California

Wed
20
Feb

Cannabis company buys Aurora brewery known for CBD-infused beer

An Aurora brewery that caused a national buzz with its cannabis-infused beer is pushing deeper into the marijuana industry.

Dad & Dudes Breweria is the only brewery in the country with federal formula approval to brew beer infused with CBD, a non-psychoactive hemp extract. And now it’s been acquired by San Diego-based cannabis company Cannabiniers, according to Dad & Dudes owner Mason Hembree.

“I think they view us as pioneers of cannabis-infused beers and wanted access to our formula,” Hembree said. “As things progress in the U.S. with legalization, holding the patent for this production is going to be a big wrench in the machine.”

Tue
19
Feb

This year's Oscars swag bags include cannabis chocolates

Every year the top Oscar nominees receive swag bags that have included gifts from luxury holidays to sweat-absorbing patches, worth upwards of $100,000.
Fri
15
Feb

Youth programs left wanting by California cannabis law

When California voters legalized marijuana, they were promised that part of the tax revenue from pot sales and cultivation would be devoted to programs to teach youth how to avoid substance abuse.

But more than a year after the start of sales, there’s no money for those programs and questions are looming about how they might operate in the future.

The absence of funding is “really sad and disappointing,” said Robert Harris, a policy adviser and lobbyist for the California Society of Addiction Medicine.

Equally troubling, he added, is the lack of clear guidelines for how that funding would be divvied up, and how programs would be run and evaluated.

Fri
15
Feb

Women bought twice as much cannabis in 2018 as they did the year before

Many have called 2018 the Year of the Woman. And the cannabis industry was no exception.

According to a new report by Eaze, an online market place and technology platform for legal cannabis, the number of women buying cannabis in California doubled in 2018 from the year before.  

"We see a strong majority of women are using cannabis for wellness reasons like personal care and improved sleep," said Peter Gigante, head of policy research at Eaze.

The study also found a growth in the use of CBD products -- such as face and body creams and bath bombs -- among female boomers. 

Wed
13
Feb

Kurvana capitalizes on vape pen trends

The vape pen category has shown enormous growth in the cannabis industry, but not all vapes are created equal. Consumers are also beginning to show a preference in their purchasing habits when it comes to vapes as well. Kurvana has kept an eye on these trends and has managed to make a product to satisfy multiple consumers.

Wed
13
Feb

California gives green light to marijuana home delivery

The police didn’t want it. Neither did local officials. But the public demanded it. And now, pot companies in California can deliver marijuana directly to your home.

Think of it as a kind of Uber Eats for the cannabis consumer.

“The public spoke loud and clear in favor of statewide delivery,” said Alex Traverso, spokesman for the state’s cannabis bureau, according to USA Today. That was after the bureau issued the new regulation allowing home delivery anywhere.

Tue
12
Feb

Luxury department store Barneys is opening a Beverly Hills head shop with high-end marijuana products, including a $1,500 grinder

  • Barneys New York is entering the cannabis industry with the opening of a head shop called The High End in its Beverly Hills store, according to The New York Times.
  • The High End will offer luxe cannabis products, marijuana-inspired jewelry, CBD infused beauty products, and paraphernalia, including a $1,475 pot grinder.
Mon
11
Feb

The cannabis cash crisis: Where to put the money?

On a nondescript San Jose street corner, two tough, young men stand guard, semi-automatic pistols at the ready, as a black box of cash is quickly moved from one unmarked vehicle to another.

Welcome to the brave new world of drug deals, where cannabis profits are licensed, well-regulated and taxed — but shunned by most banks. So businesses that sell, process and distribute marijuana legally in California can’t move money electronically.

The central challenge is this: Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. All banks are subject to federal mandates, through deposit insurance and access to the federal payment system.

Mon
11
Feb

40-acre cannabis cultivation facility officially underway in Coachella

This year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will culminate the weekend of April 20th—a.k.a. 420. But today, the city of Coachella is celebrating breaking ground on a massive new cannabis facility. The more than 40-acre facility will house cultivation, manufacturing and distribution operations. With a plan to finish all construction early 2020, city officials and industry heads hope the Coachella Cann Park will bring jobs and economic revitalization to the city.

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.

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