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Rural California grapples with ‘green rush’ of pot growers

November 24, 2017 — COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. — The four young men had just started their marijuana harvest in rural Northern California when a dozen sheriff’s deputies swooped in with guns drawn, arrested them and spent the day chopping down 150 bushy plants with machetes. “I could do this every

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Nevada’s recreational pot sales top September projection

November 22, 2017 — LAS VEGAS — The latest data shows Nevada recreational marijuana sales continue to surge. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports data released Monday by the Nevada Department of Taxation says the state's licensed and regulated cannabis dispensaries sold approximately $27.7 million in recreational marijuana in September.

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Delay makes it unlikely San Francisco will sell pot Jan. 1

November 15, 2017 — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors delayed voting Tuesday on proposed pot regulations, making it more unlikely that people in this weed-friendly city will be able to buy recreational pot when adult use becomes legal Jan. 1 in California. Supervisors have had a hard

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Pot-friendly San Francisco fights over recreational cannabis

November 13, 2017 — SAN FRANCISCO — Famously pro-cannabis San Francisco, where the 4/20 marijuana holiday is celebrated with a group smoke-out on Hippie Hill, is having a surprisingly difficult time establishing regulations for the broad legal pot market coming to California in January. Writing local rules in the

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Sticker shock coming with California’s new pot market

November 5, 2017 — LOS ANGELES — California’s legal marijuana marketplace is coming with a kaleidoscope of new taxes and fees that could influence where it’s grown, how pot cookies and other munchies are produced and the price tag on just about everything. Be ready for sticker shock. On

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Changes to SLT medical marijuana ordinance could be put to a vote — and allow recreational sales

November 3, 2017 — The attorney for South Lake Tahoe's only medical marijuana dispensary has filed a petition seeking to get a public vote on a slew of changes to the city ordinance governing his client's business. "This measure will fix legal deficiencies in the City of South Lake

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Extension of emergency pot regulation allows sales to continue in Nevada

November 2, 2017 — With permanent regulations still awaiting legislative approval, the Nevada Tax Commission voted Wednesday, Nov. 1, to extend the existing emergency regulations allowing recreational marijuana licensing and sales for another 120 days. The existing emergency regulations were set to expire Wednesday. In accordance with the Supreme

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El Dorado supervisors nip medical marijuana registry in the bud

November 1, 2017 — The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors initiated changes to the county's outdoor medical marijuana policies Oct. 24 but opted out of the controversial proposal that would have required those growing marijuana for medicinal purposes to register. Several speakers spoke against staff's recommendation for a

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Confusion coming with California’s legal marijuana

October 30, 2017 — LOS ANGELES — Ready or not, California kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it’s not. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be

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Up in smoke: Wildfires scorch California pot crop at harvest

October 18, 2017 — GLEN ELLEN, Calif. — Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards. After evading police roadblocks and passing vintners’ well-tended pools and houses, he finally arrived to

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Government jobs sprouting as legal pot looms in California

October 3, 2017 — LOS ANGELES — Scientists. Tax collectors. Typists. Analysts. Lawyers. And more scientists. Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018, and one of the things to blossom in the emerging industry isn’t green and leafy – it’s government jobs. The state is on a

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Carson City supervisors to consider pot stores

October 1, 2017 — The Carson City code allowing retail marijuana stores could be adopted on Thursday by the Board of Supervisors. The board will hear on second reading two ordinances relating to recreational marijuana businesses. One ordinance covers zoning and would allow retail stores as a conditional use

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Nevada’s first month of pot sales nets $3.7 million taxes

September 29, 2017 — RENO, Nev. — State tax officials say the first month of legal sales of recreational marijuana in Nevada brought in more than $3.5 million in tax revenue. Nevada Tax Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein (KLAPP’-steen) told The Associated Press Thursday they are “good numbers” consistent with

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Afroman launches Palmdale Purp at NuLeaf Tahoe’s dispensary

September 28, 2017 — A famous face visited NuLeaf Tahoe in Incline Village on Monday, and now we know why… because he's selling stuff to get high. Afroman, best known for his song about smoking up, visited Nu Leaf Dispensary on Sept. 25 to launch his new cannabis strain,

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Employee using pot? Carson City Chamber of Commerce luncheon explores the issues

September 27, 2017 — Businesses wondering how to handle employees’ use of recreational and medicinal marijuana can look to a mix of existing employee procedures and new policies. “For employers, you can drug test in the exact same way,” Will Adler, principal, Silver State Government Relations, told attendees at

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Las Vegas officials waiting for Denver to act on pot lounges

September 20, 2017 — LAS VEGAS — Officials with authority over the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday decided to wait until the city of Denver approves the nation’s first marijuana club before they further discuss licensing and regulating pot lounges in Sin City. Nevada launched legal sales of recreational

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Cannabis groups and Carson City Sheriff talk new laws and policies around recreational marijuana

September 16, 2017 — Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong reminded everyone that while recreational and medical marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal. In a Thursday forum presented by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra Cannabis Coalition, Furlong and other guest speakers

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Nevada legislative counsel: Local governments can approve pot smoking ‘lounges’

September 13, 2017 — The Legislative Counsel Bureau’s office has issued an advisory opinion saying nothing in Nevada law prohibits permitting a business to offer customers a special venue to enjoy marijuana at a special event or to have a “pot lounge” for patrons. The opinion was requested by

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California alcohol brewers tap into discussion about marijuana industry

September 11, 2017 — There's been no shortage of requests of California's cannabis czar. For one, noted Lori Ajax, chief of the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, many people want the ability to host the equivalent of wine tastings, just with marijuana. "Bud and breakfast is my favorite," Ajax

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South Lake Tahoe zoning to restrict recreational marijuana could cause conflict with TRPA

September 9, 2017 — If South Lake Tahoe City Council decides to allow recreational cannabis businesses within the city — and restrict where it's allowed through zoning regulations — there could be a wrench in the plan: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approval. At a public workshop last week, South

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