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California: bill urging new federal policy advances

Posted on June 16th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

cannabisThe California State Assembly Committee on Health voted 10-3 on June 15 to pass a resolution urging the federal government to end medical marijuana raids and to "create a comprehensive federal medical marijuana policy that ensures safe and legal access to any patient that would benefit from it."

Oakland city attorney backs legal cannabis

Posted on June 15th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaIn an interview with's Zennie62 blog June 4, Oakland City Attorney John Russo became the first elected official to openly support cannabis legalization, which will be on the November ballot in California. Why does he support legalization? "Well, first, number one I think marijuana prohibition has been a demonstrated failure at this point, no different than alcohol prohibition in the 1920s." Russo says it's also "cooler" for the young to use marijuana and that's it's time for us to get out of "this collective denial" of the situation.

Humboldt hosts community meeting on legal cannabis

Posted on June 12th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

cannabisHumboldt County's Civil Liberties Monitoring Project will host a forum June 19 in Garberville, entitled "Cannabis Health and Safety: The Chemistry, the Economics and the Politics," featuring experts from California and Montana who have taken a "transparent" business approach to cultivating and dispensing marijuana. The Garberville Veterans Association is co-sponsoring this presentation, which will start 7 PM at Veterans Hall.

32nd annual Harmony Festival: party with a purpose

Posted on June 10th, 2010 by looselucy and tagged , , , .

HarmonyThis weekend, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California, will host the 32nd annual Harmony Festival. Considered both a music festival and an exposition for counter-culture lifestyle options, Harmony Festival’s core values include health, art, ecology, healthy living, and spirituality. Starting out as the Health & Harmony Festival in 1978, Harmony is now the longest continuously running premier music and lifestyle festival on the West coast.

Los Angeles: 400 dispensaries ordered to close

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CaliforniaA new Los Angeles ordinance went into effect June 7, requiring that more than 400 unauthorized medical marijuana dispensaries to immediately close their doors. A Superior Court judge rejected a last-minute legal bid to delay implementation. The targeted dispensaries all opened after November 2007, when the LA City Council approved a widely-ignored moratorium on new medicinal cannabis outlets. An estimated 130 dispenasires which were open before then will be allowed to stay open—but will have to register with the city and be subject to inspections. (Vertex News, June 8)

San Jose hosts rowdy hearing on medical cannabis

Posted on June 8th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

cannabisIn San Jose's first public discussion on crafting an ordinance regulating medical cannabis dispensaries, ideas were shot down and applauded at an emotionally charged City Hall meeting June 7. Parents and teachers expressed fears about the proximity of the dispensaries to schools, while patients and operators dismissed the city's proposals as too restrictive.

California bill would make cannabis possession an infraction

Posted on June 7th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaWith all eyes on November's vote on cannabis legalization in California, the state Senate narrowly voted this week to reclassify possession of less than an ounce an infraction with a penalty of $100—rather than its current status as a misdemeanor with the same fine. Since possession of a less than an ounce is not punishable by jail time, "That's an infraction, by definition," according to Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), the author of SB 1449. "All this bill does is call it what it is—an infraction. It doesn't change the penalties."

California Bar approves CannaLaw seminars

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

CaliforniaCalifornia's new Cannabis Law Institute has become the first marijuana law education group to be certified by the State Bar as a "Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Multiple Activity Provider" and is authorized to offer official California MCLE credit for legal education activities. Only a handful of spots are left in their first 75-person seminar, to be held June 5 at the Hilton Sonoma for $420 a head.

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