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The other side of Eden: Commercial marijuana takes root in Steinbeck country

BY PETER HECHT

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THE SALINAS VALLEY

John Steinbeck’s quintessential California novel “East of Eden,” about pain and poverty in an agricultural paradise, cast this setting in near biblical tones, depicting it as a place of mystical breeze and light, “full of sun and loveliness” and warm like “the lap of a beloved mother.” Read More “The other side of Eden: Commercial marijuana takes root in Steinbeck country”

MARIJUANA IS A WONDER DRUG WHEN IT COMES TO THE HORRORS OF CHEMO

After a successful surgery to remove a cancer-ridden section of Jeff Moroso’s large intestine in the spring of 2013, the oncologist sat down with his patient to prepare him for what would come next: 12 rounds of punishing chemotherapy, once every two weeks for six months—standard practice for the treatment of colon cancer. Read More “MARIJUANA IS A WONDER DRUG WHEN IT COMES TO THE HORRORS OF CHEMO”

Scores of medical pot permit applications could produce millions of pounds of bud in Monterey County

Salinas >> A wave of green-tinged medical marijuana use-permit applications has flooded Monterey County with the potential to establish millions of square feet of grow space and millions of pounds of raw product.

In all, 76 use-permit applications have been submitted thus far, most of them seeking permission to grow thousands of square feet of marijuana in existing greenhouse sites and other indoor areas in the unincorporated parts of the county, as required by the county’s medical marijuana regulations, with the rest asking for the county’s OK to operate dispensaries and engage in manufacturing. The county’s rules don’t set a cap on the number of permits, which are only restricted by available grow sites and zoning. Read More “Scores of medical pot permit applications could produce millions of pounds of bud in Monterey County”

Congress’ spending bill protects medical pot states

WASHINGTON — Congress extended protections to 44 states that have legalized medical marijuana in its proposed $1 trillion spending bill that funds the government through September.

The language prevents the Justice Department from using any of its funding to “prevent” those states from “implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” Read More “Congress’ spending bill protects medical pot states”

Marijuana Goes Industrial in California

SALINAS, Calif. — This vast and fertile valley is often called the salad bowl of the nation for the countless heads of lettuce growing across its floor. Now California’s marijuana industry is laying claim to a new slogan for the valley: America’s cannabis bucket.

After years of marijuana being cultivated in small plots out of sight from the authorities, California cannabis is going industrial. Read More “Marijuana Goes Industrial in California”

Trump issues broad, ‘Bush-style’ signing statement on spending bill

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Friday, and used the opportunity to attach a signing statement that asserted presidential prerogatives on issues of war powers, marijuana and government spending.

The signing statement was Trump’s first as president, and could signal that he intends to use the tool to vigorously defend what he sees as the president’s constitutional authority. Through the statement, Trump reserved the right to disregard 89 different provisions in the spending bill. Read More “Trump issues broad, ‘Bush-style’ signing statement on spending bill”

10 diseases where medical marijuana could have impact

Dr. Sanjay Gupta puts medical marijuana under the microscope again with “WEED 3: The Marijuana Revolution” at 9 p.m. ET Sunday on CNN.

(CNN)Dr. Sue Sisley noticed an unexpected trend among her patients. The psychiatrist works with veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. Many don’t like how they feel on all the meds they take to manage their anxiety, sleeplessness, depression and the flashbacks.
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A flower’s tale: How legal weed goes from seed to sale

Boxes the color of a desert sunset are staggered between potted succulents at Santa Ana’s Bud and Bloom dispensary. Inside each $50 box is a bundle of rolling papers, a wick made from hemp, matches and a glass jar with an eighth-ounce of “virgin” cannabis, purportedly untouched by human hands. Tucked up front is a note signed by the master grower at Canndescent cultivation facility.Medical marijuana patients often don’t know where the cannabis they’re buying comes from, even if they’re shopping at a licensed dispensary. And often that’s on purpose, since many California cannabis growers have operated under the radar for years, without a proper green light from state or local authorities. Read More “A flower’s tale: How legal weed goes from seed to sale”