Dents in Mexico’s Prohibition

Dents in Mexico’s Prohibition

Pro-Pot Court Ruling Leads to Cannabis Possession and Cultivation Permits for Four Mexicans Dramatic transformation in cannabis policy is a safe prediction for 2016 not only for the U.S., but for our neighbors to the North and South as well. Canada’s newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a mandate letter to his Attorney General in November that directs her to “create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.” In contrast,…

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BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

The biggest state’s rights battle since slavery is going on in America right now, and it’s still all about freedom. Four states have legalized and 23 states plus Guam have adopted medical cannabis laws. None of those places have accessible banking services for these legal operations. Imagine leaving work with your weekly or monthly wages in a bundle of cash in your pocket. Imagine needing to pay $100,000 per quarter to your state in employee…

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Status Quo Grow

Status Quo Grow

The California state legislature stirred things up recently when they passed four cannabis bills, consequently signed into law by our governor. This sent local jurisdictions (county and city) planning commissions on a fast track to complete local cannabis laws by the March 1, 2016 deadline for permits, inspections, zoning for indoor and outdoor grows, allowed plant count, water use plans, TINs (tax identification numbers), dispensaries sales, otherwise “the state would be the sole licensing authority…

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Ask An Attorney

Ask An Attorney

This is the cozy holiday time of year where farmers everywhere put the same thing on their Xmas List: to move their product. Sounds simple enough, but the problem lies in the risk.  What can a member of the cannabis industry do to lessen their risk?  Well, until we have not only clear guidelines from the State of California, but also permits and licenses to back them up, anyone who distributes, transports, or “traffics” cannabis…

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The ABC’s of Cannabis

The ABC’s of Cannabis

Alcohol prohibition in the United States was supposed to improve health, reduce crime and solve many social problems. Instead, it was an abject failure. See any similarities to the war on cannabis? When the 18th Amendment was repealed in 1933, the United States alcohol industry (beer, wine and spirits) was in shambles. Thousands of moonshiners and bootleggers produced a product that was either high quality or could poison you. Most of the liquor was manufactured…

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Seasons Ending: Change is in the Air

Seasons Ending: Change is in the Air

It’s that time of year when we are almost finished, and we can’t help but think of what our season will look like next year. SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT AB266 It’s time for the cannabis community to come out of the shadows and into the light.  While California may become a legalized state next year, right now regulation of our medicine has been changed.  With AB 266, we have no more proposition 215 “The Compassionate Use…

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Ask An Attorney

Ask An Attorney

Kathleen Bryson is here to answer your legal questions. Send your questions to, kbesq@sbcglobal.net Question:  “If I am caught by law-enforcement at a grow operation, what is the best thing to say – or not to say – to the police? What rights should I be aware of?” Answer: When captured by the enemy: only give them your name, rank and serial number. After that, if you become a Prisoner Of War (“POW”), no matter if…

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Interview with the Rule of Law

Interview with the Rule of Law

Cannabis Crackles A few days ago, illuminated only by the light of a series of candles in the furthest, most ominous nook of the the Emerald’s new Eureka office, The Rule of Law was kind enough to join me for an in depth interview about their controversial policies, their knack for profiteering, and the fact that a concept has been made flesh and bone. I sat eagerly awaiting The Rule of Law’s arrival for about…

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Ask An Attorney

Ask An Attorney

Kathleen Bryson answers your legal questions. Question: In light of the law enforcement raids at Island Mountain, what should a cannabis farmer do (or not do) as they attempt to navigate forward in the industry? Answer: I have spoken to, read Facebook posts of, and seen texts and e-mails from farmers who are, quite rightfully, more than a little concerned. Many of these cannabis folk were slowly — or swiftly — getting on the bandwagon…

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