Articles Posted in California Marijuana Collectives

According to a recent news article from WEHO Ville, with the recreational use of marijuana being legal in California on January 1, 2018, the landscape is changing a lot, and that includes areas like the city of West Hollywood, or WEHO, as locals often call it.  Now, the city is deciding how it wants to regulate recreational marijuana shops within city limits.

marijuanaAfter Proposition 64 passed, much of the regulation of both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana sales feel into the hands of several state agencies, including a newly created marijuana agency.  However, the cities and local municipalities still get to decide on various issues related to the recreational cannabis industry.  This includes regulations that pertain to licensing stores within their respective jurisdictions, whether they should apply a local tax to the sale of marijuana for recreational use, and various other issues. Continue reading

A 58-year-old woman who was raised in the Catholic faith is now the proprietor of a medical marijuana business known as Sisters of the Valley.  Last year alone, the company raked in around $750,000 in gross sales receipts according to a recent news article from Business Insider.  While this is not all profit, it does show that this is becoming quite a profitable enterprise.

marijuanaThe women who work at the company wear habits similar to those in worn by Catholic nuns, but the company is not affiliated with any Catholic order. She calls this her new calling, and this is to provide much needed medical cannabis to patients in need.  She operates the company from her home and says that she is working to erase any negative stigma commonly associated with medical marijuana.  She wants to make it clear that this is medicine with true healing ability and not just an excuse for people to smoke pot and get high. Continue reading

In the recent National Football League (NFL) draft, we heard a lot of stories about the draft position of at least one highly ranked collegiate athlete was sliding because of a failed drug test.  However, it should be noted that he did not actually test positive for marijuana. Rather, he tested positive for what is known as a water-loaded sample.

marijuana lawyerMany people are concerned that they will fail a drug test with positive sample and will do whatever they can to pass the test. This includes taking detox products that are available on the internet or at specialty vitamin stores, and it even includes using synthetic urine or another person’s urine.  Since many testing centers watch the subject take the test with a mirror or directly, they even sell products that allow someone to discreetly provide a substitute sample.  This is generally not a good idea and many people get caught.

Someone seeking to defend their right to use marijuana, particularly medicinal marijuana, and hold onto their job may face an uphill battle. However, consultation with an experienced marijuana lawyer is recommended.

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According to a recent news article from the Los Angeles Times, the governor has proposed a plan to alter some marijuana laws in California, and this has led to some push back from state lawmakers.  Those who challenge these new measures say repealing certain provisions in the now two-year-old marijuana laws would essentially be a giveaway to the marijuana industry at the expense of the safety and welfare of the general public.

questionmarkHowever, it should come as no surprise that those who are pushing the pubic safety aspects are primarily supported by the law enforcement community. Despite there being no credible evidence to support this position, and in fact there is evidence to the contrary, the law enforcement community has worked to oppose marijuana legalization across the country by arguing that it will increase crime and school dropout rates.  This was a major argument made in Colorado to avoid the legalization of marijuana of marijuana for recreational use. Continue reading

There is no question that more of the American public supports medical marijuana and the legalization of cannabis for recreational use than at any other point in our nation’s history.  Currently, more than half of all U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for either medical use, recreational use, or both.

brief caseHowever, despite the growing wave of support behind the legalization movement, there are some who oppose medical cannabis or recreational use of cannabis.  Some of these opponents have formed their own political action groups to work to challenge state bills and direct voter action campaigns.  According to a recent news article from the Los Angeles Times, one of these groups may be facing trouble related to alleged campaign finance violations. Continue reading

Colorado was among the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use.  While it is legal to purchase marijuana, it is not legal to smoke in public.  This means that are not the famous hash coffee shops as there are in Amsterdam.  There are many different efforts to get around that public marijuana smoking prohibition.  Some worry that a new church might be one of these efforts.

churchAccording to a recent news article from the Cannabist, a new church, known as the International Church of Cannabis, allows people to smoke cannabis in a public setting.  The church is in an historic church building that was purchased and renovated so that it could be used as a church for the newly founded religious movement known as “Elevationists.” The church was approved as a not-for-profit organization and its opening was on April 20, 2017. Continue reading

There is no question that the cannabis industry is making a lot of money from a lot of different people and companies.  In fact, the medical cannabis and recreational marijuana business has already become a billion-dollar industry.

marijuanaHowever, there are many aspects of the marijuana business, and much the money is being made from things other than the growing and sale of marijuana itself.  One of the increasingly more profitable ventures is the development and sale of what is being called marijuana equipment.  While there are still a lot of regulations and legal pitfalls that can get these companies into hot water, the business is doing very well, according to a recent news article from USA Today. Continue reading

One of the biggest public health crises facing the nation is the problem of opioid addition.  This problem only appears to be getting worse.  Not only are more and more people becoming addicted to opioids, whether we are talking about prescription painkillers or heroin, more people are dying from these drugs than ever before.

pillsAccording to a recent news article from Rolling Stone, no less than 78 people die each day from opioid overdose. Narcan, which is the brand name for naloxone, is a fast-acting emergency treatment for people suffering from an opioid overdose. The medicine was once kept exclusively in emergency rooms, but now is not only being kept in ambulances but also in schools and even private homes. There is the classic leg injector similar to an Epipen, but now there also a Narcan nasal spray for even easier use.  Continue reading

When medical marijuana was first legalized in California more than two decades ago, the state was not heavily involved in the regulation process.  While anyone in the state could use medical marijuana if they had a valid doctor’s recommendation for the use of medical cannabis, it was up the counties and incorporated municipalities to decide if there could be dispensaries in their respective jurisdictions and if there could be grow operations.

question markNot surprisingly, some areas were very liberal with respect to medical marijuana production and sales and others were less liberal.  Some areas did not permit any growing or sales within the city or county limits. A few years ago, the state started to become concerned that they were getting left out of the process, and this was creating a regulatory void.  While it was up to individual municipalities to grow or dispense, there were many other state laws regarding agriculture and water usage.  Since much of California is in the desert, and water supply is often far less than demand, this can create a major issue. Continue reading

California was the first state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.  This occurred in 1996.  Since that time, more than half of the states in the U.S. have either legalized medical marijuana or recreational use of marijuana. California is one of the states that has also legalized recreational use of marijuana. However, this new legalized status does not mean users can expect leniency in all situations, including at work or on the road.

school-busEven though marijuana use and possession is permitted, there are still many legal issues that are very much up in the air, and these laws in flux can make things very difficult for those in the marijuana industry, as well as patients and recreational users of marijuana. Continue reading