Colorado: new regs for medicinal cannabis

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

United StatesGov. Bill Ritter Jr. signed two bills into law on June 7 intended to increase oversight of Colorado’s medical cannabis industry. Under the new legislation, municipalities can ban dispensaries.

Los Angeles: 400 dispensaries ordered to close

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CaliforniaA new Los Angeles ordinance went into effect June 7, requiring that more than 400 unauthorized medical marijuana dispensaries to immediately close their doors. A Superior Court judge rejected a last-minute legal bid to delay implementation. The targeted dispensaries all opened after November 2007, when the LA City Council approved a widely-ignored moratorium on new medicinal cannabis outlets. An estimated 130 dispenasires which were open before then will be allowed to stay open—but will have to register with the city and be subject to inspections. (Vertex News, June 8)

San Jose hosts rowdy hearing on medical cannabis

Posted on June 8th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

cannabisIn San Jose's first public discussion on crafting an ordinance regulating medical cannabis dispensaries, ideas were shot down and applauded at an emotionally charged City Hall meeting June 7. Parents and teachers expressed fears about the proximity of the dispensaries to schools, while patients and operators dismissed the city's proposals as too restrictive.

California bill would make cannabis possession an infraction

Posted on June 7th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaWith all eyes on November's vote on cannabis legalization in California, the state Senate narrowly voted this week to reclassify possession of less than an ounce an infraction with a penalty of $100—rather than its current status as a misdemeanor with the same fine. Since possession of a less than an ounce is not punishable by jail time, "That's an infraction, by definition," according to Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), the author of SB 1449. "All this bill does is call it what it is—an infraction. It doesn't change the penalties."

Quebec crackdown on medicinal cannabis

Posted on June 5th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CanadaPolice launched a major anti-cannabis operation in Quebec June 3, arresting 35 in raids on four "compassion centers" in Montreal and one in Quebec City. A police spokesman said no organized crime gangs were linked to the centers—but that doesn’t make it OK.

Bail denied for Staten Island "cannabis king"

Posted on June 4th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

New York CityJonathan Braun, 27, and looking more like a "skinny slacker from Staten Island" than the leader of an international drug-trafficking ring, was denied bail at a Brooklyn hearing June 3, with federal magistrate Viktor Pohorelsky saying, "The government has posited substantial evidence of Mr. Braun's involvement in this conspiracy, which involves huge amounts of marijuana and huge amounts of money."

Montana: cannabis caravans fuel medicinal boom

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

The Montana Caregivers Network is traveling the state in "cannabis caravans," setting up shop in local hotels, where patients can walk in, see a doctor and—if they qualify—get a medical marijuana recommendation for a $150 fee. "You're helping end suffering on this planet for human beings," said mobile clinic organizer Jason Christ.

Huge weapons cache seized in Laredo

Posted on June 3rd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

MexicoLaredo police, acting on a tip, made their largest weapons seizure in 10 years after pulling over a truck laden with 147 brand new assault rifles, 200 high-capacity magazines, 53 bayonets and 10,000 rounds of ammunition that they believe was headed to Mexico on May 29.

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