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What to know: Legal marijuana in California

Last November's election legalized marijuana in California. The odor of smoked marijuana is no longer an indicator of criminal activity, which makes a huge difference on how police must now act.

Can anyone over 21 purchase marijuana? - Not yet, applications for cannabis businesses begin in December of 2017 and the first permits are expected January 2, 2018. After then, the businesses will start sales.  Sonoma seems to have started their sales off last month.

Where can I smoke Marijuana? - You can't consume marijuana in a public place or side walk or around children. Driving and boating are out. Your residence is a fine place to consume and there will also be consumption clubs where you can smoke in a social setting. Magnolia Wellness in Berkeley already is serving patients at their consumption area.

Can I grow marijuana? - Yes, I'm sure these adult use clubs will stock starter clones or seeds and each household can grow 6 plants (more with a med card). Don't carry more than an ounce of dried flowers or 8 grams of concentrate while traveling. At home you're allowed to have the harvest from 6 plants.

What's the price? - The price tends to tumble in states that legalize even if it starts out high. A local favorite here, Flow Kanna brand, already has eights for $35, expect that to drop to $25 or less.

What about edibles? - They are strong AF. Read the dose info on the package then follow it. It is extremely uncomfortable to over dose on THC, and ingested THC is a different THC than when smoked, so experience smokers beware. 

The marijuana industry in California is huge, nothing this size has come online yet. Look for tourism to be huge around LA and the Bay and points North.

Virginia Crime Data Shows 20% Increase in Marijuana Arrests

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Virginia Crime Data Shows 20% Increase in Marijuana Arrests | NORML

Marijuana-related arrests increased over 20 percent between the years 2016 and 2017, according to crime data compiled by the Virginia State Police. Law enforcement officials made 27,852 arrests for marijuana violations, according to the report – up from 21,637 in 2016. At that time, Virginia ranked sixth in the nation for total marijuana arrests, and fifteenth overall in per capita marijuana arrests. Overall, […]

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New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments with Legal Marijuana

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New Federal Bill Would Protect States’ Experiments with Legal Marijuana | Phillip Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — A bipartisan group of legislators have introduced a bill in both houses of Congress that would protect state marijuana legalization, medical marijuana, and decriminalization laws from federal interference. Under the measure, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act), the Controlled Substances Act’s (CSA) provisions federally criminalizing marijuana would […]

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Canadian Senate Approves Historic Cannabis Regulation Measure

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Canadian Senate Approves Historic Cannabis Regulation Measure | NORML

OTTAWA, ON — Members of the Canadian Senate voted late last week in favor of Bill C-45, sweeping legislation amending the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that those over the age of 18 may legally possess, purchase, and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. Since Senate members added amendments to the bill, it now returns to the […]

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“Cole memo” federal prosecutor to speak at NCIA

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James Cole, former deputy attorney general of the United States and author of the famous 2013 ‘Cole Memo,’ which fundamentally shifted the legal landscape for cannabis in America, will be the featured keynote speaker at the National Cannabis Industry Association’s 2018 Cannabis Business Summit® & Expo. In a not-to-be-missed fireside chat interview with NCIA executive director Aaron Smith, Cole […]

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Cannabis community backs Newsom for Cal governor

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California’s cannabis community is faced with a choice for Governor in November: A Democrat who helped legalize cannabis in the state or a Republican who wants to ramp up the Drug War and force treatment on cannabis consumers. Democrat Gavin Newsom, currently the state Lieutenant Governor as well as the top vote-getter in the June […]

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The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice

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The RESPECT Resolution Seeks Restorative Justice | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced The “RESPECT Resolution: Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades” to elevate the importance of equity within the legal cannabis marketplace. The RESPECT Resolution seeks both economic and reparative justice, ensuring that disenfranchised communities will be able to benefit equally in the emerging legal […]

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More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances

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More Pennsylvania Cities Push for Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances | NORML

BETHLEHEM, PA — Members of the Bethlehem city council have moved toward the enactment of a local ordinance that seeks to make first-time minor marijuana possession offenses punishable by a $25 fine. Members decided unanimously in favor of the proposal on its first reading. A final vote is anticipated in about two weeks. However, it remains unclear […]

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Marijuana equity bill introduced in Congress

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced The “RESPECT Resolution: Realizing Equitable & Sustainable Participation in Emerging Cannabis Trades” to elevate the importance of equity within the legal cannabis marketplace. While people of color, particularly Black and Latino males, have borne the brunt of the Drug War, primarily white people have benefited from the licenses issued in states […]

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Michigan Marijuana Legalization Heading to November Ballot

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Michigan Marijuana Legalization Heading to November Ballot | Marijuana Policy Project

The Michigan State Legislature was not able to garner the votes needed to pass the marijuana legalization ballot initiative supported by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The issue will now appear on Michigan’s Nov. 6 ballot. If approved by voters, Michigan would become the 10th state to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for all […]

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Senators Warren and Gardner Introduce STATES Act to Respect State Cannabis Laws

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Senators Warren and Gardner Introduce STATES Act to Respect State Cannabis Laws | Americans for Safe Access

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) to respect state determinations about cannabis policy. The bill was also introduced in the House of Representatives by David Joyce (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). The STATES Act allows each state, the […]

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Michigan Voters Will Decide on Legalizing Marijuana in November

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Michigan Voters Will Decide on Legalizing Marijuana in November | Kate Zawidzki

LANSING, MI — After lawmakers opted not to take legislative action, Michigan’s initiative to regulate marijuana has officially moved to the November ballot. Michigan is poised to become the 10th state to legalize marijuana for adult use. According to recent polls, six out of 10 voters in Michigan support the proposal to end marijuana prohibition. […]

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Canada’s Parliament Votes to End Marijuana Prohibition

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Canada’s Parliament Votes to End Marijuana Prohibition | Marijuana Policy Project

OTTAWA, ON — Canada moved another step closer to ending its prohibition of marijuana last week when the Senate approved legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. Bill C-45 will now head back to the House of Commons, which has already approved a previous version. Once approved in the House, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s […]

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Medical Marijuana Protections Included in Senate CJS Appropriations Bill

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Medical Marijuana Protections Included in Senate CJS Appropriations Bill | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — For the first time ever, United States Senators have included protections for state medical marijuana laws in their base Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies approved the spending legislation Tuesday, including a provision that would block the Justice Department from using […]

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Oklahoma Voters to Decide on Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Two Weeks

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Oklahoma Voters to Decide on Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Two Weeks | Paul Armentano

Oklahoma voters will decide on Tuesday, June 26, on State Question 788 — a statewide voter-initiated measure that permits doctors to use their discretion to recommend medical cannabis to patients. Under the proposed plan, licensed medical marijuana patients may cultivate up to six mature plants, and may possess personal use quantities of marijuana flower, edibles, or infused […]

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House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment

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House Appropriations Committee Blocks Cannabis Banking Amendment | Justin Strekal

WASHINGTON, DC — The House Appropriations Committee took up and defeated language known as the Safe Banking Amendment offered by Congressman David Joyce (R-OH) on Wednesday, June 13th. If adopted, regulators would not be authorized to use federal funds to threaten sanctions against banks working with marijuana-related businesses and entrepreneurs. The defeat of the Safe Banking Amendment was […]

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