The House approved the bill Friday with a mostly party-line vote of 220-204. Long Beach Representatives Alan Lowenthal and Nanette Barragán voted for the measure.
The higher taxes that will take effect Jan. 1 will make it even worse for a legal industry struggling under the weight of heavy regulation and fees, local bans on pot sales and growing and a booming underground marketplace, business owners say.
California’s struggling marijuana market can expect more strain and turbulence for at least a couple of years as it deals with sustained competition from illegal sales, industry layoffs and fallout from a national vaping crisis, the state’s top cannabis regulator said this week.
Chocolate can throw off potency tests so labels aren’t always accurate, and now scientists are trying to figure out why.
L.A. Port Police marine units at Cabrillo Beach noticed the 23-foot boat was “suspiciously bow heavy.”
Long Beach’s legal marijuana dispensaries say they’re struggling under the weight of high taxes and a booming illegal market.
New marijuana dispensaries continue to trickle into Long Beach since the city signed the recreational cannabis ordinance into law last summer.
Current rules require all cannabis products clear a range of tests at labs before reaching consumers, from ensuring THC, the compound that gives pot its high, is distributed evenly in chocolate bars to making sure buds have not been contaminated by fuzzy blankets of mold.
About a dozen dispensaries are now selling weed across Long Beach and many are becoming more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, leaving behind the days of intimidating window-tinted storefronts that left customers feeling like criminals and suspicious neighbors wondering what was going on inside.
The Restoration Initiative for Safety and Employment (RISE) program in Long Beach could impact thousands of people, helping them clear some minor convictions so they can improve their chances of finding a job, officials said.