California Businessman Believes the Smell of Marijuana Hurts Wine Grapes

Robert “Pat” Patrick is the CEO of the local chamber of commerce in Lodi, California, a stretch of the state’s agricultural heartland that, in recent years, has made a name for itself as a nascent winemaking region.

It’ll never be Napa or Sonoma, but brother, if you’ve ever taken a sip of red wine and been greeted by a bold flavor explosion—like drinking a jam sandwich, made by an overcompensating Guy Fieri, borrowing Sam Elliott’s boots right after a 100-mile horseback ride through a tobacco juice swamp—you know the pleasures of a Lodi Zinfandel.

Grapes are a big deal here—in 2015, Lodi was Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “Wine Region of the Year”!—so Patrick will predictably take unkindly to anything threatening the area’s 110,000 acres of vineyards. Like marijuana fields, the smell of which, according to Patrick, can permeate the skin of a wine grape and render it less valuable.

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Modest Victories for Defense in Case against Med-West Cannabis Company

In a case being watched by both the cannabis and legal communities nationwide, attorney Jessica McElfresh and her legal team scored two modest victories last week.

In a pre-trial hearing in San Diego Superior Court, Judge Laura W. Halgren ordered the return of McElfresh’s seized medical records and set a schedule for the attorneys in the case to file further briefs.

The major issue of the briefs requested by the judge is how the long-established concept of attorney-client privilege applies in this case. McElfresh had worked with hundreds of clients during her seven years practicing cannabis law. The current lawyers for many of those clients have expressed to Judge Halgren their claim that attorney-client privilege applies to paper and electronic files seized during a search of McElfresh’s home and office.

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Cannabis Company Buys CA Town: Stock Stunt or Long Game?

A cannabis company buys a California ghost town: Is it a legitimate investment in the town, a publicity stunt to boost stocks prices or some combination of the two?

Until last week, Nipton, California (population: somewhere between 15 and 20, depending on who you ask) was a handful of buildings perched on eighty dusty acres — between the low-rent, last chance casinos of Las Vegas, Nevada’s far fringes and the vast expanse of the Mojave Desert. If it was known for anything (and it wasn’t) it was for being the nearest outpost where Nevada residents could buy California lottery tickets.

Now? The former mining town is internationally famous for being the first — and, so far, only — settlement to be purchased outright by a cannabis company.

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The Kind Center in Hollywood: The Last of their Kind

The People

The Kind Center in Hollywood has built ist foundation around the idea of family. Upholding this connection, one that patients in Los Angeles have become less and less familiar with, is what sets them apart as new dispensaries continue to pop up all over the city. With a warm “mom and pop” mentality, The Kind Center prides itself on curating an unparalleled experience for everyone that comes through their doors. Thanks to their rigorously trained and highly skilled budtenders, patients quickly become loyal to this shop’s caregiving approach.

The Kind Center StaffThe Place

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CHERRY CHEESECAKE: Zero Calories, All of the Flavor

Test Results: THC | 21.82%  |  Tested By: CW Analytical

The first thing I noticed about Gold Seal’s Cherry Cheesecake was its bouquet. With the genetics of Cheese, Black Cherry Soda and Super Silver Haze, the aroma awakens and stings the senses—I was dying to smoke it right away. CC delivers on all levels: cheesy from the bouquet up front, with a sweet cherry finish to round it out. Every hit I took was more flavorful than the last. My taste buds were enveloped in cherry-glazed, cheesy goodness. These buds drip with crystals, and the flower is a deep green, with pinkish purple and orange highlights.

As I continued to smoke, the effects began. I quickly felt relaxed, yet my mind remained alert. This is the ideal strain for deep reflection and creating art or music. If you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for? Get yourself a slice of this cheesecake!

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Benny’s Farm: Restructuring Sustainable Growing

Sustainably-grown cannabis is surprisingly hard to come by. Cultivation methods typically require copious amounts of water waste, resource use and enough electricity to power a major city on a weekly basis. The push for more environmentally-conscious growing methods is becoming a much-discussed topic in the cannabis community; sustainable techniques that have little to no impact on the environment are critical for longevity. Growers like Benny’s Farm in Los Angeles are creating solutions for efficient cultivation, giving the community top-grade product without draining the resources we rely on for survival.

Benny of Benny’s Farm champions growing cannabis using the NASA-developed technology of aeroponics. Aeroponics uses the air in a given environment to grow plants, without the use of soil or rockwool. Benny started growing this way about two years ago, after forming a brotherly bond with an aero-growing legend named Ché. Throughout his mentorship, Benny learned the importance of research and education in growing cannabis, and eventually went on to run his own operation. With honesty, transparency and resiliency at the core of his growing mantra, Benny’s passion came to life and is now thriving, without the typical carbon footprint of most grow operations.

Benny’s FarmAccording to Benny, growing cannabis aeroponically is by no means easy, and attention to detail is critical for a successful crop. The water that is used in the process is never dumped; rather, when it’s ready to flush, the nutrient-dense waste is used to feed Benny’s on-site plants. A successful run using aeroponics cuts down on veg times, creating the opportunity to produce flower more regularly. The system’s lightweight portability makes it ideal for urban growing, a concept that will continue to spread within densely populated areas such as L.A.

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Rural California Sheriff, Auditor Spar on Pot Money Spending



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California county auditor is accusing a sheriff of improperly spending some of the $1 million his department received in fees from legal pot growers to go after illegal operators.

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Mazel Tov! Jews Get ‘Chai’ at LA’s First Cannabis Havdalah Party

Most peoples’ social lives revolve around alcohol to some degree, whether it be sipping wine over dinner, or drinking beers at a summer BBQ.  For those, like myself, who don’t drink, there was always a persistent feeling that we didn’t belong. While there was often a place to smoke during parties, it was usually hidden away in someone’s bedroom, as if it was something to be ashamed of.

When I attended my first cannabis party shortly after moving to LA, my eyes were opened. We were no longer relegated to the back rooms. Finally, there were places we could openly socialize without fear of stigmatization.

Cannabis parties and events quickly became an integral part of my life; however, it soon became clear that these parties lacked a much needed cohesiveness. Dark, too noisy and with minimal to no food, the cannabis community hadn’t yet figured out how to pull off a successful event. Thinking about what was missing from the cannabis party scene led me create WeedBar LA, an events company specializing in cannabis experiences.

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Radical Rant: One Marijuana Law for Cops, One Marijuana Law for Citizens

A pair of stories this summer from Bakersfield, California illustrate the dual justice systems we operate under as a police state that prohibits the cultivation and sale of a crop our founding fathers grew.

Yesterday, a U.S. District Judge handed down a sentence of probation with no jail time for two former Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies, Logan August, age 30, and Derrick Penney, age 34. The two were involved in a conspiracy with another cop to steal drugs from the evidence locker, pounds at a time, for sale on the criminal market.

August and Penney cropped the tops off marijuana plants seized by the sheriff’s office, then stored the buds for curing at Penney’s house before they were trimmed and sold.

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SoCal Cannabis Activists to Appeal to Voters

A cannabis industry trade group has filed paperwork in eight of San Diego County’s 18 cities to let voters decide if marijuana business activities should be permitted in those jurisdictions.

On July 27 and 28, the Association of Cannabis Professionals (ACP) indicated its intent to collect signatures for ballot propositions to city clerk’s offices in Oceanside, Vista, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Santee, Lemon Grove, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach.

The propositions aim to permit and regulate commercial cannabis operations in accordance with Proposition 64, which was passed in 2016 and legalized the adult use of marijuana in California. Prop. 64 allows for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and retail sales of marijuana products to begin in 2018—subject to local regulation. The cities that were targeted for a local initiative showed strong voter support for Prop. 64 and have residents and business owners eager for regulated commerce.

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