California

Wed
27
Oct

Weed is legal in California, but you can still get in trouble. Here’s what you should know

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Cannabis has been legal for recreational use in California for nearly five years. From delivery services and storefront dispensaries to the state’s first marijiuana competition, California residents can enjoy their herb medicinally, recreationally and freely — to an extent.

While weed is legal in the state, there are limitations and penalties for some.

Also of note: Individuals 18 and older can qualify for medicinal marijuana. Minors qualify in few situations. Otherwise, you need to be 21 plus.

Fri
22
Oct

Humboldt County seeks more aid from CAMP as policy shift announced

State campaign eradicated 76K plants locally in 2021

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a shift in the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting’s future operations after seizing nearly 1.2 million illegally cultivated cannabis plants in 2021. Bonta directed the Department of Justice to conduct a six-month review of CAMP “in light of changes to the law since the program was first initiated” with the goal of focusing efforts on environmental degradation, labor exploitation and economic impacts associated with illegal cannabis cultivation. (Screenshot)

Fri
22
Oct

Three in four California cannabis companies aren’t licensed; $100 million might help

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Nearly four years after California started regulating its cannabis industry, three in four businesses still operate on provisional licenses.

As temporary license holders, 75% of the state’s cannabis industry lacks protections and privileges that come with holding full licenses — a situation that worries some in the business. Those temporary operators also haven’t passed extensive environmental reviews required of full licensing — a fact that concerns environmental groups.

Cannabis licensing is slow for a number of reasons, ranging from the sometimes dizzying complexity of California’s environmental rules to conflicting language between state and local cannabis laws to the high costs for permits and a shortage of government workers needed to process the paperwork.

Fri
22
Oct

Search Warrant Served At Illegal Marijuana Dispensary in San Diego

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Arrests made at Illegal Marijuana Dispensary

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at approximately 10:00 a.m., deputies from the Sheriff's Lakeside Substation Crime Suppression Team and detectives from the Sheriff's Lakeside Substation, with the assistance of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail, and a representative from San Diego County Code Compliance, served a search warrant at an illegal marijuana dispensary located at 8802 Winter Gardens Blvd in Lakeside.

The warrant was part of ongoing investigations by the Sheriff's Department of illegally operating cannabis facilities in San Diego County. Detectives seized the following during the search: 

Fri
22
Oct

Columbia man charged with smuggling weed from California

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A Columbia man was arrested and charged for smuggling weed from a California airport to Columbia.

Kevin Antwan Simmons, 43, is charged with trafficking marijuana after officials found more than 40 pounds of weed and $4,000 in his suitcase at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

“Law enforcement officers from the Sacramento area notified South Carolina-based Drug Enforcement Administration agents that Simmons was flying into Columbia October 17,” said Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon. “Once Simmons landed and grabbed two suitcases at baggage claim, DEA and Lexington County narcotics agents approached him and he consented to a search of his bags.”

Fri
22
Oct

Explosions, fire rage through suspected marijuana operation, killing 2 in California

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Two people were killed on Monday in a fire at an alleged illegal marijuana grow operation in Los Angeles, officials say.

The Los Angeles Fire Department received reports of the warehouse fire from a paramedic crew that passed by it at around 12:18 p.m. Within moments of the report being received, the fire had already seared through the roof of the building, the fire department said in a news release.

The firefighters who arrived at the scene saw with three severely burned people running out of the building while calling out a fourth person’s name, Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott told KTLA.

Tue
19
Oct

Growing pains: Prop 64 unleashed recreational pot, but with heavy financial burdens

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 Five years ago, California’s approval of Proposition 64 opened the door to recreational marijuana and budding new local economies.

The proposition was billed as a win for increased tax revenues, entrepreneurship, jobs and the hope of beating back marijuana’s long-established and vast illicit cannabis market.

Tue
19
Oct

California marijuana busts surge despite legalization as agencies target illicit growers

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Four years after weed became legal in California for adult recreational use, state law enforcement officials have doubled the amount of illicit marijuana plants seized and eradicated in an annual campaign. California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Monday announced that the California Department of Justice’s annual Campaign Against Marijuana Planting program, also known as CAMP, had eradicated nearly 1.2 million illegally cultivated cannabis plants this year.

Fri
15
Oct

Palm Springs City Council approves new fee schedule for cannabis business violations

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The Palm Springs City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a new schedule for municipal fines that can be levied on cannabis-related businesses that violate the city rules governing them. 

In 2019, Palm Springs adopted a set of revised regulations for cannabis businesses, such as dispensaries and production operations, that was motivated largely by concerns raised by residents about the impact of odors those businesses can produce. 

Thu
14
Oct

Long Beach expands cannabis social equity program

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The Long Beach City Council this week voted to allow more cannabis dispensaries and delivery-only marijuana businesses, but asked staff to figure out how to pay for the expanded program without raising taxes.

“It could potentially cripple the businesses we’re trying to lift up,” Councilman Al Austin said about the rejected tax increase. “That’s my real concern.”

The city’s social equity program was created in 2018 to allow those who were targeted for cannabis-related crimes to benefit from legalization.

The ordinance will allow eight more dispensaries to operate in Long Beach, exclusive to those who qualify for the equity program.

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