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Bay Area Cannasseur: Cannabis dispensaries ask Oakland for more police

Bay Area Cannasseur: Cannabis dispensaries ask Oakland for more police

  • by Sari Staver
  • Dec 1, 2021

Reeling from an estimated $5 million in losses from recent burglaries, East Bay cannabis activists and business leaders rallied outside Oakland City Hall November 29, demanding additional police protection and a two-year tax break.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Cannabis compassion back in season

Bay Area Cannasseur: Cannabis compassion back in season

  • by Sari Staver
  • Oct 6, 2021

It's "Croptober," the time outdoor cannabis is ready for harvest and, this year, also the time that cannabis compassion programs are gearing up to go back into business.

Bay Area Cannasseur: SF dispensary lounges reopen

Bay Area Cannasseur: SF dispensary lounges reopen

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jun 2, 2021

When longtime cannabis pioneer Wayne Justmann recently invited me to join him at Moe Green's cannabis lounge, it was the first I'd heard that San Francisco's onsite lounges were reopening after a 14-month COVID-related closure.

Gay former Sebastopol mayor arrested on sexual assault of a minor charges

Gay former Sebastopol mayor arrested on sexual assault of a minor charges

  • by Sari Staver
  • Apr 12, 2021

A gay man who's the former mayor of Sebastopol and a longtime executive in the cannabis industry has been arrested and charged with five felonies and one misdemeanor related to sexual assault on a minor.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Pandemic brings changes to cannabis industry

Bay Area Cannasseur: Pandemic brings changes to cannabis industry

  • by Sari Staver
  • Mar 31, 2021

Cannabis consumers switched from flowers to edibles during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the practice of passing around a joint, or smoking or vaping anything were reported to carry an increased risk of contracting the virus.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Couple open holistic health store in SF for pets

Bay Area Cannasseur: Couple open holistic health store in SF for pets

  • by Sari Staver
  • Feb 3, 2021

For Jen and Kristi Maxwell, 2020 was the year they began "living the dream."

Bay Area Cannasseur: The ultimate holiday gift — and more

Bay Area Cannasseur: The ultimate holiday gift — and more

  • by Sari Staver
  • Dec 2, 2020

My top pick for a cannabis holiday gift is an extravagant gadget that in the long run could slash your monthly pot bill. And if your holiday gift lists has lower price points, we have those suggestions too.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Cooking gadget simplifies homemade cannabis edibles

Bay Area Cannasseur: Cooking gadget simplifies homemade cannabis edibles

  • by Sari Staver
  • Nov 4, 2020

A cooking gadget has revolutionized the preparation of homemade cannabis edibles.

Bay Area Cannasseur: SF cannabis coffee pioneers head to Colorado

Bay Area Cannasseur: SF cannabis coffee pioneers head to Colorado

  • by Sari Staver
  • Sep 30, 2020

A gay couple who were early pioneers in the cannabis edibles business are moving to a small town in Colorado, hoping the change will enable them to rebuild and expand Somatik, their artisan infused cold brew coffee and chocolate brand.

B.A.R. launches memberships

B.A.R. launches memberships

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 18, 2020

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.

Publicly funded cannabis social equity kitchen launched

Publicly funded cannabis social equity kitchen launched

  • by Sari Staver
  • Sep 15, 2020

A publicly funded social equity kitchen to support people of color who want to enter the infused cannabis market was announced Tuesday by lesbian Amber E. Senter, CEO of the Oakland-based cannabis company, Breeze Distro.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Queer entrepreneurs launch high-end cannabis beverage

Bay Area Cannasseur: Queer entrepreneurs launch high-end cannabis beverage

  • by Sari Staver
  • Sep 2, 2020

At the same time Governor Gavin Newsom announced his COVID-related shutdown of many businesses in March, queer entrepreneurs Brandon Andrew and Ian Colon were planning to launch of a new cannabis-infused beverage.

Bay Area Cannasseur: SF City College to offer cannabis degree

Bay Area Cannasseur: SF City College to offer cannabis degree

  • by Sari Staver
  • Aug 4, 2020

City College of San Francisco will launch a two-year associate of arts degree program in cannabis studies next spring, which it says is the first of its kind in the nation.

Bay Area Cannasseur: Summer-themed cannabis beverages are a hit

Bay Area Cannasseur: Summer-themed cannabis beverages are a hit

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jul 8, 2020

With infused beverages being one of the fastest growing categories in the cannabis industry, most dispensaries are now selling a variety of summer-themed ones.