California

Wed
15
Sep

Who Are America's Top Cannabis Employers?

 For the fourth year running, mg Magazine is compiling its listing of the top employers in the cannabis industry. The annual review process examines the benefits and perks, diversity, and corporate social responsibility efforts of thousands of U.S.-based businesses within multiple operating sectors, including manufacturing, cultivation, distribution, retailing, and ancillary professional services providers.COVID-19 had a tremendous impact on the legal cannabis industry, beginning when the State of California deemed retailers and cultivators "essential businesses.

" Shortly after that, other states followed suit, leading to an unprecedented year of sales growth. Support for legalization among consumers and legislators also grew.

Wed
15
Sep

Cannabis farmers, employees protest outside Sonoma County supervisors’ offices

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Sonoma County cannabis growers and their allies gathered by the dozens Friday outside the Board of Supervisors’ office in Santa Rosa to denounce the county’s handling of commercial cannabis regulation and taxation, calling it overly burdensome and costly.

Taxes levied by the county are excessive, growers say, and a slow, convoluted local permitting process has hampered the expansion of their industry since California voters legalized adult-use recreational marijuana in 2016.

Wed
15
Sep

No new joints: Santa Cruz County provisionally halts cannabis permits

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 Public speakers got into the weeds of the connotations and effects of the marijuana industry before the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors elected to institute a temporary emergency moratorium Tuesday.

As initially highlighted at the supervisors’ Aug. 24 meeting, residents in Supervisors Friend’s and Greg Caput’s districts have been voicing concerns around conflicts between residentially-zoned parcels and nearby Commercial Agriculture parcels. The timing of the majority of complaints coming in between the last six to eight months, Friend said, was due to the county’s permitting process.

Tue
14
Sep

Resonate Blends to Acquire Wellness Cannabis Brand

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Resonate Blends Inc., a cannabis holding company in Calabasas, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Lemon and Grass, a Florida-based cannabis wellness brand.

Lemon and Grass sells products such as relief balms, patches and capsules as well as vape cartridges and PAX pods. The products will flank Resonate’s existing product line, Koan Cordials, a liquid made from cannabis and botanical extracts.

Lemon and Grass products are distributed to more than 40 dispensaries in Florida. The company also has had product trials in California and has licensing plans for multiple states across the country, as well as for provinces in Canada.

Fri
10
Sep

Drones to Deploy in California County to Detect Illicit Pot Operations

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The effort of using drones to spot illegal grows is supported by legal operators who can’t compete with illicit operations.

A dystopian reality of government-controlled drones hovering overhead is a reality for growers in Nevada County, California, but the effort to locate illegal operations is supported by local cannabis organizations such Nevada County Cannabis Alliance. 

In many areas in California, growers have the challenge of competing with illicit operations amid an epic oversupply problem—driving some operators into the black market. 

Fri
10
Sep

San Diego-area program warns against mixing cannabis with certain prescription meds

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Seventeen pharmacies in San Diego County will soon begin distributing leaflets to patients warning of potential interactions between prescription drugs and cannabis.

The pilot program not only provides patients with information about possible cannabis-drug interactions, but also seeks feedback through online research to assess whether such information is useful to patients.

Thu
09
Sep

Former Cop Pleads Guilty to Accepting $14K in Bribes in Pot Trafficking Case

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Rudolph Petersen faces up to 10 years in federal prison for allegedly taking the bribes.

One corrupt police officer in California who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes spun a web of lies and deception worthy of a Breaking Bad episode.

On September 7, Rudolph Petersen, 34, pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge for accepting at least $14,000 in cash from a drug trafficker in exchange for escorting massive shipments of pot and other drugs, and searching a police database to supply the trafficker information on suspected snitches, according to  a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Wed
08
Sep

Pico Rivera reconsiders allowing marijuana businesses

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Customers shop inside the 420 Central dispensary in Santa Ana on the first day to buy recreational marijuana in California on Jan. 1, 2018. Corona officials are considering allowing a maximum of 17 dispensaries, or stores, in the Riverside County city — one for every 10,000 residents. (File photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Nearly two years after banning industrial, medical and retail marijuana cannabis operations within Pico Rivera, City Council members have put the legalization of such businesses back on the table.

Wed
08
Sep

California Governor Hopeful Jackie McGowan On Cannabis Reform in Newsom Recall Race

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Jackie McGowan, a long-time supporter of cannabis reform, is running as a replacement candidate if current California Governor Gavin Newsom is recalled.

California Governor Gavin Newsom faces off September 14 in a pivotal recall race as the state’s future hangs in the balance. Forty-six contenders appear on the ballot including Democratic challenger Jackie McGowan—who vows to make reforming California’s cannabis industry a priority including lowering taxes and restrictions.

Wed
08
Sep

Federal judge blocks ban on water deliveries for Asian pot farmers in Northern California

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A federal judge has blocked a Northern California county’s ban on trucks delivering water to Hmong cannabis farmers, saying it raises “serious questions” about racial discrimination and leaves the growers without a source of water for basic sanitation, vegetable gardens and livestock.

On Friday, Chief U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller issued a temporary injunction against Siskiyou County’s prohibition on trucked-in water deliveries to Hmong farmers growing marijuana in the Mount Shasta Vista subdivision in the Big Springs area north of Weed.

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