Recent California conviction of stoned driver shows potentially deadly consequences of driving high

By Jason Kotowski While alcohol-related DUIs remain far more common, this past week a case involving a motorist prosecutors say was solely under the influence of marijuana provided a stark example of the danger of driving while stoned. Prosecutors say John Sebastian Hernandez, 23, smoked pot before getting behind the…

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The California Cannabis Industry: Insights From The First Half Of 2018

The California Cannabis Industry: Insights From The First Half Of 2018 The cannabis industry is big business, but it’s only about to get bigger. As of today, there are 30 states that have legalized medical use of cannabis, even Oklahoma, famous for being largely Republican. Additionally, 9 of these states…

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California pot products seeing big safety testing failure rate

LOS ANGELES — Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.…

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California Is The World’s Biggest Legal Cannabis Marketplace, But Problems Are Here

California Is The World’s Biggest Legal Cannabis Marketplace, But… From the outside, it seems that living in a place where cannabis is legal recreationally and medically is the ideal definition of utopia. But we have a long way to go when it comes to mitigating and undoing all the problems…

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California Destroys Millions of Pounds of Cannabis as New Testing Rules Kicked in July 1st

California Destroys Million of Pounds of Cannabis as New Testing Rules Kicked in July 1st Once July 1, 2018 is here, cannabis retailers in California will be mandated by law to test their products and display the results of those tests. If they don’t comply, they can’t sell. This is…

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What’s that smell? California flower town’s shift to pot creates stink

CARPINTERIA, Calif. — This picturesque coastal town cradled by mountains and sandy shores is a scene out of a Southern California postcard. Residents of Carpinteria say they feel lucky to live in what they consider a slice of paradise. But change is in the air. And sometimes, they say, it…

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Marijuana regulators send cease order to 954 businesses in California

DENVER (AP) — Nearly 1,000 individual cannabis businesses have been sent cease-and-desist letters or emails by California regulators during an ongoing enforcement process, a first step in a long effort to ensure the state’s industry is fully regulated and operating like those in more mature markets. According to a list…

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California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, medical marijuana champion, facing tough GOP primary challenge

SANTA ANA, Calif.–Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was already having a tough election year. The Orange County Republican has drawn more than a half-dozen Democratic challengers, some of whom have raised more money than the 15-term congressman. Election handicappers declared his race a toss-up, protesters have shown up at his home and…

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California cannabis company receives historic $1 million insurance payout following fire

It’s believed to be the largest insurance award ever given to a legal marijuana business. Industry insiders also see the event as another indicator of how rapidly the legal cannabis industry has matured, and how much corporate America’s “take” on cannabis companies has changed. Earlier this month the Santa Barbara…

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Plans for California marijuana resort “on the back burner” after town sold to oil company

LOS ANGELES — Nipton’s new swimming hole is under construction, booze is returning to the restaurant and lottery tickets are being sold again at the ghost town’s general store. But it likely will be some time before those buds of green and gold that tokers really want are lining the…

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