California

Wed
06
Feb

Canndescent’s new accessories aimed at transforming cannabis vaping into a luxury experience

Canndescent is looking to redefine vaping with the launch of the company’s Stylus series, a family of vape accessories and ultra-pure oils.

The first launch—which took place Jan. 28, 2019—debuted a rechargeable accessory and its matching cartridges in the company’s five signature effects: Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect and Charge, notes a statement from Canndescent, a California-based cultivator that, in 2018, was the state’s top-selling brand of luxury flower products.

Mon
04
Feb

UC Berkeley opens Cannabis Research Center to study effects of the industry

The University of California at Berkeley has announced the creation of a research center that will study the effects of the cannabis industry on the state. The new center will analyze the impact that cannabis production has on the environment and society, including communities that grow cannabis. The policies and regulations enacted to control those impacts will also be studied.

The Cannabis Research Center will be led by co-directors Van Butsic and Ted Grantham of the UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Grantham told campus media that California’s evolving cannabis policy should be guided by science.

Fri
01
Feb

San Francisco events may soon allow marijuana sale and consumption

On Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman announced that the city would soon be accepting applications for city permits to allow legal cannabis sales and consumption at public events. That means parades, festivals, concerts, fairs, farmers markets and more could all soon have legal weed available for attendees. And the best part is, those attendees will be able to smoke, vape or otherwise consume that cannabis at the event itself.

Wed
30
Jan

California proposes ditching tax to make cannabis more affordable, stimulate legal industry

Lawmakers in the state of  California have announced a bill that would eliminate or reduce some taxes on cannabis in a bid to help the legal industry compete with black market producers.

The proposed Bill 286 (aka Temporary Cannabis Tax Reduction bill) would eliminate a cultivation tax for legal growers through 2022 (currently $9.25 USD per ounce of flower) and temporarily reduce California’s cannabis excise tax to 11 percent (from 15 percent).

Wed
30
Jan

Alcohol-removed, cannabis-infused craft beer a first for California

High Style Brewing Company’s recently launched non-alcohol, cannabis-infused, pale ale-inspired craft brew is scheduled to soon be available in licensed dispensaries across California, with rapid expansion to all legal markets.

Tue
29
Jan

Doctor’s license revoked after improperly recommending cannabis for 4-Year-Old

Dr. William Eidelman has been issuing medical cannabis recommendations in California since 1997, just a year after the state became the first in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana. Now, however, Dr. Eidelman is facing a revocation of his license to practice medicine. According to the California Medical Board, Eidelman improperly recommended medical cannabis treatments for a 4-year-old in 2012. Eidelman isn’t in trouble for the cannabis recommendation itself, but for the diagnosis that led him to make it.

Mon
28
Jan

Cannabis labs find deadly chemical in certain vape cartridges

Portable and discreet vape pens are a very profitable segment of legal recreational cannabis markets, writes Calvin Hughes. For people who don't want to deal with the unpredictability of edibles but also don't want to smell like they just smoked a joint, these pocket-sized vaporizers are very popular, but people might start going back to joints and pot cookies after news broke that some vape cartridges contain potentially dangerous levels of lead.

Fri
25
Jan

What LA's first weed rave means for the future of cannabis and nightlife

If there are two things Los Angeles has going for it right now, it's legal weed and underground nightlife, writes Madison Margolin. So for 12 hours this past Sunday from 4:20 pm to 4:20 am (obviously), journalist Michelle Lhooq pulled together her favorite DJs and cannabis influencers for the party of the zeitgeist, aptly titled Weed Rave.

Fri
25
Jan

New consumers are transforming the cannabis industry. So who are they?

In 2018, a Californian made a legal cannabis purchase every 8 seconds. Together, Californians spent around $2.5 billion on legal weed. And even though that spending was down half a billion dollars from 2017, when retailers could only legally sell to medical cardholders, it brought with it a number of important changes to the industry’s consumer demographics. Those changes will undeniably shape the future of the industry. So what are they?

Thu
24
Jan

Dispute over rules riles California's legal cannabis market

California has finalized its rules governing the nation’s largest legal marijuana market, a milestone coming more than a year after the state broadly legalized cannabis sales for adults.

But a dispute over home deliveries into communities that ban pot sales could end up in court. And the hundreds of pages of dense regulations are unlikely to resolve other disputes, including how purity and potency tests are conducted for infused cookies and other products.

Even if imperfect, the rules were welcomed by many in the industry who have been contending with shifting temporary regulations since California kicked off broad legal sales last year.

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