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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 MercuryNews.com.

Ticker: CCC says don’t change pot tax; Google selects Mississippi site; Mortgage rates hit another low 

Changing the way Massachusetts taxes legal marijuana could produce more revenue for the state, but it could also disrupt the fledgling cannabis industry, a report found. In a report by the Cannabis Control Commission, regulators and state revenue experts considered taxing pot based on its weight or potency, rather than the current price-based tax. Although almost every single alternate tax structure studied in an analysis conducted by KPMG is likely to generate more tax revenue, the CCC determined the relatively small increases would not be worth the hassle. “The Massachusetts adult-use cannabis industry is in a nascent stage. A large-scale change in taxation scheme would cause disruptions that are not worth the potential short-term revenue gain, especially in a market with currently stabl...

Marijuana raids ongoing in Mesa, Teller, El Paso and Las Animas counties

Two large marijuana busts are occurring in Colorado but authorities say they are not connected. In Teller County, the sheriff’s office reported raids in Colorado Springs, Divide and in Las Animas County where two people were arrested and three properties were searched in a 14-hour operation. The investigation involved a group associated with black market marijuana cultivation and distribution, according to a Teller County Sheriff’s Office news release. In Mesa County, the sheriff’s office asked people to stay out of the Grand Mesa area because of an investigation into marijuana illegally grown on public lands. A Colorado Army National Guard helicopter is participating in the operation, which is expected to last throughout the day. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

How a Colorado hotel owner got Ice-T to produce his documentary

Chris Chiari is a character. As owner of the Patterson Inn in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, he runs one of the city’s most recognizable historic buildings (also known as the Croke-Patterson Mansion) and recently welcomed Travel Channel crews from the “Portals to Hell” series to document its haunted mythology. Before becoming a hotelier, the 46-year-old cancer survivor (diagnosed with melanoma at age 27) was also a cannabis advocate, CONORML board member and dispensary owner who took an active role in Colorado’s embrace of marijuana culture. His LinkedIn page lists still-active gigs at American Millennium Investment Corp. (where he’s president) and King of Quality Productions (founder), but also work for the Democratic Party (he’s run for elected office in Colorado and Florida) and no...

How a Colorado hotel owner got Ice-T to produce his documentary

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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 MercuryNews.com.

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...

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says pardons for marijuana convictions can start in 90 days

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law Monday that allows him to mass-pardon Coloradans with minor marijuana possession convictions, although he has not said exactly how the process will work. Lawmakers passed House Bill 1424 on June 15, the last day of the 2020 legislative session. The bill aims to make the legal marijuana industry more accessible to people of color and those who were previously convicted on drug charges that wouldn’t be crimes now. It expands the social equity program for marijuana business licenses to Colorado residents who have been arrested or convicted on a marijuana offense, been subject to civil asset forfeiture from a marijuana offense, or lived in an area designated as high crime or economically disadvantaged. “For decades now, the Black community has b...

14 virtual 4/20 parties from online concerts to workshops to celebrate the marijuana holiday

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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 MercuryNews.com.

No study needed: Stoned drivers pose deadly threat

Published: Jun 28, 2020, 3:48 am • Updated: Jun 28, 2020, 3:48 am By Boston Herald Editorial Staff The Associated Press recently disclosed the results of two new studies attempting to determine the impact on traffic deaths in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Both suggested that laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic fatalities. We wouldn’t think a comprehensive study would be required to reach that conclusion. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

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 MercuryNews.com.