California

Thu
03
Jan

Now for the hard part: Getting Californians to buy legal weed

A billion dollars of tax revenue, the taming of the black market, the convenience of retail cannabis stores throughout the state — these were some of the promises made by proponents of marijuana legalization in California, writes Thomas Fuller of The New York Times.

One year after the start of recreational sales, they are still just promises.

California’s experiment in legalization is mired by debates over regulation and hamstrung by cities and towns that do not want cannabis businesses on their streets.

Thu
03
Jan

Where ordering cannabis is easy as booking a taxi

Ordering cannabis in Los Angeles is now as easy as booking a taxi.

Click on an app, choose your preferred product, pay for it and then sit back and wait for it to be delivered to your door.

Eaze is just one of several firms taking advantage of the legalisation of cannabis, for which the people of California voted overwhelmingly in favour in 2016.

Since January last year, when the use of recreational cannabis became legal across the state, the start-up has seen an 80% increase in sign-ups.

It had run a limited medicinal cannabis delivery service for two decades, with anyone who wanted to order having to download medical evidence that they needed it.

Wed
02
Jan

Living next to a cannabis farm literally stinks

The stench rising from nearby cannabis farms has become a major source of frustration for residents in California's cultivation hotspots, writes Calvin Hughes. 

Most people are familiar with marijuana's signature aroma. The strong, skunk-like smell has long been a sign of a plant's strength and quality. But that smell quickly becomes horrendous during peak blooming periods if you live near a large commercial farm.

Fri
28
Dec

California deems cannabis public bank unfeasible, seeks federal law changes

A public bank has been floated at North Bay and Sacramento levels as a way to meet the needs of the still largely cash-based cannabis industry, because conventional banks have been leery of involvement with something that's still high on the federal list of controlled substances. But California officials Thursday noted such a plan was too big of a legal and financial risk.

At a public hearing at the California Capitol, the Cannabis Banking Working Group, chaired by California State Treasurer John Chiang, was presented with the results of an independent study, his office said Thursday.

Thu
27
Dec

Massive pot recall after Sacramento lab allegedly faked test results for pesticides

Bay Area cannabis vendors and distributors may have to destroy millions of dollars worth of marijuana due to a recall over falsified test results at a Northern California lab.

The recall affects some 29 distributors that worked with Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Lab, according to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control.

State inspectors allege that the labs director did not perform certain mandatory tests for pesticides over that last four months. The lab’s director, Marc Foster was forced to surrender his business license.

The Bureau said more than 800 batches may have been affected. In a letter sent this week, distributors were instructed to contact retailers and ask them to return the affected batches for re-sampling and re-testing by another lab.

Thu
27
Dec

California cannabis banking study results to be released at public hearing

When California voters decided to pass Proposition 64 in 2016, they opted to mobilize an industry with massive financial potential in a state with one of the leading economies in the world.

The medicinal cannabis market had already been in operation for years under Proposition 215 and SB420, but the newly legalized recreational marijuana industry was still bound to the same banking rules which meant that all transactions would still be tied to a cash-based system.

Thu
27
Dec

Cannabis deliveries to be legal everywhere in California

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) released the newest changes to regulations for adult-use cannabis and manufacturing earlier this month. Some proposed rules have bummed out the cannabis industry while others are relatively exciting. One of these proposals is the allowance of cannabis delivery throughout California—even to municipalities that have banned it.

Released Dec. 7, the language in the Phase III regulations says that “a delivery employee may deliver to any jurisdiction within the State of California provided that such delivery is conducted in compliance with all delivery provisions of this division.” Such needs for compliance include driving an unbranded car and tracking the vehicle with GPS. 

Mon
24
Dec

The city of West Hollywood pioneers cannabis consumption lounges

The city of West Hollywood has announced the approved licensees for onsite cannabis consumption lounges and cafés, where customers can consume cannabis in a permitted, public location. This news falls in line with the city's progressive history with cannabis policy, having pioneered the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries nearly two decades ago, writes Madison Margolin. 

What's more, the policy will even allow cannabis chefs to prepare infused dishes on site. 

Fri
21
Dec

California's last compassionate care marijuana service was just shut down

Californians welcomed Proposition 64 with confetti and champagne celebrations. But the way in which regulation has rolled out, more and more people are waking up to what “adult-use” and “regulated cannabis” actually mean. And, unfortunately, it means watching the roots of Proposition 215—the law that made medical marijuana legal in California—wither under the Golden State’s new regime.

Thu
20
Dec

Canada can combat marijuana’s black market by following California’s lead

If you’re to believe the Canadian government, legalizing recreational weed is mostly about eradicating the black market, estimated by Bill Blair, Canada’s Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister, to be a $6 to $8 billion industry. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the biggest challenge associated with the legalization of cannabis has been the supply shortage but Maxim Zavet, the founder of Canadian licenced producer (LP) Emblem, feels that it’s something more personal to the consumer.

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