California

Fri
28
Dec

California deems cannabis public bank unfeasible, seeks federal law changes

A public bank has been floated at North Bay and Sacramento levels as a way to meet the needs of the still largely cash-based cannabis industry, because conventional banks have been leery of involvement with something that's still high on the federal list of controlled substances. But California officials Thursday noted such a plan was too big of a legal and financial risk.

At a public hearing at the California Capitol, the Cannabis Banking Working Group, chaired by California State Treasurer John Chiang, was presented with the results of an independent study, his office said Thursday.

Thu
27
Dec

Massive pot recall after Sacramento lab allegedly faked test results for pesticides

Bay Area cannabis vendors and distributors may have to destroy millions of dollars worth of marijuana due to a recall over falsified test results at a Northern California lab.

The recall affects some 29 distributors that worked with Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Lab, according to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control.

State inspectors allege that the labs director did not perform certain mandatory tests for pesticides over that last four months. The lab’s director, Marc Foster was forced to surrender his business license.

The Bureau said more than 800 batches may have been affected. In a letter sent this week, distributors were instructed to contact retailers and ask them to return the affected batches for re-sampling and re-testing by another lab.

Thu
27
Dec

California cannabis banking study results to be released at public hearing

When California voters decided to pass Proposition 64 in 2016, they opted to mobilize an industry with massive financial potential in a state with one of the leading economies in the world.

The medicinal cannabis market had already been in operation for years under Proposition 215 and SB420, but the newly legalized recreational marijuana industry was still bound to the same banking rules which meant that all transactions would still be tied to a cash-based system.

Thu
27
Dec

Cannabis deliveries to be legal everywhere in California

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released the newest changes to regulations for adult-use cannabis and manufacturing earlier this month. Some proposed rules have bummed out the cannabis industry while others are relatively exciting. One of these proposals is the allowance of cannabis delivery throughout California—even to municipalities that have banned it.

Released Dec. 7, the language in the Phase III regulations says that “a delivery employee may deliver to any jurisdiction within the State of California provided that such delivery is conducted in compliance with all delivery provisions of this division.” Such needs for compliance include driving an unbranded car and tracking the vehicle with GPS. 

Mon
24
Dec

The city of West Hollywood pioneers cannabis consumption lounges

The city of West Hollywood has announced the approved licensees for onsite cannabis consumption lounges and cafés, where customers can consume cannabis in a permitted, public location. This news falls in line with the city's progressive history with cannabis policy, having pioneered the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries nearly two decades ago, writes Madison Margolin. 

What's more, the policy will even allow cannabis chefs to prepare infused dishes on site. 

Fri
21
Dec

California's last compassionate care marijuana service was just shut down

Californians welcomed Proposition 64 with confetti and champagne celebrations. But the way in which regulation has rolled out, more and more people are waking up to what “adult-use” and “regulated cannabis” actually mean. And, unfortunately, it means watching the roots of Proposition 215—the law that made medical marijuana legal in California—wither under the Golden State’s new regime.

Thu
20
Dec

Canada can combat marijuana’s black market by following California’s lead

If you’re to believe the Canadian government, legalizing recreational weed is mostly about eradicating the black market, estimated by Bill Blair, Canada’s Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister, to be a $6 to $8 billion industry. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the biggest challenge associated with the legalization of cannabis has been the supply shortage but Maxim Zavet, the founder of Canadian licenced producer (LP) Emblem, feels that it’s something more personal to the consumer.

Wed
19
Dec

Legal cannabis lounges booming in San Francisco

San Francisco is already known for its lively bar scene and now it has some new competition. Cannabis dispensaries are opening pot lounges, where people can buy weed and smoke it, too.
From the outside, the Barbary Coast Collective looks like a trendy bar -- inside, it's a throwback to San Francisco's Wild West past.

There's no food, and it is illegal to sell alcohol. Patrons here are smoking weed, and they are coming in droves as dispensaries look for new ways to attract customers.

Barbary Coast customer Amy Lee Andres said, "It allows for people to just come in and enjoy themselves, and be themselves, and not have to worry about hiding or being in the shadows."

Tue
18
Dec

The 12 Strains of Christmas

For many holiday seasons, Los Angeles has had the best selection of marijuana on the planet. And this year, for the first time, everyone over the age of 21 can buy it legally!

There is a lot out there to pick from, and with the 12 Strains of Christmas, we’re sure we pulled from the top of Santa’s sack. Some are world premieres, some are holiday offerings from the best cultivators in L.A., and there are a few of the finest imports from the rest of the state. Whether you need to smoke out the ghost of Christmas Past, Present or Future, we're sure each would do the job properly.

Tue
18
Dec

Is hemp on the verge of a comeback in California?

A Plumas County farming family is the first in Northern California to legally harvest a crop that’s been banned since 1937. It's not marijuana... it's hemp. The hemp plant was banned because it is a member of the cannabis family —but hemp cannot get people high. 

The Roberti family owns a cattle ranch and grows alfalfa north of Loyalton. In October they harvested their first crop of hemp in an effort to diversify the family business. 

"So many of the dairies are shutting down on the west coast that we just don't view alfalfa as a commodity for the future," says Ben Roberti, a fourth generation farmer. 

Right now the harvest is labor intensive, since there is no commercial machinery in the United States to harvest large quantities of hemp. 

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