CA NORML News and Events


Senators Urge Sessions to Keep Trump’s Promise of Marijuana Federalism. Since neither Sens. Feinstein or Harris signed this letter, Cal NORML wrote to them, and to Sessions. Harris is calling for Sessions to resign over his false or misleading statements under oath regarding his meetings with Russian officials, and Feinstein is calling for a Judiciary investigation.)

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, Mark DeSaulnier, Nanette Barragán, and Ted Lieu, a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, have also called for Sessions’s resignation.

NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano took on two of Sessions’ statements:

• Attorney General Jeff Session thinks legalizing pot increases violent crime — he’s wrong

Trump administration’s dubious claims about pot and opioids are dead wrong

Meanwhile, the feds interfered with the High Times Cannabis Cup in Las Vegas and

Trump administration signals a possible crackdown on states over marijuana  • California officials and the marijuana industry prepare to fight a federal crackdown.

As local jurisdictions continue to implement Prop. 64, this oped from the Daily Bulletin makes an important point.

And as PG&E announced they would offer discounted rates to marijuana farmers, the impact of indoor cultivation on the state’s energy supply was examined.

• Will California’s power grid be able to keep up with legal marijuana’s demand?

• California explores energy impacts of cannabis cultivation

Federal: Bill Introduced To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition 

Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced bipartisan legislation, HR 1227, to exclude marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus leaving states the authority to regulate the plant how best they see fit.

The “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing the plant. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.

Coming Events

Tuesday, March 7
Voters in the City of Los Angeles and Sonoma County will be asked to weigh in on local measures to regulate cannabis businesses.

Two measures on are the LA ballot:  Measure M and Measure N. The proponents of Measure N have thrown their support behind Measure M, which although flawed, would at least repeal Measure D, which puts LA in peril of not being able to comply with state law.

Sonoma County’s Measure A would tax cannabis businesses at a rate of up to 10%. TheSonoma County Grower’s Alliance has urged a “No” vote on Measure A. 

Cal NORML Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 9  – 6 PM
Gateway Incubator, 330 2nd St., Oakland

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