Organization launches NFT collaboration for cannabis industry reform


The Black Comics Collective and The Weldon Project are collaborating on a NFT project that will benefit those who have be impacted by the War on Drugs.

Non-fungible tokens (NFT) take the stage again, this time with a cannabis-related collaboration featuring unique music and art.

Burn1, a blockchain company that provides “financial rocket fuel for cannabis reform” announced its partnership with both The Black Comics Collective and The Weldon Project on January 19 to create an NFT project aimed at collecting funds for cannabis.


This black-owned cannabis company started by an NBA veteran has raised $13M to expand


leading Black-owned producer and licensed wholesaler of premium cannabis products, Viola, has closed a $13 million equity funding round. DelMorgan & Co., an internationally recognized investment banking firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California, acted as an exclusive strategic transaction advisor to Viola in connection with the transaction, according to a statement by Viola.

The funding round will allow Viola to expand into several key new markets such as Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland, the statement said. Also, the cannabis company will continue executing strategic marketing initiatives in order to position Viola as one of the top brands and operators in the rapidly growing cannabis industry.


2 California men found with nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana in camper in Alabama


Two California men were jailed in Alabama after police said they found almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $3 million hidden in a camper just off Interstate 20.

An officer saw a camper running off the road while exiting the highway Tuesday morning, news outlets reported. The officer stopped the vehicle outside a store and the men agreed to a search, police said.

Officers found 953 pounds of marijuana wrapped in plastic hidden throughout the camper, authorities said.

“There actually wasn’t a square inch of storage space in the vehicle, whether it be the undercarriage or inside the vehicle, that wasn’t stuffed with marijuana,” Police Chief Paul Irwin said.


Kansas and California cops used civil forfeiture to stage armored car heists, stealing money earned by licensed marijuana businesses


The Institute for Justice argues that the seizures violated state law, federal law, and the U.S. Constitution.

Because the continued federal prohibition of marijuana makes banks and payment processors leery of serving state-licensed cannabis suppliers, many of those businesses rely heavily on cash, which exposes them to a heightened risk of robbery. As a new federal lawsuit shows, that danger is not limited to garden-variety criminals. It includes cops who use federal civil forfeiture laws to steal money earned by state-legal marijuana businesses.


Illegal marijuana winning out in California 5 years after Proposition 64

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On an isolated farm, greenhouses stand in regimental order, sheltered by a fringe of trees. Inside are hundreds of head-high cannabis plants in precise rows, each rising from a pot nourished by coils of irrigation tubing. Lights powerful enough to turn night into day blaze overhead.

In the five years since California voters approved a broad legal marketplace for marijuana, thousands of greenhouses have sprouted across the state. But these, under their plastic canopies, conceal a secret.


Cannabis lounges might be making their way to San Luis Obispo County

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The City of Grover Beach might be the first city in San Luis Obispo County to permit cannabis lounges, but what exactly would a lounge look like?

“With tables and perhaps a bar where people can sit and socialize and use cannabis like you would sip a martini or a beer at a bar," said Ed Schmults, CEO of Urbn Leaf.

The four retailers in the city, including Urbn Leaf, have expressed interest in adding a cannabis lounge to their existing location.

“Is it just like a bar or is it more like a wine tasting? Or are there elements of like a health and wellness seminar where you can learn about applications for pain or inflammation or anxiety or sleep? Or maybe a combination of all those things," said Schmults.


2 arrested after marijuana grow operation sparks massive fire


San Bernardino County Fire crews were able to knock down a major two-alarm commercial fire in Adelanto Wednesday evening.

Authorities said the fire crews responded to the large commercial blaze in the 18000 block of Baldwin Street at around 4:35 p.m. Wednesday and went into defensive mode to protect other nearby homes and a strip mall center.

Officials said they think the fire started at a nursery on Baldwin Street. There were reportedly several explosions, possibly from propane tanks used at the business where the fire raged.

About 50 firefighters were called out to manage the blaze. No injuries were reported, and fire damage did not extend to any homes or the neighboring strip mall.


California was supposed to clear cannabis convictions. Tens of thousands are still languishing


Nearly two decades ago, on a high desert road in San Bernardino County, Sara Rodriguez was pulled over and arrested with 10 small packets of cannabis in her car. She was convicted of a felony, possession of the drug for sale, and eventually spent more than two years in prison.

In the years since, Rodriguez, 39, became the first in her family to go to college, and in June graduated from UCLA with a master’s degree in social welfare.

But Rodriguez still has a felony on her record — a potential black mark for employers and the state social work licensing board.


The Best Things To Do In DTLA


Downtown Los Angeles has so many things to do, but how do you find the best things to do in DTLA? The DTLA scene is ever-evolving, but this list contains both age-old favorites and newcomers not to miss. If you’re looking for the best things to do in DTLA in 2022, we’ve got you covered:  


Visit The Arts District 

Any trip to DTLA should be accompanied by a visit to DTLA’s famed Arts District, or ADLA. From public art murals to galleries, bars and some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, ADLA is home to a thriving community of artists, using mediums like paint, food, cloth and so much more to make their mark on the world.  


Gavin Newsom gets behind marijuana tax reform, signaling change to cannabis industry

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Facing a possible industry revolt over California cannabis tax structure, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signaled that he is open to rethinking the taxes the state levels on marijuana growers and purchases. The governor included in a budget proposal he released this week that he “supports cannabis tax reform and plans to work with the Legislature to make modifications to California’s cannabis tax policy to help stabilize the market.”

Asked to expand on the language at a press conference, Newsom said, “There was intention by having that language in the budget. It is my goal to look at tax policy to stabilize the market.”


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