California

Mon
17
Dec

San Diego audits marijuana businesses as tax revenue starts to roll in

San Diego is trying to increase tax revenue from the city’s dozen legal marijuana dispensaries by auditing them and tightening restrictions on sales to medical cannabis patients, which are tax-exempt.

The audits, which are expected to conclude this month, are intended to ensure that the dispensaries are complying with a 5 percent tax on all cannabis sales that city voters approved in 2016, officials said.

The tax, which will increase to 8 percent on July 1, is expected to generate more than $6 million in revenue for the city in the current budget year, officials said. It’s a gross receipts tax, so it covers all revenue generated by a marijuana business.

Mon
17
Dec

Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn't correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis.

California broadly legalized marijuana at the start of the year, and mandatory testing began in July 1. During the first two months the failure rate was about 20 percent, but state data collected through November showed improvement - about 14 percent of nearly 24,000 products were blocked from store shelves by tests.

Fri
14
Dec

Fresno greenlights medical cannabis dispensaries

The city of Fresno is open for cannabis business — as long as it’s medicinal.

The City Council on Thursday approved cannabis business regulations that may eventually allow for up to two medicinal dispensaries in each council district and establish “hubs” along Highway 99 and Highway 180 for commercial activities such as cultivation, manufacturing and distribution.

Councilmen Steve Brandau and Garry Bredefeld voted against the regulations.

Councilman Clint Olivier championed the issue and worked with councilmen Oliver Baines and Paul Caprioglio. The vote came after months of debate and community meetings.

Wed
12
Dec

Sonoma County restricts cannabis operations near bike, pedestrian trails

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a setback requirement governing cannabis operations near county bike and pedestrian trails, further limiting areas where marijuana can be cultivated.

The move came before an overflow crowd amid opposition from a proposed west county cannabis business and advocates who say it creates additional confusion and excessive regulation for marijuana proprietors.

Some residents who live near the trails or use them described the move as one that protects those public spaces as parks.

Supervisors’ unanimous vote made that policy official when it comes to buffers between county trails and pot businesses. The county now will require 1,000-foot setbacks from such trails. Exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis.

Wed
12
Dec

MedMen focus on expansion despite California employee issues

The completion of an acquisition in Emeryville, CA, will help MedMen make strides in expansion in 2019. The closing on a dispensary license in Emeryville means MedMen will have one of the only two adult-use licenses for that area.

Mon
10
Dec

Weed in the classroom: How undergrad students are introducing cannabis education at UCLA

At a recent Wednesday evening in a bare-bones basement classroom on the UCLA campus, students filled chairs, perched on table tops, and stood in the corners to learn about one thing: cannabis. Despite the beginnings of a rare L.A. rain, the 6 p.m. start time, and the fact that students receive no credits for being there, this particular UCLA class attracted about 20 people.

Mon
10
Dec

Regulators: pot deliveries can be made throughout California

California regulators on Friday said marijuana deliveries can be made anywhere in the state, even in locales that ban cannabis.

Law enforcement groups and the California League of Cities opposed the move, arguing that pot deliveries to places that ban cannabis erodes local government control and will increase crime in those areas.

The matter has been one of the most debated issues as state regulators hammer out permanent rules for how marijuana is grown, tested, packaged and delivered.

The delivery issue was included in regulations drafted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which issues most retail permits. The rules will become law in 30 days unless California's Office of Administrative Law objects. The dispute could end up in court.

Mon
10
Dec

Former MedMen employees bring class action lawsuit against cannabis giant

Cannabis retailer MedMen is facing a class action lawsuit from former employees who say the company has committed multiple violations of labor laws. The suit was filed on November 16 in California Superior Court in Los Angeles against two MedMen subsidiaries, Manlin I and DT Fund II Group, according to a report from Marijuana Business Daily.

Thu
06
Dec

Researchers say they've made a major breakthrough in producing rare cannabinoid responsible for medical benefits

While much of the attention on cannabinoids is devoted to THC and CBD, a group of researchers say they've made a major breakthrough on a compound that may be more effective at producing marijuana's medical benefits, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Thu
06
Dec

Cannabis testing lab in Sacramento admits to falsifying lab results

cannabis testing lab in Sacramento has lost its license to operate after management admitted the facility had falsified test results during an inspection by state regulators. Sequoia Analytical Labs has admitted that its lab director had been falsifying results for 22 of 66 required pesticide tests and has said that it will take full responsibility for the fiasco, according to media reports.

Steven Dutra, the general manager of Sequoia Analytical, said that regulators determined that lab equipment was faulty during a surprise inspection from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control last week. Dutra said that the lab director, who he identified as Marc Foster, knew that laboratory equipment was not operating properly.

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