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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally. In the U.S., with more than 3.3 million confirmed infections and at least 135,000 deaths attributed to coronavirus, states and municipalities struggle to allow businesses and the public to resume “normal” activities while implementing pandemic protocols. After four months of self-isolation and lockdown orders, businesses and individuals anxious to return to some sense of normality went back to restaurants, beaches, and other public venues and may have sparked spiking infection rates, especially in

Information provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. On July 9, wildlife officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) along with support from the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, California Department of Food and Agriculture and other allied agencies, served eight search warrants spanning 12 parcels in a rural part of San Benito County known as Willow Springs Ranch. According to a CDFW release, the warrants stemmed from surveillance of the area that

OAKLAND, CA  |  PRNewswire Nabis, one of California's most prominent cannabis distributors, announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement with a vertically-integrated cannabis operator, NUG, to provide exclusive distribution for all of its cannabis products in California. In addition to multiple retail storefronts and cultivation sites, NUG operates one of the largest manufacturing and processing centers in California, and its products are represented in more than 80 percent of the state's retailers. The company opened its first retail location

The global cannabis industry grew 46% in 2019 fueled by emerging adult-use markets. It has the potential to grow another 38% in 2020 and projected to reach $48 billion in 2025. The worldwide legal cannabis industry posted its biggest year of growth in 2019, according to data firm BDSA. The Arcview Market Research/BDSA forecast model shows worldwide spending grew 46.1% to $14.8 billion in 2019 over the course of a six-year period from 2013 to 2019. During that time, legal spending grew at a 34.3%

The issue of cannabis dispensaries in Vacaville has been hotly debated since before California voters approved their legalization in 2016. It may go before local voters in November if the Vacaville City Council approves a ballot measure to impose a cannabis business tax. The matter will go before the council at its Tuesday meeting. In 2016, the council adopted a medical cannabis regulations ordinance that permanently prohibited all medical cannabis businesses and operations and temporarily prohibited the personal cultivation of medical marijuana.

Santa Barbara County only has 1.8% of California’s land, but it has 35% of the state’s pot cultivation licenses. That might be good news for county jobs and revenue. But it has negatively affected avocado and wine industries, which are more traditionally associated with the coastal county. And there’s an uptick in resident complaints about the smell of cannabis. The meteoric rise of cannabis is thanks to a close relationship between the industry, its lobbyists, and local political leaders. A scathing grand jury

“I knew Prop 64 would pass, and that was fine with me,” recalls Rev. James K. McKnight, Pastor of the Congregationalist Church of Christian Fellowship in South Central Los Angeles, where low-level cannabis convictions are among the highest in the state. “The law promised social equity, social justice, second chances." But no one told him it was going to take years to take effect. Californians had high expectations when they overwhelmingly voted in 2016 to legalize adult-use cannabis with Proposition 64: the Control,

Cheech & Chong's management company to license the Cheech & Chong Brand to initially open dispensaries in California, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois and Washington. The license will allow the company to develop experiential cannabis dispensaries utilizing the Cheech & Chong brand name. Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin, names practically synonymous with cannabis culture, are making a long-awaited leap into the dispensary business. They have entered into a licensing partnership with Five Points Holdings Inc., which includes opening dispensaries in 5 states -- complete with

From Medscape In one study, patients with epilepsy who used medical cannabis were nearly half as likely to have needed an emergency department visit within the last 30 days as was a control group. In the other study, 3 of 54 subjects who used medical cannabis showed signs of possible cannabis use disorder (CUD) over 12 months. The findings show that "there is improvement in a range of outcome variables, and the adverse effects seem to be minimal, compared to what we might have

On Tuesday, the Fullerton City Council discussed a proposed ordinance during a meeting to regulate commercial cannabis activity, but no decision was made that night. Matt Foulkes, the community and economic development director, presented the council with a summary of the commercial cannabis community outreach efforts over the last six months. The presentation provided the city staff and planning commission with more direction on the ordinance in regulating the activity within Fullerton. In 2017, one year after recreational cannabis use became legal in California,