Category Archives: California News

Renowned Cannabis Breeder Sues Company Over Termination

One of the most influential marijuana breeders in the world has filed a lawsuit against a cannabis company, alleging that he lost his job there due to the fact that he suffers from Parkinson’s disease and required certain accommodations.  Christopher Lynch filed the suit against Node Labs Inc. in a San Francisco court on Monday.  […]

Inflated THC Levels, Price Gouging Would Be Banned Under California Bill

Enormous pressure to maximize THC levels falls upon cultivators, manufacturers, and labs. And when THC levels are inflated, it creates unrealistic expectations for higher numbers, and it erodes trust in the integrity of the industry.  One California lawmaker has a solution. On March 15, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) introduced Assembly Bill 1610, which he […]

Slow Pace of Dispensary Openings Leaves Fresno, CA. with Budget Shortfall

The slow pace of retail cannabis dispensary openings in Fresno, California has led to a budget shortfall of more than $3 million for 2023, prompting city leaders to consider changes to expedite the process to get the businesses up and running.  California voters legalized cannabis for adults in 2016 with the passage of Proposition 64, […]

California Cannabis Sales Declined in 2022

Finalized data from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration shows that California cannabis sales declined in 2022. The decrease in sales is the first dip since adult-use sales began in 2018. In 2021, the state collected $5.77 billion in adult-use cannabis sales, but 2022 numbers reflect only $5.3 billion for the past year—an […]

Announcing the High Times Cannabis Cup SoCal: People’s Choice Edition 2023

Earlier this month, we announced the launch of the High Times Cannabis Cup People’s Edition in Michigan, but now we’re hyping up the West Coast for the return of its own People’s Choice Awards! Welcome to the High Times Cannabis Cup SoCal: People’s Choice Edition 2023, a recreational-only competition celebrating some of the best cannabis […]

San Diego Receives Cannabis Equity Grant To Boost Local Weed Industry

At long last, San Diego is receiving grant money from the state as part of a program designed to help cities bolster their local cannabis industries. The southern California city announced last month that it is receiving $880,000 from the Governor of California’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) as part of a statewide […]

Sonoma, California Ease Tax Burden for County Weed Farmers

Officials in Sonoma, California moved this week to provide tax relief to the area’s cannabis cultivators, another decision driven by the continued economic struggles of the state’s legal marijuana industry. North Bay Business Journal reports that the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors “voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to change how the tax on cannabis […]

$2.5M Fund To Assist Small Farmers in Humboldt, Trinity Counties Unveiled

Aid is on the way for struggling farmers in two of the Emerald Triangle’s three counties, with funding available to help improve drought resilience and licensing compliance. Cannabis for Conservation (CFC), a Humboldt County, California-based 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit, announced $2.5 million in grant funds to assist small cannabis farmers through the California Department of Fish […]

California Spotted Owls Threatened by Illegal Cannabis Grows

A Federal Register notice published on Feb. 23 explains how illegal cannabis grows in California are harmful to spotted owls, which are native to California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) agency proposed the addition of two distinct population segments (DPS) of California Spotted Owl to be added to the Endangered Species Act of […]

California Bill Would Ban Tobacco Sales to All Born After 2006

The strongest and wildest approach yet to deter teen tobacco use at the state level is taking shape. A new California bill would ban all tobacco sales for any resident born on Jan. 1, 2007 or later. Under Assembly Bill 935, current smokers would be able to continue buying tobacco products, but anyone younger than […]