Bill Introduced to Make California a Sanctuary State for Marijuana

Similar to how sanctuary cities have been established to protect immigrants, a new bill would make California a sanctuary state to protect marijuana consumers.

Sanctuary StateAssembly Bill 1578 would prohibit state and local agencies from using “money, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to assist a federal agency to investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest a person for commercial or noncommercial marijuana or medical cannabis activity that is authorized by law in the State of California”, unless there is a court order signed by a judge.

It would also prevent them from responding to a request “made by a federal agency for personal information about an individual who is authorized to possess, cultivate, transport, manufacture, sell, or possess for sale marijuana or marijuana products or medical cannabis or medical cannabis products, if that request is made for the purpose of investigating or enforcing federal marijuana law.”

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California Bill Would Allow Marijuana Businesses to be Trademarked Under State Law

A California measure would allow marijuana businesses to be trademarked under state law.

Assembly Bill 64 would expand the state’s Model State Trademark law to explicitly include cannabis businesses. This includes businesses that deal in “medical cannabis and nonmedical cannabis goods and services.”

According to the proposal, which was filed by Assemblymember Rob Bonta:

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Those 21 and Older in California can Now Legally Possess and Grow Cannabis

budOn November 8th California voters overwhelming gave approval to Proposition 64 to legalize cannabis. What many people don’t realize is that the provisions in the initiative allowing everyone 21 and older to possess and grow cannabis are now in full effect.

Under the new law, those 21+ can possess and share up to an ounce of cannabis, and up to eight grams of cannabis concentrates. In addition, they can cultivate up to six cannabis plants at a private residence. The initiative also legalizes cannabis retail outlets (supplied by licensed cultivation centers), though they aren’t expected to be open until sometime in 2018.

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One Week Until These Five States Vote on Legalizing Cannabis

states voteIt’s hard to believe, but we are now just one week and two days away from the 2016 election. In addition to a heated presidential race, there are five states voting on the legalization of cannabis for those 21+.

Below are these five states, all of which have the opportunity on November 8th to legalize cannabis:

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United Farm Workers Endorses California’s Prop 64 to Legalize Cannabis

united farm workersThe United Farm Workers (UFW), founded by Cesar Chavez, announced today that they have officially endorsed California’s Proposition 64 to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older.

“Proposition 64 will bring legal justice and job training to communities of color that have been cynically targeted by the failed war on marijuana,” says UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez. “It also extends strong worker and safety protections for those who toil in the fields of this industry and work in every part of the supply chain. UFW is pleased to endorse it.”

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Just 3 Weeks Until These 5 States Vote to Legalize Cannabis

5 States VoteWe are now just three weeks and two days away from the November 8th election. During this election, five states will be voting on the legalization of cannabis for recreational use. Three additional states (Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota) are voting on medical cannabis legalization.

Below is a short summary of all five recreational legalization initiatives:

Cannabis Legalization Initiatives:

  • Nevada: If passed into law, Question 2 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The personal cultivation of up to six plants, and state-licensed cannabis retail outlets, would also be allowed. Question 2 is the first among these batch of initiatives to officially make the ballot.
  • Arizona: The fact that legalization is up for a vote in Arizona is one of the more surprising things about this election. Similar to Nevada’s Question 2, Initiative 5 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, and cannabis retail outlets, for those 21 and older.

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California Bill to Allow Landlords to Ban Medical Cannabis Use Now Dead

landlordsLegislation that would have allowed landlords to prohibit medical cannabis patients from smoking their medicine at home is officially dead, as Assemblymember Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) has dropped it after failing to garner the support necessary to move it forward.

Assembly Bill 2300 would have expanded a 2011 law that allows landlords to ban cigarette use by allowing them to also ban the use of medical cannabis. Assemblymember Wood argued that the proposal was about “protecting families that live in close proximity to others”, and that patients can use other methods of consuming cannabis other than smoking. However, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, convinced Wood to drop the bill after arguing that not all patients find the same effectiveness in cannabis when not smoking it.

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Just 50 Days Before 9 States Votes to Legalize Recreational or Medical Cannabis

Legalize RecreationalThe 2016 election, which will be held on November 8th, is now just 50 days away. Five states – 10% of the entire country – will be voting on whether or not to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older, while four additional states will be voting on the legalization of medical cannabis.

For those wanting to know more information about each state’s proposals, here is a short breakdown:

States Voting for Recreational Legalization:

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California Highway Patrol Doesn’t Oppose Prop 64 to Legalize Cannabis, to Remain Neutral

California Highway Patrol In what will come as a surprise to many, the California Highway Patrol isn’t opposed to Proposition 64 to legalize recreational cannabis, spokesperson Fran Clader tells us. Instead, they are and plan to remain entirely neutral on the initiative that’s up for a vote this November.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Doug Villars, president of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, stressed his displeasure with the initiative not establishing a specific THC driving limit. Clader says that although some within the Highway Patrol oppose the initiative, as a whole the group is neutral, and will remain that way through to the election.

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Poll: 71% of California Voters Plan to Vote “Yes” on Cannabis Legalization in November

californiaNew polling conducted by the CALSPEAKS Opinion Research Center has found that a vast majority of voters in California plan to vote “Yes” on Proposition 64 this November to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older.

According to the poll, 71% of likely voters in the state are leaning towards voting in favor of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, for those 21 and older. The measure would also established a system of licensed cannabis cultivation centers and retail outlets.

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