Posted on January 18, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

5 cannabis trends to watch for in L.A. in 2022

What does L.A.’s cannabis landscape look like in 2022? What trends and factors will shape the look and feel of the local weed scene?

While there are about as many opinions as there are places to legally buy a bag of bud in L.A. County, a recent survey of five industry insiders found five themes coming up over and over again when I asked them to forecast what would radically alter (or, in the case of federal prohibition, not alter) the way cannabis and consumers interact.

For the record:

1:12 p.m. Jan. 13, 2022In an earlier version of this article, a quote from Weedmaps’ Chief Executive Chris Beals about cannabis retail expansion into independent L.A. County cities was misattributed to The Parent Company’s Chief Executive Troy Datcher.

Consolidation is coming

Expect the flurry of mergers and acquisitions that defined the cannabis space last year to continue — if not

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What does L.A.’s cannabis landscape look like in 2022? What trends and factors will shape the look and feel of the local weed scene?

While there are about as many opinions as there are places to legally buy a bag of bud in L.A. County, a recent survey of five industry insiders found five themes coming up over and over again when I asked them to forecast what would radically alter (or, in the case of federal prohibition, not alter) the way cannabis and consumers interact.

For the record:

1:12 p.m. Jan. 13, 2022In an earlier version of this article, a quote from Weedmaps’ Chief Executive Chris Beals about cannabis retail expansion into independent L.A. County cities was misattributed to The Parent Company’s Chief Executive Troy Datcher.

Consolidation is coming

Expect the flurry of mergers and acquisitions that defined the cannabis space last year to continue — if not

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Posted on January 17, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

How to Prevent Weed-Induced Anxiety, According to a Cannabis Expert

  • Lo Friesen, a cannabis chemist and founder of cannabis extract company Heylo, told Insider her tips for weed users who are prone to anxiety.
  • She said cannabis users who want to avoid feelings of anxiety should look for strains that smell pleasant to them, a sign it will interact well with their bodies.
  • Weed users should also look for strains low in THC and ones that contain the cannabinoid CBG.

As more states legalize weed, an increasing number of people are using the substance to decrease feelings of stress and anxiety. But some say cannabis use has exacerbated their anxiousness.

Cannabis users who’ve experienced anxiety-provoking effects might not have to swear off weed completely, though.

Instead, they should consider changing their dose and the strains they use, Lo Friesen, the founder and CEO of cannabis extracts company Heylo, told Insider.

“I always encourage people

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Posted on January 16, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

An inside look at Lume Cannabis, marijuana producer in Mich.

EVART, Mich. (WXYZ) — Adult-use marijuana has become a big business in the State of Michigan. And December proved to be a record month — with sales topping $135 million.

We have an exclusive look inside Lume cannabis, the fast-growing company that is the largest single-state operator in the country.

On a snowy December day, we made the trip to the small town of Evart, in central Michigan, to visit the cultivation center for Lume cannabis.

The company’s rapid growth is demonstrated through its expansion in this industrial park. A state-of-the-art facility now connects to Lume’s original building – increasing the grow operation to 250,000 square feet.

“All the employees here get medical-grade scrubs,” said Kevin Kuethe.

Kevin Kuethe is Lume’s Chief Cultivation Officer and our guide through the facility.

Strict safety measures are in place for all employees and visitors.

An air shower is mandatory before entering the

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Posted on January 15, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

‘Something’s not right in southern Oregon’: alarm at rise of illegal pot farms | Oregon

Christopher Hall parks his old Toyota on a dirt road that dead-ends in a forest in Oregon’s Illinois Valley. He points out a cluster of greenhouses surrounded by piles of trash, and the hillside above, which has been terraced and entirely stripped of vegetation. Guard dogs run through a small clearing, barking at us.

Two men pull up almost instantly in a Honda with busted headlights; the driver asks Hall what he’s doing there. For a bespectacled middle-aged conservationist, Hall is surprisingly reckless. Even though he can see the men are armed, he yells back at them: “Where are you from? We know what you’re doing here is illegal! How many plants are you growing?” One man says they’re from Serbia and claims they have a license to grow as another truck pulls up.

I tell Hall I think we should move on, and he reluctantly shifts into drive

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Posted on January 14, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

Gov. Newsom Pledges Marijuana Tax Overhaul To Save California’s Collapsing Cannabis Industry – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — In 2016, there was much celebration as California voters approved Proposition 64, legalizing recreational marijuana. But now, advocates say the cannabis industry has fallen on hard times and in his budget presentation on Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom pledged his support to try to save it.

When Prop 64 legalized cannabis, it signaled acceptance of the industry and promised a boon to state and local tax bases and the end of the illegal market. But it hasn’t actually worked out that way. Most local governments have been reluctant to approve retail sales outlets and now, producers say taxes are eating them alive. So Newsom’s budget comments came as a welcome surprise.

READ MORE: Oakland Police Shut Down Illegal Gambling Den, Seize Guns and Drugs

“It is my goal to look at tax policy to stabilize the market,” he said. “And at the same time, it is

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Posted on January 13, 2022January 13, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

Cannabis grow operation discovered during San Marcos house fire

Firefighters discovered a cannabis growing operation while battling a house fire Tuesday night in San Marcos, and investigators later found material used for THC extraction in the home, authorities said Wednesday.

The process to extract THC from cannabis typically uses butane or other materials that are highly flammable, though detectives are still probing the cause of the fire, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Kamon Harris. A person who was inside the home when the fire broke out was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The blaze was reported just after 11 p.m. at a home on Bluesage Drive, in a neighborhood near South Rancho Santa Fe Road and West San Marcos Boulevard, Harris said in a news release.

San Marcos Fire Department crews discovered the small cannabis-growing operation while battling the flames, alerted sheriff’s deputies to their discovery and requested that detectives from the sheriff’s

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Posted on January 9, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

Indiana Marijuana Legalization And Regulatory Bills Pre-Filed For 2022 Session

A new Republican-led bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky landed in the state legislature this week. The measure is an update to lead sponsor Rep. Jason Nemes’s (R) past legalization efforts and includes a number of conservative-minded adjustments aimed at wining broad support among lawmakers, including leaders of his own party who control the legislative agenda.

Nemes filed a medical legalization bill in 2020 that soundly passed the House but later died in the Senate without a vote amid the early part of the coronavirus pandemic. He reintroduced the legislation for the 2021 session, but it did not advance. In recent months, Nemes has working to build support for a new, scaled-back version of the bill for 2022 and in October said he was confident it could pass if only legislative leaders have the “courage” to allow a vote on it.

The latest version of the bill, HB 136,

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Posted on January 8, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

Cannabis ‘is a fundamental state story’ that is here to stay: Trulieve CEO

Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the cannabis operator’s growth, the prospects of legalization, and the outlook of the cannabis industry.

Video Transcript

JULIE HYMAN: Kim Rivers is joining us. She is CEO of Trulieve, which is one of the biggest cannabis operations in North America. Kim, thanks for being here. So let’s focus on the legislation, first of all. Do you think that it is more likely that Safe Banking– that’s that banking legislation– that’s that legislation I was just referring to– do you think we’re going to get passed in 2022?

KIM RIVERS: Yeah, you know, unfortunately, Congress has not issued my crystal ball yet. I’m waiting for that. Hopefully, in the new year, but I’ve heard there are supply chain and shipping delays. What I can say is that, you know, this industry has never been dependent on federal change.

Certainly, there was

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Posted on January 7, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

Castro cannabis retailer Flore Store opens while historic Cafe Flore

The Castro’s newest cannabis retail store, Flore Store (258 Noe), is now open while historic neighborhood restaurant Flore (formerly known as Cafe Flore) has remained shuttered for two years.

Flore Store co-owner Terrance Alan tells Hoodline that the cannabis store officially opened for business on December 17.

“A short four and half years in the making,” said Alan. “It is a relief, and it’s weird because it’s my 25-year cannabis homecoming to the Castro.”

Flore Store is now open at 258 Noe St. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

 

Hoodline readers may recall that Alan and co-owner Luke Bruner have been working to open Flore Store since 2018.

Alan had originally planned to open Flore Store on April 20, the unofficial national holiday for marijuana, however those plans were delayed by local and state permitting issues.

While Flore Store is now open, the 48-year-old historic neighborhood restaurant Flore remains shuttered since it

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Posted on January 6, 2022Categories Drugs, Health News

National cannabis retailer Green Thumb buys Minnesota’s LeafLine

One of the nation’s largest cannabis companies, Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, is coming to Minnesota after acquiring the local LeafLine Industries — one of two licensed medical cannabis cultivators and distributors in the state.

Green Thumb does not just cater to the medical market. Cannabis is now fully legal in 18 states for what the industry refers to as “adult use.” Green Thumb has 17 manufacturing facilities and 73 retail stores, the majority of which are locations of its Rise chain.

The company has a full line of branded cannabis products including one that looks like a joint: Dogwalkers “cannabis pre-rolls.” Its Incredibles brand is a line of cannabis confections with names like Mile High Mint and Strawberry Crunch.

Green Thumb sees plenty of room for growth in Minnesota even without legalized recreational marijuana. There are currently only about 29,000 Minnesota patients enrolled in the medical cannabis program, a thin

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