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12.08.14 Prachi Gupta

The agriculturally rich state of California is no stranger to droughts, but according to a new study reported by Science Daily, the current two-year drought is the state’s worst in 1,200 years. “This is California–drought happens,” stated co-author Daniel Griffin, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of […]

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04.22.14 Andy Cush

Pity the California GOP. How to reach the kids in a state where only 23 percent of voters under 50 are Republicans? Perhaps taking up the cause of the world’s trendiest hot sauce will help. The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California was ruled a public nuisance and ordered to halt production recently, […]

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03.26.14 Andy Cush

Last week, we learned that a bill in California’s state legislature could ban dispensaries from legally selling high-THC cannabis concentrates, and now, it appears Washington is taking the opposite tack. The state’s House and Senate voted to approve House Bill 2304, which calls to legalize retail sale of dabs. NORML explains more: As passed, the measure […]

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03.21.14 Andy Cush

California, utopia of quasi-legal cannabis, could soon ban the super-potent cannabis extracts known as dabs. A bill in the state legislature aimed at regulating the state’s medical industry would prohibit any physician from prescribing butane hash oil. “There’s no medicinal value to a high-THC concentrates like butane hash oil, and we don’t believe it’s part […]

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10.03.13 Andy Cush

To create Pot Shots, their aptly-titled photo zine, Ryan Mungia and Jim Heimann simply drove around with their iPhones. Whenever they saw a cannabis dispensary, they’d snap a cell phone pic from the car, then keep driving. The photos are sparse and strictly documentarian, showing the dispensaries as they’d appear on any normal day. To hear Mungia tell it, […]

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10.02.13 Marina Galperina

Yesterday, California became the second state to enact a new law making “revenge porn” a criminal offense, just like in New Jersey. There is a penalty of up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine according to the bill. Summed up by The Guardian: The bill, which takes effect immediately, makes it a misdemeanor to post identifiable nude […]

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07.08.13 Julia Dawidowicz

About 150 female inmates in California were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 after receiving misleading information and being pressured into surgery, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting. Documents suggest that since the 1990s, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation performed up to 250 sterilizations without the legally required case-by-case medical consultations. These practices hark […]

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03.22.13 Julia Dawidowicz

California weed-smokers no longer have to go through the grueling inconvenience of dragging themselves to a dispensary. Hurray, weed vending machines. At least three dispensaries in L.A. are already using the technology, and several companies, such as Orange County’s Dispense Labs, have begun marketing different products to weed shops throughout the Golden State. Dispense Labs’ machines […]

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02.13.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Seriously, how does James Franco find the time for all this stuff? Apparently his sixteen forthcoming feature films (three of which he is directing) just aren’t enough to save the actor/artist/intellectual/teddy-bear-killer from the throes of boredom, so is also collaborating with 7 For All Mankind to direct a short, interactive, promotional art film. “A Beautiful […]

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01.11.13 Andy Cush

Cops raided Assif Mayar’s Castro Valley, California home Tuesday, finding 34 pounds of weed and a five-foot guard caiman named “Mr. Teeth.” “We get guard dogs all the time when we search for grow houses and people stashing away all types of dope,” said Sergeant J.D. Nelson. “But alligators? You just don’t see that every day.” […]

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