CaNORML News Archive 2014

    December 19 – This year saw California NORML active on multiple fronts while we undertook preparations for a 2016 legalization initiative with the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform. Please join Cal NORML, renew your membership, or make a year-end donation to help us with our work in 2015!
  • Marijuana Arrests Steady, DUIs Decline in California
    December 12 – California reported 13,779 felony and 6,587 misdemeanor arrests for marijuana in 2013, about the same as the year before. Meanwhile, the number of DUI arrests dropped 7.5% to 162,199, the lowest level in decades.
  • A Tale of Two Counties: Fresno Balks But El Dorado Listens
    December 2 – Fresno supervisors failed to end their medical marijuana cultivation ban, while El Dorado county let stand their ordinance, opting to look at altering it rather than repeal it.
  • Fresno County To Consider Ending Its Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ban for Small Gardens
    December 1 – At a meeting tomorrow morning, Fresno county—the only county in California that has enacted a total ban on the cultivation of medical marijuana (indoors and out)—is considering allowing a 12-plant exemption to their ban, as well as amending fines and administrative procedures around their ordinance.
  • US Veterans Denied Pain Medications Over Medical Marijuana Use
    November 10 – As the US prepares to honor its veterans on Veteran’s Day, California NORML has been receiving phone calls and emails from vets who are being told by their VA doctors that they must choose between their prescription pain medications or their medical marijuana.
  • Two Veterans Tell Their Story: VA Hospitals in Southern California Deny Medical Marijuana Patients Their Prescription Meds
  • California Cities Vote to Tax Marijuana; Northern CA Cultivation Measures Fail
    November 5, 2014 – California voters at the local level continue to favor taxing marijuana, but aren’t sure the want to see it grown, or sold.
  • Prof. Madras Defends US Government Position on Marijuana Scheduling at Court Hearing in Sacramento
    October 30 – The fourth and fifth days of U.S. court hearings before Judge Kimberly Mueller on the constitutionality of marijuana’s schedule one classification was spent in cross-examining the government’s only witness, Dr. Bertha Madras, Professor of Psychobiology at the Harvard School of Medicine.
  • Government Witness to Defend Marijuana’s Schedule One Status Today
    October 29 – Dr. Bertha Madras will take the stand today in federal court in Sacramento to defend her declaration arguing that marijuana should remain in Schedule One (no accepted medical use; high potential for abuse).
  • Day Two of Scheduling Hearings: Drs. Carl Hart and Philip Denney Take the Stand
    October 28 – Dr. Carl Hart (right) left the witness stand as unscathed as Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner following his masterful testimony on cross-examination by US Attorney Gregory Broderick yesterday.
  • Day One Testimony in Federal Marijuana Rescheduling Hearing
    October 24 – Dr. Gregory Carter was cross-examined by video today in Judge Kimberly J. Mueller’s federal courtroom in Sacramento, after Carter submitted a declaration in support of defendants’ claim in United States v. Pickard, et. al. that there is no rational basis to treat marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance.
  • SF Federal Court Rules Warrantless Medical Marijuana Raids in Lake County Violate U.S. Constitution
    October 15 – Federal District Court Judge Thelton Henderson ruled yesterday that medical marijuana patients have demonstrated a strong likelihood of prevailing at trial on their claim that law enforcement raids in Lake County unconstitutionally violate their Fourth Amendment rights.
  • Statewide Reform Group Endorses “No on A” in Shasta County
    October 14 – California NORML, the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, has endorsed the No on Measure A campaign in Shasta county.
  • Over 20,000 Arrested in California on Marijuana Charges in 2013
    October 5, 2014 – According to the California Attorney General’s office, there were 13,779 felony and 6,567 misdemeanor marijuana arrests in California in 2013.
  • California NORML Backs CCPR Unity Initiative for Marijuana Legalization 2016
    October 1, 2014 – Plans are afoot for a unity initiative to legalize marijuana in California in 2016. A statewide coalition of advocates, including California NORML, has formed the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), to help lead the effort under the banner of

  • Ending the 100-Year War on Marijuana in California
    September 8 – The disastrous legacy of the war on marijuana will be addressed at a press conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first “marihuana” raid in LA’s Mexican Sonoratown neighborhood (pictured) on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 am. at LA City Hall. Download flyer.
  • Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill SB1262 “Held in Committee”
    August 14 – Medical marijuana regulation bill SB1262 has been held in the Appropriations committee, meaning it won’t see a floor vote this year.
  • Emerald Unity Coalition Kicks Off MMCA Campaign in Lake County
    July 21 – A successful Emerald Unity Coalition event was held on Saturday, July 19 in Lake County to kick off the MMCA (Medical Marijuana Control Act), an initiative that will be on the November ballot to establish better regulations in Lake for marijuana gardens.
  • Tell California’s Senators to End Federal Interference in CA’s Marijuana Laws
    June 2 – Call on Senators Feinstein and Boxer to support the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which would prohibit the US Department of Justice from spending resources to interfere with California’s marijuana laws.
    June 17 – The Correa bill has passed in the Senate and through the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. Changes will have to be made by the time the bill is heard by the Assembly during the week of June 23-7.
  • Revised Ammiano Medical MJ Bill AB 1894 Compared with SB 1262
    May 26 – Tom Ammiano’s medical marijuana regulation bill AB 1894 has been amended to clarify that local governments can regulate and/or prohibit MMJ facilities and that patients cultivating for personal use are not subject to its provisions, and to revise how local governments can tax the industry, among other provisions.
  • RIP John Vasconcellos, Champion of Human Rights
    May 24 – It is with sadness that Cal NORML reports the death of former California Senator John Vasconcellos at the age of 82. As well as his other accomplishments, Senator Vasconcellos was a champion of medical marijuana rights.
  • CA Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill
    April 30 – The California Senate Health Committee approved Sen. Correa’s medical marijuana regulation bill SB 1262 by a vote of 6-0 after the author amended it to satisfy the objections of opponents, including medical marijuana advocates, the California Medical Association, and county governments.
  • Assembly Committee Rejects Unscientific “Drugged Driving” Legislation
    April 29 – Members of the California Assembly Committee on Public Safety have rejected amended legislation, Assembly Bill 2500, which sought to impose ‘per se’ criminal penalties to individuals who drive with trace levels (2ng/ml or above) of THC or other controlled substances in their blood — regardless of whether he/she is behaviorally impaired.
  • Accident Stats Show No Evidence of DUI Crisis in California
    April 29 – The California Assembly Public Safety Committee will be hearing a bill to set mandatory per se DUI limits on marijuana and other drugs based on blood testing. But the data do not show evidence of a DUI crisis in California, despite increased marijuana use.
  • Medical Marijuana Regulation Bills Advance in CA Legislature
    April 23 – Two medical MJ regulation bills – SB 1262 by Sen. Lou Correa and AB 1894 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano – passed their first committee hearings in the California legislature this week, heightening the likelihood that the legislature will finally pass some kind of comprehensive state legislation for the legal sales, production, distribution and manufacture of MMJ this year.
  • Zero-Tolerance DUI Bill Amended to Per-Se Limit; NORML Opposes – TAKE ACTION!
    Assembly Bill 2500 has been amended to impose ‘per se’ criminal penalties to individuals who drive with trace levels (2ng/ml or above) of THC or other controlled substances in their blood — regardless of whether he/she is behaviorally impaired. NORML and California NORML opposes the imposition of this legislation. Take Action on AB2500 Read Cal NORML’s testimony on AB2500
  • Sacramento County Supes Vote to Ban Outdoor Grows, Will Work With Advocates Towards Indoor Regulations
    April 22 – The Sacramento Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban outdoor medical marijuana cultivation in unincorporated areas of the county, but chose not to ban indoor cultivation and rather work with advocates to develop an indoor ordinance.
  • Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Passes Senate Committee; Assembly Bill Up Tomorrow
    April 21 – SB 1262 (Correa), a bill introduced by the California Police Chiefs Association and the California League of Cites, passed the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee today in Sacramento and will next be heard in the Senate Health Committee.
  • 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
    Thanks to the efforts of the Brownie Mary Democratic Clubs and the NORML Women’s Alliance, the California Democratic Party added to its platform a plank expressing support for “the legalization, regulation and taxation of pot in a manner similar to that of tobacco or alcohol,” at its March 2014 convention in LA.
  • 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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