An Executive Order Says Such Marijuana Should Be Destroyed.
Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday issued an executive order telling
state agencies that any marijuana grown with unapproved pesticides is
a threat to public safety and should be removed from commerce and destroyed.
The order is Hickenlooper's first word on a months-old controversy
over pesticide use to grow cannabis and a more aggressive approach
than the half-dozen recalls by Denver heath officials have put on
thousands of contaminated products, some of it later allowed back
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Supervisors Face Tough Decisions Regarding Commercial Medical Marijuana
A package of three bills, passed by the state Legislature in
September and signed by the governor last month, has the potential to
change the entire landscape of medical marijuana access in
California. Broadly speaking, they legalize the sale of medical
cannabis, which until now has been strictly a not-for-profit
enterprise (officially, at least).
The three new laws-Assembly Bill 243, Assembly Bill 266 and Senate
Bill 643-lay out a framework for licensing and permitting medical
marijuana cultivation for sale as well as taxation. They also set
forth a number of environmental regulations for operating a large-scale grow.
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The Humboldt County Planning Commission embarked on its journey to
review the latest proposed medical marijuana ordinance recently with
a marathon meeting that saw dozens of public comments.
The county is hustling to push through the ordinance, which dictates
which land use zones will be allowed to host marijuana grows. Looming
overhead is a March 1, 2016 deadline put into place by the package of
statewide medical marijuana bills passed by Gov. Jerry Brown in
October. While many of the details of how the state will regulate the
marijuana industry weren't developed as of the Oct. 5 meeting, the
bills allow counties to develop permitting procedures as long as they
are at least as stringent as the (mostly yet-to-be-determined) state
standards. The catch, the county says, is that local regulations must
be in place by March 1 or "the state will be the sole licensing
authority." (Assemblyman Jim Wood opposed that deadline, and his
staff says removing it is a "top priority" when the Legislature
reconvenes in January.
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Chico's City Council Needs to Prepare for Recreational Marijuana
Numerous initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana in California
are now ready for their proponents to begin gathering signatures,
signaling the start of a race to make it on the 2016 general election
ballot. If what's happened in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington
is any indication of where the Golden State is headed, we expect to
see a proliferation of pot shops opening up around the state come January 2017.
The writing is on the wall, as evidenced by the trio of
medical-marijuana-related bills recently signed by Gov. Brown. They
call for, among other things, a framework for regulating a cash crop
that has been caught up in the morass created back in the '90s with
the passage of Proposition 215, the state's so-called Compassionate
Use Act of 1996 (see Associate Editor Meredith J. Cooper's report on
page 8). Prop. 215 was designed to give those with medical issues a
legal defense for using the schedule 1 drug, but the nebulous law has
been most successful at enriching the black market.
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Economic circumstances often feed opioid abuse on the street, writes
In Ontario, someone dies of an opioid overdose every 14 hours. Most of
them are related to prescription opioids, which are often prescribed
for chronic pain.
With a reported 50 per cent of chronic pain patients facing wait times
of six months or more to see a qualified specialist, prescribed
opioids fill a health care gap.
Maybe this gap is the issue, and not the prescription that doctors are
using to fill it.
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Mendocino County has begun its review of the existing local 9.31
Medical Marijuana Cultivation Regulation Ordinance in light of the
recent medical marijuana regulatory package signed into law in
October that will now require state oversight of the entire industry.
The new medical marijuana regulations take effect the first of the
year, but local municipalities face a March 1, 2016 deadline to put
in place regulations to preserve local control. Otherwise, the state
will take jurisdiction in regulating that area.
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This week we won't start off with a particular reader's question as
we usually do. In the past several weeks, we've received a few
inquiries about the same topic: What recourse is there if someone's
home grow smells up the neighborhood or condo building to the point
it becomes a nuisance to others?
There's a flip-side to that, too. What can home growers do to avoid
such a hassle?
Judging just from the Highly Informed inbox, the smell of flowering
cannabis may be more noticeable lately, but only slightly. Maybe the
recent spate of inquiries have come because Alaska Permanent Fund
dividends just dropped, but maybe there are simply more brand-new or
beginning home gardeners out there since legalization day. Most of
the questions arose from apartment building conflicts, but someone in
Anchorage even forwarded a message thread from the Rogers Park
community message board in which a few neighbors were discussing what
to do about a strong, skunky aroma on one particular street in the
neighborhood's northern section.
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Monday's long-awaited announcement that billionaire angel investor
Sean Parker is backing a marijuana legalization effort was welcome news.
It was also doubly misleading.
First, as of press time, Parker is not backing the Adult Use of
Marijuana Act (AUMA), the legalization initiative unveiled this week
by an environmental attorney and the former head of the California
Medical Association. Despite headlines to the contrary in the Los
Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, and elsewhere, Parker isn't putting
money behind AUMA - at least not yet.
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Former State Public Health Official Will Head Ballot Effort
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Says Measure Is in Line With His Views
Doctors' Group Backs Legalization; Will Evaluate Measure
Donald Lyman, a retired physician and former board member at the
California Medical Association, said Monday he will lead a
well-funded statewide effort to legalize recreational marijuana next year.
Lyman, of Sacramento, is the chief proponent for the Adult Use of
Marijuana Act, the long-awaited legalization measure introduced
Monday that's expected to receive funding from former Facebook
president Sean Parker and be guided by veteran Democratic political
consultant Gale Kaufman.
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A closer look at the economic forces driving ResponsibleOhio's
controversial plan to establish 10 wholesale marijuana growers in the
state-and some of the plan's potential consequences
Ohioans have heard a whole lot about pot this year. In August,
ResponsibleOhio gathered enough signatures to put a constitutional
amendment on the fall ballot that would legalize both medical and
recreational marijuana use. The ResponsibleOhio plan-also known as
Issue 3-began attracting controversy long before the coming Nov. 3
vote, sparking heated debate over issues that typically surround
marijuana legalization, including how it would impact public health
and safety and concern over easier access for minors. But the section
of ResponsibleOhio's proposed amendment that's attracted the most
controversy centers not on how marijuana would be consumed, but how it
would be grown.
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Former Facebook President Plans to Spend Millions on Legalization Effort.
SACRAMENTO - A coalition that includes former Facebook President Sean
Parker on Monday proposed an initiative that would legalize the
recreational use of marijuana in California and place a 15% tax on
retail sales of the drug.
Parker, a billionaire who also co-founded the file-sharing service
Napster, plans to put millions of dollars behind the proposal,
intended for the November 2016 ballot, according to those in the coalition.
"It's very encouraging to see a vibrant community of activists ...
coming together around a sensible reform-based measure that protects
children, gives law enforcement additional resources and establishes
a strong regulatory framework for responsible adult use of marijuana
- - one that will yield economic benefits for all Californians," Parker
said in a statement.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The push to put California among the states
where marijuana can be sold to and legally used by adults for
recreation took a major step forward on Monday as ballot language
backed by Napster co-founder Sean Parker, other wealthy entrepreneurs
who support pot legalization and leading advocacy groups was filed
with the state.
The proposed legalization initiative is one of more than a dozen that
has been submitted in California for the November 2016 election.
Because of the deep pockets, political connections and professional
credibility of its supporters, however, observers think the so-called
Adult Use of Marijuana Act is the vehicle with the greatest chance of success.
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Boulder Weekly brings you this report in partnership with Rocky
Mountain PBS I-News. Learn more at rmpbs.org/news.
According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Toxicology, up
to 69.5 percent of the pesticides on a marijuana bud can transfer
into the smoker's lungs. Jeffrey Raber, who directed the study and
owns a cannabis-testing lab in California, said the risks to
consumers and workers are clear.
"It's easy to understand that these compounds are toxic. We've
studied that ad nauseum," he said. "That's why regulations exist for
every other item we consume."
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Locals React to California's New Medical Marijuana Rules
With a motion of his wrist, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this
month a broad set of regulations designed to rein in the state's
massive, unruly medical marijuana industry.
The regulations have been 20 years in the making, since California
voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996 with the Compassionate Use
Act, better known as Proposition 215. That act led to a fragmented
and complicated set of local rules, uncertainties for regulators and
law enforcers, continuing interference from the federal government,
and a green rush in our own Emerald Triangle that has fragmented
timber lands, damaged watersheds and built an important, albeit
shadowy, economic driver for Humboldt County.
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Mendocino County, along with other California counties and cities,
has a lot to consider when it comes to the new Medical Marijuana
Regulation and Safety Act recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from
Rural County Representatives of California Senior Legislative
Advocate Paul Smith Monday night, in which Smith laid out what the
county needs to begin thinking about at a local level prior to the
new medical marijuana regulations, set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2016.
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As the state moves toward taxing marijuana growers for the first
time, those same growers also are starting to face restrictions on
water use, just like farmers of more conventional crops.
One reason is that the water consumption of pot farms has caused
serious depredations of salmon and trout runs in several Northern
California streams, most notably the Eel River and its tributary
streams in the so-called "Emerald Triangle" of Mendocino, Humboldt
and Trinity counties. Marijuana has long been the largest cash crop
in that region.
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In Colorado and other states where recreational or medical pot is
legal, there is a tremendous amount of money riding these days on
healthy cannabis crops. But unlike, say, a corn farmer, growers in
the legal-marijuana industry don't have a clear understanding yet of
which pesticides and fungicides are safe to use for workers or consumers.
Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates pesticide
use on other crops, it has not tested any for use on marijuana
because the plant remains illegal at the federal level.
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Now that the state legislature has passed new laws around the
cultivation of medical marijuana, the real work must begin.
There is time before the new rules which will need to be created by
legislation go into effect for local communities to decide on how
they want the new laws to be carried out in their counties. Under the
law, counties can have their own regulations or allow the state's
regs to take effect in their counties.
We have been hearing for years about marijuana, "Well, just tax it
and regulate it."
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Cultivators Pull Back Products Voluntarily Over Possible Residue.
Two Denver marijuana cultivation facilities voluntarily recalled a
wide-ranging group of products Wednesday over concerns they contained
residues of pesticides that have not been approved for use on marijuana.
The recall by TruCannabis and Colorado Care Facility, a subsidiary,
was the third announced by the Denver Department of Environmental
Health since it began cracking down on pesticides last spring,
quarantining 100,000 plants.
Company officials said they were conducting tests at the city's
request related to an earlier recall of infused products produced by
Mahatma when they found their own products had three disallowed pesticides.
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Just weeks after the board of supervisors agreed to craft an outdoor
medical marijuana cultivation ordinance, county staff has released a
detailed draft ordinance that would create a strict permitting plan
for the county's cannabis cultivators.
It's a remarkably fast turnaround for a staff that shared concerns
that it wouldn't be able to get regulations on the books by next
year. But the draft has raised concerns from the county supervisors
tasked with bringing an ordinance to fruition.
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