Latest News from California

  • Martinez Votes in Outdoor Cultivation Ban; Rejects Total Ban and Greenhouse Amendment
    April 16 - The Martinez city council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance outlawing the cultivation of medical marijuana outdoors "or within public view."
  • Ammiano Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Back in Assembly
    April 3 - Tom Ammiano has re-introduced his medical marijuana regulation bill under a new bill number, AB 1894. The new bill will be heard in the Assembly later this month, effectively replacing his other bill, AB 604, which had been pending in the State Senate.
  • Zero-Tolerance DUI Bill Re-Introduced
    March 2014 - For the second year in a row, a “zero-tolerance” drug DUI bill has been introduced to the legislature. The bill, AB 2500 by Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), would make it illegal to drive a motor vehicle with any detectable amount of THC or any other controlled substance in one’s blood.
  • Breaking the Taboo on Drug War Debate in San Francisco
    March 25 - After a screening of “Breaking the Taboo” in San Francisco, a panel featuring Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, DPA’s Laura Thomas and activist Dorsey Nunn discussed legalization in California.
  • Cal Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case On Patient Cultivation Rights
    March 26 - In a disappointing setback for Prop 215 patients' rights, the CA Supreme Court denied review of the Maral v Live Oak appellate decision, which upheld the right of local governments to completely ban personal use cultivation by medical marijuana patients.
  • Medical Marijuana Regulation Bills Introduced in Sacramento
    Regulation of the state’s medical marijuana industry tops this year’s legislative agenda for Cal NORML, as two different bills to regulate the industry have been introduced to the legislature
  • Governor Brown: Who Says "Potheads" Aren't Productive?
    March 7 - California NORML, the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, has launched an advertising campaign in response to Governor Jerry Brown's pronouncement on "Meet the Press" that "potheads" are unable to compete in the modern workforce, and that therefore he does not favor marijuana legalization in California.
  • California Democratic Party Calls For Marijuana Legalization In Its Platform
  • CA Hearings on AB 1588 (1000-foot school distance rule) set for March 11th
    March 5, 2014 - The California Assembly Public Safety Committee will be hearing AB 1588 (Conway) on March 11th. The bill would expand the minimum distance of dispensaries or collectives from schools to 1,000 feet from the present 600 feet.
  • Shasta County Stands Up for Outdoor Cultivation Rights
    February 28, 2014 - Against all odds, the citizens of Shasta county have turned in an estimated 13,080 signatures on a referendum to repeal their outdoor cultivation ban, only 20 days after their campaign began. The number is more than twice the 6,600 valid signatures needed to overturn the measure.
  • Feds Issue New Banking Regulations for MJ-Related Businesses - But California May Not Be Eligible Due to Lack of State Licensing
    February 14, 2014 - The Dept of Justice has announced new federal guidelines for providing financial services to marijuana-related businesses. But because California doesn't have a state licensing system, it's questionable whether these guidelines apply in California.
    February 13, 2014 - Lawmakers in San Francisco and Los Angeles are considering legislation to ban the use of smokeless e-cigarettes and vaporizers wherever smoking is banned - including many outdoor locations. Although advocates claim to be targeting tobacco use, e-cigs are broadly defined in the law so as to include cannabis vaporizers.
  • Why BHO? Seven Possible Reasons for the Butane Craze
    February 7, 2014 - You’d think the possibility of blowing yourself up making butane hash would stifle enthusiasm for the product, but BHO hash oil seems to be spreading everywhere unabated. Here are some possible reasons why.
  • Tuolumne County Tables Outdoor Cultivation / Dispensary Ban
    February 4 - By a vote of 5-0, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors voted to table an ordinance that would have banned medical marijuana dispensaries and outdoor cultivation today.
  • Cal NORML Opposes Bans on Smokeless E-Cigs and Vaporizers
    January 26 - As the popularity of cannabis e-cigs and vaporizers has taken off, California NORML has been busy fighting bills to ban e-cigs in non-smoking areas and has published an oped in today's Sacramento Bee about the topic.
  • Feds to Announce Banking Regulations for Marijuana Businesses
    January 24 - The surest way to guarantee federal recognition for CA's medical cannabis providers would be to enact AB 604 by Assemblyman Ammiano, soon to be heard in the State Senate.
  • Fresno County Bans All Medical Marijuana Cultivation and Distribution
    January 7 -The Fresno County Board of Supervisors Supervisors has voted 5-0 to ban ALL medical marijuana cultivation as a public nuisance. The County is also banning dispensaries and collectives, leaving patients no legal access to medicine.
  • Local Bans on Medical Marijuana Patient Cultivation Challenged by Cal NORML
    January 3 - In a lawsuit supported by California NORML, attorney Joe Elford has filed a petition today asking the State Supreme Court to review a recent Third District Appellate Court decision that upheld the right of local governments to ban medical marijuana cultivation entirely.
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to Decide on Fundamental Right to Use Cannabis as Medicine
    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in San Francisco, will decide on whether citizens in the nine Western states which make up the Ninth Circuit have a fundamental right to possess, use, and distribute cannabis for medical purposes as allowed by state law.
  • LA News - Prop. D Upheld/Saliva Tests Questionable
    January 2, 2014 - Los Angeles Judge Hammock has upheld the city's medical marijuana ordinance Proposition D. LA-area collectives should expect that the city will proceed to enforce the ordinance. In other LA news, the police department has begun to deploy oral saliva swabs for DUI checks.
  • CalNORML Vigilant for Our Rights Again in 2013
    CalNORML's year-end newsletter is in the mail to our members. Read about our 2013 accomplishments and activities and join us to support our efforts in 2014.

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