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Researcher: Few Adults Arrested For Pot Possession in Calif.; Juvenile Busts Also Plunge

December 10, 2012 | 3:56 pm

Researcher: Few Adults Arrested For Pot Possession in Calif.; Juvenile Busts Also Plunge

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Looks like it’s gonna be pretty hard to get yourself arrested in California for holding a small amount of marijuana, according to a researcher with San Francisco’s Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Mike Males has run some numbers released by California’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center and found that marijuana possession, for adults at least, […]

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New Book Discounts Theory of Marijuana as Top US Cash Crop

August 14, 2012 | 10:48 am

New Book Discounts Theory of Marijuana as Top US Cash Crop

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by Michael Montgomery, California Watch For years, legalization advocates have argued that marijuana is America’s leading cash crop, outranking corn, wheat, soy and a host of other heartland staples produced on an industrial scale. Bringing pot production above ground, the argument goes, could produce a $30 billion tax bonanza for cash-strapped governments and a huge […]

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Calif. Court Strikes Down LA County’s Pot Shop Ban

July 3, 2012 | 1:24 pm

Calif. Court Strikes Down LA County’s Pot Shop Ban

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has struck down Los Angeles County’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that because the state’s medical marijuana laws authorize cooperatives and collectives to grow, store and distribute pot, a lower court judge erred when she cited the 2010 ban […]

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June 19, 2012 | 8:39 am

A.M. Splash: Cities Battle to Regulate Pot; Habitat Expanded for Snowy Plover; Barbieri Sues KNBR

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City attorney wants to keep medical pot regulation local(SF Examiner) City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office asked the California Supreme Court Monday to overturn a lower court’s ruling last year that could potentially threaten the permitting of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state. Habitat set aside for western snowy plover doubles (SF Chronicle) The U.S. Fish […]

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UCSF Study: Smoking Some Marijuana Isn’t Bad For Lungs

January 10, 2012 | 4:38 pm

UCSF Study: Smoking Some Marijuana Isn’t Bad For Lungs

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Interesting study out of UCSF today. As Shuka Kalantari reports on KQED’s State of Health blog… Smoking an occasional marijuana joint isn’t bad for your lungs. In fact, lighting up once in a while may increase lung function, according to researchers at University of California, San Francisco. The UCSF study, released today, looked at the pulmonary […]

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Justice Dept. Reminds States That Selling Pot Is Still a Federal Crime

July 1, 2011 | 6:00 pm

Justice Dept. Reminds States That Selling Pot Is Still a Federal Crime

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In a new memo to federal prosecutors, the Department of Justice says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could still face penalties for violating federal drug laws. U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote: The Department of Justice is committed to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in […]

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November 16, 2010 | 8:41 am

Seth Rogen Discusses Easy Pot Availability on Conan

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Although California voters failed to approve the legalization of marijuana at the polls a couple of weeks ago, I think it’s safe to say that use of the substance has already been almost completely destigmatized culturally. Witness Seth Rogen’s appearance on the premiere of the new Conan O’Brien show, posted on the East Bay Express. […]

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October 25, 2010 | 2:45 pm

First Marijuana Legalization Commercial Released

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The Sacramento Bee’s Weed Wars has posted the first campaign commercial by the pro-Propostion 19 campaign. From the Bee: A spot featuring former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara begins running in the Los Angeles television market today. He declares that “the war on marijuana has failed” and it is time to legalize pot “to […]

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Attorney General Just Says No

October 15, 2010 | 1:55 pm

Attorney General Just Says No

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In a letter to former heads of the Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. will enforce federal law prohibiting recreational marijuana use and production, regardless of whether Californians legalize the drug through Proposition 19. The DEA chiefs had called on the Obama administration to sue California if the measure […]

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