California

Wed
19
Dec

Legal cannabis lounges booming in San Francisco

San Francisco is already known for its lively bar scene and now it has some new competition. Cannabis dispensaries are opening pot lounges, where people can buy weed and smoke it, too.
From the outside, the Barbary Coast Collective looks like a trendy bar -- inside, it's a throwback to San Francisco's Wild West past.

There's no food, and it is illegal to sell alcohol. Patrons here are smoking weed, and they are coming in droves as dispensaries look for new ways to attract customers.

Barbary Coast customer Amy Lee Andres said, "It allows for people to just come in and enjoy themselves, and be themselves, and not have to worry about hiding or being in the shadows."

Tue
18
Dec

The 12 Strains of Christmas

For many holiday seasons, Los Angeles has had the best selection of marijuana on the planet. And this year, for the first time, everyone over the age of 21 can buy it legally!

There is a lot out there to pick from, and with the 12 Strains of Christmas, we’re sure we pulled from the top of Santa’s sack. Some are world premieres, some are holiday offerings from the best cultivators in L.A., and there are a few of the finest imports from the rest of the state. Whether you need to smoke out the ghost of Christmas Past, Present or Future, we're sure each would do the job properly.

Tue
18
Dec

Is hemp on the verge of a comeback in California?

A Plumas County farming family is the first in Northern California to legally harvest a crop that’s been banned since 1937. It's not marijuana... it's hemp. The hemp plant was banned because it is a member of the cannabis family —but hemp cannot get people high. 

The Roberti family owns a cattle ranch and grows alfalfa north of Loyalton. In October they harvested their first crop of hemp in an effort to diversify the family business. 

"So many of the dairies are shutting down on the west coast that we just don't view alfalfa as a commodity for the future," says Ben Roberti, a fourth generation farmer. 

Right now the harvest is labor intensive, since there is no commercial machinery in the United States to harvest large quantities of hemp. 

Mon
17
Dec

San Diego audits marijuana businesses as tax revenue starts to roll in

San Diego is trying to increase tax revenue from the city’s dozen legal marijuana dispensaries by auditing them and tightening restrictions on sales to medical cannabis patients, which are tax-exempt.

The audits, which are expected to conclude this month, are intended to ensure that the dispensaries are complying with a 5 percent tax on all cannabis sales that city voters approved in 2016, officials said.

The tax, which will increase to 8 percent on July 1, is expected to generate more than $6 million in revenue for the city in the current budget year, officials said. It’s a gross receipts tax, so it covers all revenue generated by a marijuana business.

Mon
17
Dec

Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn't correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis.

California broadly legalized marijuana at the start of the year, and mandatory testing began in July 1. During the first two months the failure rate was about 20 percent, but state data collected through November showed improvement - about 14 percent of nearly 24,000 products were blocked from store shelves by tests.

Fri
14
Dec

Fresno greenlights medical cannabis dispensaries

The city of Fresno is open for cannabis business — as long as it’s medicinal.

The City Council on Thursday approved cannabis business regulations that may eventually allow for up to two medicinal dispensaries in each council district and establish “hubs” along Highway 99 and Highway 180 for commercial activities such as cultivation, manufacturing and distribution.

Councilmen Steve Brandau and Garry Bredefeld voted against the regulations.

Councilman Clint Olivier championed the issue and worked with councilmen Oliver Baines and Paul Caprioglio. The vote came after months of debate and community meetings.

Wed
12
Dec

Sonoma County restricts cannabis operations near bike, pedestrian trails

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a setback requirement governing cannabis operations near county bike and pedestrian trails, further limiting areas where marijuana can be cultivated.

The move came before an overflow crowd amid opposition from a proposed west county cannabis business and advocates who say it creates additional confusion and excessive regulation for marijuana proprietors.

Some residents who live near the trails or use them described the move as one that protects those public spaces as parks.

Supervisors’ unanimous vote made that policy official when it comes to buffers between county trails and pot businesses. The county now will require 1,000-foot setbacks from such trails. Exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis.

Wed
12
Dec

MedMen focus on expansion despite California employee issues

The completion of an acquisition in Emeryville, CA, will help MedMen make strides in expansion in 2019. The closing on a dispensary license in Emeryville means MedMen will have one of the only two adult-use licenses for that area.

Mon
10
Dec

Weed in the classroom: How undergrad students are introducing cannabis education at UCLA

At a recent Wednesday evening in a bare-bones basement classroom on the UCLA campus, students filled chairs, perched on table tops, and stood in the corners to learn about one thing: cannabis. Despite the beginnings of a rare L.A. rain, the 6 p.m. start time, and the fact that students receive no credits for being there, this particular UCLA class attracted about 20 people.

Mon
10
Dec

Regulators: pot deliveries can be made throughout California

California regulators on Friday said marijuana deliveries can be made anywhere in the state, even in locales that ban cannabis.

Law enforcement groups and the California League of Cities opposed the move, arguing that pot deliveries to places that ban cannabis erodes local government control and will increase crime in those areas.

The matter has been one of the most debated issues as state regulators hammer out permanent rules for how marijuana is grown, tested, packaged and delivered.

The delivery issue was included in regulations drafted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which issues most retail permits. The rules will become law in 30 days unless California's Office of Administrative Law objects. The dispute could end up in court.

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