualified candidates. “We are thrilled to welcome Steve Hawkins as the new executive […]

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Legalization helps cops solve crimes

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People have long argued that forcing police to chase after marijuana makes society more dangerous by diverting law enforcement resources from serious and violent crimes.  New data shows that to be true: To catch more murderers and rapists, first legalize cannabis — then go after real crimes. This is consistent with America’s experiment in Alcohol […]

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Study: Nighttime Use of Herbal Cannabis Associated With Subjective Improvements in Insomnia Symptoms

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Study: Nighttime Use of Herbal Cannabis Associated With Subjective Improvements in Insomnia Symptoms | NORML

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The use of herbal cannabis is associated with reductions in self-perceived insomnia severity, according to data published in the online, open-access journal Medicines. University of New Mexico researchers assessed the influence of marijuana use on perceived insomnia severity levels in 409 subjects. Study participants recorded real-time ratings of their symptom severity on a zero […]

Study: Nighttime Use of Herbal Cannabis Associated With Subjective Improvements in Insomnia Symptoms | The Daily Chronic

 

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New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced for Marijuana Consumers

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New Federal Employment Protections Bill Introduced for Marijuana Consumers | NORML

Today, Congressman Charlie Crist held a press conference to announce the introduction of the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act, HR 6589. The bipartisan bill would explicitly bar federal agencies from discriminating against workers solely because of their status as a cannabis consumer, or due to testing positive for marijuana use on a […]

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Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives Approves Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana for Adult and Medical Use

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Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives Approves Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana for Adult and Medical Use | Marijuana Policy Project

The Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult and medical use. It now heads back to the Senate, which approved a similar proposal in May. H.B. No. 20-178, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Deleon Guerrero (R-Saipan), was approved 18-1-1 in the House. A detailed overview of the […]

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Stark Racial Disparities and Disturbing Growth in Washington D.C. Marijuana Arrests Despite Legalization

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Stark Racial Disparities and Disturbing Growth in Washington D.C. Marijuana Arrests Despite Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC — Recently released data from the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department shows that racial disparities in arrests for marijuana remain high, despite marijuana becoming legal for adult use in 2015. In 2017, 86% of arrestees were Black, despite the fact that Black residents make up only around 47% of the District’s population. […]

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Michigan Cop Jails 80-Year-Old Grandma Over Expired Medical Marijuana Card

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Michigan Cop Jails 80-Year-Old Grandma Over Expired Medical Marijuana Card | Phillip Smith

A Clare County, Michigan, sheriff’s deputy arrested an 80-year-old grandmother for small-time medical marijuana possession after going to her home on an unrelated matter and smelling it. The grandma, Delores Saltzman, is a patient whose card had expired. She spent a night in jail and had to deal with a court case because the deputy’s […]

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NORML PAC Endorses Senator Bernie Sanders for Re-election

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NORML PAC Endorses Senator Bernie Sanders for Re-election | NORML

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Political Action Committee (NORML PAC) has endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for reelection in Vermont. “Bernie has become one of the most outspoken and visible advocates for ending marijuana prohibition,” stated NORML PAC Executive Director Erik Altieri, “He has called for sensible drug policy […]

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Study: Medical Cannabis Access Laws Associated With Fewer Workplace Fatalities

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Study: Medical Cannabis Access Laws Associated With Fewer Workplace Fatalities | Paul Armentano

Medical cannabis access programs are associated with year-over-year declines in fatal workplace accidents, according to data published online ahead of print in The International Journal of Drug Policy. Investigators with Montana State University, Colorado State University, and American University in Washington, DC assessed the relationship between the enactment of medical cannabis laws and workplace accidents between the years […]

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Oklahoma’s Restrictive Medical Marijuana Rules Have Been Rescinded

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Oklahoma’s Restrictive Medical Marijuana Rules Have Been Rescinded | NORML

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation on Monday rescinding a series of restrictive amendments to the state’s voter-initiated medical marijuana access law. Many of the amendments, which were previously signed into law by the Governor just weeks prior, had been characterized as unconstitutional by the state’s Attorney General. The newly codified rules lift the Health Department’s previously imposed ban on […]

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Legal Marijuana Sales Have Not Increased Youth Access or Use in Colorado

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Legal Marijuana Sales Have Not Increased Youth Access or Use in Colorado | NORML

AURORA, CO — The establishment of retail cannabis sales for adults is not associated with either increased marijuana access or use by young people, according to data published online in the journal Prevention Science. A team of investigators with the University of Colorado, School of Public Health assessed marijuana use trends among a representative sample of Colorado high-school students […]

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Why Marijuana Will Play a Major Role in the Next Two National Elections

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Why Marijuana Will Play a Major Role in the Next Two National Elections | Phillip Smith

Last week, the San Jose Convention Center hosted the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) 2018 Cannabis Business Summit and Expo. More than 7,000 marijuana industry players and hopefuls crammed into exhibition halls and conference rooms for the three-day confab, located squarely in the heart of the world’s largest legal marijuana market — California. The variety of […]

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Oklahoma Board of Health Revokes Previous Undemocratic Meddling with Medical Marijuana

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Oklahoma Board of Health Revokes Previous Undemocratic Meddling with Medical Marijuana | NORML

The Oklahoma Board of Health reversed course this week and revoked their previous set of proposed rules that went against the intent of State Question 788, which voters approved in the June special election. The measure, which legalized medical marijuana in the state, was approved with support from 57% of voters. After SQ 788’s passage, […]

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