By Brooke Staggs and Ian Wheeler | April 15, 2018 at 6:00 am Eighteen months after California voters enthusiastically endorsed legal marijuana, just one in seven cities in the state allow recreational cannabis stores, according to a first-of-its-kind study by this news organization and its California partners. And only one in three allow any kind of cannabis business at all. Proposition 64, approved by 57 percent of state voters in November 2016, promised to bring California into a hazy new age, making it legal for people to carry up to an ounce of marijuana and to grow it at home. But it also gave cities and counties a strong say into exactly what would be allowed and when. The result is a crazy quilt of regulation. Our study is the most comprehensive look to date at how the industry is taking shape. Some towns — among them San Jose and Oakland — are cannabis friendly, allowing a wide range of businesses to cultivate or peddle a product that residents are free … [Read more...] about Exclusive analysis: Only one in seven California cities allow recreational marijuana stores
By The Cannifornian Staff | PUBLISHED: April 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm | UPDATED: April 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm One in seven California cities requires residents to get a permit to grow marijuana at home for their personal use. To get that permit, some of those same cities want residents to submit to background checks and in-home police inspections. Other cities want personal-use cannabis growers to submit notarized forms and scaled site plan drawings. Some charge permit fees that can run up to $1,420. All of these city rules are being imposed upon citizens who, under California’s Proposition 64, have as much right to grow cannabis for personal use as they do to make their own beer. Though Prop. 64 legalized recreational marijuana in California, it also gave cities and counties broad authority to implement the law within their jurisdictions. But how those rules match up with the spirit of the law is an open question. That’s part of why the Southern California News Group … [Read more...] about Are some California cities trying to regulate away Prop 64?
By Jeff Collins | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: April 9, 2018 at 8:50 am | UPDATED: April 9, 2018 at 8:58 am Fifty-nine percent of Orange County residents responding to a Chapman University poll said they support rent control, while just 41 percent opposed it. That’s a major disconnect between local attitudes and laws. Just one of Orange County’s 34 cities — San Juan Capistrano — has any form of rent control, and it’s limited to mobile homes. And local city councils have repeatedly rejected calls for rent control in recent years. The 60-40 split reflected in the Chapman poll also defies the expectation created by the makeup of survey respondents: Only 41 percent of the 706 people who took part are renters. “I was surprised by how many people want rent control in Orange County,” said Fred Smoller, a Chapman associate professor of political science and lead researcher on the survey. Chapman’s poll … [Read more...] about Local attitudes, laws are split on rent control in Southern California cities
close Video Huntington Beach votes 6-1 to challenge sanctuary law Mayor of Huntington Beach, California speaks out about the anti-sanctuary movement spreading across the state. Another California city has taken a stand against the state’s sanctuary city laws after a vote Monday night prompted Huntington Beach to file its own lawsuit over the issue. Huntington Beach City Council voted 6-1 to file a lawsuit against the state of California over a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that took effect January 1. The law prohibits state and local police agencies from notifying federal authorities when illegal immigrants facing deportation are released. Mayor Mike Posey and Councilman Erik Peterson called the law “constitutional overreach,” The Orange County Register reported. Posey said his could become the first city in California to sue the state itself. MORE CALIFORNIA CITIES LOOKING TO REJECT STATE’S SANCTUARY LAW Just last month the city of Los Alamitos … [Read more...] about California city files lawsuit against the state over sanctuary city laws
Published 5:51 pm, Sunday, April 1, 2018 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city will pay $1.5 million to a man armed with a knife who died after being stunned with a Taser and subdued by police responding to a domestic disturbance call. The claim filed against the city of Pasadena alleged officers used violent physical force on Reginald Thomas, who died in 2016 following a struggle with police outside his apartment. City News Service reports Sunday that police and the city, in approving the settlement, said they do not admit liability or fault. Officials said police were trying to protect Thomas' wife and four small children. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Villanova defeats Kansas, faces Michigan in championship Fox29 Local athletes excel on second day of Texas Relays San Antonio Express-News Michigan's Final 4 road goes through cult heroes Sr. Jean, Loyola Fox2Detroit Sister Jean Chicago Tribune Loyola Ramblers Chicago … [Read more...] about California city to pay $1.5M in police struggle death