Articles by Michael R. Blood

Deal Offers More Financial Services for California Cannabis Firms

A California cannabis industry group announced Tuesday that it reached an agreement with a state credit union that will provide checking, wire transfers and other banking services for more marijuana companies, helping ease what has been an obstacle for many …

California Restaurants Have Plan for Reopening with Safeguards

California restaurants have drafted a plan to allow the industry to reopen for sit-down dining with an array of safeguards while avoiding possible requirements that customers have their temperature taken and the number of tables be dramatically limited. The recommendations, …

Cannabis Home Delivery Surges in California Amid Outbreak

One company rushed to expand its delivery fleet. Another has seen sales triple. The global coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people locked out of bars, restaurants and theaters, but it’s been an unexpected boost for some U.S. pot shops. …

California Cannabis Seller Wants Court to Void County Delivery Ban

Another legal fight is underway over home marijuana delivery in California. A licensed cannabis company has sued Santa Cruz County, claiming that it’s violating state law by prohibiting deliveries from out-of-county retailers into a swath of unincorporated areas. The East …

Bill Would End Federal Criminal Penalties for Marijuana

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden proposed legislation Friday that would give states a free hand to allow legal cannabis markets without the threat of federal criminal intervention, the latest push in Congress to bolster the nation’s burgeoning pot industry. The proposal, …

California OK’s Pot Deliveries into Communities that Ban Sales

California has endorsed a rule that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales. The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict …

More Marijuana Products in California Passing Safety Tests

A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn’t correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity …

More Marijuana Products in California Passing Safety Tests

A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn’t correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity …

Numerous California Marijuana Products Failing Safety Tests

Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards …

California Considers Rule Changes as Legal Pot Market Struggles

The nation’s largest legal marijuana market is struggling. Illicit sales continue to thrive in California and shaky supply chain has customers looking at barren shelves in some licensed shops. There are testing problems. And a proposal to allow home marijuana …