California

Wed
22
Sep

Melissa Etheridge on Her California Cannabis Company, 'It's Hard, But We're Hanging in There'

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While some think celebrities have a leg up on other cannabis brands, singer Melissa Etheridge, who launched Etheridge Botanicals in 2020, says it's not so easy. "We don't sell anymore than anyone else," she tells CelebStoner. "We're still in the dark."

Etheridge primarily blames this on Canadian companies "who starting buying all the American companies" after legalization happened there in 2017. "It's been tough for a boutique brand like ours."

(Melissa Etheridge portrait by Elizabeth Miranda; prerolls image via Etheridge Botanicals)

The company sells flower in jars and prerolls in biodegradable tubes under the headings Morning, Noon and Night for sativa, hybrid and indica respectively. The products are only available at California dispensaries.

Mon
20
Sep

Sales surge at Vista cannabis shops after city OKs recreational use

Cannabis dispensaries have turned out to be a pot of gold for the city of Vista, and they likely will bring in more tax revenue following a recent change that allows the businesses to sell their products for recreational use.

“Sales automatically increased,” said Mike Mellano, owner of Coastal Wellness dispensary. “We had such a quick response. Sales have been up about 35 percent or 40 percent. I was expecting 15 maybe.”

Tradecraft Farms became the first of the city’s 11 dispensaries when it opened in 2019 following the passage of the citizen-driven Measure Z initiative, and store manager Edgar Gaytan said business appears to be up by about 20 percent since the shop was allowed to sell products for recreational rather than just medical use about a month ago.

Mon
20
Sep

FBI says fortune seized in Beverly Hills raid was criminals’ loot. Owners say: Where’s the proof?

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After the FBI seized Joseph Ruiz’s life savings during a raid on a safe deposit box business in Beverly Hills, the unemployed chef went to court to retrieve his $57,000. A judge ordered the government to tell Ruiz why it was trying to confiscate the money.It came from drug trafficking, an FBI agent responded in court papers. Ruiz’s income was too low for him to have that much money, and his side business selling bongs made from liquor bottles suggested he was an unlicensed pot dealer, the agent wrote.

The FBI also said a dog had smelled unspecified drugs on Ruiz’s cash.The FBI was wrong. When Ruiz produced records showing the source of his money was legitimate, the government dropped its false accusation and returned his money.

Mon
20
Sep

Cannabis wines use dealcoholization, emulsion technology to transform Napa’s signature beverage

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After working in the wine industry for 30 years and innovation for 15, Tracey Mason was looking for a change of pace —  and chemistry.

The wine-to-weed pipeline grabbed a hold of Mason, and she quickly learned how the wine and cannabis industries were similar and differ. With her current venture — House of Saka — Mason is able to combine these worlds as co-founder and CEO of a de-alcoholized, cannabis-infused wine company.

Wed
15
Sep

Who Are America's Top Cannabis Employers?

 For the fourth year running, mg Magazine is compiling its listing of the top employers in the cannabis industry. The annual review process examines the benefits and perks, diversity, and corporate social responsibility efforts of thousands of U.S.-based businesses within multiple operating sectors, including manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, retailing, and ancillary professional services providers.COVID-19 had a tremendous impact on the legal cannabis industry, beginning when the State of California deemed retailers and cultivators "essential businesses.

" Shortly after that, other states followed suit, leading to an unprecedented year of sales growth. Support for legalization among consumers and legislators also grew.

Wed
15
Sep

Cannabis farmers, employees protest outside Sonoma County supervisors’ offices

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Sonoma County cannabis growers and their allies gathered by the dozens Friday outside the Board of Supervisors’ office in Santa Rosa to denounce the county’s handling of commercial cannabis regulation and taxation, calling it overly burdensome and costly.

Taxes levied by the county are excessive, growers say, and a slow, convoluted local permitting process has hampered the expansion of their industry since California voters legalized adult-use recreational marijuana in 2016.

Wed
15
Sep

No new joints: Santa Cruz County provisionally halts cannabis permits

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 Public speakers got into the weeds of the connotations and effects of the marijuana industry before the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors elected to institute a temporary emergency moratorium Tuesday.

As initially highlighted at the supervisors’ Aug. 24 meeting, residents in Supervisors Friend’s and Greg Caput’s districts have been voicing concerns around conflicts between residentially-zoned parcels and nearby Commercial Agriculture parcels. The timing of the majority of complaints coming in between the last six to eight months, Friend said, was due to the county’s permitting process.

Tue
14
Sep

Resonate Blends to Acquire Wellness Cannabis Brand

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Resonate Blends Inc., a cannabis holding company in Calabasas, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Lemon and Grass, a Florida-based cannabis wellness brand.

Lemon and Grass sells products such as relief balms, patches and capsules as well as vape cartridges and PAX pods. The products will flank Resonate’s existing product line, Koan Cordials, a liquid made from cannabis and botanical extracts.

Lemon and Grass products are distributed to more than 40 dispensaries in Florida. The company also has had product trials in California and has licensing plans for multiple states across the country, as well as for provinces in Canada.

Fri
10
Sep

Drones to Deploy in California County to Detect Illicit Pot Operations

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The effort of using drones to spot illegal grows is supported by legal operators who can’t compete with illicit operations.

A dystopian reality of government-controlled drones hovering overhead is a reality for growers in Nevada County, California, but the effort to locate illegal operations is supported by local cannabis organizations such Nevada County Cannabis Alliance. 

In many areas in California, growers have the challenge of competing with illicit operations amid an epic oversupply problem—driving some operators into the black market. 

Fri
10
Sep

San Diego-area program warns against mixing cannabis with certain prescription meds

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Seventeen pharmacies in San Diego County will soon begin distributing leaflets to patients warning of potential interactions between prescription drugs and cannabis.

The pilot program not only provides patients with information about possible cannabis-drug interactions, but also seeks feedback through online research to assess whether such information is useful to patients.

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