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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Jeff Sessions Remains Vague on Marijuana Legality in His Confirmation Hearings

During Tuesday’s marathon confirmation hearings for Attorney General, when marijuana came into the spotlight after six hours, Jeff Sessions failed to give a straight answer on how the Justice Department would respond to states with legalized medical and recreational marijuana.

Although Sessions, the staunchly anti-weed senator from Alabama, appeared to suggest there would not be radical changes in federal policy toward weed, he also left the door open for increased federal interference in states rights.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) asked Sessions if he would use federal resources to prosecute sick people using marijuana in accordance with state law, even though it might violate federal law.

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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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Stumbling Upon Bud in Barcelona: Outlaw Vistas in Spain

Barcelona, Spain, boasts some of the most picturesque architecture and views in the world and is home to several members-only cannabis clubs.

We stumbled upon our first cannabis club while wandering after midnight through the winding, cobblestone streets of Plaza Reial, near Barcelona’s famed Las Ramblas.

A friend had flown in from Turkey to meet me, and were on our way to a grunge club called Nevermind that has an indoor skate park, when I noticed my favorite number bearing down on me above an imposing door: Apparently, this was the 420 Club.

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Cannabis Groups Hopeful in Attorney General Nominee’s Cannabis Position

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A collective sigh of relief came from most major marijuana industry groups after Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General confirmation hearing Tuesday, Jan. 10., as the Alabama Republican declined to take any strong positions against the cannabis industry (which many had feared he would do).

Sen. Sessions’ confirmation hearing continues Wednesday (multiple outlets are reporting that there are at least two more rounds of questioning from most of the judiciary committee members, on top of scheduled testimonies), but the cannabis topic was discussed Tuesday.

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Former NORML Executive Director Joins Venture Capital Firm

<![CDATA[[PRESS RELEASE] BOSTON, MA – JAN. 11 – Sensible Alternative Investments (SAI), a venture capital firm focused on institutional investment opportunities in the cannabis industry, has named former NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre as a partner. The cannabis industry is expected to be worth $50 billion by 2026, and St. Pierre’s appointment is further testament that the focus of the marijuana movement has broadened beyond public advocacy to include maximizing responsible cannabis commerce.

SAI is a “leafless” fund, founded by Wall Street veterans and fellow partners Martin Joyce, formerly of Credit Suisse and Mark Slater, a well-known growth company investment banker and investor. The fund focuses on four key areas of the cannabis industry: compliance software and services, real estate, technology, and media. These areas offer the same potential for high returns as other cannabis sectors, but with lower associated risk.

SAI’s entry into the cannabis market was an investment in MERRY JANE, the lifestyle-focused media platform launched in 2015 by Snoop Dogg and Ted Chung. MERRY JANE has established itself as the fastest growing media brand in the space, producing a variety of online and broadcast programming and major live events with partners like VH1, Live Nation and AEG. Fellow MERRY JANE investors include Slow Ventures, Three Six Zero Media and Casa Verde Capital.

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Rhode Island Lawmakers to Introduce Adult-Use Cannabis Bill Wednesday

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[Press release] PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As the Massachusetts government prepares to implement an initiative to regulate and tax marijuana that was approved by voters in November, lawmakers in Rhode Island are poised to introduce similar legislation. State Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and State Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence) will discuss the proposal at a news conference today(Wednesday) at 3 p.m. ET in Room 313 of the Rhode Island State House.

The bill sponsors will be joined by members of the Regulate Rhode Island coalition, including co-chairs Andrew Horwitz, a professor and criminal defense attorney, and Dr. James Crowley, past president of the Rhode Island Medical Society.  

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Seven Pounds of Marijuana Shipped to Wrong Address

Whoops! You really got to double check that address — especially when you’re shipping over three kilos of cannabis. The professional toy reviewer who received the package couldn’t find a return address, so she just called the cops. Bummer.

It’s a fact: child’s toys are often very cool. (They must be; otherwise the adults who stockpile action figures and other kids’ stuff like survivalists hoarding canned food would be colossal losers—and that simply cannot be.)

Whether marijuana use improves your time with a pile of Legos is a matter of personal preference, though there are certainly many of us who claim toys and cannabis are fine complements.

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Watch: Exclusive Clip from Nerdland ft. Patton Oswalt and Paul Rudd

An exclusive clip from Nerdland, in which John (Paul Rudd) and Elliot (Patton Oswalt), disguised as hippies, try inciting cops to violence to get “golden footage” of a police beating and thus fulfill their dreams of stardom. “I can hear the grass grow!” crows Elliot. Do the cops take the bait? Check out the clip:

Nerdland – Hear the Grass Grow from Samuel Goldwyn Films on Vimeo.

Nerdland features Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Mike Judge, Hannibal Buress, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome and others. The film tells the story of two best friends, aspiring screenwriter Elliot and aspiring actor John, whose dreams of super-stardom have fizzled. With their 30th birthdays looming and their desperation growing, John and Elliot decide that in this 24/7, celebrity-obsessed world of over-shared navel-gazing, there are more ways to become famous—or infamous—than ever before.

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Sessions Says He’d Be Fair as AG, Defy Trump if Necessary

BY ERIC TUCKER AND MARY CLARE JALONICK

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Jeff Sessions cast himself as a strong protector of law and order at his confirmation hearing Tuesday, promising that as attorney general he would crack down on illegal immigration, gun violence and the “scourge of radical Islamic terrorism.”

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