California State Fair Announces Cannabis Competition Winners, Here's Where to Buy Them in the Bay Area – SFist

60 different strains of weed just won official competitive honors in the California State Fair’s extremely awesome new marijuana category, and several of these winners can be found on SF and Oakland dispensary shelves.

It seemed highly amusing when the California State Fair announced last September they were adding a State Fair Cannabis Competition to their usual regimen of 4-H booths and livestock or agriculture competitions. But the fair said at the time that they like to honor the Golden State’s  “dynamic industries including wine, craft beer, olive oil and cheese,” and now weed joins that proud pantheon.

In advance of the fair’s opening on July 10 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, the fair  has announced the 2022 California State Fair Cannabis Award Winners. This is not some cheesy “Cannabis Cup” deal judged by Instagram influencers and washed-up celebrities. As the state fair explains, “Our cannabis competition evaluates raw, whole plant cannabis compound categories including three primary acidic cannabinoids, THCa/CBDa/CBGa, and six terpenes, Limonene, Pinene, Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Ocimene, and Terpinolene, and one co-dominant terpene profile. Instead of going by taste and sensation as other cannabis competitions, we decided to eliminate the need to inhale smoke by having entries

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This Gay-Owned Dispensary Is Raising Money For Sheltered Animals and LGBTQ+ Refugees Escaping State-Sponsored Violence – pride source.com

Michigan’s first LGBTQ-owned and operated marijuana dispensary, Green Koi, is committed to the community. Based in Douglas/Saugatuck and right next door to The Dunes Resort, the dispensary’s founders are raising funds to support two important causes: sheltered animals in need and international LGBTQ+ refugees.

“We are assisting those in need on both a local and global level by raising funds for a local non-profit and a global non-profit organization,” said Green Koi Co-Owner Ethan Del Stone. 

Green Koi is leveraging its partnership with brands such as Green Gruff CBD pet products and Cresco cannabis products to make this possible. “Between our in-store promotions, charitable social events and donating directly to other non-profit organizations, it is our way of making a difference,” Del Stone shared. “We co-host charitable events with other LGBTQ-owned businesses such as CampIt, The Dunes Resort and Isabel’s Market + Eatery to raise funds. Green Koi is inclusive, and we are open to collaborating with our allies from all walks of life.” 

Primarily funded by donations such as those from Green Koi, Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance finds good homes for hundreds of cats and dogs every year. “We are very appreciative of everything Green Koi has done,” said

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Weedmangets Cannabis Regulatory Commission OK for conditional license – Burlington County Times

The state’s most notable pot advocate has gone legit.

Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion said he was told Thursday he’s been awarded a conditional retail license to legally sell cannabis in the state of New Jersey.

“There were so many days I was laid up in jail looking at the top bunk wondering if this day would ever come,” Forchion told the Courier-Post shortly after getting the news. “And now it’s here.”

Forchion has spent more than 400 days in jail over the past 25 years after first being arrested for possessing 45 pounds of marijuana.

Late Thursday afternoon, Forchion began receiving texts from his friends and colleagues in the cannabis advocacy community telling him they had heard the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission call his name as they announced new license awardees.

Forchion said his daughter, Chanel, was awarded a conditional cultivator license for what will eventually be a growing location in Penns Grove, Salem County. One of his goals has been to establish generational wealth for his children.

Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings Marry Matrimony And Mary Jane In Sin City

They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. However, Maxine Fensom, a one-time Playboy Australia “Playmate of the Month” and serial entrepreneur, wants her clients to find forever love under the cannabis plants of Sin City. “Cannabis is such a beautiful and magical herb that can really help people,” Fensom says. “Through Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings, I’ve seen first-hand how it has helped so many couples get through some really difficult and traumatic times.”

With Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings, canna-couples “tie the knot with pot” in a grow house or at the world’s largest dispensary, Planet 13, just steps from the Las Vegas Strip. Lovers can choose between several different wedding packages, including the cannabis-themed wedding venue and add-ons such as a green wedding cake, marijuana leaf bouquet, munchies, and even a helicopter ride. (So consume cannabis responsibly because you don’t want to get paranoid up in the air).

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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You Can Get Weed Legally in the UK for Anxiety – So I Tried It

Tired of my panic attacks, I decided to see how easy it was to get a prescription for medical weed in Britain.

You can now get medical weed for anxiety in the UK. Just read that again and properly take it in this time.

This isn’t clickbait. It’s not one of those TikTok’s where some dude from the US tells you very confidently that there’s a polar bear living in the River Thames, but when you properly look into it, it actually happened in 1252 under the reign of Henry III. No: You can, very feasibly, get medical marijuana delivered to your door, within the month, without ever leaving the house. No catches, no caveats. (You probably should leave the house, though.)

– Read the entire article at VICE.

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Multiple Individuals Convicted in Crackdown on Unlicensed Marijuana Dispensary Industry – Department of Justice

SAN DIEGO – Shahram “Sean” Sheikhan and Sabriana Williams pleaded guilty in federal court today to drug distribution charges, the latest individuals convicted as part of an ongoing investigation by federal and state authorities targeting unlicensed, illegal marijuana dispensaries throughout Southern California.

From at least 2019 through 2022, Sheikhan and Williams, along with others, operated an unlicensed, illegal marijuana business known as “Cannaland,” which functioned primarily as a wholesale supplier of marijuana and marijuana products to unlicensed and illegal marijuana dispensaries in Southern California. Additionally, Cannaland operated as an unlicensed, illegal marijuana dispensary in its own right, serving individual customers.

In April 2021, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Cannaland, which at the time was located at 10630 Willie Baker Way in Spring Valley, California. During the execution of the search warrant, more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana was seized, with an estimated street value in excess of $6 million, along with five firearms. Following the search warrant, Sheikhan and Williams personally coordinated and facilitated the procurement of replacement firearms for the business’ armed security guards and continued to operate their business and distribute vast amounts of marijuana. As part of their plea agreements, Sheikhan and Williams admitted the amount

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Carson City could see two additional cannabis dispensaries with commission recommendation – Carson Now

by Kelsey Penrose

During Wednesday’s Carson City Planning Commission meeting, a lengthy discussion was held regarding whether or not the commission should recommend to the Board of Supervisors the acceptance of an additional cannabis retail store.

In Nevada, recreational cannabis was legalized in 2016, and dispensary allotments were based on population and were generally given to already established medical-marijuana dispensaries, such as Carson City’s RISE and Sierra Well.

By state regulation, Carson City was allowed two medical dispensaries and up to four retail cannabis dispensaries, but Carson City soon enacted their own ordinance limiting the number to two total dispensaries.

According to Will Addler, who spoke as a representative for both RISE and Sierra Well, it was the city’s position at that time that there would never be any additional dispensaries allotted in the capital city.

However, opinions may have shifted, as the Board of Supervisors asked the Planning Commission for a recommendation on allowing curbside pickup and/or drive through services, as well as to make a recommendation on how many total dispensaries should be allotted.

At the beginning of the meeting, the number being discussed was one additional dispensary, bringing the total

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Carson City could see two additional cannabis dispensaries with commission recommendation | Carson City Nevada News – Carson Now

by Kelsey Penrose

During Wednesday’s Carson City Planning Commission meeting, a lengthy discussion was held regarding whether or not the commission should recommend to the Board of Supervisors the acceptance of an additional cannabis retail store.

In Nevada, recreational cannabis was legalized in 2016, and dispensary allotments were based on population and were generally given to already established medical-marijuana dispensaries, such as Carson City’s RISE and Sierra Well.

By state regulation, Carson City was allowed two medical dispensaries and up to four retail cannabis dispensaries, but Carson City soon enacted their own ordinance limiting the number to two total dispensaries.

According to Will Addler, who spoke as a representative for both RISE and Sierra Well, it was the city’s position at that time that there would never be any additional dispensaries allotted in the capital city.

However, opinions may have shifted, as the Board of Supervisors asked the Planning Commission for a recommendation on allowing curbside pickup and/or drive through services, as well as to make a recommendation on how many total dispensaries should be allotted.

At the beginning of the meeting, the number being discussed was one additional dispensary, bringing the total

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How To Keep A 5th Generation Family Farm Going? Just Add Cannabis

It’s tough making money by growing apples – global competition has driven prices down to just twenty-five cents a pound and unexpected pests, bad weather, or labor shortages can have severe consequences. That’s why Eddie Brennan of Beak and Skiff Orchards near Syracuse New York jumped in to grab a one-acre cannabis-growing license from the state when they became available. Cannabis will fetch $500 per pound he estimates, which is two thousand times the revenue of a pound of apples.

To diversify the family business over the years, and bring in income outside of the fall harvest, the orchard has added a tasting room, a pick your own apples business, a hard cider distillery, and a summer concert series. Cannabis may finally be the puzzle piece said Brennan, that lets the family farm make it to the 6th generation.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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Cashed Out | Cannabis – Tucson Weekly

A major cannabis bill FAILED last week in the final days of the legislative session.

While it had passed the Senate, House Bill 2050 failed in the House of Representatives on a vote of 36-22. Although a majority of House members were in favor of the legislation, it required a two-thirds majority to pass because Arizona’s legalization laws were passed as ballot propositions and are subject to the Voter Protection Act.

The bill aimed to resolved multiple issues with current cannabis law, including funding for research, issues with testing cannabis products and reducing the cost of medical cards for veterans.

The legislation would have assisted recent social equity applicants by changing adult-use licenses to “dual licenses” and allowing medical alongside recreational sales. These social equity licenses, created as part of 2020’s legalization of adult recreational use of cannabis, were designed to repair some of the harms associated with the decades-long war on drugs by giving ownership opportunities to individuals impacted by previous drug laws.

But the clock is ticking for those who hope to open shops with social equity licenses. The establishments have to be set up within a

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