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1US CA: Ex-NFL Player Ryan O'Callaghan: Marijuana Is A Godsend For NFLThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Journal News, The (NY)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/10/2017

REDDING, Calif. - Ryan O'Callaghan, who said he developed an addiction to painkillers that helped him deal with injuries during his NFL career, told USA TODAY Sports he now uses marijuana to treat the pain and that the NFL should change its policy prohibiting players from using the drug.

"For people like me, marijuana is a godsend because you don't want to take these pills,'' said O'Callaghan, 33. "Marijuana is not addicting. People who say that have never smoked it. I have an addictive personality. It's not addictive.''

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2 US CA: Former Kern Co. Sheriff's Deputies Avoid Prison For SellingTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Rocha, Veronica Area:California Lines:106 Added:08/08/2017

Two former Kern County Sheriff's deputies avoided prison time Monday for stealing and selling marijuana that was seized during drug busts.

Logan August and Derrick Penney were sentenced Monday to three years' probation for the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, according to the U.S. attorney office in Fresno.

August, a 30-year-old Bakersfield resident, was also ordered to serve 1,500 hours of community service and forfeit $16,500 earned in the trafficking operation, federal authorities said.

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3 US CA: OPED: Race Case For Reefer ReparationsThu, 03 Aug 2017
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Price, Neil Area:California Lines:143 Added:08/03/2017

Time to redress the harm done to thousands of Black youth who have life-limiting criminal records because of pot

The war on drugs has had a devastating and disproportionate effect on racialized groups, particularly young Black men.

While research has shown that Black people partake in recreational pot at the same rates as their white counterparts, it's Black people who have endured the heavy hand of justice. Black people are twice as likely to be taken to a police station after being charged for simple possession of marijuana. They are also twice as likely to be held overnight for a bail hearing.

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4 US CA: Editorial: L.A. Voters Want To Legalize Marijuana, So WhySat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:104 Added:07/25/2017

Los Angeles voters want to legalize marijuana, and they don't seem particularly concerned that it remains illegal under federal law. In November nearly two out of three voters in the city of L.A. supported Proposition 64, a statewide initiative to let adults grow, buy and use recreational marijuana. A few months later, voters overwhelmingly backed Measure M to create a city permitting system for marijuana businesses.

City Hall has a clear mandate to legalize, regulate and tax pot.

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5US CA: Riverside Could Say No To Recreational Marijuana BusinessesSat, 22 Jul 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Robinson, Alicia Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

Riverside has long prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries. Now officials may add recreational pot businesses to the ban -- at least temporarily.

Since November, when California voters legalized adult use of marijuana, the Riverside City Council has not decided whether to allow, tax and regulate pot cultivation, manufacturing and sales.

On Tuesday, July 25, council members will consider saying no to pot businesses until they have more information on how state regulations will look and what other Inland and Southern California communities are doing.

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6US CA: Editorial: Sacramento Cannabis Industry Should Be FairTue, 25 Jul 2017
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/25/2017

If there was any doubt that Sacramento was square in the path of California's "green rush," a recent tally showing the city could end up with more marijuana growing operations than it has Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants should serve as a wake-up call.

More than 100 companies have applied to open grow rooms, The Bee's Ryan Lillis reported last week, and most are for industrial sites in already troubled, low-income neighborhoods in North Sacramento and off Power Inn Road.

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7US CA: Want A Permit To Grow Pot? Fee Will Be $16,500 In San JacintoWed, 19 Jul 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Shultz, Craig Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/22/2017

San Jacinto has set permit fees for those who wish to operate commercial marijuana businesses in the city.

Anyone wanting a permit to operate a commercial marijuana cultivation business in San Jacinto better have some cash.

The City Council set the permit fee at $16,500 during its meeting Tuesday, July 18. Annual permit renewals will cost $6,000 and there also will be a $10,000 fee to transfer a permit.

The money covers the cost of staff time required to review and process the applications, according to the city.

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8US CA: SF Supervisors Create Office To Handle Coming CannabisWed, 19 Jul 2017
Source:Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) Author:Swan, Rachel Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/22/2017

San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy sponsored legislation to create the city's Office of Cannabis.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday created a new "one-stop shop" to handle policies for marijuana businesses once recreational cannabis becomes legal.

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy sponsored the ordinance to set up the Office of Cannabis, which will open for business by the end of this year. It will set up an application system for marijuana licenses, resolve complaints, be a conduit to state regulators, and serve as a centralized information source for the public.

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9 US CA: California Is Working To Avoid A Shortage Of LegalizedWed, 19 Jul 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:McGreevy, Patrick Area:California Lines:56 Added:07/22/2017

California hopes to avoid the same shortage of legalized marijuana that now faces Nevada when sales begin here in January. (File photo | Los Angeles Times)

With Nevada suffering a shortage of legalized marijuana, California's state pot czar said Wednesday that efforts are being made in her state to make sure sufficient licenses go to farmers, testers and distributors to supply retailers.

Providing temporary, four-month licenses to support some businesses including growers as early as November is planned "so we don't have a break in the supply chain," Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, said in testimony at a legislative hearing.

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10US CA: Could Cannabis Be Coming To Your County Fair? It Depends OnWed, 19 Jul 2017
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Holland, John Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/21/2017

California's county fairs -- those wholesome showcases of agricultural bounty -- could become places to score some pot.

Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a bill that details how to carry out the November 2016 ballot measure that legalizes recreational marijuana as of January 2018. Tucked deep in the text is an option for county fairs to allow sampling and sales for people 21 and older in designated spots.

The Stanislaus County Fair has had "minor discussions" among the board and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cranford about the issue, spokeswoman Adrenna Alkhas said by email.

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11US CA: More Than 100 Businesses Seek To Grow Marijuana In SacramentoWed, 19 Jul 2017
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Lillis, Ryan Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/21/2017

More marijuana growers than Starbucks stores? That could be Sacramento's future.

Someday soon, more businesses could grow marijuana in the city of Sacramento than there are Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants combined.

More than 100 businesses are seeking special permits from the city to run indoor marijuana growing operations. From North Sacramento to South Land Park, and from downtown to the warehouse district near Power Inn Road, the flood of applications touches many corners of the city.

For now, the applications technically cover marijuana for medicinal purposes, and some companies are already growing pot for that purpose under previously approved guidelines. However, commercial production and the sale of recreational pot will be allowed in California beginning Jan. 1, 2018 and city officials expect many of the new businesses will seek to enter that business.

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12 US CA: PUB LTE: Bredefeld's Moral Crusade Against Evil WeedMon, 17 Jul 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Schmale, Steve Area:California Lines:22 Added:07/21/2017

Just when I thought Fresno City Councilman Garry Bredefeld couldn't appear more ignorant and stupid, he proves me wrong with his half-page, anti-marijuana diatribe in Sunday's Bee.

It's full of nonsense, half-truths and other easily contested points in support of his argument to try and buffer his moral crusade against the evil weed. Sorry, I underestimated Mr. Bredefeld.

Steve Schmale, Fresno

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13US CA: Oped: Fresno Did The Right Thing With Its Marijuana BanSat, 15 Jul 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Bredefeld, Garry Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2017

Proposition 64, also known as the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, not surprisingly passed statewide in November 2016 but wisely failed in Fresno County with 54 percent of the people voting against legalization. The district I represent strongly opposed Prop. 64.

It now allows individuals 21 years or older to legally smoke marijuana and to grow up to six plants in their home, even if they are next to elementary schools. What many people don't know is that Prop. 64 also allows recreational marijuana dispensaries or businesses to be opened throughout the state unless a municipality officially prohibits or bans them, which a majority of the Fresno City Council and mayor wisely did last month.

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14US CA: Coalinga Legalizes Medical Marijuana OperationFri, 07 Jul 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/11/2017

The Coalinga City Council voted 4-1 on Thursday to immediately allow commercial marijuana cultivation within city limits.

Councilman Ron Lander cast the lone no vote. The ordinances required a four-fifths majority to pass.

The council also approved the sale of the city's dormant prison, Claremont Custody Center, to Ocean Grown Extracts for $4.1 million. Ocean Grown will transform the prison into a medical cannabis oil extraction plant.

This sale will immediately bring Coalinga's general fund into the black. City Manager Marissa Trejo said Coalinga was $3.3 million to $3.8 million in debt.

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15US CA: Oped: Fresno Needs A Cannabis Plan, Not A BanThu, 06 Jul 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Green, Michael S. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/11/2017

Tens of thousands of people use cannabis in Fresno every day. Hundreds of people work in the cannabis industry, though few will admit it publicly -- and for good reason. Cannabis business is booming in Fresno and Fresno County, even though cultivation and retail sales are banned by local ordinances. The biggest pipe dream in Fresno is that cannabis bans work. In reality, they don't.

Even so, the Fresno City Council just voted to prohibit dispensaries and other "recreational" businesses made legal by the passage of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. This is disappointing but not surprising. Medical cannabis has been legal since Proposition 215 passed in 1996, but City Hall has never bothered to draft local regulations.

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16US CA: Weed -- The Garden Type -- Goes Before San Jacinto CouncilTue, 04 Jul 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Shultz, Craig Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/05/2017

There has been a lot of talk about weed in San Jacinto recently, but when the City Council gathers for a special meeting Thursday, July 5, it will be discussing the pesky garden variety.

Council members, who recently put in place a number of rules related to legalized marijuana, will be asked to lift a moratorium on "discing," a type of plowing weeds that was outlawed in the city in 2007 as a dust control measure.

The ban is likely to be lifted because of current weather conditions, including the extreme drying of vegetation and high temperatures, which have led to fires being started from the use of push mowers in weed abatement. Mower blades can cause sparks when striking debris, which can ignite the brush.

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17US CA: California Law Allows Pot Sales At County FairgroundsThu, 29 Jun 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/03/2017

A new state law allows pot sales at county fairs, but will yours go green?

A minor clause in a recently passed California State Senate bill could lead to a dramatic increase in funnel cake sales at county fairs across the state.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB-94, which combined the medical and recreational marijuana laws into one set of rules. The massive bill includes a section that allows for cannabis sales on state-owned fairgrounds -- either at county fairs or during private events -- provided certain conditions are met. These include securing proper permits and, in the case of county fairs, having a designated enclosed space for pot. No recreational marijuana sales are legal until Jan. 1.

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18 US CA: Editorial: Safe Injections Centers Are Not Opium DensSat, 24 Jun 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Rycroft, Rick Area:California Lines:96 Added:06/24/2017

Government-sanctioned and supported "supervised injection centers," where addicts can bring their illicitly obtained drugs and shoot up with little fear of arrest or a fatal overdose, have been in service in Europe for decades.

There's only one in all of North America, though. It's in Canada -- a Vancouver, Canada, center called Insite. Research found that after the center opened in 2003 fatal drug overdoses decreased by 35% in the nearby community. Earlier this month Canadian officials authorized injection centers in Montreal, Toronto and other cities.

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19 US CA: PUB LTE:: Do You Want Better Streets Or A Bigger 'war OnFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Starry, Mike Area:California Lines:37 Added:06/23/2017

President Richard Nixon did not see the slaughter of innocents when he launched the "War on Drugs." Of course, his staff thought he did it to punish hippies, anti-war protesters and blacks. Politicians invent wars as diversionary tactics when they choose not to take care of their citizens. They will even tell lies to do so. See Vietnam's "Gulf of Tonkin Resolution" and Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction."

Now after 40 years and hundreds of thousands of deaths in Latin America, do U.S. citizens think they are free of this government crime? When politicians make activities illegal, they may create more problems than they solve. The dead who lived through alcohol prohibition could tell you.

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20US CA: California The Over-Regulator? Not For Addiction TreatmentFri, 23 Jun 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Sforza, Teri Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/23/2017

When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab centers, California channels its inner Texas: few burdens on business and as free-market as possible.

That stands in sharp contrast to New York, Massachusetts and a dozen other states, where would-be rehab operators must prove there's a local demand for their services and obtain a "certificate of need" before snipping opening-day ribbons and scaling those legendary 12 steps.

The lack of such a system is a key reason why Southern California is known as Rehab Riviera, with far more centers than the region's population could possibly support, critics say.

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21 US CA: Ex-Mexican Lawmaker Arrested At Us Border On Drug ChargesThu, 22 Jun 2017
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:California Lines:48 Added:06/22/2017

SAN DIEGO -- A former Mexican lawmaker arrested at the California border was charged Thursday with working for the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose once-powerful kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was extradited to the United States in January.

Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez, a former representative in the Sinaloa state legislature, was charged Thursday in federal court in San Diego with conspiracy to distribute 11 pounds (five kilograms) of cocaine in the United States between January 2013 and January 2017.

She was arrested Wednesday morning trying to enter San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico, according to court documents. A Customs and Border Patrol agent at the border crossing discovered her visa had been cancelled by the U.S. State Department and she was suspected of drug trafficking.

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22 US CA: Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty In Drug Smuggling CaseThu, 22 Jun 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Littlefield, Dana Area:California Lines:55 Added:06/22/2017

A U.S. Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling backpacks he believed contained drugs across the border.

Appearing in a federal courtroom in San Diego, Noe Lopez pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and attempted distribution of cocaine.

He faces a possible minimum sentence of 10 years for each of the two counts and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8 before U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw.

Lopez, a 10-year Border Patrol veteran who worked out of the Imperial Beach station, was arrested Dec. 14 as a result of a two-month undercover sting.

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23 US CA: California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra Announces Probe OfMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:39 Added:06/21/2017

Citing an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths across the country, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Friday that California is joining with more than 26 other states to investigate whether drugmakers have used illegal marketing and sales practices.

Becerra said the probe would focus on whether drug manufacturers have played a role in creating or extending the opioid problem.

Makers of opioids have been under heat in recent years as the addiction crisis has intensified. A 2016 Times investigation revealed that Purdue Pharma, which manufactures OxyContin, knew its drug's painkilling effects might not last as long as long as marketed, which could potentially promote addiction. The investigation also found Purdue Pharma collected extensive evidence of criminal trafficking of its drug but in many cases did not alert law enforcement.

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24 US CA: California Pot Czar Expects Lag Time For Testing Newly LegalMon, 19 Jun 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:46 Added:06/19/2017

The state has put out new rules for testing marijuana planned for medical use.

With businesses expected to get state licenses in January to sell marijuana in California, the top regulator said Thursday that they will be given up to six months to comply with a requirement the pot be thoroughly tested by a licensed laboratory.

State pot czar Lori Ajax said it may take months for enough testing labs to be properly screened and licensed to handle the supply of marijuana expected to be sold in California starting next year. In addition, many existing medical marijuana dispensaries will have untested supplies when licensing begins, she said.

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25 US CA: LTE: Easy On Foster? Are You Kidding Me?Sun, 18 Jun 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Woods, Cynthia Area:California Lines:46 Added:06/18/2017

"Nobody got hurt" I had to re-read that excerpt from the letter Alex Rubalcava (June 16) wrote regarding former Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster.

"He has been punished enough. He made a bad choice. No one got hurt. No one is perfect."

Are you kidding me?

Illegal drug abuse is at an all-time high. Where does Alex Rubalcava think these addicts get the pills? From people just like him!

"He risked his life for 30 years on the force."

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26 US CA: PUB LTE: Forget Marijuana It's Meth That's The ProblemSun, 18 Jun 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Schmale, Susan Area:California Lines:40 Added:06/18/2017

I just heard Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer on the news discussing our gang problem, killings and crime in Fresno. He then mentioned marijuana as the drug gangs use. That might be true, but why do we rarely hear about the huge methamphetamine problem in Fresno from Chief Dyer, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and the local media?

Methamphetamine is being imported, made and sold widely in Fresno and surrounding areas. It is sucking the life out of our communities. Methamphetamine is the problem, not marijuana, which is legal in California. Apparently it's easier to advertise "cracking down on crime" by using our tax dollars to bust growers/dealers of this legal plant.

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27 US CA: Oped: A 1930s California Story Shows Why The War On Drugs Is AFri, 16 Jun 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Hari, Johann Area:California Lines:138 Added:06/16/2017

In the early 1930s, the federal government cracked down on California's legal drug programs, leading to numerous arrests. Above, a California jail in 1930, occupying the third floor of Ventura City Hall.

In the early 1930s, the federal government cracked down on California's legal drug programs, leading to numerous arrests. Above, a California jail in 1930, occupying the third floor of Ventura City Hall. (Los Angeles Times)

For one bright and flickering moment last year, it looked like the global war on drugs was about to die. California -- the sixth largest economy in the world -- voted to fully legalize cannabis, while a smorgasbord of countries including Uruguay, Canada and Jamaica were also moving toward more sensible policies. But like Freddie Krueger after the nubile teenagers believe he is finally slain, the drug war is suddenly back with even sharper claws. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is reviving the worst of the old policies that led to mass incarceration, while President Trump has said that the Philippines is doing "a great job" on the drug war under a President, Rodriguo Duterte, who publicly boasts: "There's 3 million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them."

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28 US CA: Hills Like Home In Laos. And Now A Crop, Too.Sun, 04 Jun 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Fuller, Thomas Area:California Lines:181 Added:06/09/2017

HAYFORK, Calif. - The red and purple opium poppies that his family grew on a mountainside half a world away were filled with an intoxicating, sticky sap that his mother traded for silver coins to feed her children and pay for their escape.

Adam Lee smiles at the memory of a childhood in war-torn Laos and voyage to America, where he spent decades adapting to life in big cities.

Now 47 years old, Mr. Lee has returned to the mountains - the Trinity Alps of Northern California - and to a career farming a different mind-altering crop for his livelihood: marijuana.

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29 US CA: Growers Split As Pot Farms Go IndustrialSun, 16 Apr 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Fuller, Thomas Area:California Lines:194 Added:04/21/2017

SALINAS, Calif. - This vast and fertile valley is often called the salad bowl of the nation for the countless heads of lettuce growing across its floor. Now California's marijuana industry is laying claim to a new slogan for the valley: America's cannabis bucket.

After years of marijuana being cultivated in small plots out of sight from the authorities, California cannabis is going industrial.

Over the past year, dilapidated greenhouses in the Salinas Valley, which were built for cut flower businesses, have been bought up by dozens of marijuana entrepreneurs, who are growing pot among the fields of spinach, strawberries and wine grapes.

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30 US CA: Pot To Pair With Wines? Sonoma Embraces PossibilitiesSun, 19 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Fuller, Thomas Area:California Lines:136 Added:03/24/2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In the heart of Northern California's wine country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food: cannabis and wine pairing dinners.

Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners $100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay.

"It accentuates the intensity of your palate," Mr. Edwards, 30, said of the dinners, one of which was held recently at a winery with sweeping views of the Sonoma vineyards. "We are seeing what works and what flavors are coming out."

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31 US CA: Pot Brand For The A-ListSun, 19 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Williams, Alex Area:California Lines:112 Added:03/24/2017

Recreational cannabis may be legal in California, but buying the actual stuff still makes Scott Campbell, a celebrity tattoo artist and fine artist, feel like a class-cutting teenage stoner.

"You go in to buy weed, and it's like visiting your parole officer," said Mr. Campbell, who lives in Los Angeles. "You get buzzed through three metal gates." Inside, cannabis products are often packaged with loopy Deadhead-style graphics and goofy dorm-humor strain names like Gorilla Glue and Purple Urkle.

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32 US CA: LSD Doc 'The Sunshine Makers' Is A Merry Trip Through 1960sMon, 23 Jan 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Myers, Kimber Area:California Lines:42 Added:01/28/2017

[photo] Tim Scully, left, and Nick Sand pictured in a graphic from the documentary "The Sunshine Makers." (Nick Sand / Tim Scully / Passion Pictures / FilmRise)

As its title suggests, "The Sunshine Makers" is probably the happiest, most carefree drug documentary you're likely to see. The film explores the people behind the most well-known strain of LSD, who produced millions of doses in a single, sleep-deprived month. Their goal wasn't money, but instead they wanted to save the world: If everyone took LSD, they would experience the feelings of love and connectedness the hallucinogen promises.

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33US CA: $500,000 Worth Of Narcotics Found In Fresno HomeTue, 24 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Briseno, Andrea Figueroa Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/26/2017

A man in his 20s sat handcuffed in the back of a police car Monday night after about $500,000 worth of narcotics was found in a southeast Fresno home, Fresno police Major Narcotics Unit Supervisor Timothy Tietjen said.

Several undercover investigators waited outside a home on the 700 block of south 4th Street, south of Ventura Avenue.

Tietjen said around 6 p.m. officials made their move while family members, including children between 4 and 7 years of age, were home.

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34US CA: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California HealthcareThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Doyle, Michael Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/20/2017

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective.

In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.

He is identified as Richard by the White House and Bureau of Prisons, but has also been known as Ricardo. The White House listed his hometown as Escalon.

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35US CA: Chowchilla City Council Moves Against Recreational MarijuanaThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/20/2017

The Chowchilla City Council voted unanimously this week to ban marijuana dispensaries, cultivation, manufacture and transport within city limits. The move comes on the eve of an election in which Californians will vote on Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational pot.

City Manager Brian Haddix said the council wanted to act now to ensure stricter restrictions were in place prior to the Nov. 8 election. He noted that marijuana is still a Schedule 1 substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

Mayor Waseem Ahmed said the move was necessary to "walk the talk of being a family friendly city."

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36US CA: Sacramento Has A Date For When It Will Start AcceptingThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Hecht, Peter Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/19/2017

The city of Sacramento soon may begin accepting applications from businesses wanting to cultivate marijuana.

A City Council committee this week voted to lift Sacramento's moratorium on commercial cannabis cultivation. The action means that aspiring marijuana businesses would be able to apply for cultivation permits beginning April 2 under a new ordinance that could position the capital city as regional hub for commercial pot production.

The council in November voted 5-3 to allow licensed recreational or medical marijuana cultivation in city limits under state rules governing the marijuana industry. But it is unlikely that the city will be issuing actual permits for cultivation businesses until months after the application period opens.

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37 US CA: City Devastated By Oxycontin Use Sues Purdue Pharma, ClaimsThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Ryan, Harriet Area:California Lines:159 Added:01/19/2017

[photo] A bottle of Oxycontin pills. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

A Washington city devastated by black-market OxyContin filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the painkillers' manufacturer Thursday, alleging the company turned a blind eye to criminal trafficking of its pills to "reap large and obscene profits" and demanding it foot the bill for widespread opioid addiction in the community.

The suit by Everett, a city of 100,000 north of Seattle, was prompted by a Times investigation last year. The newspaper revealed that drugmaker Purdue Pharma had extensive evidence pointing to illegal trafficking across the nation, but in many cases, did not share it with law enforcement or cut off the flow of pills.

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38US CA: Tulare County Extends Ban On Marijuana GrowingWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Griswold, Lewis Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/19/2017

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to continue its ban on growing nonmedical marijuana in unincorporated areas for another two years.

The ban is aimed at commercial growers. It's still legal to grow up to six plants at a private residence under Proposition 64, as long as it's indoors.

Approved by voters statewide in November, Proposition 64 decriminalizes marijuana by allowing adults 21 and older to use, transport and buy it in limited amounts.

But the proposition allows local jurisdictions to impose their own regulations, including a ban on marijuana businesses, which the board adopted as a temporary measure in December and now has extended until December 2018.

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39US CA: Washington Cannabis Sales Boom, May Dwindle Under TrumpWed, 18 Jan 2017
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/18/2017

[photo] Cotton candy flavored marijuana is displayed for purchase at Butter & Weed's booth at 420 Vancouver, in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

The legal marijuana industry proved its staying power in 2016, racking up $6.7 billion in business across North America.

That number represents 30 percent growth from the year before, according to a report by Arcview Market Research, and it's expected to climb even higher over the next few years, topping $20 billion by 2021.

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40US CA: Taking Pot Cookies To Ill Granddaughter In Texas, CalifornianTue, 17 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Farrow, Deke Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/18/2017

All Newman resident Phillip Blanton wanted to do, he said, was bring some comfort to his granddaughter, who has stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.

But his California medical marijuana card counted for nothing in Texas, where the 67-year-old now faces felony drug possession charges.

Blanton was driving to Houston to see 20-year-old Makayla Farley, who's being treated at the Houston Methodist Hospital cancer center. She's fighting for her life, he said, has a hard time eating and is always throwing up. She's on morphine and other drug cocktails for pain. "I was going to give her Papa's cookies to help with the nausea and pain and to help her relax."

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41US CA: Paul Chabot Is Moving To 'America,' And It's Not CaliforniaSun, 15 Jan 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Horseman, Jeff Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/16/2017

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Former Inland congressional candidate Paul Chabot is leaving for Texas. In a Facebook post, Chabot , a Republican, said he and his family are moving "to find a region of the nation that embraces our values and morals we cherish."

Rancho Cucamonga Republican Paul Chabot, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2014 and 2016, is moving to the Lone Star State -- but not before dispensing some harsh words for California progressives.

Chabot recently used Facebook to announce his family's move to McKinney, Texas, lamenting that liberals "have degraded the State of Reagan to but a shell of its former self."

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42 US CA: Border Tunnels Left Unfilled On Mexican Side Pose SecuritySun, 15 Jan 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Marosi, Richard Area:California Lines:162 Added:01/16/2017

[photo] A cross-border drug smugglers' tunnel that had been shut down but left unfilled on the Mexican side was found to be back in operation in December, officials said. (Mexico attorney general's office / Associated Press)

Mexican drug cartels have burrowed dozens of tunnels in the last decade, outfitted them with rail and cart systems to whisk drugs under the U.S. border and, after being discovered by authorities, abandoned them.

But some of the illicit passageways live on.

At least six previously discovered border tunnels have been reactivated by Mexican trafficking groups in recent years, exposing a recurring large-scale smuggling threat, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials.

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43 US CA: This Roadside Salesman Outside Kabul Is Known For Selling TheSun, 15 Jan 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:109 Added:01/16/2017

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At a roadside restaurant outside Kabul, Gula Jan, far left, sells hashish to a wide array of clients. (Sultan Faizy / For The Times)

Gula Jan ground a small amount of hashish, about the size of a marble, in his hand. He mixed it with tobacco and carefully rolled it into a cigarette. Then he smiled.

"Do you know how many people come and smoke hash here?" he said. "Thousands!"

The 34-year-old counts parliamentarians, government officials, doctors, engineers and businessmen among his clients. They all stop by his usual spot on a river bend 45 miles outside Kabul for a taste of his specialty.

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44US CA: Rancho Cordova Couple Wins Big At The Emerald Cup CompeitionSun, 15 Jan 2017
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Macias, Chris Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/15/2017

What is cannabis topical oil? And why is this Rancho Cordova couple so good at making it?

The runner-up in the "topicals" division at December's Emerald Cup cannabis competition in Santa Rosa had a familiar name attached to it: Lavender Epsom Salts by Whoopi & Maya, a company co-founded by comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

Chelsea Dudgeon and Newell Taylor of Rancho Cordova didn't have the same kind of name recognition with their product, which also provides pain relief from cannabis via skin absorption. But these partners in business and romance were equipped with something better: the winning formula.

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45US CA: Seedo Home Cultivator Makes Indoor Growing EasyFri, 13 Jan 2017
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Arrington, Debbie Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/14/2017

Uri Zeevi is used to skepticism. People hear about his Seedo indoor home cultivator and they're astonished.

"Nobody has seen anything like this," he said from his office in Israel. "It's really new, just coming onto the market."

But someday, indoor home cultivators may be as common as dishwashers or backyard gas grills -- indispensable home appliances that changed the way people live.

Without sunlight, outdoor space or experience, anyone could grow tomatoes, strawberries, gourmet lettuce, herbs and, yes, cannabis year-round inside a home cultivator.

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46US CA: Landmark Study: Marijuana Is Effective Medicine, But HasThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Downs, David Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

Marijuana and its derivatives can be effective medicines for treating pain, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms and other conditions, but cannabis is not harmless, and more research is needed, the nation's top scientists concluded in a landmark review of research released Thursday.

The nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine issued their report, "The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids," summarizing the current state of evidence for the efficacy of medical marijuana and recommending new studies.

The 395-page report will stand as the most official medical review of the botanical drug, which an estimated 8 percent of Americans used in the last month.

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47US CA: Study Links Medical Marijuana To Fewer Traffic FatalitiesThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/12/2017

The health and public safety concerns that kept marijuana illegal for generations are proving unfounded where it is now legal.

A new study from Columbia University found that traffic fatalities have fallen in seven states where medicinal cannabis is legal and that, overall, states where medical marijuana is legal have lower traffic fatality rates than states were medical marijuna remains illegal.

The study found that "medical marijuana laws were associated with immediate reductions in traffic fatalities in those aged 15 to 24 and 25 to 44 years, and with additional yearly gradual reductions in those aged 25 to 44 years." Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states.

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48 US CA: State Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana Brings NoThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:81 Added:01/12/2017

Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis, seen in this file photo, says Prop. 64, which legalized recreational marijuana possession and use for adults 21 and older in California, will make for "an interesting year" in Newport. (File photo)

Marijuana dispensaries and growing and delivery remain illegal in Newport Beach, but residents can smoke it in their homes under California law.

The possible effects of the statewide legalization of recreational marijuana use, which voters approved in November, were the focus of discussion Wednesday night at a Speak Up Newport event where Police Chief Jon Lewis and City Attorney Aaron Harp answered questions in front of more than 50 Newport Beach residents and officials.

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49US CA: Editorial: DEA Must End Its Informant Program NowWed, 11 Jan 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/11/2017

[photo] In this Jan. 5, 2010, file photo, a northbound Amtrak Acela passes through Middle River, Md.

For years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has engaged in a questionable use of thousands of informants.

The DEA has used airline employees, parcel services workers and even staff at other government agencies, such as the Transportation Safety Administration and Amtrak, as its informants, in violation of Justice Department policies.

According to a recent audit from the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General, the DEA amassed an army of more than 18,000 informants between October 2010 and October 2015. Informants are offered cash rewards of up to $500,000 or 25 percent of successful cash seizures, whichever is less, and the DEA made $237 million in payments to more than 9,500 sources during this period.

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50US CA: Pot Dispensaries Are Already -- Illegally -- SellingSun, 08 Jan 2017
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Staggs, Brooke Edwards Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2017

Though Prop. 64 legalized recreational marijuana, businesses aren't allowed start selling it until the state establishes a licensing system.

A security guard enters a shop with a sign posted that reads PROP 64 FRIENDLY! in Compton on Wednesday. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The online ad for Green Light District -- a pot shop in a brick office building 5 miles from Disneyland -- was clear: Anyone 21 years and older was welcome to buy weed with only a "valid ID."

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