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LA MESA COUNCIL TO CONSIDER RECREATIONAL CANNABIS BUSINESSES AND REVITALIZATION GRANTS TUESDAY

By Miriam Raftery
 
Updated September 24 with statement from CASA opposing the measure
 
September 23, 2019 (La Mesa) – Is it high time to legalize recreational adult-use cannabis sales, commercial cultivation, manufacturing, testing and delivery in La Mesa?   If so, should revenues be used to help property owners near illegal pot shops that caused problems for neighbors?  Those are among the burning issues on the La Mesa City Council’s agenda this Tuesday.

LA MESA WEIGHS LEGALIZING ADULT-USE CANNABIS SALES AND MANUFACTURING SEPT. 10: HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH COUNCILMAN BABER

Hear our interview with Councilman Bill Baber

By Miriam Raftery

September 1, 2019 (La Mesa) – After years of battling illegal marijuana dispensaries and recently licensing the city’s first legal medicinal cannabis dispensary, La Mesa is considering an ordinance to legalize recreational adult-use sales and manufacturing. 

Councilman Bill Baber and Mayor Mark Arapostathis served on a subcommittee that recently held a meeting with cannabis industry representatives. Next up, staff is preparing ordinance language for the City Council to consider on September 10th, when the public can weigh in with comments.

We sat down for an interview with Councilman Baber that originally aired on KNSJ radio.  You can hear the full interview by clicking the audio link, or scroll down for details.

Baber says if the measure is approved Sept. 10 and at a second reading Sept. 24, La Mesa could see its first legal recreational cannabis sales starting as early as January 2020. The first sales of recreational marijuana would be through dispensaries already approved for medical marijuana sales, providing they have operated without significant complaints or legal issues.

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THREE ILLEGAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES SHUT DOWN IN SPRING VALLEY

East County News Service

August 22, 2019 (Spring Valley) – As a direct result of numerous complaints from concerned citizens, three illegal marijuana dispensaries in Spring Valley and Casa de Oro were searched and shut down by law enforcement and one arrest was made.

WEEDMAPS GOES LEGIT: SMOKES OUT ILLEGAL DISPENSARY LISTINGS

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 22, 2019 (Sacramento) – Weedmaps will no longer list illegal marijuana dispensaries or other illicit enterprises in its online director of cannabis businesses.

 

The change reflects new state licensing requirements for advertising as California’s legal cannabis industry flourishes.

BORDER PATROL OFFICERS SEIZE NEARLY FOUR TONS OF MARIJUANA IN SHIPMENT OF JALAPEÑO PEPPERS AT OTAY MESA

East County News Service

Photo:  Customs and Border Patrol officers pulled hundreds of packages of marijuana from boxes of jalapeño peppers.

August 16, 2019 (San Diego) – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers assigned to the Otay Mesa cargo facility seized almost four tons of marijuana yesterday co-mingled in a shipment of jalapeño peppers, valued at $2.3 million

 

7 ARRESTED IN RAIDS ON ILLEGAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN CASA DE ORO

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 20, 2019 (Spring Valley) – Seven people have been arrested following raids yesterday morning on three illegal marijuana dispensaries in the Casa de Oro area of Spring Valley.  An abatement warrant and three search warrants were served at an office complex at 9966 Dolores Street in units 102, 108 and 208. Sheriff’s deputies found over 600 pounds of marijuana along with marijuana edibles, drug paraphernalia, $21,000 cash, and four firearms. 

BOARD EXPANDS SOCIAL HOST ORDINANCE TO INCLUDE MARIJUANA

 

 

By Yvette Urrea MoeCounty of San Diego Communications Office

April 30, 2019 (San Diego) - The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to amend its social host ordinance to add marijuana, so that as with alcoholic beverages, adults providing these substances to minors could be cited or arrested.

REAL ESTATE REALTY: GROWING CANNABIS WHILE HOLDING AN ACTIVE DUTY STATUS

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson Real Estate Broker CNE, CPRES.

 

February 28, 2019 (San Diego’s East County)

 

Dear Maryanne,

 

My husband and I purchased a home last year in East County. My husband is currently Active Duty Military and we used his VA benefits to purchase the home. We have a large area in our fenced in rear yard that has been perfect for growing vegetables.

 

I have an honorable discharge from the military due to an injury, because of this injury I am subject to constant pain. I have been managing the inflammation and pain flare ups with my medical marijuana license that enables me to purchase the amount of vapor inserts that I need. The cost has become staggering to buy the medical marijuana that I need as it is not covered under my TRI CARE health insurance.

 

Last spring, I decided to take matters into my own hands and planted several marijuana plants. I have a green thumb to say the least. The plants are getting huge and I am planning on using the dried leaves to offset my cost. Upon my husband’s last visit home from sea he was mowing the grass and noticed the plants. He is concerned that he could get arrested or kicked out of the military for the plants growing on our private property.

 

Do you know where we stand on this? After all, marijuana has been legalized now in California and I do have a medical marijuana license.

 

A.J. Lakeside, CA.

 

VAPING MARIJUANA IS MORE HARMFUL THAN SMOKING IT, STUDY FINDS

 

East County News Service

December 23, 2018 (San Diego) -- As the use of e-cigarettes – both for inhalation of nicotine and marijuana – becomes more popular among adolescents and teenagers, according to the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), the medical community is raising concerns over their harmful health effects.

MARIJUANA PRODUCT DELIVERIES MUST BE ALLOWED STATEWIDE, REGULATORY AGENCY RULES

 

 

East County News Service

December 10, 2018 (San Diego) – Cities and counties throughout California must allow marijuana deliveries, even in jurisdictions where dispensary sales are banned. Thats the ruling issued last week by the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control.

STATE CONTROLLER: CANNABIS INDUSTRY NEEDS TO CONFRONT STONED DRIVING PROBLEM

 

By Judy Lin, CALmatters

CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government.

Photo:  Caltrans billboard warns of the dangers of drug use while driving. Courtesy Caltrans

August 27, 2018 (San Diego) - California Controller Betty Yee, injured last month in an auto collision suspected to have been caused by a 25-year-old driver under the influence of marijuana, used sharp language last week to demand  that the state’s nascent cannabis industry “step up” and address pot-related traffic accidents.

POT REVENUES NO JACKPOT YET FOR CALIFORNIA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 22, 2018 (San Diego) – Pot sales in California have not yet been a jackpot for state revenues since legalization of recreational cannabis in January. New Frontier Data, a data analysis firm, has lowered their projections for legal pot sales this year in California from $3.8 billion to $1.9 billion – or only half what was projected.

SHERIFF SNUFFS OUT MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2018 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff’s department today announced it has begun serving 10-day notices on illegal marijuana dispensaries in Spring Valley and will arrest violators who don’t vacate the premises. The action comes after the Sheriff and County Planning and Development Services served over a dozen search warrants on illicit dispensaries from mid-2017 to early 2018 on Spring Valley pot shops, seizing 7,000 pounds of marijuana, five firearms and $85,000 in cash.

LA MESA CITY COUNCIL DOES ABOUT FACE ON POT DISPENSARY; REJECTS PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

April 25, 2018 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa City Council on Tuesday night gave a unanimous thumbs down, turning its back on an earlier La Mesa Planning Commission conditional use permit approval of a marijuana dispensary in the La Mesa Medical Plaza near 70th and El Cajon.

CALIFORNIA SEEKS TO HALT ONLINE LISTINGS OF UNLICENSED DISPENSARIES

 

East County News Service

April 5, 2018 (San Diego) -- Recently, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has requested that online services cease listing unlicensed dispensaries operating in violation of state cannabis regulations. Several prominent online dispensary finder services have chosen to ignore this guidance from state regulators and continue to list unlicensed dispensaries.  But others are pledging to fully comply with state regulations by steering customers only to licensed dispensaries.

LOCAL PRO-MARIJUANA GROUP CHALLENGES EL CAJON IN COURT

 

Writ of Mandate claims El Cajon Pot Shop and Cultivation Ordinance is Punitive

By Paul Kruze

January 28, 2018 (El Cajon) -- When California voters approved Proposition 64 legalizing the recreational use and cultivation of marijuana, voters also approved a less publicized part of the proposition which allows individual cities and counties to regulate where it can be bought and cultivated.

DUI DOESN’T JUST MEAN BOOZE

 

Source: California Office of Traffic Safety

January 3, 2018 (Sacramento) -- Just like drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs is a crime – even if your impairment is due to prescribed medications, illicit drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana – medical or recreational. The legal and monetary consequences are the same – up to $10,000 in fines, fees and insurance costs, restricted licensing, days off work to go to court, a criminal record and more.

GROWING GREEN AT COUNTY’S ONLY LEGAL MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY

 

ECM's editor goes undercover to compare illicit pot shop to legally licensed dispensary

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2017 (El Cajon) – As cities grapple with how to regulate marijuana-based businesses, Outliers Collective, the county’s only legally licensed medical cannabis dispensary, provides evidence of advantages to licensing and regulating facilities, including product safety testing for consumers, security for employees, and avoiding problems caused by illegal pot shops such as crime, fire hazards, and products contaminated with pesticides.

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES MARIJUANA GROWING AND MANUFACTURING IN SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2017 (San Diego) — San Diego’s City Council has voted 6 to 3 in favor of legalizing marijuana growing, manufacturing and testing operations to supply storefronts selling both medical and recreational pot products.

POT GROWING OPERATIONS CAUSED SEVERAL MAJOR CA FIRES, BUT WILDFIRES ALSO POSE RISKS TO MARIJUANA FARMERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2017 (California) – Growth in commercial-scale marijuana farming has created a new set of wildfire-related issues.  Several recent wildfires in California were caused by pot growing operations, Cal Fire reveals.  But in other western states, pot farmers are facing uninsured losses when wildfires threaten their crops.

ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA LAW TO DEBUT IN LEMON GROVE PARKS

 

New law goes into effect July 7; summer concerts and movies in parks to begin soon

Source:  East County Community Change Project

June 17, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Alcohol and marijuana are about to be prohibited at Lemon Grove’s eight city parks, just in time for summer family fun, according to city officials. The city council voted unanimously in May to take local control and make parks off limits to the use of marijuana in any form and all alcohol. While California’s new law under Prop. 64 makes recreational marijuana use legal for adults over 21, it is not legal to do so in public places. The council thought it was important enough to include it in the law.

“COOKIE CLUB COLLECTIVE” POT SHOP RAIDED IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

June 15, 2017 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff’s SWAT team and Rancho San Diego Crime Suppression Team, along with Sheriff’s deputies, served a search warrant at the Cookie Club Collective marijuana dispensary at 8783 Troy Street in Spring Valley. The warrant was the result of numerous complaints from concerned citizens about the illegal dispensary, says Sergeant Matt Cook.

SAN DIEGO MOTORISTS LAUNCH “POT FOR POTHOLES” INITIATIVE

 

 

By Axle Broke

April 1, 2017 (San Diego) –Last month, Supervisors voiced concerns over falling gas tax revenues and inadequate funding to repair roadways countywide.  Today, motorists seeking solutions to roads battered by winter storms held a press conference to announce  the “Pot for Potholes” ballot initiative to solve the region’s infrastructure problem.

BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF SENATE AND HOUSE INTRODUCE BILLS TO REGULATE POT LIKE ALCOHOL, GIVE TAX BREAKS TO MARIJUANA BUSINESSES

 

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Republican member of House Ways and Means Committee, joins Rep. Earl Blumenauer as lead sponsor of tax reform bill

East County News Service

March 30, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives this week introduced seven measures to advance cannabis policy at the federal level. The bills covered a broad range of issues related to resolving tension between state and federal cannabis laws.

SUPERVISORS, BY A ONE-VOTE MARGIN, BAN ALL MARIJUANA SALES PLUS FARMING CANNABIS AND HEMP

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 15, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The majority of voters in San Diego County, including most in unincorporated areas, voted to legalize recreational marijuana.  But instead of heeding voters wishes for more access to pot, San Diego Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to outlaw all marijuana sales in unincorporated areas, including medical marijuana.   (Licensed dispensaries already open and those approved for construction will have five years to shut down.) Supervisors also voted to outlaw all farming of marijuana and hemp.

LEMON GROVE OPENS PROCESS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA, BANS RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA SALES

 

By Jonathan Goetz

February 14, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- In November 2016, Lemon Grove voters approved Measure V, allowing for sale of medical marijuana in Lemon Grove. Dispensaries will be allowed in certain sections of the city with a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).

TAINTED MARIJUANA KILLS CALIFORNIA MAN: CONTAMINATED PLANTS FOUND STATEWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 10, 2017 (San Diego) — After doctors attributed the death of a California man to medical marijuana contaminated by a deadly fungus, the University of California, Davis Medical Center arranged testing on 20 medical marijuana samples statewide.  The vast majority were found to be contaminated with dangerous fungi and bacteria, CBS news reports.

$7 MILLION IN DRUGS SEIZED

 

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

January 31, 2017 (San Diego) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry in the San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties over the weekend intercepted approximately 9,600 pounds of narcotics including more than 500 pounds of marijuana hidden in a cargo shipment and another almost 8,400 pounds in a separate shipment, valued at almost $7 million.

FARMERS SEEK “FREEDOM TO GROW” CANNABIS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY: SUPERVISORS SET TO WEIGH IN ON JAN. 25

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 15, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Californians legalized sale of recreational marijuana with Prop 64. But farmers can’t grow cannabis commercially unless they receive a permit from their city or county. 

READER'S EDITORIAL: TRUMP ON DOPE: LEGAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF MARIJUANA LAWS

 

By David Anderson

Reprinted with permission from the Moderate Voice:  http://themoderatevoice.com/trump-on-dope-legal-and-psychological-thoughts-on-the-future-of-marijuana-laws/

photo credit: eggrole lemon kush day 25 via photopin (license)

December 24, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - During the madness of last month, other things happened. One was a partial retreat in the War on Drugs, marijuana division.

A quick review of recent changes from voter actions –

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