Cannabis Makes its Official Outside Lands Debut

By Amy Copperman : hightimes – excerpt

For the first time, cannabis became part of the official lineup at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival this weekend—kind of. Grass Lands, the first-ever curated cannabis experience to hit a mainstream festival, set up shop in a sprawling woodland fairyland overlooking the festival’s main stage. However, regulations forbid the sale of Grass Lands’ star—ironic considering vape clouds throughout Golden Gate Park on any given day roll about as thick as San Francisco’s August fog, especially since marijuana became legal recreationally at the beginning of this year.

So what do you do at a cannabis event that doesn’t actually feature its headliner? It turns out a lot, thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of the mostly local brands that paid homage to cannabis education, sustainability, and San Francisco as the birthplace of the medical marijuana movement… (more)

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Bands mix music and politics at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival

Amid the tens of thousands of people who attended the 11th annual Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate park this weekend, one face stood out, two-dimensionally speaking: Barack Obama’s… (more)

Outside Lands 2018 gets political as Gavin Newsom talks Trump

Outside Lands is known for its world-famous music headliners, food and drink vendors and foggy, chilly weather. But this year, the San Francisco festival added another new element: politics.

California gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom appeared Saturday, Aug. 11, on the Barbary stage as part of a new talk series called D.A.V.E., for Discussions About Virtually Everything. Newsom, currently California lieutenant governor and a former San Francisco mayor, talked with Wired magazine co-founder John Battelle about state issues such as the homelessness and housing crises, sanctuary cities, the water shortage and education… (more)

Its’s a sign of the times: Sex and Drugs and Rockn’Roll has been replaced by Politics and Drugs and Rockn’Roll.

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Hemp Almost Legal as Big Pharma Moves in on CBD

: eastbayexpress – excerpt

The FDA’s approval of the first-ever pharmaceutical drug containing cannabidiol could lead to a crackdown on other cannabis products.

Anyone even vaguely familiar with cannabis law knows it’s fraught with complications and contradictions. Now, in light of recent developments, the legal status of cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, the non-psychoactive medicinal compound derived from cannabis, has never been hazier.

The upcoming federal farm bill being considered by Congress (both a Senate and House version of the bill currently exist) may legalize hemp but, when combined with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first-ever pharmaceutical drug containing CBD, it may actually pave the way for Big Pharma to take over the CBD market — and the rest of the medical marijuana market — nationwide… (more)

Most of us saw this coming. After all, some patents on some uses for cannabis products were taken out years ago. This may drive more of the legal leaning entrepreneurs back into the legal shadows. Maybe that is ok.

On June 25, the FDA approved London-based GW Pharmaceutical’s Epidiolex, a drug containing CBD as its active ingredient, to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients 2 years old and older. On the surface, that may seem like a victory for medical marijuana advocacy but, in reality, it only further muddies the legal status of CBD…

“There is an exception,” the FDA Q&A states, “if the substance was ‘marketed as’ a dietary supplement or as a conventional food before the drug was approved… However, based on available evidence, FDA has concluded that this is not the case for THC or CBD… Interested parties may present the agency with any evidence that they think has bearing on this issue.” Jonathan Miller, lead counsel for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, a coalition of dozens of hemp companies and one of many hemp industry lobbying groups, says he’s been gathering such evidence and hopes to change the agency’s mind…

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With ad ban, Muni finds another way to siphon money from transit

By Joe Eskenazi : missionlocal – excerpt

For sure, Muni’s not keeping pot off the buses

SaSan Francisco’s misbegotten attempts to legislate legal pot in this city have, truly, been a Judge Dredd moment. Just as in that film Sylvester Stallone “is just as bad as people who don’t like him say he is,” our city’s legislative torpor, neighborhood parochialism and capitulation to anti-marijuana zealots has been a display of government as bad as this city’s most hyperbolic government critics regularly accuse us of.

That … is saying a lot. But, last week, city government had one of those dreaded “hold my beer” moments — and propelled us even further into a farcical realm, banning marijuana advertising from Muni vehicles and property…

Just when you thought it was safe to move to California, San Francisco City Hall pulls a fast one. Since they can’t keep pot off the Muni they are retaliating by removing the pot ads.

Lee “urged” the board to nix pot ads on buses after a platoon of Chinese American anti-marijuana zealots protested at his Glen Park home on Nov. 11, urging him to nix pot ads on buses. Picketing outside a politician’s home is a bit tacky, but you’d have to expect more of it if it gets results. And, per Mayor Lee, banning pot ads is a moral necessity to “protect our future generations and communities of color.”…

Your humble narrator regularly commutes on not just any bus, but the 14-Mission — with a toddler in tow. Ads for legal weed approved by a supermajority of city voters are far, far from the most objectionable materials to be found within. Or without.

Stating that vulnerable people must be shielded from the malign influence of ads for weed rings hollow when weed itself is plentiful on these buses; at times, they resemble a rolling blunt bazaar. People are smoking out the back windows. People are rolling joints. People are conducting thriving businesses. The future generations, it seems, are adept at multitasking…(more)

This has to be one of the funniest articles I’ve had the pleasure of sharing in some time.

 

 

 

Berkeley among first cities ready to sell legal cannabis in California Jan. 1

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)

 

Pot and Pinot Unite

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.