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1 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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2 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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3 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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4 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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5 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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6 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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7US 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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8US 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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9US 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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10US 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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11 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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12US 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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13US 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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14US 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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15US 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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16 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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17 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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18US 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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19US 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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20US 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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21US 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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22 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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23US 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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24US 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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25US CA: Feds Will Continue Marijuana Busts In CaliforniaMon, 09 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/09/2017

Pot's legal in California. So why are people still getting busted in Yosemite?

Think pot is now legal in California? Try telling that to the National Park Service rangers ready to bust people caught with marijuana in Yosemite, Redwood, Death Valley and other federal lands across the state.

The federal government says it's not backing off on citing people who are caught with marijuana in California's national parks, monuments, recreational areas and other federal lands regardless of the landslide vote that legalized recreational marijuana in the state.

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26 US CA: Marijuana Brands Can Trademark Almost Anything, ExceptSat, 07 Jan 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Brug, Brian van der Area:California Lines:181 Added:01/07/2017

Hi is a cannabis brand. Its logo -- "hi" in white letters inside an orange circle -- can be found above the front door of a Portland, Ore., marijuana shop and on a handful of cannabis products, including massage oil and Hi Releaf pain-relief balm.

But you wouldn't guess any of that from Hi's trademark filings. In 2015, the brand's parent company, Cannabis Sativa Inc., filed a trademark application -- not for any of Hi's core products, but for hats, T-shirts and a wide array of other apparel.

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27 US CA: Column: Drug War OverkillFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Abcarian, Robin Area:California Lines:171 Added:01/06/2017

A pot bust against legal growers in Yolo County seems to go too far

If ever you needed proof that we live in an age of confusion about marijuana laws, let me share with you the story of Ted Hicks and Ryan Mears, two Sacramento-area entrepreneurs who decided to start a legal medical cannabis business last year and ended up on the business end of assault rifles wielded by officers from a multi-agency, anti-drug task force.

I first heard about the case from Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor in September, at a "State of Marijuana" conference aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Saylor, who was on a panel discussing how cities and counties were dealing with cannabis regulation, said that Hicks and Mears and their business, Big Red Farms, were considered by county officials to be "shining stars" in the cannabis licensing arena.

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28 US CA: Hollywood Sign Altered To Read 'Hollyweed'Sun, 01 Jan 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:J, Laura Area:California Lines:34 Added:01/05/2017

Los Angeles residents awoke Sunday morning to see that one thing, at least, looked different in the New Year: the Hollywood sign.

Photos shared on social media showed the iconic sign modified to read, "HOLLYWeeD."

Security footage taken around midnight Saturday showed a "lone individual" climbing up Mount Lee, scaling the sign using the built-in ladders and hanging tarpaulins over the sign's O's to change them to E's, said Sgt. Guy Juneau of the LAPD's Security Services division.

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29US CA: With Pot Legalized, Cartels Turn To Pushing Deadly FentanylWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2017

It was March when fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine, insinuated itself into Sacramento County. In a matter of weeks, dozens of people overdosed. The drug killed 12 people, including Jerome Butler, a 28-year-old father of three young children.

"We have lost so many of our kids behind this pill," Butler's mother, Natasha Butler, said at the time. "All the parents that (have) lost their kids behind this, we have to stand together. We have to get it stopped."

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30US CA: Legal Marijuana Sales In 2016 Grew 30 Percent, 'Faster ThanWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Pereira, Alyssa Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2017

[photo] Production supervisor Joshua Ramos trims marijuana plants in a flowering nursery at ButterBrand farms in San Francisco, California, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

In 2016, the legal marijuana industry in the United States earned $5.8 billion dollars, according to San Francisco-based Arcview Market Research, first reported by Forbes.

In the whole of North America, those sales add up to $6.7 billion for the year, meaning the cannabis industry in the U.S. and Canada grew by an incredible 30 percent over the previous year - "faster and larger than," as Forbes writes, "the dot-com era."

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31US CA: Fentanyl, Once Obscure, Is The Deadly Drug Du JourMon, 02 Jan 2017
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/03/2017

[photo] What looks like oxycodone pills are actually fentanyl. The pills were seized and submitted to crime labs in Tennessee. (Tommy Farmer The Associated Press(

[photo] Fentanyl is often legally prescribed to cancer patients to manage pain. It comes in patches and lozenges. (Tom Gannam Associated Press file)

It was March when fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine, insinuated itself into Sacramento County. In a matter of weeks, dozens of people overdosed. The drug killed 12 people, including Jerome Butler, a 28-year-old father of three young children.

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32US CA: Huron Moves Toward Medical Pot Other Fresno County CitiesMon, 02 Jan 2017
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/02/2017

Huron could be the second city in Fresno County to allow medical marijuana cultivation, manufacture and distribution, city documents show. Meanwhile, growers already are lining up to court neighboring Coalinga, which approved medical cannabis in July.

But other cities in conservative Fresno County, which has opposed all marijuana use for decades, remain in opposition to medical cannabis. Some have even passed resolutions formally opposing California Proposition 64, the state initiative in the upcoming election that would legalize adult recreational marijuana use. The initiative is likely to pass, but most of the county appears ready to forgo millions in potential marijuana revenue due to public safety concerns.

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33US CA: San Diego Judge Gives Mexican Cocaine Kingpin 15-year PrisonMon, 02 Jan 2017
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Davis, Kristina Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/02/2017

As Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum stood in a San Diego courtroom for sentencing Tuesday, the judge acknowledged the defendant was unlike the vast majority of drug offenders he sees day in and day out.

Cazares was not your typical drug mule caught crossing the border, nor was he a low-level distributor.

Cazares, 53, was a kingpin, the head of a large Mexican drug-trafficking organization aligned with the powerful Sinaloa cartel. He was in the business of shipping tons of cocaine from producers in Colombia and Venezuela to Mexico and distributing the drug throughout the U.S.

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34 US CA: Trump Attorney General Pick May Spur Legal Battles Over PotFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Napa Valley Register (CA) Author:Elias, Thomas Area:California Lines:93 Added:12/31/2016

Thomas Elias writes the syndicated California Focus column, appearing twice weekly in 93 newspapers around California, with circulation of over 2.2 million.

As a United States attorney in Alabama serving under President Ronald Reagan in 1986, the 39-year-old Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was charged with enforcing civil rights laws. But he said then that he didn't have much of a problem with what the Ku Klux Klan stood for, musing that he thought the KKK was "OK until I found out they smoked pot."

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35US CA: Bringing Marijuana Into The Banking MainstreamThu, 29 Dec 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Gonzalez, Jim Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/30/2016

Despite Proposition 64's clear mandate to end adult cannabis prohibition in California, a significant hurdle remains: how to legalize banking services for the newly legalized industry.

Cannabis is a multibillion-dollar cash-only business in our state, which invites money laundering, tax evasion and armed robberies.

Federal rules prohibit banks and credit unions from extending banking services to the cannabis businesses, despite legal recognition under California law.

California Treasurer John Chiang is taking steps forward towards resolving this cannabis banking dilemma, for which he should be commended.

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36 US CA: California Needs A Specific Ban On Smoking Pot While DrivingFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Myers, John Area:California Lines:34 Added:12/30/2016

Two state legislators say Californians might think it's illegal to smoke marijuana while driving, but that there's no specific ban on the practice in state law.

Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) and Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said Thursday that they'll introduce legislation to close what they call a loophole.

The lawmakers said Proposition 64, the state's new law legalizing marijuana, allows a citation for having an open container of marijuana in a vehicle. But, they said, it doesn't expressly ban the use of the drug while driving.

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37US CA: Editorial: Just Because Marijuana Is Legal Doesn't Mean It'sThu, 29 Dec 2016
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/30/2016

[photo] Gelato marijuana is for sale at Bud and Bloom, a dispensary in Santa Ana that got a $2 million loan this year from AP Investment Fund, a private lender that works with marijuana businesses. Allen J. Schaben Los Angeles Times

Asked whether marijuana should be legal for adults in California, voters answered with a resounding "yes" in November. But that doesn't mean the matter is completely settled. And it definitely doesn't mean voters support marijuana use by minors.

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38 US CA: Marijuana Shops Are Trying To Look Like The Apple StoreFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:224 Added:12/30/2016

Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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Andrew Modlin, left, co-founder and chief operating officer, and Adam Bierman, co-founder and chief executive, inside MedMen cannabis dispensary in West Hollywood. One inspiration for the shop was the Apple store.

Andrew Modlin, left, co-founder and chief operating officer, and Adam Bierman, co-founder and chief executive, inside MedMen cannabis dispensary in West Hollywood. One inspiration for the shop was the Apple store. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

On a bustling stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard lined by vintage stores and eateries, the MedMen shop looks right at home.

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39 US CA: What Makes Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, WhoWed, 28 Dec 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Marquez, Bullit Area:California Lines:175 Added:12/29/2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at a military ceremony in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at a military ceremony in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. (Bullit Marquez / Associated Press)

He has compared himself to Hitler, called President Obama a "son of a whore," and overseen a wave of extrajudicial violence that has left thousands of people dead.

Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' 71-year-old president -- a former city mayor with a level gaze and an aura of casual dishevelment -- passed his 100th day in office Oct. 8, and despite his profanity and repeated calls to violence, he is the country's most popular leader in recent memory.

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40 US CA: LTE: Prescription-drug Abuse Epidemic Among TeensWed, 28 Dec 2016
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:34 Added:12/29/2016

It's a Friday night and you're at home, sitting on the couch watching TV. But you're not really watching it. It's more like a background hum to fill the quiet gap that's been filling your head ever since you got that call.

That call. It shattered your oblivious peace on the night you decided to not go to that party with your friend. And that friend called you just five minutes ago, frightful and high out of her mind, talking about Xanax and how she heard how fun it was. But also how she didn't really know what it did, or how much she was supposed to take.

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41US CA: Illegal Pot Grower Busted In Murder-for-hire Plot Of East BayWed, 28 Dec 2016
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/28/2016

Tikisha Upshaw was charged in a murder-for-hire plot that targeted an Antioch father killed in July.

Wessley Brown was charged in a murder-for-hire plot that targeted an Antioch father who was gunned down in July.

A 38-year-old father, who was gunned down in Hayward last July, was targeted in a murder-for-hire plot by the operator of a "sophisticated" illegal marijuana grow operation, officials said Wednesday.

Antioch resident Adan Katani - who was on the way to pick up his 4-year-old daughter from daycare on July 13 - was shot to death as he sat in his truck in a broad-daylight ambush.

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42 US CA: Calaveras County Marijuana Farmers Face Uncertain FutureTue, 27 Dec 2016
Source:Record, The (Stockton, CA) Author:Breitler, Alex Area:California Lines:91 Added:12/28/2016

The state Department of Health has proposed amending its regulations to allow hospitals to develop procedures under which patients could take medical marijuana and other medications brought from home.

While not specifically outlawed now by department regulations, the amendment would give explicit permission for hospitals to formulate their own rules about patient use of medical marijuana, Jill Montag, a Health Department spokeswoman, said in an email.

Hospitals that want to permit self-administration of medical marijuana or other medications "must develop and follow policies and procedures to ensure the safe self-administration and security of the medication," according to the Health Department's proposed amendment to the state's Medical Marijuana Program.

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43US CA: Pot Doctors Who Thrived Under CA Medical Marijuana Law AdaptTue, 27 Dec 2016
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Hecht, Peter Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/27/2016

In the weeks since Californians voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the phones have been ringing more intensely and the flow of walk-in patients has picked up at 420 Med Evaluations, a midtown Sacramento clinic specializing in medicinal pot referrals.

The passage of Proposition 64 on Nov. 8 instantly allowed adults 21 and older to consume marijuana, regardless of medical need. Along with that, went the thinking, people seeking pot for pleasurable pursuit no longer had to endure the inconvenience of going to a doctor and citing a physical ailment to get a medical recommendation to legally light up a joint.

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44US CA: UC Davis study: Teens Likelier To Smoke Pot After RecreationalTue, 27 Dec 2016
Source:Fresno Bee, The (CA) Author:Buck, Claudia Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/27/2016

Does legalizing recreational marijuana cause more teens to smoke it? That's highly possible, according to a new UC Davis study, which found teens in Washington state were "significantly" less aware of its potential harm and more likely to have smoked pot after it became legal.

"Adolescents are particularly important to look at, since some will go on to chronic use. This is something we need to look at further ... to prevent any unintended consequences down the road," said Dr. Magdalena Cerda, associate professor in emergency medicine and associate director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

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45 US CA: Zoning Change Aimed At Pot FirmsMon, 12 Dec 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Jennings, Angel Area:California Lines:61 Added:12/14/2016

Lynwood officials move toward allowing commercial cannabis production.

Lynwood officials last week took a step toward allowing businesses to grow medical marijuana within city limits. If the measure gains final passage, the city of 70,000 would be among the first in Los Angeles County to issue such permits.

On a 3-1 vote, the City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the zoning code to permit commercial cannabis producers to cultivate and manufacture marijuana in industrial areas.

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46 US CA: Van Nuys On The Legalization Of MarijuanaMon, 12 Dec 2016
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Huang , Keshan Area:California Lines:87 Added:12/14/2016

After multiple failed attempts over the course of a century, Proposition 64, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana, passed with a 56 percent vote in California on Nov. 9.

Proposition 64 legalizes the recreational use of marijuana; anyone 21 and older can possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow a maximum of six marijuana plants at home. The proposition can also potentially reduce sentences as well as clearing criminal records of prisoners that have been convicted of felonies related to the possession and consumption of marijuana.

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47US CA: Experts: California's Marijuana Legalization Could Be DelayedMon, 12 Dec 2016
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Krieger, Lisa M. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/14/2016

SANTA ROSA - Amid the euphoria of this weekend's famed Emerald Cup weed fest, there was this creeping buzzkill: the glacial rollout of legalization.

Right when it seems like "The Great Pot Moment" is upon us, it turns out there are a lot of really tough regulatory issues to resolve first, according to government and industry experts who sketched out all the thorny challenges at the two-day conference, competition and harvest celebration at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

And implementation of commercialization could be delayed a year until 2019, said insiders.

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48US CA: Buzzkill: Pot Legalization Rollout Is SlowMon, 12 Dec 2016
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Krieger, Lisa M. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/12/2016

Amid celebration at Emerald Cup fest, there is angst about regulatory future

SANTA ROSA - Amid the euphoria of this weekend's famed Emerald Cup weed fest, there was this creeping buzzkill: the glacial rollout of legalization.

Right when it seems like "The Great Pot Moment" is upon us, it turns out there are a lot of really tough regulatory issues to resolve first, according to government and industry experts who sketched out all the thorny challenges at the two-day conference, competition and harvest celebration at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. And implementation of commercialization could be delayed a year until 2019, said insiders.

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49 US CA: Medical Marijuana Is Legal In California, Except When It's NotTue, 22 Nov 2016
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Fuller, Thomas Area:California Lines:185 Added:11/22/2016

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - California's multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, by far the nation's largest, is crawling out from the underbrush after voters opted to legalize cannabis in this month's election. In Sonoma County alone, an estimated 9,000 marijuana cultivation businesses are operating in a provisional gray market, with few specific regulations, and are now looking to follow the path of the wine industry, which emerged from its own prohibition eight decades ago and rose to the global prominence it enjoys today.

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50US CA: Will Legal Marijuana Give Home Prices A New High?Tue, 08 Nov 2016
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/08/2016

If the craziest and most contentious presidential election in modern history is making you feel somewhat lightheaded, a little disoriented, maybe even a tiny bit stoned, well, just you wait.

Lost amid the endless (and sometimes endlessly entertaining) stream of insults, scandals, and outright atrocities of the 2016 campaign is the fact that it isn't just the leadership of the free world at stake on Nov 8. Voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona, and Nevada will also decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana-and it looks like most will vote yes (although Nevada is still iffy). They'd be joining Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, which permit the recreational use and sale of marijuana. Washington, DC, allows recreational use but not retail sales.

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