Ending Cannabis Prohibition – California’s Bumpy One-Year Start

California’s Bumpy One-Year Ride After Ending Prohibition Problems Abound For The Local Cannabis Industry When California finally said goodbye to prohibition and legalized recreational cannabis on January 1, 2018, many in the industry had high hopes. It was good news not just for those working in the cannabis industry, but…

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Marijuana is emerging among California’s vineyards, offering promise and concern

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. — It is the fall harvest here in this fertile stretch of oaks and hills that produces some of the country’s best wine. This season, though, workers also are plucking the sticky, fragrant flowers of a new crop. Marijuana is emerging among the vineyards, not as…

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The Answer to California’s Illegal Dispensary Problem

The Solve to California’s “Guerilla Dispensary Problem” One of the biggest benefits of cannabis legalization is the fact that the legal market can compete with the illegal market. However, despite the fact that a legal market exists in California, they still have a problem with “illegal-unlicensed” dispensaries. As you can…

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Will unlicensed marijuana cultivation hurt California’s redwoods?

A new industry is thriving in California. It is green in terms of the money being made and the crop itself. Yet it is anything but that when it comes to the environment, posing horrendous ecological threats to the region’s redwood forests. Lindgren Lumber and Humboldt Flakeboard are the newest…

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California’s “largest marijuana business landlord” sues city over regulations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who owns a business that claims to be California‘s largest landlord of marijuana businesses sued the city of San Bernardino to overturn its pot regulation ordinance that could bar her from the industry. Stephanie Smith, the owner of a business called Bubba Likes Tortillas, said…

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Are Lower Taxes Really The Solution To Overcoming California’s Black Market?

Are Lower Taxes Really The Solution To Overcoming California’s Black Market? Sky-high taxes in California’s cannabis market can lead to problems – one of them may be the prevalence of the black market. Last Thursday, lawmakers proposed reducing state taxes for the next three years. A cut in taxes for…

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California’s “outlaw” marijuana culture faces a harsh reckoning: legal weed

Published: Mar 16, 2018, 1:40 pm • Updated: Mar 16, 2018, 1:54 pm By Scott Wilson, The Washington Post ARCATA, Calif. – The quaint town plaza here is lined with locally owned stores, their names and products recalling the post-Flower Power migration from San Francisco decades ago: Moonrise Herbs, Heart…

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How big of a hit will California’s medical marijuana market take from adult-use sales?

Published: Dec 28, 2017, 10:50 am • Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 5:11 pm By John Rogers, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — When Elias Zaldivar was an 18-year-old college freshman and decided he was in the market for marijuana, he knew just how to get it, and it didn’t involve…

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Top marijuana regulator says California’s enforcement needs to be flexible at first

Published: Dec 26, 2017, 10:29 am • Updated: Dec 26, 2017, 10:32 am By Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — California’s legal cannabis market opens for business on Jan. 1. The day will be a milestone, but what exactly will happen then and, especially, in the weeks…

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