California

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04
Mar

Cannabis conundrum: California researchers struggling to get their hands on it

While Humboldt State University is located in the heart of cannabis country, undergrad students who want to study the county’s biggest cash crop say they aren’t allowed to touch the stuff or even get near it in a research setting.

The policy is drawing concerns from both university students and local researchers, including those at HSU’s Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, the expressed objective of which is to “serve as a clearinghouse of marijuana-related research.”

Fletcher Kennamer, a sociology student, said it’s kind of an absurd policy that makes local cannabis research an arduous process.

Fri
01
Mar

California bill would legalize crypto for tax payments from cannabis-related businesses

Lawmakers in the United States state of California have introduced a bill to allow cannabis-related business to pay fees and taxes in stablecoins. The bill was introduced by the California State Assembly on Feb. 21.

Fri
01
Mar

Palm Springs area becoming California’s cannabis hot spot

You might expect California, America’s biggest consumer marketplace, to be bursting with cannabis stores since recreational weed became legalized in 2018.

You would be wrong.

Less than 20 percent of California’s cities currently allow cannabis sales, according to the California Cannabis Industry Association. Even population centers such as San Diego and Los Angeles have only modest markets.

The slow startup might sound familiar to Washingtonians, who saw similar struggles to ramp up in many cities after legal cannabis sales began in 2014.

But one place in Southern California truly is already a hotbed of cannabis: Palm Springs, where dispensaries and massive grow operations are booming.

Thu
28
Feb

California might run out of legal cannabis by this summer

A massive licensing problem in California's cannabis industry could see the state run out of legal marijuana by this summer, writes Calvin Hughes.

Wed
27
Feb

Lab testing reveals banned chemicals in multiple cannabis samples in Los Angeles

A television news investigation revealed that unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are selling products contaminated with pesticides that have been banned by state regulators. The report from KNBC in Los Angeles purchased vape cartridges and cannabis flower from 24 dispensaries and delivery services in the area and found nearly 30 percent had traces of prohibited chemicals.

Wed
27
Feb

San Francisco expunges more than 9,000 marijuana convictions

The city of San Francisco has announced that it has expunged more than 9,300 cannabis related convictions from as far back as 1975.

“This makes San Francisco the first county in the country to complete the automated marijuana record clearance process,” according to a statement released by the office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

The expungement process for cannabis convictions is actually a law in California as stipulated by AB 1793, which is a part of proposition 64, the 2016 ballot initiative that legalized cannabis in the state. Since the law was passed, people have been allowed to petition their conviction, but that can often be a lengthy and expensive task.  

Tue
26
Feb

San Francisco to expunge over 9,300 marijuana-related convictions

San Francisco’s District Attorney said Monday that his office would be expunging more than 9,300 marijuana convictions from individuals’ records.

District Attorney George Gascón’s office used an advanced open-source computer algorithm to identify cases that were eligible for expungement, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The move comes less than three years after California fully legalized recreational marijuana in the state, opening the door for expungement and re-sentencing for people with marijuana-related convictions.

Tue
26
Feb

Here's the cannabis ad that was banned from the Oscars broadcast

The ad barred from airing during last night's Academy Awards has now been published online, writes Calvin Hughes.

Tue
26
Feb

California only made half as much on 2018 marijuana taxes as expected

When California, the most populous state in America, legalized recreational marijuana last year, many had high hopes for the industry, writes Joseph Misulonas. But unfortunately, it appears initial projections for the success of the industry were a little off.

Fri
22
Feb

New marijuana laws in 2019 could help black and Latino drug dealers go legal

Fourth-generation Oakland native Tucky Blunt grew up around weed. His grandmother used it. So did his parents and his friends.

Blunt (yes, that's his real last name) started selling to friends in the neighborhood when he was 16. He was usually careful, buying in bulk from a trusted supplier and selling to customers who'd call him to meet up.

After nearly a decade of illegal sales, it was $80 worth of pot that got him in trouble. He was found with a handful of baggies stashed in his pants when police officers came for him, tipped off by someone Blunt thought was a friend.

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