California

Thu
04
Oct

California implements mandatory purity testing for recreational pot

Legal recreational marijuana must now be tested in California. Just like any other consumer product to make sure it's safe before you smoke it or eat it. The state says it's all about consumer protection. But as Phil Shuman found out a high percentage of weed is not passing the contamination test.

It seems a little unusual, perhaps even contradictory, to ask if a drug is ''safe." After all, the purpose of drugs in most cases is to alter something in your body.  

When it comes to recreational and now medical pot, the state of California has implemented mandatory testing to make sure your marijuana is free of any potential dangerous contaminants, such as pesticides or heavy metals typically found in soil.

Thu
04
Oct

Cannabis capitalism: Who is making money in the marijuana industry?

Marginalized groups that championed legalization struggle to compete with corporate refugees jumping on the bandwagon. 

Two hours north of San Francisco, in Mendocino county, orderly roadside vineyards give way to the rugged forests and misty coast of the Emerald Triangle, America’s most celebrated marijuana growing region. In June, more than 300 cannabis industry insiders gathered there for a weekend of bonfires, starlit hikes and river swims.

It was a lovely setting to discuss why none of them seemed to be making money. Americans spend roughly $40bn annually on legal and illegal marijuana. Their appetite is almost certain to increase as it becomes easier to legally access the drug and the industry continues to promote pot as compatible with a healthy adult life.

Thu
04
Oct

Weed and wine: California cannabis goes luxury, plans appellations

What do weed and wine have in common? Apparently, prestige can be based on where you grow.

As the cannabis industry matures in the world’s largest legal cannabis market, California, growers will soon be borrowing from the wine world and establishing cannabis appellations.

In the wine world, appellations are more or less the geographical regions where wine is grown and labeled after. You probably already know a few wine appellations, like Champagne or Chianti, which are named after regions in Italy and France. These appellations are also defined by specific regulations and laws that ensure the wine lives up to a certain standard of quality.

Wed
03
Oct

North California's cannabis industry weathers a tough summer of new rules, business hiccups

After a summer in which shifting state labeling and testing requirements have led to increased costs and logistical concerns, causing layoffs, shortages, and in extreme instances, business closures, North Bay cannabis cultivators, distributors and manufacturers are starting to see better times.

The state first issued its initial emergency regulations of the emerging cannabis industry on Dec. 7, 2017, and the second version of these regulations on June 4. Those took effect July 1. The changes phased in new testing requirements originally expressed in the January regulations. Permanent regulations introduced on Aug. 27, are expected to take effect in early December.

Tue
02
Oct

'Weedcraft Inc.' asks you to make sense of a thousand different marijuana laws

Here's a strange scenario from the rapidly changing world of federal and state marijuana legalization. Let's say you're running a completely-- on the state level--legal marijuana business in California. Or, by a similar token, you've purchased some completely--on the state level--marijuana in Oregon.

It's still illegal to bring your legal marijuana from Oregon--where the product is legal--to California--where the product is also legal. That's because crossing state lines falls under the purview of the federal government, for which marijuana remains firmly illegal. 

Tue
02
Oct

MedMen significantly expands national reach with entrance into Arizona’s fast growing medical marijuana market

MedMen Enterprises Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with WhiteStar Solutions LLC to acquire control of Monarch, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based licensed medical cannabis license holder with dispensary, cultivation and processing operations through the acquisition of Omaha Management Services, LLC. In addition, MedMen will acquire from WhiteStar their exclusive co-manufacturing and licensing agreements with Kiva, Mirth Provisions and HUXTON for the state of Arizona.

Mon
01
Oct

Landmark California marijuana legislation gives residents chance to 'reclaim their lives'

Hailed by advocates as a chance for people to “reclaim their lives,” a new California law will soon make it easier for for people with past marijuana convictions to get their records expunged completely, or their sentences significantly reduced. 

Assembly Bill 1793—passed by overwhelming majority in the California state Legislature and signed into law Sunday night by Gov. Jerry Brown—will streamline a previously tedious process that made it difficult for residents with a prior cannabis-related conviction to clear their names. 

“This is transformative,” said Rodney Holcombe of the Drug Policy Alliance, a New York City-based national organization that advocates for human rights-driven drug policies. “This creates an opportunity for people to reclaim their lives."

Fri
28
Sep

California governor signs the California Cannabis Equity Act

The California Cannabis Equity Act has officially been signed into law.

Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed the California Cannabis Equity Act (SB 1294) into law on Wednesday, authorizing the expenditure of $10 million in state funds to support so-called cannabis social equity programs. The programs assist members of communities most severely impacted by the War on Drugs that wish to enter California’s newly legal cannabis industry. The grants will be used to offer equity applicants and licensees business loans or grants, waivers for licensing fees, technical support, and other services.

Fri
28
Sep

A tale of two markets: Cannabis delivery in California and Oregon

There are a lot of differences between California and Oregon. Ten months of sun versus ten months of rain. In-n-Out versus Voodoo Doughnuts. Vans; Doc Martens.

Sure, we now have recreational cannabis in common. In certain regions in both states, you can even have it delivered to your home. But that’s where the retail cannabis trends in California and Oregon differ most: the home delivery scene.

In southern Californian cities, delivery is king. It was king before recreational laws even passed, when medical marijuana patients were able to have cannabis delivered prior to this year.

Fri
28
Sep

A new cannabis infusion bubbles its way into the non-alcohol wine category

In August, the Southern California Terra Tech Corporation, a self-described “vertically integrated cannabis-focused agriculture company,” announced its partnership with a beverage production company, the Valiente Group LLC based in Woodway, Washington.

Valiente specializes in cannabis infusions; other than that, it is quite difficult to find out anything about the company. 

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