Felony Charges Follow Raid on Legal Cannabis Company Med-West

In an egregious and unnecessary use of force, the doors to the warehouse of cannabis company Med-West in Kearney Mesa, an industrial neighborhood in San Diego, were busted apart by heavily armed police officers in tactical gear—a raid more appropriate for a SWAT team attempting a hostage rescue from weapon-wielding criminals.  It was not the entrance required to serve a warrant to a businessman like James Slatic, who was operating his company within California cannabis law.

The story would be tragic enough if this had occurred in the ‘80s, when all cannabis business operated in a clandestine modus operandi, pre-dating the multi-billion-dollar tax-paying cannabis industry of today. But this happened in January of 2016, in a city with clear cannabis regulations that James Slatic and his business Med-West followed to the letter. Additionally, Slatic, as one of the founders of the California Cannabis Industry Association, and a friend of many California State and local politicians, had an insider’s view of the ever-changing cannabis industry legislation. California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, Slatic said, “couldn’t believe we were raided.” According to Slatic, an astonished Bonta told him, “I know you were covered by the law, because I wrote it.”

So why, in 2016, in a city embracing cannabis businesses present and future, would the San Diego Police mess with a businessman like James Slatic? He refers to himself as a poster child for compliance, saying, “I owned the building, paid for employee health insurance and paid taxes.” Slatic’s company Med-West was seemingly the future of cannabis—proof that things were changing in the industry for the better. But raids on companies such as the Santa Rosa-based Care by Design were a foreshadowing of Med-West’s fate.

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SCARLET FIRE FARMS: Marijuana, Fermented

A young city boy from New Jersey leaves home to follow the Grateful Dead, only to have his VW van break down in a small town surrounded by redwoods three thousand miles away. What could have been an anecdotal road trip story was actually the launching point for Bryan’s career in cannabis, and the subsequent founding of Scarlet Fire Farms. Together with a team of five, including his wife, Cort, and best friend, The Don, Bryan grows outdoor organic cannabis in Northeastern Humboldt County.

Scarlet Fire Farms recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary, and the team is constantly striving to improve their growing practices. By following the Korean Natural Farming technique, Bryan harnesses indigenous microorganisms to make concentrated teas that maximize nutrients, without the use of synthetic fertilizers. The teas are made from plants on the farm, including everything from leftover fruit that is fermented and used to boost different terpene profiles to fermented horsetail, diluted to spray on plants. Horsetail has naturally high levels of silica that helps protect cannabis from fungus and other maladies.

By making his own foliar sprays and teas, Bryan no longer depends on the bottled fertilizers he used for many years. Instead, he walks over to his cedar trees and collects the various spores that grow naturally on the forest floor. “I’ve spent 20 years reading the bottle,” Brian says. “It’s mind boggling to read the plant, not the bottle… It really opens my eyes to how modern-day farming is, compared to the ancient ways. We essentially attack the earth to grow our food [now].” Using natural farming methods supports the earth, rather than attacking it. And a healthier earth means healthier plants.

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Police Discover 2 Pounds of Pot in Cereal Boxes

Members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Highway Enforcement Unit in Louisiana arrested a California man in possession of approximately two pounds of high-grade marijuana, hidden in cereal boxes, following a recent traffic stop on Interstate 12.

According to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, deputies initiated a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, after observing a rental car with a California license plate driving eastbound on Interstate 12 at a rate of 86 miles per hour. The driver, Donald Roots-Scott Jr., age 23, of Sacramento, admitted to deputies that his driver’s license was expired and that he had marijuana inside the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately two pounds of marijuana. The weed was hidden inside two cereal boxes—Honey Nut Cheerios and Captain Crunch—which were sitting on the rear seat of the vehicle. Roots-Scott told deputies he was transporting the marijuana for distribution in nearby Mississippi.

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Are Municipal Banks the Answer to the Cannabis Industry’s Cash Problems?

There is less than five months until California’s January 1 deadline to regulate adult use cannabis. Not only is the state scrambling to write regulations for the industry, but some cities are looking into creating municipal banks that would allow cannabusinesses to have accounts and take out loans.

On July 25, City Council president of Los Angeles, Herb Wesson, instructed the council to begin investigating the “feasibility” of creating a city-owned bank to help fund small businesses, development of affordable housing and cannabis entrepreneurs.

“We cannot bury out heads in the sand on the issue of recreational and medical cannabis legalization, instead we must strive to reasonably regulate the emerging industry while creating opportunities for Angelenos,” Wesson said to the City Council.

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California Authorities Seize 27,000 Pot Plants in 4-Day Raid

BY KATHLEEN RONAYNE

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN ANDREAS, Calif. (AP) — More than 27,000 marijuana plants were seized and 35 people arrested in a series of raids in a California county that is trying to crack down on illegal grows as the state prepares to become the world’s largest marijuana marketplace when recreational pot is legalized next year.

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CANN EYE KICK IT?: Yes, You Cann, with Lavender CBD Ice Cream

TEST RESULTS: 5mg THC – 100mg CBD  |  TESTED BY: SC Labs

Lavender is a plant known for its sedative and relaxing properties, and this Lavender Love ice cream concoction by Cann Eye Dream is no exception—although it’s much stronger than your grandmother’s homeopathic treatments! With 100mg of CBD and only 5mg of THC, this is the perfect after-dinner treat. With strong body-relaxing properties, it’s a race between you and the purple ice cream to see which will melt first.

Cann Eye Lavender CBD Ice CreamThis is a decadent treat you can feel good about eating. Cann Eye is made from an organic, vegan vanilla ice cream base, then blended with a lavender-based whip. The lavender comes from organic seeds that are soaked in vanilla extract and added to a purple yam blend, making this is a totally natural delight. The lavender is the highlight of this ice cream, artfully lingering as a total body surrender washes over you. The purple of the yam and lavender was chosen to support lupus awareness, representing the color of the lupus ribbon. It’ll melt in your mouth as your stresses melt away!

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California: One Dead in Shoot-Out at Rasta Cannabis Farm

A dispute at a cannabis farm run by a local Rastafarian church in California’s Yuba County escalated to a shootout on Tuesday, leaving one suspect dead and two sheriff’s  deputies wounded.

The outburst of violence brought dozens of law enforcement officers from across the region, the Sacramento Bee reported. It apparently began when police responded to reports of a trimmer at the farm uprooting and damaging plants after an argument with his employers.

Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church leader Heidi Grossman-Lepp said she called 911 after a newly arrived worker at the farm in the unincorporated community of Oregon House became erratic, ripping up plants while brandishing a gun. Her attorney, Joseph Tully described the worker as a “trimmigrant”—the unflattering nickname for seasonal workers who trim the buds of newly harvested cannabis. 

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California Grows Too Much Weed for Its Own Use

In California, the good news is that legal weed is on the way—big time. The bad news is that Cali has too much!

Observers of California’s potential billion-dollar industry warn that growers are churning out too much. But how much is too much?

California’s cannabis production is said to be eight times more than what the state collectively consumes.

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