Category Archives: california

Shopping List: Emerald Cup 2018 Picks for Beginners + Beyond

Now in its 15th year, the Emerald Cup is Northern California’s preeminent cannabis harvest competition, tradeshow and celebration. Complete with an all-star musical lineup and featuring an awards show appearance by weed legend Willie Nelson, this enormous gathering of farmers, extractors, breeders, retailers, artisans and connoisseurs is always the year’s most anticipated event for cannabis […]

Former MedMen Employees Bring Class Action Lawsuit Against Cannabis Giant

Cannabis retailer MedMen is facing a class action lawsuit from former employees who say the company has committed multiple violations of labor laws. The suit was filed on November 16 in California Superior Court in Los Angeles against two MedMen subsidiaries, Manlin I and DT Fund II Group, according to a report from Marijuana Business Daily. The […]

California Cannabis Lab Director Caught Faking Pesticide Tests

As the California cannabis industry prepared for a rigorous, state-mandated testing regime that took effect on July 1, the laboratory director at Sequoia Analytical Labs in Sacramento allegedly went rogue. According to officials with Sequoia and California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), Sequoia’s lab director—unbeknownst to anyone else at the company—began falsifying reports for hundreds […]

US Tax Court Tells Cannabis Industry: You’re Still Drug Traffickers

The legal cannabis industry will continue to be treated like illegal drug smugglers, under a ruling issued Thursday by the US Tax Court. In a closely watched case, Harborside Health may be on the hook for millions in back taxes owed due to IRS Rule 280E. In a highly watched case, the Court ruled that […]

Why Santa Barbara’s Idyllic Wine Country Embraced Cannabis Farms

California’s biggest licensed cannabis grower isn’t located in the Emerald Triangle, the state’s world-renowned farming region. Nor are they in the Coachella Valley, where massive indoor farms have popped up over the past year. Central Coast Agriculture, California’s single-largest licensed cannabis cultivator, is located in Santa Barbara County. Yes, snooty Santa Barbara. With its luxury coastal […]

Without Compassion, Cannabis Doesn’t Work: California’s Fight for Patients in Need

Cannabis prohibition isn’t ending because of the massive profits to be made growing and selling the plant. Or because the war on cannabis is racist, oppressive, counterproductive, and an astounding waste of resources. Or because cannabis is far safer than alcohol. Or because George Washington used to grow hemp. We’re creating an economy around the […]

Would You Hit a $100K Vape? Double Barrel Gets Bejeweled

From $1,000 weed grinders to rolling papers made with edible gold, the cannabis marketplace is no stranger to luxury. But Double Barrel’s new extremely limited edition $100,000 diamond-encrusted vaping device—only two have been made—elevates the trend to a whole new level of decadence and hyperbole. “If it doesn’t pull, what are we selling?” Ann Skalski, […]

9 Female-Owned Cannabis Companies Crushing It in California

Determined to reverse this trend, one of Oregon’s most prominent attorneys, Amy Margolis, has launched “The Initiative,” the world’s first female-centric cannabis business accelerator. Working to balance gender inequality, Margolis says, “The Initiative will help provide the tools, mentoring, training and access to funding that women need to ensure their success in the cannabis space.” […]

At Harvest Time, Farmers Survey a Changed Emerald Triangle

Price Hits Rock Bottom The end of cannabis prohibition promised extreme turbulence for the communities that profited from the old system. That turbulence has finally arrived. Americans consume an estimated 6,000 metric tons of the crop across legal and illegal markets each year, most of it from Mexico. But California remains the nation’s number one […]

MedMen inks dispensary deal to enter Illinois medical cannabis market

Los Angeles-based MedMen announced its second acquisition of the week to expand its national footprint – this time into the Illinois medical marijuana market. The multistate marijuana business agreed to acquire Seven Point, a licensed medical cannabis dispensary in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it comes on the heels […]