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California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

18 Aug San Diego police continue crackdown on illegal dispensaries

San Diego police raided two illegal dispensaries as part of the city’s ongoing effort to shutter illicit marijuana businesses.

Authorities seized 30 pounds of marijuana and $37,000 from The Healing Center, City News Service reported, and four employees were arrested. The other facility,...

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17 Aug Los Angeles appoints chief of marijuana department

A longtime California marijuana advocate will oversee Los Angeles’ Department of Cannabis Regulation.

The L.A. City Council has confirmed Cat Packer as executive director of the newly created department, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Packer – a former director for the California chapter of...

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15 Aug Judge invokes Rohrabacher-Farr in federal marijuana case

At a time when the Department of Justice is trying to get Congress to pull the plug on the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, a U.S. District Court recently used the marijuana safeguard in a federal cannabis case.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco...

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10 Aug Prepping for California’s evolving edibles arena: Q&A with Auntie Dolores founder Julianna Carella

By Omar Sacirbey

Since founding Auntie Dolores’ edibles company in Oakland nearly a decade ago, Julianna Carella has seen many changes in California’s medical marijuana sector, particularly in infused products.

She says California has made great strides in nine years – “the labs didn’t know how to...

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08 Aug Ongoing ‘harassment’ of Los Angeles marijuana businesses creates climate of fear

By John Schroyer

Los Angeles may be on its way to becoming the epicenter of the cannabis industry, but many marijuana firms still feel persecuted.

Although L.A. voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to establish cannabis business rules, companies still face police raids or other harassment from city agencies,...

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03 Aug Marijuana company buys California town envisioning cannabis Epcot Center

By John Schroyer

An Arizona-based ancillary marijuana company said Thursday it’s taken the arguably historic step of purchasing an entire town with the aim of transforming it into a cannabis tourism mecca.

American Green, based in Phoenix, paid $5 million for the 80-acre town of Nipton near...

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31 Jul California lawmakers seek to expedite cannabis rulemaking

In a move to ensure they can meet their January 2018 deadline to establish a new regulatory system for medical and recreational marijuana businesses, California legislators have established an “emergency rulemaking process” that won’t include a normal public comment period.

The lawmakers fear that...

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28 Jul Week in Review: Lawsuit to legalize cannabis, judge sidesteps Nevada dispute & High Times + Nasdaq

By John Schroyer, Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

A lawsuit against the U.S. government could lead to national legalization of cannabis, a judge refuses to intervene in Nevada’s recreational marijuana conflict, and High Times magazine hopes to be publicly traded.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments...

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27 Jul Marijuana companies bolstering California governor’s race

Cannabis-related firms have so far thrown over $300,000 behind Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, one of the top contenders to win the state’s governor’s race next year.

Newsom was one of the more prominent public officials to back recreational marijuana legalization last year when...

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26 Jul City official pitches bank plan for Los Angeles’ marijuana businesses

Los Angeles’ City Council president wants to establish a municipal bank to serve marijuana businesses, including providing financing.

The proposed bank would also serve affordable housing developers and small businesses, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

According to the newspaper, Council President Herb Wesson...

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