California

Fri
25
May

Recreational pot vendors don't need to keep your personal info. But they do anyway

California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers' personal information – including government identification documents as well as what products they buy – even though the record keeping is not part of Proposition 64, the state law voters approved in November 2016.

Collection of the data raises concerns for some because it remains unclear how the federal government intends to respond to marijuana legalization, since the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes. In contrast, Colorado and Oregon, states that also have legalized recreational use, banned collection of personal information. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases is not practiced there.

Fri
25
May

Cryptocurrency and the allure of a cashless cannabis industry

Marijuana prohibition never stopped marijuana sales. Blocking legal marijuana businesses from the legal banking system isn't working, either.

The legal marijuana industry in the United States is awash in cash. Literally.

Fri
25
May

California: DEA marijuana busts dropped by almost 40% in 2017

Nearly three-quarters of all of the marijuana plants seized by the feds last year came from California, the country's largest supplier of black market weed.

Fri
25
May

Is CBD oil the supplement that your workout is missing?

CBD, a chemical compound found in weed known as a cannabinoid, has come to be seen as a sort of cure-all among wellness enthusiasts. People use it to chill outfall asleepease their anxiety — to do just about everything but actually get high. But CBD oil isn't just popular for home use.

Fri
25
May

How the California weed market has changed

As of last Friday, May 18th, there were a few changes made to the space on California cannabis laws. Although these changes are in no way drastic, they do represent an updated policy to how the state is dealing with the process of legal cannabis. These types of legislative updates can in the future become the framework for successful marijuana policy.

Thu
24
May

Are you a fan of the Napa wine road? Get ready for the northern California cannabis trail

A cannabis historian and tour operator is working on what he calls the Northern California Cannabis Trail. The 14-hour self guided tour would take you through the history and folklore of cannabis culture in California, writes Calvin Hughes.

Brian Applegarth says he decided to build the trail after he met medical marijuana pioneer Dennis Peron in 2015. Peron co-authored the 1996 medical marijuana legislation for the state of California. Peron is one of the people Applegarth wants to honor on the Cannabis Trail.

Thu
24
May

Los Angeles county finally taking steps to help clear cannabis convictions

Many California municipalities have announced that they'll help former marijuana offenders clear their records, but L.A. has been unwilling to assist until now.

One of the most forward-thinking aspects of Proposition 64, California’s voter-approved measure which legalized recreational cannabis in 2016, is that it also allows any state resident with a current or former cannabis conviction to apply to have their sentences reduced or cleared entirely.

But out of the estimated one million Californians eligible to have their records cleared, only a few thousand have completed the process, due to the time, effort, and legal fees involved.

Thu
24
May

Tommy Chong reflects on life, marijuana and jokes as he turns 80

Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping the country.

He had no doubt when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the establishment with constant reminders that they didn't just play hippie potheads in the movies - they really were those guys - could have landed them in prison. Not even in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug paraphernalia.

"Oh yeah, I saw it coming," he says of cannabis being legal in some form in about two-thirds of his adopted country's 50 states.

Thu
24
May

Cannabis consumers want Hollywood to abandon marijuana stereotypes

If Hollywood plans to capitalize on the average cannabis consumer, a new survey finds that it needs to abandon the use of stoner stereotypes in its productions.

Wed
23
May

California updates regulations for recreational and medical cannabis industries

The temporary rules governing the Golden State’s marijuana industry have been extended until the end of the year, with only minor tweaks.

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