California

Thu
07
Oct

A New Cannabis Virus And What This Means For Growers

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The Hop Latent Viroid (HpLVd), a single-stranded, circular infectious RNA, runs rampant in the hemp and cannabis growing communities. Cannabis infected with HpLVd may or may not manifest any apparent symptoms but understanding what those symptoms can be is important to combat this virus.

Wed
06
Oct

Sacramento financial software company NatureTrak signs up bank for cannabis validation

Sacramento-based financial technology software company NatureTrak Inc. has signed up a bank in New Mexico to use its tracking software to validate cannabis-related business deposits. It is the first bank to use the product, but several more banks are in the pipeline, with another expected to sign a contract next week, said Jontae James, CEO and founder of NatureTrak, via text. "The cannabis industry is exploding, and will continue to do so, as more and more states legalize medical and adult-use cannabis,” James said, in a news release.

Tue
05
Oct

Analysis from CBD Oracle suggests most CBD manufacturers make effort at transparency

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CBD Oracle (Tustin, CA), a cannabis review and news site, has published an analysis of 520 CBD companies, representing over 20,000 products. The study sought to uncover issues with transparency in the unregulated CBD marketplace, which can threaten consumer trust. According to a survey from Consumer Brands Association, 92% of American consumers either incorrectly assume or have no idea if CBD is federally regulated. Upon being informed that there are no federal agencies that regulate CBD products, 84% of respondents expressed concern about the safety of CBD products. 

Tue
05
Oct

Cannabis farmers, watchdog group reach historic deal in Carpinteria Valley

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Following 11 months of collaborative dialogue, the Santa Barbara County Coalition for Responsible Cannabis (Coalition) and CARP Growers reached a historic agreement on Aug. 20, ensuring cannabis farms work in cooperation with the community group to resolve odor issues in a proactive and cooperative way across Carpinteria Valley.

The agreement holds all CARP Growers member farms accountable to a partnership with the coalition and a detailed odor abatement plan outlining a new expanded odor response process, and a comprehensive program to develop and implement next-generation odor technologies.

Community engagement in the plan will be encouraged for reporting, investigating, and resolving cannabis odor incidents.

Mon
04
Oct

The Wild West of CBD products could end soon in California

California is poised to clamp down on the fast-growing hemp market in a push to make sure CBD-infused products are accurately labeled and safe — a shift that could be felt nationwide, given the state’s formidable purchasing power.

The extract used in soap, food and other wellness goods has exploded in popularity since Congress legalized hemp in the 2018 farm bill. But the FDA has refused to regulate CBD, or cannabidiol, as a dietary supplement because it’s an active ingredient in a federally approved medication. In the absence of federal oversight, states largely have been left to monitor the products — and untested and mislabeled items have been flooding stores.

Fri
01
Oct

Cannabis Products Up the 'Wow' Factor for the Holidays

holiday gift

A $10,000 stash box and a joint wrapped in 24K gold are two of the items that will be on high-end cannabis shoppers' gift lists this holiday season, according to mg Magazine, a trade journal that tracks trends in the cannabis industry.

Thu
30
Sep

Puff, puff, don’t pass: How to smoke weed socially — and safely — in the COVID-19 era

Sitting by the pool at a boutique hotel in Palm Springs on a one-night, mid-August getaway, I struck up a conversation with a guy named Gary. I didn’t know anything about my fellow sun-worshipper except where he was from (Huntington Beach), that he’d grown up in the 1970s (he had seen Jimi Hendrix and the Doors perform live) and that he was down to chat about cannabis. I, just a few days out from touring cannabis label Ball Family Farms’ Los Angeles grow (for a profile of its founder and chief executive, Chris Ball), was more than willing to oblige.

Thu
30
Sep

How a War Over Weed and Water Led to a Deadly Police Shooting

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ount Shasta Vista was burning and Soobleej Kaub Hawj needed to get his family out. It was June 28 and a massive blaze known as the Lava Fire, sparked by lightning, was tearing through the rural Northern California neighborhood, scorching acre after acre of high desert scrubland, along with the ramshackle homes of farmers and greenhouses full of marijuana plants.

Thu
30
Sep

McGuire details $1.5M in funding to fight "worst" illegal cannabis grows in 3 counties

very messy yard

A total of $1.5 million in state funding will be coming to three North Coast counties to fight what officials are calling the "worst of the worst" illegal cannabis grows. North Coast Sen. Mike McGuire; alongside Mendocino County Supervisor John Haschak and the sheriffs of Trinity, Mendocino, and Humboldt Counties; announced Wednesday that the funding is meant to support enforcement of laws surrounding unpermitted cannabis farms.

McGuire said Wednesday that the Humboldt and Mendocino County Sheriff's Offices will each receive $600-thousand and the Trinity County Sheriff's Office will receive $300-thousand. The funding is supposed to help staff the departments target the sites generating serious environmental and violent crimes.

Thu
30
Sep

Terminally Ill Californians Will Have Access To Medical Marijuana In Hospitals

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Tuesday requiring hospitals and other health care facilities to allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana, Marijuana Moment reported.

The governor approved the legislation, also known as “Ryan’s Law,” sponsored by State Sen. Ben Hueso (D), who had been pushing for this measure for years.

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