California

Thu
06
Dec

Three California cannabis business associates charged in kidnap, murder plot

A prominent California cannabis investor and two associates have been arrested in connection with a plot to kidnap and murder a business partner. Salam Razuki, Sylvia Gonzales, and Elizabeth Juarez were arrested by federal agents earlier this month and conspiracy charges were filed against the defendants on Nov. 19, according to a release from federal prosecutors.

Tue
04
Dec

Your guide to this year's Emerald Cup

It’s that magical time of year when The Emerald Cup is upon us again, with attendance predicted to be even higher than last year’s 20,000. On Saturday and Sunday, December 15–16, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds will be rife with musicians, speakers, and vendors (oh, my!) packing out the weekend with food, libations, cannabis, and the competition everyone talks about all year: the judging of arguably the country’s best outdoor cannabis, writes Adrienne Airhart. Some new additions will have you checking your event schedule to make sure you don’t miss out.

Fri
30
Nov

Never ending story: sudden changes to California's proposed cannabis regulations

With only two months until the January 1 implementation of the final State Cannabis Regulations, the California agencies given licensing authority under the Medicinal and Adult-use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act posted last minute changes that are causing quite a buzz in the cannabis community.

The announcement was made by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) on their California Cannabis Portal webpage. While many of the changes are simple clarifications, there is one particular proposed change that is getting a lot of attention, which we will discuss in more detail below.

Fri
30
Nov

Which cannabis company sells the most flower in California?

Flow Kana, the premier sustainable sungrown cannabis provider embracing Northern California’s independent craft farm ecosystem, has commanded the number one selling cannabis flower brand position for three quarters in a row in California, according to data by BDS Analytics. In September alone, estimates by BDS Analytics showed that Flow Kana’s retail sales outpaced the competition by nearly three times. Flow Kana continues to gain aggressive market share in a fast moving industry, demonstrating that the California consumer has a growing preference for cannabis sungrown on small craft family farms from Northern California’s Emerald Triangle growing region.

Thu
29
Nov

Here are the best 8 dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay Area

The newly-legal cannabis industry spent more than a decade incubating in the San Francisco Bay Area following the passage of Proposition 215, when a handful of cannabis revolutionaries (largely based around SF) passed a medical marijuana law in 1996. Hence, the dispensaries in this region are a direct testament to the skills Bay Area cannabis professionals have developed over that time, writes Jimi Devine. 

Wed
28
Nov

Cannabis tourism rolls out in San Francisco

Ever since recreational cannabis went legal in California, cannabis tourism companies started popping up around the state. They offer travelers a chance to smoke and sip wine, paint and puff, and learn cannabis factoids while lighting it up.

Emerald Farm Tours is one such marijuana tourism company.

The cannabis tour bus is nothing like the old school hippie van you might expect. Instead it’s a large suped-up limo van with tinted windows, docked in Downtown San Francisco near the Ferry Building.

Tue
27
Nov

Netflix buys marijuana-focused true crime series 'Murder Mountain'

Netflix has picked up Murder Mountain, a true-crime murder-mystery documentary series from the team behind Man on Wire and LA 92. The six-part series examines a series of murders that took place in a remote California community.

The Lightbox-produced series bowed on U.S. cable net Fuse earlier this year. Netflix has will launch it globally, including the U.S., as an original on Dec. 28.

The series is set in Humboldt County, California, where marijuana is the dominant local industry, and dozens of people have gone missing in the last few years – more than any other county in California.

Mon
26
Nov

Cannabis equity provisions key to San Francisco's legalization program

San Francisco announced last month that it will provide free legal services to cannabis equity applicants through a partnership with the Bar Association of San Francisco. This initiative seeks to help applicants who lack the financial or professional resources to navigate today’s often challenging cannabis regulatory requirements.

This new initiative, however, has faced criticism. Notably, The Chronicle’s editorial board dismissed the legal services expansion as “years-later social compensation” and implied that providing redress for these misguided policies is not worthwhile. Fighting to uplift persecuted communities has never been easy or convenient, but it is critical to the ethical fiber of San Francisco.

Fri
23
Nov

San Francisco: South to see delivery of marijuana

Officials gave the green light to South San Francisco’s first commercial cannabis company by allowing The Loaded Bowl to begin marijuana delivery services to the community.

The South San Francisco Planning Commission approved during a meeting Thursday, Nov. 15, the small, family business’ application to begin serving city residents.

Dalvin Martin, 23, who will run the delivery company with his grandmother, expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to be a pioneer in the legal cannabis industry.

“I just want to help out South City,” said Martin, who was raised in South San Francisco. “These are the people I’ve seen all my life and I just want to make sure I’m spreading happiness and raising the quality of life.”

Thu
22
Nov

California: Cannabis business tax brings $3.6M in revenue to San Diego

The city of San Diego has made more than $3.6 million in revenue from the Cannabis Business Tax (CBT) through the first three quarters of 2018, NBC 7 has learned.

The CBT was implemented in January after recreational marijuana use became legal.

The CBT currently taxes recreational marijuana sales at 5 percent and it will increase to 8 percent on July 1, 2019. Any time after next July the San Diego City Council can reduce it as low as 0 percent or raise it to a maximum of 15 percent.

Cultivators are also taxed under the CBT. The city of Denver, Colorado, which has had a similar tax in place since 2014, made almost $48 million in revenue last year. Denver's population is about half of San Diego’s but has substantially more cannabis retail outlets.

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