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Applicants Seek Permits for Medical Marijuana Shops

Posted on  April 24, 2014 by  News Admin

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Doors opened at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the Development Services Department near City Hall for people that wanted to obtain a legal medical marijuana shop permit in San Diego. People camped out for three days just to be some of the first through the door.Last month, the City Council approved a set of zoning regulations that would allow up to four collectives to legally exist in eight of nine city council districts, meaning a total of only 36 permits will be issued.The restrictions on distances between dispensaries and houses, schools, churches and the like preclude any from being in council President Todd Gloria's district, which includes downtown, Hillcrest and North Park.About 45 people applied for a conditional use permit to operate a legal medical marijuana shop. Hundreds more are expected. First in line, Michael Banki camped out with his family for three days despite midterm exams."We've been here since Sunday," said Banki. "There's been this stigma against cannabis but it helps on so many levels by just ingesting the plant itself the raw leaves," Banki said.Until the city starts issuing the conditional use permits, all collectives in the city are considered illegal. The mayor's office said the permit process could cost $100,000 and take six months to one year.Dispensaries also are banned from having on-site medical professionals so they don't become one stop shops."Hopefully we can get some good actors in place here who can show the community at large that this is a real...

Lawmakers To Announce Introduction of Marijuana Legalization

Posted on  November 14, 2012 by  News Admin

  At least four state legislatures will consider replacing marijuana prohibition with regulation   On Election Day, voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana use and regulate the substance in a manner similar to alcohol. State legislators from Rhode Island and Maine on Thursday will join the Marijuana Policy Project on a teleconference press call to announce that they are introducing similar bills to tax and regulate marijuana in their state legislatures. Joining on the call will be Rhode Island Rep. Edith Ajello (D-District 3, Providence) and Maine Rep. Diane Russell (D-District 120, Portland). Both of these lawmakers have supported marijuana reform legislation in previous sessions. The Rhode Island Legislature passed medical marijuana legislation earlier this year. Robert Capecchi, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will be introducing the representatives and moderating the call. In addition to Rhode Island and Maine, similar proposals will be submitted in at least two other states -- Vermont and Massachusetts. "Last week, Washington and Colorado replaced their states' prohibitions on marijuana with a system of regulation and taxation," Capecchi said. "Both measures passed with roughly 55 percent voting in favor. "Gallup found 50 percent support for making marijuana legal last year, and that support has risen over the years," Capecchi said. "We are passing the tipping point when it comes to this issue. "Unfortunately, lawmakers have traditionally been behind public opinion when it comes to marijuana policy reform," Capecchi said. "With these...

Cops Release Guide: How To Smoke Marijuana Legally In Seattle

Posted on  November 13, 2012 by  News Admin

 Washington state's I-502 may not be the best piece of "legalization" legislation you've ever seen; it certainly has its share of warts, including the unscientific DUI blood limits for active THC, and the continued prohibition on home cultivation. But there are definite up-sides to the passage of 502. Among those delicious up-sides is the publication -- by the Seattle Police Department -- of a guide on how to legally use marijuana in the Emerald City. A cop-penned guide on how to legally use marijuana? That shit just couldn't have happened until November 6, man. Let's enjoy the thing, in its entirety. (The cops got a little clever, entitling their magnum dopus "Marijwhatnow? A Guide To Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle.") Now, let's enjoy it together, shall we? The world's first cop-authored guide on smoking legal weed... Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle The people have spoken. Voters have passed Initiative 502 and beginning December 6 th, adults over 21 years old can possess up to an ounce of marijuana (or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product, like cookies, or 72 ounces of infused liquid, like oil) for personal use. Marijuana has existed in a grey area in Seattle for some time now. Despite a longstanding national prohibition on marijuana, minor marijuana possession has been the lowest enforcement priority for the Seattle Police Department since Seattle voters passed Initiative 75 in 2003. Officers don't like grey areas in the law. I-502 now gives them more clarity. Marijuana legalization...

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