California

Wed
30
Jan

California proposes ditching tax to make cannabis more affordable, stimulate legal industry

Lawmakers in the state of  California have announced a bill that would eliminate or reduce some taxes on cannabis in a bid to help the legal industry compete with black market producers.

The proposed Bill 286 (aka Temporary Cannabis Tax Reduction bill) would eliminate a cultivation tax for legal growers through 2022 (currently $9.25 USD per ounce of flower) and temporarily reduce California’s cannabis excise tax to 11 percent (from 15 percent).

Wed
30
Jan

Alcohol-removed, cannabis-infused craft beer a first for California

High Style Brewing Company’s recently launched non-alcohol, cannabis-infused, pale ale-inspired craft brew is scheduled to soon be available in licensed dispensaries across California, with rapid expansion to all legal markets.

Tue
29
Jan

Doctor’s license revoked after improperly recommending cannabis for 4-Year-Old

Dr. William Eidelman has been issuing medical cannabis recommendations in California since 1997, just a year after the state became the first in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana. Now, however, Dr. Eidelman is facing a revocation of his license to practice medicine. According to the California Medical Board, Eidelman improperly recommended medical cannabis treatments for a 4-year-old in 2012. Eidelman isn’t in trouble for the cannabis recommendation itself, but for the diagnosis that led him to make it.

Mon
28
Jan

Cannabis labs find deadly chemical in certain vape cartridges

Portable and discreet vape pens are a very profitable segment of legal recreational cannabis markets, writes Calvin Hughes. For people who don't want to deal with the unpredictability of edibles but also don't want to smell like they just smoked a joint, these pocket-sized vaporizers are very popular, but people might start going back to joints and pot cookies after news broke that some vape cartridges contain potentially dangerous levels of lead.

Fri
25
Jan

What LA's first weed rave means for the future of cannabis and nightlife

If there are two things Los Angeles has going for it right now, it's legal weed and underground nightlife, writes Madison Margolin. So for 12 hours this past Sunday from 4:20 pm to 4:20 am (obviously), journalist Michelle Lhooq pulled together her favorite DJs and cannabis influencers for the party of the zeitgeist, aptly titled Weed Rave.

Fri
25
Jan

New consumers are transforming the cannabis industry. So who are they?

In 2018, a Californian made a legal cannabis purchase every 8 seconds. Together, Californians spent around $2.5 billion on legal weed. And even though that spending was down half a billion dollars from 2017, when retailers could only legally sell to medical cardholders, it brought with it a number of important changes to the industry’s consumer demographics. Those changes will undeniably shape the future of the industry. So what are they?

Thu
24
Jan

Dispute over rules riles California's legal cannabis market

California has finalized its rules governing the nation’s largest legal marijuana market, a milestone coming more than a year after the state broadly legalized cannabis sales for adults.

But a dispute over home deliveries into communities that ban pot sales could end up in court. And the hundreds of pages of dense regulations are unlikely to resolve other disputes, including how purity and potency tests are conducted for infused cookies and other products.

Even if imperfect, the rules were welcomed by many in the industry who have been contending with shifting temporary regulations since California kicked off broad legal sales last year.

Wed
23
Jan

Cannabis cafes are coming

A customer smokes a joint on cannabis legalization day at the Hotbox Lounge and Shop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada became the first Group of Seven country to legalize recreational marijuana today, giving it a massive head start in global pot market some peg at $150 billion.

While people can go to bars to drink alcohol, there’s no equivalent for those who want to consume cannabis socially. That could soon change.

Tue
22
Jan

Marijuana is legal in California. So why is the CHP arresting delivery drivers?

Cannabis may be legal in California, but the new rules of the road are so confusing that even former California Highway Patrol officers are struggling with them.

That became clear on a September morning when a pair of former CHP officers who now run a licensed cannabis distribution business found themselves arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in Stanislaus County.

Rick Barry, 48, and Brian Clemann, 47, were released from custody in Merced hours later, but the CHP kept the $257,000 the two men were transporting and handed it over the the Department of Homeland Security, according to a lawsuit filed in Merced County Superior Court.

Fri
18
Jan

California lawyers clarify that home pot deliveries are legal State-wide

The retail of recreational cannabis has been legal in California since the beginning of 2018. But there are still some ongoing points of tension and uncertainty being worked out.

Most recently, officials in the state clarified confusion regarding home delivery. According to these officials, California cannabis laws allow for home delivery in any part of the state—including localities that have chosen to ban retail activity.

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