S.F.’s Code for America started rolling out software that will make automated expungement available in every California county. The non-profit has already cleared thousands of records in small counties such as Yolo as well as L.A. and S.F. counties and is poised to do more in Chicago.
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This week, Donnell and Alex talk to Andrea Drummer, the chef behind Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe, during a live recording at Weed Week Recharge, about how she went from a anti-drug counselor to a creative chef in the cannabis industry. They also discuss the biggest story in cannabis today: the vaping crisis -- beyond the headlines and the hype.
What goes through the mind of the gangster growing weed in the mountains as news breaks of cops seizing more than 63,000 plants in Sonoma County? Does it feel like the tightening of a noose? Or has the Summer of Eradication — which seems as oblivious to traditional Labor Day cutoffs as the heat itself — functioned simply as a super-challenging new variable in the traditional market’s ongoing game of Survive and Advance?
What’s going through their minds? Tensest. Harvest. Ever.
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Over the next two months, more than 1,600 eligible applicants will compete for 100 new retail permits from the City of Los Angeles. This might sound like grounds for a reality show, but the competition is serious as can be.
Intially, Fresno’s City Council had planned to have a year gap between its MED plan going into effect and the arrival of REC. But slow progress on that weed ordinance means that next year could see MED and REC approved.
In Oakland, a half dozen homeless men tend 35 plants in rows of makeshift planter boxes. The gardeners live on the recently-emptied lot, in an R.V. and a pair of old Muni busses.
The City of Oakland says the arrangement is illegal, but for now they’re going to let it slide. This story “highlights the complexities of managing two surging trends in Oakland and other Bay Area cities: homelessness and cannabis regulation.”
Mexico’s Senate filed its REC legalization bill on Tuesday, a month ahead of a Supreme Court-imposed deadline to end prohibition.
Two months after Berkeley's Public Safety City Council voted to consider legalizing naturally occuring hallucinogens, the governing body will vote whether to advance to the council's recommendation.
It's never a bad thing to think that underground clubs are hanging weed culture. Never.
If you were ageless and omnipotent and hip enough and you could go to all of the bud-fueled parties in all of the decades from the Jazz Age on you would see weed bringing diversity to American life and acting as a platform for new ideas.
Still, it's never a bad idea to support the energy and production of underground parties.
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