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local group of teenagers want their town to be proactive when it comes to marijuana use. tonight they are having their proposal heard by the city council. k-i-m-t news three’s brian tabick is getting a chance to look at the drafted resolution and has the story. xxx on the scene marijuana dispensing-pkg-1 lowerthird2line:proposed marijuana resolution garner, ia natural sound the g-h-v teen council is working to restrict marijuana use in garner. nat or quick sot tyler kumsher and the council have been to the iowa capitol to talk with lawmakers…to night they presented their resolution to the city council. marijuana dispensing-llpkg-3 the thc levels have skyrocketed it’s been genetically modified to no longer be the drugs that used to be and so that’s something that really surprised me marijuana dispensing-llpkg-7 the draft resolution looks to keep despensaries and growing operations out of their town by completely eliminating the sale and purchase of the drug as well as public use. natural sound as drafted – the restrictions get more complicated if the state prohibits the banning of the marijuana facilities to certain zones like they have done with fireworks. we want to have a plan set in place and what it will look like in garner so you’ll have hopefully have some restrictions in garner to be able to like zone dispensaries mayor kenton mick says this discussion isn’t new, it started in 2014, but with iowa’s first medical marijuana facility being constructed and medical marijuana ready to distribute by december first, the city wants to stay ahead of the curve. marijuana dispensing-llpkg-4 often times things happen so quickly then it’s

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SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. — 

Authorities seize 727 illegal marijuana plants,79.77 pounds of processed marijuana, and a gun in latest Siskiyou County drug raid.

On Tuesday, the Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team (SIMIT) conducted the drug bust on an illegal marijuana grow site located on Marlin Drive and Carp St. in the Klamath River Country Estates.

Law enforcement seized 727 illegal marijuana plants worth approximately $8.7 million retail illegal drug market out-of-state, 79.77 pounds of processed marijuana worth about $319,080.00 retail illegal drug market out-of-state, and a 20-gauge shot gun.

Two adults (male and female), an 18-year-old male, and a baby were found in the property at the time of the raid.

The male and female were arrested and charged with child endangerment, the child was taken to Child Protective Services.

The male suspect was also charged for illegally growing marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.

All were arrested and booked in the Siskiyou County Jail.

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click to enlarge Photo by David Downs Harborside CEO Steve DeAngelo checks ID on Jan. 1, 2018.

Occasionally, readers send us their questions about cannabis. This week, we tackled one about medical marijuana cards.

Dear Legalization Nation,

If I have a county-issued medical cannabis ID card, is it legal for a dispensary to insist that I give them a copy of my doctor’s recommendation letter? The manager of a dispensary said that it is a legal requirement for them to have a copy of my recommendation letter. I went online to try to find where it is written. Alas, I couldn’t find any such thing. What I did find is an either/or situation where the law says that one or the other is required.

Thanks!

M.

Dear M, 

You’re totally correct — a valid state medical marijuana ID card is the gold standard for admittance into a medical club. A doctor’s recommendation is far more common and usually sufficient. But everyone is confused because it’s confusing, especially since commercial recreational sales began on Jan. 1.

Most people used to get a doctor’s “recommendation” (not a prescription) to buy marijuana. These cards usually expired in one year and cost anywhere from $30 to $100. It often came on a sheet of paper with an embossed seal, as well as on a pocket-sized card. This “recommendation,” plus a driver’s license, was required to walk into a dispensary.

What almost no one had, or has, is the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Medical Marijuana Identification Card. Only 6,172 people — in a state of 38 million — got the more formal state ID card in 2017. That’s because it isn’t mandatory, and it’s a total pain to get.

To get the state’s Medical Marijuana Identification Card, you need to: 1)

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A routine traffic stop in Milford led to the confiscation of four pounds of marijuana.

New York State Police in Oneonta pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation on I-88 in Milford on May 19, according to a media release.

An investigation by the troopers and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team seized the marijuana and approximately $3,500 in cash.

Javice L. Lawrence, 33, Ronnie T. Smith, 42, and Toshaun J. Guthrie, 39, all from the Albany area, were arrested on the charges of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class D felony.

They were arraigned in the Town of Hartwick Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail.

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JUNEAU, Alaska — When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men.

The lack of diversity struck the then-college student, who remembers feeling out of place but also determined to make her mark.

“That feeling just really stuck with me that this isn’t going to last. This is going to shift in my lifetime, and I want to be part of that,” said the San Francisco-based Schumacher, who in 2014 co-founded THC Staffing Group, a recruitment firm that encourages a more diverse cannabis industry workforce.

As marijuana has become more mainstream, Schumacher has seen a gradual shift, with more women working in the industry. Women-centric groups focused on networking or providing a space for women curious about cannabis have proliferated, too.

But cannabis remains a male-dominated industry. How much so is unclear because the legal marijuana industry is so new. Since just nine states have broad legalization, there isn’t much data on the so-called grass ceiling for women or minorities in leadership roles.

One of those states, Massachusetts, plans a study breaking down license holders by race and gender and looking at possible barriers to getting into the industry. Licensing in that state is expected to start this summer.

The trade publication Marijuana Business Daily surveyed 567 senior executives, company founders and those with ownership stakes in marijuana businesses, and found the percentage of women in executive roles fell from 36 percent in 2015 to 27 percent in 2017. One possible reason: The executive structure of more mainstream businesses, where men hold most senior-level positions, is seeping into the industry, said Eli McVey, an analyst with the publication.

One way to boost investment in women- and minority-owned businesses is through

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When California released its latest marijuana industry regulations on Friday, the response from cannabis businesses in the state was largely muted.

This perhaps indicates that the most disruptive changes are farther down the road before the rules are finalized later this year.

“That first step that Neil Armstrong took on the moon, everybody noticed, but by step No. 43, nobody really cared anymore,” joked Hezekiah Allen, the executive director of the California Growers Association.

“We’re sort of there. Everything to do with cannabis is a little exciting, but this is just one foot in front of the other, to be honest.”

California’s marijuana regulators made several noteworthy updates, according to legislative advocate Max Mikalonis of Sacramento-based K Street Consulting, which tracks state MJ policy closely.

He called the updates “business-friendly.”

“Generally, we’re very positive about what happened,” Mikalonis said. “The regulators have been listening … to the concerns raised by the industry.”

The updated rules came from the three agencies that oversee the California MJ industry: The Bureau of Cannabis Control governs retailers, distributors, testing labs and microbusinesses; the Department of Food and Agriculture regulates licensed growers; and the Department of Public Health governs edibles makers and manufacturers.

Highlighted changes

Perhaps the biggest news Friday was that a policy already in effect now is likely to be permanent, Mikalonis said.

Under the emergency industry rules issued last November, companies that hold medical licenses (dubbed “M” for short) were allowed to do business with those that held only adult-use permits (“A” for short).

“I can’t overestimate how big of a deal that would have been if that change had not been made permanent,” Mikalonis said.

That regulation allows for a unified supply chain so that nobody along the line has to arbitrarily decide if products need to be only “A” or “M” – except

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VALPARAISO — Marijuana was not among the top concerns of most of the sheriffs from northern Indiana who gathered Tuesday morning for a roundtable discussion at the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.

But the potential of the drug being legalized in the state did concern many of them.

“We are opening a window we can’t shut,” said Warren County Sheriff Bill Miller.

Miller claimed the legalization of marijuana in other states has fueled public safety and criminal problems.

State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, told the group that they are in the minority on the issue.

Polls place up to 65 percent of the public squarely behind the legalization of marijuana, which puts lawmakers under pressure as representatives of the public, he said.

While Soliday said he and other lawmakers are doing what they can to educate themselves on the issue — including a trip to marijuana-friendly Colorado by Soliday for an educational seminar — the drug is still illegal at the federal level, which is preventing scientific research.

Public perception of the drug as being nothing more than a “feel good” substance is winning the day, the group said.

“We are losing the PR war on marijuana,” said state Rep. Jack Jordan, R-Bremen.

St. Joseph County Sheriff Michael Grzegorek warned that opiates were originally billed as safe and have now become one of the top concerns facing by law enforcement around the state.

Jails are not mental health facilities

In addition to the continued challenges involving drugs, the sheriffs said Tuesday they are being increasingly pulled away from their usual duties to transport mental health patients.

LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd said his officers have driven

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The NYPD has been told to stop arresting people for using marijuana in public in New York City  Business InsiderDe Blasio to NYPD: stop arresting New Yorkers smoking marijuana on street  The GuardianMayor, Police Union Split on Summons for Marijuana  Wall Street JournalN.Y. State Supreme Court – NY County – Criminal Branch – Unified Court System  Unified Court SystemNYC Mayor de Blasio tells police to end arrests for marijuana smoking  CNNFull coverage

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