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By Dale Gieringer, California NORML
The right of California patients to grow their own medicine under Prop 215 is under increasing attack from local governments that pass ordinances to restrict cultivation in the name of nuisance control, although in HS 11362.775 the legislature limited such use of the nuisance claim.
In Butte County, patient advocates filed over 12,000 referendum petitions in August 2011 to block an ordinance that forbids patients from cultivating on plots of less than a half acre; limits gardens to six mature plants on properties of a half to 1.5 acres; requires all gardens over six plants to be registered with the Dept. of Development Services Gardens; and forbids any cultivation within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, parks, youth-oriented or residential treatment facilities. The ordinance has been suspended pending a vote in the June 2012 election. The referendum drive was sponsored by Butte County Citizens for Compassionate
Read More: Cal patients stand up for cultivation rights
By Carole Brodsky
Hundreds of personnel from 27 local, state and federal agencies in August completed Operation Full Court Press, the most high profile, multi-agency marijuana eradication effort in the Emerald Hexagon’s history. Critics point out that it is the government’s own policy of cannabis prohibition that has led to the increase in large outlaw grows.
“This is not a one-time event,” said Mendocino Sheriff Tom Allman. “If the same situation occurs next year, we’ll be back with a new, improved, bigger, better FCP. No matter where you stand on medical marijuana, the one commonality is, ‘Thou shalt not grow on common lands’.”
Law enforcement officials from Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama and Trinity counties partnered with representatives from the DEA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, BLM, Dept. of Homeland Security’s ICE Division, CHP, Civil Air Patrol, the US District Attorney’s office and other agencies to identify
Read More: Going after marijuana on public land
By Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
Coalition for Medical Marijuana, New Jersey
The New Jersey Dept. of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued permits March 21, 2011 to allow six non-profit organizations to open medical marijuana dispensaries, called Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs).
The DHSS said that patients can expect cannabis to be dispensed from these ATCs by late summer. New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, signed into law January 2010, does not allow home cultivation. Qualified patients who obtain an ID card from the DHSS will be eligible to purchase up to two ounces a month from one of these ATCs.
However, there are still many concerns about the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP). The entire state legislature agreed that regulations DHSS proposed in December to enact the MMP were inconsistent with the legislative intent of the law. A resolution in the legislature would invalidate significant parts of those rules.
The City of San Jose, CA, reported first month revenues of $290,000 collected in March, 2011 from the 7% tax levied on medical marijuana collectives in the city.
The tax was passed by voters Nov. 2, 2010. It is estimated that the city could reap about $3.4 million for the year if payments continue at the same level, which would help offset a $115 million budget deficit.
“The new revenue collected has the potential to cover approximately 17 to 18 police officers or three libraries year-round,” Council Pierluigi Oliverio, sponsor of the tax measure, told the Mercury News. This tax is on top of the city business tax and sales tax collected. Of the 105 collectives identified in San Jose, 73 submitted the tax payment.
The non-paying collectives are threatened with a 25% penalty plus interest on late taxes, once the program is in place. However, it is unclear what
Read More: CANNABIS TAX INCOME
By Nate Bradley, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Yes, I know it sounds scary, but take it from me, a former cop: Talking to police officers about marijuana legalization is easy, fun and rewarding.
Believe it or not, a large portion of law enforcement either supports marijuana legalization or hasn’t made up its mind yet. Look at how few law enforcement unions came out and opposed Prop 19. Only three of California’s 58 Sheriff Department associations and four of more than 200 city police associations actually took positions officially opposing Prop 19.
The Yes on Prop 19 campaign featured many cops, judges and prosecutors who, based on their law enforcement experiences, absolutely and very publicly support legalizing marijuana.
So how do we talk to the police about marijuana legalization? First, here is what not to say. Don’t focus on tax revenues, racial disparities in arrest rates, how marijuana is ‘safer’ than
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