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California`s pot regulator warns 900 marijuana shops that they must stop operating without a state license
Californias pot regulation agency has sent 900 warning letters to marijuana shops suspected of operating without state licenses.
Lori Ajax, the chief of the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, also sent a cease-and-desist notice to the marijuana-location service Weedmaps, telling it to stop advertising sellers that lack a permit, officials said Wednesday.
Ajax, the first person to hold her post, notified Weedmaps that a new state law that took effect Jan. 1 requires all marijuana sellers to have state licenses and all advertisements to contain the state license number.
California orders Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed marijuana businesses
March 7, 2018
The honeymoon is over for Weedmaps and Californias gray-market marijuana businesses.
The California Bureau of Cannabis Control sent a cease-and-desist letter last month to Irvine-based Ghost Management Group, the owner of popular marijuana dispensary finder Weedmaps.com, ordering the company to stop advertising unlicensed operators or face unspecified criminal and administrative penalties.
Sacramento authorities recently sent their own cease-and-desist letter to the company over the same issue.
Weedmaps is one of the industrys most successful online advertising platforms....
California initiates enforcement against approximately 500 unlicensed marijuana businesses
Less than two months after Californias legal cannabis industry launched on New Years Day, state officials are starting to target hundreds of marijuana companies that are operating illegally without a license.
The states Bureau of Cannabis Control has sent out about 500 cease-and-desist letters to companies that are doing business but havent begun the application process, an agency spokesman told Marijuana Business Daily.
Just this past week we went from going to licensed operators to do compliance checks to now sending out cease-and-desist letters to the unlicensed operat....
California: Alameda County District Attorney To Vacate Thousands Of Past Marijuana Convictions
The District Attorney for Alameda County has announced her intent to automatically vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions. Alameda County, which includes Oakland, is the 7th-most populous county in California.
According to the DAs office, there are an estimated 6,000 marijuana convictions eligible for either a sentence reduction or a dismissal.
California is offering a second chance to people convicted of cannabis crimes, from felonies to small infractions, with the opportunity to have their criminal records cleared, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy OMally s....
Berkeley Council Votes Unanimously to Become a Sanctuary City for Marijuana
The proposal, put forth by Mayor Jesse Arreguin along with two councilmembers, prohibits all local officials and city employees from assisting federal officials in the enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
I believe we can balance public safety and resisting the Trump administration, says Mayor Arreguin. In a tweet made after the councils vote, Arreguin said the move was in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions misguided crackdown on our democratic decision to legalize recreational cannabis.
According to Arreguin, the approved resolution doesnt prevent the city from....
The Joint Blog | February 7, 2018 by Anthony Martinelli
WA: Committee Approves Bill to Allow Marijuana Stores to Obtain and Sell CBD Products From Outside Sources
Washingtons House Appropriations Committee has approved a measure that would allow marijuana outlets to use cannabidiol products CBD products obtained from sources other than state licensed producer/processors.
One month after Sessions marijuana memo, where do U.S. attorneys stand on legal weed?
Bruce Kennedy and Alex Pasquariello
Its been a month since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo, Obama-era Department of Justice guidance on enforcement of federal law in states that legalized marijuana in some form.
Sessions marijuana policy shift didnt just inject uncertainty into the legal cannabis industry it empowered the Justice Departments U.S. attorneys to enforce or ignore federal marijuana laws.
U.S. attorneys are the chief federal law enforcement officers within 93 districts throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands....
Bay Area recreational marijuana options expand with online delivery service
There are only so many places to go for purchasing recreational pot in the Bay Area, but now locals can simply call in to order some newly legalized marijuana.
The former social justice and cannabis policy website Bud.com has been repurposed as an exclusive recreational marijuana delivery service carrying several award-winning brands and growers.
The website soft-launched early access this week to Oakland and other East Bay cities, with plans to expand to San Francisco in the coming days.
Bud.com will be the exclusive delivery service for 2017 Emerald Cup-winning strains....
California State Treasurer John Chiang Looks to Create a State Cannabis Bank
The Bank of North Dakota is the only financial institution that is openly doing businesses with the cannabis industry.
California State Treasurer John Chiang announced yesterday that the state will evaluate the possibility of creating a state banking system for cannabis businesses. The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that Chiang had a conference call with State Attorney General Xavier Becerra to talk about the logistics of creating a public bank.
Chiang, who is running for Governor, said that because cannabis businesses are prohibited from using regular banks or credit unions because of federal law, businesses are forced to operate with cash. Chiang says that businesses having so muc....
Dennis Peron, Early Medical Marijuana Advocate, Dies at 71
Dennis Peron, right, with another marijuana activist, Jack Herer, in San Francisco in 1996 during a legalization campaign (image: Credit Andy Kuno/Associated Press )
Dennis Peron, who openly dealt marijuana from a supermarket in San Francisco in the 1970s before leading a successful campaign to legalize it for medical use in California two decades later, died on Saturday at a San Francisco hospital. He was 71.
John Entwistle Jr., his spouse, said the cause was respiratory failure.
Mr. Peron was identified with marijuana all his adult life.
He began smoking it at 17. He continued in Vietnam, where he served in the Air Force, and smuggled two pounds stateside in his duffel bag after his discharge.
I came back and kissed the ground, he....
California Senator Proposes Banking Bill for Marijuana Industry
Sen. Hertzberg, who represents constituents in the Van Nuys area of the San Fernando Valley, is looking to address a systemic problem within Californias marijuana industry access to banking.
On Thursday, California Sen. Bob Hertzberg D-18th District, rolled out some potentially helpful legislation for the states swelling marijuana trade. Seeking to correct a lack of access to Americas financial institutions, the Senators bill would allow banks to conduct business with licensed proprietors in the states nascent marijuana industry.
SB 930, according to the Senators press r....
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