CA Cities Bringing Cannabis Growing Into The Light
Cannabis growing even in a state like California is something that has remained in the shadows but that is going to have to change if legalization is ever to become a reality. There are cities in northern CA that are working to bring cannabis growing out into the open, like Oakland, Berkeley, and Eureka. On Monday, Oakland will begin the application process for four permits to run industrial scale marijuana farms within city limits. In Berkeley, a successful ballot measure to allow medical pot cultivation in industrial zones has would-be growers scrambling to score scarce real estate. Farther north, the Sonoma County wine country town of Sebastopol passed an ordinance Tuesday allowing for the creation of two large gardens for medical marijuana dispensaries, and two more “collective” gardens where patients could grow their own.
As can be imagined, the DEA is keeping a close eye on the situation but to what end remains to be seen. Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan, who co sponsored that city’s cultivation ordinance, said the DEA had contacted her office but only to request copies of the regulations and background materials. She said the agency advised her that they were conducting research into the ways various cities were handling medical marijuana regulation. This is truly a real milestone in American history and the battle to legalize marijuana so with this we are one step closer to full blown legalization but should the DEA get involved then of course we can never guarantee what could happen.
Prop 203 Wins, Medical Marijuana coming soon to Arizona!
Election Day wasn't totally a lost cause for marijuana measures after all. In a squeaker, Prop 203 came back to win by 4.421 votes, making Arizona the 15th state to legalize medical cannabis.
The vote was too close to call until the final tally was posted at AZ Election Results last night. The final tally is 835,735 votes (50,13%) for and 831,314 (49.87%) against.
"Although there are still about 10,000 votes left to be counted, our lead of more than 4,000 votes makes us 100 percent confident in announcing Arizona is now the 15th medical marijuana state!" said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).
Prop 203 allows patients with debilitating conditions (or their caregivers) to possess five ounces of marijuana per month, and non-profit dispensaries to be established and regulated by the state (similar to nearby New Mexico). Home growing is permitted for patients who live 25 miles or more from a dispensary.
Marijuana Possession only an infraction soon!
Next year under California state law, possession of under one ounce of Marijuana is nothing more than simple ticket. The maximum cost for possession of under one ounce will be a fine of $100 with no criminal record or arrest required.
Under the law passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor, SB1449, possession of less than an ounce will no longer be a misdemeanor or go on a person's criminal record. Instead, it will be an infraction, similar to a speeding ticket. That has some people wondering whether the infraction will go on a person's driving record and affect insurance rates.
Colorado Marijuana Groups Look To Legalize Pot In '12
Groups in Colorado say they are launching two separate campaigns to help start the movement to legalize marijuana in 2010. After California was unsuccessful with prop 19. Colorado believes their chance is coming to be the first state to have legal marijuana and they believe their voters are ready to approve the legalization.
Medical Marijuana Count Will Take Days For Arizona
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, there were 661,988 votes (50.25 percent) against and 655,285 votes (49.75 percent) in favor of Proposition 203. Election officials say they still have at least 300,000 ballots to count.
Prop 19 fails to pass
Even with massive support from celebrities and stoners across the state, prop 19 just couldn't make the cut.
"It's still a historic moment in this very long struggle to end decades of failed marijuana prohibition," said Stephen Gutwillig, California director for the Drug Policy Project. "Unquestionably, because of Proposition 19, marijuana legalization initiatives will be on the ballot in a number of states in 2012, and California is in the mix."
The battle may have been won this round but the war is far from over.
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