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California Attorney General's Race Still Too Close To Call
Daily Dose 2010-11-03

California Attorney General's Race Still Too Close To Call

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors from California’s two most prominent cities, who both ran bruising campaigns, were locked in a dead heat Wednesday in their race for attorney general.

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris led Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley by fewer than 15,000 votes — or less than a quarter of a percentage point — with all precincts reporting. With tens of thousands of provisional and late absentee ballots still to be counted, it could be weeks before a winner is determined.

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Proposition 19 Loses in California
Daily Dose 2010-11-03

Proposition 19 Loses in California

California voters rejected Proposition 19, the initiative that would legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana use statewide. Fourteen years after approving marijuana for medical purposes, the state’s voters refused to make it legal for anyone 21 or older to grow, possess and use small amounts of pot. Possession would have been limited to less than an ounce, and cultivation to 25 square feet of private land, but marijuana would have remained illegal under federal law.

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Election 2010 Results - Attorney General - California
Daily Dose 2010-11-02

Election 2010 Results - Attorney General - California

UPDATE – November 4, 2010 – 7:25 PM – PSTVERY CLOSE CONTEST

100% precincts partially reported – provisional and late absentee ballots still being counted

11,837 vote difference

Kamala D. Harris (Dem) – 45.9% – 3,320,911 Votes
Steve Cooley (Rep) – 45.7% – 3,309,074 Votes

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Vote To Restore and/or Maintain Sanity
Daily Dose 2010-11-02

Vote To Restore and/or Maintain Sanity

As a supporter of medical marijuana (as well as a long-time, doctor-recommended patient), and with a great desire to see sanity restored to our nation’s drug laws, here are my recommendations for today’s voting. Help restore and/or maintain sanity by going out and voting today!

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A Letter to the Undecided: Prop 19
Daily Dose 2010-11-01

A Letter to the Undecided: Prop 19

I’m not asking you to condone marijuana. I’m asking you to accept the fact that arresting people for marijuana has not decreased the use of marijuana. If you worry about young people using marijuana, growing more rebellious, and becoming lost — the fact that policing marijuana has failed will be upsetting. However, if we cannot accept the glaring fact that law enforcement has failed to control the distribution and use of marijuana, then we risk punishing hundreds and thousands of people, and spending hundreds of millions of dollars, unnecessarily.

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Why Karl Rove Wants to Buy the Race for California Attorney General
Daily Dose 2010-10-29

Why Karl Rove Wants to Buy the Race for California Attorney General

CALIFORNIA — And now, the empire strikes back. So far, the story of the 2010 election has been dominated by the Tea Party and its imitation of the grassroots organizing techniques of Obama for America. But in the late stages of the battle, raw corporate power is revealing itself, aiming to win the old-fashioned way: with a well-directed torrent of money. And that money is being aimed not just at races for Congress and state houses but, to a surprising extent, at down-ballot campaigns — most remarkably, at the campaign for Attorney General of California.

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A 'Female Obama' Seeks California Attorney General Post
Daily Dose 2010-10-26

A 'Female Obama' Seeks California Attorney General Post

She’s been called “the female Obama” by some media, and the president even paid her a visit this week to help her political fortunes. Like Barack Obama, she aspires to a lot of firsts. Kamala Harris is the daughter of a father from Jamaica and a mother from India, and she’s seeking to be the first black woman attorney general of California.

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Danny Glover and Melissa Etheridge Join Gov. Johnson and Others to Urge California to Say Yes to Prop 19
Sam Sabzehzar 2010-10-25

Danny Glover and Melissa Etheridge Join Gov. Johnson and Others to Urge California to Say Yes to Prop 19

Celebrities join former Governor Gary Johnson, former LAPD Deputy Chief Steve Downing, and Marijuana Policy Project’s Sarah Lovering in downtown Los Angeles for a press conference to voice their united support for California’s ballot initiative that would tax and regulate cannabis in the state, also known as Prop 19. California’s first attempt to bring medical marijuana in the state nearly fifteen years ago successfully introduced a climate for the rest of the country to begin their own conversations regarding clinical cannabis. As former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson pointed to the city of Denver’s attempt to decriminalize marijuana five years ago has had positive results, “we’ve reached the tipping point nationwide,” as he sees our marijuana laws changing throughout the nation over the next five years.

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California Moms Voice Support for Marijuana Legalization Proposition
Daily Dose 2010-10-20

California Moms Voice Support for Marijuana Legalization Proposition

The push to legalize marijuana in California has borne witness to a bevy of strange sleeping arrangements. Medical marijuana dispensaries are now bedfellows with unions; retired law enforcement officers have linked arms with longhairs; and Democrats like Sen. Barbara Boxer have ditched their progressive stances on personal freedom in order to appear tough on crime, even as one of Boxer’s own staffers was arrested on Capitol Hill for possessing weed.

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Carly Fiorina Admits Prop 19 to Bring Billions of Dollars to California
Sam Sabzehzar 2010-10-18

Carly Fiorina Admits Prop 19 to Bring Billions of Dollars to California

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is outspokenly opposed to Prop 19 and the legalization of marijuana, because of the amount of serious $ it will generate for our economy. She admits and recognizes the huge financial potential of legalizing marijuana for the California deficit, but spins the answer by explaining that, ” sending billions of dollars in new tax revenues to sacramento is exactly the problem…because sacramento has a spending problem and will continue to spend the money we send them.”

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Ferndale to consider extending medical marijuana zones
Daily Dose 2010-10-15

Ferndale to consider extending medical marijuana zones

FERNDALE — The City Council on Monday will decide whether to expand the number of zones in the city where medical marijuana businesses are allowed.

Council members are set to discuss if pot businesses should also be allowed in the commercial districts along Woodward Avenue or mixed-use districts along Livernois, Hilton and part of Eight Mile Road.

City Manager Robert Bruner recommends that officials hold off on making any changes.

“The decision is up to the council, but I think we should take some time to evaluate this (marijuana zoning) policy further and see how it works out,” he said. “If changes are needed to the zoning we can do that in the future.”

The council this summer passed an ordinance allowing pot businesses in districts zoned for offices and light and heavy industrial operations.

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Oakland Seeks to Double the Number of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Increase Permit Fees
Daily Dose 2010-10-13

Oakland Seeks to Double the Number of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Increase Permit Fees

While some cities are seeking to restrict or even impose a temporary moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries, Oakland will be considering doubling the number of dispensaries within its jurisdiction. The city is seeking to increase the number of permitted dispensaries from four to eight and increase the annual dispensary permit fees from $30,000 to $60,000. It also is seeking to require a $5,000 application fee.  The Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee will consider new amendments to the city’s medical marijuana code Tuesday night.

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Pot Ruling Prompts Revision of Dispensary Ban
Daily Dose 2010-10-13

Pot Ruling Prompts Revision of Dispensary Ban

COSTA MESA – – A recent appeals court decision that cities should not invoke federal law as grounds for banning medical marijuana dispensaries has prompted Costa Mesa to revise its ban on the facilities. The Planning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend a revision of the ban to the City Council. The new ordinance would state that the city has never sought prosecution of medical marijuana dispensaries and “does not intend to do so in the future.” However, it would leave misdemeanor and infraction penalties in place, even though the Fourth District Court of Appeal frowned on criminalizing dispensaries “solely on the basis” of medical marijuana activities.

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Orange County Prepares for Possible Approval of Prop. 19
Daily Dose 2010-09-22

Orange County Prepares for Possible Approval of Prop. 19

Supervisors Shawn Nelson and John Moorlach voted against the moratorium, leaving it short of the four votes it needed. Moorlach said there was no urgency for county officials to issue a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, because nobody has asked for the required special use permit. Supervisor Patricia Bates said she was worried about not having a plan in place by Jan. 1 if voters approve Proposition 19. “I don’t want to turn people away and then get lawsuits,” Bates said.

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Palm Springs Marijuana Collective Grows Quickly
Daily Dose 2010-09-22

Palm Springs Marijuana Collective Grows Quickly

One of three legal medical marijuana dispensaries in Palm Springs has grown to more than 1,300 members, despite being in business for less than three months.

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Making The City Attorney Account For Erroneous Legal Information
Daily Dose 2010-09-21

Making The City Attorney Account For Erroneous Legal Information

Long Beach allows medical-marijuana collectives to operate within city limits. For a very heavy price. If I’m not mistaken, the heaviest price in the country. Ironically, the price is heaviest on the smallest collectives. In fiscal terms, our City treats collectives with as few as four (4) members exactly the same as a collective with 500 members.

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Long Beach Holds Lottery For Medical Marijuana Collective Permits
Daily Dose 2010-09-21

Long Beach Holds Lottery For Medical Marijuana Collective Permits

LONG BEACH – The dreams of 11 medical marijuana collectives went up in smoke Monday afternoon. The collectives will be forced to close after they lost a lottery held Monday in the City Council chamber at City Hall. The lottery is part of the permitting process established under Long Beach’s new medical marijuana law and determined which collectives can move forward to the next stage in the process. Thirty-two out of 43 collectives that had submitted permit applications will do just that, although for some, the lottery was just a formality.

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Mieko's Response to Bill 258 Supported by California Senators Diane Feinstein & Barber Boxer
Daily Dose 2010-07-28

Mieko's Response to Bill 258 Supported by California Senators Diane Feinstein & Barber Boxer

The Senate is awaiting a vote on a bill that would double penalties for any edible products combined with medical marijuana in California and other states that provide relief for patients. S. 258, the Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act, was introduced by Sen. Diane Feinstein and is using a media scare about “candy flavored methamphetamine” to attack medical marijuana patients and providers.

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