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THE GUARDIAN: Up In Smoke – New California Law Could Send $350M Worth of Cannabis to Incinerator

Rules requiring special packaging and lab testing lead to fears of legal weed shortages   BY  in Los Angeles About $350m worth of cannabis products could be destroyed as new regulations take effect on Sunday in California.   New rules stipulate that all cannabis products must be sold in child-resistant packaging, and must be lab-tested for potency and a variety of contaminants. Additionally, edibles will be limited to 100mg of THC per package, divided into 10mg servings.   The long-anticipated...


HIGH TIMES: How to Hire a Pot Lawyer

Run-ins with the law are sadly common for cannabis consumers. Our handy guide explains when and how to retain the legal services of the best pot lawyer possible.   BY   When Bill Sherman (this is not his real name—due to the sensitivity of his case, he asked us to use an alias) came home to a dozen narcotics agents in his apartment one night, he knew he would need a pot lawyer....


HERB.CO: Cannabis Businesses Leave Los Angeles Amid A Messy Licensing Process

ROB HOFFMAN Cannabis companies are leaving Los Angeles amid the city’s slow rollout of cannabis business licenses and industry regulations. Despite the state’s legal adult-use cannabis program beginning on January 1st, by April, the city still hadn’t even begun accepting paperwork for cannabis business applications. This slow licensing process is a major setback for the city’s cannabis businesses. Without timely approval, these businesses are forced to pay leases on their store locations without making profits. As...


LA TIMES: Marijuana growers, manufacturers have yet to get the green light from L.A.

Months after California legalized the marijuana business, pot growers and manufacturers lament that they are still locked out of the legal industry in Los Angeles. More than 100 shops have already gotten city approval in Los Angeles, but not the companies that have historically furnished them with cannabis, which were supposed to be second in line under a complex set of city regulations passed in December. L.A. had originally...


CANNABIS NOW: Should State-Legal Cannabis Growers Worry About Trump’s Death Penalty Threat?

After Jeff Sessions issued a memo urging prosecutors to seek the death penalty for those “dealing in extremely large quantities of drugs,” even mainstream media outlets began raising the alarm that this could actually be used against large-scale legal cannabis cultivators in places like California. Is this threat at all realistic? By  Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration’s notorious anti-drug hard-liner at the top of the Justice Department, has issued a memorandum...


NBC NEWS: Legal pot business owners ponder the possibility of death row after Trump administration policy shift

“To not acknowledge the difference between a regulated cannabis business and a heroin kingpin is unfathomable.”   by Dennis Romero In a move apparently designed to appease President Trump’s recent promise to execute narcotics traffickers, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week released a memo urging federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for “dealing in extremely large quantities of drugs.” Smarting from Sessions’ opposition to state-legal marijuana in places like California, Colorado and Washington state, the new guidelines sent chills...


LA TIMES: Trump Administration Targets Recreational Pot

Trump administration targets recreational pot, placing thousands of marijuana businesses in California at risk By  Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions ended an Obama-era federal policy that provided legal shelter for marijuana sales in California and five other states that have allowed recreational pot, placing at risk thousands of marijuana businesses operating legally under state laws. The Justice Department move on Thursday plunged California‘s fledgling recreational pot market into further uncertainty, and was met...


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Pot retailers, growers say US move is step back

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on reaction in California to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind a policy that guided federal authorities to take a hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement (all times local): 3:05 p.m. California marijuana retailers and growers are calling the change in federal marijuana policy a step backward. They say U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision Thursday to lift an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the...