By David Downs : greenstate – excerpt
Cannabis fans and history-watchers may be flocking to Berkeley Jan. 1 for some of the first legal recreational marijuana sales in the state’s modern history.
Commercial sales to adults 21 and older can legally begin New Year’s Day in California, but pot shops need both a state and a local license to conduct such transactions. Unlike San Francisco or Oakland, Berkeley has become one of the very few of the 400-plus cities and counties in California to create such a license.
On Oct. 17, the Berkeley Council voted on consent to pass the second reading of an amendment to its city code permitting Berkeley’s three dispensaries to conduct adult-use sales, according to Charley Pappas, vice chair of the Berkeley Cannabis Commission, and former chair for two years. The amendment had passed a first reading unanimously Oct. 10, he said.
The amendment now goes to a City Clerk for chaptering and becomes effective in 30 days… (more)
By Zack Ruskin : sfweekly – excerpt
Wine and weed pairings are coming to pot-friendly Sonoma County now that cannabis is legal for adults in California photo by Zrants
Up in Sonoma County, Sam Edwards gives marijuana the Merlot treatment.
Sam Edwards is a third-generation Sonoma County resident, and while wine will always be the chief export of the region, he’s applying the tasting format to another plant that’s also grown with immense love and care.
For the past two years, Edwards has hosted pairings that offer attendees the chance to taste cannabis without actually getting high, and pairing the plants with suitable wine. The Sonoma Cannabis Company co-founder says the idea is part of a larger mission to appreciate the sensory complexities of various pot strains.
“These cannabis wine pairing dinners are not about consumption,” Edwards explains. “If you’re doing a tasting club for wine in a professional sense, sometimes you’re doing a tasting at 8 a.m. You’re not consuming. So we’ve figured out ways that allow for these tasting formats but do not incorporate any cannabis consumption.”…(more)
New job opportunities may blossom due to the new legalization of pot in California unless Sessions has his way and decides to invade the state with feds. Cities and counties are working on setting up new business regulations, in anticipation of a new robust market in cannabis products.