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California Tokes Up! Cannabis Legalization is Here!

Thousands of Californians and visitors waited in line this morning to purchase their first legal recreational marijuana in the state.

Thanks to Proposition 64, as of January 1st, 2018, California’s cannabis legalization is now a fact!

One of the largest purveyors of cannabis in California, Harborside in Oakland opened at 6am and was soon packed to capacity.  Operating as a medical marijuana dispensary for many years, Harborside, along with many other medical dispensaries, have chosen to sell recreational marijuana as well now.  The only difference besides needing a medical recommendation for medical cannabis (yes, prop 215 is still in effect), is the price.  Medical cannabis is not taxed as high as recreational, which adds 15% to the retail cost as well as taxes at the wholesale level. Continue reading

Lab Testing Cannabis

So, you got a fat sack from your friend, do you have any idea what’s in there besides those choice nugs?

Did you know there’s a huge chance that it’s got a fair share of mold spores, fungicide residue and most likely some pesticide. The kind of thing a lab can test for, and prevent you from getting sick from the use of it.

Bud damaged by mold.

Sad, but it’s true. Since California passed it’s ‘legalization’ law last year, many dispensaries and manufacturers of cannabis products have begun testing their cannabis. Some have in fact quietly pulled product from… Continue reading

Farmers Turning Vineyards into Cannabis Grows

In Oregon and California, farmers growing grapes are starting to grow cannabis as well.  Since they have similar growing requirements, similar seasons, require irrigation and land that is ready to grow, the transition isn’t that hard.

Oregon has already legalized marijuana sales and consumption, and Californians will enjoy legalization of recreational cannabis next year.  So many farmers are planning ahead to get a jump on the latest trend in agriculture.

Farmers will have to compete with indoor grows and many will opt for more secure grow ops in greenhouses. Success will depend upon how the marketplace develops. … Continue reading