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California: Bill to regulate and tax marijuana dies Legislature

A push to regulate California‘s medical marijuana industry amid heightened federal scrutiny of cannabis producers and sellers has fizzled due to a lack of support in the state Senate. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano called off a scheduled Senate committee vote on his medical marijuana regulation legislation Monday, acknowledging that he was short on votes to advance …

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California Medical Association’s Stance on Marijuana-Legalize it!

The state’s largest doctor group is calling for legalization of marijuana, even as it pronounces cannabis to be of questionable medical value. Trustees of the California Medical Association, which represents more than 35,000 physicians statewide, adopted the position at their annual meeting in Anaheim late Friday. It is the first major medical association in the …

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California: Medical Marijuana job fair goes on despite threat of Federal crackdown

Despite the threat of a crackdown by federal authorities, California medical marijuana sellers have brazenly forged ahead with the first ever medical marijuana job fair. Defying federal judges’ calls for an outright ban, the West Coast Cannabis Expo, a gathering of medical marijuana growers and sellers went ahead with no sign of law enforcement officials. …

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No pot for you! Feds attack California medical marijuana dispensaries

(AP) — Federal prosecutors have launched a crackdown on pot dispensaries in California, warning the stores that they must shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property even if they are operating legally under the state’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law. In an escalation of the ongoing conflict between the …

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The year is 2020: What’s happening with marijuana?

Social change rarely occurs in a logical direction or at a predictable pace. Many Americans thought rampant, open use of marijuana in the 1960s and ’70s would lead quickly to legalization of the drug, but that didn’t happen. To the contrary, enforcement of anti-pot laws increased in the 1980s, and penalties grew stiffer. But over …

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Prop. 19 fails, but voters approve marijuana taxes in several California cities

Even though voters soundly rejected Proposition 19, cities around California managed to win approval for plans to tax marijuana. The measures were mostly contingent on Proposition 19 passing, so it’s doubtful they will have much effect unless pot legalization backers make another stab at a ballot measure sometime in the future. La Puente voters approved …

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California Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Thursday signed into law a bill that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill reduces simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction. Currently, small-time pot possession is “semi-decriminalized” in California. There is no possible jail sentence and a maximum $100 fine. But because possession …

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