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Notorious CBD: With Governor Newsom’s signature, the CBD market...

CBD stands for “cannabidiol,” a component of the cannabis plant that doesn’t cause a high, but is sold as a curative for a range of maladies. THC is the part of the cannabis plant that causes a high, but there is very little of it in hemp: Since adult-use cannabis was legalized in California in 2016, sales of legal, THC-laden weed have taken off, while, oddly, sales of hemp-derived CBD have remained technically illegal. Until now, the only fully legal way to obtain CBD was through a licensed dispensary that sold CBD derived from plants containing THC, not from hemp.

Long Overdue: Afrofuturism and Ethnic Studies become graduation requirements...

“The inclusion of ethnic studies in the high school curriculum is long overdue,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina, a Democrat from Riverside who authored AB 101. “Students cannot have a full understanding of the history of our state and nation without the inclusion of the contributions and struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans.”

Did My Great-Grandfather Vote for the KKK?

In reading the horror gumshoe novel 'Lake Miskatonic', by local author Jeff Pollet—white—I learned this hidden gem of history: the KKK once ran Oakland. Not underground or behind the scenes. From City Hall. And the Sheriff’s Office.

Healing Hearts: Fruitvale’s Dia De Los Muertos festival comes...

"Dia De Los Muertos is a three-day festival that is mostly observed in Mexico but celebrated around the world. It is very popular in California. Though the celebration is still observed as three days, the Unity Council decided to make it a one-day festival to focus on creating a smaller-scale festival that promotes social distancing. The holiday celebrated in Mexico is a 3,000-year-old Aztec tradition of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day that is portrayed more as a joyful celebration than the mourning of loved ones."

Puff Puff Pass: Democrats eye the SAFE Banking Act...

“All the pain that’s been suffered by so many people for so long will not be alleviated because banks can now do some funding of the growing and processing of marijuana,” Schumer added. “If you let just the banking provisions pass, it’ll make it much harder to get more Republicans and more conservatives on the bill.”

Loren Taylor Leads

"Last month’s poll asked for nominations of people whom panelists would like to see run for mayor in 2022. This month, we imagine that all those people intend to run—along with other rumored or actual candidates. Please select your favorites in this three-round, ranked-choice ballot, with the numeral one representing your top choice."

Facebook and Some of Its Apps Go Down Simultaneously

Facebook and some of its apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, appeared to go down...

Gray Market Ganja: Some fully permitted cannabis growers continue...

The “black market” is actually a few different markets. As was the case before adult-use legalization, it includes not only straight-up criminals, but also small-time operators who, assessed individually, are relatively harmless—though as a group, they are certainly part of the problem. The burner-license people fall into the “straight-up criminals” category.

Speaking Their Teacher Truth: Oakland organizations collaborate to support...

Citing the furor over teaching critical race theory, Cheng said, “I am concerned at the way education is being viewed.” Mosely pointed to a lack of support for Black teachers from administrators, some of whom “play the face of diversity,” but actually try to force Black teachers out.

Close the Justice Gap: Put legal aid in reach...

To close the civil-justice gap, we need to change how the legal system operates. The best and brightest law students are lured to “big law”—huge firms that deal primarily in corporate work and pay their associates huge amounts of money. These young lawyers are told that they’ll have a chance to work on pro bono projects—helping clients on the wrong side of the civil justice gap at no cost to the client. But this is rarely the case.

Shroom Boom: Moves to decriminalize some hallucinogens have spurred...

The tide seems to be turning, largely, as it did with cannabis, but it’s not just “conservatism” that makes policymakers hesitant. Many are concerned about the powerful psychoactive effects of psychedelics, which can go far beyond those of cannabis. Use too much cannabis, and you might be in for an unpleasant few hours. Use psychedelics unwisely and you might end up in the psych ward.

High and Dry: Cannabis had its best quarter yet,...

"Since the beginning of 2018, when pot sales began, state taxes on cannabis sales have generated $2.8 billion in revenue for the state, on total taxable sales of $11.7 billion. In the second quarter of this year (June through August) $333 million in tax revenue flowed from $1.4 billion in taxable sales. That marks the industry’s best quarter yet."

Mills Must Explore Options

"Frankly, I’m unsure if the crucial decisions about the future of Mills are being made because of incompetent leadership or because the administration has something to gain from the closure. In either case, the approach is unacceptable."

Hyper-Careful: Illicitly grown cannabis is definitely making its way...

"Hard numbers are hard to come by in this still-nascent business, but California might be producing more than twice as much legal weed as can be sold, according to the Humboldt County Growers Alliance and other sources. Other sources say it’s far more than that."
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