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Report: California pot growers lagging in getting licenses

February 19, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — Nearly two months after recreational marijuana became legal in California, less than 1 percent of the state’s known growers have been licensed, according to a report released Monday by a pot industry group. The 38-page report from the California Growers Association says

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South Lake Tahoe cannabis workshop slated for Tuesday

February 19, 2018 — South Lake Tahoe City Council will host a workshop intended to gather input on future cannabis regulations. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Beach Retreat & Lodge located at 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The city booked the workshop at the

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Tahoe Wellness Cooperative in escrow for Bijou Center

February 19, 2018 — After a nearly two-year legal battle, Tahoe Wellness Cooperative is in escrow to purchase the shopping center that houses the medical marijuana dispensary. But while one dispute appears to be put to bed, the other with the city of South Lake Tahoe continues. TWC executive

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South Lake Tahoe City Council to host workshop on cannabis regulations

February 7, 2018 — After months of meetings, a committee has put forward recommendations to gradually establish a recreational cannabis industry in South Lake Tahoe. Whether or not those recommendations are adopted remains an unanswered question. City Council hopes to move closer to an answer after Feb. 20, when

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A taxpayer-backed bank for pot money? Maybe in California

January 31, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — California officials announced Tuesday that they will take a detailed look at the possibility of creating a taxpayer-backed bank to handle what could be billions of dollars in revenue generated by the state’s legal marijuana industry. State Treasurer John Chiang stopped short

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Commercial cannabis ban in effect in El Dorado County

January 28, 2018 — The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a nearly two-year ban on commercial licenses for both medical and recreational cannabis activities, with the exception of the medical cannabis dispensaries allowed to operate under county Ordinance 4999. The ban expires on Dec. 12, 2019.

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South Lake Tahoe recreational pot ban extended; proposed regulations to be released soon

January 24, 2018 — South Lake Tahoe City Council voted on Tuesday to extend the 45-day moratorium on adult-use cannabis sales and other activities, but the hope is to get local regulations for the industry in place by May. Council unanimously approved an extension of the temporary ban by

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Sen. Masto awaits US Attorney’s take on pot in Nevada

January 23, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says she’s as anxious as everyone else to find out the acting U.S. Attorney for Nevada’s take on the Trump administration’s marijuana policy. The Nevada Democrat told the Reno Gazette Journal she’s encouraging Dayle Elieson to continue the

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Home pot deliveries in Nevada closer to reality

January 16, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s marijuana regulators have tentatively given pot retailers a green light to begin home deliveries for the first time since recreational marijuana sales became legal last July. The Las Vegas Sun reports The Nevada Tax Commission voted 8-0 on Tuesday to

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Tahoe Wellness Cooperative temporarily shuts doors after state denies license

January 10, 2018 — After being denied a state license that would allow Tahoe Wellness Cooperative to operate as a for-profit business, South Lake Tahoe's lone medical marijuana dispensary shut its doors — then reopened them just a day later. It's a confusing turn of events that began on

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Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy

January 6, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — This week’s announcement that the U.S. Justice Department was ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana initially sent some in the industry into a tailspin, just days after California’s $7 billion recreational weed market opened for business. But for

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California pulls ad critics said promoted pot use

January 6, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials on Friday pulled an ad aimed at discouraging stoned driving after critics said it glorified and promoted marijuana use. The public service announcement was rolled out as California began allowing licensed stores to sell pot to adults on Jan. 1.

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A look at prosecutors who will decide on marijuana crackdown

January 6, 2018 — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has put the top federal prosecutors in states with recreational marijuana back in charge of deciding whether to press pot cases there. Here’s a look at those U.S. attorneys, how they came to their jobs and their background: ___ ALASKA Name:

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Federal pot policy change sparks confusion, crackdown fears

January 5, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — The buzz kill long dreaded in the marijuana industry came just days after California opened what is expected to be the world’s largest legal pot market. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it was ending an Obama-era policy to tread lightly on

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Marijuana investors skittish after Sessions’ shot at pot

January 5, 2018 — SAN FRANCISCO — Marijuana-related stocks plummeted, cannabis boosters worried about the industry’s future and defiant growers and sellers vowed to keep operating after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a tougher approach to federal pot enforcement. The plunging stock prices reversed a weekslong rally driven

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California Democrats condemn AG’s anti-pot policy change

January 4, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — California Democratic leaders are condemning U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind a policy that guided federal authorities to take a hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement in states that legalized use of the drug. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said Thursday

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Attorney General Sessions ending federal policy that let legal pot flourish

January 4, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California.

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New year brings broad pot legalization to California

January 1, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — The arrival of the new year in California brought with it broad legalization of marijuana, a much-anticipated change that comes two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use. The nation’s most populous state joins a growing

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Legal recreational pot in California: What you need to know

January 1, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — California on Monday becomes the nation’s largest state to offer legal recreational marijuana sales. Here’s a snapshot of how the market will work and how the state will regulate a pot economy estimated to be worth $7 billion: THE BASICS California voted

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California’s top marijuana regulator talks legalization

December 31, 2017 — LOS ANGELES — California's legal pot market opens for business on Jan. 1. The day will be a milestone, but what exactly will happen then and, especially, in the weeks and months to come is unclear. Lori Ajax is the state's top pot regulator and

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