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City Says Loud and Clear: ‘Don’t Drink (or Use) and Drive’

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood, its City Council and Public Safety Commission will join the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, local Fire Stations 7 and 8, and Block by Block Security Ambassadors in reminding community members about an important message of safety during the holidays: do not drink and drive.

Driving under the influence of cannabis carries the same DUI designation as alcohol.

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station will host a brief community event in front of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, located at 780 N. San Vicente Boulevard on Monday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Immediately following the event, community members will be welcomed to join City of West Hollywood Officials and Sheriff’s deputies to walk to nearby restaurants and bars to begin the distribution of 100,000 drink coasters with printed messages, which will remind patrons not to drink and drive and to instead choose a designated driver, a ride share service, or a local taxi company.

The coasters will also feature telephone numbers for taxicab companies that serve West Hollywood.

The coasters feature a transit link to information about the City of West Hollywood’s free weekend trolley services that include the The PickUpthe Sunset Trip, and the newly expanded Saturday evening service on the Cityline shuttle, which connects to the Metro Red Line at Hollywood and Highland.

These three alternatives are free and help to not only curb alcohol or cannabis impaired driving, but they also ease parking, and reduce traffic congestion. Visit www.weho.org/transit for additional information about these services.

The City of West Hollywood has also produced two Public Service Announcements (PSA) to encourage holiday revelers to utilize alternative forms of transportation if they partake in alcohol or adult-use cannabis consumption.

The first is Grinch-themed Don’t Drive Impaired. The second is the City and County Communications and Marketing Association national award of excellence-winning PSA, Recreational Reefer Madness, about the rules of cannabis consumption in West Hollywood based on the 1936 cult-classic of comically bad cinema, Reefer Madness.

While these PSAs are a comedic take on driving under the influence, there are sobering statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the dangers of DUI: every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver; more than one-million drivers are arrested yearly for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics; and, marijuana users were approximately 25 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use. 

The West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has issued the following safety tips:

  • Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
  • If you will be drinking or using marijuana, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins – a designated driver is someone who hasn’t had any alcohol or marijuana, not just the person who drank or smoked the least.
  • If you have been drinking or using marijuana, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use a ride share service or public transportation, or call one of your local sober ride home programs.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is impaired, do not let that person get behind the wheel, and do not accept a ride with an impaired person.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

The City of West Hollywood has many bars, restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, and venues that serve alcohol. The City is dedicated to encouraging social responsibility and maintaining safe establishments that are free from overconsumption of alcohol. 

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station’s Community Impact Team (CIT) actively patrols bars, nightclubs, and hotels. Deputies are proactive in addressing impacts from entertainment establishments and special events.

The Sheriff’s Station’s Entertainment Policing Team (EPT) focuses on “entertainment” and “alcohol” related law enforcement issues in the City in order to prevent alcohol-related incidents. Together, the Sheriff’s Station and the City’s Code Compliance Division work with the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to educate businesses and work collaboratively on alcohol-related issues.

Everyone in West Hollywood can take part in working together to ensure that alcohol consumption is safe in our city. The City of West Hollywood works to raise awareness about social responsibility and alcohol with an effort called Imbibe Intelligently, which promotes safety tips and messages regarding alcohol consumption within the community and for visitors enjoying establishments in the City of West Hollywood.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s annual Don’t Drink and Drive campaign, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6492. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Virus Triggers Huge Spike in Weed Deliveries For Cannabis Co

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(TMZ) — The coronavirus pandemic is causing folks to get more of their essentials delivered to their homes … and one major marijuana company is seeing green.

Select Cannabis, one of the biggest retailers of cannabis oils and concentrates, is raking in the dough from deliveries … the company’s marketing reps in Los Angeles tell TMZ the coronavirus has business booming.

The cannabis giant tells us it’s seeing 4 times as many delivery orders than normal since the COVID-19 outbreak — yes, you can get dank delivered in Cali — and there’s also been a 50% increase in customers purchasing vape products. The most popular items — edible gummies and vape pens.

It’s kinda funny, and a telling sign of the times … Select Cannabis tells us they’re pushing a new motto to encourage users to keep themselves safe in the face of a deadly and contagious virus … “Puff, puff, no pass.”

Sage advice, stoners.

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Prop 64: DA Announces Dismissals of 66K Marijuana Convictions

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Code for America has announced that nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions eligible for relief under Proposition 64 will be dismissed as part of their cutting-edge partnership. 

Today’s action marks the completion of the five-county Clear My Record pilot to clear marijuana-related convictions eligible for relief under Proposition 64. The other counties in the pilot include San Francisco, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Contra Costa.

In total, these five pilots will help reduce or dismiss more than 85,000 Proposition 64 eligible convictions. “The dismissal of tens of thousands of old cannabis-related convictions in Los Angeles County will bring much-needed relief to communities of color that disproportionately suffered the unjust consequences of our nation’s drug laws,” Lacey said. “I am privileged to be part of a system dedicated to finding innovative solutions and implementing meaningful criminal justice reform that gives all people the support they need to build the life they deserve.”

“Today’s action marks the completion of our California Clear My Record pilot, through which we will have helped to dismiss and seal more than 85,000 marijuana convictions across the state,” said Evonne Silva, Code for America’s Senior Program Director of Criminal Justice. “This is a clear demonstration that automatic record clearance is possible at scale and can help to right the wrongs of the failed war on drugs. Looking forward, Code for America stands at the ready to help all California counties provide this much needed relief in advance of the July 1, 2020 deadline.” 

Prosecutors this week asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to dismiss 62,000 felony cannabis convictions for cases that date back to 1961.

The District Attorney’s Office also sought the dismissal of approximately 4,000 misdemeanor cannabis possession cases that included cases filed in 10 Los Angeles County cities: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance, Pasadena, Inglewood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Hawthorne, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. 

Approximately 53,000 individuals will receive conviction relief through this partnership. Of those, approximately 32% are Black or African American, 20% are White, 45% are Latinx, and 3% are other or unknown.


Proposition 64 identifies three health and safety code sections that qualified for resentencing: cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana and sales and/or transport of marijuana, all felonies. The law also includes dismissing possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

District Attorney Lacey used additional criteria to go beyond the parameters of the new law to ensure the greatest number of dismissals. Those expanded parameters include persons who are 50 years or older, haven’t had a felony conviction in the past 10 years or have successfully completed probation for cannabis convictions.


Based on this criteria, Code for America created a unique algorithm for the office in order to fast-track the identification of eligible convictions. This technology can analyze eligibility for thousands of convictions in seconds, alleviating the need for DA staff to go through state criminal records one by one to evaluate eligibility, saving time and significant resources. 

AB 1793 Implementation

In California, all county District Attorney’s Offices are required to implement AB 1793 by July 1, 2020. Earlier this year, Code for America launched its new Clear My Record Application and Implementation Blueprint, available at no cost and open source to all California counties.

These resources allow every District Attorneys’ Office to expedite and streamline review of Proposition 64 convictions. The Clear My Record Application allows District Attorneys to securely and accurately evaluate eligibility for convictions by reading and interpreting criminal history data from the California Department of Justice.

Code for America has received an overwhelming interest from counties in accessing these resources to carry out the law. Code for America stands ready to work with counties that have not yet used this technology to help them automate the record clearance process and provide relief as required by law.

Record Clearance for the Digital Age

The current record clearance process was not designed to reach everyone who is eligible. With the current petition-based process, each person seeking relief must petition the court to clear their records, but this is a time-consuming, expensive, and confusing process. It is no surprise, then, that only 3% of those eligible for relief under Proposition 64 have received it.

Code for America’s pilot partnerships have set the standard for the statewide implementation of AB 1793, which tasks prosecutors with affirmatively reviewing convictions eligible for dismissal or reduction under Proposition 64.

This novel approach also creates a blueprint for the future of record clearance for remedies beyond Proposition 64 – the development of policy and technology that expands, streamlines and automates the record clearance process at scale. Code for America has been making it easier for people to remove eligible convictions from their records through Clear my Record technology since 2016.

To find out if your record has been cleared

To find out if your record has been cleared, or for more information about this initiative, contact the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office by phone at (323) 760-6763 or visit http://pubdef.lacounty.gov. The Public Defender’s Office will reply to all inquiries.

About Code for America

Code for America believes that government must work for the people, and by the people, in the digital age, starting with the people who need it most. It builds digital services that enhance government capabilities, and helps others do the same across all levels of government. It organizes thousands of volunteers across nearly 80 chapters nationwide who improve government in their local communities. Their goal: a 21st century government that effectively and equitably serves all Americans.

Learn more at codeforamerica.org.

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Weedy Award Finalists to be Announced Feb 28 by Founder

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HOLLYWOOD (Green Market Report) — WeedWeek founder and Editor Alex Halperin has created the Weedy Awards and the winners will be announced on February 28 in Hollywood.

Halperin said he wanted the awards to reflect his company’s desire to recognize excellence within the industry and to advance the idea that the industry should be diverse in its ownership and respectful of the environment.

The nomination process was akin to a reverse American Idol. The initial list was created through a nominating process with an all-star cannabis industry panel of judges to pick the winners. More than 500 people submitted the nominations.

The judges were given the top five vote-getters from the public nominations process and they narrowed it to three finalists. The judges include: Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor […]

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