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Finances of Top Pot Club Revealed in Document

June 20, 2012 | 10:23 am

Finances of Top Pot Club Revealed in Document

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by Michael Montgomery and David Downs, California Watch At the peak of California’s pot boom in 2009, one of the state’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries recorded more than $15 million in sales to thousands of customers for popular strains like Grand Daddy Purple, OG Kush and Blue Dream. What it didn’t record was much profit. […]

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Beyond the Bubble: Suit Claiming That Closure of Pot Dispensaries Violates Disabilities Act is Dismissed

May 22, 2012 | 11:30 am

Beyond the Bubble: Suit Claiming That Closure of Pot Dispensaries Violates Disabilities Act is Dismissed

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with an AM post from somewhere else in California. We’re in this Golden State together. Right? A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by disabled medical marijuana users against Costa Mesa and […]

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Pelosi Has ‘Strong Concerns’ About Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana; Read Statement

May 3, 2012 | 11:48 am

Pelosi Has ‘Strong Concerns’ About Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana; Read Statement

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Nancy Pelosi has weighed in on the recent federal crackdown on the medical marijuana industry in California. Her statement, released yesterday… San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to recent federal government actions threatening safe access to medicinal marijuana for those who are seriously ill or enduring difficult […]

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Berkeley Pot Dispensary Biggest Casualty of Crackdown

May 1, 2012 | 8:06 am

Berkeley Pot Dispensary Biggest Casualty of Crackdown

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by David Downs and Michael Montgomery, California Watch With its only retail outlet due to close Monday, Berkeley Patients Group is set to become the biggest casualty so far in a bold and controversial legal offensive by federal prosecutors against California’s pot industry. The group sent an e-mail to customers earlier today announcing the pending […]

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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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