California

Tue
12
May

San Jose to Take Major Marijuana Dispensary to Court

For nine months, the city of San Jose has attempted to close down San Jose Organics, a major medical marijuana dispensary with over 5,000 members.

San Jose has already fined the dispensary thousands of dollars and told it to cease operations. The city is adding $1,500 a day to its fines for every day it remains open. Now, the two sides are set to face of in court.

In a hidden camera investigation, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit saw that the dispensary appeared to be violating several city regulations on the sale of medical marijuana.

Mon
11
May

Magic Flight is revolutionising the weed equipment market with wooden products made with love

Hand-made vaporizers serve as 'functional pieces of art'

Just a few years ago, if you wanted to buy some equipment for smoking weed, you were refined to a market stall or dingy head shop selling poorly-made products shipped in from Asia. You know the sort - neon plastic grinders with Bob Marley's face on, lumpy bongs in the shape of goblins, t-shirts emblazoned with alien faces saying 'take me to your dealer'.

Fortunately, as the use of cannabis slowly becomes destigmatised and various levels of legalisation or decriminalisation sweep the globe, those days are gone, and the market for quality paraphernalia is booming.

Sat
09
May

What Ordinance 925 means for Greenhouse Marijuana Cultivation in Anza

Anza and Aguanga have multiple greenhouses. This aerial view photo depicts one in Aguanga.

At a recent Q&A session with members of Riverside County Sherriff’s Department on March 13, members of the Anza community expressed concern with the recent growth of greenhouses that are cultivating Marijuana in their neighborhoods.

These community members expressed concern about the smell when it is being harvested, the numbers of greenhouses being put on a parcel of land without legal dwellings and fear regarding the potential of more crime being generated as a result of the cultivation. Many expressed confusion regarding how someone can legally grow that many plants and not face legal penalties.

Fri
08
May

Synthetic marijuana hospitalizations surge tied to chemical formulas 'tweak'

A huge spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called “synthetic marijuana” illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation.

Poison control centers around the US reported 359 cases in January of illnesses from synthetic cannabinoids, which mimic the effects of the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana but can be far more potent. There were 273 in February and 269 in March. But the number skyrocketed to just over 1,500 in April, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Fri
08
May

GTSO Develops Flexible Solution to Lab Shortage Crisis

The historic boom in biotechnology over the past few years has driven up demand for laboratory space in the nation’s hottest markets, sending rents soaring and vacancy rates plummeting. Green Technology Solutions, Inc. (GTSO) is working on new solutions to help ease the scarcity.

“The explosion in demand for laboratory space driven by the biotech sector has had a ripple effect across a number of industries,” said GTSO CEO Wallace W. Browne. “Out West, especially, startups and smaller businesses are having difficulty securing the lab space and services that they need to operate. Our company is taking steps towards a possible solution to that problem.”

Tue
05
May

Higher taxes and caution in marketing can keep weed away from kids

Even though several US states have voted to legalize marijuana, it's still not clear how best to regulate it. But there are steps that legislators can take to prevent the newly legal drug from falling into the hands of minors, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. A new report in the medical journal Pediatrics outlines four tested tactics for proposed regulation.

Tue
05
May

Medical marijuana collective files lawsuit against City of Berkeley

After months of legal dispute over the 40 Acres Medical Marijuana Growers Collective, which caused it to relocate in April, the collective filed a lawsuit against the city April 20 alleging discrimination.

The lawsuit filed by the collective’s co-founder, Chris Smith, against the city of Berkeley and its Medical Cannabis Commission alleges that the city has allowed the three currently licensed dispensaries in Berkeley to unlawfully monopolize the local sale of medical marijuana.

Smith, who believes the dispensaries are overcharging people, said he opened up his own medical marijuana collective to “find a way to get medicine at a more realistic price.”

Tue
05
May

The "Martha Stewart of Marijuana" Helps Women Get Into the Weed Business

Beverly Hills Cannabis Club's Cheryl Shuman

It was bound to happen — cannabis networking events that encourage curious women to pursue a career in a growing market. Pun intended.

A marketing queen who has been running the private Beverly Hills Cannabis Club for 20 years, Cheryl Shuman is taking advantage of what she calls the “pot-com boom,” and wants to take other career-minded women along for the ride.

In February she formed the networking group Women Grow, where she inspires others to join the cannabis industry. The group met recently in West Hollywood to discuss financial opportunities such as weed photography and selling baked pot edibles.

Mon
04
May

California lawmakers consider statewide regulation of marijuana dispensaries

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The California Legislature is considering multiple -- and conflicting -- plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers.

The debate over the billion-dollar industry now regulated largely by local government and has pitted cities and law enforcement agencies against marijuana growers and sellers.

Mon
04
May

California looks to bring law and order to decades-old medical marijuana market

Nearly 20 years after voters approved the medical use of marijuana in California, the state’s cannabis trade is a wild west of legitimate enterprises, outlaws and erratic enforcement, caused in large part by a patchwork of inconsistent laws covering the $2bn-a-year industry.

Legislators are seeking to bring law and order to the business. Three bills – two in the state assembly and one in the senate – are competing to create a framework that would codify how medical marijuana is grown and sold in California, including whether local municipalities or the state itself would have ultimate control and what environmental and health measures should be addressed.

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