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More Southern California dispensaries raided

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

CaliforniaFive cannabis dispensaries were raided by a multi-agency task force in Southern California Oct. 6, with 11 arrested in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. Among those targeted was the Alternative Medicine Collective of Covina. "This organization was definitely working outside the law," said Capt. Ralph Ornelas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Narcotics Bureau said. "Our investigation proved they were charging people and making a profit out of it. You're not supposed to make a profit."

Wells Fargo suspends account of medicinal cream producer

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

Doc Green's Healing Collective, producers of the cannabis-infused Doc Green's Therapeutic Healing Cream, has received a letter from Wells Fargo sating that the business' account has been closed pending review—citing the "nature of the business." Doc Green's co-founder Ramona Moonflower Rubin told Global Ganja Report business is now paralyzed, and the collective is considering its options. Rubin notes the irony: "We are producers of topical cannabis products that don't have any psychoactive effect. They don't get users high, they just provide pain relief when applied directly to the affected area."

California attorney general candidates hedge on Prop 19

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

CaliforniaIn the Oct. 5 debate between the two candidates for state attorney general, both were asked: If California voters pass Proposition 19, would they defend it in court? Neither Democrat Kamala Harris, the San Francisco district attorney, nor Republican Steve Cooley, the Los Angeles district attorney, gave a direct "yes" or a "no" answer.

Prop 19 opponents have a cow at palace

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

CaliforniaA debate over California's Proposition 19 was disrupted by critics of the measure, who heckled scheduled speakers and interrupted proceedings at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo at San Francisco's Cow Palace Sept. 25. What the Legalization Nation blog wryly dubs "Stoners Against Legalization" teamed up with cultural conservative crashers to shout down Prop 19 advocates.

Sacramento bill prepares for legal cannabis

Posted on October 6th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaSan Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on Sept. 23 introduced a bill to provide a regulatory structure for cannabis if California voters approve Proposition 19 on Nov. 2. One of the arguments Prop 19 opponents make is that the measure doesn't provide details or direction on how the substance should be regulated. Assembly Bill 9 6X would create a statewide regulatory system to oversee the sale of cannabis to Californians at least 21 years old, while still allowing local governments to decide whether to allow the sale of the substance. (Sacramento Bee, Sept. 22)

San Diego dispensary operator convicted

Posted on September 30th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CaliforniaSan Diego area medical marijuana dispensary operator Jovan Jackson was convicted by a jury Sept. 28 on all three counts of possession and sales. The conviction came after San Diego Superior Court Judge Howard H. Shore refused to allow Jackson a medical defense at trial. The jury took less than 24 hours to reach a verdict. Jackson is likely to appeal the conviction and his inability to use a medical defense. Leading medical marijuana patients' rights group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) had previously submitted a brief in Jackson's case supporting his right to a medical defense and is considering assisting with an appeal.

Drug Czar rep disses medical marijuana, legalization

Posted on September 28th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

cannabisThe Obama administration opposes legalizing marijuana and views medical marijuana dubiously as well, said Kevin Sabet, special adviser for policy at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "Marijuana cannot be the one exception in history of the world that doesn’t go through a scientific process to be approved as medicine," Sabet told the Montana Supreme Court Administrator's annual drug court conference in Helena. “It doesn’t make any sense. “How can we imagine that a dangerous, illegal drug like marijuana should be voted on by the people? That’s not how we do medicine in this country.”

Gary Johnson speaks at Cannabis Revival

Posted on September 27th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

Cannabis RevivalNearly 4,000 attended the 11th annual Cannabis Revival in Joplin, Mo., on Sept. 25. Among the speakers advocating for legalization of marijuana was former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (1995-2002). Kelly Maddy, director of the Joplin chapter of the NORML and organizer of the Cannabis Revival, said the weekend event was held as a way to encourage public involvement in marijuana law reform. Johnson, who has toured the country speaking on the issue, says the drug should be regulated and taxed like alcohol. (AP, The Fuse, Joplin, Sept. 26)

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