Update on Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

We filed an action in Butte County on May 17, 2018 with the intent of having a jury decide punitive damages. We would be the first party to bring the defeat device case to jury trial.  Peer reviewed studies proved thousands of people with lung diseases died from the fraud.  


Congress passes the Cloud Act clouded in secrecy

March 28, 2018
The DOJ has not been able to reach data from US citizens stored in foreign servers. Microsoft stores data from US clients including emails offshore in places like Ireland. Microsoft is before the Supreme Court challenging the DOJ's right to access the data stored on foreign servers. With the passage of the Cloud Act last night this case will likely be dismissed as moot. 

Privacy right's groups are saying the Cloud Act will expose US citizens to privacy breaches, since emails can be handed over to the DOJ from foreign servers under secret agreements.  The concerns are both on the individual and societal level. 

As individuals, we do not want anyone unauthorized to read our emails. But this is naive. Even with a private server nearly everyone you email uses shared servers. Everyone you email can also forward your emails.  The larger concern is the government can covertly harass citizens whose data is obtained by the Cloud Act. For the Cloud Act to work everyone at the DOJ has to be completely ethical, which is unlikely for any group of people. 

On the societal level, the more data the government possesses on group behavior, the more it can manipulate the masses. This is why companies buy data so they can manipulate masses into buying their products. As a group, we do not want our government to possess our data. About a decade ago, the DOJ has attempted to influence elections by voter fraud

There is potentially good news. Technology may route around this problem.  There are blockchain projects in development now which would break data into puzzle pieces and each puzzle piece would be stored on a separate server. No individual puzzle piece would have any information of value.  The owner of the data would hold an encrypted key sending a message to all the servers to connect the puzzle pieces making the data accessible only to the owner. Hopefully, public concern over data and privacy will speed technological advances. 


California Growers Association Sues the State

February 8, 2018
The California Growers Association has sued the State of California claiming the State has violated proposition 64 by not capping license numbers yet.  I find this suit humorous. First, the allegations are a mere 7 pages without much substance. Maybe an intern was paid a gram or two to draft this complaint in a Sacramento dorm room?  

The lawsuit seeks an order limiting licenses based on language in 64, the recreational proposition. If a judge agrees and only imposes a limit on recreational li...
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Medicinal & Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation & Safety Act Regulations Overview

November 18, 2017
All Bureau licenses

Temporary license – Allows for Operations while Annual license Application is Pending

A temporary license allows a business to engage in commercial cannabis activity for a period of 120 days.

The Bureau can only issue a temporary license if the applicant has a valid license, permit, or other authorization issued by the local jurisdiction in which the applicant is operating. Humboldt County will be offering temporary permits for farms who registered activity prior to...

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Eureka Medical Cannabis Ordinance - Amendments 10-3-2017

October 7, 2017



Section 1.

Title 15, Chapter 155, Section 155.051, [A Agricultural Districts], paragraph (C), [Permitted and conditional uses], is hereby amended to remove the following use (the remainder of the text in the table is unchanged and is omitted):

Medical cannabis cultivation facilities, mixed ...

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Eureka Proposed Cannabis Ordinance

October 4, 2017
The proposed ordinance provides:

Eureka will offer permits for distributors, dispensaries, testing facilities, manufacturers and mirco-businesses. 

Eureka can permit up to 1 dispensary every 6 months for a total of 2 a year, both medical and recreational cannabis.  

Licensed facilities can obtain a state permit to have an event including onsite consumption. 

Eureka will permit indoor cannabis grows up to 10,000 square feet in industrial zones. 

There is currently no maximum limit of permits which ...
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Licensing Authorities Announce Withdrawal of Proposed Medical Cannabis Regulations

September 29, 2017

Agencies Also Post Summary of Public Comments to Cannabis Web Portal

SACRAMENTO – California’s three cannabis licensing authorities announced today the official withdrawal of the medical cannabis regulations that were proposed in late spring by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch and Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing. The official withdrawal will occur Oc...

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San Diego DA’s Prosecution of Cannabis Attorney Has Sent Chills Through the Legal Community

August 10, 2017

Jessica McElfresh, a San Diego lawyer experienced in cannabis law, is facing multiple felony charges.

Republished from Voice of San Diego.
By Jonah Valdez

On July 7, dozens of attorneys filled the seats of a small San Diego courtroom. The attorneys were attending a hearing for one of their own, Jessica McElfresh, a San Diego lawyer experienced in cannabis law.

McElfresh is facing multiple felony charges.

What drew most attorneys to court that day was something they consider sacred: the attorney-cl...

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Boss tells state workers: Kick ICE out of California labor office

August 4, 2017
California’s top labor law enforcer wants federal immigration agents to stay away from offices where state investigators weigh claims about underpaid employees and workplace retaliation.

Labor Commissioner Julie Su last month directed her staff to turn away Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the federal officers have warrants.

Her directive followed three instances over the past 10 months in which immigration agents sought information about California workers who had filed clai...

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California is working to avoid a shortage of legalized marijuana, state pot czar says

July 29, 2017
Los Angeles Times reports with Nevada suffering a shortage of legalized marijuana, California’s state pot czar said Wednesday that efforts are being made in her state to make sure sufficient licenses go to farmers, testers and distributors to supply retailers.

Providing temporary, four-month licenses to support some businesses including growers is planned “so we don’t have a break in the supply chain,” Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, said in testimony at ...

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Coming Soon Cannabis Credit Union?

June 29, 2017
Good news yesterday on the Banking issue. A Federal Court of Appeals ruled a Credit Union's lawsuit to force the Federal Reserve to issue it a master account is valid. Unless the Supreme Court overrules this decision, banking could soon open to the cannabis industry. 

Presently the lack of banking is a major roadblock to most cannabis businesses. Many in the industry have experienced account closures, forfeiture, denied access and uncertainty

“By remanding with instructions to dismiss the a...

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