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Obama Defends Medical Marijuana Crackdown in Rolling Stone Interview

April 26, 2012 | 3:19 pm

Obama Defends Medical Marijuana Crackdown in Rolling Stone Interview

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As first blogged by The Huffington Post, Barack Obama’s interview in Rolling Stone, posted yesterday, includes the president answering a question on a topic that’s been the subject of frequent headlines around California recently: the months-long federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers. Here’s the question and Obama’s answer, from the magazine: Let me […]

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Federal Raid at Oaksterdam University

April 2, 2012 | 12:57 pm

Federal Raid at Oaksterdam University

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Update 4:01 p.m. IRS spokesperson Arlette Lee said the investigation is a joint effort between the IRS and the DEA. She declined further comment, stating the search warrant has been sealed by a federal court. Update 3:12 p.m. Federal agents also raided the home of Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee but did not arrest him, according […]

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Interview w/ US Attorney Haag on Pot Operations: ‘If it’s close to children, that’s a line we’re going to draw’

March 15, 2012 | 3:11 pm

Interview w/ US Attorney Haag on Pot Operations: ‘If it’s close to children, that’s a line we’re going to draw’

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Last October California’s four U.S. attorneys announced a series of enforcement actions intended to curtail the state’s booming marijuana industry. The effort prompted angry criticism from medical marijuana advocates, who accused the Obama administration of backtracking on pledges to allow states to go their own way, at least when it comes to medical marijuana. Since […]

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Pot Dispensary Berkeley Patients Group to Close, Looking to Relocate

March 15, 2012 | 9:10 am

Pot Dispensary Berkeley Patients Group to Close, Looking to Relocate

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By Michael Montgomery and David Downs, California Watch One of California’s biggest medical marijuana establishments – embraced by local officials as a model business that donates to the poor and pays millions in taxes – has become the latest target in a statewide crackdown by federal prosecutors. (Update Friday: Berkeley Patients Group issued a statement […]

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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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Federal Crackdown Leaves Mendocino’s Pot Program Seemingly on Last Legs

January 17, 2012 | 2:36 pm

Federal Crackdown Leaves Mendocino’s Pot Program Seemingly on Last Legs

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The always-complicated relationship between the federal government and California officials over the issue of medical marijuana became even more strained last October when the four U.S. Attorneys for the state announced an enhanced enforcement strategy designed to crack down on what they see as abuses of California’s legalization of the drug for medical purposes. Legal […]

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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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November 9, 2011 | 11:23 am

Raid on Mendocino’s Pot Co-Op Northstone Instills Fear That “No One is Safe”; Interview With County Supervisor; Federal Memo on Enforcement Criteria

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Yesterday on PBS NewsHour, KQED and California Watch’s Michael Montgomery took a look at the fallout over the DEA raid of Northstone Organics, a county-sanctioned medical marijuana co-op in Mendocino. Watch the segment, which includes an interview with Cohen, below: Indeed, these are anxious times for California pot suppliers and those who advocate for medical […]

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