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Your daily dose of cannabis industry and California news.

Cannabis infusions are the latest evolution in beer's 10,000 year history

August 31, 2018

Archaeologists suspect that humans have been brewing beer for more than 10,000 years, which would indicate that we developed fermentation technology prior to the agricultural revolution. The oldest known beer sample dates from more than 8,000 years ago, made in China using a mix of rice, grapes, hawthorn tree fruit and honey. In the millennia that have followed, brewed beverages have spread and diversified across the globe.

Andrew Tarantola

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Looking for CBD in CA? Here Are 5 Options We Love

August 17, 2018

The hot new health trend that’s sweeping the nation, CBD is a chemical component of cannabis that provides relief and calmness without inebriation. Look around, and CBD is seemingly everywhere in California—spas, restaurants, hip LA juice bars, and nationwide grocery store chains, where it could be found in chocolate bars, coffee, cookies and candies—until recently. Two of the five options are CannaCraft brands Care by Design and Satori Chocolates!

Elise McDonough

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Non-Alcoholic Marijuana-Infused Beer Is Here

August 8, 2018

Your summer is about to get so, so much more fun (if marijuana is legal in your state). A beer company has released a non-alcoholic brew made out of marijuana and it sounds like a sparkly, bubbly, trippy good time.

Thea Glassman

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Heineken is betting on a brew made with marijuana instead of alcohol

August 8, 2018

Lagunitas, Heineken's fast-growing California beer label, bills its new brew as "hoppy sparkling water." That's because these cans of brew contain zero alcohol. Instead of booze, the beer-like beverage is made with THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Erin Brodwin

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Why is CBD Illegal if it’s Non-Intoxicating?

August 8, 2018

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been getting a lot of press lately for being safe, non-intoxicating and helpful for treating a variety of medical issues. So why is it illegal and classified as a “Schedule 1” drug? Experts say the answer is simple: marijuana prohibition continues to create huge barriers to researching and producing this valuable cannabinoid. 

Emily Earlenbaugh

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Where are the craft cannabis beer options

August 6, 2018

The announcement came after Heineken-owned Lagunitas released its Hi-Fi Hops to dispensaries in California this week. The IPA-inspired THC-infused sparkling beverage is made “using everything Lagunitas knows about hops—but with zero alcohol, zero calories and zero carbs.”

Glacier Media

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Lagunitas Brewing leads rush by beer companies into cannabis space

August 2, 2018

At the forefront is Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma, which has partnered with CannaCraft of Santa Rosa to produce a THC-infused sparkling beverage. The new product, which hit the market Monday, is flying off the shelves at licensed California dispensaries, said Bill Silver, chief executive officer of CannaCraft, which produces vape cartridges, oils, drinks and edibles from cannabis bought from local growers.

Bill Swindell

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Lagunitas Brewing Releases Cans of THC-Infused Sparkling Water

July 31, 2018

Lagunitas Brewing Company has a new beer alternative now available in some local pot shops: Hi-FI hops, a sparkling beverage with hops and THC (but no alcohol) that will get drinkers stoned (or a bit buzzed with just 5 to 10 mg of THC), The Heineken-owned brewer has cultivated an image closely associated with cannabis, regularly releasing beers like the Waldo Special, named for the North Bay pioneers of the term 4:20, but this is their first offering with legit, active marijuana

Caleb Pershan

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The Best Single-Origin Vape Cartridges in California

July 31, 2018

 One of California’s biggest cannabis extraction companies, AbsoluteXtracts controls every aspect of production from farm-to-cart, enabling them to offer affordably priced, high-quality strain-specific oils, widely available in many dispensaries across the state. Offering a “strain library” of 18 classics including Blue Dream, Grand Daddy Purp, and Sour Diesel.

Elise McDonough

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North Bay professionals news from CannaCraft, City of Santa Rosa and Napa Valley Vintners

July 31, 2018

Cheriene Griffith was recently hired as CannaCraft’s new vice president of production. In her new role Cheriene will be overseeing CannaCraft’s 30k sq ft manufacturing facility where the company extracts, formulates and packages over 100 unique cannabis extract products.

She previously served as the Operations Manager of CHEVOO, a startup artisan food company.

Prior to CannaCraft, Cheriene specialized in food safety and quality control for over a decade at companies such as La Tortilla Factory, Crystal Geyser Water, and Smuckers. She received a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and served for four years in the United States Navy. Currently she is enrolled at Sonoma State University, where she will receive an executive master’s of Business Administration in February of 2019


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Lagunitas Brewing’s Hi-Fi Hops Is a Stoney, Hoppy La Croix

July 27, 2018

 I have a terrible confession for my doctor: I can’t drink IPA beers much anymore. Two or three strong ones, and I get a hangover headache that night. The horror. “There’s nothing wrong with your liver,” doc’s gonna deadpan. “Welcome to being 38.”

David Downs

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California's new cannabis business insurance inches industry 'closer to normalization'

July 6, 2018

The state’s growing cannabis industry has been greenlighted for its first packaged insurance policy, according to the California Department of Insurance.

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved the Cannabis Business Owners Policy, known as CannaBOP, a policy containing both property and liability coverage.

The announcement follows an initiative Jones launched last year encouraging commercial insurance companies to write insurance to fill coverage gaps for the cannabis industry, according to the department.

“Cannabis businesses need insurance coverage to help them recover when something goes wrong, just as any other legalized business does,” Jones said. “I encourage insurers to take advantage of this new standardized CannaBOP program to file more cannabis insurance products with the department to meet the needs of this emerging market.”

CannaBOP is available to qualifying cannabis dispensaries, storage facilities, distributors, processors, manufacturers, and other businesses participating in or supporting the California cannabis industry, according to the Insurance Department.

The new program sounds promising to Santa Rosa-based CannaCraft, the state’s largest cannabis manufacturer.

“The CannaBOP program will certainly inch us closer to normalization in terms of what is available,” said Tiffany Devitt, CannaCraft’s chief compliance and information officer. “The difference between the program we’re currently operating under and CannaBOP is we have had to piece that coverage together with different carriers — all of whom have different appetites for different types of risk.”

CannaCraft has had property, product and general liability insurance for some time, she said.

The American Association of Insurance Services developed the California-specific business-owners policy program for the cannabis industry, including forms, rules, and rating information, according to the Insurance Department. AAIS filed the California CannaBOP program with department on April 20.

The program is available to AAIS member insurance companies, which must first submit a separate rate filing to adopt the program. Those filings are subject to the minimum 47-day waiting period, according to AAIS, an Illinois-based national not-for-profit insurance advisory group.

“We’re certainly pleased to be seeing insurance normalizing for our industry,” Devitt said. “Hopefully, we’ll see more flexibility and better rates in the near future.”

Cheryl Sarfaty

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