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  • California Marijuana Arrests Reach Lowest Level Since 1966
    September 30 - California recorded 19,711 marijuana arrests in 2014, down slightly from 20,346 in 2013. This included 13,300 felonies and 6,411 misdemeanors.
    September 14 - The new Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act creates a comprehensive state licensing system for the commercial cultivation, manufacture, retail sale, transport, distribution, delivery, and testing of medical cannabis. Presuming the MMSRA is signed into law by Gov. Brown (as expected), it will take effect on Jan 1, 2016.

  • Lawmakers Pass Three Medical Marijuana Regulation Bills
    September 11 - California lawmakers said late Thursday that they have reached a deal on legislation to regulate and license medical marijuana. The bills passed today.
    Governor Amends AB 266 / Cal NORML opposes AB 243
    August 28 - The newly amended AB 266 proposed by the Governor's Office appears to be an improvement on its predecessor. Patient advocates are urged to tell the legislature to reject a proposed bill to tax medical marijuana cultivators (AB 243 - Wood).
  • Cal NORML Challenges Fish & Wildlife Figures on Marijuana Water Consumption
    August 3 - California NORML has written to Scott Bauer of California Fish and Wildlife questioning his often-repeated estimation that marijuana plants use 5-10 gallons of water every day throughout their growing season (June-October). This figure has been extrapolated to cause law enforcement to overestimate the water consumption of gardens they raid, much as they have always overestimated plant yields and prices.
    July 28 - About 40 protesters turned up this morning for a press conference and rally to protest the Sacramento Board of Supervisors’ recent move to declare all marijuana cultivation outside of their nine-plant indoor limit a waste of water.
  • Central Valley Water Board / Fish & Wildlife Offer Draft Regulations for Marijuana Farmers
    July 17 - A Marijuana Working Group meeting was convened by a “joint” committee of the California Water Board and Fish and Wildlife at which a draft pilot program for regulating marijuana farms in the region was distributed.
  • Organ Transplant Anti-Discrimination Bill Becomes California Law
    July 6 - California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 258, to end discrimination against medical marijuana patients who need organ transplants.
  • State Hearing Held on Drought and Illegal Marijuana Impacts to Fisheries
    July 2 - “Fish, Flow and Marijuana Grows: Drought and Illegal Marijuana Impacts to Fisheries” was the title of a hearing held July 1 in the California Assembly Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, co-chaired by North Coast Senator Mike McGuire and his assembly counterpart Jim Wood, both freshman who have filed MJ regulation bills this year.
  • Santa Ana Police Caught On Camera Apparently Eating Edibles, Joking About Kicking Amputee in Her "Nub"
    June 12 - Santa Ana police were caught by surveillance cameras in some troubling behavior during a recent raid at the Sky High dispensary.
  • ReformCA Coalition Storms the State to Legalize Marijuana in 2016
    June 2015 - Plans are proceeding apace for a California unity initiative to legalize marijuana for adult use in November 2016. A statewide coalition of reform groups, including Cal NORML, the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, DPA, MPP, LEAP, ASA, SSDP, Emerald Growers Association, the California Cannabis Industry Association, NAACP, William Velazquez Institute, UFCW and others are planning to file a comprehensive initiative with the Attorney General’s office later this summer.
  • On Water and Weed: Is Cannabis Responsible for California's Drought?
    June 1, 2015 - The press has been lapping it up like….well, water: the allegation that marijuana cultivation in California is contributing to the state’s drought crisis.

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