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Consider the hemp store owner who was told she had weeks to live after suffering massive liver failure. Or the cannabis chef plunged into a miasma of pain-killing narcotics after his car careened off an I-805 overpass. more

Aug 8, 2016 12:00 AM News & Opinion

With stronger-than-ever backing for recreational marijuana usage, Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use Marijuana Act, is expected to pass with relative ease. more

Jul 25, 2016 12:00 AM News & Opinion

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Brace yourselves for the pot onslaught. The battle lines have been drawn and the coffers are fattening for an all-out fight ahead of the Nov. 8 vote to make California the fifth state to allow recreational marijuana. more

Jul 12, 2016 12:00 AM News & Opinion

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Start with a bud of high-powered pot (the strain "Girl Scout Cookies," for anyone keeping track). Soak the bud in a bath of cannabis oil. Then cake that sticky nugget with a thick layer of THC crystals. more

Jun 28, 2016 12:00 AM News & Opinion

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Once upon a long bygone time, hemp grew far and wide across the American landscape. Colonial law required farmers to grow hemp to meet the ravenous appetite for rope and lamp oil. Industrial revolutionaries turned to hemp for a bewildering ... more

Jun 13, 2016 12:00 AM News & Opinion

Amid the unanimity, a fissure emerged: Would customers be part of the promised wave of raids? Prompted by a reporter, Goldsmith asserted at length that card-holding patients will not find themselves in the legal crosshairs unless they are "... more

May 30, 2016 12:00 AM News & Opinion

Suddenly, four dispensaries were up and running on the same block of his home near Bankers Hill. Noah (not his real name) was a dealer who had been raking in more than $3,000 per month in 2012 selling pot to a circle of friends and acquaint... more

May 18, 2016 12:00 AM News & Opinion

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Garrett Saul, co-founder of KS LabsPhoto by Sebastian Montes The first half of 2015 was a trying time for Hassan Khalil and Garrett Saul. First there was the biotech incubator in Carlsbad. Then more

May 2, 2016 12:00 AM News & Opinion

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Celebration, solidarity and, yes, the chance to partake copiously, brought nearly 800 medical marijuana patients to the second iteration of Local Sesh, the newest effort to convene San Diego's cannabis community. more

Apr 19, 2016 12:00 AM News & Opinion

Is San Diego ready to regulate the sprawling business of selling bud? With the state’s newly minted rules for permitting the medical-cannabis industry, local officials have some sticky decisions to make. more

Oct 28, 2015 12:00 AM News & Opinion

Among regular users of medical cannabis, the terms indica and sativa have become commonplace. It’s widely accepted the two species of cannabis have distinctly different effects. Indica, the rule of thumb goes, produces a calming effect that... more

Oct 14, 2015 12:00 AM News & Opinion

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