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Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

August 16, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — When it comes to the taxman, California’s legal pot market is off to a sluggish start. Marijuana cultivation and excise tax collections hit $48 million between April and June, state officials announced Wednesday. That’s a jump from the prior three months but

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California could reshape pot rules as legal market struggles

August 15, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — The nation’s largest legal marijuana market is struggling. Illicit sales continue to thrive. A shaky supply chain has customers looking at barren shelves in some shops. There are testing problems. And a proposal to allow home marijuana deliveries in cities that have

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5 cannabis measures heading to November ballot in El Dorado County

July 22, 2018 — After Proposition 64 passed in California two years ago, El Dorado County voters will have the chance to take a stand on cannabis once again this fall. Five cannabis regulation measures will head to the ballot this November, after a 5-0 approval at Tuesday's El

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Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

June 8, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation’s legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The federal ban that

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Glut of marijuana in Oregon is cautionary tale, experts say

May 31, 2018 — PORTLAND, Ore. — When Oregon lawmakers created the state’s legal marijuana program, they had one goal in mind above all else: to convince illicit pot growers to leave the black market. That meant low barriers for entering the industry that also targeted long-standing medical marijuana

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California Senate supports state-backed bank for pot money

May 30, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers moved Wednesday to create a state-backed bank to handle the billions of dollars flowing from the newly legal recreational marijuana market. The world’s largest legal recreational marijuana economy, created under a law that took effect this year, is projected to

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California, US team up on an issue that divides them: Pot

May 30, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An alarming increase in the use of a highly toxic and banned pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California is leading U.S. and state officials to team up on an issue that recently divided them: pot. They announced

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New monthly high for Nevada pot sales; top projections again

May 23, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Nevada marijuana sales continue to outpace projections, reaching the highest monthly total in March since recreational sales became legal last July. The Nevada Department of Taxation said Wednesday taxable sales of adult-use marijuana topped $41 million in March, a 16 percent increase

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Tahoe Wellness Cooperative exec turns in signatures for cannabis ballot measure

May 18, 2018 — After countless hours of meetings and workshops on cannabis, South Lake Tahoe City Council's work on an ordinance might all have been for nothing — that is, if a certain initiative makes it onto the ballot and passes this November. On Wednesday, Tahoe Wellness Cooperative's

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California has slow start to marijuana tax collections

May 11, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — So far, there’s been no tax windfall from legal marijuana in California. Broad legal sales kicked off on Jan. 1, and state officials had estimated that California would bank $175 million from cultivation and excise taxes by the end of June. But

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Letter: South Lake Tahoe City Council needs to quit stalling on cannabis (opinion)

May 10, 2018 — You think the City Council could realize that legal cannabis sales here is going to help bring in money from taxes on sales. It will help subsidize our roads, fire etc. They need to quit dragging their feet on cannabis and stop spending money trying

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Americans reflect on legal pot ahead of 420 holiday

April 20, 2018 — America’s marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday : Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can

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South Lake Tahoe to allow two cannabis microbusinesses

April 20, 2018 — South Lake Tahoe City Council has provided direction on a mostly-complete ordinance governing commercial cannabis, but a few big decisions still need to be made by the electeds. At Tuesday's meeting, City Council opted to permit two retail cannabis operations and two indoor cultivations less

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South Lake Tahoe City Council to discuss cannabis, VHRs, city leadership

April 16, 2018 — City Council is in store for a long day Tuesday, April 17. From vacation home rentals to cannabis to city leadership searches, there are plenty of complicated and polarizing subjects on the council agenda. Council will once again address the issue of forming regulations for

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California pot regulators send cease order to 954 businesses

April 9, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — Nearly 1,000 individual cannabis businesses have been sent cease-and-desist letters or emails by California regulators during an ongoing enforcement process, a first step in a long effort to ensure the state’s industry is fully regulated and operating like those in more mature

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US seizes pot-growing houses in Northern California tied to China-based criminals

April 4, 2018 — SACRAMENTO — Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuana illegally, authorities said Wednesday. The raids culminate

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Truckee inches closer to allowing commercial cannabis delivery services

April 1, 2018 — A proposal to allow commercial cannabis delivery services in the town of Truckee inched closer to reality Tuesday, March 27, after some headway was made on the issue. The Truckee Planning Commission agreed on a number of conditions for delivery services that should help shape

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California, other marijuana-friendly states want meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

March 30, 2018 — LOS ANGELES — California, Oregon and other marijuana-friendly states are seeking a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in hopes of resolving the conflict between federal and state laws that has left the nation’s cannabis industry in legal limbo. Marijuana is illegal at the

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No draft cannabis ordinance at South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting as expected

March 30, 2018 — South Lake Tahoe City Council made some progress on an ordinance allowing commercial cannabis at a special meeting on Tuesday, March 27, despite urging from the chief of police for a ban of all recreational cannabis businesses within the city until the industry is "proven

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California regulators target web ads for illegal pot shops

March 28, 2018 — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Weedmaps is a go-to website for people looking to find a marijuana shop. With a few clicks on a cellphone, customers can find virtually any type of cannabis product, along with the fastest route to the place selling it and ratings

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