News Archive 2010

  • CaNORML 2010 Accomplishments and Plans for 2011
    California NORML is proud to have been on the forefront of marijuana reform in 2010, a year that marked a memorable turning point in the movement as legalization finally emerged as a serious political issue.
  • Where Next for Marijuana Reform? Cal NORML Conference January 29th in Berkeley
    Dec. 15 - In the aftermath of Proposition 19, California NORML will host a statewide conference to discuss the future of marijuana reform efforts in California at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on Saturday, January 29, 2011.
  • Dale Gieringer Named Freedom Fighter of the Year
    Nov. 17 - California NORML director Dale Gieringer will receive the High Times Freedom Fighter of the Year Award next week at the magazine's annual Cannabis Cup celebration in Amsterdam.
  • The November Election and Beyond
    Nov. 3 - Voters rejected California's path-breaking marijuana legalization initiative Proposition 19 by 46% - 54%, but Prop. 19 broke new ground in the marijuana debate. Regardless of Prop 19, it's important to remember that marijuana remains firmly legal for medical purposes in California.
  • California Voters Approve Local Medical Marijuana Tax Measures, Vote 46% To Support Prop. 19
    Nov. 3, 11 AM PDT - While Californians rejected Prop 19 to allow adult use of marijuana, they proved eager to approve measures to tax and regulate medical marijuana.
  • CAMP Eradicates 4.3 Milliion Plants - More Than State's Annual Consumption
    October 30 - California's CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) marijuana eradication reported 4,320,314 plant seizures in 2010, slightly less than last year's all-time record of 4,463,917.
  • Marijuana Taxes & Regulations on Local Ballots
    Oct. 18 - Several cities will be voting on marijuana business tax measures on this November's ballot. In addition to applying to medical marijuana sales, some would apply to recreational marijuana in the event Prop 19 passes. Cal NORML opposes Albany Measure Q, La Puente Measure N, Rancho Cordova Measure O, San Jose Measure U, and the dispensary bans in Santa Barbara and Morro Bay. We support Berkeley's Measure T and are neutral on the other tax measures.
  • California NORML: Yes on Prop. 19
    Oct. 6 - The higher the vote for Prop 19 on November 2nd, the stronger the message for reform. For that reason, California NORML strongly urges a “yes” vote on Prop 19.
  • BILL TO DECRIMINALIZE MINOR POT POSSESSION OFFENSES SIGNED BY GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER
    Sept. 30 - A bill to downgrade the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Bill Bans Collective Operations Within 600 Feet of Schools
    Sept. 30 - Gov. Schwarzenegger signed bill AB 2650 (Buchanan), which prohibits medical marijuana collectives from operating within 600 feet of a school as of Jan 1, 2011.
  • California Marijuana Arrests Remain Near Record Levels in 2009
    Sept. 1 - According to data from the Bureau of Criminal Statistics, California reported nearly the same number of marijuana arrests in 2009 as in the previous, record year.
  • CA Assembly Approves Bill to Downgrade MJ Possession to an Infraction
    Aug. 30 - The California state Assembly voted 43-33 to approve Sen. Mark Leno's bill SB 1449 downgrading petty marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction. Californians are urged to tell the Governor to sign SB 1449 into law
  • CA Assembly Rejects Medical Marijuana Resolution SJR 14
    Aug 30 - In a disappointing display of legislative perversity, the California Assembly rejected State Senator Mark Leno's medical marijuana resolution SJR14.
  • Stop SB1131- Medical Marijuana Tax Bill
    Aug. 25 - State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) is seeking to push through a last-minute bill to establish a statewide BOE tax registration system for medical marijuana sellers, distributors, growers and transporters.
  • Anaheim Court Decision Rejects Federal Preemption Argument
    August 18 - In a long-awaited ruling, the California Court of Appeals ruled that the city of Anaheim could not use federal pre-emption as a grounds to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Driving, Worker Safety Not Affected by Legalization
    July 27 - A a careful review of the scientific evidence shows that fears about marijuana’s impact on road safety are unwarranted. There is no good scientific evidence that drug testing improves workplace safety.
  • CAL NORML Joins Coalition Opposing President Obama's Pick To Head The Drug Enforcement Administration
    July 21 - Citing the raid by DEA agents on Joy Greenfield, the first patient to register in Mendocino's path-breaking licensing program for medical marijuana growers, Cal NORML joins a national coalition of groups calling on the administration to withdraw the re-appointment of Michele Leonhart to head the DEA.
  • PROPOSED OAKLAND CULTIVATION ORDINANCE WOULD UNDULY RESTRICT SMALL-SCALE CULTIVATION
    July 12 - The Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee will be hearing an ordinance to regulate and license marijuana cultivation facilities at city hall Tuesday, July 13 at 6 PM.
  • DEA Flouts Mendocino Medical Marijuana Ordinance by Raiding First Grow Permit Applicant
    July 7 - The DEA flouted Mendocino County's newly enacted medical marijuana cultivation ordinance by raiding the first collective that had applied to the sheriff's cultivation permit program
  • Leno Decriminalization Bill Passes Public Safety Committee
    June 23 - The California Assembly Public Safety Committee approved Sen. Mark Leno's bill SB 1449 to downgrade petty marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.
  • UPDATE: Medical Marijuana Taxation Bill Withdrawn
    June 22 - A California bill to tax medical marijuana like tobacco is has been withdrawn by its sponsor.
  • Patients Challenge Tehama County Anti-Cultivation Ordinance
    June 7 - In a lawsuit supported by California NORML, Tehama County patients have filed suit against a county ordinance that limits their right to grow marijuana at home.
  • Watered-Down Dispensary Bill Passes Assembly
    June 4 - The California Assembly has passed a bill, AB 2650, that bans dispensaries within 600 feet of schools.
  • California Collects $100 Million in Cannabis Sales Taxes
    The California Board of Equalization reports that the state is collecting $50 - $100 million in sales taxes from medical marijuana, confirming the estimate previously published in an economic analysis by California NORML.
  • NEW FEDERAL ARRESTS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT OBAMA MEDICAL MARIJUANA POLICY
    May 4 - A medical marijuana raid by the Naval Criminal Intelligence Service has led to the arrest of five defendants on federal charges.
  • 4/20 Bills Pass Committees
    Legislative committees considered a pair of marijuana bills on April 20, approving Mark Leno's bill SB 1449 to make petty pot offenses an infraction, and narrowly passing a much watered-down version of Assemblywoman Buchanan's bill AB 2650 to limit dispensary siting.
  • AB2650 Would Limit Dispensary Locations Throughout California
    April 15 - A bill that would drastically limit medical marijuana dispensary siting is scheduled for hearing in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on April 20th.
  • Jury Acquits Eugene Davidovich on All Four Counts
    March 28 - After a two-week trial, a jury has fully acquitted Eugene Davidovich on four counts of possession and sales of marijuana. Davidovich's San Diego-based medical marijuana delivery service was targeted in a sting operation called Operation Green Rx that worked from CalNORML's online list of collectives.
  • Local Ordinances Attack Patients’ Right to Grow
    March 17 - As federal DEA pressure subsides in California, opponents of medical marijuana are pushing to impose new and unprecedented restrictions on medical marijuana cultivation through local ordinances of dubious constitutionality.
  • Sen. Leno Introduces Cal. Bill to Make MJ Possession an Infraction
    March 14 - State Sen. Mark Leno (D-SF) has announced the introduction of a bill (SB1449) to downgrade possession of one ounce or less of marijuana to an infraction instead of a misdemeanor.
  • AB1811 Would Legalize Paraphernalia for Medical Use
    March 10 - A bill to legalize medical marijuana paraphernalia has been introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-SF). The bill, AB 1811, modifies the existing drug paraphernalia law to exempt items designed or marketed for lawful purposes, notably medical use of marijuana.
  • Marijuana Legalization Bill AB 2254 Submitted to Cal Legislature
    Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has re-submitted his bill to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in California. The new bill, AB 2254, is identical to its predecessor AB 390, which was approved by the Public Safety Committee in January.
  • California Studies Show Medical Marijuana Effective
    Feb. 17 - In a landmark report to the state legislature, the UCSD-based California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research announced that its studies have shown marijuana to have therapeutic value.
  • Tax Cannabis 2010 Initiative Headed for November Ballot
    Jan. 28 - California voters will have the opportunity to vote for marijuana reform this November. The Tax and Regulate Cannabis Initiative or "TC2010" has submitted more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.
  • Obama Nominates Leonhart for DEA Administrator
    Jan. 26 - President Obama has signaled more of the same in drug policy by nominating Bush appointee Michele Leonhart as DEA administrator.
  • Ca Supreme Court Strikes Down Medical Marijuana Possession, Cultivation Limits
    January 21 - As expected, the court struck down the so-called SB 420 quantity limits in Ca Health & Safety code 11362.77 as applied to patients' right to grow, but upheld their application for other purposes, e.g. as a "safe harbor" guideline for protecting patients from arrest.
  • LA Finally Votes (But It's Not Yet Final)
    January 20 - By an 11-3 preliminary vote, the Los Angeles City Council moved to adopt a medical marijuana ordinance requiring collectives to locate outside a 1000-foot buffer from sensitive use properties.
  • California Public Safety Committee Passes AB390
    January 12 - The Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 4-3 to approve Tom Ammmiano's bill to legalize and regulate marijuana, the first time a legislative body has ever voted to repeal MJ prohibition.
  • Historic Hearings on Marijuana Legalization in Sacramento
    January 12 - The California Assembly Public Safety Committee will be voting on Tom Ammiano's landmark bill to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana (AB390) this Tuesday, Jan 12th. The bill is expected to be heard when the committee convenes at 9 am.
  • Let's Blitz Sacramento for Legalization!
    We are kicking off 2010 with a major legalization blitz in Sacramento. The California legislature will be hearing Tom Ammiano’s landmark legalization bill AB 390 on Jan. 12th. We are asking all California activists to start the new year by contacting their Assembly members in support of AB 390. The legislature is returning into session on Jan 4th, so we have just one week to do this.
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