Category Archive : Cannabis

El Paso County breaks up three illegal marijuana grows

Three illegal marijuana growing operations were uncovered and raided in El Paso County on Wednesday, with more than 700 plants, worth an estimated $700,000, seized.

Investigators also seized $28,000 and five firearms while serving search warrants at three locations, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

El Paso sheriffIllegal marijuana raids in El Paso County.

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Coding and cannabis: Santa Clara County to expunge thousands of marijuana convictions

SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County plans to expunge 13,000 minor marijuana convictions that were rendered moot by the state’s 2016 legalization of recreational pot use and sales, two months before a deadline set by the landmark law.

But in the South Bay, it’s not just criminal-justice or drug policy story. Keeping in line with the region’s technological lineage, the District Attorney’s Office also made it a coding story.

That’s because with the anticipated signature of Judge Eric Geffon in a Hall of Justice courtroom Wednesday, prosecutors are planning to automatically clear those conviction records from local, regional and federal law-enforcement databases with software created in-house by the DA’s technology staff.

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Second Colorado dispensary will soon begin offering marijuana delivery

Boulder will soon be home to two dispensaries legally delivering medical marijuana.

Helping Hands Cannabis on Pearl Street recently procured its license for delivery and expects to begin service to medical patients in mid-May, according to co-owner Johnny Kurish.

Kurish decided to offer delivery as a way to safely reach patients during the pandemic. Helping Hands closed voluntarily before Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order in March “because we couldn’t see a responsible way to conduct business inside of our premises and still be cognizant of public health and our staff’s health,” Kurish said.

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Owner of High Times magazine scores 13 California marijuana dispensaries

By ALEX VEIGA | The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES  — The owner of High Times is going to start selling marijuana after championing its use in the pages of its magazine for nearly half a century.

Hightimes Holding Corp. said Tuesday is acquiring 13 dispensaries from Harvest Health and Recreation, one of the largest multi-state producers and sellers of cannabis in the U.S.

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Detectives bust illegal marijuana grow operation in Santa Ana

Detectives acting on community tips raided an illegal grow operation in Santa Ana on Thursday, seizing more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 2,500 plants.

Community complaints regarding an illegal business drew vice and narcotics detectives to the facility in the 2000 block of South Ritchey, according to a Santa Ana Police Department statement.

While carrying out a search warrant for two separate buildings, the detectives found what police described as a sophisticated marijuana grow operation.

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Chronic in the time of COVID-19: 4/20 goes digital

By Alice Wallace | CNN

This year’s 4/20 was shaping up to be big.

The high holiday honoring the cannabis plant was projected to draw record public celebrations and retail sales — a reflection of the grassroots movement evolution into a burgeoning US industry. Plus, at 4:20 pm on April 20, 2020, it is the year of “four 20s.”

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This 4/20, munchie food deals replace the canceled cannabis celebrations

Perhaps you’ll be celebrating the 4/20 “holiday” in traditional fashion. You’re on your own finding deals for that. But if you end up with the munchies, a few restaurant chains are happy to help with deals. Naturally, non-tokers may take advantage of these discounts too.

Del Taco is offering 10 of its Value Tacos for $4.20. Download the Del Taco app to order for drive-thru, takeout or delivery. Valid all day at participating locations.

Blaze Pizza will upgrade customers to its thicker “High-Rise” dough for free. The offer, available only through the Blaze app, is redeemable from today through Sunday, April 26.

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How 4/20 became ‘Weed Day’

By Madeline Holcombe | CNN

There is something in the air today. Maybe you’ve noticed.

April 20, or 4/20, is known as “Weed Day” in some circles because the date corresponds with a numerical code for marijuana.

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Top 20 stoner movies that will keep you couch-locked

Calling something a “stoner movie” raises the question of definition: Is it a flick whose plot or characters are based primarily on cannabis consumption? Or simply a movie that’s best watched while high?

For the purposes of this list we’re choosing both: movies with themes, scenes or subject matter centrally related to weed, as well as films that are uniquely enhanced by being stoned — a state that opens us to new ways of thinking and feeling about visceral, inventive imagery, minus all the potential complications of an hours-long psychedelic trip.

Many of these movies are stoner-culture canon, while a few have crept up on us over the years. All are highly recommended. Use this handy guide to update your Netflix queue and kick back with us.

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California’s marijuana 4/20 celebrations go virtual as industry adjusts to new reality

This Monday — and, really, all of April 2020 — was supposed to be big in the world of cannabis.

Since 1971, when a group of Northern California teens started meeting at 4:20 p.m. each day to smoke weed and hunt for an elusive marijuana patch, the figure 420 has been tied to cannabis. And so the fourth month of 2020, and the date 4/20/20 in particular, was poised to give marijuana consumers extra cause to celebrate the industry’s unofficial holiday while offering legal cannabis companies a welcome marketing hook.

But shelter-at-home orders tied to the coronavirus pandemic have pumped the brakes on most 4/20 celebrations. Even in weed-friendly San Francisco, Mayor London Breed is threatening to arrest anyone who shows up for the state’s largest annual cannabis gathering at “Hippie Hill” in Golden Gate Park.

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