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Newsom-led report pushes pot regulations

Chairing a panel on California’s would-be approach to legal marijuana has tamped down his enthusiasm for pot permissiveness, said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, as the blue-ribbon panel released a sweeping new report on the question. The commission included Stanford University professor

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CA cracks down on medical pot growers

Marijuana has rocketed to the top of California’s list of cash crops, sucking an outsized — and illegal — amount of water with it. “An ounce of marijuana requires 34 gallons while an ounce of almonds requires 25.3 gallons of

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New CA pot analysis sees savings, raises questions

According to one respected source in Sacramento, pot is good for California’s bottom line. The state Legislative Analyst’s Office, which produces nonpartisan studies of ballot initiatives, has unveiled a new report considering the fiscal impact of marijuana decriminalization in the Golden

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Silicon Valley eyes pot play

With marijuana legalization on the table for California this coming election season, investment in the nascent pot industry has become increasingly attractive. But in Silicon Valley, where venture capitalists have prided themselves on risky but canny bets, marijuana has only

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CA struggles to curb heroin spike

As loosening marijuana regulation and enforcement upends the drug culture in California, heroin use has become an increasing problem in the Golden State, new hospital data suggested. “The number of young adults admitted to California hospital emergency rooms with heroin

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Officials eye statewide marijuana regs

With marijuana legalization initiatives looming, Sacramento has turned its attention to standardizing regulations covering the popular decriminalized drug. Competing alternatives Legislators have advanced two different proposals, differing largely in how much regulatory control they leave to local government. The plan put forward by Assemblyman

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VIDEO: The effective use of police body cameras in San Diego

In a conversation with CalWatchdog.com Editor Brian Calle, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer discusses law enforcement issues ranging from human trafficking to marijuana legalization. In the interview, Mayor Faulconer outlines his support for the use body cameras by police officers,

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Feds cloud pot picture in CA

Over the strenuous objections of some California lawmakers, the Department of Justice vowed to continue prosecuting the medical marijuana industry in the Golden State. Despite a recent bipartisan federal amendment de-funding the Department’s fight against medical marijuana, spokesman Patrick Rodenbush revealed to the

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CA marijuana activists push mixed baggie of initiatives

Despite new highs of enthusiasm, Californian pot legalization activists complicated their own path to victory by forging ahead with competing ballot initiatives that could split the vote needed for any to prevail. The disorderly advance underscored the reality that momentum

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Recreational pot’s hazy CA future

A majority of Californians now favors the legalization of marijuana — not just for medical purposes, but recreational use. The state’s voters legalized medical marijuana with Proposition 215 in 1996. But so far, the state has not followed Colorado, Alaska,

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