California

Tue
28
Aug

These sublingual cannabis strips offer a smoke-free high in 15 minutes

According to Sierra Lewis, the Vice President of Product Development at OLO, the idea for the strips began as a quest to offer reliable and discreet access to cannabis for people who may not be in a position to smoke regularly: those who didn’t want to spark up in front of their kids, for example. “It was the most reliable, quickest, most precise way to deliver the format, writes Tess Barker.

Tue
28
Aug

Illegal marijuana grows are destroying national forests

Some of America's most pristine forests are under assault by illegal marijuana cultivation that is ravaging the environment. Federal narcotics agents destroyed more than 1.4 million marijuana plants last year, according to the U.S. Forestry Service, and thousands of pounds of trash and numerous toxic chemicals were also removed.   

It's so rugged in the San Bernardino National Forest that federal agents searching for marijuana are sometimes lifted from place to place by helicopter, reports CBS News' John Blackstone, who joined agents in Southern California as they confronted the illegal and dangerous growing operation.

Mon
27
Aug

Marijuana study finds THC in breast milk up to 6 days after mom’s use

Doctors are getting a better understanding of how using marijuana can affect a breastfeeding mother’s milk supply — and for how long.

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics found that low levels of chemicals in marijuana, like tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, were measurable in several mothers’ breast milk up to six days after they said they smoked pot or ate an edible, among other forms of use.

Mon
27
Aug

Meet the leader of L.A.’s cannabis revolution

Cat Packer is a former community advocate who is shaping the city’s transition.

When California’s recreational marijuana law took effect in January, Los Angeles became one of the country’s largest cannabis markets.

Cat Packer, head of the city’s department of cannabis regulation, is guiding a booming business—which includes hundreds of eager entrepreneurs as well as still-thriving unlicensed operators—through an unprecedented transition. Here’s how Packer, a former advocate with the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit aimed at ending the war on drugs, is addressing the issues facing the industry.

Mon
27
Aug

Cannabis cleanse? Why big tech is giving pot businesses the boot

YouTube and others are erasing the accounts of marijuana brands, limiting their ability to advertise themselves.

Got a question about cannabis? If so, then YouTube has long been a place to go. The platform’s power was something Green Flower Media understood well. The California company, which produces cannabis content focused on health and wellness, had posted hundreds of videos with titles like “What is cannabis terroir?” and “How to use cannabis with intention”. 

Mon
27
Aug

How California’s messy cannabis taxes are hurting businesses

As one of the largest cannabis markets in the world, California’s thriving marijuana industry has every product imaginable for the casual user and connoisseur alike.

The state has had a legal medical cannabis industry for more than two decades now accompanied by the recreational market legalized at the beginning of 2018.

Fri
24
Aug

Marijuana use declines among California teens

Despite the dawn of a new era legalizing recreational use of cannabis by adults, marijuana use among middle and high school students continued to decline in California in 2016 and 2017, a new state-funded health survey shows.

Only 4.2 percent of seventh graders reported ever using marijuana, according to the 16th biennial California Healthy Kids Survey, which was conducted between 2015 and 2017 and released this week.

Thu
23
Aug

Cannabis supply chains coming out of the shadows

A nascent network of distributors is sprouting in California, taking marijuana business ‘from backpack to briefcase’ in a potential model for national supply chains.

Low-slung industrial developments are rising along Avenue 48 here, a dusty stretch at the edge of relentless desert 140 miles from the Pacific Coast that’s becoming a hub for cannabis producers.

Around the state, a nascent network of specialized distribution companies is springing up to connect these centers of licensed marijuana growers and processors to hundreds of retail outlets, providing something entirely new in the marijuana industry: A legitimate supply chain.

Thu
23
Aug

Many cannabis-related convictions in California could be erased in the near future

Tens of thousands of cannabis related convictions in the state of California could potentially be erased thanks to a bill that was approved Wednesday by the state Legislature. The bill now just needs Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

The bill was introduced by Democratic Assemblyman, Rob Banta. It orders eligible cases between 1975 and 2016 to be identified by the Department of Justice and to send the results to the appropriate prosecutor, reports BakersfieldNow. The bill passed 22-8 with bipartisan support. When Proposition 64 was passed in 2016, in addition to allowing adult-use, recreational cannabis, various marijuana-related crimes were also eliminated.

Wed
22
Aug

California cannabis goes luxury, plans appellations just like wine

You might call Jerry Munn’s Lime Volt cannabis the champagne of marijuana country.

The Northern California farmer, who’s cultivated pot for over 28 years, gets positively electric describing his new botanical creation. “It’s tingling to the senses and stimulates the sinuses,” says Munn. “People have told me it’s like smoking a margarita.”

The Mendocino County farmer, who lives in the heart of the renowned Emerald Triangle, knows he’s created a winning weed varietal. For over half a century, that region of the state has been lauded the world over for producing some of the finest cannabis on the planet.

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