California

Tue
29
Sep

Croptober is going up in smoke amid U.S. wildfires

October usually heralds the harvest of outdoor cannabis plants, affectionately known as “Croptober.” But this fall, something more serious is in the air: smoke from the wildfires that are ravaging California and Oregon.

Fires are clustered in Northern California’s “Emerald Triangle” and a pair of Oregon counties, areas that are among the nation’s most important for cannabis production. Even if crops aren’t destroyed in the more than 5 million acres of wildfires, massive amounts of smoke and ash will take a toll. Darkened skies can stunt the plants’ growth, said Jill Ellsworth, chief executive officer of Denver-based Willow Industries, which cleans marijuana flower for mold in California and other states.

Mon
28
Sep

California's largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing area with 40 legal farms worth $20million

California's largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing area, and authorities say many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their crops.

The August Complex wildfire is nearing the small communities of Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles northwest of Sacramento, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

Law enforcement officers went door to door warning of the encroaching fire danger but could not force residents to evacuate.

'It's mainly growers,' Trinity County Sheriff's Department Deputy Nate Trujillo said. 

Thu
24
Sep

Are There Any States That Restrict CBD Products?

The most lenient states permit consumers to purchase almost every CBD type irrespective of its source or intended use.

As of 2018, all 50 states have officially legalized the use of hemp-based CBD products. In the United States, governing officials initially classified CBD, hemp, and marijuana as harmful substances. However, recent medical insight encouraged federal authorities to legalize industrial hemp and CBD on a national level.

For routine CBD consumers, legalization may be good news. Though CBD-based products are manufactured and distributed throughout the United States, you’ll need to remember that each state has set its own rules regarding CBD use.

Thu
24
Sep

Wildfires Expected To Impact Hemp Crops

The West Coast wildfires may finally be slackening a bit thanks to kinder winds, merciful rain, and the heroic efforts of firefighters from Canada to Mexico, but the fight is far from over for cannabis growers whose crops went up in smoke and cannabis companies who will be struggling to stay afloat due to the diminished supply. The one-two punch of Covid-19 and the historic fires that ravaged (and in some cases are still ravaging) huge swaths of the western states may prove to be more than some businesses can withstand despite some industry leaders stepping up to lend a hand.

Thu
17
Sep

Columbia Care to Acquire California's Project Cannabis in $69 Million Deal

New York-based cannabis firm Columbia Care has agreed to purchase California’s Project Cannabis in a deal valued at $69 million.

In a news release, the multistate operator said it would trade as much as $57 million worth of stock and pay at least $12 million in cash to acquire the Los Angeles-based vertically integrated cannabis company.

Wed
16
Sep

Many of California’s cannabis growers are uninsured and in the line of fire

The summer of 2020 has brought record-breaking heat waves and wildfires to California, with more than 3 million acres burned and smoke-filled air covering the majority of the state. As the fires burn, cannabis cultivators across the state are racing to finish and harvest their crops. But the fires can be disastrous for this process, in some cases even destroying plants that are spared by the flames.

While industry insiders report that these difficulties are unlikely to affect consumers, they could be a nightmare for the businesses that supply them.

Growers are being hurt worse than most other businesses hit by fire: Cannabis crops are more difficult to insure because growing the plant is still illegal under federal law.

Tue
15
Sep

Cannabis Equity Applicants Still Face Barriers

The image has become familiar: presented by floor-to-ceiling shiny windows and a smiling, iPad-holding greeter, dispensaries in California look far more like an Apple Store than the smelly back alleys and strip mall parking lots where we used to buy our weed.

No longer the “devils lettuce,” cannabis is now a feature of “wellness,” and “plant medicine.” If Don Draper were real and working today, he’d certainly be pushing pot.

Mon
14
Sep

Greenstop’s new cannabis vending machines to be available in select dispensaries of California

The California-based cannabis tech start-up Greenstop recently announced the launch of its all-new cannabis vending machines several select dispensaries of California. The self-serve kiosks are capable of serving four customers at a time. Greenstop’s new service is touted as the Smart Dispensary, and the kiosks are being looked at as self-service checkout lanes at grocery stores.
Cannabis is regarded as a substantial business vertical in the U.S., especially during a somber situation like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Greenstop’s new system offers dispensaries various solutions to maintain the safety of sales associates and customers during this critical time while conforming to the local regulations.

Thu
10
Sep

Seven dead in shooting at illegal California cannabis grow house

Seven people were shot dead this week in the small town of Aguanga, California, where police discovered a large illegal cannabis growing operation.

All seven of the victims were Laotian, while over 20 people appeared to live on the property, according to local law enforcement officials.  

Police were initially responding to a 911 call at the property after the caller reported an assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities encountered six bodies at the ranch, while the seventh victim, a woman, was still alive when they arrived on the scene. However, she died shortly upon arrival at the hospital.

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