California

Tue
21
Dec

Sacramento Police Investigate Burglaries Targeting Cannabis Distributors

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Sacramento police are investigating a series of burglaries targeting local cannabis distributors.

The thieves are breaking into warehouses in the early morning hours and taking off with up to $100,000 worth of marijuana.

A bent and busted iron fence was just some of the damage left behind by a crew of cannabis crooks.

“They cut gates, they drove vehicles through walls, they pulled out all the stops to get in,” said Brandy Moulton, CEO of Sovereign.

Sacramento police say there’s been more than 50 marijuana business break-ins since August, including at least six in just the last week.

“We unfortunately have seen an enormous increase in cannabis related burglaries,” said Sacramento Police Sgt. Matt Young.

Tue
21
Dec

Cannabis could come to the beach cities. This is how

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A Long Beach dispensary chain is largely behind the effort to open up El Segundo, Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo to legal weed.

Beach city residents may soon be able to walk down the street to purchase marijuana, of both the recreational and medicinal varieties.

At least if a couple of budding cannabis moguls have their way.

Nearly simultaneous efforts are underway in El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach to either persuade the respective city councils to open the door to cannabis dispensaries or send the issue to voters next year.

Tue
21
Dec

‘No exceptions’: California ski resort to enforce rules against marijuana use

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 “Please do not make us play this game!” A ski resort about 70 miles northeast of Fresno is warning visitors about using marijuana on its property.  In an Instagram story posted on Sunday, China Peak Mountain Resort said its plan to “crack down on its use” was brought on by complaints over the weekend. 

After noting marijuana use is legal in California, the resort wrote, “Use is illegal at our resort, as we are 100% on United States Forest Service federal land and must operate by their FEDERAL rules.”

Tue
21
Dec

Delano City Council discusses changing ordinance that bans Cannabis business

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While recreational cannabis sales are legal in California, they are banned throughout most of Kern county, including Delano, City Council revisited that rule Monday night

“We’ve have known that it’s been trafficked in our community on both sides of town, this just allows us to put up a sign with a green cross that says, ‘buy it now, buy it here,’” expressed one member of the public.

Mon
20
Dec

California cannabis industry says it's been pushed to 'breaking point'

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Several of the California's leading cannabis companies have banded together to direct a dire warning to Gov. Gavin Newsom this week. In a letter sent to the governor’s office and leaders of the state legislature, business leaders warned that the state’s legal cannabis industry is on the verge of collapse.

"It is an emergency," said David Goldman, who sits on the board of the San Francisco dispensary, The Green Cross.  

Goldman is among the hundreds who have added their signatures in support of the letter, Save California Cannabis Industry, on the site Change.org.

 

Fri
17
Dec

An alligator and over 100 pounds of marijuana found in BHO lab in McKinleyville

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Members of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office arrested a man in Mckinleyville on Wednesday after discovering a hash oil lab in his home, and for illegally owning an alligator.

According to HSCO, members of the marijuana enforcement team served a warrant to a residence located on Cochran Road, where an indoor lab was discovered.

The HCSO said that 42-year-old Ronnie Miller was reportedly operating the BHO. Deputies found over 509 pounds of processed cannabis, 499 pounds of bud, 364 pounds of shake, and 165 pounds of butane hash oil. Along with that, deputies also located three guns; including what the sheriff's office called a "ghost gun" assault rifle. All of this, while Miller's two children were living next to the operation.

Fri
17
Dec

Marijuana wars: Violent Mexican drug cartels turn Northern California into ‘The Wild West’

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Mexican drug cartels are horning in on America's burgeoning multi-billion-dollar marijuana industry, illegally growing large crops in the hills and valleys of Northern California.

The state legalized marijuana in 2016 for adult recreational use, yet the black market continues to thrive with thousands of illegal grows. Criminal syndicates, in turn, are cashing in across the U.S. on the "green gold rush."

They're undercutting prices of legalized products offered by permitted farmers who follow the rulegs and pay taxes.

Thu
16
Dec

Bureau of Land Management seizes more than one million marijuana plants during annual CAMP program

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Bureau of Land Management rangers and special agents, alongside various law enforcement partners, eradicated more than one million marijuana plants and close to 180,300 pounds of processed marijuana this year from illegal grow sites statewide on BLM lands as part of the California Department of Justice’s annual Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, or CAMP, program.

In addition to marijuana and chemicals, ammunition and weapons were also seized. The trash and litter these operations leave behind also impacts public lands: almost 300 miles of waterline, 583 propane tanks were collected during these operations, as well as more than 67,000 pounds of grow site infrastructure.

Thu
16
Dec

Elizabeth Udell of Cookies Retail on Cannabis in Digital, From Influencers to TikTok

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Plus, how California brands are increasingly working together

Elizabeth Udell is a senior digital marketing manager in the cannabis industry, currently working at Cookies Retail. She's worked in California and with MSOs in the medical and adult use industries for six years and has a background in music marketing.

Elizabeth specializes in social media and content, teaching the discipline at San Diego State University at night and on the weekends. In 2019, she and her team at MedMen won two Gold Clios for their short "The New Normal," directed by Spike Jonze.

We spoke with Elizabeth for our Higher Calling series, where we chat with leaders in the cannabis space.

Elizabeth, tell us...

Wed
15
Dec

Oakland ordinance would allow for marijuana growing businesses but not retail sales

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Three ordinances proposing non-retail cannabis operations in the borough will be the subject of public hearings and possible votes Monday.

No cannabis business has applied to the borough, said Borough Administrator Richard Kunze. The ordinances are intended to define what businesses will be allowed in the future, where they can be and how they will be regulated.

The changes proposed in the ordinance would affect several of the borough's industrial zones. It would also create a new industrial zone to replace a corporate office and industrial park zone. These properties are mostly in the southwest part of the borough.

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