Riverside's STAR TREK MJ Ordinance + Voter Guides


bosstartresk4-page-001.jpgRiverside County to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Riverside County is about to take another big semi- step toward implementing regulations for cannabis businesses in its unincorporated areas with a hearing by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

open_for_cannabis_biz.pngEnacting the business provisions allowed for in Prop. 64, the 62 page ordinance covers everything from cultivation to sales with a complex licensing system, bureaucratic regulations and a financing program that is so byzantine that the County still has no idea what it will look like, how it will operate and what it will even do.

hoops.jpgIn many ways the ordinance is a boiler-plate repetition of the various licensing and regulation schemes already enacted in about a third of California’s counties and cities. Lots of hoops to jump through but not any more onerous than those found in most other ordinances.

One of the more controversial provisions is over where marijuana can be cultivated. Large rural areas that are designated rural residential and rural agricultural are being denied the right to commercially cultivate. A lot of people with large amounts of acreage feel this is wrong and negatively impacts their ability to earn a living and even more importantly the value of their land. This will be one of the sections that will be hotly contested at the October 23 BOS hearing.

As I have discussed in previous emails what makes the Riverside County cannabis ordinance different in a major way from ALL other cannabis business ordinances in California is it money-raising provisions. Rather than utilizing a license and tax system that is used by every other city and county currently allowing cannabis businesses, the Riverside County ordinance calls for a Developer’s Agreement.

female-pile-of-paperwork.jpgA Development Agreement requires Riverside County to make a separate agreement with each applicant for a marijuana license whether it is for cultivation, manufacture or distribution. There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter Development Agreement - a separate and unique agreement with each cultivator, manufacturer and retailer must be created.

Politicians love Developer Agreements as they impose a “community benefit fee” which is not considered a tax and does not need a vote of the people which would be required by Prop. 218 if it was a tax.

walk_talk_tax.jpgSince any kind of assessment based on sales is a tax, the multi-million dollar question then is how do you use a Developer Agreement to get money if you cannot impose a tax? If the “fee” looks like a tax, walks like a tax and smells like a tax then it is a tax and bypassing a vote by calling a tax a “community benefit fee” or any other name is forbidden by Prop. 218.

This is why there is not a single Developer Agreement model being used anywhere in California for any municipality that is licensing anything more than just a couple dispensaries. Stanislaus County is the only other county that is trying to use a Developer’s Agreement but after close to a year trying to make it work, the County still has no working model of what a “community benefit fee” will be or more importantly what the “base rate” (how much businesses will pay) will be.

Neither does Riverside County. What will happen on Tuesday, Oct. 23 is that if the BOS approves the ordinance then the County will begin a study to determine what the “community benefit fee” and “base rate” will be. This “community benefit fee” is no small appendage to the ordinance. It is the heart and soul of the ordinance and what the “community benefit fee” and “base rate” is and how it is implemented will be the major determinant if the ordinance succeeds or fails.

Palm Desert, a city of 48,000, will vote on a cannabis business tax on Nov. 6. It is estimated to take in about $5.5 million in taxes each year. Unincorporated Riverside County has a population of approximately 360,000 or seven times the size of Palm Desert. If Riverside Co. taxed cannabis businesses at the same rate as Palm Desert, the County would take in over $38 million dollars a year. Can a community benefit fee bring in an equal amount?

Maybe we have a very unusual situation here in that the Riverside Co. BOS realizes that cannabis is so critical for the health and welfare of the community that consumers should not have to pay high taxes for this product. BTW the sun is coming up in the west tomorrow.

leach_2.jpgAccording to an email I received from Charissa Leach, assistant director of Riverside County’s Transportation and Land Management agency, the community benefit fee “determination will be made if and after the Board approves the Ordinance.  If the Board approves a contract with HdL Consultants (a private consulting firm) and if the Board approves the Ordinance it will be effective 60-days after approval.  During those 60-days we will be working with HdL to determine the Base Rate.”.

bad_word.jpgHere’s where it gets really weird. As if using the word “business” is verboten when applied to cannabis, Ms. Leach used the word “project” instead of “business” when referring to an individual cannabis business writing “each project will propose how they will contribute to the community that they are impacting, working with the community and the County to come up with a negotiated Additional Public Benefit.  It is intended that this Additional Public Benefit will be negotiated on a project specific basis, looking at the community where the project is located and the needs of that community.”

business_paperwork.jpgCould you even begin to imagine the complexity, volumes of paperwork and bureaucratic entanglements that would be involved if every business in Riverside County had to go through the above in order to obtain a business license – business activity would grind to a halt!

A Developer’s Agreement is a guaranteed full employment program for lawyers. Applied to an entire industry and not to just a very singular and unusual business activity (which is what Developer Agreements were created for) is absurd, unworkable and just plain bizarre. Makes one wonder what the BOS have been drinking.

I have no idea how much money Riverside County is paying HdL to “invent the wheel,” but it will be interesting to see if the taxpayers get their money’s worth and HdL can find a way for Riverside County to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

If the BOS approves the ordinance on Oct. 23, then it goes into effect on Dec. 24. Will HdL be able to "invent the wheel" in that 60 day period? It really would be great if they can, but holdings one's breath could be hazardous to your health. If they can't come up with a workable Developer's Agreement, then the ordinance will not go into effect and the ban on commercial marijuana businesses will remain in effect.

Not to be conspiratorial, but most of the members of the BOS were opposed to Prop. 64 even though the majority of Riverside County voters approved Prop. 64 and rightfully expect it to be fully implemented including allowing cannabis businesses to operate. Perhaps some of the BOS members have championed the Developer Agreement model knowing full well that it would fail thereby thwarting one of the major components of Prop. 64.  They could still claim that they were doing their best to implement its commercial business provisions and they are sincerely sorry that it didn't work out and the ban is still in effect.

If you want to read the ordinance and the hundreds of pages of staff reports, implementation processes, policies and all the other assorted bureaucratic folderol, CLICK HERE.

riverside_co_admins_bldg.jpgIf you want to see what the fuss is all about, make a 3 minute presentation to the BOS of your opinion on the ordinance and witness real live BOS reefer madness, then mark your calendar for the Riverside County BOS meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at Riverside County Administration Center at 4080 Lemon St, Riverside, CA 92501.

speak_meet.gifThe meeting starts at 9 a.m. but consideration of the ordinance is listed on the agenda for 10:30 a.m. It is possible the BOS may limit the number of speakers they will put up with, so if you want to testify, you might want to get there considerably earlier than 10:30 a.m. to sign up.

 VOTE.jpgCannabis Voting Guides


Mail-In-Ballot.jpgFor those voting by mail ballot in California, you should have received your ballot by now. If you have not already received it, you should in the next couple days. If you don’t have it by Monday, better contact your county registrar of voters to find out why you haven’t.

Excellent California voter guides have been issued by CaNORML and the Drug Policy Alliance. CaNORML has tailored the guide to the district in which you live. To get CaNORML’s voter guide customized for your area CLICK HERE. To get DPA’s more generalized voter guide, CLICK HERE.

mj_bill.pngCannabis’s success in the 2018 California legislature was more negative than positive. With Gov. Brown vetoing quite a few of the bills that passed, the record was even more dismal.

Even worse has been our success on the local level with the majority of city councils and county boards refusing to implement ordinances to allow cannabis businesses and passing bans on outdoor personal cultivation.

clout.jpgThe depressing record can be laid at the feet of the relative lack of clout cannabis businesses and consumers have on our elected officials whether on the state or local level. We need to do better in 2019. Who is elected to office makes a big difference – so check out the voter guides and then vote – your vote does make a difference. Get your family, friends, co-workers and the curmudgeon down the street to vote too – all your votes really make a difference.



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YES! Defacto Grow Ban Goes to IE Court plus MAPP speakers


no_grow-page-001.jpgYour Right to Cultivate

Hangs in the Balance

As permitted by the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and some allege the Calif. Supreme Court decision in Riverside vs. Inland Empire Heath and Wellness Center, many cities banned all medical marijuana cultivation indoor as well as outdoor. The passage of Prop. 64 put an end to that as it gave all residents 21 and over the right to cultivate up to 6 plants.

Prop. 64 does allow cities to ban outdoor cultivation but penalizes cities that do by denying them any state money from the billion plus dollars the state is supposed to take in from taxes and license fees. That has not kept cities and counties from banning outdoor cultivation, but then again the state has not yet started distributing and hence denying money to municipalities that have passed outdoor bans. We have yet to see how many outdoor bans will fall when money is denied to those that have outdoor bans in place.

However, Prop. 64 does allow cities to enact "reasonable" regulations on indoor cultivation. Reasonable is in the eye of the grower and many cities have enacted regulations that they consider reasonable but that many personal cultivators would consider so onerous and burdensome that they amount to a defacto ban.

fontana_council_2_rec.jpgCiting everything under the sun from crime to children to odors, the Fontana City Council enacted regulations requiring permitting fees of over $400, allowing police, fire and code inspectors to inspect a homeowner’s premises at any time, enacting elaborate and expensive code requirements and more.

dpaaclu-page-001.jpgTo put an end to these defacto bans, the Drug Policy Alliance, the major big league player behind Prop. 64, decided to initiate an action against the city of Fontana and along with the ACLU took the recalcitrant city to court. They needed to find a person who lived in Fontana that would like to grow their own marijuana but found the regulations so overly burdensome that they chose not to exercise their right to grow.

They found Mike Harris.

mike_harris_edit.pngA retired ironworker and RN, Mike is a long time marijuana activist. He has attended and spoken at many local government hearings, attends MAPP meetings regularly, is an active member of the Human Solution which provides court support to people charged with marijuana law violations and showed up and cheered me on at my trial for my alleged push of reefer mad drug warrior Paul Chabot. (I was found not guilty and eventually sued Chabot for false arrest which I won.)

With Mike as their poster-child plaintiff, the ACLU filed suit against Fontana alleging that the regulations are onerous and unreasonable. Over the last year, motions have been filed, discovery requested and a passel full of other court procedures undertaken in preparation for a hearing.

sb_court.jpgThe groundwork has been laid and now the first hearing in the precedent setting case has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5 at 8:30 a.m. in San Bernardino Superior Court courtroom S26 at 247 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino CA 92415. This is an open hearing so anyone can attend. It would be most excellent to pack the courtroom with supporters.

It seems kind of fitting that this precedent setting defacto ban cultivation case takes place in the Inland Empire as the precedent setting case on whether cities can ban medical marijuana dispensaries under their zoning ordinances took place in the IE as well. Hopefully the outcome will be better than what happened in the dispensary case.

Since the DPA and the ACLU have retained a team of lawyers from O’Melveny and Meyers, one of the largest and most respected law firms in California, a favorable outcome is far more likely than the dispensary case.

prop_64_ca_flag.pngHistory will be made in this courtroom as this is a precedent setting case defending Prop. 64's provisions allowing people to grow their own. This lawsuit will eventually affect every city and county in the state that has passed defacto bans on personal indoor marijuana cultivation. Whichever side loses in this first hearing will appeal the decision. It is expected that this case will eventually wind up in the state Supreme Court, but that will take at least a year and possibly two.

In the meantime you are encouraged to attend the hearing on Friday, Oct. 5. It would be beneficial for us to fill every seat in the court room – justice may be blind but the judge isn’t and seeing a court room packed with citizens concerned about their right to cultivate marijuana is bound to have some kind of influence.

Once again the hearing will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 at 8:30 a.m. in San Bernardino Superior Court courtroom S26 at 247 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino CA 92415.

Mike will be the guest speaker at the MAPP meeting on Wed. Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Moreno Valley and is also the featured guest on the radio show Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense. Information on attending the meeting and listening to the radio show can be found below.


October MAPP meetings

Great Speakers mean Great Meetings

Mike Harris Fights Fontana’s Defacto Cultivation Ban

Ruth Hill and the Cannabis Nurse Navigator


silicone_pipe.jpgThe October MAPP meetings are really extra special with speakers you will want to meet and hear. Plus we will be giving away two of those new-fangled unbreakable take them anywhere silicone ganja pipes at each MAPP meeting.

Hear and Meet Mike Harris at Moreno Valley MAPP meeting

Wed. Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Moreno Valley MAPP meeting – You read all about Mike and the upcoming hearing on defacto cultivation bans – now meet and hear him in person. You can even have your picture taken with him. Meeting is at the Greenview Medical Clinic, 22275 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley, CA 92553

ruth_hill.jpgRN and Cannabis Columnist Ruth Hill to speak at Palm Springs and Joshua Tree MAPP meetings.

There are pediatric nurses, oncologist nurses, hospice nurses and nurse for almost every specific medical therapy and now welcome to the 21st Century and the Cannabis Nurse Navigator.

With medical literature on marijuana growing by leaps and bounds, public recognition of its health and medical benefits soaring and with 29 states passing laws allowing the legal use of cannabis for medical reasons, the need for a nursing workforce well versed in the many ways marijuana can be used medicinally is more important than ever.

RN Ruth Hill will explain the role of the Cannabis Nurse Navigator in the modern health care system, how this new health specialty came to be, what services a Cannabis Nurse Navigator provides and how this can be of benefit to people everywhere.

Ruth brings over 50 years in nursing from a multitude of settings including hospice, palliative care and executive management in the home health industry. She has worked in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, Arizona, California, and the 97th General Hospital in Frankfort Germany. Ruth spent the last seventeen years in hospice and palliative care most recently in Coachella Valley, CA.

An entrepreneur having started a six-bed residential facility for the elderly, consultant for home health agencies and educating clients on palliative care all providing an effective segue into cannabis for symptom management.

am_can_nurse_assoc.jpgRuth is a writer of poetry and essays on numerous medical topics of the day. She writes on a variety of marijuana issues for the Coachella Valley Weekly and is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association, the Oncology Nursing Society and the American Cannabis Nurses Association as well as membership in The Palm Springs Writers Guild and the Rancho Mirage WordKeepers.

Meet, hear and converse with Ruth at both the Palm Springs and Joshua Tree MAPP meetings.

Saturday, October 6 at 12 noon – Palm Springs/Coachella Valley MAPP meeting - Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon, downtown Palm Springs CA 92262

Saturday, October 6 at 3 p.m. – Joshua Tree/Morongo Basin MAPP meeting - The Beatnik Café, 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree CA 92252.

milk_and_cookies_by_drawingalchemist4.jpgIn addition to having a chance to win a cool silicone pipe, there will be a delectable assortment of cookies with milk and punch for all to enjoy. Bring yourself, your friends, family members and that neighbor of yours who needs to learn all about marijuana.

radio_ad.jpg radio_show.jpgDefacto Personal Marijuana Cultivation Ban Goes to Court


Hear Mike Harris tell the story of his involvement in this precedent setting case. Learn the background, Fontana’s regulatory horrors, the legal issues, the personal story and more as Mike recounts his involvement and extensive knowledge of what is about to unfold.

To hear the radio show now CLICK HERE or go to www.blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews anytime you want 24/7.


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Trumps Secret War on Marijuana + special MAPP meet


walk_don't_walk.jpgGetting mixed signals from the Trump administration is nothing new under the sun, but it so vexing, perplexing and unsettling.

In a stunning breaking news article entitled Inside The Trump Administration’s Secret War on Weed, on line news website Buzzfeed reported that the Trump administration “has secretly amassed a committee of federal agencies from across the government to combat public support for marijuana and cast state legalization measures in a negative light, while attempting to portray the drug as a national threat.”

trump_2_side-page-001.jpgShocking? Isn’t that flying in the face of what Trump has said recently about allowing states to precede with their marijuana legalization laws without federal interference? Or is it just par for the course for this President to say one thing and do another. After all Trump's equivocations are legendary and as much as we would like it, marijuana is not exempted from the rule.

As for marijuana equivocations there was the campaign rally in Reno on Oct. 29, 2015 where Trump said: “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state. Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”

TRUMP_SESSIONS.jpgBut after he was elected President he selected Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General. Sessions is an old-line drug warrior who has never seen an anti-drug bill he didn’t support and who has said that “Good people don’t smoke marijuana” and that “we need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized… that it is, in fact, a very real danger.”

cole_memo.jpgIgnoring Trump's campaign statement, Sessions put his words into action by rescinding the Obama era Cole Memo which kept the feds from enforcing federal marijuana law in states with legal distribution systems.

In support of his state’s marijuana legalization laws, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner blocked all of Trump’s Justice Department nominations until Trump rescinded Sessions’ recession of the Cole memo. Gardner’s action created a major stumbling block for Trump who is trying to stack the Dept. of Justice with new employees to sidetrack the Mueller investigation.

In order to get Gardener to rescind his hold on his nominees, Trump promised Gardner that he would respect Colorado’s laws. After a meeting with Trump, Gardner made the following statement:

cory_gardner.jpg"Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry. Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all."

With this assurance from the President, Gardner lifted his holds on Justice Department nominees.

marijuana-green-light.jpgGardner’s statement seemed to be corroborated when on June 7, 2018 reporters asked Trump about a bill introduced by Gardner and Senator Elizabeth Warren that would protect the nine states and D.C. that have legalized marijuana from any federal interference. If enacted this bill would allow businesses that sell marijuana to operate without fear of prosecution by the Justice Department.

As he was preparing to leave the White House for the Group of Seven economic summit in Canada, Trump told the reporters “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that.”

amazing-4.pngAnd that is where all things marijuana stood relating to Trump until Buzzfeed broke the story on the secretly created Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee (MPCC). To read this amazing story with all its revelations of chicanery and skullduggery CLICK HERE.

Overseen and coordinated by the Office of National Control Policy (ONDCP), the MPCC is a consortium of 14 federal agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration with a mission to submit “data demonstrating the most significant negative trends” about marijuana and the “threats” it poses to the country.

A summary of a July 27 White House meeting with department officials reads:  "The prevailing marijuana narrative in the U.S. is partial, one-sided, and inaccurate. Staff believe that if the administration is to turn the tide on increasing marijuana use there is an urgent need to message the facts about the negative impacts of marijuana use, production, and trafficking on national health, safety, and security."

ondcp.gifLet’s be clear – the ONDCP is part of the executive office of the President – it is a White House agency and this is Trump's White House. This is not AG Sessions, a disgruntled cabinet member or some reefer-mad anti-drug warrior employed by some federal agency spouting off some cockamamie fantasy. As he did to Gardner, Trump is saying one thing to mollify Republicans and others who support marijuana law reform but allowing his office to do just the opposite.

MAPP_Logo.jpgMoreno Valley Mayoral Candidate Discusses City's Marijuana Policies Moreno-Valley-logo.jpgand Local Issues at Moreno Valley MAPP Meeting Wednesday Sept. 5


denise_fleming.jpgMoreno Valley Mayoral Candidate Dr. Denise Fleming is the featured speaker at the Wednesday, September 5 meeting of the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project in Moreno Valley.

On the cusp of allowing marijuana businesses to operate, Moreno Valley will be joining a handful of other cities that are currently regulating, licensing and taxing these businesses in Riverside County. Along with other issues, Dr. Fleming will be presenting her views on how Moreno Valley should address the issues of allowing marijuana businesses to cultivate, manufacture and distribute marijuana to Moreno Valley and area residents.

Dr. Fleming is an educator and business professional currently serving on the Board of the Moreno Valley Unified School District. A veteran of Desert Storm, she has served in the United States Navy Reserves for the last ten years.

She is the Educational Chair for the Director of the African American Coalition in Moreno Valley and was the Regional Director for Region 13 for the African American Caucus. Dr. Fleming is a member of the California Women Caucus, Veteran Caucus, and Disability Caucus and is currently serving on the Riverside County Home Support Services (IHSS) Advisory Board.

She received many awards and certificates for her dedication and service to the community including “Women of Distinction Award from the California State Assembly” Woman of the Year, County of Riverside, Fifth District 2017, and “Girls Rock” for her dedication to assisting our communities.

The Wednesday, September 5 meeting of MAPP begins at 7:30 p.m. and takes place at Greenview Medical, 22275 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

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I'm RUNNING for Office + Assembly & Mayor Candidates at MAPP meets



I couldn’t think of a better place to make my formal announcement of my run for public office then in the pages of MAPP’s MarijuanaNews.org newsletter – so here it is.

I am running for a position on the Board of Director’s of the San Gorgonio Memorial Health Care District which oversees the operation of the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital and associated facilities in Banning, Beaumont, Cabazon, Cherry Valley and Whitewater. I am doing so at the urging of a significant number of local community residents, Pass Democratic Club members and quite a few folks who have been urging me to run for some kind of public office for years. So how does cannabis fit into the picture? CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE LOW DOWN.


In the last newsletter I wrote about Aaron Sandusky, a local IE man serving ten years in federal prison for operating a medical marijuana dispensary in Upland as permitted by state law. If you didn’t read it or want to refresh your memory CLICK HERE.

Working with the CAN-DO Foundation, Aaron is trying to get a pardon from President Trump. At the July MAPP meetings letters were written on his behalf and sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  Letters are still needed so if you could take a couple minutes and write one and send it to our President maybe he will twitter about how he is magnanimously freeing Aaron and other non-violent marijuana prisoners. It would certainly make headlines and with 89% of Americans supporting medical marijuana and 57% supporting outright legalization, it might just add some points to his dismal poll numbers.

The letter doesn’t and shouldn’t be long. Won’t take but a couple minutes to do it. For more information on what to write and where to send it CLICK HERE.

SPEAKER_GIF.gifAssembly and Mayor Candidates to speak at September MAPP meetings

MAPP_Logo.jpg42nd AD Candidate Takes on the Issues at Palm Springs & Joshua Tree MAPP meetings Saturday, September 1

deni_cu.jpg42nd Assembly District Candidate Deni-Antonette Mazingo is the featured speaker at the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project meetings Saturday, September 1 at 12 noon at Crystal Fantasy in Palm Springs and at 3 p.m. at the Beatnik Café in Joshua Tree.

In her professional life, Deni is a practicing attorney, but in her community life she is an involved activist on housing, healthcare, equality and education.

She is a commissioner on the Riverside County Commission for Women, an active member of Soroptimist International and in 2016 she was awarded Riverside County Woman of the Year by Sen. Mike Morrell. Endorsed by Gavin Newsom, Deni has made countless contributions to the community with a special focus on improving the lives of seniors, women and girls.

With a progressive and forward looking campaign, Deni will present her views on how the state legislature should deal with the many issues facing California today including the issues of medical and adult-use marijuana and the implementation of Prop. 64.

The Palm Springs and Joshua Tree MAPP meetings are free and open to all members of the public. The Palm Springs MAPP meeting begins at 12 noon on Saturday, September 1 at Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs 92262 and the Joshua Tree MAPP meeting begins at 3 p.m. at the legendary Beatnik Café at 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree 92252.

Moreno-Valley-logo.jpgMoreno Valley Mayoral Candidate Discusses City's Marijuana Policies & Local Issues at Moreno Valley MAPP Meeting Wednesday Sept. 5

fleminf.jpgMoreno Valley Mayoral Candidate Dr. Denise Fleming is the featured speaker at the Wednesday, September 5 meeting of the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project in Moreno Valley.

On the cusp of allowing marijuana businesses to operate, Moreno Valley will be joining a handful of other cities that are currently regulating, licensing and taxing these businesses in Riverside County. Along with other issues, Dr. Fleming will be presenting her views on how Moreno Valley should address the issues of allowing marijuana businesses to cultivate, manufacture and distribute marijuana to Moreno Valley and area residents.

Dr. Fleming is an educator and business professional currently serving on the Board of the Moreno Valley Unified School District. A veteran of Desert Storm, she has served in the United States Navy Reserves for the last ten years.

She is the Educational Chair for the Director of the African American Coalition in Moreno Valley and was the Regional Director for Region 13 for the African American Caucus. Dr. Fleming is a member of the California Women Caucus, Veteran Caucus, and Disability Caucus and is currently serving on the Riverside County Home Support Services (IHSS) Advisory Board.

She received many awards and certificates for her dedication and service to the community including “Women of Distinction Award from the California State Assembly” Woman of the Year, County of Riverside, Fifth District 2017, and “Girls Rock” for her dedication to assisting our communities.

The Wednesday, September 5 meeting of MAPP begins at 7:30 p.m. and takes place at Greenview Medical, 22275 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

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Trump IE MJ Pardon? Senator Feinstein Answers! MAPP Meets


trumppardonjar.jpgaaron-sandusky-bod.jpgWill Trump Pardon Aaron?

Aaron Sandusky was a colorful and outspoken advocate for the medical benefits of marijuana use. He operated three medical marijuana dispensaries in the Inland Empire providing medicinal marijuana to over 17,000 legally qualified patients.

In 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s office sent Aaron a series of letters informing him that his G3Holistic dispensaries were in violation of federal law and that he better shut them down or suffer the consequences. He did shut down two of them but continued to operate one in Upland, a town known for its ferocious opposition to all things marijuana from cultivation to distribution. READ MORE CLICK HERE

fired-page-001.jpgDemocrats Pass Resolution to Protect Cannabis Consumers from Being Fired on Monday for Consuming Cannabis on Sunday

For marijuana legalization to be truly meaningful, people have to be able to consume marijuana without fear of losing their jobs. No one gets fired for drinking a beer off-duty and no one should be terminated from their job for the legal off-duty use of cannabis.

AB 2069, which would have only protected medical marijuana patients from being fired for testing positive for THC in a drug screen, failed in the 2018 state legislature when it stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee due to opposition from trade councils, trade unions, the League of California Cities and local and state Chambers of Commerce. READ MORE CLICK HERE

Dianne-Feinstein.jpgSenator Feinstein Kinda Sorta Working On It

diane1.jpgAs an Executive Board member of the California Democratic Party, I was invited to attend "Breakfast with Diane" where Senator Diane Feinstein spoke about her re-election bid. It was kind of sad to see her there fighting for the endorsement of the Party she had represented as a U.S. Senator for 24 years. She had failed to get the endorsement at the state convention and now she was being challenged again at the Executive Board meeting by Kevin DeLeon, former President Protem of the California State Senate

Many delegates felt she had become completely out-of-touch with the grassroots of the Party not having attended a state convention since 2004. In addition to being out-of-touch, she was not as progressive as Party activists felt she should have been and had voted with Republicans on a number of bills that were supported or opposed by a majority of Democrats.

Marijuana legislation was high on this list as she was the only Democrat on the Appropriations Committee to vote against the Rohrabacher/Farr amendment which prevents the Dept. of Justice from enforcing federal marijuana laws against medical marijuana patients and providers in states that have legalized its use. Over the years there was hardly a single drug prohibition law that she didn't support. READ MORE CLICK HERE


1 Hot Night & 1 Hot Day

A discussion on how to take advantage of and the road to follow in light of the California Democrats Party call for protecting cannabis users from being fired from their jobs for legal cannabis use to writing letters to President Trump seeking a pardon for Aaron Sandusky will be the focal point of all three August MAPP meetings in Moreno Valley, Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. There will be updates on local regulations from Hemet to San Bernardino and the newest medical research demonstrating that long-time cannabis users have a better chance of surviving a heart attack. Plus you can win one of two high quality silicone pipes given away at each meeting.DSC08576.JPG

Join your friends, make new ones, network for locating affordable cannabis and enjoy the relaxed and comfortable ambiance of our August IE MAPP meetings. Cool punch, fresh milk and a delightful assortment of cookies will be provided. Mark your calendar now so you won’t miss out on the knowledge, camaraderie and fun at each meeting.

Moreno Valley/Western IE MAPP meeting – Wednesday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. – Greenview Medical Clinic, 22275 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley CA 92553

Palm Springs/Coachella Valley MAPP meeting – Saturday, August 4 at 12 noon – Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon in downtown Palm Springs 92262 across the street from the Hyatt Regency.

Joshua Tree/Morongo Basin MAPP meeting – Saturday, August 4 at 3 p.m. – the legendary Beatnik Lounge, 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree 92252.

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Victorville Nixes Cannabis Fest - What's Next - MAPP meet changes

VICTORVILLE_LOGO.jpgcall_to_action.gifVictorville’s Cannabis Festival Refusal a Call to Action

Prop. 64 was not written with the goal of being a dream legalization law. Prop. 64 was written with the goal of being passed. As such it gave wide discretion to local governments so as to not incur their fervent opposition and to also follow the California Supreme Court decision in City of Riverside vs. IEPHWC that county and city governments can ban the implementation of state permitted activities under their zoning ordinances.

In a very unusual move for an initiative, Prop. 64 can be amended to make it less restrictive (such as increasing the number of plants that can be cultivate from 6 to 9) by a simple majority vote but requiring a 2/3 vote for making it more restrictive (such as raising taxes).

THROW_OUT_THE_BUNS_.jpgIt also threw down the gauntlet to local activists, to lobby their local city and county government to allow for marijuana businesses and activities as permitted under Prop. 64. If that lobbying fails, then throw the bums out and elect new officer holders.

CHALICE_FEST.jpgA better example of this could not be found then what is happening in Victorville where the City Council on Thursday, June 28 refused to allow cannabis consumption and sales at the Chalice Festival scheduled to take place July 13-15 at the San Bernardino County fairgrounds in Victorville.

Emphasizing the economic benefits estimated to exceed $30 million, a few dozen people spoke at the June 28 meeting in support of the festival touting its safety record and the broad support for legalization throughout the state as well as in San Bernardino County.

rich_kerr.jpgAttending the meeting from nearby Adelanto, a community that allows all types of marijuana businesses, Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr said “There’s a lot of jobs that are going to be lost out there, a lot of revenue that’s going to be lost out there.”

It was all to no avail. So opposed to marijuana were the majority of Victorville City Council members, that when Victorville Councilwoman Blanca Gomez suggested having the planning commission review the city’s cannabis ordinance,  no one on the council seconded her motion.

crowd.jpgIf several hundred people had showed up at that Council meeting, not just a couple dozen, telling them to get with the program, threatening them with recalls and backing candidates in the next election who will take a more enlightened approach to the issue of marijuana, the result might have been totally different.

sb_fairgrounds.jpgThis is not just true on the local level – we need this on the state level. Prop. 64 limits cannabis festivals to county and state fairgrounds and requires organizers to receive a permit from local authorities before the Bureau of Cannabis Control will issue a state permit for cannabis consumption and sales. The BCC is not the problem here – they are willing to issue any and all cannabis festival permits but only if local approval is obtained first.

pic_cannabis_fest.jpgRestricting cannabis festivals to county and state fairgrounds is way too limiting. A bill in the state legislature, AB 2641, would fix that by permitting cannabis festivals at any location but would still require local approval. It is a much needed step in the right direction. It has passed the Assembly, but is now in the Senate where its passage is not a fait accompli.

Like in Victorville, it will need constituent pressure to get it passed. Phone calls to your state senator’s office in support of this bill are sorely needed. Call your state senator and tell them to vote in favor of AB 2641. If you don’t know who your state senator is, CLICK HERE to get their name and then click on it to contact them.

do_something.jpgMarijuana is now legal and it is time people take in the full reality of that which means if you want to use it reliably, safely, locally and affordably, you are going to have to actually do something to make that happen. It’s not going to rain marijuana from heaven like manna, but working together can make it close.

browne_mary.jpgA group I am closely associated with (so closely that I am its founder and chair) is the Brownie Mary Democrats of California. One of only seven statewide Democratic organizations that has been officially chartered by the California Democratic Party makes the Brownie Mary Democrats (BMD) a working partner with the party that controls the government that manages the fifth largest economy in the world. If you want to know more about BMD, CLICK HERE, but I am bringing this up here as there is something happening in July I want you to know about.

lose_job.jpgI am a member of CaDEM’s Executive Board and will be attending the Board’s meeting this July 13 – 15 in Oakland. BMD has submitted a resolution to be considered and hopefully adopted at the Eboard meeting that will put the California Democratic Party firmly in favor of protecting the rights of cannabis consumers to smoke marijuana on Saturday night and not get fired from their job on Monday for having done so.

police.pngA bill that would have protected only medical marijuana patients from being fired  from their jobs failed to advance out of the assembly and is now dead and cannot be considered again until next year. The reason it failed is that protecting the employment rights of marijuana consumers, even medical marijuana patients, is a tricky proposition facing monumental opposition from trade associations, city and county governments and of course police.

Getting CaDEM to support these rights would go a long way to get those Democratic legislators who have been sitting on the fence off it and on to our side.

I have submitted several forms of the resolution for the CaDEM resolution committee. To see one of them CLICK HERE. I have no idea what the final one will look like at they often get modified in committee. I do not even know if it will make it out of committee – this is going to be one of the toughest ones to get through because of the opposing forces which also have significant influence within the Party.

success.jpgBMD have been very successful in getting resolutions passed on everything from implementing and not banning the commercial marijuana business provisions of Prop. 64 to making it illegal to deny a medical marijuana patient an organ transplant because of their use of marijuana. BMD was the organization that in 2014 got CaDEM for the first time ever to include a marijuana legalization plank in the Party Platform and was one of the players in getting the Party to strongly endorse and devote Party resources towards getting voters to pass it. Many believe it was CaDEM’s support for Prop. 64 that was responsible for its overwhelming support by the electorate and quite possibly the reason it passed.

doneky_ca.jpgBMD has not played a major role in legislative issues this year, but it is the group’s intention to prioritize a few bills, the employment bill being one of them, and use its position within California's Democratic Party to influence its passage in 2019. From the African-American Caucus to the Labor Caucus to the Children’s Caucus, this is how community groups work to influence and get legislation passed that advances their interests.

If you would like to learn more about BMD and especially learn about becoming a member ($10 regular, $5 senior, student, veteran, unemployed), CLICK HERE.

For those of you who are Republicans, I urge you to get involved with your party as well. The structure is the same and you can influence Republican legislators very effectively. I have written this numerous times before, but unfortunately no one has taken the idea and run with it.

local_power.pngAs for Decline to State (Independents) or other party preferences, you can’t work directly with either of the two main Parties but you can sure work with all those non-partisan city councils and county boards and, thanks to Prop. 64 and the Calif. Supreme Court, that is where the real power is when it comes to marijuana.

MAPP_Logo.jpgJuly MAPP Meetings  Important Note

Due to July 4th occurring on the first Wed. of the month this year, the Moreno Valley MAPP meeting will not take place, but the Palm Springs and Joshua Tree meetings will take place as normally scheduled.

july_4_fireworks.jpgFor those of you so inclined, I would like to invite you to join with MAPP members and other assorted folks to witness the spectacular (at least spectacular on a Coachella Valley scale) July 4th fireworks show staged by the Agua-Caliente Band of Indians at their Casino in Rancho Mirage. If you are interested in joining us send me an email at [email protected] and I will send you back information about the event including where to meet, time to meet and most importantly, where to park. Bring your friends, family members and that person you have been wanting to ask for a date.


potlounge.jpgPalm Springs/Coachella Valley MAPP meeting – Saturday, July 7 at 12 noon. There is a first-rate brouhaha over Palm Springs’ first licensed cannabis lounge which incidentally is also the first licensed cannabis lounge in Southern California. Their neighbors are raising holy-hell claiming “We can’t subject our clients and patients to that kind of indoor pollution.” Learn all about what is happening and so much more at the MAPP meeting which takes place at Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon, in downtown Palm Springs 92262 across the street from the Hyatt Regency.

ban_sign.jpgJoshua Tree/Morongo Basin MAPP meeting - Saturday, July 7 at 3 p.m. Once again the citizens of Yucca Valley have rejected a marijuana initiative – this time not for sales but cultivation and manufacture. What happen and why it happened will be explored along with other issues in the neighborly countrified meeting held at the fabled Beatnik Lounge, 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree 92252.

pipe.jpgIn addition to camaraderie with new friends and old, both meetings will have milk, punch and cookies available plus bring a guest and you both will receive a cool pocket pipe.

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Public Hearing 6/20! Sabotage of Riverside Co. MJ Ordinance?

thumbs-up-or-down.gifDecent Ordinance       Indecent Implementation


On Wednesday, June 20 at 9 a.m. the Riverside County Planning Commission will be holding a hearing on an ordinance that will allow commercial marijuana businesses to operate in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

Although Prop. 64 does allow cities and counties to ban the implementation of its commercial marijuana business provisions, the Riverside Co. Board of Supervisors (BOS) have wisely chosen to implement the will of the voters in Riverside County who approved Prop. 64 and expect the regulation and taxation of commercial marijuana businesses to be reasonable.

no_fear.jpgMedical marijuana patients have nothing to fear as the new ordinance clearly exempts them from its provisions restricting non-commercial personal cultivation to no more than six plants. It will for the first time license cultivation, manufacture and distribution of marijuana both medical and adult-use eventually bringing an end to the game of whack-a-mole with marijuana businesses.

Too good to be true? Very possibly! If you can it would be extremely prudent to show up at the Planning Commission hearing this Wednesday as there may be portions of the ordinance some may not like and it seems skullduggery is afoot to thwart the successful implementation of the ordinance.

Before we get to the skullduggery let’s take a look at what the ordinance does allow.

Most importantly the ordinance makes provisions for all cannabis businesses EXCEPT delivery services. Cultivation, manufacture of edibles and concentrates, testing, cannabis festivals and microbusinesses are allowed.

The ordinance is 54 pages of minutiae regulating all of them. If you are interested in starting up any of these marijuana businesses, then you need to read the minutiae in the ordinance and you can do that right now if you CLICK HERE.

If you don’t like what you see, and there are some things not too like, then you need to show up at the Planning Commission hearing this Wed. June 20 at 9 a.m. and let them know what irks you and why. I have no idea how open they are to making changes, but if they don’t hear from you, be assured no changes will be made.

With one exception all cultivation is restricted to indoor only. Greenhouses are considered to be indoor cultivation and have very stringent requirements. An interesting twist with a nod to conservation and climate change, the ordinance requires:

greenhouse_reneablw.jpgAll Cannabis Cultivation operations shall include adequate measures to address the projected energy demand for Cannabis cultivation at the lot. On-site renewable energy generation shall be required for all Cannabis cultivation using artificial lighting. Renewable energy systems shall be designed to have a generation potential equal to or greater than 20-percent of the anticipated energy demand.

The one exception to the indoor cultivation requirement:

Outdoor Cannabis Wholesale Nurseries are allowed on lots larger than or equal to one gross acre in the following zone classifications with an approved conditional use permit in accordance with Section 18.28 of this ordinance.

What is section 18.28? Good question – it is not in the ordinance. Section 18.28 is referred to several times in the ordinance including in reference to the nefarious Developer Agreement and just what it is remains unknown. I am going to try and run that down on Monday – if you are interested in knowing about Section 18.28, send an email to me at: [email protected] and I will send you a special email with whatever information I can uncover.

speaking.jpgThere is nothing in the ordinance restricting the number of licenses of any category although at the BOS meeting in March, the Planning Commission stated that the number of licenses will be severely restricted and limited. If you are seriously considering obtaining one of these licenses, especially a dispensary license, you had best be at the Planning Commission hearing arguing for a reasonable number of licenses to be issued and letting them know what you think would be reasonable.

Taken as a whole the ordinance is really not that bad - in fact in many ways it is pretty good. If you are considering getting in the business or just want to be knowledgeable on what is being proposed for your neck-of-the-woods, you would be wise to read the ordinance.

On the face of it, the ordinance appears to be workable but here comes the skullduggery.

Never-assume.jpgIn August 2017, the BOS made a commitment to move forward with implementing the provisions of Prop. 64 allowing commercial marijuana businesses. It was “assumed” that the County would be developing the same type of license and regulate ordinance with a tax to be submitted to the voters in November 2018 similar to ones being used by almost every municipality that has allowed commercial businesses.

chucik_washington.jpgHowever you know what they say when you “assume” and they sure would have been right when Supervisor Chuck Washington threw a monkey wrench into the process calling for the ordinance to enact a Developers Agreement model instead of the tried and true license, regulate and tax model that is used almost everywhere else in California.

Since Supervisors Ashley and Tavaglione were opposed to allowing any commercial marijuana business, it would require agreement of the three Supervisors to implement any ordinance. Without Washington’s vote for the license, regulate and tax model, the only option became Washington’s Developer Agreement model.

Still it would require three votes and Supervisor Jeffries was so opposed to the Developer Agreement model that he voted against it even though he was in favor of allowing commercial marijuana businesses. Although favoring the tax and regulate model, Supervisor Perez voted for it in order to keep the process alive. Why Supervisor Ashley voted for it was the big surprise but it could be that he is well aware that a Developer Agreement model would never work.

If that was the reason Supervisor Ashley voted for the Developer Agreement, he is most assuredly right on target as a Developer’s Agreement would not work applied to the cannabis industry across the board - especially the retail distribution section.

sign_paper.gifA Development Agreement requires Riverside County to make a separate agreement with each applicant for a marijuana license whether it is for cultivation, manufacture or distribution. There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter Development Agreement. If the County issues 25 cultivation licenses, 35 manufacturing licenses and 40 retail outlets, a separate and unique agreement with each must be created.

Politicians love Developer Agreements as they impose a “community benefit fee” which is not considered a tax and does not need a vote of the people which would be required by Prop. 218 if it was a tax.

looks_like_tax.jpgThe multi-million dollar question then is how do you use a Developer Agreement to get money if you cannot impose a tax? If the “fee” looks like a tax, walks like a tax and smells like a tax then it is a tax and bypassing a vote by calling a tax a “community benefit fee” or any other name is forbidden by Prop. 218.

This is why there is not a single Developer Agreement model being used anywhere in California for any municipality that is looking to license anything more than just a couple dispensaries. Stanislaus County which has been trying to use a Developer Agreement has not been able to develop a working model and according to a meeting they had with Riverside County officials now regrets taking that approach.

If the Development Agreement does not work out for that reason or any other, that due to the timetable being followed for crafting a Developers Agreements proposal there would not be enough time left to write a tax and regulate initiative for the Nov. 2018 ballot.

Charissa Leach, Assistant Director in the Riverside Co. Planning Commission, agreed with my assessment writing in an email sent to me:

time_is_run_out2.png“There will be a very limited amount of time for county staff to write and submit to the board, a tax ordinance if the Developer Agreement proposal is not approved by the Board. It is possible that this very limited amount of time might not be enough time for county staff to prepare the tax ordinance for the Board’s approval and hence, the ballot.”

The continued reliance on the Developers Agreement practically guarantees that there will be no tax and regulate ordinance prepared in time for the November 2018 ballot. Jeff Greene, Chief Legislative Aid for Supervisor Jeffries, agreed writing in an email to me “we may simply have to wait until a new board is seated in January to do it right.”

slap.jpgI find that to be an untenable position for the County to be in and a slap to the face of the voters in Riverside County who voted in favor of Prop. 64.

It seems no one anywhere in the state of California has crafted a Developer’s Agreement that could apply to cannabis businesses especially a Developer Agreement that could be applied to a multitude of dispensaries.

Common-Sense-1.jpgIt would seem to be a prudent course of action for Riverside County to proceed concurrently with the creation of a Development Agreement with the creation of a Tax and Regulate ordinance and have it ready by mid August so that an initiative can be placed on the Nov. 2018 ballot if the Development Agreement does work out.

conspiracy.pngCONSPIRACY THEORY TIME: Is it possible that those opposed to implementing the commercial marijuana business provisions of Prop. 64, came up with the Developers Agreement model knowing full well that it would fail? The failure would result in a license, regulate and tax ordinance and initiative not being prepared in time for the November 2018 ballot thereby putting off for at least a year allowing commercial marijuana business in unincorporated Riverside County.

Whether it is a valid conspiracy theory or not, it is my intention to bring this up at the Planning Commission hearing on Wed. June 20, More importantly, I intend to be at the Riverside Co. BOS meeting on Tuesday, June 19 to speak during the Public Comment section on the need for the BOS to direct County staff to prepare a standard license, regulate and tax ordinance and have it ready in time to be placed on the ballot when the Developers Agreement falls flat on its face.

bos_meet.jpgI encourage and invite you to attend both the BOS meeting on Tuesday, June 19 and the Planning Commission hearing on Wednesday, June 20 at 9 a.m.. I will be at the BOS meeting on Tuesday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m. to sign up for the Public Comment section and encourage you to join me.

If  you have any interest in engaging in any commercial marijuana operation, you should do everything possible to attend the Planning Commission meeting on Wed. June 20 which begins at 9 a.m. Read the ordinance and find out how it would apply to you and then come and let them  know your concerns by testifying at the hearing . You will have three minutes to speak before the Planning Commission.

riversdie_co_bulding.jpgBoth meetings are held in the BOS Chambers on the 1st floor of the Riverside County Administrative Bldg. in downtown Riverside at 4080 Lemon St., Riverside 92501.

call_official.pngWhether you can attend either or both meetings or not, you should call your County Supervisor and tell them to direct County staff to prepare a tax and regulate initiative. Call 951-955-1010, tell them you want to talk to your Supervisor’s office. If you don’t know the name of your Supervisor, just tell them where you live and they will connect you to your Supervisor’s office.

This is your government but it is only your government if you tell them what to do instead of them telling you what to do.

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valerie_corral.pngValerie Corral, Director and Founder of the legendary Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana has requested support for SB 289 which would establish a compassion care license for collectives and others who for no compensation, donates medicinal cannabis, or medicinal cannabis products, to qualified medicinal cannabis patients.

The bill has passed the Senate and is now in the Assembly. Please call your Assembly member and ask them to support SB 289.

If you don’t know who your Assembly member is go to: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Enter your address and then click on your Assembly member’s name. At the website you can find the phone number and call them asking for their support of AB 289.

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Murder in Sacramento plus Bringing Cannabis to Hemet


knife_kill_bill-page-001.jpgLegislature Kills Major Marijuana Bills

door_open.jpgKeeps Door Open for Minor Ones

Legal Cannabis Remains Hard and Expensive to Get But You Can Still Get Fired

dustbin.jpgMost marijuana bills are going into the legislature dustbin – at least the ones that would have some real world major effect and not just nibble at the edges.


I am specifically referring to the employment bill, the bill to lower taxes, the bill to prevent police from cooperating with the feds and the bill to allow delivery services everywhere. All have been shelved and will not be coming to a vote anytime soon.


fired_for_mj.jpgAB 2069 is being held in the Assembly Appropriations committee so it will not be voted on in 2018. The bill, which would have only protected medical marijuana patients from being fired on Monday for smoking marijuana on Saturday, would have overturned Ross v Raging Wire, a California Supreme Court ruling that Prop 215 does not protect employment rights.


Hopes were high when AB 2069 passed the Assembly Labor Committee on April 25.


The bill was sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and CalNORML including a very impressive list of supporters from AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) to the Hispanic and Black chambers of commerce.


poll_results.jpgAlso in support was a poll taken way back in 2013 when marijuana was still legal only for medical marijuana patients. Conducted by the Huffington Post and You Gov, the poll found that almost two-thirds of Americans agreed that it would “be unacceptable for a company to fire an employee for off-the-clock marijuana use in states where using marijuana is legal.”


Even with this impressive list of sponsors/supporters and polls showing support for workplace protection for marijuana consumers and even though the bill had been amended multiple times to make it more amenable to business interests including allowing employers to fire marijuana using employees if the business had a federal contract mandating a drug-free workplace, the bill could not make it out of the Appropriations Committee.


Pressure applied upon the Committee by a consortium of powerful opponents including police, the State Building and Trades Council and state and local Chambers of Commerce sealed its fate no matter how impressive were its list of sponsors and supporters as well as the opinion of the people who elected them.


Tax-Cuts.pngAB3157, a bi-partisan bill sponsored by Republican Assemblyman Lackey and Democratic Assemblymen Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer, and Wood would have lowered the state excise tax from 15% to 11% and eliminate the $9.25/oz. cultivation tax for three years. It was introduced principally to reduce the incentive of people to secure marijuana from the black market.


The bill was opposed by a consortium of Democrats, unions and the Drug Policy Alliance, one of the major advocates for Prop. 64 stating it was too soon to slash taxes without further evidence they were driving people to the black market. What drivel – it’s never too soon to reduce taxes on a product as important for the health of our communities as marijuana and DPA should be ashamed of their stance on this issue.


Marijuana cultivators and retail distributors fought the good fight sensibly pointing out that inordinately high taxes drives many marijuana consumers to the underground market where they can save significant amounts of money. Their successful search for cheaper marijuana may very well be the reason state excise and cultivation taxes have fallen far below projections for the first three months of the year. Expectations are for about $175 million to flow into state coffers by the end of June, but a paltry $34 million came in between January and March causing much concern and consternation amongst state officials.



The failure of AB 3157 to get out of committee means that taxes will remain excessively high - a gift to the illegal market courtesy of the California State legislature.


dea_police_raid.jpgAB 1578, the “ganja sanctuary bill” which would have prevented state and local police from cooperating with federal police in arresting legal marijuana cultivators never even received any consideration. The bill had passed the Assembly in 2017 but stalled in the State Senate over fears that the immigration sanctuary bill, SB 54 which prevents local and state police from cooperating with ICE in the apprehension of undocumented immigrants, was enough sanctuary legislation for one year.


Confusion on the federal level between Pres. Trump telling U.S. Senator Gardner (R-CO) that states that have legalized marijuana will be left alone and AG Jeffrey Sessions rescinding the Cole Memo freeing U.S. Prosecutors to go after marijuana providers may have contributed to the bill’s inability to get any traction this year. Time will tell if it is necessary to re-introduce AB 1578 in 2019.


cannabis_delivery_van.jpgSenate BIll 1302, introduced by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would permit operators licensed by the state and a local jurisdiction to deliver marijuana anywhere in California, even in those localities that ban all marijuana businesses.


If the bill had passed it would have been a major game-changer, but with around 2/3rd of California municipalities banning any and all forms of marijuana businesses, it just wasn’t going to happen. State legislators were not going to piss off their locally elected city councils and county boards so that their mainly silent marijuana-consumring constituents can access marijuana legally and locally. This reluctance along with powerful forces opposing the bill - police, the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties - all but guaranteed its failure.  It came as no surprise that they were joined by marijuana retail businesses that did not want the competition from out-of-area marijuana businesses distributing in their neck of the woods.


finger_point2.jpgWe can point our collective fingers at all these nefarious characters and associations for the failure of these sensible and reasonable pieces of legislation, but ultimately our fingers must point back at us as we failed miserably in using our strength in numbers and public support to force our elected legislators to support these bills and get them passed into law.


All failures are not necessarily a bad thing as one bill that failed was a good thing. SB 1273, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), was a putative piece of legislation that would have suspended the drivers' licenses of drivers under the age of 21 who were found to have any amount of THC in their systems. Fortunately this bill did not make it out of committee.


There are number of lesser bills that appear to be passing in either the assembly or the senate and will now be considered by the other legislative body. These are:


SB 829 to license and protect compassion programs that give away cannabis to needy patients, many of them terminally ill;


SB 930 to create charter banks for cannabis businesses;


mj_bill_yes.jpgSB 1294 to create a state cannabis equity program;


SB 1127 to allow pediatric cannabis patients to take their medication at school;


AB 1793 to automatically expunge or re-sentence past marijuana convictions;


AB 2215 to allow veterinarians to talk about medical cannabis with their patient's owners;


AB 2641 to allow the Bureau of Cannabis Control to grant temporary licenses for special events in jurisdictions where the events have been approved;


AB 2721 to allow a laboratory to test homegrown cannabis.


Yes there is some good, but the above bills still need to make it out of their legislative body and then signed by the governor. Holding one's breath could be dangerous to your health. Taken as a whole, this has been a disappointing legislative session. Realistically it should have been expected.


64_approved.jpgOne needs to understand that Prop. 64 was written so it would pass - it never was intended to be a dream initiative. However it contained the seed of a dream initiative with the unusual section that allows it to be amended.


organizing_mj.jpgThe drafters of Prop. 64 had some Pollyanna delusion that consumers and businesses with billions at stake and the health and welfare of their communities uppermost in mind would get their act together and develop trade and consumer associations. They would start hiring lobbyists and do the things that normal businesses and billion dollar interest groups do to influence legislators and advance legislation favorable to their concerns and desires.


In the 20 years that ensued during the time Prop. 215 was the only legal way to obtain cannabis, medical marijuana patients and medical marijuana dispensaries did essentially nothing to protect access. Patients did smoke marijuana and providers did count their dollars, but that is essentially all they did. This year’s disappointing legislative session and the lack of an effective response to make Prop. 64 better makes it seem like déjà vu all over again.


group_answer-page-001.jpgIt’s all about politics and who has the most influence over state legislators. In this case police, reefer-madness-infected elected officials and businesses won over consumers, marijuana organizations, marijuana businesses, most unions, legal associations, community groups and the voters of California who had overwhelmingly approved Prop. 64 in 2016 and expected a reasonable and rational production and distribution system to be put in place.


black_market_hands_exchange.jpgMany of these bills and some new ones will re-appear in 2019. If we are to have a more successful 2019 legislative session, marijuana consumers and businesses will have to realize that what we have in the United States is the best government money can buy and they better start pooling their resources and buy some. 

hemet_mj-page-001.jpgBRINGING MARIJUANA TO HEMET and SKULLDUGGERY IMPERILS MAPP_Logo.jpgRIVERSIDE CO. MARIJUANA ORDINANCE at MAPP Meeting on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Moreno Valley.


Nestled near Diamond Lake in Riverside County is the somewhat sleepy, somewhat bustling town of Hemet. With a population of 85,000, 1 in 4 residents live below the poverty level, 5.5% are unemployed and city government faces a looming three million dollar shortfall in revenue for its 2017-2018 budget.


citry_council.JPGHemet would seem to be the ideal city to receive an infusion of cannabis dollars, but with all five city council member being Republican and two having past associations with law enforcement, Hemet has never been a friendly town for folks wanting to access marijuana. The city had enacted a two-year moratorium on marijuana businesses in 2009 followed by a total ban in 2011.


Even with a ban in place, Hemet was not a marijuana desert with a varying number of illegal storefront and delivery distributors operating. Weedmaps currently lists five operating dispensaries in Hemet. The City does work to close them down but like almost everywhere else when a dispensary gets a threatening notice to close, they wait until just before court appearance time and then move a few blocks down the street and reopen.


Hemet resident Marie McDonald wants Hemet to get out of this “whack-a-mole game” and allow for legal, licensed and regulated marijuana businesses from cultivation and manufacturing facilities to retail distribution outlets.


mariespeak.jpgMarie is a long-time Hemet community activist serving on the HOA Board of Hemet West. She was an active proponent of measure E, the sales tax for police and fire services and measure U, a one percent sales tax increase and is currently Vice-chair of the Hemet Measure U Oversight Committee. Regularly attending and participating in Hemet City Council meetings, Marie is well-known and well-versed in Hemet political circles.


Involved with the Democratic Party, Marie was President of the Hemet-San Jacinto Democratic Club and is currently the appointed representative of U.S. Congressman Raul Ruiz on the Riverside County Democratic Central Committee. 


Marie has approached us to help coordinate an organizing drive to get the Hemet City Council to develop an ordinance permitting marijuana businesses and to have it placed on the ballot in November 2018.


Like other cities, Hemet would benefit significantly from a legal and regulated market for marijuana. Marie wants to work with us to provide the Hemet City Council and the residents of Hemet with the information needed to make an informed decision and to organize public presentations at not just the City Council but to civic and community groups.


If you live in Hemet, this is an opportunity to utilize your position as a resident. It cannot be underestimated how important and critical your participation is.


Pathway.jpgHow we proceed in Hemet can help build a Post 64 pathway for getting other cities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to enact ordinances for allowing marijuana businesses. As in past efforts to assure access, everyone’s help is needed, so no matter where you live, your support is needed so please join us at the Wed. June 7 MAPP meeting in Moreno Valley and meet Marie and begin the process of bringing legal marijuana to Hemet.


At this meeting I had planned to make a presentation on my participation in ASA’s National Unity Conference and in ASA’s/CaNORML’s Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento. Unfortunately while traveling to Washington DC to attend the National Unity Conference, I visited with my cousin in Illinois and while on a hike I fell down a waterfall. Falling fifteen feet into a boulder strewn pool, I could have been killed, but I am lucky to have survived with only a severely damaged left leg.


snoopy.jpgI will recover, but my movements are restricted with a leg brace making it impossible to drive and participate in other activities. However, I will make it to this important meeting on Wed. June 7 and look forward to working with you and Marie McDonald in bring marijuana access to Hemet.


Although I will not be discussing what I learned in DC and Sacramento, I will be making a presentation on what is happening in Riverside Co. regarding allowing marijuana businesses. To be blunt, I am afraid the county is going down a dead-end street that will result in the continued ban on marijuana businesses in Riverside County rather than the enactment of an ordinance allowing for the implementation of the commercial provisions of Prop. 64.



The entire issue is being swept-under-the rug by the BOS and ignored by the media. This needs to change and to change soon. My presentation on what is happening, why it is happening and what to do about it will give you an insider look at the debacle that is taking place right under our noses.


greenview_medical.jpgThe Wed. June 7 MAPP meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is held at the Greenview Medical Clinic, 22275 Alessandro Blvd., 92553. As always, a delicious assortment of cookies and fresh milk will be served plus bring a guest and each of you will receive a free pocket pipe.


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Riverside Co. is #1, High Times Spanked, Sacramento Road Trip


_1.jpgRiverside County Is California's Most MJ Business Friendly County

A report from the OC Register lists Riverside Co. as the number one county in California to allow and facilitate marijuana businesses. With only 15 of California’s 58 counties allowing marijuana businesses it is almost inconceivable that Riverside Co. has risen to the top or maybe it shows just how successful marijuana opponents have been in stalling implementation of the commercial provisions of Prop. 64 everywhere else.


The report sets up a scale of 0 to 100 based on a number of factors. One of them is how many types of business are allowed as there are cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distributing and other types and not all cities and counties allow all of them to operate. To get above 96 points, cities and counties must allow every type of marijuana business licensed by the state - medical and recreational licenses for cannabis sales, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and testing licenses as well as allowing residents to grow marijuana at home, both indoors and outdoors.


ban_on_home_delivery_bans_2.jpgAs unreal as it may seem considering all the horrors many have been through  in Riverside County, it is practically inconceivable that Riverside Co. is the only county in the state to score above 96 points with seven cities in the County scoring at 96  or above – more than any other county in the state.


Four of the six cities are in the Coachella Valley area. Perris and Lake Elsinore along with Blythe on the extreme east end of the County are the only cities outside of the Coachella Valley permitting marijuana businesses. If Riverside Co. with seven cities is on top that only goes to show how poorly Prop. 64 distribution programs are being implemented throughout the state.


Fewer than one in three California cities (144 out of 482) allow any kind of cannabis business to operate in their jurisdiction. And just 18 of the state’s 58 counties permit cannabis businesses in their unincorporated areas. Riverside Co. is not one of these 18 although they are in the process of drafting an ordinance to allow cannabis businesses of all types.


mj_protest.jpgWith Riverside Co. having the most cities of any county in the state to permit all marijuana business, it sure seems that all the protests and testimony before elected officials we have done over the years has paid off albeit in a very limited manner. As I have pointed out multiple times over the years, it’s all political. Except for Blythe, beginning with Palm Springs in 2008, every one of the cities in Riverside County that are allowing businesses to operate have been the focal point of marijuana activism at one point or another.


Our numerous appearances before city councils and the County Board as well as the infamous case of IEPHWC Collective vs. City of Riverside have familiarized elected officials with marijuana production and distribution systems making these seven cities more cognizant and consequently more willing to move ahead with permitting them to operate once it became legal, safe and profitable for them to do so. And yet this number is paltry and only goes to show how far marijuana consumers need to go in Riverside County and in the other 57 counties in the state.


Moving forward and getting more cities and counties to allow for commercial operations as well as outdoor personal cultivation will continue to require the same dedicated and coordinated efforts of marijuana consumers working with marijuana businesses. This should be a primary topic of discussion up and down the state and will be one of the topics of discussion at MAPP meetings in May. See below for meeting dates and other topics to be covered at the May meetings.


spanking.jpgHigh Times Gets Spanked by SB City Council

High Times planned 420 Cannabis Cup at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino was thrown into disarray when it suddenly dawned on them four days before the event that  they needed the permission of the San Bernardino City Council to hold the event if they want to have their always over-the-top on-site sales and consumption.


The Bureau of Cannabis Control had stated that they would issue High Times the state event permit if the city of San Bernardino would allow it. Thinking it would be a cake-walk, High Times Event Director Sameen Ahmad appeared before  the SB City Council asking for permission to hold the event as planned.


sb_citycouncil.jpgThe cake-walk turned into an insurmountable mountain as the SB Council turned down the permit with council member Virginia Marquez stating “I feel like it’s being shoved down our throats at the very last minute.” It even got intimidating when council member Fred Shorett asked “Is it possible this event will go on illegally without our permitting it?” and then threateningly intoning “We’d have to shut them down.”


It is no surprise that High Times had little community support as involving the local community in their events has never been a priority for High Times. Very few community members were there so it was just two High Times staffers vs. the SB City Council. If High Times had consulted local community activists, it might have turned out differently.


Without the local and state permit, the Cannabis Cup went on with the musical performances but with very little cannabis as no sales were allowed and in order to consume you had to have a doctor’s recommendation. As a result turnout was considerably less than the 20,000 they expected.


Michigan_Marijuana_Legalization_Initiative2.jpgWilliam Cioci, SB resident and cannabis voice-of-reason at many SB City Council meetings was not at the meeting, but has become well-versed in what happened. His insider take on the entire situation is very illuminating and his conclusions might not be what most people would expect. He will be at the Wednesday, May 2 MAPP meeting in Moreno Valley to give us the gossip and a behind-the-scenes look at what befell the high and mighty High Times. More info on the MAPP meeting below.


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Citizens MJ Lobby Day in Sacramento

For the last eight years, ASA’s Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento has always been a special event that is informative, productive and fun. In 2018, ASA is being joined by CaNORML to coordinate and create the largest, most rewarding and successful Citizen Lobby Day ever!


On Monday, June 4, they are expecting over 200 participants representing patients, advocates, providers, industry workers and others to participate in the state's largest cannabis lobby day.


Senator_Stone___2015_Lobby_Day.JPGIt’s an amazing experience in the democratic process as you take part in the legislative briefing and lobbyist training which will give you the information and skills you need to meet with your state assembly member and state senator that very same day. Citizen lobbying works as legislative staffers readily admit that an in-person visit from a constituent like you is six times more likely to influence an undecided lawmaker than a visit from a paid lobbyist.

ASA’s Citizen Lobby Day has always been extraordinary – everyone who has participated has always felt it was one of the most satisfying days they have spent in a long long time and look forward to participating again. Take a look at the complete schedule of events and lobbying and you will see why - just CLICK HERE.

Want to join in – you can!

party_van.jpgAs we have before we have rented a van and can bring 7 IE residents to Sacramento for Citizen Lobby Day. Let me assure you that getting there is half the fun!


We will leave on Sunday, June 3 at 9 a.m. and will pick up at several locations along the travel route in the IE from Palm Spring to Riverside and San Bernardino. We arrive in Sacramento at around 6 p.m. and check in at a local motel. We go for dinner and then there is usually an event or private party that attendees can hob knob, net work and just kick-back and relax in preparation for the big day.


sac1.JPGOn Monday, June 4 we have a light breakfast at the Legislative Briefing and Lobbyist Training at the Citizen’s Hotel in downtown Sacramento. In the afternoon you will go to the State Capitol Building and to the offices of your state assembly member and senator. ASA will make appointments for you, so you will be expected. You will most likely meet with the legislator’s Chief Legislative Aide, but it is not unusual to meet with your actual state assembly member and senator. Now that can be exciting and memorable.


After the lobbying, we reconvene in the Scandal Lounge at 5:30 p.m. in the Citizen Hotel for a VIP Reception with lawmakers and other state officials. We leave about 7:00 p.m. for home arriving back in the IE around 2 or 3 a.m.


Yes it is a very full day – one that you will tell everyone you know about – including your kids and grand-kids who will think you are so cool. You are not on the sideline looking in – you actually participate in our democracy! And it’s all for cannabis – your right to safe, reliable, local and affordable access.


The cost is only $85 per person. This includes transportation from the IE to Sacramento and back, lodging (two to a room) and all registration and reception fees. We will dine together if you chose, but all food purchases are on your own.


state_capitol.jpgThere is only room for 7 people in the party van and 3 people have already signed up – so don’t delay and miss out on this enlightening, productive, rewarding and fun trip to our state capitol. To join in on this most memorable adventure, email me at [email protected] or call me at 760-799-2055 and reserve your seat in the van, your room in the motel and most of all your participation in grassroots cannabis activism.


If you want to go, but needs some help to cover the cost, let me know and I will see if I can rustle up a scholarship or two.


If you can take off on Sunday June 3 and Monday June 4 and don’t need much sleep to function on Tuesday or can just sleep on Tuesday, then don’t miss this extraordinary day. I guarantee you will not regret attending and will look back on it for many years as something that you participated in and accomplished and are very proud of.

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Trump to Allow States to Legalize MJ? Skeptical? Yes & No + MJ in Middle of Nowhere & Podcast




gardner.jpgA marijuana blockbuster came into the open Friday when it was revealed that President Trump, according to U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), will be supporting legislation to undo marijuana prohibition to the extent that states can enact their own marijuana legalization laws without fear of federal interference.


In response to the Department of Justice’s January 4th announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memorandum, Senator Gardner placed a hold on all DOJ nominees until he received a commitment that Colorado’s rights would not be infringed. After what the Senator termed as positive discussions with DOJ, Gardner lifted some of his holds but kept the rest in place until he received a full commitment that the guidelines of the Cole Memo would be respected. He seems to have received what he considers a full commitment as he released the following statement:

state_rights.jpg“Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana. Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry. Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.”


“Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees. My colleagues and I are continuing to work diligently on a bipartisan legislative solution that can pass Congress and head to the President’s desk to deliver on his campaign position.”


Although Sen. Gardner referred specifically to Colorado, one would hope that Colorado is a symbolic metaphor for all states. If Trump sticks to this position, it will truly be as much of a watershed moment as it was in 2012 when Colorado and Washington legalized the adult-use of marijuana.


gradner_facebook.jpgThe question, of course, is will Trump stick to it. His unpredictability and capriciousness is legendary so it has to be taken with a measure of skepticism, but apparently Sen. Gardner does not share this concern. In a live Facebook interview with KDVR-TV in Denver, Gardner said it would be a “universal fix” for federal issues faced by cannabis businesses, including access to banks. CLICK HERE to see and hear the interview.

Several reasons to be skeptical:


trump_fired2.jpgSen. Gardner had placed holds on all nominations to the Dept. of Justice creating a major backlog of appointments. This has caused major problems and could cause even worse problems in the near future as FOXnews reported The action came amid widespread speculation that Trump will remove Justice officials overseeing the Russia investigation. Replacements of any of those officials would require new nominations.” Is it possible Pres. Trump told Sen. Gardner what he wanted to hear so as to get Gardner to withdraw the hold and allow his nominees to be confirmed and will then backpedal once his nominees are sworn in?


wyden.jpgThis is not idle speculation as others are concerned such as U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) who wrote on Twitter “This cannot be another episode of @realDonaldTrump telling somebody whatever they want to hear, only to change directions later on”.


democrats-republicans.jpgRepublicans in Congress are lopsidedly in support of continuing marijuana prohibition. When bills come up that will ease up on marijuana prohibition, only about 25% of Republicans support the legislation whereas upwards of 85% of Democrats support such legislation. It is the overwhelming number of Democrats coupled with a minority of Republicans that kept alive the Rohrabacher/Bluemenauer amendment which prevents the DOJ from spending money to enforce federal marijuana prohibition laws in states that have legalized medicinal marijuana.


thumbs-up-down1.jpgIt is the majority Democrat/minority Republican Senate and House members that would pass marijuana reform legislation, but they never get to vote on it because the Republican leadership does not allow any marijuana law reform bills to get out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.


If Trump really is going to go to bat for a “federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all,” he is going to have to convince the Republican leadership to let these bills get to the floor for a vote. How many Tweets he sends out on the issue will be a good indication of just how serious he is.


cops_bags_of__.jpgThe one big fly-in-the-ointment is police. It is unlikely that Trump consulted police groups, one of his biggest supporters, before leading Sen. Gardner to believe he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.” When his police supporters find out about this, they most certainly will not be happy. Prohibition of drugs and marijuana is one of their major sources of money and power and their actions over the past five decades has clearly shown they will not let go of this money and power without a major down-and-dirty-below-the-belt fight.


keven_sabet2.jpgAlready opponents of legalization have taken to criticizing and threatening the President. “We hope the president — who doesn’t want to be known as the ‘Pot President’ — will reverse course soon,” said Kevin Sabet, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana. “This reckless plan will not go unanswered.”


trumppolicespeech.jpgSurely more police and War on Drug recipients will join Sabet. They will make it known to Trump that doing anything that promotes marijuana legalization is anathema to them. Trump loves to surround himself with cops and bathes luxuriously in their adulation, so the blowback from police could be very unsettling to him leading to waffling, backpedaling and then opposing allowing states to move forward on marijuana legalization in violation of federal law.


Several reasons not to be skeptical:


trump_session.pngPresident Trump is more than just a little upset with AG Jeff Session who feels he has let him down big time when he recused himself from the Russian investigation. Rumors have it that Trump wants to fire Sessions but is reluctant to do so because of opposition from Republican congressional members.


Coming out in favor of allowing states to proceed with marijuana legalization and putting the imprimatur of his administration on it, would be an abomination to old-line drug warrior Sessions. This would put Sessions in the untenable position of having to stop his bellicose actions against marijuana legalization and watch helplessly as marijuana legalization spreads through the country. That might piss Sessions off so much that he quits and Trump wouldn’t have to fire him.


gardner_trum.jpgReportedly Sen. Gardner is on good terms with President Trump and anybody on good terms with the President often gets what they want.


Although the majority of Republican in Congress oppose marijuana legalization, recent polls have shown the majority of Republicans in the United States now support marijuana legalization so he won’t be upsetting the all-important base that he caters too and counts on to continue supporting him.


state-rights-issues__t_rump.jpgIn a campaign rally in Nevada in 2015, then candidate Trump stated in terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state." Admittedly that wasn’t a major campaign promise like building a wall, but it was a campaign statement nonetheless. Considering how most of his campaign statements remain unfilled, this would be one that he could point to as having fulfilled.


hucakbee.jpgThe best reason not to be skeptical came when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders corroborated Gardner’s account stating:


“I can confirm the President did speak with Senator Gardner yesterday and again today. We’re always consulting Congress about issues, including states’ rights, of which the President is a firm believer. And the statement that the Senator put out earlier today is accurate.”


wonder_valley.jpgCelebrating MJ in the Middle of Nowhere

420 + 1 Seminar at Wonder Valley Community CenterSaturday, April 21 at 4:20 p.m.


community_center.jpgMarijuana is everywhere even in the middle of nowhere and if you are living in the middle of nowhere marijuana is even more essential. On Saturday, April 21 at 4:20 p.m. I will be celebrating 420+1 Day in the middle of nowhere with a special presentation at the Wonder Valley Community Center which really is in the middle of nowhere at 80526 ½ Amboy Rd., Wonder Valley CA 92277.


Lanny_Swerdlow__RN.jpgMy  presentation will take a brief look back at the evolution of California’s marijuana laws, discuss how the implementation of Prop. 64 is going and how it affects the individual consumer and those who want to jump into this burgeoning business. Being out there in the middle of nowhere where many of these folks live on acres of land makes them very interested in Prop. 64’s commercial business provisions especially the microbusiness license.


Other topics I will cover will be driving laws, personal cultivation laws, the advantages of having a doctor's recommendation and what is happening or should be happening but isn’t in San Bernardino county. A nod to what is happening on the federal level including President’s Trump’s latest revelation will be included. I will conclude the presentation with the latest information on health issues including using marijuana for insomnia, depression and the opioid crisis.

krassner.jpgThe 420+1 Seminar will also feature a special birthday tribute honoring Yippie living legend, political satirist and cannabis advocate Paul Krassner, author of countless pro-pot articles and books including "Pot Stories for the Soul." According to the sponsors of the Wonder Valley event, Paul has indicated he may be phoning in to join the celebration.


Closing out the day will be live music courtesy of local Wonder Valley musicians.


Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for admission but donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the event.


wonder_valley_com_center_sign.jpgIf you have never been out to Wonder Valley and been wondering what it is like to live in the middle of nowhere on the way to the Amboy Crater and the Route 66 town of Amboy, then take this marvelous opportunity to make the drive to the middle-of-nowhere and celebrate the marvels of 420 at 4:20 with the folks of Wonder Valley at the Wonder Valley Community Center.


radio_ad.jpgPAT HARRIS

An Unapologetic Progressive and Marijuana Advocate Running for the U.S. Senate


harrispic.pngFeatured on the newest installment of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense is Pat Harris, an unapologetic progressive running for US Senate from the State of California in the 2018 election against incumbent Dianne Feinstein. He believes it’s time for a truly progressive leader who is ready to not only fight the Trump agenda but can set a strong vision for California to act as a blueprint for the rest of the country.


His platform includes building more affordable housing to address homelessness, providing student debt relief, improving public education, upgrading our crumbling infrastructure with increased public works spending, implementing paid parental leave for all working men and women, and supporting common-sense gun safety legislation.


And yes it includes promoting marijuana legalization and removing the barriers to the implementation of Prop. 64 so that access is available throughout California safely, reliably, locally and affordably.


Pat will speak of his pilgrimage to the booming marijuana town of Adelanto and how this woe-be-gotten berg has emerged as a model for the opportunities marijuana businesses afford.


harris_bus.jpgHe believes that by bringing all voices to the table, including those of cannabis consumers and producers, a truly progressive agenda can be forged that will benefit the vast majority of Californians.


Pat grew up in a middle class family in a small farming community in Arkansas.   He graduated from the University of Arkansas where he was awarded the J. William Fulbright Award as the outstanding history student.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in the state of Arkansas.  In 1993, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


For the past 23 years, Pat has practiced law, first in Tennessee as a public defender, later working in private practice as a criminal defense attorney, and most recently as a civil rights attorney representing Hispanic, Black and Armenian minority communities against cases involving excessive force, wrongful death, and false imprisonment involving law enforcement.


He has never backed down from fighting the establishment and has a proven-track record of winning difficult battles, including taking on the Catholic Church over the abuse of children. To learn more about Pat Harris and his campaign for the U.S. Senate, go to: www.patharrisforsenate.com.

listening.jpgFor a new look at politics in California as well as the role marijuana plays in them, grab a doobie, an edible or your dab rig for the latest installment of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense. CLICK HERE or log on 24/7 at www.blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews.


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