California marijuana growers are assessing the fire damages. After the shock, resignation.

The deadly wildfires that ravaged communities and wineries in Northern California also severely damaged numerous marijuana farms, just before the state is expected to fully legalize the drug, in a disaster that could have far-reaching implications for a nascent industry.

At least 34 marijuana farms suffered extensive damage as the wildfires tore across wine country and some of California’s prime marijuana-growing areas. The fires could present challenges to the scheduled Jan. 1 rollout of legal marijuana sales at the start of an industry that is expected to generate billions of dollars in revenue. Continue reading “California marijuana growers are assessing the fire damages. After the shock, resignation.”

California marijuana growers reeling from “most financially trying, stressful year ever”

“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.”

The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino Lake Complex fire, are feelings mirrored by countless farmers. Continue reading “California marijuana growers reeling from “most financially trying, stressful year ever””

Two arrested after detectives find 146 marijuana plants in Pueblo West home

Two people have been arrested after authorities found an illegal marijuana grow and suspected butane hash oil operation inside a Pueblo West home.

Reinaldo Castillo, 53, and Jose Castillo, 52, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of multiple marijuana charges and conspiracy, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

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Oregon cops get more complaints about marijuana grows than they can handle

A bizarre kidnapping and robbery case sparked a raid by law enforcement Wednesday at a house off West McAndrews Road where police say they seized 180 pounds of illegal marijuana plants and arrested three men.

“We received a report of a car jacking at gunpoint from the victim,” Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. “That turned out to not be entirely true, but it did lead us to an illegal marijuana deal involving several hundred pounds.” Continue reading “Oregon cops get more complaints about marijuana grows than they can handle”

Colorado students given $420,000 in marijuana tax-funded scholarships

Marijuana taxes paid the lion’s share of the new Pueblo County Scholarship Fund that on Tuesday awarded 210 students $2,000 each for the 2017-18 academic year.

But Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace said much of the credit is due to the southern Colorado sunshine that blasted those students at the scholarship award ceremony held on the steps of the county courthouse. Continue reading “Colorado students given $420,000 in marijuana tax-funded scholarships”

Battling the racial roadblocks to joining the legalized marijuana trade

Darryl Hill, hailed for integrating college football in his youth half a century ago, was a successful entrepreneur with no criminal record and plenty of capital when he applied for a license to grow marijuana in Maryland — a perfect candidate, or so he thought, to enter a wide-open industry that was supposed to take racial diversity into account. Continue reading “Battling the racial roadblocks to joining the legalized marijuana trade”