California marijuana policy


A bill to establish specialized cannabis-only banks in California has been overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and federally insured banks won't do business with cannabis companies.

Democrat Bob Hertzberg authored the measure.

The state of California is scaling back its expectations for marijuana revenue over the next year, thanks to many local communities around the state that are still refusing to allow cannabis sales within their jurisdictions.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The conversation about where people can legally use marijuana has landed on the doorsteps of hospitals with a new bill that could let terminally ill patients use the drug from their deathbeds.  Capital Public Radio’s health care reporter Sammy Caiola [kay-OH-luh] has more

In his final weeks with pancreatic cancer, 42-year-old Ryan Bartell couldn’t do much but sleep. The hospital-issued painkillers just knocked him out.

So he started using marijuana for relief. His father Jim Bartell says it was a game-changer.

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State lawyers have given the final okay to a regulation allowing home marijjuana deliveries statewide, even in communities that have banned commercial cannabis sales. Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

Canada launched its legal marijuana marketplace this week.  The northern neighbor learned a few lessons from California's rollout.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

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Faith and marijuana in Jurupa Valley is the subject of our next story.  The Vault Church of Open Faith is unique among Inland Empire churches - it's also a marijuana dispensary.  Or, it was, until the city of Jurupa Valley shut it down.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper attended services, and has this story.

MERCY: “Alright. Thank you guys for all coming today. My name’s Mercy…”

Moreno Valley has joined the list of Inland Empire cities being sued for its regulations on legal marijuana.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

In the Inland Empire and around the state of California, some local elected officials remain resistant to making legal marijuana available in their communities.  Other public officials are showing signs that their anti-cannabis viewes are "evolving," or at least catching up with the views of a majority of their constituents.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero have more in this report.

Now that recreational cannabis is legal in California, the Highway Patrol and UC San Diego researchers are working on an effective test for those driving under the influence.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

The San Bernardino City Council continues to defy the will of the city's voters by once again extending a moratorium on the legal sale of recreational and medicinal marijuana within the city.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

The sale of recreational marijuana became legal on January 1.  But California's pot rules don't offer the complete freedom to smoke, buy, and transport cannabis anywhere you please.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols examined some of the restrictions Californians still face.

Three days after recreational marijuana became legal in California, the Trump administration is moving to enforce the federal ban on pot.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola has more.

New Year's Day marked a seismic shift for California's culture, economy, and law enforcement.  It is now legal for adults 21 and over to walk into a licensed retailer and buy cannabis for recreational use.  Voters set this change in motion when the approved Proposition 64 in November of 2016.  However as Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports, the rollout of commercial marijuana sales is moving slowly.

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People in the Inland Empire who wanted to take advantage of California's new law legalizing recreational marijuana had to search for the few, sometimes far-flung outlets in our region that were open and selling product to the public.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Law enforcement in California is gearing up for a spike in people driving under the influence of marijuana.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

New Laws 2018: Pot in Motor Vehicles

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The sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal in California on Monday, January 1. Also on Monday, a separate law will restrict what you can do with pot behind the wheel and as a passenger. This story in our series on new laws in California comes from Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols.

Now that California has released applications for cannabis dispensaries, retailers are scrambling to get their ducks in a row so they can open their doors come January.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports that potential pot retailers are still being slowed by expensive permits, lots of paperwork, and continued resistance to legal marijuana.

While most local governments in the Inland Empire continue to cling to moral or public safety arguments against permitting the sale of legal pot in their jurisdictions, some inland cities and towns have decided to take advantage of the opportunity for big public revenue gains from the growing commercial marijuana industry.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California cities and counties are preparing ordinances ahead of next year's rollout of legal adult-use cannabis.  At least many are.  Some others are not.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

San Francisco joins San Diego in becoming one of the few big cities in the state of California to finalize rules that will allow the commercial sale of marijuana when it officially becomes legal in January.  Other cities big and small throughout the state - including in the Inland Empire - continue to struggle with the voters' mandate to legalize pot.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The state of California has released new emergency rules governing the sale and production of recreational marijuana, just six weeks before businesses can begin selling cannabis under voter-approved Proposition 64.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports the rules are temporary, but apply to all aspects of the industry.

California's cannabis industry has a banking problem.  Federal rules keep most marijuana businesses from even opening a checking account.  Many deal in cash.  It's a problem in other places with legal pot, like Colorado, as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

With California's multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry coming on line next year, state officials are thinking about piles of money.  A report out yesterday (Tuesday) looks at where growers and sellers should park their cash, since most banks won't touch it.


A week from today, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will debate the pros and cons of permitting marijuana sales and commercial cultivation in Riverside County's unincorporated communities.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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California's lead agency for marijuana regulation has gone by many names.  The Bureau of Cannabis Control is the latest.  The change reflects a wider trend away from the term "marijuana" in favor of "cannabis."  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

Last year, the voters of California gave the state well more than a year to prepare for the legal sale and distribution of marijuana for recreational use.  That was 8 months ago.  With less than 6 months left, it appears the state -- and especially local governments -- are running behind the schedule dictated by Proposition 64, the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana in California.  More from Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric.

Recreational marijuana businesses will soon be legal in California.  It's unclear what - if any - enforcement will come from the federal government.  But a bill in the state Legislature would limit state and local law enforcement from teaming up with the feds on certain marijuana cases.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

It would be a crime to have an open container of cannabis in your vehicle while driving under a bill awaiting Governor Jerry Brown's signature.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.


As California lawmakers work toward a state budget vote this week, marijuana industry players eagerly await the release of a piece of the budget deal that's intended to align state rules on medical and recreational marijuana.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

California lawmakers are trying to ban edible marijuana from resembling candy, after an uptick in emergency room visits.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on a bill passed yesterday (Monday) by the California Assembly.