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Cannabis News Roundup: More cities ready for legal deadline


More cities ready for New Year deadline ... Police won’t take guns from medical patients ... Confusing times in Indiana ... and more.

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Oakland on track for adult use in 2018 // East Bay Times

“The [city] council voted unanimously to move forward with measures authored by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan to provide temporary local regulations for taxing and regulating cannabis. Kaplan said the amendments were necessary to ensure that approvals for adult use permits don’t get stalled in Revenue and Planning departments because of ‘cross-departmental delays.’”

Berkeley medical manufacturing permit goes to all-female firm // DailyCal

“’Everyone is talking about the money now, but 10 to 15 years ago, it was really about getting the medicine,’” says Om Edibles owner Maya Elisabeth.

San Francisco’s Sunset District to get dispensary // SFGate

“San Francisco’s Sunset District is on track to get its first cannabis dispensary, after the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to quash two appeals from irate neighbors.”

Piedmont considers restrictive cannabis rules // EastBayTimes

“The regulations, which if approved will go into effect when marijuana is legalized in California Jan. 1, keeps [Piedmont’s] current prohibition of operating a cannabis dispensary in town. Changes include allowing residents to grow up to six marijuana plants in a locked room inside their homes — not outside — and allowing for cannabis delivery services within specified hours.”

Cannabis farm approved in Sonoma County // Press Democrat

“On Monday, Sonoma County’s agriculture department officials gave Fiddler’s Greens an official cultivation permit letter, the first granted for a cannabis business other than a medical marijuana dispensary.”


Police won’t take guns from medical patients / Star Advertiser

“The [Honolulu Police] department issued a notice Tuesday, saying it is consulting with other governmental agencies, as well as reviewing recent court rulings regarding the issue. HPD said it will, however, continue to deny new firearm permits to applicants with medical marijuana cards.

“The reconsideration follows community backlash since the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported last week that HPD has sent letters to at least 30 medical cannabis users who are permitted gun owners telling them to surrender their firearms.”


What cannabis can, and can’t, do for your health // San Diego Union Tribune

With the prospect of big sales just ahead, the cannabis industry has been stressing that marijuana can be highly beneficial not only in health, but wellness.

“Some of the claims are true, notably those involving marijuana’s value in treating pain.” This article outlines other health aspects. [See related story below.]

Indiana tells retailers CBD is illegal // MJBizDaily

“Indiana allows the use of CBD oil to treat epilepsy, but it also bans the sale and production of CBD.

“The confusion got worse ... when Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said CBD products are illegal to sell or possess.”

Surgeon General: “Medical marijuana should be like any drug”// News & Tribune

In more news from Indiana [see previous story], the U.S. Surgeon General told a conference in Indianapolis, ‘The FDA has actually approved cannabidiol oil and some derivatives of marijuana, Marijuana is not one substance. It's actually over 100 different substances, some of which benefit, some of which are harmful.’"

That said, he does not endorse smoking. "’I don't want 10 years down the road where we're seeing an epidemic of lung cancer among folks who are smoking medical marijuana," [Jerome] Adams said.

No dip in grades for kids born to cannabis using mothers // GreenState

“[P]arental cannabis use did not correlate with lower achievement. Still, researchers were careful to note that there were far fewer subjects in their study who used cannabis during pregnancy than those who used tobacco or alcohol. Further studies may reveal associations not found here.”


Emerald Cup honors NORML director // The Emerald Cup

“Dale Gieringer has been the state director of California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) since 1987.  In this capacity, he has spoken with thousands of medical marijuana users and is the author of “Marijuana Medical Handbook,” among other credits.

Dale will receive a lifetime achievement award during this year’s Emerald Cup at the Sonoma Fairgrounds this weekend.


Taxes, other regulations, could doom California cannabis // DailyCal

Debby Goldsberry, a pioneering cannabis entrepreneur, says “high taxes, intensive track and trace inventory management rules and expensive security protocols required to meet the new rules are crushing.”

IN OTHER NEWS ....               

Steve DeAngelo explains the rules // KFOG

“How will legalization affect the general public? Will the new law change impact medicinal cannabis users?”  KFOG talks with the Harborside Health Center founder.


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