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SB 94 - The new "Bible" for Cannabis regulations in California

Passed as part of the June budget deal, SB 94 is the first 'meat on the bones' legislation that advances the marijuana framework established after Prop 64. Your hosts Mike Madrid and RE Graswich explain what the legislation does, its impacts and what the future of policy looks like in the state.
Published July 4, 2017

Sacramento's New Cannabis Czar Joe Devlin, Pt. 2

The second part of our interview with Joe Devlin, the Chief of Policy and Enforcement for cannabis in the city of Sacramento.
Published June 13, 2017

Sacramento's New Cannabis Czar Joe Devlin, Pt. 1

Your hosts Mike Madrid and RE Graswich sit down for a one on one with Joe Devlin, the first Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement for the City of Sacramento.
Published June 6, 2017

Delivery - Can California Regulate The Fastest Growing Side Of The Retail Business

Your hosts Mike Madrid and RE Graswich discuss the state's push to regulate the delivery industry - which accounts for half of all cannabis related sales. Is delivery regulation even possible given technology and industry changes?
Published May 30, 2017

San Luis Obispo County - Where Did This Ordinance Come From

San Luis Obispo County has found itself in a unique quandary - a staff drafted ordinance emerged that appears to have no one claiming credit for having developed it. Was there enough public input in the process? Nefarious involvement from vested interests? A simple misunderstanding?
Published May 23, 2017

Cinco De Mayo Legislative Update

Your hosts R.E. Graswich and Mike Madrid celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a brief update on what's going on with cannabis legislation in Sacramento. And which gubernatorial candidate stands to gain from being so vocally pro-pot?
Published May 10, 2017

Governor Brown Holding the keys to Cannabis Future

The conflict between large and small interests in the cannabis space is hitting on all cylinders as the Governor and legislature consider key changes to growing, distribution and retail markets. Your hosts RE Graswich and Mike Madrid visit on the major changes working their way through Sacramento.
Published April 25, 2017

AB 1578 - Sanctuary State for Cannabis?

The anti-Trump movement is taking root in the cannabis space as legislation to protect local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal drug enforcement agencies. Your hosts Mike Madrid and RE Graswich delve into a bill that could make California the first sanctuary state in the union...for pot.
Published April 11, 2017

Swooping - Are Outside Investors Hurting Locally Owned Cannabis Entrepreneurs

Your hosts Mike Madrid and Bob Graswich join guest Robb Korinke in discussing the new 'swooper' phenomenon - all cash buyers gobbling up real estate zoned for indoor grows. Are these 'swoopers' good or bad for a city and the burgeoning cannabis industry? Join us to find out.
Published April 4, 2017

Health Study Is Cannabis Linked To Heart Disease And Stroke

Your hosts Bob Graswich and Mike Madrid join guest Robb Korinke in examining a new study by the American College of Cardiology that suggests cannabis use could considerably increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Published March 28, 2017

Los Angeles County election update - What happened and what does it mean for local governments?

California City News publishers Mike Madrid and Robb Korinke join commentator RE Graswich in reviewing the Los Angeles City and County elections to assess what trends voters might be telling us. Land use, candidates races, Latino voters, female candidates and low voter turnout all make for an insightful discussion.
Published March 21, 2017

Whats behind PG&E's cutting energy rates for Marijuana farmers?

PG&E announced that it will now be offering agricultural rates for energy to marijuana growers. This first in the nation change may bring changes to a select group of growers but for the vast majority of indoor growers this may be more public relations than substance.
Published March 14, 2017

Chilling effect on California's Green Rush

The Trump administration has signaled that it may again start cracking down on recreational marijuana. States like California tha have passed measures could find themselves in the crosshairs. 
Published March 7, 2017

Danville - Just Say No

While California has voted in favor of marijuana legalization, some cities and towns, like Danville, are still voting no.
Published Fenruary 28, 2017

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper Comes to California to talk Cannabis

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper visits the California Senate to discuss his states successes and failures with legalization of cannabis. 
Published February 21, 2017

New Laws To Watch In Sacramento

We breakdown new legislation being created to regulate and essentially alter the marijuana industry.
Published February 14, 2017

UC Davis begins offering Cannabis Courses

UC Davis has announced that their 2017 course curriculum will offer a new class specifically on "The Physiology of Cannabis". The course will be focused on the science of Cannabis and will be a biology course.
Published February 7, 2017

Will Trump Penalize California By Attacking Cannabis

As Trump continues to wage war against California over sanctuary policies, will the new marijuana industry be punished as a casualty of the quarrel?
Published January 24, 2017

Driving Under The Influence Of Marijuana

So what is law enforcement to do now that marijuana is legal and we have no objective standard for driving under the influence of marijuana?
Published January 17, 2017

UC Davis Study On Teens & Marijuana

Are we 'normalizing' marijuana use among teenagers in states that have legalized recreational pot? Is that the point of all of this anyway? Your hosts RE Graswich and Mike Madrid examine a UC Davis study that looks at teen perceptions of marijuana before and after legalization and find some disturbing facts.
Published January 10, 2017

Governemnt Regulations Feat. Jeff Kolin

Mike Madrid and R.E. Graswich are joined by former Santa Rosa and Beverly Hills City Manager, Jeff Kolin. The crew discusses local government regulations across a wide breadth of cannabis products.
Published November 15, 2016

Cannabis Legislation Feat. Amy Jenkins

Hosts Mike Madrid and R.E. Graswich are joined in studio by Amy Jenkins. A legislative advocate with Platinum Advisors, to discuss recent cannabis-related legislation.
Published November 8, 2016

Proposition 64: Impacts on Local Government

This episode of "Closed Session" tackles the ins&outs of Proposition 64 the November measure that seeks to legalize recreational marijuana in California. Mike and Bob discuss the little known impacts of the measure and what city and county officials should be thinking about in the event that Prop 64 passes.
Published November 1, 2016

Closed Session: Introduction

Your hosts of 'Closed Session' Mike Madrid and Bob Graswich introduce the show with descriptions of what topics will be covered and how we'll be handling marijuana/cannabis issues that impact state and local government.
Published October 25, 2016


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