Armed robbery at San Jose cannabis dispensary: Police seek three suspects – KRON4

(KRON) — The San Jose Police Department is looking for three suspects in connection to the armed robbery of a cannabis dispensary in February. Officers responded to the incident at 4:25 a.m. on Feb. 14 on a report of armed robbery and attempted homicide.

At the scene, officers learned that three suspects forced their way into the business and took various products. A fourth suspect, police said, remained outside.

The suspects attempted to flee in a vehicle but were confronted by onsite security personnel. The suspect driver, according to police, pointed a handgun at security personnel and fired one shot.

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The four suspects fled the scene in the vehicle, firing at least one more round as they fled.

The investigation was taken over by detectives from the San Jose PD Robbery Unit. One of the suspects was identified. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect and a search warrant for his San Francisco residence.

Detectives served the search warrant on May 28 and seized a loaded stolen handgun, magazines for a different firearm, extra ammunition and several vehicle license plates, some reported stolen.

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Evergreen Park puts off vote on marijuana dispensary, will hold second public hearing – Chicago Tribune

Evergreen Park residents and a marijuana dispensary operator will have another chance to express their views at a public hearing June 17.

A standing room crowd attended the April 15 public hearing on a proposal by a Chicago-based marijuana company to open a store in the former Scott Credit Union at 9122 S. Kedzie Ave.

“The residents raised some really good points and the petitioner wanted an opportunity to address them,” said Village Trustee Norman Anderson.

So a second public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17 in the Village Hall Board Room, 9418 S. Kedzie Ave.

Evergreen Park Mayor Kelly Burke said some people who spoke at the April 15 hearing were against the proposal and some were in favor of the village getting its first marijuana dispensary.

“It’s a mixed bag.”

Burke said she also has heard a variety of opinions from residents she meets and in emails she has received.

The 1937 Group, named for the Marihuana Act of 1937, is requesting an ordinance change and special use permit to open in Evergreen Park.

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The 1937 Group is seeking a special-use permit to allow it open a marijuana dispensary at the shuttered Scott Credit Union at 91st Street and Kedzie Avenue.

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From the Earth Missouri Opens New Kansas City State Line Dispensary – Yahoo Finance

From the Earth State Line is the award-winning Missouri dispensary group’s fourth location in the city, sixth in the state

Kansas City, Missouri–(Newsfile Corp. – June 4, 2024) – From the Earth (“the Company”), a regional Missouri dispensary group, recently opened a new location, From The Earth State Line in Kansas City Missouri.

From the Earth State Line will uphold the Company’s mission of education and incredible local service in a new, high-traffic location and is set to be the Company’s best addition yet.

From the Earth recently won recognition when they swept Weedmaps’ 2024 Best Kansas City Dispensaries awards. The new location will be one of the Company’s largest, accommodating heavy traffic while still providing exceptional customer service, friendly and knowledgeable local staff, extensive product selection, and an award-winning rewards program that has made From the Earth a staple in the Missouri cannabis community.

“We’re thrilled to provide increased access to medicinal and recreational cannabis products in Kansas City, MO,” said From the Earth CMO, David Craig. “This location has been a dream of ours for a while now, and we’re grateful for the hard work of everyone involved. We’ll celebrate throughout the month, so stay tuned for upcoming events and specials.”

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California’s Cannabis Lounges and Assembly Bill 374: Food, Fun, Weed

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As California continues to pioneer in the cannabis industry, a new trend is taking the scene by storm: cannabis consumption lounges. These lounges are becoming the ultimate hangout spots, and the latest buzz is about adding food and non-alcoholic drinks to the menu. Let’s dive into what’s happening with consumption lounges in California and how they’re looking to integrate food and beverages for an even better experience, through proposed legislation known as Assembly Bill 374 (“AB-374”).

What’s a cannabis consumption lounge?

Think of a cannabis consumption lounge as the cool new spot where adults can legally enjoy cannabis products in a social setting. These lounges, unlike retail dispensaries, let you kick back and consume cannabis on-site, much like a bar does with alcohol. Whether you’re in West Hollywood or San Francisco, some cities are all in on this idea, while others are still warming up to it.

Cannabis-friendly cafés: already a thing in California

Yes, cannabis-friendly cafés are already a reality in California! West Hollywood started the trend in 2018 with its cannabis lounge program. Imagine enjoying tacos, burgers, or wings while choosing from a menu of pre-rolls, edibles, infused beverages, or concentrates. These cafés

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Kush League, A Fitness-Themed Dispensary, Aims To Open In Portage Park – Block Club Chicago

PORTAGE PARK — Kush League, a sports and fitness-themed dispensary, could be coming to a vacant storefront in Portage Park. 

The 1937 Group, a minority-owned cannabis company headquartered in South Shore, wants to open the dispensary at 3645 N. Central Ave., on the ground floor of a recently constructed self-storage complex at the southeast corner of Central and Waveland avenues. 

Ambrose Jackson, chairman and CEO of The 1937 Group, said the dispensary would be designed to promote an active lifestyle. There are plans to incorporate a small basketball court and athletic-themed branding into the dispensary that Jackson said would be like the “Nike of cannabis.” 

“We want to show people that there is an actual medical and therapeutic benefit to the cannabis plant,” Jackson said. “Our objective is to find fun and unique ways to promote healthy and active living.”

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Kush League would open in a relatively new building that has seen its retail space sit vacant.

The five-story storage facility was first proposed

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Dispensary Prepares for dual license application – Spectrum News 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio — This week medicinal dispensaries are expected to be able to apply to sell recreational marijuana.

This step comes six months after recreational marijuana became legal across the Buckeye State. Elevated Growth OH LLC is among the medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Worthington, Ohio, ready to apply for the dual license on Friday. 

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“We already have a very secure facility, but we still have to make sure our security is in line,” said Corey Bix, the operations manager at Elevated Growth OH LLC. “We have to ensure that our inventory processes are up to par and are keeping level with the state’s requirements.” 

Elevated Growth OH LLC is a medicinal dispensary operating that opened last October. They say there are a lot of regulations on medicinal products. For instance, where people open the products, and where a person can

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Budding Egg Harbor dispensary teams up with top summer concert series – NJBIZ

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A soon-to-open craft dispensary in Egg Harbor Township has partnered with a South Jersey concert promoter for a series of free pop-up music events this summer.

For locally owned and operated business Conservatory Cannabis Co., Tony Mart Presents AtlantiCare Concerts on the Beach series was a perfect opportunity to introduce the business and connect with the community.

USA Today readers voted the popular program as one of the best outdoor concert events in the country. This year, the series kicks off June 14 in Somers Point. This summer’s lineup of performers hails from a range of genres, including rock, Motown, soul, blues, Cajun, reggae and classic rock.

Kayla Montoro, chief executive officer of Conservatory Cannabis, said, “We’re local to South Jersey, so we’re so excited to partner with an organization we know and love. Tony Marts is special to us because they’re a legend in our community. They’ve brought free music and good times to our area and we’re happy to be a part of that.”

The 5,500-square-foot dispensary at 2516 Fire Road in Egg Harbor is expected to open “very soon” and seeks to offer customers a place where they can “browse comfortably and buy

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New Marijuana Dispensary Opening in Arizona on July 3 – AZmarijuana.com

Story Cannabis Company, an Arizona-based privately held multi-state dispensary operator dedicated to crafting a carefully developed retail experience, just announced their latest Arizona location is slated to open Wednesday, July 3, at 701 E. Dunlap Ave., in Phoenix.

The new dispensary is the company’s 11th retail location in Arizona and it will provide an enhanced customer experience and cater to a wide range of customers. The store will serve adult-use consumers and medical patients, and carry a wide selection of flower, pre-rolls, vaporizers, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, topicals, and more. The dispensary will feature Story’s popular in-house brands including Just Flower, More, and Fade Co.

“Our newest Arizona dispensary expands our reach and allows us to better serve customers, reduce wait times, and create more job opportunities in the community,” said Story Cannabis CEO and founder, Jason Vedadi.

The launch of the new Phoenix dispensary aligns with the company’s strategic plans for rapid growth through the purchase and acquisition of vertically integrated assets in high-opportunity locations, and the development of its signature in-house brands.

Story Cannabis Company operates 18 retail and three cultivation locations across Arizona, Maryland, and Ohio. To learn more, visit www.storycannabis.com.

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South Africa Broadly Decriminalizes Cannabis

Before last week’s elections, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa gave final approval to a bill to decriminalize cannabis, making the nation the first in Africa to legalize cannabis for personal use. President Ramaphosa signed the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act on May 28, which removed cannabis from the nation’s Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act. 

In a press release, Ramaphosa said the move “will further enable amendment of the Schedules to the Medicines and Related Substances Act and provide for targeted regulatory reform of the Plant Breeders Rights Act and the Plant Improvement Act, as well as other pieces of legislation that require amendment to allow for the industrialization of the cannabis sector.” 

“The Bill further guides the medically prescribed administration of cannabis to a child while also protecting children from undue exposure to cannabis. It provides for an alternative manner by which to address the issue of the prohibited use, possession of, or dealing in, cannabis by children, with due regard to the best interest of the child. It also prohibit the dealing in cannabis.” — Ramaphosa in a statement 

Ramaphosa’s party, the African National Congress, lost its majority in Congress during elections on May 29. 

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Canada Has Issued Few Pardons for Cannabis Crimes Since Reforms Passed in 2019

Since August 2019, Canada has issued just 845 pardons for cannabis crimes, according to Board of Pardon data outlined by the CBC. The government says it also doesn’t know how many possession records have been “sequestered” under a different program.  

Canada legalized cannabis federally in 2018 and the government estimated that 10,000 citizens would be eligible for conviction relief. The Parole Board of Canada told the CBD that more than 1,300 citizens applied for pardons but that hundreds of applications were either incomplete or ineligible.  

Andrew Tanenbaum, director of the non-profit organization Pardons Canada, told the CBC that the pardon process is tedious and that some Canadians with eligible records may be apathetic about applying.

An alternative was launched in 2022 that should automatically “sequester” records for simple possession, which would prevent records from showing up on background checks. That program gave the government two years to sequester some records for cannabis possession and other drugs, the report says, but NDP MP Randall Garrison – who backed the amendment to sequester records – told the CBC that “it’s clear [the program] doesn’t work.”

“It’s a bureaucratic nightmare. The amount of bureaucracy

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