Survey finds change in attitudes toward marijuana. Bay Area support for legal pot is especially strong.
Supporters need 504,760 signatures by February to make the November 2014 ballot.
by Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside The city of Berkeley sued the federal government on Wednesday in an attempt to stop its efforts to shut down Berkeley Patients Group, the city’s largest medical cannabis dispensary. The suit claims that the closure of BPG will materially harm the city because it will mean the loss of hundreds of […]
by Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside The state Board of Equalization and Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) have worked out a compromise that reduces the dispensary’s delinquent tax bill from $7.5 million to $49,500. Despite selling millions of dollars in medical cannabis each year and paying its top executives close to $1 million in salaries, BPG told the […]
by Don Thompson, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would take steps to regulate the sale of medical marijuana under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate, restricting cannabis dispensaries that federal prosecutors say have grown out of control. California voters first supported legalizing marijuana to treat illness in 1996, but federal prosecutors recently […]
A group of prominent East Bay political leaders spoke out Wednesday against a federal attempt to close the Berkeley Patients Group, one of California’s oldest medical marijuana dispensaries. Mayor Tom Bates, several members of the Berkeley City Council and a representative of Congresswoman Barbara Lee defended the dispensary against a forfeiture lawsuit that was filed […]
Michael Montgomery is a reporter for KQED and the Center For Investigative Reporting. One of his areas of expertise: medical marijuana. As he said, “It’s probably fair to say that over the last few years, I’ve become a pot reporter.” So are there any occupational hazards to this particular journalistic niche? Apparently, yes. Take a […]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—A poll released Wednesday has promising news for marijuana users who hope California will join the two other states that have voted to legalize recreational use of the drug. A Field Poll found that a solid majority of those surveyed this month—54 percent—support allowing weed to be sold and taxed like alcohol. That […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Cupcake makers, pawnbrokers and storage container raiders have all had their moments in reality television’s spotlight. Now the time may be right for marijuana growers — and the people who chase them. The Discovery network debuts a six-episode series, “Weed Country,” at 10 p.m. Wednesday and will replace it with “Pot […]
A U.S. magistrate has rejected the city of Oakland’s attempt to throw a legal roadblock into the forced closure of the Harborside marijuana dispensary. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California is threatening Harborside’s landlord with forfeiture of the property, and Oakland had filed suit to block it. U.S. Magistrate Maria-Elena James threw […]