U.S. judge in California considers argument marijuana law unconstitutional

(Reuters) - A federal judge hearing the case of nine men accused of illegally growing marijuana in California said Wednesday she was taking very seriously arguments by their attorneys that the federal government has improperly classified the drug as among the most dangerous, and should throw the charges out.

Judge Kimberly J. Mueller said she would rule within 30 days on the request, which comes amid looser enforcement of U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize its recreational use in Washington state, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska.

"If I were persuaded by the defense's argument, if I bought their argument, what would you lose here?" she asked prosecutors during closing arguments on the motion to dismiss the cases against the men.


Chart of the Week: Marijuana Startup Interest Booming in California, Washington State & Colorado

February 9, 2015

By Marijuana Business Daily staff

California has climbed over several other powerhouse cannabis states and now ranks as the most popular market for entrepreneurs starting marijuana companies, despite an unstable business climate fostered by a lack of statewide MMJ regulations.

Nearly 20% of entrepreneurs currently in the process of starting cannabis-related companies are located in California, according to the 3rd Annual Marijuana Business Professionals Survey.


California Medical Marijuana Patients Seek Over $600,000 in Damages for Warrantless Raids

LAKEPORT, CA — Nine medical marijuana patients from Lake County filed tort claims today for a total of $621,000 in monetary damages in a widely-watched ongoing legal struggle between growers and county officials.  Two weeks ago, on October 15th, U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson granted a preliminary injunction preventing Lake County authorities from continuing […]


California Takes Significant Step Toward Ending Mass Incarceration and War on Drugs

SACRAMENTO, CA — California voters took a significant step toward ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs on Tuesday by approving Proposition 47.  On the heels of reforming the state’s “three strikes” law in the 2012 election, Californians overwhelmingly voted to change six low-level, nonviolent offenses – including simple drug possession – from felonies […]


VA Hospitals in Southern California Deny Medical Marijuana Patients’ Prescription Meds

Lurae Horse served in Air Force as airplane mechanic in Panama during the Grenada conflict. A domestic violence incident left her with brain trauma and an inner ear problem, causing severe vertigo. One of the side effects of THC is vertigo, but since it seems to spin her in the opposite direction, a neurologist figured […]


Are Your Marijuana Products Adequately Labeled To Protect You From Lawsuits?

What would happen if you failed to provide adequate label warnings for marijuana (including concentrates or oils) and marijuana-infused edible products, and someone was hurt by it? The answer may lie in what is referred to as “strict product liability for failure-to-warn.”



“Never be afraid to scrap what you got and start over, because you’re never scrapping your knowledge” – Mark Williams | The Firefly


How Marijuana Farms Impact The Environment

Lt. Patrick Foy, of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, knows more than a few ways to track down a large-scale marijuana growing operation: Air surveillance, reports from neighbors and sometimes, dead fish.

“A bunch of fish may turn up dead in a creek, so we’ll go look, walk upstream, and inevitably run into a marijuana growth site,” says Foy.

Growers in remote areas, Foy explains, often end up destroying local creeks and other water sources, or using harmful pesticides to keep their plants healthy, which damages the surrounding environment.


24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana Production in America

The only thing green about that bud is its chlorophyll.

You thought your pot came from environmentally conscious hippies? Think again. The way marijuana is grown in America, it turns out, is anything but sustainable and organic. Check out these mind-blowing stats, and while you're at it, read Josh Harkinson's feature story, "The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming."

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Thinking Beyond Big Marijuana

The precipitous rise in public approval for legalized marijuana has accelerated over the last year. A spate of victories for cannabis proponents in early November was a fitting corollary to the Gallup poll a month earlier, revealing that 58 percent of Americans approve of marijuana legalization, and also seemed to confirm that the United States is on an inexorable march toward a mostly (if not entirely) regulated market for the plant: currently, 20 states plus DC permit either recreational or medical marijuana use, and cannabis industry experts predict that 14 more states will be added to that roster in the next five years.


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