California

Fri
07
Sep

Burlingame bans commercial cannabis

Burlingame officials approved prohibitions on recreational cannabis businesses, but kept the door open for delivery and lab testing companies while state lawmakers hash out more comprehensive policies.

The Burlingame City Council unanimously approved banning commercial cannabis activity by disallowing dispensaries, collectives, corporate grows and more, according to video of the meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4.

But not all drug business is eradicated, as officials are waiting for the Legislature to clarify state laws as it relates to delivery and lab testing companies before closing the book on Burlingame’s code.

Councilwoman Ann Keighran said she supported formalizing the regulations, with an eye on amending them further if necessary down the road.

Fri
07
Sep

California's illegal marijuana industry is doing better than ever

Those in the weed business have discovered that the black market is still more profitable in many ways than the newly legal industry.

Thu
06
Sep

THC from marijuana stays in breast milk for up to 6 Days

Researchers say breastfeeding mothers need to know the potential health consequences of marijuana on their babies. Women who breastfeed their babies and use marijuana should know the drug can stay in their breast milk for almost a week.

Wed
05
Sep

California restaurant publicly calls out cannabis dispensary over name

Fumé Bistro is at odds with Napa Valley Fumé.

The owners of the Fumé Bistro, a restaurant and bar in California’s Napa Valley, are unhappy with a cannabis delivery service’s decision to use a similar name for its business. Terry Letson, chef and one of the restaurant’s four owners, told local media that the name of the new cannabis delivery dispensary Napa Valley Fumé is causing confusion with his business.

Wed
05
Sep

12 Budtenders reveal the biggest misconceptions about their job

Now that cannabis is recreational in California, old and new consumers are visiting dispensaries for their very first time, entering a world of weed products that may inspire a number of questions for budtenders, writes Morgan Roger and Brian Berkowitz.

Wed
05
Sep

California: New breathalyzer for marijuana created, no discussion of local use

A company in California recently created a breathalyzer able to detect the amount of THC — the main active compound in marijuana — in a driver’s breath. 

“In partnership with Triple Ring Technologies, we developed portable technology that meets or exceeds the gold standard used by forensic laboratories throughout the world,” Mike Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Hound Labs Mike Lynn said. “We offer a solution that not only extends the boundaries of clinical research, but also provides better information about recent marijuana use for employers, law enforcement and legislators who are trying to balance public safety with the fair treatment of responsible cannabis users.”

Tue
04
Sep

Marijuana weekly review: DOJ seiz›es California cannabis, hemp-derived CBD overtakes the market

Rampant use of toxic pesticides by illegal growers is causing major ecological damage in each of California's 18 federal forests.

A Justice Department-led group of local and state law enforcement officials reported seizing 638,370 cannabis plants in 95 sites covering more than 7900 acres over a one year period. "Much of the marijuana here that's being grown in the federal public lands is going to New York City, Atlanta, Chicago — all over the United States," officials said. Despite legalization, the state is growing nearly eight times more product than can be legally consumed "irrespective of what California is doing — there is no shortage of supply."

Fri
31
Aug

Marijuana banking bill stalls in California legislature

The cannabis industry faces further banking hurdles in California, with proposed legislation to establish state-licensed banks stalled in committee. It will not cross Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk by the Aug. 31 deadline for each House in the State Assembly to pass bills.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) introduced SB 930, which would create a new, limited-purpose state charter for privately financed banks which the California Department of Business Oversight would regulate.

Fri
31
Aug

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds approved to host cannabis events

Getting elevated at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds could mean more than a Ferris wheel ride after officials approved up to four cannabis events at the site per year.

The events — which would not coincide with the annual Santa Cruz County Fair itself — could include sale of cannabis and smoking and vaping in permitted outdoor areas.

The temporary event permits were unanimously approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Thu
30
Aug

California weed delivery service raided by Bureau of Cannabis Control

California continues to crack down on weed delivery services.

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control was forced into action on Monday, after a complaint pertaining to a cannabis delivery operation in southeast Sacramento.

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