California

Mon
04
Jun

This new technology will automatically reverse thousands of marijuana convictions

Previously, getting your record cleared was a tiring and complicated process.

Mon
04
Jun

Can you 3D-print marijuana?

Like cryptocurrency and GOOP, three-dimensional printing has adherents so passionate they border on the fanatic.

But unlike the cults of digital currency (the value of which is inextricably linked to the for-real money tied to the central banks it’s supposed to replace) and bunk wellness cures repackaged and sold with Hollywood star power, there’s at least something tangible about 3D printers and the products they create. Look: Here is a thing, made of polymer. My 3D printer made it.

Fri
01
Jun

What California is learning from Oregon's marijuana legalization saga

California officially legalized recreational marijuana at the beginning of the year, and the state is still learning how exactly to handle the industry. But one thing is clear is they're trying to avoid some of the mistakes made up in Oregon, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Fri
01
Jun

New competitive weed cooking show coming to Netflix

The first-ever cannabis cooking show is coming to Netflix next month.

After Netflix’s weed-themed sitcom Disjointed was abruptly canceled, the streaming service needed to find a replacement for its pot-leaf shaped hole. With marijuana’s ever-increasing prevalence in pop-culture, finding a niche show should be as easy as 1,2,3. Luckily, the streaming service, was, in fact, able to find a different kind of cannabis fun, this time, with a new competitive weed cooking show coming to Netflix in June.

High Cuisine

Wed
30
May

Use of federal lands for illegal pot a growing concern, California officials say

Drug cartels illegally growing marijuana on federal public lands in California are getting bolder and using banned, toxic pesticides, officials said Tuesday.

The secret marijuana sites are organized, funded and operated by Mexican cartels, said US Attorney McGregor Scott. The issue is particularly stark in California, which has more than 16 million acres of national forest lands, including Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Wed
30
May

How legalizing marijuana is good for the environment

Don't forget the eco impact of growing cannabis.

Often when we discuss motivations behind cannabis legalization, we discuss medicinal benefits for humans. We talk about marijuana as an alternative to alcohol (recreationally) or destructive opioids (medicinally). We list how marijuana can reduce seizures in epileptic patients help veterans manage PTSD symptoms. I haven’t mentioned cancer or chronic pain, but you get the point by now.

Wed
30
May

Providing banking services to the legal marijuana industry: Mitigating risks to maximize potential rewards

Since 1996, when California became the first state to legalize marijuana (at the time, for medicinal purposes only), 28 additional states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana to some extent. Public support for legalization continues to rise as more and more jurisdictions loosen their marijuana laws, with 64 percent of Americans in favor of legalization, nearly double the percentage that supported legalization in 2000.

Tue
29
May

Marijuana sales are strong in Nevada, disappointing in California

Legal sales of marijuana for recreational use began last July in Nevada and in January in California. Although California sells a lot more legal weed than Nevada, California sales are much lower than projected while Nevada’s are much higher.

First the good news. From July 2017 through March 2018 (the first nine months of Nevada’s fiscal year), combined taxable sales of marijuana totaled $386 million, of which nearly $305 million represents sales for recreational use. Sales in March posted a record total of just over $41 million. Through March, the state has collected almost $49 million in taxes, about 97% of its estimated full-year take of $50.32 million.

Tue
29
May

Insurance is budding in California's cannabis industry

Nearly 22 years ago, California voters enacted a ballot measure legalizing the medical use of cannabis. Today, cannabis is now legal in 47 states (adult-use, cannabinoid only, hemp, and medicinal).

For years, California has been depicted laxly when it comes to marijuana. But when it comes to marijuana and the insurance coverage needed to protect citizens and businesses, it is anything but.

“Whenever anyone shops in, sells products to, or invests in a cannabis business, I want there to be insurance coverage available,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones in a statement.

Mon
28
May

California spikes proposed workplace marijuana protections

California lawmakers on Friday shelved legislation that would have offered employment protections to qualified medical marijuana users.

The bill died without debate in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Advocates had sought to bring California in line with a handful of other marijuana-legal states that require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to medical cannabis users so long as the employees don’t come to work impaired or cause an undue hardship on business operations.

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