Cannabis

La Mesa voters to weigh in on taxing marijuana businesses

Voters in La Mesa will decide on Nov. 6 whether to approve Measure V, a proposed law that would allow the city to tax commercial cannabis businesses and take a percentage of their gross receipts. If approved, the city hopes to reap $1.5 million to $2 million annually. Under the measure, the city...

  • Medical marijuana dispensary in L.G., first in city, gets OK

    Medical marijuana dispensary in L.G., first in city, gets OK

    Sean McDermott and his son, Corey, will be opening the first medical marijuana shop in La Mesa in just a few weeks. Now, the East County natives also will be opening the first medical cannabis collective in Lemon Grove. The Lemon Grove City Council voted 4-0 on June 19 to issue a conditional-use...

  • Oceanside OKs two delivery-only dispensaries

    Oceanside OKs two delivery-only dispensaries

    Oceanside agreed Wednesday to license two delivery-only dispensaries as the city continues to fine-tune a medical marijuana ordinance adopted in April. The 3-2 vote, with council members Jack Feller and Esther Sanchez opposed, was a compromise reached after the failure of an earlier motion that...

  • San Diego bans marijuana from new urban gardens

    San Diego bans marijuana from new urban gardens

    San Diego took the precautionary move on Tuesday of prohibiting growing of marijuana in the dozens of urban gardens expected to soon sprout up across the city under a new property tax incentive approved in January. The incentive aims to transform some of the city’s roughly 2,000 blighted properties...

  • New cannabis initiative proposed in Oceanside

    New cannabis initiative proposed in Oceanside

    A new group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana sales in Oceanside has filed an initiative that, if approved by voters, would supersede a medical marijuana ordinance the city approved March 28. Members of Oceanside Advocates for Safe Access held a news conference Tuesday afternoon outside...

  • Imperial Beach pushes back marijuana vote

    Imperial Beach pushes back marijuana vote

    Imperial Beach moved closer to regulating recreational marijuana Wednesday night. The City Council voted 3-2 to place an ordinance that would allow one dispensary to open on the July 18 agenda for a final vote. They were originally scheduled to vote during the June 20 meeting but decided to push...

  • Marijuana will boost South Bay economy but won't solve every problem

    Marijuana tax dollars boost local economies, but they likely won’t solve every budget shortfall. An expert who helped write Denver’s marijuana regulations says cannabis taxes account for three percent of that city’s general fund — about $43 million. “That’s a ton of money, but it’s not what I would...

  • La Mesa poised to award license to first medical pot dispensary

    La Mesa poised to award license to first medical pot dispensary

    Sean McDermott’s medical marijuana dispensary, The Grove, appears poised to become the first such licensed business in La Mesa. The facility received the unanimous approval of the La Mesa Planning Commission on Feb. 21 and is scheduled for a vote in March by the City Council. Barring any last-minute...

  • Canna-confused? One Minute Cannabist wants to answer your marijuana questions

    Canna-confused? One Minute Cannabist wants to answer your marijuana questions

    If you’re lost in a sweet, dank fog of canna-confusion, Robbin and Terry Lynn want to hear from you. The couple are launching The One Minute Cannabist Saturday, hosting a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They hope that visitors will come to see this as a one-stop clearinghouse of advice and...

  • Escondido says no to recreational pot

    Escondido says no to recreational pot

    Escondido’s leaders want nothing to do with recreational marijuana and this week strengthened city laws to that effect. The City Council Wednesday also added marijuana to its list of things covered by the city’s seldom-used social host ordinance. Medical marijuana sales were already banned in the...

  • This year it's legal (in California) to give your sweetheart cannabis-infused chocolate

    This year it's legal (in California) to give your sweetheart cannabis-infused chocolate

    Step off See’s Candies and move over Russell Stover. Now that adult-use cannabis is legal in the Golden State, this Valentine’s Day presents a gift-giving alternative to those with a pot-loving beloved: luxury-level edibles that combine chocolate and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound...

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