Many in the cannabis community and those of us who cover cannabis news are familiar with the name Dan Rush. Prominent in the California political scene, he was a stalwart supporter of marijuana and marijuana legalization in his capacity as an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in the state. Rush is now facing serious federal charges.
In one of the boldest messages of support from one of the highest-ranking government officials in the state, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told Bill Maher that Californians will legalize recreational marijuana in the 2016 general election.
â€śIâ€™m leading the charge,â€ť Newsom said.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has been a very busy man as of late. Last week he signed a bill that would severely stiffen the penalties for illegal marijuana grows in the state. And now, our good Governor has just signed a bill that would greatly increase the penalties for manufacturing hash oil and methamphetamine in residential California neighborhoods.
The Merced County Sheriffâ€™s Department seized more than 1,100 marijuana plants, a half-ounce of methamphetamine, five firearms, 10 pounds of trimmed buds, and an undisclosed amount of cash when it conducted five raids Sunday in the Northern California county.
Sgt. Ray Framstad told the Merced Sunstar that while most Merced growers stay within the countyâ€™s 12-plant limit, the larger, commercial, illegal grows (such as the five raided) drain natural resources and open the area up to harsher drugs and organized crime.
Last week California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that would levy stiff fines against illegal marijuana growers, with fines up to $40,000 for the dumping of hazardous materials commonly used in illegal grows.
Thursday morning Santa Clara police raided a 7-acre marijuana grow in the Santa Cruz mountains, seizing more than a million dollars worth of weed.
Santa Clara Sheriffâ€™s deputies said that neighbors of the grow alerted them to its existence. While the five suspects arrested and property owner claim the grow is entirely for medicinal purposes and valid under state MMJ laws, the deputies unwaveringly say the grow is illegal.
Garret Hand, friend of those arrested, was on the scene when police came.