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October 5, 2021
DCR Update October 2021

DCR Update October 5, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA

LA’s Department of Cannabis Regulation Moves Forward with New Licensing, and Additional Scrutiny of Previously Submitted Social Equity License Applications 
September 14, 2021

Hmong Prevail: County Can’t Ban Water

It has been a long hot dry waterless summer in Siskiyou County, California for the Hmong people because of a county ban to withhold trucked-in water deliveries to illegal Hmong cannabis farmers.
July 1, 2021
Department of Cannabis Regulations

DCR Update July 1, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA

Effective July 1, 2021 the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) put into effect two new Ordinances (187094 and 187095) amending Article 4 and Article 5 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code regulating commercial cannabis activity in the City of Los Angeles.
June 3, 2021
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Withholding Water is the New Racism: Siskiyou County Hmong Community Targeted

Racism takes on many behaviors. A new behavior has crept into the conservative mindset of late and that is the attempt to withhold water.
May 30, 2021
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The Non-ordinary State of Debate

The non-ordinary appears to be becoming the ordinary state of discourse in politics this week - in the space of two days Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) copped to the fact that psychedelics...
April 15, 2021
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Overcriminalization Kills

Why are cops killing so many Americans and, particularly Black people?  One obvious culprit is overcriminalization.  In many situations where police end up killing civilians, the police initiate the interactions with the civilians over relatively trivial matters, not as part of any investigation of violent crime.
April 12, 2021
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“Duh, I Thought It Was My Taser” – The Murder of Daunte Wright

I’m sitting here scratching my head wondering how 25-year veteran police officer, Kim Potter, can mistake a gun for a taser. 
April 11, 2021
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The Wise Owl Sees It All

In a laboratory at Johns Hopkins run by Shreesh Mysore thirty wise and innocent barn owls have not been able to speak for themselves but have been “held captive and tortured” and subsequently killed in “brutal brain experiments”. 
April 11, 2021
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In Minnesota it Seems Black Lives are Expendable – to the Police

On Sunday April 11, 2021 as the Derek Chauvin trial trudges on, Daunte Wright, 20, barely a man, was shot by an officer from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, a city that borders Minneapolis.
April 8, 2021
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Fall of the Blue Wall of Silence – LA George Gascon Deserves Admiration and Applause for His Reforms that will Curb Police Brutality

The Blue Wall of Silence was on a fault line the evening Derek Chauvin’s knee was on George Floyd’s neck. The three other police officers who stood by were trying to keep it from crumbling by barring desperate neighborhood folks from helping a dying man.
April 8, 2021
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Deepening the Crack in the Blue Wall of Silence

The Blue Wall of Silence was on a fault line the evening Derek Chauvin’s knee was on George Floyd’s neck. The three other police officers who stood by were trying to keep it from crumbling by barring desperate neighborhood folks from helping a dying man.
April 1, 2021
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A Modern Day Lynching: The Case for First Degree Murder for Derek Chauvin

Pictures speak a thousand words. Videos speak volumes. That is why I am beginning this article with the video that started it all to remind the reader what happened that eventful evening to George Floyd.
March 30, 2021
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Get up, Let Up. Justice for George Floyd: The Trial of Derek Chauvin

For those readers that need a refresher, George Floyd, a black man, was killed last May 25, 2020 when Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police department, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes in broad daylight.
March 29, 2021
cannabis law california

Fighting the Multi-Headed Dragon

Getting accused of cannabis-related misconduct can cause you all kinds of problems.  Often times, the best course of action is to hire an attorney experienced in all these fields to help you minimize your damage so that you can move on and avoid losing your liberty, your money, or your job.
March 27, 2021
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What Happened in Echo Park?

A clearing of a homeless encampment in Los Angeles' Echo Park Lake led to violent clashes between police and protesters Thursday night.
March 24, 2021
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New York will be the 15th State to Legalize Weed

Starting next year, the recreational sale of marijuana for adults was legalized as of today after years of beating around the bush. New Yorkers will additionally be allowed to cultivate marijuana for personal use and medical marijuana companies can begin selling whole lower instead of cannabis extracts.
March 24, 2021
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Who is Noah Kleinman and Why Does His Commutation Matter?

Presidential pardons are a matter of course. At the end of every president's term of office the "clemency curious" are just that over who will be the recipients of the president's favor - that right granted to the president to pardon pretty much anyone for anything.
March 23, 2021
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The Show-Me State Shows Us a Better Path for Cannabis Legalization

How can California right the ship and get the industry back on track?  We could stand to learn from Missouri, which currently allows medical cannabis, and is seeking to add non-medical, adult-use cannabis licensing.
March 20, 2021
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The Biden Administration Weed Faux Pas

Did Joe Biden's cannabis policy just go up in smoke? Or was this a Biden gaffe? What is going on in the Biden White House in the year 2021 when more than half the states including Washington D.C. have legalized medical or adult use cannabis but the Biden White House has fired staffers for past weed use? 
March 17, 2021
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How Big is 1.9 Trillion? The Stimulus and What does it mean for You?

How big is a trillion? If I had serious insomnia and wanted to count sheep could I count to a trillion before I nodded off? If I collected pennies could I collect a trillion pennies before I would need to rent a moving truck to haul them over to the bank to deposit my 1 billion dollars worth of 1 trillion pennies?