Here’s Where Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Apply in California

By all means, enjoy California the way it’s meant to be enjoyed. Cross over the Golden Gate Bridge to wine country. Cruise—if people still do that—the Venice Beach boardwalk. Surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon, as only someone in California can, as insufferable as they may sound—and now that the nation’s most-populous state has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, do it all with a joint in your hand.

Just put it out and hide your stash when you enter Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley or any one of the many other prominent national parks in California. 

This is where marijuana legalization does not apply—and, as the Sacramento Bee reported, this is where you’ll find humorless National Parks Service rangers happy to hand you a misdemeanor citation for the “legal” joint in your pocket.

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California Democrats Want IRS to Stop Bankrupting Marijuana Dispensaries

It’s safe to assume most drug dealers don’t attempt to pay taxes on their transactions. Cooperating with the government—and providing authorities with a ledger’s worth of damning evidence—sort of defeats the purpose of being a drug dealer. Nonetheless, at the height of the country’s era of cocaine cowboys, Congress passed an amendment to the tax code, section 280-E, that prohibits businesses trafficking in narcotics from deducting related expenses from their federal tax bills.

In other words, you could have the cigarette boat, the Miami Beach penthouse condo and the extremely dangerous personal relationships; you just couldn’t claim the cost of doing so on your taxes.

More than 30 years later, it should be obvious to everyone that 280-E didn’t do much to stamp out the illegal drug trade, no more so than mass incarceration did. But it is causing havoc to legitimate, tax-paying medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries, who can’t claim the same expenses on their taxes as other retail outlets.

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Hollyweed Bust: Artist Behind Sign Prank Faces Six Months

Justice is coming to Hollyweed.

The man behind the New Year’s Day prank, in which the famous Hollywood sign in the hills above Los Angeles was changed, via tarps, to read “Hollyweed,” turned himself in to Los Angeles police on Monday, according to reports.

Zachary Cole Fernandez, a 30-year-old artist, first took credit for the prank in an interview with VICE, in which he also detailed how he pulled it off.

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Caliva: Cannabis Grown, Tested and Sold Under One Roof

The People and the Place 

A palm tree and a giant green cross distinguish the large warehouse from its neighbors in the industrial core of San Jose. Needless to say, it’s hard to miss Caliva. As you walk into the waiting room you could easily be walking into a trendy spa. Clean lines, hanging plants, natural materials, and bright open spaces set a tone of laid-back sophistication. The dispensary has a long counter that can fit up to 6 budtenders during the busy lunch and post work rush making the dispensary luxuriously spacious.

The interior at CalivaBelieve it or not, the building is over 100,000 square feet. While it may seem a bit overboard for a dispensary, Caliva is not just a dispensary. Taking locally sourced flowers to the next level, they grow a large portion of their cannabis in-house. Marketing Manager Ashley Erickson beams “We have control over every stage of the process from seed to sale.” Caliva aims to grow 70 percent of their own flowers. By growing their bud in-house, Caliva can better respond to customer preferences such as the popular CBD strain Charlotte’s Web. In addition to CBD-rich strains, Caliva plans to offer limited edition heritage strains. Having a lab onsite, they can test flowers for potency, mold and terpenes at any stage of the growth cycle. This is a seriously unique advantage for the growers.

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Smoking Bud At the Wheel is (Kind Of) Legal in California

California’s DUI laws already outlaw cannabis intoxication at the wheel, and Prop 64 (the state’s recently adopted adult use legalization law) explicitly bans “open containers” of marijuana in a moving car. But two state legislators say a loophole in 64, coupled with imprecise and unreliable testing methods for marijuana DUI, makes smoking weed behind the wheel (technically) legal. They’ve introduced legislation that would explicitly ban lighting up on the road.

Cannabis became legal for all adults 21 and over in California on Election Day when California voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. AUMA legalized cannabis, but it also banned “open containers” of marijuana in a vehicle, including automobiles, boats and aircraft.

Lawyers interpret this to mean something similar to having an open container of alcohol. So if there’s a burning joint, a pipe in between passes or a glowing dab rig in your car, you could be in trouble.

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