Tag: California

California Senators Approve Bill To Legalize Psychedelics Service Centers

April 16, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A California Senate committee has approved a bill to legalize psychedelics service centers where adults 21 and older could access psilocybin, MDMA, mescaline and DMT in a supervised environment with trained facilitators. The Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee passed the legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D), with an amendment, in a 7-4 vote on Monday. The “Regulated Therapeutic Access to Psychedelics Act” has been drafted in a way that’s meant to be responsive to concerns voiced by Gov.… Read more.

California Issues Mandatory Recall of Mike Tyson Cannabis Product

April 15, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Last week, California’s Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) issued a mandatory recall for a Mike Tyson-branded product, Tyson Undisputed Cannabis Flower, due to contamination with Aspergillus sp., a type of mold. The recall, published on April 9, affects multiple products sold after August 24, 2023, including the TOAD and TADPOLES batches, distributed across several counties including Alameda, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The flower was grown by manufacturer Northern Emeralds, who also partnered with rapper Future for a product collaboration last year. This incident… Read more.

The Best Weed Dispensaries in SF for a Guaranteed Good Time

April 14, 2024 · Thrillist

As you may have heard, there won’t be an official 420 celebration of cannabis and cannabis culture in Golden Gate Park this year. But that surely won’t stop you from celebrating your own way. And because cannabis has been available for recreational use in California since 2016, you probably already have your go-to shop, but in the same way that cocktail bars have different drink menus, you never know what you can discover when you branch out and try something… Read more.

The Best Weed Dispensaries in Every Part of LA

April 11, 2024 · Thrillist

In some neighborhoods in LA, there are more cannabis dispensaries than Starbucks. With over 1,481 dispensaries to choose from, finding the best ones hidden in the vast concrete jungle between the beach and the mountains can be hazy and overwhelming. Green cross signs light up billboards and storefronts, some spots are low-key with no signage whatsoever, and others look like high-end jewelry stores. While we are grateful to live in a cannabis-progressive bubble where you can openly smoke weed at… Read more.

California Swindler Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges in Fraudulent Hemp Scheme

April 10, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A California man on Friday pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in a hemp business fraud case that cost investors more than $18 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. Mark Roy Anderson, 69, was indicted last year in the scheme by a federal grand jury.  In the federal complaint, prosecutors said Anderson used the money collected from investors for Harvest Farm Group to buy a $1.3 million property in Ojai and another $2.3 million on personal expenses, including more than $650,000 for… Read more.

STIIIZY Stands Out at Rolling Loud’s 10-Year Anniversary Event

April 10, 2024 · Cannabis Now

“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” said an eager Rolling Loud attendee. “It’s cool to attend the show, listen to killer music and see what a mock cannabis grow might look like. You know I got my selfie in!” This was a common sentiment shared among the tens of thousands of attendees at last month’s Rolling Loud music festival, held at Inglewood, California’s Hollywood Park. It’s safe to say that the 10th anniversary of this multi-day music festival did not… Read more.

San Francisco Set To Host Inaugural Weed Week

April 6, 2024 · High Times

The city-sanctioned version of the famous 4/20 Hippie Hill event in San Francisco has been canceled, but it’s not the end of 4/20 celebrations in San Francisco. SF Weed Week, will feature a variety of events beginning with an art opening featuring cannabis mylar art on April 5 and a schedule of events running April 13-21. Instead of just one day of celebration, the event spans an entire week of all things cannabis, featuring cultivators and breeders at cannabis lounges throughout the city… Read more.

Cannabis Raid in Oakland Yields $10M in Illicit Products, Authorities Say

April 5, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Last week, an illegal cannabis operation in East Oakland was dismantled by authorities, resulting in the seizure of plants with an estimated retail value exceeding $10 million. CBS News reported that the operation took place on the 700 block of Kevin Court, where the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies conducted a joint operation. This intervention followed an investigation into suspected illegal cultivation activities at the site. During the operation, over 12,000 cannabis plants were eradicated. A spokesperson for… Read more.

Win Free Weed for a Year – Find The Willy Wonka Golden Cannabis Tickets or Create a Great Cannabis-Themed Video!

March 31, 2024 · Cannabis.net

It was only a matter of time before something like this happened. West Coast Cure (WCC) has come up with a cool contest inspired by the famous Willie Wonka event but with a twist. Instead of chocolate, they're offering weed! Up to five lucky winners could get a year's supply of top-quality cannabis for just $4.20. That's a steal for any weed lover out there. Jonathan Jones, who's in charge of marketing at WCC, is super excited about this. He… Read more.

20 Quotes from Bill Maher’s Los Angeles Magazine Cover Story Interview

March 30, 2024 · CelebStoner

Bill Maher is featured on the cover of the 420-themed April issue of Los Angeles magazine. Here are 20 nuggets from the interview conducted by Joel Stein. On Cannabis: • "I’ve always loved pot, but I don’t get into the minutiae. Sativa, indica – I can’t even tell the difference." • "I don’t smoke every day and never have. I’m a situational pot smoker. I would never get high to do Real Time. I can do stand-up high because I don’t have… Read more.

24 Illegal Weed Shops for Every 1 Legal Dispensary – New York Wakes Up to California’s Cannabis Market Problems

March 28, 2024 · Cannabis.net

In 2024, after three years of ups and downs, New York's recreational cannabis market began to gain momentum, notably marked by the opening of approximately 50 licensed dispensaries so far this year. However, these licensed retailers, totaling about 85, find themselves vastly outnumbered by over 2,000 unauthorized head shops. These establishments have drawn complaints for diverting customers, selling to minors, and attracting criminal activity. This swift and audacious incursion has left many frustrated with the government's slower and more stringent… Read more.

California Cops Return Weed From Raid

March 28, 2024 · High Times

The Los Angeles Times reported that “Costa Mesa police and city employees trucked more than 100 pounds of cannabis flower, boxes of oil cartridges and vaporizers along with documents, devices and security equipment held in police storage” to the owners of Se7enleaf, Michael Moussalli and Matteo Tabib, reached a settlement agreement with the city of Costa Mesa, California. According to the Times, Costa Mesa attorneys “had been mounting an offense against what they believed was illegal commerce taking place at the site.” “They didn’t… Read more.

Cookies cuts ties with its lone San Francisco marijuana store

March 28, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Cookies, the most recognizable brand in cannabis, traces its origins to San Francisco and the pre-legalization marijuana underground in the city that’s considered by many to be the birthplace of the legal industry in America. But as of earlier this year, there is no longer a Cookies-branded marijuana store in San Francisco. The brand terminated the licensing agreement it had with Berner’s on Haight, an adult-use store that’s borne the name of the Cookies co-founder since 2020, company President Parker… Read more.

Hall of Flowers Heads to SoCal

March 21, 2024 · Cannabis Now

After attending half a dozen Hall of Flowers trade shows in Northern California (Santa Rosa, to be exact), we can confidently attest that creating a SoCal version in Ventura was precisely what the event needed. Not only did it prove that it’s a must-attend, but it’s probably the best at bringing the industry together and validating the reason we’re all here—to celebrate cannabis and our culture. From the moment you walk in through to the moment you leave, you don’t… Read more.

Humboldt County Voters Reject Weed Cultivation Regulation Initiative

March 13, 2024 · High Times

Voters in Humboldt County last week soundly rejected a ballot measure that would have tightened regulations on the area’s famed cannabis industry. Known as Measure A, the initiative was defeated at the polls on March 5, with more than 73% of the voters casting their ballot against the proposal. Genine Coleman, the executive director of Origins Council, a group representing California’s legacy cannabis growers, wrote in an email to High Times that the “defeat of Measure A demonstrates that the grassroots cannabis industry… Read more.

MedMen Closes All But Two of Its California Locations

March 11, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

MedMen, the multistate cannabis operator (MSO) that once held the largest cannabis franchise footprint in the U.S., has shut down all but two of its California-based cannabis shops, MJBizDaily reports. The closures follow a years-long downward trend for the Los Angeles-based company, once considered a multi-billion dollar brand. MedMen’s last remaining California dispensaries are located in San Diego and near the Los Angeles International Airport. The company has also seen its stock price plummet more than 90% in three years and laid off more… Read more.

California Bong Auction Earns Just $2,075

February 28, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

California officials said that a recent auction aimed at recouping more than $14.4 million in unpaid cannabis industry taxes earned just over $2,000, the North Bay Business Journal reports. The auction was held February 16 in the California Highway Patrol’s parking lot in Los Angeles and officials reported having earned a scant $2,075 by the time the auction wrapped. The auctioned-off items were seized during law enforcement raids on ten “non-compliant” cannabis companies in southern California. Officials did not name the ten companies from which… Read more.

Exclusive: Bliss From SoCal Cannabis Collab

February 13, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Reggae and cannabis have an undeniable synergy that’s been enjoyed by music and weed lovers for generations. The laid-back rhythms and soulful melodies of reggae music elevate and enhance our sensory experiences, transporting us from ripping homemade bongs in college dorm rooms to smoking blunts of the finest Caribbean green on a beach in Jamaica. But it goes deeper than that. Cannabis holds a sacred significance for Rastafarians, who incorporate the plant into their spiritual rituals. You could go so far… Read more.

Snoop Dogg Says He Has ‘Nothing But Love for Donald Trump’ Because He Paroled His Friend

February 1, 2024 · CelebStoner

Nearly seven years after then Pres. Donald Trump tweeted about Snoop Dogg's "failing career," the rapper now says in a new interview, "I have nothing but love for Donald Trump." Snoop added: "Donald Trump? He ain't done nothing wrong to me. He has done only great things for me. He pardoned Michael Harris." Who Is Michael Harris? Michael "Harry-O" Harris co-founded Death Row Records with Suge Knight in 1991. It's the West Coast hip-hop label that introduced Dr. Dre and Snoop to the world.… Read more.

Long Beach, California To Slash Pot Taxes in Half for Stores in Good Standing

January 29, 2024 · High Times

Long Beach, California is on track to establish an ordinance that will give cannabis retailers a minor tax break and reward the ones in good standing on their payments with a bigger tax break, cutting their local tax in half. At a Jan. 23 meeting, Long Beach City Council members voted to request an ordinance be drafted to lower rates for businesses that meet hiring and compensation markers and are up to date with their current tax payments. City leadership has… Read more.

Most California Labs Barred from Testing Flower

January 11, 2024 · MG Magazine

Only eighteen of California’s thirty eight licensed testing labs are in compliance with the state’s new standardized cannabinoids testing guidelines, which are designed to combat potency inflation. Until they demonstrate compliance with the new guidelines, the other twenty licensed labs will not be permitted to test flower. Operators in California are more than familiar with the widespread problem of lab shopping, wherein growers pit competing labs against one another in search of the highest THC results. The practice encourages labs to… Read more.

California Lawmaker Revives Bill To Legalize Marijuana Cafes Months After Governor’s Veto

January 10, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A California lawmaker is renewing his push to legalize cannabis cafes in the state, with a newly introduced bill and plans to work with the governor and regulators to address concerns that resulted in the last version being vetoed. Assemblymember Matt Haney (D) is again sponsoring the proposal, which would allow on-site marijuana consumption at licensed businesses, which could also offer non-cannabis food and drinks and host live events such as concerts if they get permission from the local government. Gov.… Read more.

Two-thirds of California cannabis labs can’t test flower after rule change

January 9, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Fewer than one-third of California’s 37 licensed cannabis testing laboratories began the new year permitted to test marijuana flower and non-infused pre-rolls, state regulators told MJBizDaily. That’s because only 12 labs are currently compliant with a recent state law imposing standardized methods to test for THC potency, according to the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). Any labs that tested flower while not in compliance could face consequences, an agency spokesperson said. Observers are hopeful that a standardized method for determining… Read more.

No Seed Limit

January 8, 2024 · Cannabis Now

In 2001, Nathaniel Pennington drove down to the Humboldt County (CA) courthouse to get a business license. He recalls walking inside scared, because at this time it was “really, really early to be branding cannabis.” After discovering the name Humboldt Seed Company was available, Pennington was asked what he did for work. His response? “I make all different kinds of seeds.” The name Humboldt Seed Company (HSC) is directly inspired by Humboldt County, which has historically been viewed as the… Read more.

California GOP Lawmaker Expands Psychedelics Bill To Create Workgroup And Plan For Veterans’ Therapeutic Access

January 5, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

As California’s 2024 legislative session gets underway, a Republican lawmaker has filed a revised bill to create a state workgroup that would be tasked with exploring a regulatory framework to provide therapeutic access to psychedelics like psilocybin and ibogaine. The legislation from Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R) would also allow health professionals to administer certain psychedelics to military combat veterans for the treatment of mental health conditions upon the enactment of such a framework. The newly amended language represents an expansion… Read more.

We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat – NY Tries to Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Shops as California Says Welcome to Our World

January 4, 2024 · Cannabis.net

On the eve of the highly anticipated opening of Brooklyn's first legal adult-use store, state authorities in New York marked a significant milestone—the permanent closure of a long-standing illicit marijuana operation in the borough. The legal action taken to permanently shut down Big Chief Smoke Shop, an unlicensed cannabis retailer situated in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of southern Brooklyn, is being hailed as a pivotal moment signifying New York's commitment to change, as stated by Governor Kathy Hochul in a… Read more.

Police Officer Killed While Responding to Burglary at Cannabis Business

January 2, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Tragedy struck the Oakland Police Department early Friday morning as Officer Tuan Le, 36, lost his life in the line of duty while responding to reports of a burglary at a cannabis business, as reported by CBS. This marked the second burglary incident at the same location within just four hours. Officer Le, originally from Vietnam, moved to Oakland and became a naturalized citizen on September 11, 2001. He graduated from the 183rd police academy in 2020 and had been serving… Read more.

California’s High Stakes Holiday Heists

January 2, 2024 · Cannabis Now

A wave of crime targeting cannabis companies has been rising steadily in recent years. Unable to use traditional banking systems, many cannabis companies often have large amounts of cash on site, along with highly valuable cannabis products that can be easily flipped on the illicit market. This makes them tempting targets for gangs and criminal organizations. Nowhere are these attacks more prolific than in California, where cannabis robberies continue to ravage legal facilities. Preferred Gardens‘ founder and CEO, David Polley, has been cultivating… Read more.

New Year Brings Employment Protections for California Cannabis Users

December 28, 2023 · High Times

California workers who use cannabis will gain new employment protections under two laws that go into effect beginning on January 1. Under legislation passed by the California legislature last year, employers will be barred from discriminating against workers who test positive for cannabis in some drug screenings, while a separate measure passed in 2023 prohibits employers from asking employees or job candidates about their off-duty use of marijuana. Under Assembly Bill 2188 (AB 2188), which was signed into law by… Read more.

How Do New Labor Laws Starting in 2024 Help Protect Cannabis Workers?

December 27, 2023 · Cannabis.net

California workers will soon enjoy official safeguards against discrimination related to their off-duty use of cannabis or marijuana. This protection stems from an amendment to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (AB 2188), endorsed by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 18, 2022, and set to be effective from January 1, 2024. AB 2188 makes it unlawful for employers to refuse employment, penalize, or terminate individuals based on their use of cannabis products outside of work. Even though California was a… Read more.

Acute Effects of Ketamine – What Does That Mean and Why Did Matthew Perry, Star of Friends, Die from It?

December 21, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Matthew Perry, renowned for his role in "Friends" and publicly addressing his prolonged struggles with substance abuse, passed away at the age of 54. The Los Angeles County medical examiner's office, in an autopsy report released on Friday, identified the primary cause of Perry's death as the "acute effects" of ketamine, a potent anesthetic with psychedelic properties. Perry was discovered unresponsive in a hot tub at his Los Angeles residence on October 28. The autopsy report listed additional factors contributing… Read more.

California AG Rules Out Interstate Cannabis Commerce

December 21, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

California Attorney General Rob Bonta said on Tuesday that opening up interstate cannabis commerce for the state’s cannabis industry would carry too much risk of federal enforcement. Gov. Gavin Newsome (D) last year signed into law a proposal giving licensed cannabis companies the right to export their products into other state-legal markets. However, the law would only apply if there was some assurance that there would be no legal interference from the federal government, which still prohibits cannabis as a… Read more.

Book Review: “The Successful Canna-Preneur”

December 20, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Are you eager to embark on a journey of establishing your own legal cannabis business, yet feel uncertain about where to begin or how to achieve success? Look no further. Acclaimed author JM Balbuena has your back. In her debut book, The Successful Canna-Preneur: The Practical Guide To Thrive In The Legal Cannabis Space, the author shares the knowledge she’s acquired in her decade-long cannabis career and extensive experience building successful cannabis companies.  Balbuena’s ability to speak about success can’t be… Read more.

Interstate Marijuana Commerce Could Put California At ‘Significant Legal Risk’ Of Federal Action, Attorney General Says

December 20, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The attorney general of California has determined that the state could put itself and its employees at “significant legal risk” of federal enforcement action if it were to authorize interstate marijuana commerce. In a legal opinion sent to state cannabis regulators on Tuesday, Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) said his office understands there are complex legal considerations—and that there are “strong arguments” state officials could make to contest liability if they were federally prosecuted—but that he cannot disregard the potential… Read more.

Long Beach, California Tackles Stoned Driving with Safety Program

December 19, 2023 · High Times

Long Beach, California is developing ways to teach local residents how to responsibly consume cannabis without getting behind the wheel. Given that cannabis sales in Long Beach contributed more tax revenue in 2022 than oil, it’s a big facet of the city and leaders hope to keep cannabis use safer.  The City of Long Beach announced that its Department of Health and Human Services was awarded a $285,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to… Read more.

What are the Best States for Starting a Cannabis Business in 2024? – Marijuana Legal Experts Weigh In!

December 18, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Have you ever pondered the landscape of cannabis regulations across the United States? Amid a shifting legal terrain where nearly half of the states have embraced recreational cannabis and 38 have legalized medical marijuana, the complexities abound. Despite federal law maintaining cannabis as an illegal substance, each state charts its course with unique rules and regulations. Deciding on the optimal cannabis state involves considering various factors, such as whether the state permits medical, recreational, or both cannabis programs, the presence of… Read more.

Dry Farming in Humboldt

December 17, 2023 · High Times

Dry farms are rare in California, but the results people like Chrystal Ortiz of High Water Farm are able to pull off without watering their cannabis plants all summer are pretty amazing. Sure it takes a Goldilocks type of microclimate in the middle of Humboldt County just off the Eel River—the same neighborhood that hosts all the state’s dry cannabis farmers—but what those farmers are able to do is pretty impressive. It is certainly a leap of faith to start. Ortiz described… Read more.

Most California Social Equity Programs Still in Development

December 6, 2023 · Green Market Report

A new report provided to state lawmakers this week confirmed what many already knew: California’s social equity programs still have a long way to go. The report, which was due to the California Legislature in July but was only published this week by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), delivered both a breakdown on where $35 million in funding was sent last year, and also the status of such programs as of December 2022. The upshot? California has 23… Read more.

California, Michigan Move to Fund Social Equity Programs

December 1, 2023 · green-market-report

Both California and Michigan made separate moves to get more funding to social equity cannabis companies in recent days, with the former poised to award $15 million to local governments that have social equity permit programs and the latter newly reserving $1 million in grants for eligible companies. The California Equity Grants Program funnels state money to city or county governments, which in turn either use it to administer social equity programs or deliver it to businesses to use as startup capital. Applications will… Read more.

Cartel’s Primary Pot Distributor ‘El Mago’ Shot Dead in Los Angeles

November 29, 2023 · High Times

A top member of the Sinaloa cartel responsible for allegedly distributing thousands of pounds of illegal cannabis was shot and killed in Southern California. Eduardo Escobedo, 39, was found dead Thursday close to the intersection of Rosecrans and Towne avenues in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Escobedo and another man were both killed following a shooting incident. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office identified the second man who was shot dead as Guillermo De… Read more.

Arizona, Maryland, California, Massachusetts – Why Big Cannabis MSOs Are Closing Up Shop ASAP in Major States!

November 28, 2023 · Cannabis.net

In the midst of years marked by rapid expansion and recent swift exits, some of the nation's leading cannabis multistate operators (MSOs) have continued to streamline their operations this year, as revealed in the latest update on the activities of several major MSOs in the country. Over the past five months, two of the largest MSOs in the country, Trulieve Cannabis based in Florida and Cresco Labs based in Chicago, have withdrawn from state-legal cannabis markets. This strategic move reflects their ongoing… Read more.

California Regulators Embargo Cannabis Products From 3 Companies

November 21, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

California cannabis regulators on November 9 issued an embargo on products from three companies, claiming the products may have been “adulterated,” SF Gate reports. The letter to the firms, outlined by SF Gate, says the products may contain “poisonous or deleterious” substances but the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) declined to provide further information.  In an email to SF Gate, David Hafner, a spokesperson for the DCC said the agency “is currently investigating the facts and circumstances related to these products to… Read more.

Snoop Dogg Announces He’s Quitting Smoking Pot

November 20, 2023 · High Times

On Thursday, “Stoner of the Century” Snoop Dogg, 52, announced that he’s quitting smoking pot in a post that practically broke the internet. After trying weed in “the seventies” to smoking blunts and copious amounts of bud for a solid 30 years—his name became synonymous with the plant, and he’s grown close to High Times Magazine. Most people received his message warmly, and wished him on his new journey. “After much consideration & conversation with my family, I’ve decided to give up… Read more.

Women of Influence: Vanessa Dora Lavorato

November 20, 2023 · Cannabis Now

You may recognize Vanessa Dora Lavorato from VICE TV’s James Beard Award-nominated cooking show Bong Appétit, which she co-hosted for all three seasons (2016-19). Lavorato discovered her love of cooking when she was studying at UC Berkeley and soon became passionate about fusing her two favorite ingredients: cannabis and chocolate. This deliciously dope combo eventually led her to create Marigold Sweets, a California-based edibles company whipping up luxurious, high-quality chocolate truffles.  Lavorato’s popular online show, The Edibles Club, sees the talented chocolatier… Read more.

California cannabis brand Dosist acquired by partner Final Bell

November 16, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

California cannabis brand Dosist has been acquired by longtime Los Angeles partner Final Bell Holdings International. Under the agreement, Final Bell acquired the intellectual property of the brand and assumed its debt, company executives told MJBizDaily in advance of an official announcement. No cash was exchanged in the deal. “With Final Bell’s acquisition, Dosist will grow and become more accessible for those wanting a companion to a healthy and active way of life,” said Dosist founder Jason DeLand, who will oversee the integration. Santa… Read more.

Supply and Demand Curves Starting to Become Efficient in California as Thousands of Cannabis Growers Call It Quits

November 8, 2023 · Cannabis.net

The struggles that California's cannabis companies have been grappling with have been no secret. Still, it wasn't until this year that a noticeable decline in the legal marijuana market started to unfold. According to permit statistics from the California Department of Cannabis Control, the market has shrunk by approximately 29%. As of October 24, the state had only 9,900 active business licenses, marking a 28.5% decrease since July 2022, when there were 12,719 active provisional and annual cannabis business licenses,… Read more.

Emerald Cup cancels 2023 Harvest Ball for cannabis cultivators

November 3, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The Emerald Cup’s marquee winter event that celebrates small craft cannabis farmers in Northern California and connects them with prospective buyers across the state is being canceled this year, according to sources familiar with the situation. The Harvest Ball Festival, which has drawn more than 13,000 attendees to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds the past few years, will forgo this year’s installment as event organizers focus efforts and resources on the Emerald Cup’s 20th anniversary event in the San Francisco Bay Area… Read more.

Thousands of California Cultivators Call it Quits Amid Wider Slowdown

November 1, 2023 · Green Market Report

While it’s no secret that California cannabis companies have been struggling for years, it wasn’t until this year that the legal marijuana market actually began to shrink noticeably. Now it’s down by almost 29%, according to permit statistics from the state’s Department of Cannabis Control. As of Oct. 24, the number of active business licenses in the state had dropped to 9,900, a decline of 28.5% since July 2022, when there were 12,719 active provisional and annual cannabis business licenses, the DCC… Read more.

Palm Springs Puts Temporary Hold on New Cannabis Licenses

October 31, 2023 ·

The Palm Springs City Council voted last week to put a temporary moratorium on issuing new cannabis licenses while civic leaders consider steps to rein in the growth of the regulated weed industry. The council voted 4-0 to issue the 45-day moratorium, with Councilmember Christy Holstege recusing herself from the vote because her husband has business ties to the cannabis industry. Palm Springs, a city in the southern California desert with nearly 46,000 residents, has issued 33 licenses for cannabis… Read more.

Women of Influence: Tammy Pettigrew

October 31, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Tammy Pettigrew (The Cannabis Cutie) is a Los Angeles content creator who’s on a mission to educate the next generation of cannabis entrepreneurs. Along with providing business consultation and public speaking services, Pettigrew facilitates Cutie University, a series of online programs including a book club and a six-week “Cannabis 101” course that delivers “essential knowledge for empowering your success in the industry.” After feeling deceived by the anti-drug propaganda of her youth—also known as the War on Drugs—Pettigrew was called… Read more.

Jennifer Lawrence Smokes Weed in Third Consecutive Movie

October 27, 2023 · CelebStoner

J-Law is on a roll.  Actress Jennifer Lawrence has smoked weed in her last three movies. In her latest, the raunchy comedy No Hard Feelings, her character Maddie hits a joint in an early scene while hanging out with friends at the beach. She passes it to Jim (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). It's the only cannabis use or reference in the movie, which is now streaming at Netflix. Down on her luck, Maddie agrees to coax a shy teenager (Andrew Barth Feldman) out of… Read more.

Eureka, CA Decriminalizes Psychedelic Plant Medicines

October 25, 2023 · High Times

Eureka, CA, has passed a resolution decriminalizing entheogens and psychedelic plant medicines, making it the sixth California city to do so and the second such city in Humboldt County. The Eureka City Council unanimously approved an initiative last week to decriminalize plant medicines such as psilocybin mushrooms within city limits. The announcement came less than two weeks after CA Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed an initiative which would have decriminalized psychedelics statewide. The City of Arcata, just a few miles to the north,… Read more.

Jimmy Kimmel Proclaims October 20—Snoop Dogg’s Birthday And Midpoint To 4/20—As New Marijuana Holiday Called ‘DoggFather’s Day’

October 20, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Recognizing Snoop Dogg’s “significant contributions to the popularization of marijuana,” comedian and late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel proclaimed the rapper’s birthday of October 20—this Friday—to be the “new high holiday” of DoggFather’s Day. In a mock-proclamation unveiled on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, Kimmel noted that “Mr. Dogg’s birthday falls on the exact midpoint to 4/20—a coincidence that is totally tripping me out right now.” Explaining the origin of the celebration to Snoop, Kimmel said half-birthdays are big in… Read more.

Marijuana-friendly lodging guests are hungry for immersive experiences

October 20, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Since Airbnb was founded 15 years ago to provide property owners with a way to rent out their homes, numerous similar platforms have been born. Some lodging platforms take marijuana-friendly listings, while a small number of cannabis-specific platforms also have appeared, such as California-based Bud and Breakfast, which has about 3,000 listings, and Ontario, Canada-based HiBnb, which boasts about 300 listings. “With the way that the cannabis industry is going and the price of flower plummeting … this is like… Read more.

No Cannabis Cafes for You! – California Governor Newsom Vetoes Weed Cafes in the Golden State

October 18, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Governor Gavin Newsom (D) of California recently took a series of actions that yielded varied outcomes for the cannabis industry and advocates of marijuana reform. Notably, he vetoed a proposal to legalize cannabis cafes, which left supporters disheartened as they believed it could have provided new social opportunities for consumers and spurred business growth. Simultaneously, he vetoed marijuana packaging regulations, which industry operators argued would have imposed overly burdensome restrictions. On the positive side, Governor Newsom signed several other bills… Read more.

OG Outlaws Come Into View

October 12, 2023 · Cannabis Now

It’s a classic scene. Imagine it’s 1979, and you’re somewhere in the heart of the Emerald Triangle in far Northern California. You cruise into the local grocery store parking lot, and there’s your neighbor and old friend, who you know darn well is also an underground marijuana grower. While you may be the only long-haired freaks in the lot, there are plenty of redneck lumber types around who simply don’t like them “damn hippies” moving into the area. Discretion is… Read more.

California Campaign To Put $5 Billion Towards Psychedelic Research Begins Gathering Signatures For Ballot Measure

October 10, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Signature gathering has officially kicked off to qualify an initiative for California’s 2024 ballot that would spend $5 billion to create a state agency focused on advancing research and development of psychedelic therapies. Known as the TREAT California Act, the measure would not itself change the legal status of any substances. Rather, it would establish a state agency called the Treatment, Research, Education, Access and Therapies (TREAT) Institute, which would identify opportunities for advancing scientific research and development into the therapeutic… Read more.

Sacramento City Council Meeting ‘Delves Into Chaos’ After Closing 11-Acre Pot Farm

October 10, 2023 · High Times

A large cannabis operation with 22 buildings spanning over 11 acres must temporarily cease operations as hundreds of employees are fighting for their jobs, culminating in a chaotic Sacramento City Council meeting. Law enforcement officials ordered Natura to close on Oct. 2, a farm located on Elder Creek Road near Power Inn Road, citing fire code violations that make the Morrison Creek district buildings unsafe for its 450 employees. Nautra now must work with the city to bring its 22… Read more.

California Governor Says No to Cannabis Cafes

October 9, 2023 · Green Market Report

California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill on Friday that sought to permit Amsterdam-style cannabis cafes in the state, despite widespread bipartisan support in both legislative chambers. Assembly Bill 374, championed by San Francisco Assemblymember Matt Haney, would have allowed cannabis dispensaries to transition into cafes, offering food and cannabis products, and featuring live concerts, upon receiving local government approval. The intent behind the bill was to give the legal cannabis industry, which faces stiff competition from the state’s thriving illicit market, an… Read more.

California Governor Vetoes Cannabis Cafe And Marijuana Labeling Bills, But Signs Others Into Law

October 9, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

California’s governor has dealt the cannabis industry and marijuana reform supporters a mixed bag of actions on bills. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) over the weekend vetoed a measure to legalize cannabis cafes that supporters said would have given consumers new opportunities t0 socialize and allowed businesses to expand their operations. But he also vetoed marijuana packaging legislation that industry operators said would have burdened them with excessive restrictions. Meanwhile, he signed several other bills into law that will make changes to the… Read more.

California Task Force Seizes Nearly 100K Weed Plants in Three Months

October 9, 2023 · High Times

California’s Unified Cannabis Enforcement Taskforce (UCETF) seized nearly 100,000 cannabis plants over the last three months, according to an announcement from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. State officials lauded the seizures on Friday, saying that illegal weed grow sites pose a threat to consumer safety and are often associated with organized crime. Bill Jones, chief of the Law Enforcement Division for the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), noted that the task force had focused on some of… Read more.

Nearly $37M of Illegal Weed Found in Oakland, California Warehouse

October 5, 2023 · High Times

Last weekend, officials descended upon a warehouse in Oakland, California, allegedly full of illegal cannabis plants, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Not only cannabis opponents, but also law-abiding operators are not fans of illegal cannabis operations that they must compete with. The department said that it’s one of the largest cannabis busts this year in the Bay Area, where illegal operations are common. Agents raided the warehouse on Sept. 28, located on the 300 block… Read more.

High Hospitality: How to Host the Perfect Cannabis Party

October 4, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Whether you love her, hate her or hate to love her, you’ve got to admit that when Kim Kardashian makes a move, the world watches. So when the social media starlet announced that her fourth baby shower would be “CBD-themed,” with A-listers like Paris Hilton, Chrissy Teigen and, of course, the entire Kardashian clan blissing out with a sound bath and making custom CBD bath salts, cannabidiol had officially gone mainstream. With millions of fans watching along on Instagram, it’s… Read more.

Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Allowing MDMA, Psilocybin Prescriptions If/When Feds Reschedule

October 4, 2023 · High Times

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill into law which would allow California doctors to immediately begin writing prescriptions for MDMA and psilocybin medications should the federal government choose to reschedule them. Gov. Newsom signed AB 1021 on Saturday in an effort to prepare California doctors ahead of expected federal movement regarding psychedelics like MDMA and psilocybin, which have increasingly shown effectiveness against several different mental health related issues. MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms are currently considered Schedule 1 narcotics under the Controlled… Read more.

California Governor Signs Bills To Let Doctors Prescribe Psilocybin And MDMA If They’re Federally Rescheduled And To Change Marijuana Testing Rules

October 3, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed a bill that would allow doctors to immediately start prescribing certain currently illicit drugs like psilocybin and MDMA if they’re federally rescheduled, and he also approved separate legislation to amend THC variance testing requirements for marijuana. The governor signed off on the measures—which are just two of more than a dozen cannabis and drug policy reform proposals on his desk—on Saturday. AB 1021, sponsored by Assemblymembers Buffy Wicks (D), Isaac Bryan (D) and Corey… Read more.

Gen Z Women and Cannabis: A Love Story

October 2, 2023 · Cannabis Now

I’ve been picking up dime bags and smoking out of pipes in the car since high school. Growing up with traditional Chinese-born parents, cannabis was extremely prohibited—not unlike the stigma of cannabis we’re trying to break. Over the years, my mom had collected more than seven glass pieces and who knows how many eighths of weed. Every time my stash was confiscated, I’d just go out and buy more. No biggie. Throughout the rollercoaster that is my life, cannabis keeps… Read more.

California lawmakers send wide-ranging cannabis bills to governor

September 29, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

California lawmakers approved several cannabis bills during their recently concluded session, including legislation to help social equity entrepreneurs and consumption lounge operators – plus a measure to impose major limits on labeling. Gov. Gavin Newsom has until midnight Oct. 14 to sign or veto any bill. Dozens of marijuana-related bills were introduced during the legislative session, including one to protect mainstream employees who consume cannabis. “There were the usual 40 or 50 bills that we were tracking or lobbying on… Read more.

Women of Influence: Susie Plascencia

September 27, 2023 · Cannabis Now

A multi-hyphenate talent, Susie Plascencia’s skills as an entrepreneur-storyteller-advocate make her well-equipped in her role as Brand Partner for Humo, California’s Mexican American-owned cannabis brand, which describes itself as “raza owned,” stemming from the phrase la raza (meaning “the people”) and its roots in post-revolution Mexican history. “Being a woman in the cannabis industry means overcoming numerous stereotypes on a daily basis and doing so with grace and tenacity,” she says. Additionally, Plascencia is co-founder of MOTA Glass, a Los… Read more.

California marijuana businesses beg gov to veto product label legislation

September 20, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

California marijuana companies are asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a recently passed bill that’s meant to deter children from using cannabis products, claiming the legislation would instead ban many existing brands’ current logos while doing nothing to curb the illicit market. The California Assembly last week passed Assembly Bill 1207, which prohibits any cannabis product package or label deemed “attractive to children.” That includes any images of “including, but not limited to”: Cartoons, toys or robots. Real or fictional humans. Any fictional… Read more.

Women of Influence: Angela Pih Is Walking the Walk

September 19, 2023 · Cannabis Now

One of Angela Pih’s favorite aspects of the cannabis industry is its velocity. What she’s referring to is the “incredibly exciting” speed of bringing new products to market within months. With extensive experience across retail, consumer packaged goods and cannabis, Pih is head of marketing for StateHouse Holdings, a vertically integrated California-based cannabis enterprise. From the moment she engages you in conversation, it’s quite evident the woman knows what she’s talking about. One industry trajectory Pih isn’t a fan of is the… Read more.

Method Man’s Tical Official Makes New York Debut

September 15, 2023 · Cannabis Now

If someone would’ve told us that everyone’s favorite rapper lately—and one of the founding members of legendary East Coast hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan—would build an empire entirely separate from his storied music career while maintaining his status as one of the greats of the genre, we would’ve said that they’re crazy. But it’s true. Method Man, the gravelly-voiced MC from New York’s Staten Island—who made a career synonymous with cannabis use or “TICAL” as he has affectionally dubbed it—has… Read more.

California Employers Could Not Ask About Past Marijuana Use Under Bill Sent To Governor’s Desk

September 15, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about prior marijuana use. One day after the Assembly passed an amended version of the Senate bill, the originating chamber on Thursday signed off on those changes in a vote of 30-8. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). When employers ask applicants about past marijuana use, it “not only dissuades candidates from applying for these positions but also leads to… Read more.

California Bill To Legalize Marijuana Cafes Is Officially Going To The Governor Following Final Assembly Vote

September 12, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A California bill to legalize marijuana cafes—allowing dispensaries to offer non-cannabis food and drinks at their location if they receive local approval—is officially heading to the governor’s desk. Days after the Senate passed a slightly amended version of the legislation from Assemblymember Matt Haney (D), the Assembly concurred with the opposite chamber’s changes on Monday in a 48-7 vote. It now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). AB 374 would allow local governments to authorize cannabis consumption lounges to prepare and… Read more.

California Increasing Incentives to Get Municipalities On Board with Cannabis Licensing

September 11, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is increasing eligibility for its Local Jurisdiction Retail Access Grant (LJRAG) along with the award amounts for municipalities that are given grants under the program.  The LJRAG program is part of the state’s efforts to expand legal cannabis access in jurisdictions where adult-use cannabis operations do not currently exist. The Phase II funding is tied to the local jurisdiction’s issuance of local permits or licenses authorizing cannabis retail. Under the revised Phase II guidelines, eligible local jurisdictions… Read more.

California Sues Multiple Hemp Companies Claiming State Law Violations

September 10, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

California is suing several hemp brands throughout the U.S. claiming violations of the state’s Proposition 65 rules, which require products “known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity” to carry a “clear and reasonable” warning label. Although the 2018 Farm Bill effectively legalized hemp containing 0.3% THC or less at the federal level, in California’s legal system, delta-9 THC is considered a chemical “known to cause harm to the developing fetus” and having any amount present makes a product… Read more.

California Assembly Approves Psychedelics Legalization Bill With Amendments, Sending It Back To The Senate For Final Passage

September 7, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The California Assembly has approved a Senate-passed psychedelics legalization bill, sending it back to the opposite chamber for concurrence on recent amendments before the measure potentially heads to the governor’s desk. The Assembly cleared the legislation from Sen. Scott Wiener (D) in a 42-11 vote on Wednesday—a significant victory for advocates after an earlier version of the psychedelics reform measure that also passed the Senate ultimately stalled out in the Assembly last year. The bill would legalize the possession and… Read more.

California Campaign Seeks to Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

September 6, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Activists in California are seeking to add a psychedelic mushroom legalization question to 2024 ballots, the San Francisco Standard reports. Ryan Munevar, campaign director for Decriminalize California, told the Standard that the group originally “wanted to go for all psychedelics, but the problem was there wasn’t enough public comprehension about what else was out there.”  According to the Decriminalize California website, the campaign must collect 546,651 valid signatures by January 10.   The proposal would allow for the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, transportation, possession,… Read more.

Cannabis 101: Understanding Compassionate Care

September 6, 2023 · Cannabis Now

When it comes to the medical marijuana era—including understanding compassionate care programs—it pays to know a bit of history.  Far from being a mere historical footnote in the long march towards legalization, the advent of state-sanctioned medical cannabis markets represented a game-changing victory on multiple fronts. From a policy perspective, the success of California’s Prop 215 in 1996 set in motion a domino effect that inspired numerous other states to follow suit by subsequently enacting medical marijuana laws of their… Read more.

California Senate-Passed Psychedelics Legalization And Marijuana Employment Bills Head To Assembly Floor With New Amendments

September 2, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A California Senate-passed bill to legalize the possession and facilitated use of certain psychedelics is officially heading to the Assembly floor after being approved by a third committee in the chamber, albeit with several substantive amendments. The Assembly Appropriations Committee also cleared a separate Senate-passed measure on Friday that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about prior marijuana use. The panel adopted technical amendments, so it will need to return to the Senate for concurrence before moving to the floor. The… Read more.

At least 10 fake unions identified in California marijuana industry

September 1, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

At least 10 “labor organizations” that experts and observers have flagged as suspicious – and share characteristics in common with another “union” that state regulators declared fake in July – are signing required labor agreements with licensed California marijuana businesses, according to records obtained by MJBizDaily. The labor groups in question have inked state-mandated labor pacts with dozens of cannabis businesses across California, including some high-profile companies. This latest revelation suggests the fake-union problem in California cannabis is wider and more… Read more.

As the Lawsuits Turn: A Tale of Two Catalyst Cannabis Cases

August 26, 2023 · MG Magazine

Et tu, counselor? That might have been the thought running through the mind of Elliot Lewis, chief executive officer of Catalyst Cannabis, when he filed a motion to disqualify counsel for Glass House, the opposing party in 562 Discount Med. Inc. v. Glass House Brands. It’s an action Lewis filed in June, accusing his competitor of fraudulent business practices and unfair competition in violation of California’s Business and Professions Code §§17200. In the motion to disqualify, 526 Discount Med asserts Venable LLP, a… Read more.

Black Girl Magic Aims High

August 26, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Josephine & Billie’s is the first dispensary in South Los Angeles focused on being made-for-and-run by women of color. The store is named in honor of entertainment legends Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday, two outspoken Black cannabis enthusiasts in the early 20th century. Baker and Holiday were ostracized for their use of cannabis and became unintentional advocates before their time. The celebrated performers used their respective talents to bend the rules and open the door for future rule-defying women. Whitney… Read more.

Study: Cannabis Doesn’t Increase Heart Attack Risk

August 24, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Middle-aged adults with a history of cannabis use over the previous year did not have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack, according to the results of a recent study by researchers at the University of California in San Diego. The new study, “Associations Between Monthly Cannabis Use and Myocardial Infarction in Middle-Aged Adults: NHANES 2009 to 2018,” was published on August 7 in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Cardiology, found that a history of cannabis use over the previous… Read more.

Allowing Interstate Cannabis Commerce Would Not Risk Federal Enforcement, Local Government Groups Tell California AG

August 24, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The California attorney general’s office has been soliciting input from local government and cannabis industry groups as it works to finalize an opinion on the potential legal risks of authorizing interstate marijuana commerce under ongoing federal prohibition, documents obtained by Marijuana Moment show. At least three organizations representing local governments have so far answered the attorney general’s call, saying that they do not expect California would be at “significant risk” of facing federal enforcement action if officials were to authorize… Read more.

California probes alleged fake union at Jay Z-linked marijuana company

August 23, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

California labor regulators are investigating another complaint involving an alleged “fake union” that’s signing required labor agreements with regulated marijuana companies in violation of state law. According to a complaint from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters filed July 26 at the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board, an organization called the National Agricultural Workers Union – which signed labor peace agreements with licensees doing business under the Caliva brand name – is in fact a sham union with no members and no intent… Read more.

Why Does Weed Still Cost So Much?

August 23, 2023 · Cannabis Now

If you’ve purchased cannabis in the US anytime over the past several months, years or even decades, you’ve likely noticed that while specials come and go, the rough price of an eighth of an ounce of weed has hovered reliably around the $40 mark. In some states, the average price is closer to $50, and top-shelf (or rapacious retailers) might demand $60, but everything still seems pegged towards expecting to withdraw a few Andrew Jacksons whenever it’s time to pick up a bag. It’s been this… Read more.

California cities, counties cut marijuana taxes to aid struggling companies

August 22, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

An increasing number of county and local elected officials across California are acknowledging a longtime cannabis industry grievance – legal companies’ taxes are too high – and cutting local levies on retail sales, business operations or both. At least 14 cities and counties in the state – including key consumer markets such as Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as less-populated, production-focused areas like Calaveras and Humboldt counties – have reduced or eliminated local sales, business or cultivation taxes… Read more.

Perfect to a Tee

August 16, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Historically speaking, the golf course has been a place for men. After all, it’s an easy excuse for leaving a chaotic household or the office for half the day. Not many sports provide four hours of uninterrupted play where one can develop close connections with friends and business colleagues. One of the most mentally challenging games, golf tests one’s ability to think strategically and get out of challenging situations.  Now, more women than ever are picking up the clubs and… Read more.

Tiffany & Co.

August 14, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Leading Snoop Dogg’s Death Row Cannabis, the most highly anticipated celebrity launch of the year, is Tiffany Chin. Of Course She is. When the world’s most famous hip-hop star and successful businessman, actor and cannabis activist personally taps you to launch his highly anticipated new brand, chances are it’s because you’re the best. And make no mistake, Tiffany Chin is precisely that. Ask Snoop about his head of cannabis ventures at his new Death Row Cannabis brand.  Chin’s career took… Read more.

Los Angeles mayor expected to pick new chief for city’s cannabis agency

August 9, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass is shaking up leadership at several city agencies, including an expected management overhaul at L.A.’s cannabis regulatory agency – which oversees a roughly $1 billion marijuana market. A listing for an executive director for the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) has been posted on the city’s employment website for several weeks, increasing speculation that interim director Michelle Garakian is on the way out. The deadline for candidates to submit their applications is 4 p.m. PT Aug. 18.… Read more.

Are Delayed Tax Payments a Viable Capital Allocation Strategy?

August 8, 2023 · MG Magazine

Notorious Mafia kingpin Al Capone never filed a federal income tax return, claiming he had no taxable income. Before he was convicted of tax evasion in 1931, he boasted, “They can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money.” The rationale might resonate with cannabis companies in the United States, which manufacture and sell a federally illegal product but are expected to pay federal, state, and local taxes anyway. In fact, companies nationwide have been racking up tax debt at an alarming rate.… Read more.

Brett Heyman’s Colorful World

August 3, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Celebrated cult accessories designer Brett Heyman creates the beau monde of bongs with her luxury cannabis lifestyle brand, Flower by Edie Parker. The former director of public relations at Gucci fuses flower with fashion to create a range of covetable cannabis accouterments that look equally at home in an art gallery as they do on your coffee table.  Heyman launched Flower in 2019 as a natural expansion for her successful Edie Parker handbag and homewares brand. The two are synergistically united in… Read more.

LA’s Celebrity Cannabis Party Scene Is a Vibe

July 30, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Living in California, everybody wanna visit for women, weed and weather From all around the world for the women, weed and weather Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 collab with Dr. Dre, “The Recipe,” perfectly describes the vibe when it comes to Los Angeles, coolest city in the Golden State, mecca for the world’s best cannabis. In recent years, Los Angeles has transformed itself to become SoCal’s go-to hub for all things cannabis culture, as more and more celebrities are getting into the… Read more.

Emily Eizen, Cannabis Artist

July 29, 2023 · Cannabis Now

By creating psychedelic-inspired works that defy convention, Emily Eizen, a queer multimedia artist and model, seamlessly merges cannabis and art while showcasing the beauty, freedom and diversity of the cannabis community. Eizen says her relationship with cannabis began while studying political science at George Washington University in DC. Her social justice advocacy started off strong, holding the freshman chair position for the campus LGBTQ+ organization and meeting President Barack Obama. However, she says the culture shock of moving from a… Read more.

Big Name Marijuana Brands Dive Into Intoxicating Hemp Products

July 24, 2023 · Green Market Report

Historically, marijuana companies avoided the hemp market. There’s a small but growing trend of marijuana companies expanding into hemp-derived goods that can still get consumers high. At least four high-profile companies have already made the leap in varying forms, including California-based Cookies, New York-based Curaleaf, Mike Tyson’s celebrity brand Tyson 2.0, and California cannabis brand Jeeter. The Products Cookies in late June launched a hemp-based THCA product line of flower, vape cartridges, and edibles that can be legally shipped across… Read more.

Cannabis brand Cookies sued by another investor group

July 22, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

More Cookies investors have sued the cannabis industry darling, claiming the prominent California-based marijuana brand mismanaged their $15.5 million through “multimillion dollar kickbacks and other self-dealing” that benefited company founders at investors’ expense, court documents filed this week show. But what could be a more troubling sign for Cookies as well as the struggling marijuana industry, Cookies allegedly ran out of money last summer when it missed a key valuation and then “burned through most of” an additional $23 million… Read more.

Psilouette Founder Derek Chase on Taking Risks in Psilocybin Products

July 21, 2023 · Green Market Report

Chase sees opportunity in the limited enforcement actions by the DEA. The limited legality of most psychedelic products hasn’t stopped some people from trying to get an early advantage. Case in point, Derek Chase founded L.A.-based entheogenic wellness company Psilouette to take advantage of what he called a “lucky period” for the industry. Green Market Report’s Executive Editor Debra Borchardt recently interviewed Chase to get more insight on why now was the time to found the company and where he sees the regulated… Read more.

Don’t Like Unions, Make a Fake One Up! – California Cannabis Companies Create Fake Unions to Cut Labor Costs

July 20, 2023 · Cannabis.net

According to state regulators on Monday, a dozen cannabis businesses in California, including the collapsed distribution giant Herbl, are facing the possibility of license revocation. As first reported by MJ BIZ, these businesses had previously signed agreements with a labor union that has now been deemed illegitimate. Under California law, marijuana businesses must enter into a labor peace agreement with a legitimate and "bona fide" labor organization to obtain a state license. However, critics argue that some cannabis businesses nationwide are… Read more.

New Mexico Regulators Revoke Cannabis License for Selling Products from California

July 19, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

An Albuquerque, New Mexico cannabis retailer last week had their license revoked for selling cannabis products from California. On July 13, the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department ordered Paradise Distro LLC to terminate sales immediately.   It is the first time state regulators have revoked a cannabis business license in the state.   In a statement, Regulation and Licensing Department Superintendent Linda Trujillo said the “revocation should serve as a warning to those selling or receiving out-of-state cannabis products.” According to the Licensing Department, Cannabis… Read more.

New Markets Within California Staggeringly Slow to Open

July 17, 2023 · Green Market Report

Across 15 theoretically legal markets in the state, only 18 of the possible 129 stores have opened. The California marijuana business landscape remains one of the toughest in the nation, and over the past three years one of the areas in which industry advocates had placed much of their hopes – repealing city-level bans on cannabis commerce – has made barely any gains, despite a flurry of victorious pro-marijuana ballot measures and ordinances. At least 50 California cities moved to… Read more.

California’s Persisting Cannabis Dystopia Part 2

July 13, 2023 · Cannabis Now

In Northern California’s Trinity County—inland from Humboldt and more rugged—a recent brutal police raid on cannabis farmers at a local homestead provides an all too vivid example of what the stakes are when the legal sector fails small operators. Racist Raids in Trinity County?On May 2, Trinity sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant in the Trinity Pines community near the town of Hayfork. The Sheriff’s Office said over 16,000 plants were seized in the operation, along with 7,500 pounds of… Read more.

UC San Diego Researchers Gifted $1.5M to Study Effects of DMT on the Brain

July 13, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The University of California, San Diego Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative has received a $1.5 million gift to study the effects of DMT on the brain. Philanthropist Eugene Jhong gifted the funds to the university for the research. Jon Dean, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar in the UC San Diego Department of Anesthesiology and director of the Division of DMT Research at the UC San Diego Psychedelic Health and Research Initiative, is one of the principal investigators of the study. In… Read more.

California cannabis companies tied to fake union could lose their licenses

July 11, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

At least a dozen California cannabis businesses that signed required agreements with a labor union now deemed illegitimate – including collapsed distribution giant Herbl – are at risk of losing their licenses, state regulators said Monday. California law requires marijuana businesses to sign a labor peace agreement with a “bona fide” labor organization before they are issued a state license. But in an apparent effort to flout worker-friendly marijuana legalization laws and benefit businesses seeking labor cost savings, cannabis businesses across the… Read more.

Wrigley wins lawsuit to keep Skittles name off marijuana products

July 11, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The makers of the popular marijuana strain Zkittlez, which borrowed its name from a trademark owned by confectioner Wrigley, will discontinue the product line after bowing to legal pressure from the candy giant. In a settlement proposed on June 28, Mendocino County, California-based Terphogz agreed to stop using names, websites and advertising slogans that too closely resemble what Wrigley uses to sell its Skittles candy. The Wrigley Co., headquartered in Chicago, is a subsidiary of Mars Wrigley. Representatives of Wrigley and Terphogz… Read more.

The Cannabis Industry Wants To Turn July 10 Into A ‘Hashish Holiday’

July 10, 2023 · Yahoo!News

Now that recreational pot has been legalized in 23 states, the cannabis industry is borrowing a marketing trick from the booze industry: “hangover holidays.” Or, in this case, “hashish holidays.” Most people are aware that marijuana buffs celebrate each April 20, or “420.” And the day before Thanksgiving ― aka “Weed Wednesday” ― is reportedly a big sales opportunity for dispensaries. But Monday, July 10, marks another, lesser-known “holidank” for cannabis consumers: “710,” when enthusiasts are encouraged to get high via cannabis wax, vaping, resins or dabs. The name of… Read more.

Another change at the top: Marijuana MSO MedMen taps Ellen Deutsch as CEO

July 8, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

California-based marijuana multistate operator MedMen Enterprises hired Ellen Deutsch as CEO and Amit Pandey as chief financial officer. One of the few women installed in the top role at a marijuana MSO, Deutsch “succeeds interim CEO Edward Record” effective immediately, according to a news release. Deutsch is at least the fifth CEO to lead MedMen since January 2020. “Ellen’s leadership and strong operational experience in the public cannabis sector will prove invaluable as we complete our restructuring plan and transition into a new phase… Read more.

Cannabis workers in California, Missouri vote to join Teamsters

July 8, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters grew its membership of cannabis workers again, this time in California and Missouri. Teamsters Local 1932 in San Bernardino, California, added 81 workers at Growpacker, a Desert Hot Springs-based cannabis bottling facility, according to a news release. Employees at another San Bernardino cannabis company, Captain Jack’s Dispensary, voted in February to join Local 1932. In 2021, cultivation facility workers at nearby Tikun Olam also voted to join Local 1932. “This is the fifth group of California cannabis workers who have joined the Teamsters this… Read more.