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Santa Clara County shutters recreational marijuana take-out under COVID-19 shutdown

Published: Apr 2, 2020, 3:49 pm • Updated: Apr 2, 2020, 3:50 pm By Michael Nowels, Maggie Angst Cannabis dispensaries in the Bay Area’s most populous county are closing their doors to recreational users under new orders. Santa Clara County has stopped allowing for in-store purchases of marijuana for non-medical customers, according to the county website. The change in policy apparently occurred in the last couple days. Recreational users can still have marijuana delivered to their homes in the county, but only those who are prescribed cannabis by a doctor will still be able to pick it up in person. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

These Silicon Valley businesses are booming in the coronavirus era

Traffic at Coursera, the Mountain View-based online learning platform with university classes for anyone, is four to five times higher than usual, with thousands of universities requesting free access to their platform. At the same time, videoconferencing app Zoom has become central to countless companies where most employees are working from home. And grocery delivery app Instacart has seen a 150 percent increase in demand, with billions of dollars worth of groceries purchased through the app in the past three weeks. The global coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on thousands of businesses large and small, shuttering restaurants, bars and many retail stores. Silicon Valley startups selling cars, homes and co-working space are struggling and starting rounds of layoffs. Already, more tha...

After panicked crowds swarm Denver liquor stores and dispensaries, mayor reverses order to close both

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock changed course drastically Monday evening after announcing earlier in the day that liquor stores and recreational marijuana dispensaries would close across the city in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. His office made a new announcement around 5 p.m. via Twitter, saying that liquor and marijuana stores “with extreme physical distancing in place” will be exempt from the mandated citywide closure of non-essential businesses starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday and continuing through April 10. The definition of extreme is six feet, or the normal amount of social distancing that’s now recommended, the city clarified. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

A marijuana shop at your door: Home delivery in California surges amid outbreak

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and HAVEN DALEY | The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO  — One company rushed to expand its delivery fleet. Another has seen sales triple. The global coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people locked out of bars, restaurants and theaters, but it’s been an unexpected boost for some U.S. pot shops. Marijuana users in the nation’s largest legal pot shop, California, and elsewhere are on a buying binge, as they stock up for potential quarantines or simply light up in search of relief during anxious times and government lockdowns. New York, San Francisco and Palm Springs, California, are among the cities labeling dispensaries “essential” businesses that can remain open during virus lockdowns, in some cases with limitations. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

Cannabis dispensaries are ‘essential’ businesses in San Jose during coronavirus lockdown, city says

Published: Mar 17, 2020, 2:00 pm • Updated: Mar 17, 2020, 2:00 pm By Fiona Kelliher, Maggie Angst SAN JOSE — Dispensaries and licensed cannabis companies can remain open through the shelter-in-place order issued by Santa Clara and six other counties, the city said Tuesday. So long as they practice social distancing measures, dispensaries are considered “essential” businesses, confirmed city spokesperson Rosario Neaves. “In our case in the city, we’re considering medical cannabis a healthcare operation, as long as they comply with the social distancing requirements,” Neaves said Tuesday. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

Police seek owners, operators of unlicensed pot shop in Santa Ana

Published: Mar 11, 2020, 10:57 pm • Updated: Mar 11, 2020, 10:58 pm By City News Service Santa Ana police sought the owner and operators of an illegal marijuana business that was raided on Tuesday, March 10. Police had received complaints from citizens regarding the business at 230 W. Warner Ave., said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. “Based on those complaints, the vice and narcotics unit started investigating,” Bertagna said. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

California passes $1 billion in cannabis tax revenue two years after launching legal market

California has raised $1 billion in cannabis tax revenue since the industry kicked into gear in January 2018, according to figures recently released by the state. The bulk of that $1.03 billion in tax money, after covering regulatory costs, has been spent on programs such as child care for low income families, cannabis research, public safety grants and cleaning up public lands harmed by illegal marijuana grows. While industry insiders and advocates are celebrating those numbers, they’re also raising a flag about stagnating revenues and ongoing layoffs. Those hurdles, many say, can be fixed if regulators make key changes, including a seemingly counter intuitive push to lower the state’s cannabis tax rate. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

California passes $1 billion in cannabis tax revenue two years after launching legal market

California has raised $1 billion in cannabis tax revenue since the industry kicked into gear in January 2018, according to figures recently released by the state. The bulk of that $1.03 billion in tax money, after covering regulatory costs, has been spent on programs such as child care for low income families, cannabis research, public safety grants and cleaning up public lands harmed by illegal marijuana grows. While industry insiders and advocates are celebrating those numbers, they’re also raising a flag about stagnating revenues and ongoing layoffs. Those hurdles, many say, can be fixed if regulators make key changes, including a seemingly counter intuitive push to lower the state’s cannabis tax rate. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

Police jail woman who paid $5,000 bail with marijuana-scented cash

ASHLAND, La.  — A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate’s bail had a “strong odor of marijuana.” Authorities began investigating Stormy Lynn Parfait, 33, on Friday, shortly after she showed up at the Ashland jail to pay the bond fee for an inmate being held there on drug charges, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement obtained by news outlets. After catching a whiff of the cash, a detective searched her car while she was still at the jail and found nearly $40,000 more inside, along with about 100 Klonopin pills and a food stamp card that wasn’t registered to Parfait, according to the sheriff’s statement. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

Police arrest 2 Bay Area men suspected of selling marijuana to high school students in Marin

Police arrested two men on allegations they conspired to sell marijuana to high school students in Novato. Diego Armando Kane-Sorto, 19, of Petaluma and Miguel Moises Hernandez, 22, of Richmond were also booked on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of minors, violating probation and other counts. They remained in custody Thursday at the Marin County Jail. The investigation was based on information developed by a school resource officer at the Novato Police Department. Police made the arrests on Tuesday and searched residences in Richmond and Petaluma. They seized more than 140 marijuana plants and evidence of sales. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

Marijuana use is rising sharply among seniors over 65, study says, and there are serious risks

Published: Feb 24, 2020, 9:40 am • Updated: Feb 24, 2020, 9:41 am By Cnn.com Wire Service By Sandee LaMotte | CNN The sweet scent of baking cookies wafting from grandma’s house may be mixed with a more pungent aroma these days. The smell of marijuana. The numbers of American seniors over age 65 who now smoke marijuana or use edibles increased two-fold between 2015 and 2018, according to research published Monday in JAMA. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

NFL player arrested for allegedly possessing 157 pounds of marijuana in a rental car

Published: Feb 20, 2020, 9:46 am • Updated: Feb 20, 2020, 9:48 am By Cnn.com Wire Service By Madeline Holcombe | CNN Cleveland Browns player Gregory Robinson was arrested after US Border Patrol agents found 157 pounds of marijuana in a car, officials said. Robinson, 27, and Jaquan Bray, 26, were charged in a federal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession intent to distribute, the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said in a news release. If convicted, they could face up to 20 years in federal prison. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

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