Columbus changing zoning laws for medical marijuana growers – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Ohio’s capital city is opening its arms to medical marijuana growers. The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2qZUxvy ) Columbus is changing zoning laws to accommodate cannabis cultivators and has already signed off on six businesses seeking approval from Ohio to obtain one of the state’s 24 medical marijuana grow licenses. A city zoning officials says Columbus plans to allow indoor grow …

Attorney plans lawsuit to allow for smoking of medical pot – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

The Florida Legislature’s passage of a bill to enact the state’s constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana has ended one chapter in the battle over setting up regulations for the nascent industry. But pro-pot supporters say it doesn’t go far enough. Once Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill, the principal backer of getting the amendment on last year’s …

Hemp oil supplier changes Kansas formulation after seizure – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

The owner of a Missouri hemp oil supplier says he’s making a special product line for Kansas after police seized the supply of a retailer because it contained trace amounts of the high-inducing agent in marijuana. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2r9mHIu ) reports that CBD American Shaman owner Vince Sanders says he hopes the move will appease law enforcement. Industrial …

Gov. Scott: 'I absolutely will sign' medical marijuana bill – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he “absolutely” intends to sign the medical marijuana bill passed Friday by the state Legislature. After the original legislation fell apart on the final day of the regular session last month, the chambers approved the bill during the final day of the special session. The House passed it 103-9 before the Senate voted 29-6. The …

Dazed and confused about marijuana in Morro Bay? This city forum may help – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Morro Bay residents wanting to learn more about marijuana-related issues in their city — including whether it should allow dispensaries and other businesses — are encouraged to attend a community forum next week. The event begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Morro Bay Veterans Hall at 209 Surf St. Participants will be able to ask the City Council and …

Medical marijuana dispensaries, patients wait through delays – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Medical marijuana dispensaries are beginning to open in Hawaii, but they’re not allowed to sell their products. Instead, the leafy medicinal greens they’ve harvested are sitting on a shelf unsold because nearly a year after dispensaries were legally allowed to open, the state has not yet certified any labs to run required safety tests. That means dispensaries such as Aloha …

Los Angeles releases draft marijuana business regulations – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Los Angeles moved Thursday to bring order to its emerging legal marijuana industry, proposing rules for how and where the fragrant buds will be grown and sold while driving out rogue operators. There will be no swaying fields of bright green pot plants along the Hollywood Freeway — businesses will only be allowed to grow indoors. Dispensaries would be kept …

Colorado marijuana market funds busts of illegal growers – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

The first recreational pot market in the U.S. was set Thursday to notch another marijuana first when Colorado approves using marijuana taxes to fund police efforts to crack down on illegal growing operations. A measure scheduled to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper sets aside nearly $6 million a year in Colorado marijuana tax revenue to reimburse police …

Los Angeles releasing draft marijuana business regulations – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Los Angeles officials are releasing proposed regulations for governing the emerging commercial marijuana industry in the city. The release Thursday sets in motion a 60-day public comment period prior to further action by the City Council. Councilmember Paul Koretz says release of the draft ordinance is a crucial step to prepare for the Jan. 1 statewide legalization of cannabis. The …

SLO County has a housing crisis. Two supervisors have a $5 million plan to help – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

On June 12, the Board of Supervisors will demonstrate its values and vision for San Luis Obispo County as we begin our annual ritual of setting the budget for the next fiscal year. The choices we make will be telling. The most pressing issue, of the greatest moral urgency, is housing. Will we actually take action on the housing catastrophe …

Legislature back on path to passing medical marijuana bill – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Florida legislators are back on a path to passing a bill for enacting the state’s constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana. Gov. Rick Scott added medical marijuana to the agenda for the special legislative session that began Wednesday after lawmakers reached a compromise on key elements. The House’s Health & Human Services Committee passed it on Wednesday night. …

Legislature reaches agreement on medical marijuana bill – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Florida legislators agreed Wednesday on a framework for enacting the state’s constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana. Gov. Rick Scott added medical marijuana to the agenda for the special legislative session that began Wednesday. Lawmakers have reached a compromise on key elements including how many retail dispensaries a treatment center could open and whether cannabis would be subject …

Suit hits city's restrictions on recreational pot growers – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

A lawsuit filed against a California city claims an ordinance makes it unreasonably difficult and expensive for adult residents to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use under the state’s voter-approved Proposition 64. The American Civil Liberties Union of California and the Drug Policy Alliance sued Monday in San Bernardino County Superior Court, seeking to bar Fontana from …

Legislature still debating medical marijuana legislation – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Simmering frustration with the Florida Legislature’s inability to agree on a framework for the state’s constitutional amendment expanding medical marijuana could build if it’s not addressed at this week’s special session. Gov. Rick Scott called the session that begins Wednesday because of an ongoing feud over the state budget. Although observers expected medical marijuana to be added to the agenda, …

Powerful new opioids, overdose deaths worry EU drug agency – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

cristina st. germain San Luis Obispo County

Potent new synthetic opioids that mimic the effects of heroin and morphine are a growing health threat in the European Union, the bloc’s drug agency said Tuesday. The Lisbon-based European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction also expressed concern in its annual report about a rise in drug overdose deaths in 2016 for the third consecutive year. Young people …