medical marijuana

Eli Melrod
Sarah Tan

California officially opened cannabis sales to all adults at the start of the new year. That’s after voters passed Proposition 64 back in November 2016. Local dispensaries are slowly getting up to speed on permits and paperwork. They’re adjusting to a new flow of customers.

And they're finding that a growing clientele consists of older folks. Some are returning to marijuana after trying it in their youth. Others are using it for the first time. Some are attracted because they can buy it for their health without needing a doctor’s note.

Tim Blake and Taylor Blake at Emerald Cup
Stacey Dennick

The 17th annual Emerald Cup, a celebration of all things cannabis, was held December 9 and 10, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Reporter Stacey Dennick joined the crowd of approximately 25,000 attendees. 

Cannabis Training University/Wikimedia Commons

Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors are close to making a decisive decision on where and how much medical marijuana can be grown in parts of the county. It’s a step towards bringing this largely unregulated industry into compliance. But as KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the process has pitted small cannabis growers against their neighbors in rural, residential communities.

flickr/Chuck Coker

Earlier this week, Marin General Hospital took a first tentative step toward becoming California’s first public medical center to openly allow patients to use medicinal cannabis. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi was at the hospital’s governing board meeting and prepared this report.

Santa Rosa Advances Cannabis Cultivation Regulations

Feb 10, 2016

  Santa Rosa is taking its first detailed steps toward regulating the cultivation of medical marijuana within the city. The city’s planning commission will hold a public hearing on the issue Thursday afternoon. Tiffany Camhi reports.

Meanwhile State Senator Mike McGuire, a co-author  of the state bill to regulate cannabis, has just introduced a companion measure that would impose a 15% tax on the sale of medical marijuana.

Mike McGuire’s First State Senate Term

Aug 31, 2015

  Eight months into his new job, representing northern California’s huge Second state Senate District, Healdsburg’s Mike McGuire is maintaining his usual frenetic pace as he wades into a new set of complex legislative issues.

  Facing a long list of issues to engage with in Sacramento, State Senator Mike McGuire says he allocates his efforts in accordance with four broad priorities.