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  1. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Sellers Plan Big Parties As California Pot Legalization Begins

    Live music. Free T-shirts. A "Fweedom" celebration with mystery prize boxes worth up to $500, and a shot at a behind-the-scenes tour. Marijuana legalization arrives Monday in California with lots of hoopla, but only a handful of cities will initially have retail outlets ready to sell...
  2. Ron Strider

    CA: Legal Cannabis Consumption May Triple In SF, Totaling $240M In Sales Annually

    San Francisco's legal cannabis consumption could triple to 30 million grams annually in the new era of recreational pot and total sales could hit $240 million, according to a draft city report. Medical marijuana is currently legal in San Francisco and sold by 45 city-permitted dispensaries or...
  3. Ron Strider

    Long, Strange Marijuana Case Takes Another Turn In Pot Entrepreneur's Favor

    James Slatic has turned a leaf. San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan agreed on Friday to return to the medical marijuana pioneer and his business, Med-West Distribution, $289,979 – plus $5,484 in interest – that authorities confiscated in a January 2016 raid on his Kearny Mesa facility. So...
  4. Ron Strider

    Weed And Wine Tours In California

    The wine was pale garnet, with notes of smoke and blackberry giving way to a lingering, slightly tart, finish. One sip sent my head spinning. But then this particular vintage was more potent than your usual Californian red. The Grenache, from Know Label wines in Arroyo Grande on the central...
  5. Ron Strider

    CA: Marijuana Enters The Buttoned-Down Mainstream - And Pays Taxes

    During Simon & Garfunkel's legendary concert in New York's Central Park in 1981, Paul Simon took a moment to thank those who made the show possible: police and fire departments, parks commissioner, the mayor. Then he made special note of "people that never get recognized for doing good things...
  6. Ron Strider

    CA: Recreational Marijuana Could Go On Sale Jan. 5 In San Francisco

    Recreational weed could be on sale in San Francisco as soon as Jan. 5 if the mayor quickly signs legislation approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Supervisors adopted regulations Tuesday night favored by cannabis advocates, rejecting attempts to mandate a larger barrier between...
  7. Ron Strider

    CA: San Francisco Approves Rules On Recreational Marijuana Stores

    Following weeks of emotional and detailed debate over where to allow new stores, San Francisco supervisors approved regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana when it becomes legal in California in January. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday for a 600-foot...
  8. Ron Strider

    CA: January 1st Marijuana Sales Delayed As San Francisco Supervisors Choke

    The on-again, off-again Jan. 1 legal sale of marijuana in San Francisco is off again, as the Board of Supervisors voted 9-1 Tuesday to postpone creating a city permit system for the adult-use cannabis industry. Though 73 percent of San Francisco voters approved Prop. 64 legalizing recreational...
  9. Ron Strider

    CA: San Francisco Isn't Prepared For Recreational Marijuana Legalization

    San Francisco will not have a regulatory framework in place by January 1st, when recreational marijuana becomes legal. There is a heated debate over marijuana in San Francisco and the majority of the supervisors say they need more time in order to get this right. After weeks of...
  10. Ron Strider

    CA: San Francisco Recreational Marijuana Sales May Not Start On Jan. 1

    San Francisco cannabis lovers will have to wait a little longer for supervisors to establish regulations over where to allow new recreational marijuana stores in January. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to hold off on a temporary measure that would allow existing stores to sell...
  11. Ron Strider

    CA: Recreational Marijuana Rules Rile Pot-Friendly San Francisco

    Famously pro-cannabis San Francisco, where the 4/20 marijuana holiday is celebrated with a group smoke-out on Hippie Hill, is having a surprisingly difficult time establishing regulations for the broad legal pot market coming to California in January. Writing local rules in the weed-friendly...
  12. Ron Strider

    CA: San Diego's Only Commercial Marijuana Grower To Greatly Expand Production

    San Diego County's only licensed commercial marijuana grower plans to at least double production, largely to help meet demand when stores begin selling recreational cannabis in early January. Outco of El Cajon says that it is on pace to produce about 1,000 pounds of marijuana this year, and...
  13. Ron Strider

    Caribbean: Marijuana Challenge

    San Francisco. The very evening I arrived in downtown San Francisco, I was shocked to see the big marijuana sign on the moving bus. In bold, colorful letters, the sign celebrated the words, Marijuana Is Here. And indeed, it is, very much so. Next January, recreational use of marijuana becomes...
  14. Ron Strider

    CA: Offices Of Marijuana Delivery Service Raided

    Police raided an allegedly illegal San Diego marijuana-delivery service, confiscating dozens of pounds of cannabis and arresting three people, authorities said Friday. San Diego police narcotics-unit officers served search warrants about 7 a.m. Thursday at the East Village and Pacific Beach...
  15. Ron Strider

    CA: Cannabis Forum Debates San Francisco's Equity Program

    When adult-use becomes legal on Jan. 1, it won't be the beginning of marijuana sales in California. People have been running cannabis operations peacefully for years – but they might be the ones left out of its legalization. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the future of legalized cannabis was discussed...
  16. Ron Strider

    CA: Medical Marijuana Drivers Question San Diego Sheriff's Latest Sting

    Six medical cannabis delivery drivers are facing misdemeanor charges after a San Diego Sheriff's Department sting conducted in Santee. Deputies placed orders through a website and sent the delivery drivers photos of ID's with a doctor's note to lure them to the Carlton Oaks Golf Club. San...
  17. Ron Strider

    CA: How To Make Cannabis Work In San Francisco - Part II

    Thanks to Prop 64, adult-use cannabis is coming to California on Jan. 1. But is San Francisco ready? On Sept. 26, District 8 Sup. Jeff Sheehy introduced an ordinance to address the numerous facets of how adult-use will work for the city. Cannabis activist Terrance Alan says that while the...
  18. Ron Strider

    CA: Former San Jose Officials Launch A New Cannabis Business Association

    Move over, chamber of commerce and labor unions. There could soon be a new political powerhouse in Silicon Valley – and it's marijuana. Sean Kali-rai and Victor Gomez, two former San Jose city employees who work as lobbyists, launched the "Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance" – a trade...
  19. Ron Strider

    CA: 'Pretty Dank' Marijuana Delivery Service Busted By SDPD

    A marijuana delivery service that went by the name "Pretty Dank" was disrupted Thursday after San Diego police arrested its owner and seized the company's assets. Three employees were also taken into custody after narcotics detectives served a warrant at a College Area home on Pembroke Drive...
  20. Ron Strider

    CA: SF Supervisors Vote To Place 45-Day Moratorium On New Cannabis Shops

    San Francisco will temporarily halt approvals of new cannabis dispensaries just months before the sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal in California, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday. The ordinance imposing a 45-day moratorium on the industry, which passed 9-2, prompted fierce...