California

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31
Mar

Women's marijuana event 'a Tupperware party for cannabis'

Karen Wagner shows Sexxpot marijuana during a sample and share cannabis product party in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

 

In a Russian Hill apartment, 17 women passed around cannabis-infused gluten-free vegan blueberry almond granola and rubbed marijuana-based topical cream into their shoulders.

The attendees — lawyers and chefs and nurses and tech executives among them — inhaled from vaporizers and erupted in laughter when a woman lauded the aphrodisiac wonders of Sexxpot, a new strain of Humboldt County-grown herb that she recently smoked with her husband.

Mon
30
Mar

Smoked dry: Massive marijuana cultivation has 'lethal' impact on California water supply – study

California's current drought has been caused by the demand for water needed to cultivate cannabis, which, under state law, is illegal for recreational use. Streams are running dry, fish are dying, and it’s just the beginning, US scientists warn.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has recently published a study, the first of its kind, in the PLOS journal. The scientists, who studied the devastating environmental effects of marijuana cultivation in the region, concluded: “Due to climate change, water scarcity and habitat degradation in northern California is likely to worsen in the future.”

Mon
30
Mar

'Expert Think Tank' Identifies Key Issues For Statewide Marijuana Legalization, Eyes Humboldt Visit

A blue ribbon task force led by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom — and including retired Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos — has been busy brainstorming on the prospect of statewide recreational marijuana legalization come 2016, and yesterday the group released a policy report [pdf here] identifying three key issues on the matter.

Mon
30
Mar

Gavin Newsom: California Is The 'Worst Of All Worlds' When It Comes To Marijuana

California has the oldest and largest legal marijuana market in the country, bringing in $1.3 billion a year. It's also the least regulated, allowing for local governments to enforce their own rules at their whims and a thriving underground industry to smuggle the product to other states en masse.

Sat
28
Mar

West Coachella Valley set for marijuana 'green rush'

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Sun Grow employee Diego Cambron shows some of the product that is available at the dispensary.(Photo: J. Omar Ornelas/ The Desert Sun)Buy Photo

On a recent Thursday morning, a crowd gathered in the parking lot of a Desert Hot Springs gas station to welcome the latest new business to the struggling city.

Mayor Adam Sanchez stood in front of the shop's refurbished storefront and cut the ribbon with giant scissors — just as he would for a restaurant, tire store or hair salon — before talking about how perfectly Sun Grow would fit into Desert Hot Springs' healthy "spa city" image.

Sun Grow is the first permitted medical marijuana dispensary to open in Riverside County, outside of Palm Springs.

Fri
27
Mar

Medical Cannabis Faces Double Standard for Safety, Efficacy Compared to Prescription Pills

Medical cannabis faces a double standard for safety and efficacy compared to prescription pharmaceuticals.

The most recent illustration of that fact is a story from the Wall Street Journal, which reported this week that at least a third of children with previously untreatable epilepsy got better on extracts of cannabis - a non-toxic botanical.

Of 75 children who took cannabidiol (CBD), the second most common active molecule in cannabis, “33% of them had their seizures drop by half,” the Journal reported.

Thu
26
Mar

Medical marijuana delivery services make way for new dispensary

Del Rey Oaks >> Next week’s opening of Monterey County’s only medical marijuana dispensary doesn’t seem to worry local marijuana delivery services.

A few of them say the private and convenient nature of their services assures them they will stay in business, despite new competition from the dispensary slated to open April 1 in Del Rey Oaks.

“I don’t see it affecting us because we deliver quality and convenience to your door,” says Luis Solis, part owner of Compassionate Bay Delivery, a 6-month-old company serving the Salinas area.

In fact, more than one delivery business owner welcomed the arrival of the dispensary.

Thu
26
Mar

California: Nestdrop Medical Marijuana Delivery Service Launches GoFundMe Campaign

To help pay for its upcoming legal battle with the City of Los Angeles, medical marijuana delivery service Nestdrop has launched a GoFundMe campaign to seek donations from medicinal cannabis patients, fellow tech companies, dispensaries and supporters across the country.

After sending a letter to the City Attorney’s office offering to work with them on sensible medical marijuana enforcement -- which went unanswered -- Nestdrop has moved forward with appealing the injunction.

Tue
24
Mar

Santa Cruz County supervisors ban commercial marijuana growing

Speakers line up to argue for or against banning marijuana cultivation in Santa Cruz County.  (March 24, 2015)

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Speakers line up to argue for or against banning marijuana cultivation in Santa Cruz County.  (March 24, 2015)

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It came down to one vote Tuesday as the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to ban commercial marijuana grows in unincorporated Santa Cruz County.

Before the vote, public comments lasted for more than three hours. Passionate pleas were made on both sides of the debate. 

The Santa Cruz County board chamber was packed with growers, medical marijuana patients, and neighbors who are impacted by illegal and legal marijuana cultivation.

Mon
23
Mar

Boat with $3 million worth of marijuana seized in Channel Islands

A panga boat stocked with nearly three tons of marijuana worth about $3 million was spotted in the Channel Islands, and three men on board -- all citizens of Mexico -- were arrested, authorities said Monday.

Alfonso Ramirez-Lopez, 40; Marco Montes-Lopez, 46; and Daniel Garcia-Sanchez, 32, are being held without bail on federal drug trafficking charges, according to U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. 

The boat was spotted about 12:40 p.m. Saturday near San Miguel Island by an off-duty officer with the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to a sworn affidavit by a DEA agent obtained by The Times.

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