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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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A.M. Splash: PG&E May Have “Junked” Pipe in System; Medical Marijuana – Tenderloin Clinic Probably to Close, Sacto Suspends Permit Process

October 20, 2011 | 9:00 am

A.M. Splash: PG&E May Have “Junked” Pipe in System; Medical Marijuana – Tenderloin Clinic Probably to Close, Sacto Suspends Permit Process

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State: PG&E could have ‘junked’ pipe in its system (SF Chronicle) State regulators have uncovered evidence that suggests Pacific Gas and Electric Co. installed “salvaged or junked transmission pipe” on its natural-gas system in the 1940s and ’50s, raising fears that a problem like the one that caused the San Bruno disaster could be lurking […]

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Northstone Organics’ Matt Cohen, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman on Yesterday’s DEA Raid

October 14, 2011 | 4:00 pm

Northstone Organics’ Matt Cohen, Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman on Yesterday’s DEA Raid

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Update Monday, Oct 17: From the Ukiah Daily Journal, late Friday night: Northstone dispensary workers facing charges in Sonoma Co. Two employees of Northstone Organics, a Redwood Valley medical marijuana dispensary raided Thursday by federal agents, face charges in Sonoma County Superior Court of transporting and possessing pot for sale. Daniel Harwood, 33, of Willits, […]

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DEA Raids Pot Grower Licensed by Mendocino County; “They Came in Guns Blazing,” Says Grower

October 13, 2011 | 8:52 pm

DEA Raids Pot Grower Licensed by Mendocino County; “They Came in Guns Blazing,” Says Grower

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Update Friday, 4:20 p.m. Click here for an interview with Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman. Update Friday, 1:10 p.m. Northstone Organics owner Matthew Cohen spoke to the Ukiah Daily Journal: “They came in, guns blazing,” Cohen said of the Thursday morning raid. “They calmed down and were pleasant at the end, but they came in […]

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Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads

October 12, 2011 | 12:14 pm

Feds to Target Newspapers, Radio Stations That Run Marijuana Ads

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From California Watch Federal prosecutors are preparing to target newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets that advertise medical marijuana dispensaries in California, another escalation in the Obama administration’s newly invigorated war against the state’s pot industry. This month, U.S. attorneys representing four districts in California announced that the government would single out landlords and […]

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California U.S. Attorneys Target Pot Growers, Retailers; Letter to Landlord of SF Dispensary Threatening Property Seizure

October 7, 2011 | 5:07 pm

California U.S. Attorneys Target Pot Growers, Retailers; Letter to Landlord of SF Dispensary Threatening Property Seizure

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US Attorney letter threatening property seizure sent to owner of SF building where dispensary operates Audio, transcript: N. Calif US Attorney comments on going after large growers and marijuana retail establishments near schools and parks Yesterday Andrew Becker and Michael Montgomery previewed the federal government’s intention to: …smother California’s pot industry by targeting not only […]

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Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy

October 6, 2011 | 11:03 am

Landlords, Property Owners Are New Targets in Anti-Pot Strategy

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Update Fri Oct 7: The four U.S. Attorneys in California issued a statement today announcing the targeting of the marijuana industry. Original post by Andrew Becker and Michael Montgomery, California Watch The federal government is intensifying its efforts to smother California’s pot industry by targeting not only medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, but also those […]

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Medical Pot Industry Faces Big Tax Bill

October 4, 2011 | 5:51 pm

Medical Pot Industry Faces Big Tax Bill

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The Bay Area’s budding medical pot industry is facing a big tax bill. The IRS has ruled Oakland’s largest dispensary can not deduct business expenses. In a letter last week, the IRS told Harborside Health Center that it can not deduct standard expenses like rent, payroll and health insurance … because it traffics drugs. Harborside’s […]

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