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Harborside Health Center Closes Portland Dispensary, Will Focus Solely on California

Harborside Health Center Closes Portland Dispensary, Will Focus Solely on California

The Oakland-based Harborside Health Center has closed the doors to its Portland, OR, dispensary and announced plans to focus its business solely in California. This news may come as a surprise to those who follow the cannabis industry closely, as just seven months ago Harborside’s CEO Steve DeAngelo announced plans to expand the company into nearly every legal market in the West.

Business
Coalinga City Council Votes to Turn Vacant California Prison into Marijuana Production Facility

Coalinga City Council Votes to Turn Vacant California Prison into Marijuana Production Facility

The Coalinga City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to turn the abandoned San Joaquin Valley Prison into a marijuana cultivation and cannabis oil production facility.

Coalinga is located in California’s Central Valley and once thrived on the jobs and income brought by the now-vacant prison. Since its closure, the city has entered into $3.2 million of debt—a figure it hopes to eliminate with the revenue brought by the new cannabis cultivation facility.

Politics
Adam Carolla Doesn't Think California Will Legalize Weed This Year

Adam Carolla Doesn't Think California Will Legalize Weed This Year

TV and radio personality Adam Carolla doesn’t think California voters will choose to legalize recreational marijuana this election. Why? According to Carolla, because they love to over-regulate and control people’s lives.

“Every commercial that depicts California shows people running on the beach with the dog and the drink in their hand and having a big bonfire at the end of the night—all of those activities are things you’d be arrested for if you lived in California,” Carolla said.

Business
Whoopi Goldberg Launches Medical Marijuana Brand for Women in California

Whoopi Goldberg Launches Medical Marijuana Brand for Women in California

Outspoken marijuana supporter Whoopi Goldberg has founded a California medical marijuana company with products geared specifically towards women.

Goldberg co-founded the "Whoopi & Maya" brand with award-winning edibles maker Maya Elisabeth.

Whoopi & Maya will feature four medical marijuana products designed to alleviate menstrual pain and cramps. The brand will feature a tincture, a balm, a sipping chocolate, and a bath soak.

“I want to go nice and slow with this,” Goldberg said to USA Today. “I don’t want this to be a joke to people. It’s definitely not a joke to women.”

Business
California Marijuana Sales Reached $2.7 Billion in 2015—& That's Just Medical

California Marijuana Sales Reached $2.7 Billion in 2015—& That's Just Medical

California made history 20 years ago when it became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, but since then, not much has changed. Regardless, California marijuana sales still reached $2.7 billion in 2015. Compare that to the $996 million in legal weed sales pioneer state Colorado reached in 2015 and the $5.7 billion total the entire U.S. brought in, and you can see what a huge part California plays in the legal cannabis industry.

Business
Legal Marijuana Sales Projected to Reach $23 Billion by 2020

Legal Marijuana Sales Projected to Reach $23 Billion by 2020

According to the 4th Edition State of Legal Marijuana Markets Report, legal marijuana sales are expected to reach nearly $23 billion in the next four years. Woah.

The report — conducted by ArcView Market Research and New Frontier, a cannabis data-analysis company — is based upon a variety of factors, including last year’s $5.7 billion in sales and the assumption that major player California will legalize recreational marijuana this November. (Please, God.)

USA Today broke it down with this graphic:

Business
Cannabis Oil Production Facility Proposed for Empty San Joaquin Valley Prison

California Prison Could Become a Cannabis Oil Production Facility

The shuttered San Joaquin Valley Prison in Coalinga, Calif., could become the Central Valley’s first cannabis oil production facility.

The Southern California company Ocean Growth Extracts has submitted a proposal to turn the abandoned, 77,000-sq.-ft. former prison into a state-of-the-art marijuana grow and cannabis oil plant, simultaneously bringing 100 jobs and nearly $2 million annually to the struggling city. The proposal was brought to the City Council by Coalinga Mayor Ron Ramsey and City Manager Marissa Trejo and supported by Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Keough, who addressed the Council in favor of the proposal.

Business
Easy Tips to Build Your Cannabis Brand with Instagram Marketing

Easy Tips to Build Your Cannabis Brand with Instagram Marketing

Instagram has become the hottest social media brand in the world — and it’s only been around for six years. Instagram is second only to Facebook with 400 million monthly active users, and 77% of those users are outside the U.S. With more than 40 billion total images shared, users post an average of 80 million pictures per day, making it a hotbed for marketing and advertising on both a global and local scale. But as a marijuana brand, how do you make the most of your social media marketing, especially when you exist in a controversial, niche industry like cannabis?

Business
Review: CloudV Electro Portable e-Nail with Side Arm Aqua Bubbler

CloudV Electro Portable e-Nail Review

Dabbing rules. I know it, you know it, even Cam Newton knows it. But would I ever go through the trouble of buying and tending a butane torch in my own home? (Not to mention hiding it when guests come over because let’s get real, it looks a little crack-y.) Nah. I’ve got vape pens, papers, and my trusty bong Ol’ Faithful for ensuring I can easily enjoy my Chinese delivery and What We Do in the Shadows when I so choose. So while dabbing is a more effective, healthful, and need I say cooler-looking way to get high, I’ve rarely had the chance to do so.