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Feds Won’t Sue to Stop Recreational Marijuana Use in Washington and Colorado

August 29, 2013 | 12:55 pm

Feds Won’t Sue to Stop Recreational Marijuana Use in Washington and Colorado

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The Justice Department said it won’t sue Colorado and Washington over recreational marijuana use.

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California Senate OKs Regulations for Medicinal Marijuana

May 20, 2013 | 4:22 pm

California Senate OKs Regulations for Medicinal Marijuana

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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 […]

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Political Leaders Defend Berkeley Pot Dispensary From U.S. Lawsuit

May 9, 2013 | 10:00 am

Political Leaders Defend Berkeley Pot Dispensary From U.S. Lawsuit

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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 […]

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Poll: Calif. Voters Back Marijuana Legalization

February 27, 2013 | 8:46 am

Poll: Calif. Voters Back Marijuana Legalization

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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 […]

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February 5, 2013 | 10:26 am

Calif. Supreme Court Hears Whether Cities Can Block Pot Dispensaries

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by Michael Montgomery The California Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in San Francisco Tuesday on whether cities and counties can ban retail pot dispensaries – even though state law specifies that Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana if they have a doctor’s recommendation. The court’s ruling in the case is likely […]

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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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