California

Higher Profile: Sisters of the Valley, Mexico

The Sisters of the Valley began in California’s agricultural hub, in the Central Valley, by Sister Kate—also known as Christine Meeusen—after a doctor suggested using cannabis to treat symptoms of menopause. After being helped herself, she then crossed over from the corporate world of finance to the cannabis industry, dawning a new habit, in more ways than one. Inspired by the Beguines, a non-denominational order of women who served the rural communities of France from the late 12th through the 17th centuries, Sister Kate created six vows that make up the order’s mission. “A vow of servitude—which is making medicine […]

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Green Bodhi’s Path to Plant Enlightenment

John Bayes says he’s not like many other growers. He didn’t show up on the scene a few years ago to capitalize on this new age of cannabis legalization. He, and the rest of his team of cultivators at Green Bodhi, have been producing some of the best flowers in Oregon for over a decade and they’re not going anywhere. Of course, there are many OGs who have been growing cannabis as long as Bayes has, but most of them have a similar origin story: They grew up with hippie parents on a multi-generational family farm, or they left their […]

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Oldest Black-Owned Dispensary, Purple Heart Patient Center, Trying To Reopen Their Doors

America’s oldest Black-owned dispensary, Purple Heart Patient Center, has been closed since criminals used the cover of protests to decimate Oakland’s cannabis industry last summer. We talked with founder Keith Stephenson about the road to get the facility back open.  Last summer, Stephenson noted in other interviews the battle he’d gone through with insurance adjusters to honor his claim. As the drills buzzed behind us, Stephenson explained how it all eventually played out. It involved a lot of hoops and him putting documents in their hands as fast as possible.  “And they just kept moving the goalposts,” Stephenson told High […]

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Michigan Leads The Pack In Cannabis Industry Job Growth

The number of cannabis industry jobs in Michigan is growing faster than any other state with legal marijuana, according to a new jobs report released on Tuesday. Michigan has surpassed Oregon and now places sixth on the list of the most cannabis jobs by state, as documented by the report from cannabis education resource and marketplace Leafly. Michigan’s cannabis industry now employs more than 18,000 workers, more than twice the number of positions reported in the sector just one year ago. The job growth is fueled by spiking sales of recreational marijuana, which became legal in the state in December […]

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California’s Famous Humboldt County Bans Hemp Cultivation

Humboldt County made quite a considerable name for itself in California, and across the U.S. for cannabis enthusiasts, as a mecca for growing and cultivating cannabis in the early days of medical legalization, and even before. Now, the county has made a bold move, permanently banning all outdoor cultivation of low-THC hemp.  Part of California’s infamous Emerald Triangle, Humboldt, and the region of Northern California in general, is the sweet spot for growing outdoor cannabis, one of the best climates in the U.S. for this type of cultivation, recent climate change impact aside. Cannabis is practically in Humboldt’s DNA, so […]

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California Cannabis Workers Now Included In First Phase of COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Those working in California’s medical cannabis industry are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, under new guidelines issued last week by the state’s department of public health.  Those workers are included under Phase 1A, the highest priority tier for the coronavirus vaccination, a “clarification” the agency said was necessary due to “to overlapping definitions in the Health Care and Public Health and Food and Agriculture Essential Workforce definitions.” The department says that Phase 1A eligibility includes individuals “at risk of direct patient exposure in settings” that are included under California’s essential workforce list.  This “includes both clinical and non-clinical roles,” […]

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Taxation’s War on Cannabis

Harborside, a California cannabis dispensary, appealed the Tax Court’s decision of tax deficiencies totaling over $29 million dollars for the periods between 2007 through 2012. Harborside’s tax liability stems from the IRS’s denial of deductions under IRC §280E and the disallowances of cost of goods sold reported on Harborside’s tax returns. Internal Revenue Code §280E prohibits tax deductions for businesses whose activities involve a federally controlled substance (within the meaning of schedule I and II of the Controlled Substances Act). Unfortunately, cannabis is still and at the time (of the facts in the case) a Schedule I Controlled Substance.  On […]

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California Overturns Regulation Allowing for Cannabis Billboards

California just overturned a state ruling that allowed for cannabis billboard advertising along state and interstate highways. While cannabis billboards are still allowed, they are prohibited on any highway that crosses state borders, a new restriction for the industry.  The new regulation, which comes from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, overturns the previous ruling, which claimed that billboards were allowed unless they were within a 15-mile radius of the border. Obviously, not being allowed on any highways that leave or enter the state is a lot more restrictive than just keeping them away from the border, so this is […]

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California Hasn’t Seen An Increase In Young Adult Cannabis Use Since Legalization

Adult-use cannabis in California has brought quite a few changes to the state, including easier access to needed medicine and a thriving cannabis tourism scene. However, there has been no marked increase in young adult cannabis use since the start of legalization.  The recently published study, which was published in the Addictive Behavior journal and conducted by the University of California at San Diego, looked at cannabis use within a group of 563 young adults, all ages 18 to 24. All the adults resided in California in the years just prior to cannabis legalization, and the trends were monitored based […]

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