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CMA House of Delegates Votes To Oppose Cannabis Pain Patient Discrimination

    November 11, 2019 – At their meeting at the end of October in Los Angeles, the House of Delegates of the California Medical Association voted to adopt a recommendation stating, “That CMA oppose policies of health plans, health systems, and hospitals that have pain management programs that automatically eliminate patients who use therapeutic

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Cal NORML Calls For Employment Rights for Cannabis Users at Senate Hearing

California NORML called for state legislation to protect employment rights of cannabis consumers at an informational hearing on cannabis and employment held on Friday, November 8 in the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement committee. Find audio and video recordings of the hearing “Even though cannabis is now legal for adult use, and has been

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States with Laws Protecting Patients’ Medical Rights

Arizona For the purposes of medical care, including organ transplants, a registered qualifying patient’s authorized use of marijuana must be considered the equivalent of the use of any other medication under the direction of a physician and does not constitute the use of an illicit substance or otherwise disqualify a registered qualifying patient from medical

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Membership Special: Join Cal NORML and Get a Thank You Gift

Now through December 31, join Cal NORML as a sustaining member and get a free thank-you gift: your choice of one of two styles of our popular burlap sacks printed with “USA Homegrown” or “California Red Hair Sinsemilla” (shown). Usually available only at Cal NORML information tables at events, these 22″ x 36″ bags are

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CA Committees Hold Hearing on Vaping in Sacramento

October 17, 2019 – Three California Assembly committees held a joint informational hearing on “Vaping Tobacco and Cannabis Products: Health Effects and Deficiencies in Regulation and Current Law” yesterday in Sacramento. Committee chairs Evan Low (Business & Professions), Jim Wood (Health), and Adam Gray (Governmental Organization) made opening remarks. Wood said that he was concerned

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Cannabis Vaping: What’s Safe and What’s Not

  PHOTO: Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Slate vape in HBO’s “Bored to Death” (2011) Download CAL NORML’S Health Advisory on Cannabis Vape Oils UPDATE 11/14 – A fourth death has been reported in California tied to vaping, this one apparently related to e-cigarettes. CDPH continues to urge everyone to refrain from vaping and e-cigarette use,

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Cal NORML Health Advisory: Don’t Use Unlicensed Vape Oils

UPDATE 9/7/2019 – The California Dept. of Public Health has put up a website page about Risks of Vaping.  UPDATE 9/6/2019 – Los Angeles county has reported the first death in California related to the use of e-cigarettes. Officials are holding a press conference this afternoon.  The Center for Disease Control has announced there have

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Cal DOJ Issues Medical Marijuana Guidelines

The California Department of Justice has issued updated Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Cannabis Grown for Medical Use that are in keeping with the advice Cal NORML has been giving patients and collectives in the state. The DOJ guidelines give an overview of the state marijuana laws that have passed, starting with Prop. 215

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CA Earns Only a B+ on Medical Cannabis Access Report Card

  In the yearly Medical Cannabis Access Report Card from Americans for Safe Access, California still has only a B+ Grade. The report states: In 2019, medical cannabis cooperatives became illegal under state law, which is a devastating blow to low- or fixed-income patients. The state also released updated guidance on testing and carried out

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Plumas County Declines to Ban Hemp Cultivation

A 45-day emergency moratorium on hemp cultivation failed to carry by a narrow vote at a meeting of the in Plumas County Board of Supervisors on June 4. Cal NORML was contacted by members in the county and sent a letter to Supervisors asking them not to pass the moratorium. We also alerted supporters in the

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National Guard Joins Local, Fed & State Agencies in Anza Raids

June 6, 2019 – Yesterday, multijurisdictional force of more than 700 personnel from the Army National Guard, the FBI, US Drug Enforcement, and numerous other police and government agencies descended on the Anza Valley region in Riverside County at daybreak and worked throughout the day. Police and military helicopters, and trucks pulling trailers were spotted removing

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FDA Holds Hearing on CBD as CA Moves Forward on Hemp

About 100 people testified at a public hearing held on May 31 by the FDA “in order to inform the regulatory path forward” on CBD. Manufacturers, researchers, doctors, laboratory representatives, lawyers and advocates (pro and con) were among those who spoke. Speakers expressed concern over the lack of uniformity and purity of available CBD preparations,

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