California

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Dec

'We're one cigarette away': Illegal marijuana farms pose wildfire risk in California's parched national forests

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Law enforcement can't keep up with drug traffickers growing marijuana in national forests, who poison wildlife, siphon water, and risk wildfire.

After a two-and-a-half-mile trek through thick brush, Mourad Gabriel stepped into a small clearing. A month earlier, this half-acre swath of the Cleveland National Forest, nearly invisible from the air, had been an illegal marijuana grow worth more than an estimated $1.2 million. The Forest Service’s law enforcement officers had hacked down the plants, but Gabriel and his team were there to cart out nearly 3,000 pounds of trash, and to clean up something else the drug traffickers left behind: poison. 

Tue
30
Nov

California Develops Standardized Marijuana Testing

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In hopes that it clears up inconsistencies across the board

In an attempt to deal with cannabis testing issues and laboratory inconsistencies, California is standardizing the process throughout the state's approximately 40 active weed testing facilities.

The initiative comes under the new state law – Senate Bill 544, signed in October by Governor Gavin Newsom, which demanded that the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) create strict criteria and guidelines for testing a plethora of microbiological contaminants, pesticides, residual solvents and cannabis compounds, reported Marijuana Business Daily.

Tue
30
Nov

Legal cannabis is mostly white, so consider backing these Black California businesses this holiday

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Nationwide, Black people were 3.6 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession in 2018, despite similar usage rates, according to a 2020 American Civil Liberty Union report. At the same time, the U.S. cannabis industry was and still is exploding with only 10% of cannabis business owners identifying as Latino or African American. So not only are people of color more likely to get in trouble for having weed, those criminal convictions could mean they are being shut out of a $61 billion industry.

Mon
29
Nov

Targeted Robberies of Cannabis Businesses in Bay Area Prompt Call for Tax Relief

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During the week of November 15th, armed robbers in Oakland forced their way into more than 15 licensed cannabis businesses, vandalizing stores and offices, and stealing products worth millions of dollars. Cannabis companies that were impacted by the robberies are now asking for tax relief from local and state agencies in order to recover and sustain their operations.

Mon
29
Nov

Where you won’t find weed in California

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You Won't Find Weed Dispensaries In These 10 Cities

Though Californians voted to legalize adult use marijuana in 2016, it remains largely unavailable in some of the biggest cities in the state. Out of the 482 cities in California, 174 of them allow some form of licensed cannabis business, says Hirsh Jain of Ananda Strategy.

Many of those cities allow only non-retail cannabis operations, such as manufacturing or distribution, “and so are arguably missing the most important part of the legal supply chain,” Jain said.

Thu
25
Nov

Cannabis Documentary Lady Buds Explores Female Business Owners in New Release

A new cannabis film documentary entitled Lady Buds, releasing this weekend, explores the lives and challenges of female business owners.

The cannabis industry has heavily benefitted from niche documentaries, which present a professional way to educate viewers about the stigma of cannabis, its history on the War on Drugs or its effectiveness as a medicine. Films such as WEED (2013), featuring CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who opened up the conversation about medical cannabis to the nation. Weed the People (2018) explores the effectiveness of medical cannabis for children. Grass is Greener (2019) examines the history of music and its depiction of the War on Drugs.

Thu
25
Nov

‘Black Friday’ for weed: Check out Sacramento dispensaries, cannabis-infused recipes

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Green Wednesday, Black Friday’s cannabis counterpart, is expected to bring the U.S. $90 million in marijuana sales the day before Thanksgiving, a 78% spike from daily averages, according to a recent report. For the first time last year, Green Wednesday beat out Black Friday in cannabis sales, confirming its title as the second-highest sales day of the year after April 20 (420). And this year is no different as experts predict that U.S. cannabis shoppers will spend $251 million between Wednesday and Saturday, according to an Akerna flash report. Consumers reach for cannabis for several occasions and the holidays are no different. Almost half of the adult U.S. population has tried marijuana, up from 45% in 2017 and 2019. More than 50 years ago, it was only 4%.

Thu
25
Nov

Southern California fire leads to discovery of thousands of illegal marijuana plants

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Authorities said they found more than 11,000 marijuana plants at an illegal growing operation Wednesday after one of the buildings caught fire.

The blaze was reported at about 4:30 a.m. on San Timoteo Canyon Road in Redlands, east of Los Angeles. Firefighters needed about an hour to douse the flames and they discovered the marijuana operation, police said.

Marijuana plants were found in the second building and thousands more were in a third building that wasn't damaged, police said.

Thu
25
Nov

204 greenhouses eradicated and 26 arrested during Operation Hammer Strike week 12

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Week 12 of Operation Hammer Strike resulted in 22 search warrants, 204 greenhouses eradicated, and 26 arrests, officials said. Between November 15, 2021, and November 21, 2021, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputies from several different patrol stations, served 22 search warrants at various locations in Lucerne Valley, Wonder Valley, Joshua Tree, Oro Grande, Helendale, Newberry Springs, Barstow, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Anaheim, Muscoy, Adelanto, and Phelan.

Wed
24
Nov

Man on San Diego-Bound Flight Drank, Assaulted Flight Attendant & Smoked Marijuana: FAA

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The proposed fines represent the latest salvo in the FAA’s attempt to crack down on unruly passengers on planes

A passenger on a short flight across California faces a more than $40,000 fine for his drunken behavior, which included assaulting a flight attendant and smoking marijuana in the bathroom, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The passenger is one of eight who faces fines for their unruly conduct in violation of federal regulations. When combined, the passengers face $161,823 in proposed civil penalties. The FAA does not have authority to file criminal charges.

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