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Months after California legalized the marijuana business, pot growers and manufacturers lament that they are still locked out of the legal industry in Los Angeles.

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The Trump administration is abandoning a Justice Department threat to crack down on recreational marijuana in states where it is legal, a move that could enable cannabis businesses in California and other states that have legalized pot to operate without fear of federal raids and prosecution.

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This semester, the Los Angeles Times graphics department teamed up with the advanced programming class at the USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Students produced these stories, which required reporting, storytelling, design and development, and were guided and advised by Times reporters.

For the cannabis enthusiast who prefers their lungs to be a natural color, and isn't that keen on the calories that come with sweet-treat edibles, Emeryville, Calif., company Kikoko, which started distribution in Southern California at the end of last year, might have the answer: cannabis-infused herbal tea.

Chef Raul Medina on the show "High Cuisine," a competition that tasks chefs with cooking high.
Chef Raul Medina on the show "High Cuisine," a competition that tasks chefs with cooking high. (High Cuisine)

When chef Raul Medina gets the munchies, he’s ready to cook. The Santa Ana chef is behind a vegan taco pop-up in Oakland, Los Angeles and Orange County called Taqueria la Venganza. He’s also a stoner chef.

Medina recently competed on the Go90 web show “High Cuisine,” in which chefs are tasked with cooking a dish while high. Spoiler alert: His longtime use of marijuana served him well.

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The Senate's top Democrat announced Friday that he is introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the first time that a leader of either party in Congress has endorsed a rollback of one of the country's oldest drug laws.

Happy 4/20. Have you planned your munchies yet?

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Dried marijuana
Dried marijuana (Steven Senne / Associated Press)

The recreational use of marijuana became legal in California on Jan. 1. The state is now home to the country’s largest legal pot market.

But it’s still possible for cannabis customers to run afoul of state and local laws, which dictate where and how weed can be purchased and consumed.

Here are some tips on avoiding that.

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West Hollywood likes to party.

If you find yourself driving in Venice in the next little while, you may notice that the illuminated “Venice” sign at Pacific and Windward avenues that functions as a gateway to the famous boardwalk has sprouted neon cannabis leaves.