Sonoma County will now review past marijuana-related crimes

EMERALD REPORT KEVIN FIXLER Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch abruptly changed course Monday, deciding her office will begin reviewing past marijuana-related crimes to reduce or expunge eligible convictions after saying last month it would not. The policy shift was issued late Monday afternoon after what she said was further consideration related to the 75 […]

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Weedmaps refuses to remove unlicensed dispensaries from its site

HERB March 14, 2018 | MIROSLAV TOMOSKI Weedmaps told California officials they are partly to blame for the lack of compliance among dispensaries due to their unreasonably strict regulations. After being told by California officials to stop listing unlicensed dispensaries on their website, Weedmaps responded with the adult version of: “you’re not the boss of […]

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Early Problems with the California Marijuana Supply Chain

Cannabis Business Executive February 1, 2018 |  Susan Gunelius Since marijuana was legalized in California at the beginning of January, demand for legal marijuana has been on the rise. But there are big problems looming for the California market, which is expected to grow to $7 billion. Marijuana regulations have created a supply chain filled with delays […]

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SF retroactively applying marijuana legalization, wiping out old convictions

The Hill BY JOHN BOWDEN – 01/31/18 The city of San Francisco will retroactively apply the state’s new marijuana legalization law to past cases, a move that will wipe thousands of criminal convictions off the books, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced the move Wednesday and said that thousands of misdemeanor […]

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Sessions Memo: Release the Krakens

CANNABIS BUSINESS EXECUTIVES January 11, 2018 |Mark Goldfogel Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to eradicate the four memos that stood as the legal foundation of the cannabis industry is somewhat shocking and certainly worthy of comment.  Opinions of my friends in the industry would lead me to believe that this may spark the rebellion to […]

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Pot 101: Facts you should know about California’s legal marijuana

Politifact | California January 5, 2018 | Chris Nichols Recreational marijuana sales became legal in California on Jan. 1, 2018, marking a major milestone for the state’s cannabis industry and its many customers. Proposition 64, the voter-approved law that governs recreational pot in the Golden State, however, doesn’t offer the complete freedom to buy, grow […]

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Jeff Sessions just made it even harder for California’s legal marijuana businesses to find a place to put their cash

CNBC | Marijuana January 15, 2018 | Chloe Aiello California’s burgeoning cannabis industry, already heavily reliant on cash and detached from banks, could face even more barriers to the mainstream after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama era guidelines, known as the Cole memo, which eased federal regulation of marijuana. Sessions’ decision has […]

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Uncle Sam should treat marijuana like booze

New York Post January 9, 2018 | By Barry Latzer Following California’s legalization of marijuana for recreational use, Attorney General Jeff Sessions struck back with a memo restoring the prosecutorial status quo ante Obama, theoretically opening the door to more aggressive pot prosecutions. Legally, the AG is on solid ground. Practically, it’s likely to be a pointless exercise. […]

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