Heavy-hitting ReformCA releases 2016 legalization initiative

The largest and best-funded group seeking to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis in California has filed the first draft of its long-awaited voter initiative.

As currently written, ReformCA’s Control, Regulate, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016 would, among other provisions, legalize possession of up to one ounce by adults 21 and over; license commercial farms and stores; allow for public consumption in licensed facilities; allow cities and counties to ban cannabis businesses by popular vote; prevent stoned driving; prevent cannabis money going to criminal cartels; and protect medical cannabis patients and caregivers.

ReformCA joins a crowded field of 10 initiatives jockeying for attention and possibly even the 2016 ballot — from bare-bones statements to fully-lawyered language.

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Envisioning a California Cannabis Conference

Substitute words like cannabis, growers, farms, greenhouses, concentrates and edibles for the alcohol references in strikethrough in this passage from the program for the 26th annual Envisioning California Conference that convened Friday in Sacramento:

California is an internationally recognized leader in the production of wine and beer. Increasingly, these industries have embraced a think-small ethos evident in a diverse range of micro breweries and artisanal wineries. Along the way, California has confronted a number of policy challenges in terms of land use, business models and regulation, trade, environmental impacts, and other issues. As a follow-up to the 2013 Food for Thought conference, this Envisioning conference will explore recent trends in brewing and winemaking in California, examine current policy implications, and consider possible future developments in the industry. It will also provide an opportunity to talk directly with California winemakers and brewers, to sample their products, and join a broader conversation about California’s liquid gold.

They called this year’s conference “California’s Liquid Gold: Brewing & Winemaking in the Golden State.” With two edits, we have my proposed theme for the 27th annual Envisioning California Conference — “California’s Gold: Cannabis in the Golden State” — hopefully convening in October 2016 .
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Would Jerry Brown Sign Cannabis Bills in a Dispensary?


Craft beer has become something of an infatuation at the Capitol. Gov. Jerry Brown sure seems to enjoy a hoppy pint. When he signed a bill in 2013 authorizing craft breweries to sell beer in to-go containers called growlers, the governor did so at a popular Sacramento brewery and tweeted, “Carpe Cervisiam!”

Do you think the governor, who’s already snarked about a stoned workforce’s impact on California’s productivity, would stage a dog-and-pony show at a dispensary to sign the three historic medical cannabis bills currently awaiting his signature? Would @JerryBrownGov then tweet, “Carpe Cannabis!”?

Mapped: San Francisco’s Most Important Vapor Lounges

Touting the city before it hosted the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1911  — the very year California outlawed cannabis — President William Howard Taft declared San Francisco to be “the city that knows how.”

While legal recreational cannabis states Colorado, Oregon and Washington struggle with regulations that prohibit public consumption of any kind — no bars, cafes or clubs for smoking, vaping or even eating pot, the linchpins for safe and sane cannabis tourism — San Francisco medical cannabis dispensaries offer a taste of social cannabis use in public spaces and provide a glimpse of cannabis tourism’s future today.
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Pot and bad attitude send Nick Diaz’s MMA fighting career up in smoke


An enigma delivered in spiteful jabs wrapped in victorious clinches, Nick Diaz is a mixed martial arts fighter whose pot-addled bravado ultimately upset the sport’s most powerful overlords in fighting’s most lucrative state.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission effectively ended the 32-year-old California fighter’s 14-year Ultimate Fighting Championship career on Monday, issuing a five-year suspension from fighting in the state as punishment for Diaz’s third cannabis offense.

“They suspended me for a third time,” the weed-smoking welterweight said. “For five fucking years for something that makes the whole world a better place.”
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Raid Video Can Be Used Against Santa Ana Cops

Surveillance video showing three unidentified Santa Ana police officers running roughshod over a medical cannabis dispensary, its edibles, customers and employees may be used in the department’s internal affairs investigation, an Orange County judge ruled today.

Police union attorneys had argued that the officers had a reasonable privacy expectation since they were on-duty when a hidden camera recorded them making derogatory remarks about a disabled woman and purportedly eating cannabis edibles during the May 26 raid at Sky High Collective.

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