FROM John Hoeffel
The Crackdown on Medical Marijuana: Prohibition Revisited? Early in the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said that even though marijuana use is against federal law, medical marijuana would be no problem in states where it was legalized by the voters. But there was a qualification — as long as growers and others obeyed state law. That seems to be the rationale behind what many perceive as a complete about-face: last week's announcement of a crackdown on medical marijuana in California, where voters approved it in 1996. Now, a federal crackdown on medical marijuana.
California Weighs Marijuana Legalization The City of Oakland got a jump on the rest of California last night by authorizing four industrial facilities to grow and package marijuana. Pot is already legal for medical uses, but recreational use is on the November ballot, and there’s a bill in the State Assembly to legalize and tax it statewide.
California Voters to Decide Whether to Legalize Marijuana Secretary of State Deborah Bowen has certified for November's ballot a measure to permit Californians 21 and over to grow and/or possess an ounce of marijuana. Local jurisdictions could regulate and tax marijuana or not. We hear from a reporter covering the story as well as advocates and opponents of the measure.
LA City Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Pot Ordinance The Los Angeles City Council today passed new regulations on medical marijuana, including a ban on dispensaries within 1000 feet of schools, libraries, parks or other places with so-called "sensitive uses." John Hoeffel reports for the Los Angeles Times .
LA City Council Takes Up Medical Marijuana Ordinance Since California voters approved Medical Marijuana 13 years ago, the legislature has passed a law intended to lay out a process for distribution. Many cities have limited the number of dispensaries and regulated sales. Not so the City of Los Angeles. Tomorrow the City Council will make another stab at the problem with both the City Attorney and the District Attorney threatening action if the Council gets it wrong.
City Proposal Has Pot Dispensaries Fuming California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996, but the City of Los Angeles still hasn’t figured out how to regulate sales. Dozens of dispensaries are accused of flouting state law by selling pot over the counter for profit. Two years ago the city passed a new law on dispensaries, but that’s being challenged in court, as we hear from John Hoeffel of the Los Angeles Times .
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