California

Thu
03
Feb

Legal cannabis in Redondo Beach? Voters will decide in 2023

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The City Council, however, could eventually vote on its own ordinance before voters weigh in.

Redondo Beach voters will decide next year whether to legalize commercial cannabis in the city.

The City Council this week chose to place an initiative on the March 7, 2023, general election ballot that, if approved, would allow a few marijuana dispensaries in the seaside town, repealing the existing ban on cannabis.

This all came about because of an initiative petition.

A petitioner, resident Sam Nicosia — who was solicited by growing dispensary chain Catalyst Cannabis Co., headquartered in Long Beach — served Redondo with an initiative petition last year that sought to get the city to repeal its ban on cannabis and allow up to three dispensaries around town.

Tue
01
Feb

Back to prison for cannabis growers? Push to roll back marijuana legalization in California is here

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You could fool yourself into thinking marijuana legalization was like breathing air or wearing socks: one of the few things most Americans could be trusted to agree upon.

Since 2012, nearly every major cannabis-related ballot measure put before voters has won handily; in that time, aside from a few outliers like a publicly funded lawsuit challenging voter-approved legalization in South Dakota, politicians have not even bothered to attempt an errand so hopeless as curtailing cannabis’s winning streak.

Fri
28
Jan

FBI and San Bernardino County sheriff accused of breaking law by seizing marijuana cash

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The driver of an armored car carrying $712,000 in cash from licensed marijuana dispensaries was heading into Barstow on a Mojave Desert freeway in November when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies pulled him over. They interrogated him, seized the money and turned it over to the FBI.

A few weeks later, deputies stopped the same driver in Rancho Cucamonga, took an additional $350,000 belonging to legal pot stores and gave that cash to the FBI too.

Now, the FBI is trying to confiscate the nearly $1.1-million bounty, which it might share with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The FBI says the money is tied to federal drug or money-laundering crimes, but has specified no unlawful conduct and charged no one with a crime.

Wed
26
Jan

Sisters of the Valley plan to mail 13,000 hemp seeds to 1,000 customers

Spread the love and support local hemp farmers with The Sisters of the Valley’s new CBD-rich strain.

Perhaps due to fate, The Sisters of the Valley—the nun-like hemp bearers of Central Valley, California—are mailing approximately 13,000 high-CBD hemp souvenir seeds to 1,000 customers under a new program designed as a “thank you” to their customer base.

The Sisters are pulling a list on February 1 from their store of the last 1,000 customers who purchased from them, and each of them will receive a thank you card and a packet of hemp seeds in the mail this spring. They expect to send out 500 in February and another 500 in March.

Tue
25
Jan

California gives $764K grant to San Diego’s cannabis business division

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 San Diego’s Cannabis Business Division received a $764,261 grant from the California Department of Cannabis Control, intended to develop tools to help businesses comply with local and state laws, it was announced Monday.

“The grant funding will help streamline and enhance the local regulatory process,” said Mayor Todd Gloria.

“We want to ensure that our local cannabis community has the resources to develop a marketplace that benefits both businesses and the community alike.”

Mon
24
Jan

Driver busted for cannabis after vehicle stopped at Stoner Drive

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California patrol cops find garbage bags containing about 40 kilograms of weed in BMW.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) troopers made a serendipitous, if not stunningly stereotypical, cannabis bust this weekend after a car was stopped on the corner of Stockdale Highway and Stoner Drive in Buttonwillow, Calif.

Cannabis seizures are nothing new in California, but the location of Saturday afternoon’s traffic enforcement stop distinguished itself.

Fri
21
Jan

Organization launches NFT collaboration for cannabis industry reform

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The Black Comics Collective and The Weldon Project are collaborating on a NFT project that will benefit those who have be impacted by the War on Drugs.

Non-fungible tokens (NFT) take the stage again, this time with a cannabis-related collaboration featuring unique music and art.

Burn1, a blockchain company that provides “financial rocket fuel for cannabis reform” announced its partnership with both The Black Comics Collective and The Weldon Project on January 19 to create an NFT project aimed at collecting funds for cannabis.

Fri
21
Jan

This black-owned cannabis company started by an NBA veteran has raised $13M to expand

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leading Black-owned producer and licensed wholesaler of premium cannabis products, Viola, has closed a $13 million equity funding round. DelMorgan & Co., an internationally recognized investment banking firm headquartered in Santa Monica, California, acted as an exclusive strategic transaction advisor to Viola in connection with the transaction, according to a statement by Viola.

The funding round will allow Viola to expand into several key new markets such as Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland, the statement said. Also, the cannabis company will continue executing strategic marketing initiatives in order to position Viola as one of the top brands and operators in the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

Thu
20
Jan

2 California men found with nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana in camper in Alabama

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Two California men were jailed in Alabama after police said they found almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $3 million hidden in a camper just off Interstate 20.

An officer saw a camper running off the road while exiting the highway Tuesday morning, news outlets reported. The officer stopped the vehicle outside a store and the men agreed to a search, police said.

Officers found 953 pounds of marijuana wrapped in plastic hidden throughout the camper, authorities said.

“There actually wasn’t a square inch of storage space in the vehicle, whether it be the undercarriage or inside the vehicle, that wasn’t stuffed with marijuana,” Police Chief Paul Irwin said.

Wed
19
Jan

Kansas and California cops used civil forfeiture to stage armored car heists, stealing money earned by licensed marijuana businesses

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The Institute for Justice argues that the seizures violated state law, federal law, and the U.S. Constitution.

Because the continued federal prohibition of marijuana makes banks and payment processors leery of serving state-licensed cannabis suppliers, many of those businesses rely heavily on cash, which exposes them to a heightened risk of robbery. As a new federal lawsuit shows, that danger is not limited to garden-variety criminals. It includes cops who use federal civil forfeiture laws to steal money earned by state-legal marijuana businesses.

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