ClubM, the San Diego company that rolled out a $1,000 box crammed with cannabis products and accessories in the run-up to last year’s holiday season, is taking things to a higher level this year — 24 times higher, to be precise — by offering a limited number of wooden trunks filled with $24,000 worth of items for the discerning cannabis connoisseur.
Being touted as “the world’s most expensive cannabis gift” (a big boast, and one not easily verifiable, so we’ll have to take their word for it), there are only five of the 24K MBoxes being offered between now and the end of 2017, with each one being personally delivered by the company’s co-founder, Chris Husong, to any California address.
That time frame means that purchasers will need a valid medical marijuana recommendation from a California-licensed physician (non-medical adult-use sales, legalized in November 2016, won’t begin in the state until early 2018), which can be arranged through the subscription delivery service’s website.
Plans for two proposed medical marijuana businesses and a permit request for a local sober-living home are among the items Costa Mesa planning commissioners will review during their meeting Monday.
Up first are proposals from Se7enLeaf LLC to open two medical marijuana manufacturing and distribution facilities — one a 2,299-square-foot operation in Unit M101 at 3505 Cadillac Ave. and the other a 4,360-square-foot space in Unit L3 at the same property.
Costa Mesa City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night, with little discussion, to advance a code amendment that would allow development, manufacturing, research and testing of recreational marijuana products in the same area of the city where medical marijuana businesses are already permitted.
Like their medicinal counterparts, recreational marijuana businesses would be restricted to the area north of South Coast Drive and west of Harbor Boulevard. They also would be subject to the same permitting process and restrictions.
An Irvine-based website known as the Craigslist of pot for linking consumers with marijuana providers is pushing back against allegations that it is violating state law, arguing that it's a technology company and not a marijuana business.
Last week, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control said it had sent 900 warning letters to marijuana shops suspected of operating without state licenses since Jan. 1 and recently sent a cease-and-desist notice to the marijuana-location service Weedmaps.com, warning it to stop advertising sellers that lack a permit or face civil or criminal penalties. It was the state's first action against a marijuana advertiser.
One evening late last year I was on my computer at home when I heard a woman yelling. Well, not just yelling. More like screaming bloody murder.
I ran outside and discovered the noise was coming from the house next door. I bounded in and found my neighbor in her bedroom, alternately curled on her bed, then sitting up screaming. Her dogs were cowering.
If you want to be at the center of a Venn diagram where Cannabis Enthusiast overlaps with History Buff, then download the new podcast "Great Moments in Weed History with Abdullah and Bean," which aims to turn your next couch-surfing session into a time-traveling, THC-trivia-packed adventure by focusing on the relationship between pot and cannabis-culture heroes such as Willie Nelson, Maya Angelou, Carl Sagan and Jesus. (Yes, that Jesus.)
The podcast was created by veteran cannabis journalists David Bienenstock, a former head of content for High Times and author of "How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High," and Abdullah Saeed, former host of the "Bong Appétit" TV series and a recurring guest star on HBO's "High Maintenance." The co-hosts bring a combined quarter-century of cannabis coverage experience to the table.
Paris-based trendy-casual brand Sandro, which has a long history of mining the music world for its capsule collections — think David Bowie, the Stone Roses, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, New Order and Joy Division — has licensed the name and likeness of reggae legend Bob Marley for a quartet of spring and summer 2018 men's pieces. This new collection, which dropped Wednesday, is just in time for music festival season.
Pieces include a green, yellow and red-striped cotton T-shirt with Marley's name in black flocking above the late musician's likeness ($100); a black T-shirt with his name in white flocking above a similar illustration ($100); and a white linen tee ($130) screen-printed with "Exodus — Bob Marley & the Wailers" — a reference to the group's 1977 album (and, as Marley fans will no doubt notice immediately, it's in the same typeface as the words appear on the album's cover).
Alarmed that California's fledgling legal marijuana industry is being undercut by the black market, a group of lawmakers proposed Thursday to reduce state taxes for three years on growing and selling cannabis to allow licensed sellers to get on their feet.
With many California license holders claiming they can't compete because of high state and local taxes, the new legislation would cut the state excise tax from 15% to 11% and suspend a cultivation tax that charges $148 per pound.
Federal prosecutors in San Diego announced Thursday they have indicted 75 people nationwide, including 40 in San Diego, in a massive drugs and money operation that interim U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman called the biggest money laundering investigation ever in San Diego.
The defendants laundered drug proceeds from the Sinaloa cartel for years, Braverman said at a news conference at the federal building in downtown San Diego announcing the wide-ranging operation. He said the network was responsible for laundering tens of millions of dollars in drug profits in the past three years.