Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Apr 18, 2012

A proposed major change in the regulations over medical cannabis was moved to the State Assembly's Public Safety Committee yesterday, over objections from cities and law enforcement agencies. "The point of regulation is to bring these activities above board to guarantee safe and effective access, with clear rules for those involved in the industry, said Committee Chair Tom Ammiano of San Francisco...

Two tech titans continue their legal tussle in court today.  Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, testified yesterday in San Francisco District Court that Google's Android phone is violating his company's patents. Google would have to pay royalties to Oracle for each Android sold, if the court ultimately decides in Oracle's favor..

Bay Area residents are famous for banning plastic bags and buying fair-trade products. They're also famous as dog lovers. So it was a shock to many when  the San Francisco SPCA disclosed a study today showing that close to a third of the puppies bought here originate in what are described as “puppy mills.

The SPCA defines such sources as “a large-scale commercial operation where dogs are poorly treated, often lacking veterinary care and socialization.”

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