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Cannabis News Roundup: 09.25.15

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California’s proposed medical laws, dissected… Mendo sheriff busy with busts… Legal state patients return to street sellers… Snoop Dogg media… and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

What California’s new medical marijuana regulations will mean // East Bay Express  The Governor has to sign them first, of course. And he’s expected to do so by the end of the month. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect.

Council unanimous: no medical dispensaries in San Ramon // Contra Costa Times  “City leaders have been steadfast in saying they favor a ban, citing concerns about easy access to marijuana, crime, and the city's image.”

Dan Rush pleads not guilty // East Bay Express  The long-time cannabis workers union organizer stands up to a long list of federal charges.

COPS & COURTS

Pinole tribe grow site raided by sheriff  // Ukiah Daily Journal   The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says the raid was necessary because the PinolePomo Nation was growing marijuana for financial gain. “Having any kind of financial gain as your motivation (for growing marijuana) is against state regulations.”

Mendo sheriff goes for the big fish // SF Weekly  A cautionary tale of how to avoid a bust.

BUSINESS

Snoop Dogg enters marijuana media // USA Today  The rap artist, and recent tech investor, is calling the company Merry Jane. “Merry Jane is an ambitious project for Snoop Dogg, one which he thinks will encourage pot smokers all over the world to ‘come out of the closet’.” 

The announcement was made at this week’s TechCrunch Distrupt conference in San Francisco.

HEALTH

There’s a certified medical cannabis teacher in Berkeley // SFgate  And her target audience is retiring Baby Boomers.

Some patients return to black market in legal states // The Weed Blog   Patients in Minnesota, for instance, find requirements so restrictive, and prices so high, that they’re returning to street vendors.

EVENT

“State of Marijuana” summit this weekend // Facebook.com   Organizers are offering to “bring you another exclusive conversation on the marijuana industry and marijuana policy” at this event in Santa Monica.

OPINION

Sacramento Bee has doubts about proposed medical legislation // Sacbee.com   “Our misgivings aside, the bills represent the state’s most serious effort to rein in the buyer-beware business that operates at the far reaches of legality, or beyond.”

Include environmental protection in state legalization plans // Los Angeles Times  “Any effort to legalize marijuana must ensure that this billion-dollar industry repairs the legacy of damage and becomes a responsible steward of the land.”

IN OTHER NEWS….

Cannabis myths debunked //  Alternet  Five assumptions about marijuana use that don’t prove to be true. “Reefer Madness-style propaganda is so last century.”

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