The Lake County town of Clearlake has backed off of its marijuana cultivation ban following public backlash and a lawsuit filed by one of the city's former mayors.
Clearlake was one of the few municipalities in the state to ban cultivation (several counties ban growing as well) and it had become a contentious topic; Lake County's struggles with marijuana regulation were reported in the Los Angeles Times last year.
The Press Democrat reports that the Clearlake city council had adopted the ban — despite the fact that it already had a law limiting parcels to between six and 12 plants — to combat illegal grows. Medical marijuana advocates said it deprived people of medicine and, besides, the city wasn't enforcing its current limits.
Meanwhile, in Illinois, a company is challenging a rival medical marijuana business that won an exclusive contract to serve a portion of the state.
Shiloh Agronomics LLC, which was formed by a former county board chairman and sheriff, is threatening to sue Shelby County Community Services Inc., saying that the company is ineligible to grow and sell marijuana because it operates as a nonprofit and must follow federal law, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
The son of Shiloh Agronomics' founder, a Chicago attorney, told the Tribune that the state shouldn't "create a monopoly for someone who is tax subsidized."
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf came out in favor of legalization recently, hosting a discussion in his home with doctors and lawmakers and telling reporters the following day that the state breaks up families with criminalization.
State senators passed a medical marijuana bill 40-7 recently, but the bill is in a house committee headed by a Republican who opposed legalization without federal government approval, according to a WPXI report.
This month's National Geographic features an image that any Humboldter is pretty used to by now: a collection of delicate marijuana leaves dangling over the magazine's masthead and big red block letters that read, simply, "WEED."
It is apparently the magazine's first foray into the rapidly changing social and scientific world of marijuana, and, while it doesn't touch on anything particularly groundbreaking, it sums up the current state of affairs nicely and features fantastic pictures from photographer Lynn Johnson.
Among others, the magazine profiles: Raphael Mechoulam who, as a young chemist in 1963, identified THC as marijuana's psychoactive compound and calls the plant a "medicinal treasure trove waiting to be discovered"; Phillip Hague, a Luther Burbank-worshipping seed collector who runs one of Colorado's biggest grows and whose quips about the plant can likely be heard in many corners of our county; Manuel Guzman, a Spanish researcher on the forefront of cannabis' effects on neurology and cancer; and a Colorado community where hundreds of families have moved to seek cannabis treatment for kids with seizures and other maladies.
It's a remarkably positive piece — hopeful even — without being unrealistically cheerleadery, and you can read it online now, or pick it up at your favorite magazine rack.