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A bipartisan group of senators and representatives have reintroduced legislation that would enable states to set their own medical marijuana policies.

That is at odds with a letter U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent to congressional leaders, in which he asked that federal medical marijuana protections be reversed.

Booker addressed the Sessions letter, saying the Attorney General “misrepresents the facts” on medical marijuana.

“I dare him to sit down with families and listen to their stories and then pursue a policy like he’s advocating for now,” the New Jersey senator said.

In the letter, which was sent in May but released on Monday, Sessions asked that Congress not inhibit the Justice Department’s ability to enforce the Controlled Substances Act.

Saying the nation is in the midst of a “historic drug epidemic,” Sessions sought to make a case for using federal funds to crack down on state medical marijuana laws. The 2014 Rohrabacher-Farr amendment currently prevents the Justice Department from doing this.

The legislation reintroduced Thursday would protect patients, doctors and businesses participating in state medical-marijuana programs from federal prosecution.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would not legalize medical marijuana in all 50 states. Instead, it would ensure that people in the states where medical cannabis is legal can use it without violating federal law.

In addition to Booker and Gillibrand, co-sponsors of the CARERS Act include Senators Rand Paul, R-Ky., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Al Franken, D-Minn.

Patients and parents who rely on medicalmarijuana also attended the press conference. Jennifer Collins, a 17-year old Virginia resident, spoke about how medical cannabis helps control her epilepsy.

“People worry that medical cannabis is a gateway drug,” Collins said. “We know that’s not true. And for me, medical cannabis has been a gateway to a better life.”

Gillibrand said the growing acceptance of medical marijuana among the public makes her hopeful that the law will continue to gain bipartisan support. She credited personal stories from those who have benefited from medical cannabis as the reason for the shift in public opinion.

“These stores are the difference, because when you talk about how it affects your child and how their lives are so significantly better, it’s irrefutable,” Gillibrand said. “It is so compelling. I believe things are changing and they are changing fast.”

Monday, 12 June 2017 14:00

Cannabis management system

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Our organization loves cannabis and have created a cannabis content management system. We build and maintain website for cannabis companies and organizations. Our website have unlimited possibilities to run a company or an organization. Our service is month to month and you get a site support, a domain name and hosting for only $50.00 a month. If you need help in building and developing your website we charge only $15 an hour to help you. There are 1,000 of features the are available for your website. We have a network of websites we have developed for the industry. So why not let someone who knows and cannabis make your website? The founder of the organization has been a pot smoker all his adult life and knows the needs of running any type of company or an organization. He started in 1995 making websites and has built dynamic sites that interact with online users. We use a CMS that powers over 3,000,000 websites and is universal. This means it is great for anyone with computer skills to build, run or maintain. You can add unlimited content and features using the CMS.
macbookOur ( Cannabis Management System ) is a CMS that has been modified and expanded with pre-configured components. We start with an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla! the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, it is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone. A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site, much like your local public library keeps track of books and stores them. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage. Since the CMS manages all your content, you don't have to. if you're not an advanced user. It is so easy to use, with a minimal amount of instruction, we empower our clients to easily manage their own sites themselves. The Cannabis Management System is highly extensible and thousands of extensions.

Friday, 02 June 2017 08:03

Starting a Nonprofit Organization

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Starting a Nonprofit Organization

Starting a nonprofit is an exciting and rewarding opportunity, but it can also be challenging. Find important information and services to help guide you through the process: 

Types of Nonprofits

A nonprofit organization commonly performs some type of public or community benefit, without the purpose of making a profit. There are various categories of nonprofits recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): 

Each category has different tax benefits and requirements. While the majority of nonprofits are classified under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code as charitable organizations, you should review the categories to determine the right choice for your nonprofit organization.

Incorporating a Nonprofit

This process is very similar to creating a regular corporation except that you have to take the extra steps of applying for tax-exempt status with the IRS and their state tax division. These are the steps you should take to incorporate your nonprofit:

  • Choose a business name - Make sure to check the state-by-state information on the various laws that apply to naming a nonprofit in your state.
  • Appoint a Board of Directors - Draft your bylaws with guidance from your Board of Directors. These are the operating rules for your nonprofit.
  • Decide on a legal structure - Choose whether your organization will be a trust, corporation, or association.   
  • File your incorporation paperwork - You must next file formal paperwork, or articles of incorporation, and pay a small filing fee to your state. Look up your state office through the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO).  
  • Apply for tax-exempt status - A nonprofit organization may be eligible for exemption from federal income tax. The IRS provides guidance and instructions on applying for tax-exempt status
  • Obtain necessary licenses and permits - Does your nonprofit have all the licenses and permits needed to comply with federal, state, and local rules?

Grants, Loans, and Other Assistance

While individual donors make up the largest contributors to nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments offer grants, loans and programs to support funding. Grants.gov helps you find and apply for federal government grants for your nonprofit.

It is time for politicians to put to rest the myth that cannabis is a gateway to the use of other controlled substances — a theory that is neither supported by modern science or empirical data. 

Over 60 percent of American adults acknowledge having tried cannabis, but the overwhelming majority of these individuals never go on to try another illicit substance. Further, nothing in marijuana’s chemical composition alters the brain in a manner that makes users more susceptible to experimenting with other drugs. That’s why both the esteemed Institute of Medicine and the Rand Corporation’s Drug Policy Research Center conclude that "[M]arijuana has no causal influence over hard drug initiation."

In contrast, a growing body of evidence now exists to support the counter notion that for many people, pot serves as a path away from the use of more dangerous substances, including opioids, alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine, and tobacco.

For example, in jurisdictions where marijuana use is legally regulated, researchers have reported year-over-year declines in opioid-related abuse and mortality. According to data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, deaths attributable to both prescription opiates and heroin fell by 20 percent shortly after marijuana legalization and by 33 percent within six years. Overall, the study’s investigators concluded, “States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.” Data published this past April in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence also reports a dramatic decline in opioid pain reliever related hospitalizations following legalization.

Patients’ use of other prescription drugs has also been shown to fall in states where marijuana is legally accessible. Newly published data from both the United States and Canada finds that patients curb their use of anti-depressantsanti-anxiety drugs and sleep aids after initiating cannabis use—a reality that is quantified in their spending habits. According to researchers at the University of Georgia’s Department of Public Policy, Medicare recipients residing in medical marijuana states spent millions less on prescription drugs as compared to patients with similar ailments in non-legal states. Patients’ spending on Medicaid related services is also significantly lower in cannabis-friendly states. 

Emerging data also indicates that pot use is associated with reduced cravings for cocaine. Writing last month in the journal Addictive Behaviors, investigators at the University of Montreal and the University of British Columbia reported that subjects dependent on crack cocaine subsequently reduce their drug use following the intentional use of cannabis. They concluded: “In this longitudinal study, we observed that a period of self-reported intentional use of cannabis … was associated with subsequent periods of reduced use of crack [cocaine]. … Given the substantial global burden of morbidity and mortality attributable to crack cocaine use disorders alongside a lack of effective pharmacotherapies, we echo calla for rigorous experimental research on cannabinoids as a potential treatment for crack cocaine use disorders.” The findings replicate those of a prior Brazilian study which also determined that the therapeutic use of cannabis mitigates crack cocaine cravings and consumption. 

Empirical data also reinforces this contention. Specifically, Americans’ use of cocaine has fallen dramatically in recent years, during which time the percentage of adults acknowledging using cannabis has risen.

Scientific data also suggests that cannabis may reduce some people’s cravings for alcohol and tobacco. For example, clinical trial data from the United Kingdom finds that subjects administered cannabidiol, an organic cannabinoid, reduces their cigarette smoking by 40 percent compared to participants provided a placebo. Data published earlier this year in the International Journal of Drug Policy reported that over ten percent of Canadian medical cannabis patients acknowledge using pot in lieu of tobacco. 

Survey data from the United States reports even larger declines in cannabis users’ consumption of alcohol. According to a May 2017 study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, over 40 percent of medical cannabis dispensary members acknowledge reducing their alcohol intake. A 2014 literature review published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism adds, “While more research and improved study designs are needed to better identify the extent and impact of cannabis substitution on those affected by AUD (alcohol use disorders), cannabis does appear to be a potential substitute for alcohol.”

Finally, for those seeking treatment for drug dependency, cannabis may also play a positive role. In fact, studies report that pot use is predictive of greater adherence to abstinence among heroin dependent subjects, and those who consume it occasionally are more likely to complete their treatment regimen as compared to those who not.

In light of this scientific evidence, combined with a growing number of Americans’ first-hand experience with cannabis, it is hardly surprising that public confidence in the ‘gateway theory’ is waning. According to survey data compiled in 2016 by YouGov.com, fewer than one in three US citizens agree with the statement, “[T]he use of marijuana leads to the use of hard drugs.” Among those respondents under the age of 65, fewer than one in four agree. Public opinion data provided earlier this week by Yahoo News finds even less support, with only 14 percent of adults expressing “significant concern” that cannabis “leads to the use of other drugs.”

In short, both scientific and public opinion reject the contention that marijuana use promotes the use of other drugs. It’s past time for public officials to renounce this rhetoric as well.

Saturday, 15 April 2017 11:15

California Marijuana Growers Association

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Our organization is a collective of people that love cannabis. Our collective by definition is an organization that merely facilitates the collaborative efforts of patient and caregiver members. We serve our community by helping people to grow that have a space to grow their legal limit of 6 plants. Our focus is small home growing.  We have information, news, articles and list of resources on our website.  By joining our collective you can get cannabis from local small growers that have extra that they have grown. Use your place to supplement your living costs or supply you with high quality organic cannabis.  We serve our community by helping people to grow. People that have a space to grow can grow their legal limit of 6 plants. Our focus is small home growing. We have a network of patients that are willing to do co-operative growing. So a homeowner that knows nothing about growing can find an experienced grower-patient that can help and teach anyone to grow fine Cannabis. We have starting a Collective organization for orange county and beyond that deals with many aspects of the Cannabis Culture. The new Prop 64 has changed the laws making it legal for people to now talk and share Cannabis. You can learn and share about Cannabis on our Collective website. This is where growers and patients connect. A grower that can grow more than they need can supply others that can’t grow enough or can’t grow at all. So you can now support a grower directly. Some home owners have space to garden some and now can make use of they space supplying the needs of others. Join our collective this site is our main 24/7 way to meet other members. The website is interactive so members can connect or add information or reply to what other members have posted. There is a Buy, Sell or Trade section for members that are loged into the site. We have a Meetup once  a week on Sundays. Under the new laws a person that has a place to grow can grow 6 plants we have volunteers that can start and maintain your garden on a crop sharing basis to people with a home or grow area. If you are a grower or someone that has space for a grow you can supply people in the collective as a volunteer.The Collective definition is an organization that merely facilitates the collaborative efforts of patient and caregiver members. So we are building an organization as a “Collective”. Our goal is to connect members together so we can provide a means for facilitating or coordinating transactions between members. There are people out there that grow and others that are in need of cannabis that do not. We help people learn and grow cannabis we are a collective of people. Our organization is made of volunteers. We do this to fund our educational website and learning organization in Orange County. In the near future we will have a coffee shop meeting space to organize the collective. People need a place they can learn about the new laws and how they apply to you. Some people have space to grow and want to supply others or learn from others how to supply the needs of others. There are many choices for people today for cannabis. By joining our collective you can get cannabis from local people in your community. If you are a grower or someone that has space for a grow you can supply people in the collective. If you want to help the economy and create jobs supporting people directly is a good thing to do.

Under the new laws very person over 21 can now grow up go 6 plants. 

We are now working on some movies to help people learn and  grow cannabis. For a lot of people they live on a tight budget so this series of videos will cover growing the legal limit for the lowest cost. Starting as of the passing of Prop 64, you can grow up to six plants in your home. But anything you grow has to be locked up  and out of view of nosy neighbors ( Catch-22 ) Seeds and seedlings aren’t for sale until the state gives the OK.

(Gift idea!) But it’s perfectly legal to buy grow lights and all that other stuff. While it’s not a cheap hobby, you are finally allowed to talk about it or offer horticultural advice. You can get it as a gift. That’s cool. Who can give it to me? You need a generous friend with a medical marijuana license. Be sure it’s less than 8 grams of concentrate or an ounce of dry weed, enough to roll about 40 average-sized joints. Remember: it’s got to be free.

These are the type of events we are putting on. Give a little and get a little, Sharing is caring.  Our organization is a network of people that is here to help others. People that use or grow cannabis and clinics that supply cannabis are welcomed to join and create a profile and contribute to the site. This site only takes clinic listings from states that cannabis is legal. This site is built by people that use cannabis that want to learn and share their knowledge with others. Our organization goal is to help aid the economy with the legalization of cannabis. Help small growers produce boutique fine Cannabis for patients directly. For homeowners or anyone that has a good area a chance to use their legal right to grow 6 plants under the new law Prop 64. We have a network of patients that are willing to do co-operative growing. So a homeowner that knows nothing about growing can find an experienced grower-patient that can help and teach anyone to grow fine Cannabis. Some people grow more than they need and can find patients that prefer to get their medicine from a grower and not a clinic. That means we merely facilitates the collaborative efforts of patient and caregiver members. Just like wine we promote Cannabis directly from the farmer. You can get as an example “ Blue Dream grown by farmer Bob” instead of factory grown generic Cannabis where all the money goes to your standard clinic so you are supporting people that help other people. Members meet to support each other. A Collective is different from a place where you go to and buy cannabis. Members run a collective and members can supply each other. In this way you can buy from other growers. A grower that can grow more than they need can supply others that can’t grow enough or can’t grow at all. So you can support a grower directly. Some home owners have space to garden some and now can make use of they space supplying the needs of others.

Cannabis is a good thing for our country. California has legalized recreational marijuana. What does that mean for you?

Cannabis Love Network Collective

Who can use marijuana?

  • Proposition 64 legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 years or older. Smoking was permitted in a private home or at a business licensed for on-site marijuana consumption. Smoking remains illegal while driving a vehicle, anywhere smoking tobacco is, and in all public places. Up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana are legal to possess. However, possession on the grounds of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present remains illegal. An individual is permitted to grow up to six plants within a private home, as long as the area is locked and not visible from a public place
  • Q: What about growing marijuana?
  • The initiative immediately allows residents to grow as many as six pot plants at home, indoors or in enclosed structures. Local governments can ban outdoor cultivation outright as well as set standards for indoor cultivation. Sacramento County bans all outdoor cultivation, and the city of Sacramento bans open-air pot gardens (including nonpermanent greenhouses) in residential areas. And people who are renting may want to check with their landlords, since owners can set rules for what they will allow or prohibit in rental properties.
  • Q: Can people consume marijuana in public?
  • A: No. Marijuana use is allowed only on private property, not in parks or on sidewalks or anywhere where smoking is banned. People using marijuana in a public place can be subject to a $100 infraction. The fine increases to $250 in no-smoking areas. Also, mere possession is banned in schools or youth centers.
  • But pot users can consume in private clubs or at events that are licensed for on-site marijuana consumption and are not visible by people under 21 or from any public place.Cannabis Love
  • Q: When – and where – will people be able to buy recreational marijuana?
  • A: Stores selling non-medical marijuana can open on or before Jan. 1, 2018, as a state program for retail licenses is implemented. Marijuana dispensaries can begin applying for temporary state licenses for recreational marijuana next year, but over-the-counter pot sales aren’t expected until next summer.
  • Marijuana products only can be sold at licensed dispensaries, not at supermarkets or liquor stores or other businesses.
  • Q: I’ve got a green thumb. Any advice?
  • A: Starting today, you can grow up to six plants in your home. But anything you grow has to be locked up – and out of view of nosy neighbors.
  • Q: Cool. Where do I buy seeds?
  • A: Catch-22. Seeds and seedlings aren’t for sale until the state gives the OK. (Gift idea!) But it’s perfectly legal to buy grow lights and all that other stuff. While it’s not a cheap hobby, your local nursery is finally allowed to offer horticultural advice.
  • You can get it as a gift. That’s cool. Who can give it to me?
  • A: You need a generous friend with a medical marijuana license. Be sure it’s less than 8 grams of concentrate or an ounce of dry weed, enough to roll about 40 average-sized joints. Remember: it’s got to be free — you can’t pay, trade, barter or swap babysitting services.

This site is built by our organization is made of volunteers

of all types from local business owners to others that have been homeless, are disabled and those that are long-term unemployed that believe in marijuana legalization. We feel the need for cannabis education and involvement from people to keep the law moving in the correct direction. This site will focus on Legalization and health. We want people to know not only about cannabis but about using organic food for healing. Not only does cannabis heal people it have a great impact of building a great native American industry. From beginning to end it gets people knowledgeable of growing things. Many people respect nature more and use the same skills in gardening of Organic food. Both types of growing are in need and create local economic stimulation. Americas future depends on creating more jobs here and less importing and outsourcing. Our organization all volunteer. You can join and add your ideas and information globally. Locally we have meetings in Orange County California.

"Collectives" are not defined in statutory law. According to the Attorney General's guidelines :

"A collective should be an organization that merely facilitates the collaborative efforts of patient and caregiver members – including the allocation of costs and revenues. As such, a collective is not a statutory entity, but as a practical matter it might have to organize as some form of business to carry out its activities. The collective should not purchase marijuana from, or sell to, non-members; instead, it should only provide a means for facilitating or coordinating transactions between members."<

One might infer that "collective" refers to any organization of multiple patients. Unfortunately, the guidelines provide no explanation as to how these should operate. Presumably, the basic model is a group of patients and caregivers who plant a garden together and share the crop among themselves. The cultivation collective model does not necessarily envision walk-in clients, nor retail sales of medicine to members. Collectives may be supported by participation in work, donations or membership fees. Under one model, patients pay a set gardening fee for a certain part of the crop, and receive the harvest at no further charge.<

A notable example of a patients' collective is the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz. WAMM has 200 seriously ill members who cultivate a collective garden and attend to each others' health and personal needs.

Two examples of patients' providers officially structured as cooperative corporations under California law were the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative and Los Angeles Cannabis Research Center. Both might have been legal under SB 420, but they were shut down by the federal government.

The legality of collectives and cooperatives under state law was upheld by the Third District Court of Appeals in the 2005 Urziceanu decision. The Court ruled that while Prop. 215 did not authorize distribution by anyone except primary caregivers, SB 420 allowed for distribution among patients and caregivers through collectives and cooperatives.

Thursday, 02 March 2017 10:38

How to make cannabis clones

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Cannabis clones, one of our members added info to help other members

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Of all the many issues important to the success of cloning, perhaps none is more important than the nutritional status and condition of the mother plant. While it may seem rational to pot a cutting and grow it on for a long time, shifting it up when rootbound, I have had better luck in securing healthy cuttings from recently potted material. The difficulties of maintaining a big old plant, not to mention the acreage taken up by them under lights, are too numerous to detail here. The effect of root exudates

(secretions) on soil chemistry results in drift of the pH, up or down,

depending on the starting pH of the media, any additives, and especially the pH of the water and feed. Geraniums are capable of influencing the pH dramatically, and this effect is enhanced by rootbinding. Cannabis hasn't been researched for this, because it isn't a plant in horticultural commerce.

By potting up up a fresh clone or two every two months or so, you sidestep the drift issue, and you can tuck the smaller pants efficiently under the lights without having to sacrifice a big footprint to this activity. Trying to correct drift is difficult, and most cannabis growers don't have the equipment to measure the effluent or media. The mothers can be pruned and trained to produce 5 or 6 growing points, so it can be very predictable how many clones can be produced from each mother. The mothers can be grown using the same feed allocated to the regular plants. You will have better luck with your propagation with fresh moms
being benched on a regular basis. Throw away the older moms.

Select cuttings by their stem girth, color, turgor (plumpness),and the amount of leaf expansion.

You may find that the mature leaves need to be reduced to avoid wilting and to provide equal exposure to each in the propagation bed under the dome. The leaves will jockey for exposure to light after sitting a while, and maintaining turgor need to be discussed here. I like to use a nutrient mist, foliar feed with a TDS of 450 to 900 ppm. This is misted on the mothers an hour before harvesting cuttings. Collect them in a poly bag which you mist frequently during the harvest. Hold these in shade and turn the bag regularly to distribute the free water and to avoid curling of the stems. Think of asparagus; growers supply them in tight bundles, and sellers display them upright,otherwise the stems will curl. This is known as GEOTROPISM, the movement of cut stems away from the force of gravity.

The portions you cut need to be larger and longer than that which you get after PREPARING the cuttings.
As you select your stems, cut about an inch down below where you will make your final cut, then toss it into the bag. After collecting the number you want plus a few to discard, prepare your rooting media. I am now using the ProMix BX with microrhizzae, having found the sponges and rockwool cubes too expensive.
Add your media to cell packs no larger than 1 inch, compressing the moist media equally into each cell.
Scrape this level, and set aside while you select your first cutting.

I am using "Dip-n- Grow,

and I follow the directions for dilution. I find no advantage to cutting the stem at a 45 degree angle, but the pointed end makes sticking the cuttings easier. Wait until the end to water them in, do not omit this step, or they will wilt. Prepare the cutting estimating the depth of the cell, and decide where you want the cut end to wind up. Scrape the stem, with a razor or utility blade,confining the scraping to the portion of the stem which will finish below the soil surface, and make your final cut Note that the stem will have raised ridges, and lightly slide the blade across the stem until some material is raised; this is called wounding the stem. Dip the cutting into the rooting fluid for the time recommended. Fold the foliage between your fingers with the point exposed so that when you stick the cutting, your fingertips stop at the surface, and lightly compress the media. The cutting should resist a slight tug without coming out, but the moist media should not be too compressed. After preparing and sticking all your cuttings, water in and cover with a dome,after spraying the inside of the dome also. Spray the leaves and inside the dome 2 or 3 times a day for three days, until the leaves begin to stretch. Keep at between 70 and 75 degrees F. Light must be reduced by shading with a poly bag on top of the dome. Use as much time in the rooting fluid as you can without burning the stem, the higher doses tolerated will reduce time to rooting, and provide you with a greater number of roots.
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Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:36

2017 California Bills Submitted to Legislature

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February 22, 2017 - The final bills for this year's legislative session have been introduced in Sacramento. There are 44 bills that could affect cannabis law and policy in California. Cal NORML is consulting with our attorneys and others on positions and priorities on these bills, which we will be tracking and announcing hearings and votes on. Stay tuned to this page for updates.

CRIMINAL BILLS

• Six bills concern DUID laws:

AB 6 (Lackey) - would permit the collection of oral swab tests for drivers who are lawfully arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (Cal NORML has written a letter in opposition to this bill and has been told amendments are forthcoming. It is scheduled for an Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing on February 28, 9 AM in Room 126 at the Capitol.)

SB 65 (Hill) - would increase the penalty for smoking while driving to a misdemeanor. Cal NORML opposes.

SB 698 (Hill) - would establish a per se DUID standard of 5 ng if the driver is also found to have a BAC between .04 -.07%.

AB 702 (Lackey) - changes language on consent for chemical tests by drivers

SB 67 (Bates) - for sentencing purposes on DUIs, would require the determination of whether an offense constitutes a separate violation or prior conviction under the driving-under-the-influence prohibition described above to be based on the date of the conviction of the separate or prior offense, and would specify that the determination is not affected by the sentence imposed or any subsequent action taken pursuant to discretionary sentencing.

AB 903 (Cunningham) - Changes Prop. 64 to requires the department to use funds to establish and adopt protocols to determine whether a driver is operating a vehicle while impaired, including impairment by the use of marijuana or marijuana products. Requires 2/3 vote.

• Two bills affect court proceedings:

AB 1443 (Levine) - changes government code 68152 section 15 (c) relating to court proceedings.

AB 208 (Eggman) - would make the deferred entry of judgment program a pretrial diversion program.

• One bill addresses federal involvement:

AB-1578 (Jones-Saywer) seeks to prohibit a state or local agency from using resources to assist a federal agency to investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest a person for commercial or noncommercial marijuana or medical cannabis activity that is authorized by law in the State of California.

LICENSING AND REGULATORY BILLS

• Two bills are specific to cannabidiol (CBD):

AB 416 (Mathis) is a spot bill, open to amendment.

AB 845 (Wood) would allow the prescription of CBD, should the federal government allow it.

• One bill addresses concentrates:

AB 1244 (Voepel) is a spot bill regarding the production of cannabis concentrates using butane.

• Five bills affect edibles and their packaging and labeling, even though this is already covered in AUMA and MCRSA:

AB 76 & AB 175 (Chau) Adult use marijuana: Packaging and labeling.

AB 350 (Salas) Marijuana edibles: appealing to children.

AB 1606 (Cooper) Edible marijuana products

SB 663 (Nielsen) Packages and labels of marijuana or marijuana products: children

• Twelve bills affect other aspects of licensing and regulation:

AB 64 (Bonta) - an omnibus bill that seeks to merge AUMA and MCRSA

AB 171 (Lackey) - would require regulators to report on the number of conditional licenses issued.

AB 238 (Steinworth) - would make it illegal for anyone with a state license to distribute marijuana to turn someone down for a job because they aren’t part of a union. The bill also states entrepreneurs applying for a business license can’t be denied simply because they employ people who aren’t unionized.

AB 389 (Salas) - would require the bureau, by July 1, 2018, to establish and make available on its Internet Web site a consumer guide to educate the public on the regulation of medical and nonmedical marijuana.

AB 420 (Wood) - would require an advertisement for the sale of nonmedical marijuana or nonmedical marijuana products to include, at a minimum, the license number of the AUMA licensee responsible for its content.

AB 729 (Gray) - would require a licensee to post a sign that reads “No Person Under 21 Allowed,” expands on laws protecting minors, and codifies their use as informants. It would prohibit the sale of marijuana in vending machines and prohibits a licensee from being located within a 600-foot radius of a playground, hospital, or church.

AB 948 (Bonta) - spot bill.

AB 1143 (Gray) - prohibits outdoor advertising of marijuana.

AB 1527 (Cooley) - prohibits employees from working in the cannabis industry for one year following leaving the Bureau.

AB 1627 (Cooley) - moves regulation of testing laboratories from DPH back to DCA

SB 175 (McGuire) - protects county of origin regarding labeling of marijuana

SB 311 (Pan) - allows onsite testing of marijuana at licensed establishments

• Six bills address taxes and uses for the tax fund from Prop. 64:

AB 844 (Burke) - would allow Prop. 64 funds to be used for system navigation services

AB 963 (Gipson) - would impose specific criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment, for certain violations of the provisions relating to the cultivation and excise taxes on marijuana.

AB 1002 (Cooley) - would rename the program the Center for Cannabis Research and would expand the purview of the program to include the study of naturally occurring constituents of cannabis and synthetic compounds that have effects similar to naturally occurring cannabinoids. The bill would authorize the program to cultivate cannabis to be used exclusively for research purposes and to contract with a private entity to provide expertise in cultivating medical cannabis. The bill would also authorize the controlled clinical trials to focus on examining testing methods for detecting harmful contaminants in marijuana, including mold and bacteria.

AB 1135 (Wood) - would require the State Department of Public Health and the State Department of Education to establish an inclusive public stakeholder process to seek input from stakeholders to determine a disbursement formula for the funds provided to the State Department of Health Care Services from the California Marijuana Tax Fund and would require the findings of the stakeholder meetings to be given to the State Department of Health Care Services and considered by that department when determining funding priorities for those moneys.

AB 1410 (Wood) - would enact the cultivation tax at the distributor level.

SB 148 (Wiener/Atkins) - would allow local agencies to accept cash payments from marijuana businesses.

• Five bills address water rights or Fish & Wildlife code:

AB 313 (Gray) - amends section 1525 of the Water Code (containing cannabis provisions and others) to say: "This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2018, and, as of January 1, 2019, is repealed."

AB 362 (Wood) limits the amount of money that can be loaned to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for activities to address environmental damage occurring on forest lands resulting from cannabis cultivation to $500,000, until July 1, 2017 (the end of the current fiscal year).

AB-1254 (Wood) - nonsubstantive changes to Fish & Wildlife code.

AB-1420 (Aguiar/Curry) - Water rights: small irrigation use: lake or streambed alteration agreements.

SB-506 (Nielsen) - Dept of Fish and Wildlife: lake or streambed alteration agreements

• One bill addresses cultivation on Tribal Lands:

AB 1096 (Bonta) - would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to address state regulation of medical cannabis grown on, but transported out of, tribal lands.

Monday, 20 February 2017 08:47

Congressional Cannabis Caucus

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our members of the U.S. congress are banding together to protect the growing marijuana industry.

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus in a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon. Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (California) and Don Young (Alaska) joined Democrats Earl Blumenauer (Oregon) and Jared Polis (Colorado) to launch the new group. They are dedicated to developing policy reforms that can bridge the gap that currently exists between federal laws banning marijuana and the laws in an ever-growing number of states that have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes.

"We're stepping forward together to say we've got to make major changes in our country's attitude toward cannabis," Rep. Rohrabacher said at the start of the press conference. "And if we do, many people are going to live better lives, it's going to be better for our country, better for people, and it makes economic sense at a time when every penny must count for government."

Various polls show that a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana in some form, and a strong showing in November's elections pushed the number of states that have legalized medical cannabis to 28, while another eight have voted for recreational legalization. (Notably, each of the four congressmen forming the Cannabis Caucus represent districts in states that have legalized both medical and recreational pot.)

In recent years, under President Barack Obama, federal law enforcement mostly left individual states alone to enact and enforce their own marijuana legislation. Three years ago, Congress passed a bill that prohibited the Justice Department from using federal funds to target cannabis operations that comply with local laws.

But the Trump administration has cast a cloud of uncertainty on a burgeoning legal marijuana industry that saw more than $6.5 billion in legal sales in the U.S. last year—a number that is estimated to reach $25 billion by 2020, according to market researcher GreenWave Advisors.

While Trump himself has publicly voiced his support for medical cannabis, specifically, some questions remain about how his administration will treat states that have legalized the drug in any form. Perhaps the largest reason for concern in the marijuana industry is the fact that Trump's recently-confirmed Attorney General, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, has a long history of opposition to cannabis legalization. In a confirmation hearing last month, Sessions was cagey when questioned about whether he would instruct the Justice Department to enforce federal laws that criminalize marijuana in states that have voted to legalize the drug. "It's not so much the attorney general's job to decide what laws to enforce," Sessions said at the time. The White House later indicated that Sessions would follow Trump's lead on the issue.

Colorado congressman Polis told The Denver Post the Cannabis Caucus is "cautiously hopeful" that President Trump will stay true to his words during his presidential campaign, at which point he maintained that marijuana legalization should remain a state issue.

Several of the marijuana industry's top leading lobbying groups and associations—including NORML, the Marijuana Policy Project, and the Drug Policy Alliance, among others—issued a joint statement on Thursday commending the lawmakers for forming the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Their statement read, in part: "We commend Representatives Blumenauer, Rohrabacher, Polis, and Young for their leadership on the issue of cannabis policy. The establishment of a Cannabis Caucus will allow members from both parties, who represent diverse constituencies from around the country, to join together for the purpose of advancing sensible cannabis policy reform."

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:21

DEA Removes Marijuana Propaganda

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Agency now admits weed doesn’t cause cancer or psychosis.

Although the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has all but refused to consider the cannabis plant as having any medicinal application within the confines of the Controlled Substances Act, the nation’s leading drug sniffing hounds recently eliminated some misinformation about the potential dangers of the herb from the its website.

The update to the agency’s digital presence was made after Americans for Safe Access, a nonprofit advocacy group fighting for marijuana to be recognized for its medicinal function, filed a petition with the higher ups at the U.S. Department of Justice demanding the DEA eliminate inaccurate language from its marijuana-related material.

Some of the DEA’s erroneousness claims, which came in the form of a document entitled “The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse,” indicated that marijuana caused psychosis, cancer, and destroys cognitive function. The petition filed by Americans for Safe Access said the agency was in violation of the federal Information Quality Act by publishing these claims.

“The DEA’s removal of these popular myths about cannabis from their website could mean the end of the Washington gridlock” said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access. “This is a victory for medical cannabis patients across the nation, who rely on cannabis to treat serious illnesses. The federal government now admits that cannabis is not a gateway drug, and doesn’t cause long-term brain damage, or psychosis. While the fight to end stigma around cannabis is far from over, this is a big first step.”

Unfortunately, while marijuana advocates consider the changes to the DEA’s website a modest victory, the drug agency still has not formally responded to the petition. As of yesterday, the agency is one week past the deadline to provide the group with an official reply. Furthermore, the law firm representing Americans for Safe Access claims there are more misleading statements that need to be taken down.

“We are hopeful the DEA will also remove the remaining statements rather than continue to mislead the public in the face of the scientifically proven benefits of medical cannabis,” said Vickie Feemam of the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Americans for Safe Access believes it is crucial for the federal government to publish accurate information regarding the cannabis plant, especially since the majority of the setbacks regarding the legalization of marijuana in the United States can be largely attributed to the gross misinformation being spread regarding its safety.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 09:34

Jorge Cervantes

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Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 10:15

Cannabis Science Sells Out a Batch of Inhalers

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Cannabis Science, Inc. (otc pink:CBIS), a U.S. company specializing in the development of cannabis-based medicines, announces its California distributors have sold out of Cannabis Science's recently released CBIS Metered Dose Inhalers (MDI) in an initial test market run in the State of California. Cannabis Science is excited to report it has increased production of the inhalers to meet this new consumer demand.

Cannabis Science's CEO, Mr. Raymond C. Dabney, stated, "We did not expect demand for our Inhaler to increase so rapidly. While it was not a particularly large initial test batch, there were certainly enough indicators in the pilot program that point to a great success considering the application and target market. Consequently, we have substantially increased production with our current manufacturer and are identifying and implementing key manufacturing and distribution expansions to ensure we meet the growing demand for the CBIS MDI Inhaler."

As previously noted, the California market is stated to be the most populous state in the US and has the world's sixth-largest economy with a gross domestic product of about $2.5 trillion. The potential revenue stream for Cannabis Science should increase dramatically with the additions to the legal Cannabis market sectors. The city of Los Angeles surrounds West Hollywood, and the neighboring districts include Hollywood, Sunset Strip, Beverly Center, and Wilshire, some of the largest demographic addressable markets in the Los Angeles area, which explains the high demand for CBIS products.

The Company is also exploring additional observational studies using the CBIS MDI's potential to alleviate breathing problems and pain associated with lung cancer and other target ailments. Given the demand for our inhaler, "Cannabis Science has evaluated the potential for a Dry-powder Inhaler (DPI) as a long-term therapy of these diseases and we've decided to go forward with the development of this medication for our customers. A DPI is a device that delivers medication to the lungs in the form of a dry powder. DPI's are commonly used to treat respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD. With the development of a CBIS DPI, we will continue to strive to meet the growing needs of our consumers by offering more choices using the strength of cannabinoids for critical ailment treatments," stated Dr. Allen Herman, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Cannabis Science Inc.

The CBIS MDI device can offer the ingestion of the medication in a finer particle mist than the Nebulizer version which can be quickly absorbed by the Lungs and spread into the Blood Stream for quicker response time. Rescue Inhalers cannot replace Nebulizer Medications but the portability of these devices gives the Asthma/COPD sufferer freedom to be out enjoying life knowing their medication is at hand if needed.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 09:07

Trump Administration on Weed Legalization

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Donald Trump steps in as the president of a nation increasingly at odds with federal marijuana policy.

Thanks to a growing pro-pot majority, 28 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws supporting legalization. After the 2016 election, over 60% of the population—about 193 million Americans—will have access to weed for medical use under state law. Twenty percent will be able to purchase it for recreational use.

Trump—who claims he’s never used pot himself—has a history of progressive statements on legalization.

He told Fox New he was “a hundred percent” for it in February 2016,  mirroring his his call for the decriminalization of all drugs in the 1990s. As campaign season wore on, however, he pivoted.
“I say [legalization is] bad. Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think it’s bad, and I feel strongly about it,” he told the CPAC Conference in June. “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue,” he continued. “If they vote for it, they vote for it… But, you know, they have got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado. Some big problems.”
Trump was cuddlier toward legalization during an October rally. “I think medical [marijuana] should happen—right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.” He softened towards Colorado as well. “I really think that we should study Colorado, see what’s happening.”
Practically speaking, Trump’s begrudging, wait-and-see ambiguity mirrors that of the Republican congressional leadership, the official GOP platform, and the even the Obama administration. Looking at his statements alone, you could expect a continued hands-off federal policy or even progress toward top-down legalization. Look at Trump’s cabinet picks, however, and you’ll see something else.

The man who would be most responsible for developing and prosecuting U.S. drug policy, prospective Attorney General Senator Jeff Sessions, 

has taken a hard line against weed in word and deed throughout his career. Just this year, Sessions’ said that weed is a “very real danger” and “not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.” All legal reforms to date are a “tragic mistake” for Sessions and, “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
Further down the table, other cabinet picks could also prove problematic for legalization efforts. A holdover from the Obama years, acting Drug Enforcement Administration head Chuck Rosenberg has been permissive at times, though he did maintain a schedule of raids against legal grow operations and once called medical marijuana a “joke.”
Trump pick for Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price voted down almost every pro-pot bill or amendment that came through Congress during his tenure as a representative from Georgia. As the head of HHS, he would have influence over pot’s medical status, determining whether there would be penalties for prescribing doctors and legal suppliers. Even incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has stated he’s “not a fan” of state-level legalization.
How exactly this clash between Trump’s past statements and the positions of his cabinet will play out is unclear. Yes, they work at his pleasure, but Trump has shown signs that he’ll delegate policy development to his team. None of this is promising for legalization efforts.
One ray of hope here is that Trump has a habit of altering his positions to fit his audience. Now that his audience is all Americans—89% of whom favor legal medical marijuana and 57% of whom favor of full legalization—there’s a decent chance for more federal-level fence sitting and state-level legalization. But honestly, with this guy who knows.

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With the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, the United States got a new president.

And with that new president comes a long list of new appointees across various federal agencies and departments. While President Trump's cabinet selection process has played out publicly, a variety of folks from former president Barack Obama's administration have quietly stayed on.
One of the most prominent people that's staying on is the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Chuck Rosenberg, who was appointed by former attorney general Loretta Lynch in May 2015.
And that's particularly notable, as the DEA is responsible for enforcing drug policy in the United States. Most importantly for most Americans, Rosenberg is in charge of enforcing marijuana illegality in the US — an area where, traditionally, the federal government and individual US states have butted heads.

California legalized medical marijuana use in 1996; despite legality in California, the drug remained illegal on a federal level, and the US government

— through the DEA — policed it as such. California medical dispensaries were raided by the federal government repeatedly, regardless of its legality in the eyes of the State of California.
That relationship dramatically changed in 2013 due to a document known as "The Cole Memo" (written by deputy attorney general James Cole). The document re-focused federal resources away from prosecuting individuals who were operating legally within their own states, and instead focused on containment and prevention.
In so many words, it directed federal agencies to stop clashing with state-level marijuana policy.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 20:24

The Law Offices of Glew and Kim

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The Law Offices of Glew & Kim is a well-established Santa Ana, California, law firm dedicated to criminal defense. Clients of the firm have the reassurance of a zealous, well-argued defense.

Clients enjoy a personalized, direct attorney-client connection that is rare at large law firms. If you entrust your criminal matter to us, you and your lawyer will become very well acquainted. You will be kept well informed about the status of your case and what to expect next.

All criminal matters receive personal attention from attorneys Christopher Glew and Jina Kim. With more than 30 years of combined legal knowledge, we are dedicated to providing clients with the best representation we can, aiming for the best outcomes achievable.

Our attorneys hold a strong trial record and proudly offer zealous advocacy on behalf of people charged with felonies and misdemeanors, state and federal crimes of all varieties, including white collar crimes, drunk driving offenses, violent crimes and drug crimes.

Defense lawyer Chris Glew founded the firm more than 15 years ago. He has won groundbreaking medical marijuana defense trials. Analysts have called him "the hottest criminal defense attorney in Orange County," and American Lawyer Media named him as one of the 2013 Top Lawyers in California. Local and national news networks often ask him to speak on medical marijuana and other criminal defense matters.

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