Tuesday, November 24, 2015

‘US Capital of Cannabis Will Be Oakland,’ Says Incubator Founder

by David Downs
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Two flavors of Bay Area life — cannabis and technology — will continue their fusion this winter with the launch of Gateway Incubator, LLC in Oakland's Jack London district. It will be California’s first cannabis company incubator.

Gateway LLC is backed by a leading weed industry holding company, MJIC, Inc., in partnership with “entrepreneur evangelist” Ben Larson and Carter Laren, a director and mentor for the Founder Institute, “the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program.”

Incubating canna-biz: Gateway in Jack London Square. - VIA GATEWAY
  • via Gateway
  • Incubating canna-biz: Gateway in Jack London Square.

Gateway will host a VIP open house on December 4, followed by a Start-Up Showcase for the public on December 5. The incubator is accepting applications for its first cohort of up to ten companies, which will begin in March 2016. Interested founders can visit the company's website for more information.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

California Legalization Up for Debate Friday in Downtown San Francisco

by David Downs
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Bernie Sanders’ pollster Ben Tulchin of Tulchin Research will discuss the odds of 2016 cannabis legalization in California and beyond on Friday, November 20 in downtown San Francisco.

Tulchin will sit on a panel that will also feature representatives of the Marijuana Policy Project and ReformCA, Oakland cannabis commissioner Sean Donahoe, and Roger Salazar — head of Alza PR and the successful “No on Prop 19” campaign in 2010.

This all-star panel kicks off the New West Summit November 20-21, at the Parc 55 hotel in downtown San Francisco. Your Legalization Nation editor will be the panel’s moderator.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bernie Pushes Hillary Further Left on Legalization

by David Downs
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ promise to end federal cannabis prohibition last week has pushed frontrunner Hillary Clinton into changing her position on pot.

“While the Republicans (except for Rand Paul) are sticking with the Reagan-era drug position, the Dems are competing to be the cool parent,” writes Debra Borchardt with Forbes.

Clinton updated her position on pot on Saturday at a townhall in South Carolina, saying she’d do more than allow states to chart their own course. She said that as president, she would move marijuana from the top of the federal list of dangerous drugs to second place, “so that researchers at universities, national institutes of health can start researching the best way to use it.”

That's a big promise from potentially the next POTUS.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Battle Royale Starts to Erupt Among California's Legalization Factions

by David Downs
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM

Legalization activists voted for continued cannabis prohibition in Ohio Tuesday, and many will likely do so in California in 2016.
  • Legalization activists voted for continued cannabis prohibition in Ohio Tuesday, and many will likely do so in California in 2016.
California is having a roaring debate about what it means to legalize cannabis, and the disagreements threaten any potential campaign in 2016. On Monday, a noted doctor and environmentalist filed a new initiative to legalize cannabis in California. Many reports indicate it has the backing of tech billionaire Sean Parker, plus the support of the Marijuana Policy Project and Drug Policy Alliance, the California Cannabis Industry Association, and other groups. We haven't heard a peep from anti-legalization conservatives about it. But from Oakland to Lake Tahoe to Santa Cruz, pro-legalization activists are divided while calling for unity.

Harborside Health Center founder Stephen DeAngelo immediately voiced his non-vote for the Parker-backed "Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act." DeAngelo called for unity while saying he supported a different initiative filed Tuesday by Sacramento attorney George Mull, the Cannabis Control and Taxation Act.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

The New, Sean Parker-Backed Legalization Initiative: Here’s What’s Inside

by David Downs
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 4:39 PM

A group backed by billionaire philanthropist Sean Parker released a major, viable new initiative to legalize marijuana in California in 2016.

Called the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the measure would end cannabis prohibition in California. The measure would establish a seed-to-sale system of commercial regulations. Here’s what’s inside the initiative, which was filed by noted environmentalist Michael Sutton and phyiscian Donald Lyman.

  • David Downs

Personal Possession

- 21 years of age and older.
- one ounce of bud, four grams of hash.
- can grow six plants at home.

“Marijuana and marijuana products involved in any way with conduct deemed lawful by this section are not contraband nor subject to seizure, and no conduct deemed lawful by this section shall constitute the basis for detention, search, or arrest."

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