How the War on Drugs crushed California greenhouses and cannabis legalization is bringing them back

Published: Sep 18, 2017, 8:20 am • Updated: Sep 18, 2017, 8:38 am By Jeremy Bagott, Special To The Cannifornian SALINAS — The irony is rich. To weaken one mind-altering leaf crop 4,000 miles away, the feds inadvertently crushed California’s cut-flower crop, setting the stage for another mind-altering leaf crop…

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On-demand cannabis: California becoming hot spot for weed delivery, e-commerce

Published: Sep 14, 2017, 3:09 pm • Updated: Sep 14, 2017, 5:58 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Eaze’s e-commerce platform is meant to feel familiar. Scrolling horizontally and vertically through product pictures is practically Netflixian. Refining results with tag-based filtering borders on the Amazonic. And when a click…

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Leader of California marijuana smuggling ring in custody after 30 years on the lam

Published: Sep 1, 2017, 2:01 pm • Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 2:29 pm By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. officials say the leader of a California drug smuggling ring in the 1980s who was on the run for almost 30 years was brought from Australia to face charges.…

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Cannabis farmers accused of offering California sheriff $1M bribe

Published: Sep 1, 2017, 1:57 pm • Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 2:48 pm By Paul Elias, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Two Northern California marijuana farmers have been charged with offering a sheriff $ 1 million to turn a blind eye to their cannabis-growing operations. On Wednesday, the U.S.…

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Is California being too aggro on weed grows? This county thinks so

Published: Aug 24, 2017, 8:15 am • Updated: Aug 24, 2017, 8:15 am By Ashley Tressel, The Cannifornian The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has challenged recent raids by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on small-scale cannabis grow sites, following reports of unfair actions from local growers, in…

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California county dampens plans to make entire town 420-friendly tourist destination

Published: Aug 21, 2017, 4:14 pm • Updated: Aug 21, 2017, 4:14 pm By Lisa Renner, Capitol Weekly It appears that a company’s plans to turn a remote San Bernardino County town into a marijuana tourism mecca may go up in smoke. Earlier this month, Arizona-based American Green announced it…

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California considering creating a state-run bank for cannabis businesses

Published: Aug 16, 2017, 8:39 am • Updated: Aug 16, 2017, 8:39 am By Brooke Edwards Staggs, The Cannifornian California government, financial and marijuana business leaders met last week in a far-from-resolved debate over whether a state-run bank could be the solution to the cannabis industry’s banking problem. Supporters argued…

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10 surprising spaces in California being converted into cannabis businesses

Published: Aug 15, 2017, 3:40 pm • Updated: Aug 15, 2017, 3:41 pm By Brooke Edwards Staggs, The Cannifornian As California’s legal marijuana industry booms, property owners and entrepreneurs are seizing the chance to transform spaces across the state into cannabis grow sites, processing facilities and dispensaries. Marijuana grow sites…

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