1) First, your celebrity news: Charlie Sheen — still WINNING. "Black and Yellow" rapper Wiz Khalifa - has a new single off Rolling Papers. And Kid Cudi to play High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Denver April 2-3.
Some 229 Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries have made the deadline to join the city's pot club permit lottery. One hundred clubs will randomly win a permit to serve the estimated three million citizens in the city. Critics note that a lottery — as opposed to a merit-based system — all but ensures some irresponsible owners will get a coveted permit.
Last month, we reported that none of the so-called medical cannabis laboratories testing local supplies for potency and safety have passed an independent, third-party audit — which is necessary to prove lab validity in the real lab world. To that end, several mainstream scientists had formed the Alliance for Cannabis Science, based in Montana, to voluntarily provide such audits. Now, the Alliance has a peer. On March 1, two Oakland labs, Steep Hill and CW Analytical, said they were forming the Association of California Cannabis Laboratories in Oakland “to address the growing need for standardization in the cannabis quality assurance industry.” The two labs met to with representatives from a third lab, Pure Analytics, “to discuss policies and technologies in the evolving industry.”
The State of California is so broke it might not be able to afford parts of its drug war anymore. Criminal laws are on the books, but funds for mandatory diversion into treatment are no longer available, meaning convicted drug offenders might have an out.
Owners of Berkeley's biggest medical marijuana dispensary, Berkeley Patients Group, are hoping for a settlement behind closed doors on a $6.3 million tax bill. The three-year-old tax case drew fresh headlines recently when the California Board of Equalization issued a press release re-iterating the board's stance on the dispensary’s tax problems. However, Berkeley Patients Group’s operations have not been affected by the tax dispute and the dispensary is not in danger of closing, said spokesman Brad Senesac. The dispensary, in fact, just opened up a new space for patient services.