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Monterey revisiting legalizing cannabis dispensaries

MONTEREY — Elected officials in Monterey will revisit the debate over joining most of the rest of the Peninsula in allowing cannabis dispensaries in the city. Citing sales-tax revenue being siphoned off to other cities, council members this week voted 4-1 to place it on a meeting agenda as soon as September. Councilman Alan Haffa, who requested that the council consider the topic, said that roughly seven in 10 voters in Monterey supported the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in 2016. In the past, Haffa said, the council has taken a wait-and-see approach. “In the interim, we’ve seen Del Rey Oaks open a successful dispensary; Seaside opened a number of dispensaries; we’ve seen a dispensary in The Barnyard in Carmel and recently Marina has moved forward,” he said. Read the rest o...

Grandmother sues after she was arrested at Disney with CBD oil in her purse

Published: Aug 6, 2020, 1:15 pm • Updated: Aug 6, 2020, 1:16 pm By Wire Service By Gregory Lemos | CNN Attorney Ben Crump has filed a civil lawsuit against several entities including, The Walt Disney Co. and the Orange County Sheriff, on behalf of Hester Burkhalter, a 69-year-old White woman from Hickory, North Carolina, and her family. Crump said she “was wrongfully arrested and taken into custody at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for possessing federally legal CBD oil” in 2019. Read the rest of this story on

New cannabis coworking space in Santa Ana aims to boost industry access, diversity

Published: Aug 6, 2020, 8:26 am • Updated: Aug 6, 2020, 8:29 am By Brooke Staggs Anyone with experience in the legal cannabis industry will tell you that, given the steep regulatory costs, it typically takes north of $1 million to open a marijuana business in California. And with cannabis still illegal under federal law, it’s also notoriously hard for industry entrepreneurs — and particularly entrepreneurs of color — to borrow money to cover those startup costs. Those two factors are behind another often-quoted industry statistic: an estimated 81% of marijuana business owners are white. Read the rest of this story on

Marijuana is not good for your heart, studies say

Published: Aug 5, 2020, 9:43 am • Updated: Aug 5, 2020, 9:44 am By Wire Service By Sandee LaMotte | CNN You may love smoking weed, but it does not love your heart, according to the American Heart Association’s new scientific statement on marijuana. “The American Heart Association recommends that people not smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis products, because of the potential harm to the heart, lungs and blood vessels,” said Dr. Rose Marie Robertson, the deputy chief science and medical officer for the American Heart Association, in a statement. Read the rest of this story on

Pandemic economics pushing So Cal cities to consider cannabis

From Hawthorne to Laguna Woods to Montclair, cities throughout Southern California are considering the idea of licensing cannabis businesses as a way to offset revenue losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. Other cities, such as Costa Mesa, already allow some marijuana operations but are considering permits for more segments of the industry as a way to grow their tax base, bring more jobs to town and expand cannabis access for residents. “We are seeing a significant uptick in the number of cash-strapped jurisdictions in Southern California begin to investigate regulating cannabis,” said Jackie McGowan, founder of Green Street Consulting, which tracks the industry statewide. Read the rest of this story on

Clint Eastwood sues CBD sellers over use of his name, image

Published: Jul 23, 2020, 6:52 am • Updated: Jul 23, 2020, 6:53 am By Associated Press By ANDREW DALTON | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Clint Eastwood sued several companies that sell CBD supplements on Wednesday, alleging that they are falsely using his name and image to push products he would never agree to endorse. Two lawsuits filed in federal court in Los Angeles include allegations that companies have spread phony articles reporting that the 90-year-old actor-director is quitting the movie business to focus on a CBD business. Read the rest of this story on

Richmond marijuana company owner doused in Pine Sol and sugar as coup de grâce to home invasion robbery

In the early morning of April 4, the owner of a Richmond marijuana concentrate company walked into his Concord home after spending the night in San Francisco, he almost instantly felt the muzzle of a gun press against the back of his head. “Get on the ground,” an armed robber told him. He did as he was told, and crawled on his hands and knees into the kitchen. A few seconds, a woman he was with, Brittney La Pierre, walked into the home and was greeted with the same treatment. Over the next few minutes, two robbers would threaten the man with a gun, hog tie him with wires from a television, and — in a move that has baffled chemistry experts — doused him with a mixture of Pine Sol and sugar. They searched the home for valuables, and made off with nearly $50,000 in cash and jewelry, along wit...

Northern California police seize more than 1,700 pounds of processed cannabis, five suspects arrested

Published: Jul 10, 2020, 12:45 pm • Updated: Jul 10, 2020, 12:48 pm By Red Bluff Daily News RED BLUFF — A cannabis bust on June 25 led to the arrest of five people and law enforcement seizing more than 1,700 pounds of processed cannabis. Officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife served two search warrants near the west end of Vassar Road off State Route 36W, about 18 miles northwest of Red Bluff, said Information Officer Janice Mackey. The first warrant yielded 5,041 illegal cannabis plants and 608.7 pounds of processed cannabis. A total of nine Fish and Game Code violations were documented. Read the rest of this story on

The struggle to enter California’s cannabis market: ‘So much heartache, so much pain’

Linda Grant sold weed in the streets of East Oakland for 35 years before California legalized marijuana in 2016. She’s been “going through hell” trying to open a licensed business ever since. Five years and two frustrating partnerships later, Grant still has to get a loan to pay for a business storefront before she can even apply for a license to operate. “It’s just ridiculous,” Grant said. “So much heartache, so much pain.” The process is daunting: business plans, tax returns, seed money. Even with state programs designed to close the gap, experts and advocates say the cost of entry and long list of requirements are still keeping people of color and low-income applicants from entering the state’s lucrative legal market. Read the rest of this story on

Southern California counties clear 100,000 cannabis convictions by July 1 deadline

As calls for criminal justice reform sweep the nation, California is taking steps to reverse some effects of the war on drugs, which continues to disproportionately impact people of color. California’s 58 county district attorneys had a deadline of Wednesday, July 1, to accept or challenge the state’s recommendation to clear the records of some 191,090 past marijuana convictions. The procedure was triggered by Proposition 64, a 2016 measure that legalized cannabis and reduced penalties for related crimes, and by Assembly Bill 1793, which requires justice officials to purge eligible crimes from people’s records. Because local prosecutors agreed with the vast majority of the state’s recommendations, tens of thousands of Californians are now free of criminal records for cannabis charges. In m...

Not your typical grow house: Bay Area buyers paid cash, moved in the marijuana

Published: Jun 29, 2020, 12:44 pm • Updated: Jun 29, 2020, 12:45 pm By Bay Area News Group Custom-built house, wraparound porch, great views, perfect for … a grow house. A marijuana raid in Merced County allegedly found an extensive growing operation in an unlikely-looking home. Three buyers, from San Francisco and San Leandro, paid $590,000 cash for the house in April, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday. Read the rest of this story on

Over 10,700 illegal marijuana plants eradicated in Humboldt County

Published: Jun 25, 2020, 11:53 am • Updated: Jun 25, 2020, 11:55 am By Associated Press EUREKA — More than 10,700 pot plants were eradicated in Humboldt County during an investigation of illegal cannabis cultivation in the Dinsmore area, authorities said Thursday. Search warrants were served Wednesday on two parcels that did not have the required county permit or state license for commercial cannabis cultivation, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis division assisted the operation. Read the rest of this story on

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