Illegal marijuana winning out in California 5 years after Proposition 64

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On an isolated farm, greenhouses stand in regimental order, sheltered by a fringe of trees. Inside are hundreds of head-high cannabis plants in precise rows, each rising from a pot nourished by coils of irrigation tubing. Lights powerful enough to turn night into day blaze overhead.

In the five years since California voters approved a broad legal marketplace for marijuana, thousands of greenhouses have sprouted across the state. But these, under their plastic canopies, conceal a secret.


Cannabis lounges might be making their way to San Luis Obispo County

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The City of Grover Beach might be the first city in San Luis Obispo County to permit cannabis lounges, but what exactly would a lounge look like?

“With tables and perhaps a bar where people can sit and socialize and use cannabis like you would sip a martini or a beer at a bar," said Ed Schmults, CEO of Urbn Leaf.

The four retailers in the city, including Urbn Leaf, have expressed interest in adding a cannabis lounge to their existing location.

“Is it just like a bar or is it more like a wine tasting? Or are there elements of like a health and wellness seminar where you can learn about applications for pain or inflammation or anxiety or sleep? Or maybe a combination of all those things," said Schmults.


2 arrested after marijuana grow operation sparks massive fire


San Bernardino County Fire crews were able to knock down a major two-alarm commercial fire in Adelanto Wednesday evening.

Authorities said the fire crews responded to the large commercial blaze in the 18000 block of Baldwin Street at around 4:35 p.m. Wednesday and went into defensive mode to protect other nearby homes and a strip mall center.

Officials said they think the fire started at a nursery on Baldwin Street. There were reportedly several explosions, possibly from propane tanks used at the business where the fire raged.

About 50 firefighters were called out to manage the blaze. No injuries were reported, and fire damage did not extend to any homes or the neighboring strip mall.


California was supposed to clear cannabis convictions. Tens of thousands are still languishing


Nearly two decades ago, on a high desert road in San Bernardino County, Sara Rodriguez was pulled over and arrested with 10 small packets of cannabis in her car. She was convicted of a felony, possession of the drug for sale, and eventually spent more than two years in prison.

In the years since, Rodriguez, 39, became the first in her family to go to college, and in June graduated from UCLA with a master’s degree in social welfare.

But Rodriguez still has a felony on her record — a potential black mark for employers and the state social work licensing board.


The Best Things To Do In DTLA


Downtown Los Angeles has so many things to do, but how do you find the best things to do in DTLA? The DTLA scene is ever-evolving, but this list contains both age-old favorites and newcomers not to miss. If you’re looking for the best things to do in DTLA in 2022, we’ve got you covered:  


Visit The Arts District 

Any trip to DTLA should be accompanied by a visit to DTLA’s famed Arts District, or ADLA. From public art murals to galleries, bars and some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, ADLA is home to a thriving community of artists, using mediums like paint, food, cloth and so much more to make their mark on the world.  


Gavin Newsom gets behind marijuana tax reform, signaling change to cannabis industry

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Facing a possible industry revolt over California cannabis tax structure, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signaled that he is open to rethinking the taxes the state levels on marijuana growers and purchases. The governor included in a budget proposal he released this week that he “supports cannabis tax reform and plans to work with the Legislature to make modifications to California’s cannabis tax policy to help stabilize the market.”

Asked to expand on the language at a press conference, Newsom said, “There was intention by having that language in the budget. It is my goal to look at tax policy to stabilize the market.”


$200M Cannabis and Marijuana Lending Fund Established by the StandardC Network


StandardC, a leader in cannabis & marijuana banking and financial services, announced today that its lending partner had closed the first $5 million loan from their newly established $200M fund for a leading marijuana cultivator using the StandardC platform. 

This partner has extensive experience in the cannabis lending industry, facilitating real estate loans and deploying growth capital for companies like Harborside, Caliva, and other multi-state operators (MSOs). 


Chico accepting applications for cannabis-related businesses


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The Chico City Council opted to begin the process of taking applications for new cannabis-related businesses through Jan. 7.

These potential businesses include non-storefront operations such as manufacturing, testing and distribution which use facilities that the public doesn’t have access to and do not take part in direct sales.


National Cannabis Industry Association Exceeds Expectations, Creates New Experiences at 7th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo

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The most influential show in the industry welcomed a national audience to the Moscone Center in San Francisco and introduced the exciting new BLOOM: A Brands Experience

The National Cannabis Industry Association ("NCIA"), the largest and oldest national trade association advancing the interests of the legal cannabis industry, is pleased to reflect on the impact and experience of its successful 7th Annual Cannabis Business Summit & Expo. Taking place December 15 - 17, 2021, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, #CannaBizSummit gathered together an exclusive lineup of more than 125 speakers, over 80 educational sessions, and hundreds of exhibitors for a national audience at the industry's most influential event and B2B trade show.


Kaizen Extracts Cold Cure Rosins


Kaizen Extracts offers Cold Cure Rosins and high-quality vaping and smoking solutions; just read this review to learn more.

The method you select while curing your rosin can have a vast effect on the flavor and consistency of your final product.

While warm curing is usually done at temperatures ranging from anywhere between 90 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit, cold curing is usually done in a sealed jar between the temperature of 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The jar is left sealed for anywhere between 24 and 72 hours.


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