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News, Chem Tales Chem Tales: Is Donald Trump Good on Cannabis?

Chem Tales: Is Donald Trump Good on Cannabis?

Recently in Denver, Donald Trump told a television station that states should decide for themselves whether or not to legalize marijuana. Trump has expressed contradictory views in the past, but this is one of his more believable campaign promises. If…
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News, Chem Tales Chem Tales: High Summer

Chem Tales: High Summer

Summer is a fabulous time to drink your cannabis. Doing sporty things in the sun can bring up a strong thirst, and outdoor vacation activities — like purchasing an $18 inflatable raft called "The Gator" for a self-guided drift down…
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News, Chem Tales Chem Tales: Conflict and Corruption

Chem Tales: Conflict and Corruption

In states that have legalized the sale of medical and recreational cannabis, the industry is flourishing. State and local laws have done great work in creating policies and laws that give such businesses a sense of stability that allow them…
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News, Chem Tales A Multibillion Dollar Industry Without a Bank

A Multibillion Dollar Industry Without a Bank

As the California campaign for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act gains momentum and state economists forecast an industry that could grow to $15 billion annually by 2020, creating thousands of jobs and generating millions in tax revenue, there's a…
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News, Chem Tales Big Money and Bigger Risks

Big Money and Bigger Risks

Mendocino County is back in the marijuana business. Not that its citizens ever stopped growing, and not that the Emerald Triangle's cash-rich economy found another cash crop. But after a few years' hiatus, Mendocino is again using cannabis as a…
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News, Chem Tales Why Inspect When You Can Raid?

Why Inspect When You Can Raid?

Last Wednesday in Sonoma County, officials responded to a report of workplace safety violations with armed law enforcement officers in Kevlar and camouflage. Until that day, a major cannabis company called CBD Guild had been producing cannabis oil cartridges, cannabis…
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News, Chem Tales Marijuana's Billionaire Bogeyman

Marijuana's Billionaire Bogeyman

For almost a year, American visitors to Las Vegas have been able to go to a show, dine at a celebrity chef's restaurant, drink, gamble — and legally buy cannabis. Nevada was the first state in the nation to offer…
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News, Chem Tales A Cannabis Tax Revolt

A Cannabis Tax Revolt

This story has been updated. At least one part of Scarface is accurate — the part when cocaine dealers amass ungodly sums of money and use it to transform the Miami skyline. So much cash was flowing into southern Florida…
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News, Chem Tales Weed's Race War Continues

Weed's Race War Continues

One of the chief arguments against legalizing cannabis in California is that legalization is not needed. In 2010, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill decriminalizing up to an ounce of cannabis for all adults, no medical-cannabis recommendation from a physician…
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News, Chem Tales The Trouble with Cannabis Reparations

The Trouble with Cannabis Reparations

For decades, being a marijuana advocate required that you be a combination of outlaw, policy wonk, and social-justice warrior. You were pushing illegal conduct, because ending an expensive and racially biased experiment was the right and sensible thing to do…
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News, Chem Tales Kids, Cartels, and Heroin: How California's Marijuana Legalization Campaign Will Be Run

Kids, Cartels, and Heroin: How California's Marijuana Legalization Campaign Will Be Run

Just after noon on May 3, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom stood in front of a well-dressed crowd at the Commonwealth Club — an "unusual coalition" of Republicans, doctors, environmentalists, and former cops, as one member put it — talking at…
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News, Chem Tales The Age of Cannabis Money in Politics

The Age of Cannabis Money in Politics

If the Mission District manifested its own member of Congress — and if this representative were a he in his late 60s — he would look exactly like Earl Blumenauer. A mix of Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye the Science…
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News, Chem Tales Big Victory Over Feds; Evicted for Weed?

Big Victory Over Feds; Evicted for Weed?

In the latest sign that the federal Justice Department is waving the white flag in the war on cannabis, federal prosecutors have agreed to drop a nearly four-year-long effort to shut down Oakland-based mega-dispensary Harborside Health Center, the dispensary announced…
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News, Chem Tales What's on Barack Obama's Marijuana Schedule?

What's on Barack Obama's Marijuana Schedule?

A lame duck with nothing to lose but his legacy, Barack Obama is now in the peculiar position of being America's most cannabis-friendly president. He has earned this title passively: by doing nothing. Obama did nothing when Washington and Colorado…
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News, Chem Tales Marijuana's First Museum

Marijuana's First Museum

The truest words at "Altered State," the Oakland Museum of California's new exhibit all about America's favorite illicit drug — and, according to the museum's curators, the first-ever cannabis-centric museum exhibit in America — greet visitors at the very beginning,…
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News, Chem Tales Lessons of a Cannabis Ex-Billionaire

Lessons of a Cannabis Ex-Billionaire

Vincent Mehdizadeh was in the medical cannabis business for a little more than five years when he made his first billion. Before he could start year eight, it was all gone. In 2010 and 2011, Mehdizadeh — one of those…
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News, Chem Tales Another One Beats the Feds

Another One Beats the Feds

If you needed more proof that boom times are here again for the medical cannabis industry — and here to stay — look no further than 15th Street in the Mission District. When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008,…
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News, Chem Tales Cannabis' Big Minority Problem

Cannabis' Big Minority Problem

Tikisha Ong wants to change the world. The East Bay 30-something wants to become something rarer than a Silicon Valley unicorn: a black person in a position of ownership in the medical cannabis industry. No honest conversation about drugs can…
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News, Chem Tales On Heroin Users, Mayor Calls the Cops

On Heroin Users, Mayor Calls the Cops

In San Francisco, no game of NIMBY bingo is complete without a complaint of "used needles." In Chronicle columns, letters to the editor, and harrowing tales of urban living, evidence of heroin use ends up everywhere: in children's sandboxes, at…
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News, Chem Tales Halting the Cannabis Eviction Crisis

Halting the Cannabis Eviction Crisis

Eleven years is a lifetime in technology, real estate, and the California cannabis industry. But to find a taste of 2005 in 2016 San Francisco, all you have to do is head south on Mission Street past Cesar Chavez —…
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