May 30, 2015

Oakland Airport Luggage Handlers Charged with Marijuana Offenses

Despite the legality of medical marijuana in California and the legality for recreational use in a few other states and decriminalization in 22 others, it is still illegal to possess marijuana pursuant to federal law. Opponents of medical marijuana progress are fighting to enforce these old laws.

loading-airplane-556110-m.jpgAccording to a recent news article from ABC7 News, baggage handlers at the Oakland airport have recently been arrested and charged with crimes involving the smuggling of marijuana.

Authorities say they have arrested three defendants who were working as baggage handlers at the Oakland International Airport on accusations they were attempting to smuggle large quantities of marijuana. Additionally, 11 other defendants who they arrested as part of what they claim to be large conspiracy to subvert the drug laws of the United States.

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May 29, 2015

Women's Alliance for Medical Marijuana is in Trouble

In California, legalization of medical marijuana, which first took effect in 1996, was spearheaded by local advocacy groups and non-profit organizations hoping for social change and a way to get patients the medication they desperately needed without also getting a criminal record and possibly going to jail.

80188_money_4.jpgToday, with medical cannabis being legal, the medical marijuana industry has been much more of a business. It has not only become a business, but it has become a potentially very profitable business with many new investors and entrepreneurs jumping in every year.

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May 28, 2015

Black Market Marijuana Competition to Legal California Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

While there has been much progress made in the legalization of medical marijuana and the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana in general, much of what has been accomplished still seems like half-measures. In some jurisdictions, like Washington, DC, marijuana in quantities of less than two ounces is legal to buy and possess. It is legal to smoke, so long as it is within the confines of a private residence, and it is legal to give to someone else, as long as you receive nothing of value in return. However, it is still illegal to sell any quantity of marijuana. If that isn't a major boon to the black market seller of marijuana, it is hard to imagine what is.

weedonground.jpgIn California, it is legal to purchase medical marijuana if you have a doctor's recommendation that you are a patient who will benefit from the medicine, but it is up to the counties and cities across our state to determine when and where it can be sold. If you live in a county in which it is not legal to operate a dispensary, and you have a valid letter from a doctor, you must travel to a county or city in which it is legal to operate a medical marijuana dispensary. As one can imagine, this is no easy task for some very sick people who cannot even leave their own homes.

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May 27, 2015

Patients on California Wait List for Organ Transplants Can Now Test Positive for THC

While most people are aware patients who are in need of an organ transplant are likely to have to wait on a very long wait list for donated organs. Most worry about whether they will live long enough to receive an organ, many people do not know about the additional requirements for transplant patients awaiting a new organ.

medicaldoctor.jpgIn order to provide organs in limited supply to patients who will best benefit from a transplant, there are certain requirements, including ones that patients will refrain from behaviors which put their health in jeopardy.

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May 25, 2015

'The Wire' Actor Arrested for Marijuana Possession and DUI

According to a recent news article from Huffington Post, actor Seth Gilliam, who is best known for his roles as Ellis Carver on the Wire, Clayton Hughes on Oz, and Gabriel Stokes on the Walking Dead, was arrested for alleged drunk driving and possession of marijuana.

betacam-510753-m.jpgAuthorities say Gilliam was driving his car in Peachtree City, Georgia near where The Walking Dead is currently shooting, when they pulled him over for allegedly traveling at speeds of up to 107 mph. Once police got behind Gilliam's car and activated their emergency equipment, they report it took him around four minutes to pull his car over to a stop. The road on which police pulled over Gillian had a posted speed limit of 55 mph. Officers say they noticed Gilliam's eyes to be extremely bloodshot and suspected he was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol.

Once officers reached the car, they immediately placed Gilliam under arrest for reckless driving and speeding. During a search of the vehicle, officers allegedly found a marijuana cigarette. After finding this cigarette, officers added charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

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May 22, 2015

A New Look at Marijuana Tourism - Bud and Breakfasts

With complete marijuana legalization in Colorado now fully in effect, many have flocked to the state as part of what is being called marijuana tourism. However, one of the things of that has hampered those wishing to come to the state to legally smoke marijuana is that they are having difficulty finding a place to legally smoke.

old-tavern-657515-m.jpgUnlike Amsterdam, which has hash bars or "coffee shops" as they are often called, it is not legal to smoke marijuana in public within the state. Those who have come to the state and booked a room in a local hotel have run into problems, because all of the hotels in cities like Denver are entirely smoke free. This basically means a lot of people are going into to dispensaries, purchasing marijuana, and then smoking it in public. This is an activity that police will crack down upon, as it is illegal.

Many of these marijuana tourists who flocked to the state last month for the annual 420 celebrations were greeted by unhappy policy police officers that issued hundreds of citations for smoking in public. There are also various reports on the Internet of people being thrown out of their hotel rooms by staff who caught them attempting to smoke in the hotel. According to some commenters, hotel staff members were easily able to recognize what the old college dorm trick of placing a towel under a door represented.

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May 22, 2015

Local California Government Asking for Opinions on Medical Marijuana

There is no question more people across the country, specifically in California, have grown increasingly supportive of allowing the use of medical marijuana and are moving toward support for complete legalization. County officials are faced with the difficult task of making regulations that respond to the changing landscape of marijuana regulations while not upsetting many who still cling to outdated fears and oppose the use of medical marijuana.

question.jpgAccording to a recent article from the San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch, Marin County Board of Supervisors are hosting a public workshop during an upcoming legislative meeting at which there will be a review of a proposal to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in certain unincorporated areas in the county.

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May 20, 2015

"Martha Stewart of Marijuana" Offers Tips for Female Industry Hopefuls

If you have ever taken the time to flip through all the channels available on your cable package, you have probably seen many television personalities offering advice in business, investments, cooking, gardening, home buying and just about everything else. According to a recent feature from LA Weekly, a woman known as the "Martha Stewart of Marijuana" is now offering advice for women looking to get involved in the medical marijuana industry.

brownies-964880-m.jpgCheryl Shuman is the real name of the marijuana business expert who has been the president of the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club for the past two decades. She is helping women to take advantage of what she is calling the "pot-com boom" in the marijuana cultivation industry with obvious reference to the dot.com boom of the late 1990s.

Earlier this year, she founded a networking group called "Women Grow," where she counsels women looking to join the burgeoning industry. She highlights opportunities that others might overlook, such as "weed photography" and edible baked cannabis products.

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May 19, 2015

Questioning How Marijuana is Scheduled by the Feds

In the United States, Congress has created and maintained a federal schedule of controlled substances since the 1970s. Drugs are classified on one of five schedules, depending on a comparison between the addictive nature of a drug, the potential health concerns, and whether there are approved medical uses for a particular drug.

lawandorder.jpgThe United States Controlled Substances Act (USCSA) contains prescription medications manufactured legally as well as street drugs made in underground labs and sold on the black market. A Schedule I controlled substance would be considered the most addictive or dangerous to society, and may have no approved medicinal uses.

Unfortunately, as our Los Angeles medical cannabis attorneys can explain, during the time the USCSA was enacted, there was a lot of political pressure to keep marijuana illegal, and Congress voted to include marijuana and all THC derivatives in the Schedule I category.

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May 18, 2015

US Supreme Court Asks For Brief from White House on Marijuana Legalization

While much of the nation is moving toward support of medical marijuana use and marijuana decriminalization and outright legalization, those in opposition to this are taking their case to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

ussupremecourt2.jpgIn a recent case, officials from Oklahoma and Nebraska are claiming Colorado's landmark legalization of marijuana for recreational use is causing an increase in drug crimes in their respective states. Specifically, they claim the increase in drug trafficking in their states has caused a "dangerous gap in the federal drug control system."

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May 16, 2015

New Plans to Regulate Medical Cannabis Dispensaries and Grow Operations in LA

If you are familiar with the medical marijuana industry in California, you know some aspects of the industry and some local areas basically have a hands-off approach, as if we are dealing with a Wild West approach to regulation. On the other hand, some trying to get involved in the medical marijuana industry face draconian regulations and prohibitions and can't seem to do anything without authorities threatening to shut them down or arrest them, despite their best efforts to follow the law.

dutchweed.jpgAccording to a recent article from The LA Times, our state legislature is considering plans to regulate medical cannabis dispensaries and marijuana grow operations. The California state legislature is now examining competing plans on how to regulate the medical marijuana industry.

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May 15, 2015

Drought Likely Means Marijuana Grown In California Will Be More Potent

The planet is warming and the pot is getting more potent.
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That's the upshot of what scientists are reporting, and officials are concerned this may lead to an increasing number of marijuana grown on public lands.

The report was recently issued by The Daily Climate, which highlights environmental health sciences news. Researchers say marijuana grown outdoors is probably going to become stronger and require less water to survive. That's because over time, plants become adapted to reduced CO2 levels. As a result, they begin exhibiting more of their medicinal properties.

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May 13, 2015

Unions Get Involved in California Medical Cannabis Movement

It seems like every day more people and interest groups are getting on board in the movement to legalize use of recreational marijuana and medical marijuana in California and across the nation. According to a recent article from ABC Action News Fresno, organized labor has begun to get involved in this marijuana legalization effort.
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United Food and Commercial Workers' West States Council has recently commissioned focus groups utilizing one-way mirrors to observe likely voters who volunteered to take part in the research. The subject matter at issue in these focus groups is what a marijuana legalization initiative should look like on the 2016 California state ballot.

This particular labor organization represents over 150,000 grocery workers in the state of California and is already involved in the marijuana industry to the extent it already has around 1,000 workers in the medical cannabis sector as members of the union. The organization says it wants to be involved in shaping of the legislation so that strong worker safety and other labor protections are included in any initiative that makes its way onto the ballot in the upcoming election. A spokesperson for the union says that if you examine legalization efforts in other states, workers' rights were not part of the equation of any legislation presented in connection with legalization, and they want to make sure California looks after its workers.

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May 11, 2015

Riverside County Sheriff Still Cracking Down on Marijuana Grow Operations

Despite the growing shift in public opinion toward the legalization of marijuana in California and across the country, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department wants the public to know it is still illegal to grow marijuana for profit in the county. The agency intends to ramp up enforcement efforts and arrest those in violation of the cannabis cultivation prohibition.

handcuffs3.jpgAccording to a recent news report from the Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch, police released a statement saying they have just arrested numerous people in connection with outdoor marijuana grows and have seized nearly 820 marijuana plants in Mead Valley.

Sheriff's department officials say, so far this year, they have arrested 37 people for suspected marijuana cultivation. During these arrests, deputies have destroyed nearly 40,000 marijuana plants and seized over 250 pounds of packaged marijuana and nearly $80,000 in cash. A spokesperson for the county sheriff also claims the agency identified between 250 and 300 illegal outdoor marijuana grow operations last year alone in Mead valley, Good Hope, and Meadowbrook.

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May 9, 2015

Man Shot by Authorities While Allegedly Growing Marijuana at Wildlife Refuge

Despite legalization of medical marijuana use and sale in many areas throughout California, there are many areas which prohibit any outdoor, or even indoor, marijuana grow operations. This has not stopped people from growing marijuana in these areas but has led the grow operations to be run in more remote parts of the state.

police-cruiser-1066864-m.jpgAccording to a recent news feature from the Sacramento Bee, wildlife enforcement officers and game wardens are aware Stones Lake Wildlife Refuge is one of these remote locations where people have illegal marijuana grow operations. Authorities use helicopters to patrol the area looking for signs of a grow operation and then dispatch agents on foot to raid the alleged crime scene.

Authorities say, after they located what is alleged to be an illegal grow operation, they went into the woods to raid the site and arrest the suspect running it. When they arrived, officer claimed suspect was armed with a pistol and refused to drop the weapon when commanded to do so. In response to this alleged refusal to drop his handgun, officers shot and killed suspect.

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