Costs for police, parking, transit and clean-up add to bill. Officials say event-planning paid off.
Group says that despite encouraging poll numbers, it needs more time to mount legalization campaign.
Survey finds change in attitudes toward marijuana. Bay Area support for legal pot is especially strong.
The Justice Department said it won’t sue Colorado and Washington over recreational marijuana use.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Where will it end? In March, a U.S. attorney told KQED that the federal crackdown on pot dispensaries would focus on establishments near places that children gather: schools, parks and playgrounds. But Harborside Health Center’s facilities in Oakland and San Jose don’t fall into that category. So when federal authorities announced on Wednesday that they […]
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 […]