California

Fri
14
Sep

5 Ways creatives are fixing cannabis’s image problem

On a big red billboard above Los Angeles, an elderly woman strikes a jaunty pose. She sports stylish sunglasses and bright lipstick. Beside her, the bold epithet “stoner” has been crossed out and replaced with “grandmother.” “Who is she?” I wondered when I saw the ad, which graced the skyline for three weeks this April.

As it turns out, her name is Barbara Rubin, and, in addition to enjoying cannabis-infused chocolate, she’s an avid hula-hooper with a Ph.D. I learned her backstory on the ad campaign’s dedicated website, Forgetstoner.com, which also features profiles of other cannabis aficionados, including a designer, a police officer, and a former offensive lineman in the NFL.

Thu
13
Sep

Marijuana stinks. Here’s what California can do about it.

Even the most ardent marijuana lovers can’t deny it: The plant, at least to some noses, stinks.

Marijuana odors have triggered lawsuits against cannabis companies. They’ve also led residents to try to block commercial operations from coming to California and the other eight states where recreational cannabis is legal and, increasingly, big business.

Odor has sparked some neighborhood friction, too, as marijuana smoke drifts from one apartment or yard to the next. There are products on the market that claim to test for smells, block all odors from wafting out of indoor operations, and even help control the stench of outdoor marijuana farms.

Tue
11
Sep

Many California marijuana products failing safety tests

Nearly 20 per cent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.

The testing has been especially tough on cannabis-infused cookies, candies and tinctures: about one-third have been blocked from store shelves.

In much smaller numbers, testing companies licensed by the state are finding unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control.

Mon
10
Sep

Hotels tap into projected $2.1 billion CBD market

Hotels are incorporating CBD into cocktails and menu items as the market is projected to grow to $2.1 billion by 2020.

Last year, luxury edibles brand Lord Jones announced a partnership with the boutique hotel group Standard International to open a dispensary retail shop in the lobby of the Standard Hollywood hotel in Los Angeles.

Mon
10
Sep

Tesla shares crash after Elon Musk smokes joint on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast

Musk calls the Guardian the world’s ‘most insufferable newspaper’, as two senior executives quit Tesla as market value falls 6%. Tesla shares crashed 6% on Friday as two of its senior executives quit, just hours after the electric carmaker’s chief executive Elon Musk sparked concern by smoking marijuana on a live web show.

Mon
10
Sep

Over 500 charged in LA in connection to unlicensed marijuana businesses

In California, the crackdown on unlicensed or illegal cannabis businesses continues.

Authorities in Los Angeles continue cracking down on unlicensed marijuana businesses. The effort to weed out illegal business activities began picking up momentum earlier this year. And now, the crackdown has resulted in more than 500 criminal charges.

Fri
07
Sep

Burlingame bans commercial cannabis

Burlingame officials approved prohibitions on recreational cannabis businesses, but kept the door open for delivery and lab testing companies while state lawmakers hash out more comprehensive policies.

The Burlingame City Council unanimously approved banning commercial cannabis activity by disallowing dispensaries, collectives, corporate grows and more, according to video of the meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4.

But not all drug business is eradicated, as officials are waiting for the Legislature to clarify state laws as it relates to delivery and lab testing companies before closing the book on Burlingame’s code.

Councilwoman Ann Keighran said she supported formalizing the regulations, with an eye on amending them further if necessary down the road.

Fri
07
Sep

California's illegal marijuana industry is doing better than ever

Those in the weed business have discovered that the black market is still more profitable in many ways than the newly legal industry.

Thu
06
Sep

THC from marijuana stays in breast milk for up to 6 Days

Researchers say breastfeeding mothers need to know the potential health consequences of marijuana on their babies. Women who breastfeed their babies and use marijuana should know the drug can stay in their breast milk for almost a week.

Wed
05
Sep

California restaurant publicly calls out cannabis dispensary over name

Fumé Bistro is at odds with Napa Valley Fumé.

The owners of the Fumé Bistro, a restaurant and bar in California’s Napa Valley, are unhappy with a cannabis delivery service’s decision to use a similar name for its business. Terry Letson, chef and one of the restaurant’s four owners, told local media that the name of the new cannabis delivery dispensary Napa Valley Fumé is causing confusion with his business.

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