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California: Adult Use of Marijuana Act Endorsed by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

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Longtime GOP congressman U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) on Tuesday announced his support for the statewide ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).

He is the second California Congressman to endorse the measure in as many weeks. U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) announced his support last Monday.

"Rohrabacher is a 13-term Congressman who is a powerful voice for libertarian values," the AUMA campaign announced in a prepared statement. He is the co-author of the bipartisan Rohrabacher-Farr amendment which has been passed as part of the Federal Budget and prevents the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients or distributors who are in compliance with the laws of their state.

“As a Republican who believes in individual freedom, limited government and states' rights, I believe that it's time for California to lead the nation and create a safe, legal system for the responsible adult use of marijuana,” said Rohrabacher.

“I endorse the Adult Use of Marijuana Act for the November 2016 ballot,” the Congressman continued. “It is a necessary reform which will end the failed system of marijuana prohibition in our state, provide California law enforcement the resources it needs to redouble its focus on serious crimes while providing a policy blueprint for other states to follow.”

California: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Welcomes Workers' Choice To Unionize

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

More than 20 workers at the South Coast Safe Access medicinal cannabis dispensary on Thursday celebrated joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 324.

Workers at South Coast Safe Access and their union representatives also worked productively with dispensary management to quickly come to an agreement for a historic first contract, according to Derek Worden, president of the dispensary. The comprehensive contract agreed to includes fair wages, health insurance, a retirement pension, grievance procedure, and other protections and benefits for workers.

Officials from Orange County's labor community had been in talks with the dispensary for some time. Formal recognition of the union by the facility avoids the need for a contentious fight over representation. That ultimately paved the way for a comprehensive contract that included fair wages, health insurance, a retirement pension, grievance procedure and other protections and benefits for workers, according to Worden.

“We pride ourselves in being a great employer, a valuable community partner, and a safe access provider for thousands of patients,” Worden said. “We are pleased that our staff have decided to unite and collectively work together to ensure fair wages, good benefits, and the safest working conditions so that our patients can continue to have reliable access to the highest quality, environmentally-friendly, and affordable medicinal cannabis in the region.

California: Marijuana-Infused Sprig Soda Launches In Dispensaries

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The creators of Sprig -- a THC-infused citrus soda -- announced that distribution of the product has begun in Southern California and is now available in select medical marijuana dispensaries.

According to the makers, Sprig is the first scientifically made, low dose THC beverage in California. Sprig says it "advocates a safe, social, light-use message for new and experienced cannabis consumers."

"A lab-made, light cannabis beverage is the ideal way to consume medical marijuana," said Sprig founder, Michael Lewis. "It is healthier than smoking, and safer than current high dose, homemade edible products.

"Sprig was created by experienced scientists and beverage experts," Lewis said. "As marijuana reform sweeps North America, people deserve a superior product they can trust."

Last week, Sprig began widespread distribution to Southern California's top medical marijuana dispensaries. Sprig is available in 12-ounce cans, each with 15 milligrams of THC extracted from premium cannabis. Sprig claims its "scientifically-made THC blend and flavor results in a great experience every time -- a citrus soda that is delicious and uplifting with noticeable effects in less than 30 minutes." (Those of us with elevated tolerances have our doubts about 15 milligrams.)

California: FindMyBud.com Launches With 'MyBud Tools'

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Cannabis industry website findmybud.com on Friday launched with its dispensary management tools, MyBud Tools.

FindMyBud.com’s management team said it expects that this launch will help shape the medical marijuana industry and the way that both consumers and dispensaries utilize the internet and online resources to support their needs.

MyBud Tools is a an online management system that allows dispensaries to manage the business needs of their cooperatives, including online membership enrollments, patient verifications, online orders, fulfillments, documentation and product auditing along with communication tools.

MyBud Tools also allows patients to submit and track orders online, maintain account ledgers and provide research and resources, while giving them an easy and efficient method of selecting and joining their favorite dispensaries.

FindMyBud.com promised to give back to the marijuana community through donations to and promotions for various non-profits, including NORML, American Cancer Society, Glaucoma Research, and the Epilepsy Foundation, among others. The company said it also intends to maintain its commitment to environmentally friendly business practices.

About FindMyBud.com

FindMyBud.com began seven months ago as an idea to help patients find local legal medical marijuana in the state of California. Finding that the industry was vastly lacking in affordable business tools and resources, the company expanded into a full service industry partner.

California: Owner of Marijuana Dispensaries Sentenced To 21 Years

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An Orange County, California man who ran a string of what law enforcement described as illegal medical marijuana dispensaries was sentenced on Monday to more than 21 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $4.2 million in restitution.

John "Pops" Walker, 56, of San Clemente, pleaded guilty in an April plea agreement to drug trafficking, tax evasion and owning weapons as part of the drug trafficking, reports Joseph Serna at the Los Angeles Times.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury last fall along with 13 codefendants. As the alleged head of the "drug ring," Walker operated at least nine marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles and Orange counties. He admitted to prosecutors that he made more than $25 million over a period of six years, and that he paid taxes on only a fraction of it.

Walker on Monday was ordered to pay $2.4 million to the Internal Revenue Service and $1.8 million to the California Board of Equalization. Government agents also seized $25 million in income, his luxurious home in San Clemente, several mobile homes in Mammoth Lakes, a property in Long Beach and his stake in two strip clubs.

He was sentenced to 262 months in federal prison, which is 21 years and 10 months.

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