San Diego will have a fully legal and regulated marijuana industry, including pot farms, factories making edibles and retail storefronts selling the drug to both medical and recreational customers.
In a 6-3 vote Monday, the City Council agreed to legalize local cultivation, manufacturing and testing of marijuana when new state laws take effect in January.
The council also voted earlier this year to allow legally approved medical marijuana dispensaries to expand their sales to recreational customers. The city has approved 17 such businesses, and 11 have begun operating.
A Yuba County strip club, feeling particularly philanthropic, used its abundant assets — topless women — in a weekend carwash to raise money for two sheriff’s deputies who were injured in a shootout at a Rastafarian pot farm last month.
The shirtless carwash at City Limits Showgirls in Marysville on Saturday raised $2,560, the strip club wrote on Facebook. A long line of cars snaked outside the fundraiser, which was held in a tented parking lot.
If you imagined the skies of California would someday be buzzing with drones carrying tiny vials of pot or edibles for recreational marijuana users, think again, because that stoner fantasy was just a pipe dream.
California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control last week outlined its plans to ban pot delivery by drone, putting the kibosh on any business hoping to make a buck on the concept.
On Wednesday, the bureau released an initial study describing proposed emergency regulations for commercial cannabis businesses ahead of Jan. 1, when marijuana sales, with proper retail licensing, will be allowed for recreational use in California.
Voters in 26 states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws that legalize the use of marijuana in some form.
But so far Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air appears to be the first and only U.S.-based air carrier to accept advertising from a cannabis dispensary.
Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker, began this month to run an ad for Acres Cannabis, a marijuana dispensary and open-view kitchen where THC-infused candies and cookies are made and sold in a shop located a few blocks off of the Las Vegas strip.
A pop-up art gallery inside the Chateau Marmont hotel features a display of hand-blown, art-glass marijuana paraphernalia — and the price tags run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Grey Space Art, which will be at the hotel through Oct. 5, is the brainchild of a 22-year-old New Yorker named Benjamin Milstein, who said he amassed cash after investing in cannabis stock in 2013 two weeks before it became legal in Colorado. That sparked an interest in functional glass art in the form of bongs and pipes and prompted him to embark on a journey around the world — Japan, the Netherlands, Britain and Spain, among other places — to buy sculptural works.
Ten bills aimed at regulating marijuana have been shelved by state lawmakers, giving California's new Bureau of Cannabis Control time to finish its own rules before lawmakers pile on with additional restrictions.
Among the bills held by the Senate Appropriations Committee without comment were measures that would have further regulated where pot can be used, how marijuana is marketed and how products are trademarked. Another would require the state to produce a consumer guide.
The actions come as the Bureau of Cannabis Control is preparing to begin issuing licenses and regulations for the growth, transport and sale of marijuana for medical and recreational use starting Jan. 2.
To market its new pot-focused Kathy Bates workplace comedy “Disjointed,” Netflix took over a West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary for the weekend where offerings included strains inspired by the streaming service’s shows including “Grace and Frankie,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “BoJack Horseman.”
The Netflix Collection features a dozen different dried cannabis flower options sold in wooden-stoppered glass jars. Strains include Banana Stand Kush ($65 for 3.5 grams), described as “[a] fruity indica perfect in a bowl, vaporizer, or big yellow joint,” which takes inspiration from “Arrested Development,” and a hybrid dubbed Rutherford B. Haze ($50), one of three strains inspired by “Disjointed” that's described as “[a] moving tribute in cannabis to our 19th president, this sativa can help you begin your own personal reconstruction.”
To celebrate the release of the show, which started streaming on Netflix on Friday, the company partnered with Alternative Herbal Health Services to temporarily turn it into Ruth’s Alternative Caring — the SoCal dispensary that’s the setting for the show — for the weekend. (The pop-up pops down at 6 p.m. Sunday.) The West Hollywood dispensary wasn’t chosen at random. The woman in charge, Dina Browner (better known as “Dr. Dina” — a nickname bestowed upon her by Snoop Dogg) served as the show’s cannabis consultant. (“Some of the things you see on the show may — or may not — have actually happened here,” Browner told The Times on Saturday.)
MedMen, one of the largest marijuana retailers in the country, opened its newest medical marijuana dispensary last month in Santa Ana, making its 3,000 square feet of retail space one of the largest dispensaries in the county.
The cannibis firm offers around 1,000 products, including concentrates, flour, edibles, canine/feline products and topicals.
Two California businesses — one a beloved national brand and the other an upstart in the state’s hottest sector — have teamed up for new product releases in two of the North Coast’s top industries: beer and cannabis.
Lagunitas Brewing Co. last week released its SuperCritical Ale, a hoppy beer that is brewed with terpenes, aromatic compounds of essential oils that are extracted from some plants, including cannabis and hops. The brew, available only in select California locations for a limited time, contains no THC, the chemical that triggers psychoactive effects.
Lagunitas, based in Petaluma, received the terpenes from Santa Rosa-based CannaCraft Inc., a cannabis-extract manufacturing facility that has made a name for itself in the newly legalized industry despite being raided by police last year.