Proposition 215

California: Leaders Push for Medical Marijuana Regulation in Wake of New Federal Policy


Following the dramatic policy shift announced by the Obama Administration last week, leadership of the California State Legislature has announced new plans to pursue a medical cannabis regulatory system that is in compliance with the new federal guidelines.

“Nothing in this bill preempts jurisdictions from enacting local bans on dispensaries," said Nate Bradley, executive director of California Cannabis Industry Association. "Zoning, taxation, and regulatory powers at the local level are clarified for the first time in legislation.

"Law enforcement should see the tools provided here -- a commercial registration system, a database of registrants, creating grants for enforcement and a wholly-dedicated enforcement department, as a positive step," former police officer Bradley said. "These tools, and others, are exactly what law enforcement has been asking for and are in this legislation.

"Most importantly, however, is the creation of a dedicated regulatory department under the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control," Bradley said. "That will fulfill the Obama administration’s explicit call for a strongly-regulated cannabis industry at the state level.”

“This is the legislative solution that rank-and-file law enforcement, government officials, and newspaper editorial boards have been asking for," said Sean Donahoe, deputy director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. "The California Cannabis Industry Association applauds the legislature for taking action on this issue.

California: Marijuana First Banned In State 100 Years Ago


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

It's been 100 years since California became the first states in the U.S. to ban marijuana. Weed historian and cannabis legalization advocate Dale Gieringer says the key date is August 10, 1913, when the state Board of Pharmacy was authorized to add "loco-weed" to the state's Poison Act.

"They began launching raids," said Gieringer, state coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), reports Christina Villacorte at the Los Angeles Daily News. "Law enforcement would pose as addicts who needed a fix but didn't have a doctor's note, then arrest the druggist."

"The 1913 law received no public notice in the press, but was passed as an obscure technical amendment by the State Board of Pharmacy, which was then leading one of the nation's earliest and most aggressive anti-narcotics campaigns," Gieringer reports on CA NORML's website. "Inspired by anti-Chinese sentiment, California was a nationally recognized pioneer in the war on drugs."

The bill passed with no public debate, according to Gieringer. It was opposed by the state's druggists, but the Legislature passed it unanimously, and it went into effect on August 10, 1913.

United States: Lawyer and Doctor Both Sentenced to Five Years for Following California Law

In 1996, the voters of California passed Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana at the state level, so why is the Federal Government continuing the persecution of law-abiding citizens?

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Fry, Schafer and family at August 2007 demonstration (courtesy Sacramento, California - In a hearing set before Federal Judge Damrell, Doctor Mollie Fry, MD and her husband, Attorney Dale Schafer were ordered to surrender themselves to United States Federal Marshals on May 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM to begin their five-year minimum mandatory sentence in federal prison.

The married couple's draconian tribulations began in September of 2001, when the police raided their Sacramento home and found 34 plants. The couple thought they were on safe legal ground as they were well below the 90-plant limit established by the local city ordinance for cardholders such as themselves.

After a ten-day trial in 2007, it took a federal jury in Sacramento less than three hours to find them guilty of conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana. In this landmark case, the prosecution was allowed to add three years of cumulative plants together, totaling approximately 109 plants, thus forcing mandatory federal penalties.

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