California marijuana policy

Now that California has released applications for cannabis dispensaries, retailers are scrambling to get their ducks in a row so they can open their doors come January.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports that potential pot retailers are still being slowed by expensive permits, lots of paperwork, and continued resistance to legal marijuana.

While most local governments in the Inland Empire continue to cling to moral or public safety arguments against permitting the sale of legal pot in their jurisdictions, some inland cities and towns have decided to take advantage of the opportunity for big public revenue gains from the growing commercial marijuana industry.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California cities and counties are preparing ordinances ahead of next year's rollout of legal adult-use cannabis.  At least many are.  Some others are not.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

San Francisco joins San Diego in becoming one of the few big cities in the state of California to finalize rules that will allow the commercial sale of marijuana when it officially becomes legal in January.  Other cities big and small throughout the state - including in the Inland Empire - continue to struggle with the voters' mandate to legalize pot.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The state of California has released new emergency rules governing the sale and production of recreational marijuana, just six weeks before businesses can begin selling cannabis under voter-approved Proposition 64.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the rules are temporary, but apply to all aspects of the industry.

California's cannabis industry has a banking problem.  Federal rules keep most marijuana businesses from even opening a checking account.  Many deal in cash.  It's a problem in other places with legal pot, like Colorado, as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

With California's multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry coming on line next year, state officials are thinking about piles of money.  A report out yesterday (Tuesday) looks at where growers and sellers should park their cash, since most banks won't touch it.


A week from today, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will debate the pros and cons of permitting marijuana sales and commercial cultivation in Riverside County's unincorporated communities.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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California's lead agency for marijuana regulation has gone by many names.  The Bureau of Cannabis Control is the latest.  The change reflects a wider trend away from the term "marijuana" in favor of "cannabis."  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

Last year, the voters of California gave the state well more than a year to prepare for the legal sale and distribution of marijuana for recreational use.  That was 8 months ago.  With less than 6 months left, it appears the state -- and especially local governments -- are running behind the schedule dictated by Proposition 64, the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana in California.  More from Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric.

Recreational marijuana businesses will soon be legal in California.  It's unclear what - if any - enforcement will come from the federal government.  But a bill in the state Legislature would limit state and local law enforcement from teaming up with the feds on certain marijuana cases.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

It would be a crime to have an open container of cannabis in your vehicle while driving under a bill awaiting Governor Jerry Brown's signature.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.


As California lawmakers work toward a state budget vote this week, marijuana industry players eagerly await the release of a piece of the budget deal that's intended to align state rules on medical and recreational marijuana.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

California lawmakers are trying to ban edible marijuana from resembling candy, after an uptick in emergency room visits.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a bill passed yesterday (Monday) by the California Assembly.

A Southern California university is considering creating a special center to study marijuana.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Some California lawmakers say they need to close a loophole caused by the legalization of recreational marijuana.  Just as you can't drink alcohol while driving, a bill prohibiting you from using pot behind the wheel recently passed a key committee vote.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

The power company PG&E -- Pacific Gas & Electric -- says marijuana growers could qualify for an "Ag Energy Rate" on their electricity bill if 70 percent of their annual energy use goes to growing cannabis.  As Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports, it's not clear what the move will mean for the state's indoor pot operations.

In the High Desert last month, the Victor Valley College board discussed offering marijuana research as a subject for students.  The Mayor of Adelanto attended the meeting to make what college board members called, "a pretty unbelieveable offer."  Charity Lindsey broke the story for the Victor Valley Daily Press, and has a report from KVCR.

The head of the agency tasked with drafting California's recreational pot regulations told lawmakers this week that they will "phase in" business licensing starting January 1, 2018.  Prop 64 legalized recreational pot use for adults and set a deadline for state agencies to establish rules for growing, manufacturing and selling marijuana.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has the story.

A pair of lawmakers say Prop 64 doesn't go far enough when it comes to making it illegal to smoke marijuana while driving.  So they've introduced a bill to change that.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

In spite of the statewide vote legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors' ban on the cultivation and use of pot will remain in place for unincorporated areas of the county, at least until March.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

With the passage of Proposition 64 in this week's election -- allowing the legal recreational use of marijuana -- many citizens are wondering when they'll be able to buy and use pot in California.  As it turns out, different provisions of the law take effect at different times, as KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

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Many cities in the Inland Empire are trying to develop policies that will strictly limit or completely prohibit pot shops from opening in their city limits if California passes Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational use.  However, in the San Bernardino County High Desert community of Adelanto, many city officials, residents, and businesses are hoping to bring more economic activity -- and more revenue -- to the city by welcoming the marijuana industry.  This morning on 91.9 KVCR, The California Report aired this story.

There are so many questions about California's ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana that it's easy to overlook the most basic question of all: What would the initiative actually do?  As part of our California Counts election coverage, here's Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler with a look at Proposition 64.

You might think that California pot farmers would be among the biggest supporters of Proposition 64, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state.  However, some people who over the years have made a living growing and selling marijuana - legally and illegally -- are worried that legalizing pot will create a "marijuana industrial complex" in California that will push small, "family" cannabis growers out of the business.  Capital Public Radio's Sam Harnett reports.

With the prospect of marijuana being legalized by California voters this fall, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors is reexamining its strict policies -- and attitude -- toward marijuana.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Now that an initiative asking Californians if they want to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has been officially certified to be on this November's ballot, voters can begin scrutinizing the initiative's provisions as advocates and opponents of legal pot in California begin their campaigns.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

It's official:  an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California will be on the November statewide ballot.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler have details.

Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in California say they've collected nearly twice as many signatures needed -- months before the signature-gathering deadline -- to get the issue on the state's November 2016 ballot.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California's new medical cannabis law will put the state in charge of tracking each marijuana plant from "seed to sale."  But the Brown administration and the state's independent tax board are at odds over who will oversee it.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.