California

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05
Sep

12 Budtenders reveal the biggest misconceptions about their job

Now that cannabis is recreational in California, old and new consumers are visiting dispensaries for their very first time, entering a world of weed products that may inspire a number of questions for budtenders, writes Morgan Roger and Brian Berkowitz.

Wed
05
Sep

California: New breathalyzer for marijuana created, no discussion of local use

A company in California recently created a breathalyzer able to detect the amount of THC — the main active compound in marijuana — in a driver’s breath. 

“In partnership with Triple Ring Technologies, we developed portable technology that meets or exceeds the gold standard used by forensic laboratories throughout the world,” Mike Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Hound Labs Mike Lynn said. “We offer a solution that not only extends the boundaries of clinical research, but also provides better information about recent marijuana use for employers, law enforcement and legislators who are trying to balance public safety with the fair treatment of responsible cannabis users.”

Tue
04
Sep

Marijuana weekly review: DOJ seiz›es California cannabis, hemp-derived CBD overtakes the market

Rampant use of toxic pesticides by illegal growers is causing major ecological damage in each of California's 18 federal forests.

A Justice Department-led group of local and state law enforcement officials reported seizing 638,370 cannabis plants in 95 sites covering more than 7900 acres over a one year period. "Much of the marijuana here that's being grown in the federal public lands is going to New York City, Atlanta, Chicago — all over the United States," officials said. Despite legalization, the state is growing nearly eight times more product than can be legally consumed "irrespective of what California is doing — there is no shortage of supply."

Fri
31
Aug

Marijuana banking bill stalls in California legislature

The cannabis industry faces further banking hurdles in California, with proposed legislation to establish state-licensed banks stalled in committee. It will not cross Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk by the Aug. 31 deadline for each House in the State Assembly to pass bills.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) introduced SB 930, which would create a new, limited-purpose state charter for privately financed banks which the California Department of Business Oversight would regulate.

Fri
31
Aug

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds approved to host cannabis events

Getting elevated at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds could mean more than a Ferris wheel ride after officials approved up to four cannabis events at the site per year.

The events — which would not coincide with the annual Santa Cruz County Fair itself — could include sale of cannabis and smoking and vaping in permitted outdoor areas.

The temporary event permits were unanimously approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Thu
30
Aug

California weed delivery service raided by Bureau of Cannabis Control

California continues to crack down on weed delivery services.

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control was forced into action on Monday, after a complaint pertaining to a cannabis delivery operation in southeast Sacramento.

Wed
29
Aug

California's recreational cannabis industry is booming — but regulations are posing a unique threat

If the state of California were a country, it would have the fifth largest GDP in the world.

Take this kind of spending power and combine it with the recent legalization of recreational cannabis, and it's fair to say that the Golden State is primed to become the Holy Grail of cannabis opportunities.

But while the market is home to immense potential, this doesn't mean that the California cannabis business isn't without its own unique challenges and obstacles to navigate.

Wed
29
Aug

Bill would allow medical marijuana on California school campuses

Some California parents would be allowed to give their children medical marijuana on school campuses under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

State law has allowed minors to access medical marijuana since the 1990s but prohibits it on school campuses. That means parents have to remove their children from school or meet them off campus to give them a dose.

The bill says the marijuana would have to be in non-smoking or vaping form, such as in capsules or oils, and it could only be given to students with a medical marijuana prescription. The bill lets school districts opt-in to the policy; it does not mandate them to allow it.

Wed
29
Aug

The U.S. incarcerates women who won’t turn in loved ones involved in cannabis

Under what’s called criminal “conspiracy,” the federal government puts women in prison for not helping them with drug investigations.

Tue
28
Aug

How high-end California chefs are cashing in on marijuana

Leave it to California to combine high-end cuisine with the kind of ingredients that might actually get you high. It's an increasingly lucrative niche for chefs in San Francisco and Los Angeles — cities already well known for trendy food culture.

Chefs and entrepreneurs making cannabis-infused foie gras and "stoner souffles" have been featured on not one but two series devoted to gourmet ganja: the Netflix competition program, Cooking On High, and the Viceland show Bong Appetit.

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