California

Mon
13
Aug

Sacramento launches program to help non-violent marijuana offenders become cannabis entrepreneurs

In a play to aid those disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs, the city of Sacramento has announced new plans to help non-violent offenders break into the marijuana industry, writes Calvin Hughes.

Sacramento City Council announced their new Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity (CORE) program on Thursday. Those involved with its development say CORE will help disadvantaged individuals find a place in California's booming cannabis industry.

Thu
09
Aug

How California overplayed their hand in the cannabis market

The North American Marijuana Index rose again on Wednesday, with pot stocks gaining on both sides of the North American border despite news of more tax woes out of California. According to reports, California’s burdensome regulatory system is forcing more than half of cannabis consumers back to the black market, costing the state more than three-quarters of its predicted revenue from the cannabis trade. The Index rose 2.41 points, or 1.07 percent, to end the day at 228.10.

The United States Marijuana Index rose  0.69 points, or 0.76 percent, while the Canadian Marijuana Index gained 5.79 points, or 1.11 percent on Wednesday.

Thu
09
Aug

California cannabis industry hit by wildfires

Less than a year after a series of wildfires in California destroyed more than 1.3 million acres, the Golden State has gone up in flames again, and is burning faster and bigger than ever before. That’s devastating news for residents, many of whom were forced to evacuate their homes for the second year in a row, not to mention the 14,000 firefighters working day and night to contain at least 16 major blazes from spreading any further.

Thu
09
Aug

Oregon, Colorado cannabis-glut studies provide lessons for California, pot-friendly states

Two of the first states to broadly legalize marijuana took different approaches to regulation that left Oregon with a vast oversupply and Colorado with a well-balanced market. But in both states prices for bud have plummeted.

A new Oregon report by law enforcement found nearly 70 percent of the legal recreational marijuana grown goes unsold, while an unrelated state-commissioned Colorado study found most growers there are planting less than half of their legal allotment — and still meeting demand.

The Oregon study released by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area — a coalition of local, state and federal agencies — includes the medical and general-use markets and the illegal market, despite gaps in data on illicit marijuana grows.

Wed
08
Aug

California taxes keeping cannabis consumers in the black market

Despite the overwhelming majority of Californians being happy with the legal cannabis market, there is still a significant percentage of residents who buy marijuana illegally, due in large part to high taxes on the substance.

Wed
08
Aug

Bad for business: California's testing delays are holding up cannabis product sales

As part of its new laws legalizing recreational marijuana, 

Tue
07
Aug

California marijuana products delayed by backlogs in testing labs

Delays could drive sales back to illegal market, industry experts say. With peanut butter, white chocolate chips and about 1,000 milligrams of THC, “The Elvis” was quite the delicious and powerful marijuana treat for some.

The 400-calorie cookie came with a warning: “This is a high potency medical product for experienced consumers only. If you are new to edible cannabis, chose a lower potency product.”

“The Elvis” is one of hundreds of cannabis products that can no longer be legally sold, since California implemented new testing, packaging and dosing standards on July 1.

Tue
07
Aug

Why some California cannabis can’t make the grade

California’s statewide safety requirements for cannabis which were enacted on July 1 have already resulted in ample amounts of product being pulled from dispensary shelves.

As of last week, 20 percent of the marijuana in California failed to meet state standards, though cannabis investors remain optimistic that numbers will improve.

Mon
06
Aug

The pluses and minuses of allowing medical marijuana at school

Every day at noon, Karina Garcia drives to her son’s South San Francisco high school to give him a dose of cannabis oil to prevent potentially life-threatening seizures.

But she can’t do it on campus. She has to take Jojo, a 19-year-old with severe epilepsy, off school grounds to squirt the drug into his mouth, then bring him back for his special education classes.

It doesn’t matter that Jojo has a doctor’s note to take the drug, nor that the medication is legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes in California. Marijuana use is strictly forbidden on school sites because it violates federal law.

Mon
06
Aug

First marijuana breathalyzer test created by California company

A California company said it has created the first marijuana breathalyzer test, which has the potential to be used by police to detect whether drivers have used the drug. 

As more states legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use, law enforcement officials have grown increasingly concerned about individuals driving while high. Until now, police officers in the U.S. did not have any roadside means to determine whether a driver had consumed cannabis.

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