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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.

Saving the history of cannabis prohibition

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Have you ever heard the expression ‘those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it’? “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~George Santayana “… and those who do remember, are doomed to scream in frustration.” ~the meme-verse How often does one hear family stories like ‘grandfather was a moonshiner’ […]

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Legalization has reached every continent but Antarctica. Part II

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This Friday, pillars of the international cannabis community will be gathering in San Francisco, California, for the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC). Every ICBC is a meeting of the minds which features cannabis and hemp industry leaders, politicians and regulators, and others hoping to launch companies and their political careers. Now, with the World Health […]

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Gov urges end to MMJ smoking ban

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Florida lawmakers imposed a smoking / vaping ban after voters passed a constitutional amendment legalizing medical cannabis. Governor DeSantis has told a press conference, "Whether (patients) have to smoke it or not, who am I to judge that? I want people to be able to have their suffering relieved."

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Legalization has reached every continent but Antarctica. Part I

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Pillars of the international cannabis community will be gathering in San Francisco, California on February 8, for the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC). Every ICBC is a meeting of the minds which features cannabis and hemp industry leaders, politicians and regulators, and others hoping to launch companies and their political careers. Now, with the World […]

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NM on the verge of legalization?

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New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is yet another Democrat committed to making good on her promise to legalize cannabis in her state. On the campaign trail Grisham said, “I am committed to working with the Legislature to move towards legalizing recreational cannabis in a way that improves public safety, boosts state revenues, and allows for […]

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HR 420 to legalize cannabis federally

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, January 9 introduced House of Representatives Bill H.R. 420, the Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act. “While the bill number may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, the issue is very serious. Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out of touch and have negatively impacted countless […]

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HF-420 proposes to legalize cannabis in MN

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Another legalization bill numbered 420 is working its way toward becoming law. Last week was the federal HR-420. This time it is HF 420, to legalize cannabis by 2022 or earlier. Minnesota already has a medical marijuana program. State lawmakers introduced legislation January 28 to end marijuana prohibition in the state and replace it with […]

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Ohio medical marijuana off to slow start

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Medical marijuana sales began in Ohio January 16 but product types and supplies were limited and, two-and-a-half years after the program was signed into law, delays with implementation continue for most of the state. "While this is historic, it is also bittersweet," said one supporter, pointing to the delays.

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Virgin Islands enact medical cannabis program

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Bryan is one of a new breed of elected Democrat governors taking quick action to reform cannabis laws. Cuomo recently unveiled a plan for New York, Murphy is moving ahead in New Jersey and California's Gavin Newsom led the campaign to legalize adult use in Proposition 64 while he was still lieutenant governor.

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Vermont bans odor-based vehicle searches

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Odor is often used by police as a pretext for warrant-less searches, but legalization changes that. The Vermont State High Court has held that the smell of burnt cannabis alone, absent any evidence of driver impairment, can no longer justify police to seize and search a defendant's vehicle.

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