State confiscates nearly 1 million marijuana plants, arrests 148 in 2019 effort to combat illegal grows

LOS ANGELES — State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday the arrests of 148 people so far this year during the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting Program enforcement effort, the nation’s largest such multi-agency eradication program. During this year’s effort, CAMP personnel also eradicated 953,459 marijuana plants from 345 raided grow…

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Travel host Rick Steves testifies in favor of Illinois marijuana legalization effort

Published: Nov 29, 2017, 7:53 am • Updated: Nov 29, 2017, 11:45 am By Nick Swedberg, Special To The Cannabist A longtime travel show personality and advocate for marijuana legalization is backing an effort in Illinois to make the drug legal for adults and regulate it like alcohol. Rick Steves,…

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Cannabist Show: He steered California legalization effort; She lobbied for later Denver shop hours

Published: May 4, 2017, 5:56 pm • Updated: May 4, 2017, 6:03 pm By The Cannabist Staff Featured guests: Dustin Moore, deputy campaign manager for Yes on 64 to legalize marijuana in California, and Simply Pure cannabis shop owner Wanda James. LOTS TO TALK ABOUT •  Helping the sixth-largest economy…

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44 in Congress support effort to keep DOJ handcuffed in medical cannabis states

Published: Apr 10, 2017, 6:51 pm • Updated: Apr 10, 2017, 6:51 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A bipartisan collection of nearly four-dozen U.S. House members want the feds to maintain their hands-off enforcement position toward states that have legalized medical marijuana. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican lawmaker…

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What you need to know about the effort to ban retail weed in this Colorado county

Published: Nov 4, 2016, 9:26 am • Updated: Nov 4, 2016, 9:26 am By The Cannabist Staff After Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, the industry — notably the cultivation and processing — was welcomed with open arms by some members of Pueblo County’s governance. Pueblo’s plentiful sunlight and inexpensive…

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Prominent Physicians’ Organization Throws Support Behind Effort To End Marijuana Prohibition In Rhode Island

Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, an organization led by some of the most prominent physicians in the country, has formally endorsed the effort to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use in Rhode Island. The addition of DFCR to the Regulate Rhode Island coalition comes at a pivotal time, just as…

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Obama’s Effort To Free Drug War Prisoners Hits Bureaucratic Roadblocks

By Phillip Smith With the sentence commutations announced last week, President Barack Obama has now cut more than 300 harsh drug war prison sentences, more than the previous six presidents combined. Thousands more could be eligible for commutations, but bureaucratic obstacles inside the Justice Department mean the clock is likely…

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Feds Give Up On Effort To Seize Nation’s Largest Medical Marijuana Dispensary

By Phillip Smith In a stunning victory for California’s marijuana industry, federal prosecutors have agreed to end their years-long effort to close and seize Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest dispensary with more than 100,000 patients. Harborside broke the news with a press release Tuesday, followed up by a…

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Recent Arizona Poll Results Not Favorable For 2016 Legalization Effort

The Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is gathering signatures to put marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot. Earlier this month the campaign announced that it had crossed the 200,000 signatures mark. The campaign needs to gather 150,642 valid signatures in order to get on the ballot. Signature gathering efforts…

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Maine Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaigns Unite Behind One Effort For 2016

Two competing marijuana initiative campaigns in Maine announced Friday they will unite behind one state ballot measure to end marijuana prohibition in 2016. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will stop collecting signatures in support of the initiative it filed in March and spearhead the campaign in support of…

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