OAKLAND, CA — On the heels of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s endorsement of medical cannabis, and Eric Holder’s speech advocating reform of the War on Drugs, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency has informed security and armored car services that they can no longer render services to state-legal cannabis providers, including the country’s largest model cannabis dispensary, […]
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SACRAMENTO, CA – The annual number of misdemeanor drug arrests has fallen by nearly 50 percent in California in five years, largely due to the imposition of a 2010 law reducing minor marijuana possession offenses to a civil infraction. According to figures released this week in the 2012 California Crime Report, statewide misdemeanor drug arrests fell from an estimated 133,000 in […]
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SAN DIEGO, CA — The DEA has agreed to pay $4.1 million to San Diego college student Daniel Chong after rounding him up in a drug sweep last year and then forgetting him in a holding cell for five days without food or water. Chong attorney Eugene Iredale announced Tuesday that he reached a settlement with [...]
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The California Attorney General has released its 2012 Crime Report.
According to the report, there were 13,434 felony marijuana arrests in California in 2012, continuing a downward trend from 14,082 in 2011.
Hispanics were the most-arrested ethnic group, with 4953 felony arrests, followed by whites (4617), blacks (2745) and other races (1119). Juvenile felony arrests remained stable, coming in at 1671, or 12.4% of all felony arrests for marijuana.
Misdemeanor marijuana arrests took a nosedive in 2011 because under an ounce became an infraction that year; infractions are not tallied in the AG’s report.
Marijuana misdemeanor arrests came in at 7768 in 2012, almost identical to the number in 2011 (7764).
The number of marijuana misdemeanor arrests in 2010 was 54, 849.
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BAKERSFIELD, CA — Police are searching for two suspects in last week’s double homicide at the First Reliable medical marijuana collective in Bakersfield, California.
The first suspect is identified as 32 year old Aaron Burris, who police say is a known member of the East Side Crips gang. Police say Burris pulled the trigger in what is believed to be a robbery attempt at the dispensary.
Burris’ Ford Explorer, which matches the description of an SUV seen leaving the shooting scene, was towed by police Thursday.
Police have issued a $2 million warrant for Burris’ arrest.
Police are also searching for an unidentified woman who was with Burris at the time of the shooting. She is described as a black woman in her 20′s, 5 feet, 2 in. . . . . READ MORE
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Assembly is considering a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes and similar smokeless vaporizers in areas where tobacco smoking is banned.
Though the bill, Senate Bill 648, was approved by the Senate in May as a bill against tobacco e-cigarettes, it would adversely impact use of vaporizers by medical marijuana patents.
Current state law defines e-cigarettes as “device[s] that can provide an inhalable dose of nicotine by delivering a vaporized solution.” This includes a wide range of vaporization devices now widely used for medical marijuana and other herbs, as well as tobacco and nicotine.
California NORML is urging the Assembly to reject SB 648 on the grounds that vaporizers offer a proven, beneficial “harm reduction” substitute for medical marijuana users by reducing exposure to harmful smoke toxins while at the same time posing no second-hand smoke hazard to the public.
Vaporizers are designed to eliminate the respiratory hazards of smoking by eliminating the combustion that produces the smoke. Regular pipes and cigarettes produce carcinogenic tars, particulates and other smoke toxins that are a byproduct of burning leaves.
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WASHINGTON, DC — A bill introduced Thursday by Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and bipartisan cosponsors from California and Colorado would create new penalties for marijuana growers who grow on federal lands or who trespass on other people’s property to grow and who cause environmental damages.
“Trespass grows” are a tempting alternative for growers who seek to avoid having their own properties seized under federal drug asset forfeiture laws.
Growing marijuana on federal lands — or anywhere else, for that matter — is already against federal law, but the cutely-acronymed Protecting Lands Against Narcotics Trafficking (PLANT) Act would instruct the US Sentencing Commission to establish new penalties for “trespass grows.”
The bill identified three environmental concerns: the illegal use of pesticides, rodenticides, or high-grade fertilizers; the “substantial” pilfering of water from local aquifers, and “significant” removal of timber or other vegetation.
Pressed by law enforcement, marijuana growers have increasingly moved onto federal parks and forests, as well as private properties. Last year, in the national forests alone, eradicators cut down nearly a million plants.
Officials and landowners accuse growers of leveling hilltops, starting landslides on erosion-prone hillsides, diverting and damming creeks and streams, and using large amounts of pesticides to protect their crops.
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BAKERSFIELD, CA — Two men were fatally shot Wednesday inside a medical marijuana dispensary in Bakersfield, California, according to police.
Police spokeswoman Michaela Beard said a 911 call reporting possible gunshots fired at the dispensary was received at 9:49 am Wednesday, and officers responded to find two men dead inside the First Reliable medical marijuana collective.
The victims were identified as Devin Scott Daniels, 23, of Bakersfield, and Tony Conrad Sherman, 55, of Los Angeles.
Police would not immediately confirm if the victims were employees or customers, but both are believed to be security guards employed by the collective.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — At a meeting with drug reform advocates in San Francisco, former Mexican President Vicente Fox expressed support for California’s efforts to legally regulate marijuana, medical and otherwise.
Fox said that California has a strong cultural influence on Mexico, and that progress here would help efforts there.
Speakers included Dale Sky Jones for CCPR, Nate Bradley for LEAP and Dale Gieringer for California NORML.
Gieringer noted that marijuana prohibition is an international problem founded on international treaties, which need to be fixed through international cooperation by the U.S., Mexico, and other countries.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A medical marijuana dispensary billed as the world’s largest cannabis store may stay open while the city of Oakland fights a U.S. government effort to shut it down or seize the property, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday in an ongoing tug-of-war in Caifornia between federal authorities and the medical marijuana industry.
In February, Magistrate Maria-Elena James, the same judge who issued the ruling on Wednesday, said the city had no right to intervene in a federal prosecutor’s civil-forfeiture action against the Harborside Health Center, which was previously featured on the Discovery Channel reality TV show “Weed Wars.”
The city appealed the ruling, and James’s latest order allows the dispensary to continue to sell medical marijuana to individuals carrying a doctor’s recommendation while the appeal is under review.
James called the question of Oakland’s legal standing in the case “a matter of significant public interest.”
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