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HOW WE GOT IN THIS MESS AND HOW WE CAN FIX IT – PHASE 2

Regarding this entire “identify the problem sites” exercise, it is stupid and useless.  Listing problem sites today ignores the likelihood that there will be more applications for new problem sites in the future.  It is an entirely backwards way of doing planning and is not used for any other planning exercise that i know of.…
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Natural Green Herb Update: Daily or high-potency cannabis increases risk of psychotic disorder, study finds

By Susan Scutti, CNN Updated 7:31 PM ET, Tue March 19, 2019 Play VideoDoes marijuana lead to increase in mental illness? 03:42 (CNN)Legalization of marijuana, both for medical and recreational use, continues to spread across the globe even as the possible health risks (or benefits) are not fully known. Case in point, according to new research, people who use…
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California is awash in cannabis cash. Some is being used to bribe public officials LAT

Sheriff Jon Lopey was startled when the mysterious stranger offered him $1 million if he would keep deputies away from certain illegal cannabis farms in Siskiyou County. Lopey called in the FBI, and, later, deliveries of envelopes stuffed with thousands of dollars in cash were recorded by cameras and microphones hidden on the sheriff’s cluttered,…
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Urgent: Demand BOS to fund Phase 2 of Cannabis Ordinance revision

Time for action – what you can do this month People are always asking “What can we do to reign in the cannabis industry?” Here is an opportunity to help move forward with much needed cannabis regulatory amendments to address neighborhood and environmental issues. Your voice can make the difference in whether we get much…
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Sorry Pharmers, your drinks taste like pee

Cannabis Drinks Confront a Serious Buzz Kill—They Taste Terrible Upstart companies tinker with ways to dial down ‘oily grass’ flavors and notes of dish soap, urine By  Vipal Monga and Jennifer Maloney Cannabis drinks are hitting the global market, promising anxiety reduction, pain relief and better sleep. One thing none of them tout is taste. “Like a…
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Sonoma COPS episodes airing – don’t miss our green pharmers at their best

Moday 10 PM Paramount Network. https://www.sfgate.com/tv/article/Sonoma-County-police-officers-Cops-TV-13643280.php#item-85307-tbla-5

To ensure public health and safety, impose a two-year moratorium on marijuana legalization (The Hill)

Marijuana legalization is gaining momentum across the country, backed by supportive public opinion, politicians, Wall Street investors and the increasingly influential for–profit cannabis industry. By 2025, the legal U.S. marijuana market could be a roughly $50 billion business as a cornucopia of cannabis-based products become easily available in shops and online. But in the rush to legalize…
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Commentary: Sonoma County can do more to protect rural residents from fires (Cloverdale Reveille)

Last November, the world watched with horror as residents of Paradise tried to escape from an oncoming wildfire on clogged roads, some so desperate that they abandoned their vehicles and fled on foot. Government can reduce the risk from wildfires. Our county government should properly enforce the state’s fire safe road regulations to stop new…
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A LEGAL VICTORY AGAINST THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY – or How to get rid of your local pot farm using RICO.

Crimson Galeria Limited Partnership v. Healthy Pharms, Inc., (D MA 2018) Civil Action No. 17-cv-11696-ADB The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act prohibits a person (also a corporation) from investing in, acquiring, or participating in the affairs of an enterprise that engages in racketeering activity. RICO applies to “medical” marijuana and recreational marijuana…
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