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Labeling Laments: Packaging and label regulations are a major...

"In January, all cannabis products came under Prop. 65, which requires companies to add warnings to products containing any one of about 1,000 chemicals the state has determined might cause reproductive harm," reports Dan Mitchell in this week's "Chronic Town', "The section of the law that covers packaging is long, and such a morass that it can’t be succinctly described. Hence the need for lawyers."

Best Foot Forward: Renegade Running fosters community

Sasha Weilbaker reports on Renegade Running,which opened its retail location on Grand Avenue in June of last year, and describes itself as both a running store and a running community that “strives to make running an inclusive experience for all across race, gender, and physical ability.”.

Hoop Dreams: Support solidifies for an Oakland WNBA team

Ray Bobbitt, AASEG spokesperson and key executive, said the group made contact with the WNBA several months ago, sending them a bid that noted the 'void' in "Oakland’s professional sports profile, the compatible demographics, the accessibility of the site and the fact that the arena has been well maintained," reports Janis Hashe. "If everything falls into place perfectly, the goal would be to have a team playing next year."

Uncertain Future: Will cannabis still be essential post-pandemic?

"One of the industry’s biggest problems is that the vast majority of legal pot companies have provisional (essential service) licenses that are set to expire next year," writes Dan Mitchell in this week's "Chronic Town', "Absent any action by the state government, that will put many of them out of business. Luckily for the industry, the legislature last week approved a bill to extend those provisional licenses until 2025. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the measure into law. But problems remain."

Within Reach: Flexible Hybrid Electronics take wearable technology to...

"Known in the biotech industry as Flexible Hybrid Electronics, the wearable devices that wrap around human limbs like cloth are expanding beyond medical use to include consumer, industrial, military, agricultural, environmental and aviation applications. In 2019, the FHE market was valued at $95 million, according to some experts. Market research reports forecast FHE valuation will increase to $231 million by 2025," Lou Fancher writes.

Taylor Swiftian: Alameda County Sheriff’s attempt to silence protest...

Alameda County Sheriff D. Shelby played copyrighted music by Taylor Swift while he was being filmed, in an attempt to keep the video from being published online. It didn't go as he'd planned.

Equity depends on collecting data by ethnicity

Rod Lew, Executive Director of Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership, advocates establishing a California Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund, with an annual allocation of $100 million to support community-based organizations, clinics and tribal organizations to address the most pressing inequities in their communities.

Oakland votes on contested budget

Keith Burbank reports on the Oakland City Council's controversial budget vote.“The budget passed today by the Oakland City Council makes bold investments to reimagine public safety through violence prevention and non-police strategies that I strongly support,” Mayor Schaaf said in a statement. “Unfortunately, it also cuts 50 police officers who respond to Oaklanders’ 911 calls and enforce traffic safety.”

The East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative reimagines ownership...

Lou Fancher covers The East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative. "The critical part of wealth building in resource-starved communities is permanence," said Noni Sessions. "That’s the concept that EB PREC is advancing: acting as the first entity to create access to the land inter-generationally and protect it in permanence.".

Cannabis legalization more popular than ever despite roadblocks

In his week's 'Chronic Town" Dan Mitchell reports that even though the sentiment for cannabis legalization is more popular than ever, there still remains those who resist the move, and prohibitionists are ready for a long fight.

Shooting at Lake Merritt

Eli Walsh reports on the shooting that left one dead and seven injured at Lake Merritt over the last weekend. Contrary to earlier reports, Walsh notes that Oakland Police have uncovered a pattern: “This is not the first San Francisco–related group-and-gang shooting we’ve seen in the city of Oakland,” they said. “This is a problem we’ve been trying to manage for the last several months.”

Comedy Comeback

In this week's Feature, Janis Hashe celebrates the return of live comedy shows to the East Bay with a round-up of places that are reopening to put mirth back in business.

Box Store Buds

In this week's 'Chronic Town' Dan Mitchell investigates Amazon's perplexing interest in cannabis legalization and the MORE Act. Is Amazon trying to be the 'Amazon of weed'?

Oakland’s Poet Laureate

Keith Burbank and D. Scot Miller report on Oakland's first Poet Laureate, Ayodele Nzinga, founding producer and director of the West Oakland theater company Lower Bottom Playaz, established in 1999.
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