#californiacannabis – Oakland – “The suit sets the stage for a legal battle that tests the limits of religious freedoms, in a city that is expanding its access to controlled substances — even though psychedelic plants are still illegal under state and federal law.”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/eastbay/article/Oakland-church-sues-city-after-police-raided-17378114.php

Courtesy of the California Globe

#psychedelic – ““I’ve now confirmed that SB 519—decriminalizing possession and use of small quantities of certain psychedelic drugs—was amended by the Assembly Appropriations Committee to remove the decriminalization aspect of the bill,” said Senator Wiener. “As a result, the soon-to-be-amended version of SB 519 is limited to a study.

“While I am extremely disappointed by this result, I am looking forward to reintroducing this legislation next year and continuing to make the case that it’s time to end the War on Drugs. Psychedelic drugs, which are not addictive, have incredible promise when it comes to mental health and addiction treatment. We are not giving up.””

https://californiaglobe.com/articles/psychedelic-drug-decriminalization-bill-gutted-before-crucial-assembly-vote/

Courtesy of California City News

#californiacannabis – “The Hermosa Beach City Council voted 4-1 to legalize cannabis deliveries within city limits at its meeting on Aug. 9. Mayor Mike Detoy cast the dissenting vote.

City leaders hope the vote could blunt momentum for a Nov. 8 ballot measure that would allow up to two retail cannabis facilities in the city. That measure would also exclude cannabis delivery to the retailers selected by the city. The city is opposed…..

Delivery operators in Hermosa Beach must hold a proper permit. Violators could face fines as high as $30,000.

https://www.californiacitynews.org/2022/08/hermosa-beach-approves-marijuana-deliveries.html

Courtesy of KION News

#californiacannabis – “The DA’s office obtained a default judgment against Salinas based cannabis businesses Fuji Farms, Inc., and Hands on Faith Association, in association with King. They also entered a stipulated judgment with Salinas based cannabis operation California New Wave, and associated companies for their involvement in this case.

Fuji Farms operated 75,000 square foot outdoor cannabis cultivation between 2018 and 2019. They did not obtain state licenses or local permits to engage in cannabis activity. According to the DA’s office, the company harvested and processed thousands of illegal cannabis plants. King was the CEO and CFO of Fuji Farms during this period….

Hands on Faith is also based in Salinas. Their licenses expired in early 2019. King acquired the company and continued cultivating and engaging in other cannabis activity without renewing the licenses and permits….

Fuji Farms was ordered to pay $375,760, and Hands on Faith Association was ordered to pay $2,038,424.20. Paul King is personally liable for the entire judgment based on his role as CEO in the company and his involvement in the day-to-day operations and violations.”

https://kion546.com/news/local-news/top-stories/2022/08/16/ceo-ordered-to-pay-2-4-million-for-growing-cannabis-without-state-licenses/

Courtesy of Above The Law

#hempproducts – “In May of this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opined that the 2018 Farm Bill legalized delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8 THC) derived from hemp and that “[i]f … Congress inadvertently created a loophole legalizing vaping products containing delta-8 THC, then it is for Congress to fix its mistake.”

The CAOA aims to fix this mistake; unfortunately it does so by setting a THC threshold that would negatively affect nonintoxicating hemp-derived products.

In its current form, the CAOA provides that products made or derived from hemp that exceed 1 milligram of total THC per 100 grams on a dry weight basis — translating into 0.001% total THC — would be excluded from the federal definition of “hemp” due to their intoxicating effects.”

https://abovethelaw.com/2022/08/how-the-cannabis-administration-and-opportunity-act-could-hurt-the-hemp-industry/