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L.A. Medical Marijuana Wild West Ending?

 SF Gate – The days of the “wild west” for medical marijuana dispensaries may be coming to a close in the City of Los Angeles. The L.A. City Attorney’s office has begun sending misdemeanor complaints to the owners, operators, and landlords of clubs ineligible to stay open under the city’s voter-approved medical marijuana regulations, called Measure D. In mid-September, the new L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer filed criminal misdemeanor complaints against seven clubs for violating Measure D, said city attorney spokesman Rob Wilcox. On Oct. 11, Feuer announced a total of 38 complaints, as well as 42 voluntary club closures. About 800 other locations have been notified to decist selling medical weed. The misdemeanor complaints can lead to six months of jail time for dispensary operators, owners, and landlords, and fines of $2,500 per day.

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Los Angeles Area Dispensary Workers Sign First Contract

Local 770 dispensary workers at two medical cannabis dispensaries are celebrating the ratification of their first union contract this week. Workers at Greenhouse Herbal Center and LA Wonderland-Hot Zone in Los Angeles have negotiated contracts that will raise standards at their dispensaries while ensuring that the dispensaries adhere to labor laws and industry standards.

 

Workers view this contract as a victory not only for themselves, but also for their patients and for the future of their industry.

 

Beyond their workplace organizing efforts, these workers joined with Local 770 to help pass a city-wide voter initiative, Proposition D, that regulates medical cannabis dispensaries. Signing their first collective bargaining agreement is the next step in bringing dignity and order to a still volatile industry and ensuring the enforcement of basic labor laws and industry standards.

 

Workers also secured regular raises, paid time off and a grievance procedure. The contract language improves regulatory standards and defines respect in the workplace.

 

“My favorite part of the contract is having regular raises,” said Ksenia, a worker at LA Wonderland-Hot Zone. “It makes me feel more serious and secure about this job.”

 

The UFCW represents thousands of medical cannabis workers in six states and the District of Columbia. UFCW members in the cannabis industry work predominantly in dispensaries, coffee shops, bakeries, patient identification centers, hydroponics stores, and growing and training facilities.

Dec. 14-15 – The Emerald Cup

 “America’s Longest Running Cannabis Competition.”

This December is the 10th Annual Medical Marijuana Emerald Cup, a competition for professional growers in the medical cannabis industry based in Humboldt County.

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Colorado: Medical marijuana stats update: Number of kids on registry nearly doubles in two months

Westword – The number of people signing up for their state medical marijuana cards just barely outpaced the thousands of people dropping off the list from July to August. While the total number of new applications for the medical marijuana registry increased by 3,640 from June through August, to 230,847, the total number of active red cards only increased by 330 people. As we’ve discussed before in this space, the discrepancy is due largely to people leaving the registry and not renewing their state-issued medical marijuana card.

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TSA Policy on Medical Marijuana Is Murky But May Be Easing

ABC – Travelers with prescription pot are receiving an unofficially relaxed response from TSA agents, according to recent reports. Now that 20 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and two have given recreational use the green light, the Transportation Security Administration’s adherence to federal law makes for a somewhat grey and sticky situation at airports.

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