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California: 6 Board Members of ReformCA Endorse Adult Use of Marijuana Act

In the wake of a majority of the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR) agreeing to vote to withdraw its own measure (known as “ReformCA”), six members of the CCPR Board on Tuesday immediately announced their endorsement of the recently-amended statewide ballot measure known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) to control, regulate and tax marijuana.

Those endorsing AUMA include:

· David Bronner, CEO of North America’s top-selling brand of natural soaps
· Nate Bradley, executive director, California Cannabis Industry Association
· Stacia Cosner, deputy director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
· Neill Franklin, executive director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
· Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Latino Voters League and the William C. Velasquez Institute in Los Angeles AND
· Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam University in Oakland

In addition, Dr. Larry Bedard, former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, has agreed to withdraw as an official co-proponent of the ReformCA measure and instead support AUMA.

Over the weekend, a majority of the CCPR Board formally agreed to vote to withdraw the ReformCA measure from the ballot qualification process.

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California: Marijuana Legalization Supporters Split Up, Threaten Separate Initiatives

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

With legalization seemingly a near-certainty coming down the pike in California, there’s a lot of excitement in the air. And the smell of money has joined the aroma of cannabis, stoking the excitement to a fever pitch. But there’s a fly in that medicated ointment.

Inspired by successes in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, activists are hungrily eyeing California, the biggest prize of all in the recreational legalization sweepstakes, reports Dennis Romero at the L.A. Weekly.

Legalization fell short in the Golden State in 2010 with Proposition 19, and that sad outcome could see a repeat if multiple initiatives compete against each other to qualify, and if two or more reach the ballot and face off against each other.

What was supposed to be the unifying initiative — ReformCA, from the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform — was the intended vehicle for all the big players in California cannabis politics to support; they almost pulled it off, too.

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California: Gov. Jerry Brown Says Little, Does Lots On Medical Marijuana Regulation

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

California voters legalized medical marijuana via Prop 19 back in 1996, but in the almost two decades that have followed, state politicians have either criticized the state’s cannabis trade or ignored it.

But with the Legislature now crafting rules to govern the medicinal cannabis industry, Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown looks to be the most powerful man in the state when it comes to that industry’s future, reports Chris Roberts at SF Weekly.

Back when Gov. Brown was mayor of Oakland, that city became the first in the state (closely followed by San Francisco) to regulate the nascent medical marijuana trade. That city crafted its rules back in 2004, but the rule-making process had become deadlocked, with nobody able to agree on the number of dispensaries allowed in the city — until Mayor Brown entered the room.

There would be four dispensaries, Brown said, and then rattled off what would become Oakland’s precedent-setting dispensary ordinance, before abruptly exiting the meeting.

“He said, ‘Here’s what you need to do,’ — and then he left the room,” said Dale Sky Jones, chairwoman of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, a group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana on California’s 2016 ballot.

coalition for cannabis policy reform California: 6 Board Members of ReformCA Endorse Adult Use of Marijuana Act In the wake of a majority of the Board of Directors for the Coalition for

Coalition for cannabis policy reform

Eleven states plus Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana. Three of those 11 states are in the Northeast — Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine. The political makeup of these three states is very similar to Maryland, but for some reason we are not able to pass this crucial and progressive legislation.Read more.

Maryland 2020 legislative session begins; Cannabis Policy Lobby Day February 4

The General Assembly kicks off its 90-day 2020 legislative session today! To recap, the marijuana legalization workgroup met during the off-session and came to the consensus that they would not recommend legislation to legalize marijuana for adult use this session. However, the legislature could now be on track to seriously consider legalization in 2021. Keep up the pressure by emailing your legislators and asking them to legalize cannabis for adult use.Although legalization is unlikely in 2020,…

Media Advisory: MPP Releases Voter Guide for MD Gubernatorial Election

Cannabis Policy Reform Advocates Release Report Card Grading Candidates for Governor in Maryland Candidate scores based on responses to questionnaire, bill sponsorship, and public statements ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) released a voter guide Monday that grades Maryland gubernatorial candidates strictly on their positions and statements about cannabis policy. The report contains letter grades for each person running in Maryland’s Democratic Primary for governor in June…

Press Release: Goucher Poll Finds 58% Support for Making Cannabis Legal in Maryland

Goucher Poll Finds 58% of Marylanders Support Making Cannabis Legal, Up From 54% in 2016 and 52% in 2015 Statement below from the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition BALTIMORE — A Goucher College poll released early Monday morning shows a strong and growing majority of Marylanders think it is time to end cannabis prohibition. The survey of 776 Maryland residents found 58% support making cannabis legal, up from 54% in 2016 and 52% in 2016. Just 36% are opposed, down from 39% in 2016 and 44%…

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