Bonta bill would make it easier for people to expunge cannabis-related criminal records

Assemblymember Rob Bonta authored thestate's medical marijuana regulatoryframework in 2015.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTWith cannabis seen as the future in California following legalization that began this month, East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta believes the state must first look to reconcile its past.Bonta introduced a bill Tuesday that will make it easier for those convicted of outdated cannabis-related … Continue reading Bonta bill would make it easier for people to expunge cannabis-related criminal records

Cannabis industry coming to Alameda?

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda is surrounded now by municipalities in Oakland and San Leandro that are taking full advantage of the highly-profitable cannabis industry in their cities, not to mention the potential windfall of new tax revenues that may follow.Based on a council referral to be discussed next week, Alameda may be laying the groundwork, albeit belatedly, for cannabis businesses … Continue reading Cannabis industry coming to Alameda?

San Leandro picks lower than expected tax on medical cannabis

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILMany government entities are expected to take their own cut in the form of taxes from the burgeoning cannabis industry, but San Leandro is choosing to give businesses and patients a small break.The San Leandro City Council decided this week to start its cannabis business tax rate at a rate of 6 … Continue reading San Leandro picks lower than expected tax on medical cannabis

San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |  A third dispensary permit in San Leandro in just over a year was formally approved Monday night, but it may be the last for some time after a councilmember raised the possibility of moratorium on any further dispensaries. The San Leandro City Council moved to schedule later this month a … Continue reading San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

San Leandro sets the stage for third dispensary, without open bidding process

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter already hasa operator in mind for the city's potential third dispensary.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |San Leandro’s medical marijuana dispensary ordinance was amended Monday to include a possible third permit. The San Leandro City Council only recently awarded a second permit in July, and now with its latest action, is setting the stage … Continue reading San Leandro sets the stage for third dispensary, without open bidding process

San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

San Leandro may ask voters to approve a ballotmeasure that would among other uses, replaceits police station.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |Over the past three election cycles, San Leandro voters have helped the city bolster its treasury through various tax measures. It may ask for help again this fall through another tax-raising ballot measure.Although the city's … Continue reading San Leandro eyes potential ballot measure to tax cannabis, parking lots

Lee wants acting DEA official replaced for calling medical marijuana ‘a joke’

Rep. Barbara Lee and others objected to the actingDEA chief calling medical pot "a joke."CONGRESS | DISTRICT 13 | Rep. Barbara Lee and six other members of Congress are calling for the Obama administration to replace the acting chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration after he labeled medical marijuana “ a joke” and questioned whether … Continue reading Lee wants acting DEA official replaced for calling medical marijuana ‘a joke’

Brown signs medical marijuana bill; Bonta declares ‘new era’ for state dispensaries

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta may have just become the godfather of medical marijuana regulation in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation adding regulations to medical marijuana dispensaries nearly 20 years after voters approve its legality in California. The bill, a cobbling of several regulatory bills, is viewed as being … Continue reading Brown signs medical marijuana bill; Bonta declares ‘new era’ for state dispensaries

Harborside receives recommendation for San Leandro’s lone dispensary permit

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | San Leandro’s first-ever pot dispensary will likely be operated by the nation’s largest collective. City staffers are recommending that the San Leandro City Council on Tuesday night select Oakland-based Harborside Health Center for the city’s single dispensary permit.The issue of taxing medical cannabis in San Leandro in the near future … Continue reading Harborside receives recommendation for San Leandro’s lone dispensary permit

Inside San Leandro’s trippy ride to its first-ever pot dispensary

Former San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy, left,along with other council members at a town hall inJanuary 2013 on medical cannabis dispensaries.PHOTO/Natalia AldanaSAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | For years, San Leandro's city leaders wanted absolutely no part of the medical cannabis industry. Medical cannabis patients could always go to Oakland, officials often said. But then two … Continue reading Inside San Leandro’s trippy ride to its first-ever pot dispensary

Bonta’s medical cannabis bill is gutted in committee, but lives another day

Assemblymember Rob BontaASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | An Assembly bill regulating medical cannabis in the state once called “historic” by its sponsors was gutted Thursday afternoon, but it’s ultimate fate is yet to be decided.Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s Assembly Bill 266 was amended by the State Senate Appropriations Committee to read “It is the intention … Continue reading Bonta’s medical cannabis bill is gutted in committee, but lives another day

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Assemblymember Bill Quirk

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Bonta’s bill placing regulations on medical cannabis dispensaries moves forward

Assemblymember Rob BontaMajor legislation moves to Appropriations in AugustASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | At the very least, East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta doesn't want you consuming medical cannabis loaded with mold and harmful pesticides. Bonta’s Assembly Bill 266 to straighten out the state’s long unregulated medical cannabis industry passed a pair of hurdles this week. … Continue reading Bonta’s bill placing regulations on medical cannabis dispensaries moves forward

Hayward may back Bonta’s dispensary bill, but still doesn’t want them in their city

A Hayward councilmember said last monthhe wants no "marijuana stores" in the city.City backs local control aspect of regulatory billHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Medical marijuana dispensaries in Hayward have long been viewed by city leaders with great disdain. Hayward councilmembers, in the past, have labeled them the bane of public safety and a potential corruption … Continue reading Hayward may back Bonta’s dispensary bill, but still doesn’t want them in their city

Regulatory medical cannabis bill co-authored by Bonta passes Assembly

Assemblymember Rob BontaASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | A bill co-authored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta and two other Southern California Democrats that would offer the state a mechanism for overseeing its notoriously under-regulated medical cannabis industry passed the Assembly Thursday with clear bipartisan support, 60-8.Assembly Bill 266 creates an Office of Marijuana Regulation under … Continue reading Regulatory medical cannabis bill co-authored by Bonta passes Assembly