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Tue May 26 2015 (Updated 05/28/15)Referendum Suspends Ban on Medical Cannabis Cultivation in Santa Cruz County
Tue May 26 2015 (Updated 05/28/15)First Successful Santa Cruz County Referendum in 13 Years Challenges BOS Vote
The first successful Santa Cruz County referendum in 13 years has suspended an ordinance adopted by the County Board of Supervisors to ban all commercial cannabis cultivation. The ban was adopted on April 14, and was to go into effect on May 15. Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz circulated the referendum and after only 21 days filed 11,210 signatures with the county. 7,248 valid signatures are required to qualify the referendum for the ballot.
Sat Apr 18 2015 (Updated 04/19/15)Activists Say: Down with Steve Clark! Down with Slut Shaming!
Sat Apr 18 2015 (Updated 04/19/15)Report Back From Alix Tichelman Court Support Demonstration
On April 13, a group gathered at the Santa Cruz County Courthouse in support of Alix Tichelman, the woman charged with killing a Google executive named Forrest Hayes in 2013. Dozens of pamphlets were handed out in front of the courthouse detailing the case against Alix. Her parents personally thanked the group for their presence. Free Alix! writes: She is being unfairly railroaded into jail for an accident that was not her fault.
Sat Mar 28 2015 (Updated 03/29/15)Legal Rights of Patients to Cultivate and Access Medicine Drastically Reduced
Sat Mar 28 2015 (Updated 03/29/15)Board of Supervisors Approves New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County
On March 24, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 before an overflowing room to ban the cultivation of cannabis in all unincorporated territories of the county, with limited exceptions. Personal grows of 10×10 square feet are still permitted, with restrictions. Outdoor cultivation is entirely banned in the 2nd District, represented by Zach Friend, and includes the communities of Aptos, Corralitos, Freedom, and portions of Watsonville.
Tue Feb 24 2015Demonstration on Courthouse Steps for Alix Tichelman
On February 23, a group held a demonstration in support of Alix Tichelman, the person charged with involuntary manslaughter in regards to the death of Google X executive Forrest Hayes on November 23, 2013. Stop all witch hunts! writes: We demand an end to their misogynistic witch-hunt against Alix Tichelman...We offer our unconditional support to Alix Tichelman and hope more people begin to ask questions about this case.
Sat Jan 17 2015 (Updated 01/21/15)Cannabis Patients and Cultivators are Under Attack in Santa Cruz County
Sat Jan 17 2015 (Updated 01/21/15)Cannabis Advocates Send Letters to Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Santa Cruz County is drafting new regulations for medicinal cannabis patients and providers. These new rules have the potential to turn large numbers of patients and providers into criminals and drastically roll back decades of progress won by cannabis activists. In letters to the Board of Supervisors, medicinal cannabis patients and cultivators are expressing their desire for "more effective, more sensible, and more just solutions" regarding a policy on medicinal cannabis cultivation and distribution.
Mon Apr 21 2014420 at UCSC: A Public Demonstration in Support of Cannabis
Mon Apr 21 2014Thousands Attend Annual 420 Celebration at UC Santa Cruz
Sat Mar 29 2014 (Updated 03/31/14)Needle Litter Is the Problem; Needle Exchange Is the Solution
Sat Mar 29 2014 (Updated 03/31/14)Rate of Improperly Discarded Syringes in Santa Cruz is Comparatively Low
Steve Pleich writes: There has been much discussion over the last several months concerning the wisdom of having a fully functional Needle Exchange Program in our community. Many have expressed doubts about the public health benefits of such a program, but a clear-eyed and dispassionate analysis of those benefits has been subsumed by an overriding public safety concern.
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