California

Thu
05
Mar

Humboldt County program takes cannabis code enforcement to 'new heights,' wins award

HUMBOLDT, Calif. — Humboldt County has taken its code enforcement of illegal cannabis grows to thousands of miles above the Earth, according to the California State Association of Counties.

The Humboldt County Planning and Building Department is using satellite footage to come across grows that are not in compliance through the Humboldt Environmental Impact Reduction Program, a press release said. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will receive the CSAC Challenge Award on March 10 for the program.

Wed
04
Mar

Federal prosecutors investigate California marijuana companies in wide-ranging probe

Federal prosecutors have launched a probe of cannabis companies in California, seeking a batch of records held by a startup that functions as a Yelp for marijuana dispensaries, according to a grand-jury subpoena reviewed by MarketWatch.

Criminal prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of California ordered the production of records from Ghost Management Group LLC, which owns a subsidiary called Weedmaps that provides an online directory of cannabis retailers. Weedmaps’ online services allow pot consumers to rate and compare stores, find deals and place orders for delivery.

Tue
03
Mar

Gold Flora Announces First Planting At Its New California Cannabis Campus

Gold Flora, a vertically integrated cannabis company in California, announced it has started cultivating in its new, state-of-the-art cannabis campus in Desert Hot Springs, California. The grow encompasses over 35,000 sq ft and utilizes the latest in cultivation technology.

The company began construction on Gold Flora Farms over three years ago and recently complete Phase One – a 200,000 sq ft, full-service campus that hosts premium, compliant cannabis brands and companies representing all sectors of the market, including cultivation, extraction, manufacturing, packaging, testing and distribution.

The company plans on expanding to 620,000 sq ft during the next two phases of construction.

Fri
28
Feb

The Complex Issue of Cannabis Business On Tribal Land

Throughout history, cannabis was regulated by federal law on reservations, so it was generally illegal. But after the 2013 Cole Memo, the topic of cannabis on tribal land and how it ties into the tribe’s government autonomy became increasingly prevalent.

Tue
18
Feb

Los Angeles County To Dismiss 66,000 Cannabis Convictions

Almost 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County are being dismissed, according to a Thursday announcement by District Attorney Jackie Lacey and the group Code for America.

The convictions fall under the category of those eligible for relief under Proposition 64.

The dismissals are the final stage of the five-county Clear My Record pilot program, which also includes San Francisco, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. 

Collectively, these pilot programs should dismiss more than 85,000 marijuana convictions eligible for relief under Proposition 64.

Fri
14
Feb

LA County Prosecutors Teams Up With Tech Group to Clear 66,000 Cannabis Convictions

The lead prosecutor for Los Angeles County announced on Thursday that her office had teamed with a nonprofit tech group to clear 66,000 past marijuana convictions, some going back as long as six decades. Earlier this week, District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed a motion to erase 66,000 felony convictions going back to 1961 and another 4,000 convictions for misdemeanor offenses from 10 cities in Los Angeles County.

The motion was signed by Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta on Tuesday. With the judge’s order, approximately 22,000 offenders will no longer have a felony on the records. Another 15,000 will no longer have any criminal record at all.

Tue
11
Feb

How Much Cannabis Each State Sold in First Month of Legal Sales

Illinois dispensaries sold nearly $40 million dollars with of cannabis in the first 31 days of recreational cannabis sales, according to new numbers released last week.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced the number on Feb. 3. Officials said the final total of $39,247,840.83 came from the sale of 972,045 cannabis products at licensed retailers across the state.

Wed
05
Feb

These Are The US Cities And States With The Most Dispensaries

The city with the most dispensaries based on its population figure is Missoula, Montana.

When most Americans pass by a store selling liquor, beer, or wine, they barely think twice about it. That’s because its existence isn’t novel; we all know plenty of folks who drink and buy alcohol. Outside of a few select cities, seeing a marijuana dispensary on a street corner still causes heads to turn.

Mon
03
Feb

California Is Failing Its Cannabis Industry, Big-Time

Last year was supposed to be when the cannabis industry proved to Wall Street and investors that it deserved a lofty valuation. Canada had recently become the first industrialized country in the modern era to legalize recreational weed and was seemingly months away from launching higher-margin derivatives, while the U.S. appeared to have plenty of momentum with regard to additional state legalizations.

Fri
31
Jan

Three busted myths on today’s cannabis consumers from California

California has had a long history with cannabis, being one of the first to propose its legislation in the 70s. While Californians have had access to medicinal marijuana since the 90s, it was only two years ago the state finally legalized the recreational use of the plant. Currently, California has one of the biggest cannabis markets in the United States.

Thanks to advocacy groups and legislative change, the past years have seen remarkable progress and education when it comes to marijuana. Despite that, some myths still permeate cannabis culture, especially when focusing on California users.

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