“Under California law, cannabis is not even a drug any more.”
Cat Packer, Executive Director Of The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation
“In our zeal to enforce the law, we too often blind ourselves to the medicinal benefits of natural substances like cannabis.”
Orrin Hatch, Republican Senator From Utah
SF Supervisors Vote To Place 45-Day Moratorium On New Cannabis Shops (CA – Cannabis Moratorium)
SF Gate (September 12, 2017) San Francisco will temporarily halt approvals of new cannabis dispensaries just months before the sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal in California, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.
City To Introduce Medical Cannabis Ordinance (CA – Medical Cannabis)
Willits News (September 12, 2017) The Willits City Council will introduce the final draft of the medical cannabis ordinance at its regular meeting this week, according to the agenda. “The City of Willits proposes a comprehensive Commercial Medical Cannabis Ordinance amending the City’s Zoning Code to regulate medical cannabis land uses consistent with California State law,” reads a notice of public hearing from the City.
It Appears You Can Officially Get High At Food Festivals Now (CA – Cannabis Food)
LA Weekly (September 13, 2017) For the last year or so, food festivals in California have had cannabis purveyors on-site, offering samples of their wares, but without actual cannabis in them. Chocolates, candies, chips — the regular offerings of the weed companies, only they don't get you high.
Menlo Park Backs Temporary Ban On Pot Businesses (CA – Cannabis Industry)
The Almanac (September 13, 2017) Even though two-thirds of Menlo Park voters supported legalizing recreational marijuana in California last year, pot shops, farms or manufacturing or distribution centers likely won't be opening in the city anytime soon, if ever.
The Latest In California Cannabis Wars Proves It's Not Just About The Money (CA – Cannabis Wars)
Konbini (September 13, 2017) On the morning of September 5th, cannabis farmer Enosh Baker received a phone call. It was the manager of his family's farm, The Mighty Lichen, in Yuba County, California. “I have some really terrible news, Christian “Dirt” Adams told Baker, “You'd better sit down for this. Someone broke into the farm and cut down our entire crop.”
In The Age Of Trump, How Do You Build A Legal Marijuana Industry From The Ground Up? (CA – Cannabis Wars)
Los Angeles Times (September 13, 2017) Election night 2016 was such a shocker nationally that maybe you’ve forgotten that, oh yes, California voted to legalize recreational marijuana. And come January, if you’re at least 21, cannabis can be officially taxed and sold to you, just like, oh, the cheese doodles you’ll be wanting to eat after you light up. It is a massive undertaking, turning an illegal underground industry into a legal and legit one – a business that could put $50 million a year in tax money into the city’s purse.
Republican Senator Introduces Medical Marijuana Research Bill And Presents The Drug As An Opioid Alternative (DC – Medical Cannabis)
Civilized (September 13, 2017) Republican Senator Orrin Hatch has served the state of Utah in Congress since 1977. In those 40 years, he's largely spoken out against marijuana reform. But that changes today as Hatch is planning to introduce a bill that will expand research by the federal government into medical marijuana.
Senate Appropriations Committee Calls For Federal Protocol To Test Legal Cannabis Products (DC – Cannabis Study)
Merry Jane (September 12, 2017) A group of U.S. Senators is attempting to end the prohibition-fueled dearth of federal cannabis research. The Senate Appropriations Committee has made a series of directives to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that could create national standards for cannabis product safety.
Hawaii Says Its 1st State To Go Cashless For Marijuana Sales (HI – Cannabis Sales)
Fox 6 Now (September 12, 2017) Hawaii said Tuesday that it will be the first state to require marijuana sales to be handled without cash, saying it wanted to avoid robberies and other crimes targeting dispensaries. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii won’t be allowed to accept cash beginning Oct. 1 and will require people to use a debit payment app instead. The app is already an option for marijuana transactions in six states, including California and Colorado.