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Reggae: Not a synonym for marijuana

Reggae: Not a synonym for marijuana

Eduardo Gonzalez,
Staff Writer

April 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I was diagnosed with stage II Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer in the lymph nodes) shortly after graduating high school. At a time that seemed that the world was caving in on me, the only thing that helped keep my head above my shoulders were the sweet-sounding positive-vibrations of reggae music. Over...

Berkeley City Council votes to become sanctuary city for recreational marijuana

Berkeley City Council votes to become sanctuary city for recreational marijuana

Priscila Chavez,
Contributor

April 2, 2018


Filed under Metro

On Feb. 13, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to become a sanctuary city for marijuana. Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin tweeted that night, “We have become what may be the first city in the country to declare ourselves a sanctuary city for cannabis.” This means that any Berkeley city department...

2018 laws have affected marijuana consumers and culture

2018 laws have affected marijuana consumers and culture

Rebecca Olmos,
Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

I’ve been smoking cannabis since I was 16. I’ve come to appreciate it for both its medical and recreational benefits. Medically, it helps with my anxiety when life gets overwhelming. Recreationally, it doesn’t leave me with a massive hangover if I decide to overdo it with my friends. I’m gla...

Cannabis users smoked proudly this weekend at One Love Cali Reggae Festival

Cannabis users smoked proudly this weekend at One Love Cali Reggae Festival

Rebecca Olmos,
Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under Features

It was difficult to tell the difference between stage smoke and cannabis smoke this weekend in Long Beach. But the pungent smell made it obvious that festival goers were getting high. Joints were passed, blunts were rolled, pens hit and pipes ripped. One Love Cali Reggae Fest was two days filled with live music, d...

DU-High: Drugged driving is drunk driving

DU-High: Drugged driving is drunk driving

Alaina Bigelow,
Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


Filed under Arts & Life

In the late hours of Dec. 24, 2017, CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri was rear ended and killed by a driver under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. The driver himself sustained multiple injuries and was later charged with manslaughter. Almost a week later on Jan. 1, marijuana was legalized in the state of C...

Solving the banking problems for California’s marijuana industry

Solving the banking problems for California’s marijuana industry

Rebecca Olmos,
Contributor

January 6, 2018


Filed under Politics, Showcase

State Treasurer's Cannabis Banking Working Group provides possible solutions Cannabis is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, defined by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” This classification subjects cannabis to the s...

California releases emergency marijuana laws

California releases emergency marijuana laws

Alexander Lawrence,
Contributor

January 6, 2018


Filed under Politics

Recreational weed now for sale Richard Colorado has been growing marijuana privately for over 20 years. Although he was growing what was considered “recreational” product, he was able to vend his product to medical dispensaries legally for the last eight years. The Collective Cultivation Act enab...

California cannabis to be lab tested

California cannabis to be lab tested

Rebecca Olmos,
Contributor

November 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life

New regulations will set standards for marijuana Lab testing cannabis products is not currently required, it’s voluntary. Even if a product is found to be contaminated, it can still make it’s way into dispensaries to be sold, bought and consumed. This has been a problem in California because ...

Marijuana legalization likely to favor large companies

Marijuana legalization likely to favor large companies

Alexander Lawrence,
Contributor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Life, Showcase

Independent growers at risk Richard Colorado’s thumbs and forefingers have permanent calluses from bending the stems of his marijuana plants in such a way that they get better access to light, which increases his yields. His small, 15-light setup is enough to keep him working 50 or more hours a week a...

Milpitas forms marijuana committee

Milpitas forms marijuana committee

Rebecca Olmos,
Contributor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Metro

City passes temporary ban in response to Prop 64 On Nov. 8th, 2016, 57 percent of Californians voted yes on Proposition 64, at which point the consumption and growing of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal throughout the entire state. In January the recreational sales of marijuana will go ...

Ganja Yoga opens in Oakland

Ganja Yoga opens in Oakland

Rebecca Olmos,
Contributor

October 19, 2017


Filed under Features

When you arrive to the Ganja Yoga studio in Oakland, you’re welcomed by Jess Dugan, the instructor for the class. Candles are lit, refreshments are offered, and so is a tray of complimentary cannabis products. For $25 Ganja Yoga offers students a 30 minute social before and after an hour-long ...

Permits, pornos and pot: oh my!

Permits, pornos and pot: oh my!

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

October 13, 2016


Filed under Metro, Showcase

The general election is just four weeks away and voters are beginning to feel the pressure. California voters specifically will have a number of major decisions to make concerning issues in their state on Nov. 8. Seventeen new propositions are on the ballot this year and range from death penalty pr...

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