Dec 122013
 

Fresno County supervisors voted Tuesday to support a total cannabis cultivation ban, affecting all indoor and outdoors gardens. The latest move would build upon the county’s previous ban on cannabis dispensaries, while deleting the current permitting provisions for cultivation facilities.

Supervisors will return Jan. 7 for a second vote and final approval of the canna-ban. On Tuesday, they rejected an alternative plan that would have allowed for limited indoor cultivation. Violation of the new ordinance can be punished as a criminal misdemeanor, but the more likely scenario involves issuing growers citations with fines starting at $1,000 per plant. Added fines of $100 per plant per day are added for those who don’t rip their plants immediately, and the plan is to follow Kern County’s lead by using armed sheriff’s deputies for site visits instead of civilian code enforcement officers.

Fresno Bee coverage: Fresno County supervisors move to ban marijuana farms
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The latest move by the Board of Supervisors follows the introduction in September of an ordinance that was loosely modeled after Kern County’s cannabis law. They chuckled at the prospect of being able to fine growers $1,000 per day per plant, but when it came time for final approval in October they balked at Kern’s 12-plant limit per parcel and its (very limited) provisions for dispensaries. Concerned about sending out “wrong messaging” on cannabis cultivation, they directed county counsel to come back with a zero-tolerance option, which is labeled as “Attachment B” in the document below.

Fresno County Total Cannabis Ban

Oct 032013
 

Following the lead of Kern County, Fresno County supervisors are set to approve heavy fines to force cannabis growers to follow local law. The ordinance set to be approved Tuesday allows cultivation of 12 cannabis plants per parcel, a big change from the current outdoor growing ban, and repeals the county’s former licensing requirements. The [...]

Jul 272013
 

Bay Area Hempfest kicks off Aug. 9 with the high-ly anticipated Kush Ball for all VIP attendees, sponsors and vendors. This is a meet-and-greet with weed for all VIPs to meet the bands and stars. Bong Maidens, Miss Hemptress event, medicine, catered food, lots of giveaways, goodie bags, and more. Be among the first 215 [...]

Jul 232013
 

Title: California Summer Lobby DayLocation: State Capitol – SacramentoLink out: Click hereDescription: Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and our coalition partners at Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana (CRMM) for a very important citizen lobby day at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, August 12, 2013. We will be visiting lawmakers and their staff [...]

Feb 122013
 

For those who think Craigslist is the perfect place to peddle meds, think again. Even smaller local law enforcement agencies are turning into data miners. Case in point: Oroville police spotted a Craigslist post offering to trade a ski boat for cash and/or “215,” shorthand for the medical cannabis that’s authorized for patients under Proposition [...]

Jan 282013
 

I riffed this from my response to a Save Cannabis email, which suggested a successor to AB 2312 would be introduced in the 2013 session of the California Legislature. If so, that’s very good news for medical cannabis dispensaries (and patients, too). Here’s why: Improving and strengthening our medical cannabis laws is hardly a task [...]

Jan 162013
 

Medical cannabis patients in San Diego have long suffered under an aggressive county district attorney and public officials hostile to medical cannabis dispensaries and collectives. In a stunning about-face, San Diego’s new mayor has put the brakes on legal actions and code enforcement against medical marijuana dispensaries. That won’t stop federal prosecutors from targeting San [...]

Jan 042013
 

High Times magazine brings the Medical Cannabis Cup competition to Los Angeles on Feb. 16-17. The fabled canna-fest features an outdoor medication area for qualified Prop. 215 patients; cultivation seminars and advocacy sessions with High Times editors, medical marijuana activists and major cannabis celebrities (Tommy Chong is featured prominently on the official Medical Cannabis Cup [...]

Dec 192012
 

Yuba County’s new medical cannabis cultivation ordinance isn’t universally popular, and local officials are now saying it’s up to medical cannabis patients to encourage compliance by self-policing themselves. Yuba County supervisors John Nicoletti and Mary Jane Griego said the Yuba County Growers Association should help spread the word about the new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance [...]

Dec 152012
 

A battle royale between California’s medical cannabis patients and the federal government is taking shape in Mendocino County, where local officials were recently slapped with subpoenas from the U.S. Attorneys Office in San Francisco. The target: Mendocino County’s pioneering regulations governing medical cannabis cultivation. In light of ongoing federal dispensary raids around the state, in [...]