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Title: California Compliance: Reducing the Risk of Federal Cannabis Enforcement

Author: Ganjapreneur

Date: 14 February 2018

URL: https://www.ganjapreneur.com/california-compliance-reducing-federal-cannabis-enforcement/

Extract: 

Kern County, California — somewhere along Highway 5

The driver belonged to a collective and was transporting about $2 million of unprocessed product, from Northern California to Los Angeles. He had with him various documents, including a bill of lading and authorization from the collective to transport. The collective had corporate counsel and had established a phone-tree in case of an emergency or urgent situation. The driver pulled the truck into a mandatory weigh station. Officers inspected the documents, discovered there was marijuana on board, flagged the truck for secondary inspection and detained the driver. The driver was told that somehow the paperwork wasn’t in order. Officers arrested the driver for transportation of a controlled substance, a state-law charge.

 

BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) announced today that the Cannabis Advisory Committee will be holding a second series of subcommittee meetings on Thursday, March 1 in Sacramento.

Nine subcommittees voted at the February 13 meetings to hold on March 1 an additional subcommittee meeting to finalize their recommendations on the state cannabis licensing authorities’ formal rulemaking packages. The subcommittee’s recommendations will then be presented for adoption at the next general meeting of the Cannabis Advisory Committee on March 15 in Los Angeles (location TBA).

If adopted, the subcommittee recommendations will serve as the committee’s formal recommendations to the state cannabis licensing authorities.

SUBCOMMITTEE INPUT SURVEY: The Bureau invites you to provide input for subcommittee members prior to the subcommittee meetings on March 1. The input provided can be information, comments, and/or suggestions directed to any of the subcommittees. Click on the following link to submit your input by 5:00 PM PST on Wednesday, February 21: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSRTC9H

MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS: All Subcommittees will meet at the Sheraton Grand Hotel (1230 J Street). Below are the times of each Subcommittee (room locations TBA):

9:00 AM

Enforcement Subcommittee

Manufacturers Subcommittee

Microbusiness Subcommittee

Retailers Subcommittee

1:00 PM

Cultivators Subcommittee

Distributors Subcommittee

Equity Subcommittee

Licensing Application Subcommittee

Public Health and Youth SubCommittee

MEETING NOTICES: The Meeting Notices and Agendas for each subcommittee meeting will be posted on the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s website – www.bcc.ca.gov – at least 10 days prior to the meetings. Webcast will not be available for the meetings. All subcommittee meetings are open to the public.

For additional information about the Cannabis Advisory Committee, or to subscribe to email alerts to hear about updates as they become available, please visit the Bureau’s website at http://www.bcc.ca.gov/.

For information on all three state licensing authorities, please visit the state’s California Cannabis Portal at https://cannabis.ca.gov/. Follow the Bureau on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily news and updates.

 

CRIME & PUNISHMENT

Title: Former California sheriff’s deputy busted hauling weed through Oklahoma

Author: Fox

Date: 14 February 2018

URL: http://okcfox.com/news/local/former-california-sheriffs-deputy-busted-hauling-weed-through-oklahoma

Extract: 

Canadian County officials say a retired California deputy is behind bars for hauling dozens of pounds of marijuana through the state.

Canadian County Sheriff’s officials say around 8 p.m. on Feb. 12, deputies stopped 68-year-old Stanley Hirayama on Interstate 40 near Radio Rd. for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with Hirayama, the deputy reported an odor of marijuana coming from the car.

Hirayama was then placed in the sheriff’s cruiser, and handed the deputy a California Driver License and a Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office Deputy’s Commission credential. He told officers he was traveling to meet some of his girlfriend’s friends, but couldn’t state where they lived, what their names were or how long they’d be there.

Deputies also spoke with Hirayama’s passenger, 42-year-old Shannon K. Conley, who explained she was a dancer and the suspect’s “seasonal roommate.” Conley said the two were travelling to Nashville to see the city, but didn’t know anyone who lived there.

Based on the conflicting answers and marijuana odor, deputies asked Hirayama if there was any weed in the vehicle. He replied, “not to my knowledge.”

The deputy then asked Conley, who replied, “yes, there is…there’s a lot of it in the duffel bags.”

Investigators recovered two large, green colored duffel bags. Inside, they discovered 60, one-pound vacuum sealed clear plastic bags filled with marijuana. Deputies estimate the value of the weed to have a street value around $150,000.

Hirayama and Conley were both taken into custody and booked into the Canadian County jail on trafficking charges. Bond was set at $100,000 each.

“There’s nothing worse than a crooked cop in my book, retired after 32 years, or not. I believe Conley most likely lured him into hauling the illegal load believing a RETIRED DEPUTY would get a free pass,” said Chris West, Canadian County Sheriff.

Deputies say Conley posted bond while Hirayama remains in custody.

 

LOS ANGELES

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Author: Los Angeles Daily News

Date: 14 February 2018

URL: https://www.dailynews.com/2018/02/14/lapd-cracks-down-on-illegal-marijuana-shops-arresting-dozens-but-there-could-be-hundreds-more/

Extract: 

The Los Angeles Police Department has served eight search warrants, including two in the San Fernando Valley, at shops suspected of unlawful marijuana sales so far this year, the agency announced Wednesday.

While these eight locations have been shut down, there is likely between 200 and 300 more of such illegal establishments operating throughout the city, LAPD Deputy Chief John Sherman of the Operations-Valley Bureau told reporters at a news conference downtown.

 

SACRAMENTO

Title:  Pot growers are flooding Sacramento with applications. Some areas say enough is enough

Author: Sacramento Bee Blog

Date: 14 February 2018

URL: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/city-beat/article200176144.html#storylink=cpy

Extract: 

Sacramento has quickly emerged as a marijuana capital since the state of California and local governments began issuing permits for companies to cultivate, manufacture and distribute pot in recent months. But that explosion has some neighborhood leaders and elected officials here nervous as large clusters of marijuana-related businesses are popping up in a handful of areas.

They are particularly concerned that marijuana growers are driving up rental prices and pushing out other businesses that may provide more jobs or other benefits to neighborhood residents.