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High-Tech Plan to Block Prison Cell Phones ‘Unwise,’ Report Says

May 11, 2012 | 8:21 am

High-Tech Plan to Block Prison Cell Phones ‘Unwise,’ Report Says

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From California Watch A deal between Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and a private communications company to deploy special equipment to block the rampant use of contraband cell phones by state prison inmates is based on a technology that is unproven and could undermine public safety, according to a new report. A studyby the nonpartisan California […]

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In Mendocino County, a Sheriff’s Department Split Over Marijuana Permitting

February 20, 2012 | 1:07 pm

In Mendocino County, a Sheriff’s Department Split Over Marijuana Permitting

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Last Tuesday the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted to end a unique program that placed medical marijuana cultivation under the supervision of the sheriff’s department, approving a watered down version of the ordinance (pdf), known as 9.31, instead. The permit program was the first of its kind in the nation, but it ran afoul […]

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Mendocino County Ends Medical Pot Permitting Program

January 24, 2012 | 7:30 pm

Mendocino County Ends Medical Pot Permitting Program

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Bowing to federal pressure, Mendocino County will no longer issue permits to medical marijuana growers. The County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to end the popular permit program, which was the first of its kind in the nation. The vote also makes it illegal to cultivate more than 25 plants, reducing the amount from the […]

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Prosecutors Move to Shut Down Mendocino Pot Permit Program

January 11, 2012 | 8:15 am

Prosecutors Move to Shut Down Mendocino Pot Permit Program

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From California Watch Mendocino County’s ambitious effort to regulate marijuana production – the first of its kind in California and the nation – is facing growing uncertainty following new threats of legal action by federal prosecutors. The controversial program, which began two years ago, authorizes growers to cultivate up to 99 marijuana plants, provided they […]

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Marijuana Prices Rising After Federal Crackdown

December 9, 2011 | 8:20 am

Marijuana Prices Rising After Federal Crackdown

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from California Watch A crackdown by federal prosecutors is casting a long shadow over the state’s marijuana industry, but there is one bright spot, at least for some Northern California growers willing to risk prison time: Wholesale prices appear to be on the rise. After slumping precipitously, prices for a pound of high-grade, outdoor-grown marijuana […]

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Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads

October 12, 2011 | 12:14 pm

Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads

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From California Watch Federal prosecutors are preparing to target newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertise medical marijuana dispensaries in California, another escalation in the Obama administration’s newly invigorated war against the state’s pot industry. This month, U.S. attorneys representing four districts in California announced that the government would single out landlords and […]

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Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy

October 6, 2011 | 11:03 am

Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy

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Update Fri Oct 7: The four U.S. Attorneys in California issued a statement today announcing the targeting of the marijuana industry. Original post by Andrew Becker and Michael Montgomery, California Watch The federal government is intensifying its efforts to smother California’s pot industry by targeting not only medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, but also those […]

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Prison Officials Investigate Inmate Advocates

October 3, 2011 | 11:58 am

Prison Officials Investigate Inmate Advocates

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Originally published on Californiawatch.org Just days after thousands of California inmates renewed a hunger strike, two Bay Area attorneys closely involved in mediation efforts got a surprise: They were under investigation by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for allegations of misconduct and unspecified security threats. The attorneys – Marilyn McMahon, executive director of California […]

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State Officials Warn of Discipline For Inmates on Hunger Strike

September 29, 2011 | 10:12 am

State Officials Warn of Discipline For Inmates on Hunger Strike

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State corrections officials yesterday threatened to discipline thousands of inmates who have resumed a hunger strike over conditions at California’s highest-security lockups. A state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation memo distributed to all state inmates(pdf) said any prisoner participating in the strike would receive disciplinary action “in accordance with the California Code of Regulations.” The […]

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Inmates Vow to Resume Hunger Strike

September 23, 2011 | 8:42 am

Inmates Vow to Resume Hunger Strike

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from California Watch Corrections officials are taking security precautions and gearing up medical staff in response to growing indications that inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison will resume a hunger strike that was suspended July 20. Strike leaders are calling on state inmates to begin refusing state-issued food Monday to protest conditions in controversial Security […]

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