Study: Cannabis was used at biblical site in Israel

By Kristen Rogers | CNN

If there were any more fun facts to learn about cannabis, its ritualistic use at a biblical site in Israel can now be added to the list.

In 1963, two limestone altars were found at the entrance to the “Holy of Holies” of a Judahite shrine at Beersheba Valley, in Israel’s Tel Arad, an archaeological mound located west of the Dead Sea and surrounded by mountain ridges known as the Arad Plain.

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Security Guard at San Jose’s largest dispensary tests positive for COVID-19

A security guard at San Jose’s largest marijuana dispensary, Caliva, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a company spokesperson.

Caliva executives informed employees on Wednesday that the guard had received positive test results for the virus after feeling mild symptoms associated with the virus for a few days. The company put out an official statement on Thursday confirming the case.

The security guard has not been in the Caliva facility at 1695 S 7th Street since May 22 but did work 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday of last week. The guard was in contact with a family member on May 17 who later tested positive for the virus and believes that was when the exposure transpired.

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Buzz kill: Massachusetts’ pot shops reopen, but some fear another shutdown

BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much.

Recreational shops reopened this week in Massachusetts with strict regulations after being ordered shut down the past two months.

Now, some worry that state officials could simply shutter them again if there’s a resurgence of the virus in Massachusetts, the only state that has deemed the shops “nonessential” during the pandemic.

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California joins push to let cannabis businesses use banks as part of coronavirus relief

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is joining a bipartisan group of 34 attorneys general in urging Congress to approve a coronavirus relief package that would let marijuana businesses use traditional banking services.

The Democrat-controlled House on Friday, May 15, approved the idea of granting banking access to cannabis businesses as part of the $3 trillion HEROES Act, which would provide the biggest package of programs yet aimed at buffering the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Banking services are out of reach for the cannabis industry, even in states where recreational use of the plant has been approved, because marijuana is illegal under federal law.

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Banking for marijuana companies included in Congress’ new $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill

Cannabis industry advocates applauded House Democrats on Tuesday after a new $3 trillion federal stimulus bill included provisions to allow marijuana businesses access to banking.

Introduced by House speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act includes wide-ranging goals to address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, from offering financial assistance to state and local governments to forgiving student loan debt.

Wrapped into the massive, 1,815-page bill is an initiative led by Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter known as the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would allow legal cannabis businesses to leverage traditional banking services.

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Search for missing San Jose man leads to raid of marijuana farm

The search for a missing San Jose man led to the raid of a large marijuana growing operation in Mendocino County and the detention of 10 people, five of them from San Jose.

The missing man — Victor “Gallo” Medina, 39 — was not found.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, while investigating marijuana farms on the Round Valley Indian Reservation, learned that Medina had reportedly gone missing while working on one such operation, a Wednesday press release by the office said.

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San Francisco gets alcohol, tobacco and marijuana for addicts quarantined in hotels

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is using private donations to deliver alcohol, tobacco and medical marijuana to a few dozen people dealing with addiction as they isolate or quarantine in city-leased hotel rooms during the pandemic, officials confirmed Wednesday.

There are about 270 people, mostly homeless, staying in hotel rooms to recover from COVID-19 or to wait out possible exposure to the virus. Nearly a dozen people have received alcohol and more than two dozen have received tobacco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, file photo, workers in hazardous material suits clean inside a private hotel the city has contracted with to take vulnerable people who show symptoms or are awaiting test results for the coronavirus in San Francisco. San Francisco is using private donations to deliver alcohol, tobacco and medical marijuana for a few dozen people dealing with addiction as they isolate or quarantine in…

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Milpitas council kills cannabis sales tax measure proposal

MILPITAS — After briefly reviving the idea of potentially placing a cannabis business sales tax measure on the November ballot, the Milpitas City Council has killed the proposal.

The council on Tuesday night was scheduled to consider both a cannabis business sales tax measure, as well as a general sales tax measure, but ultimately decided to put the general sales tax discussion off to a later meeting, and to ditch the cannabis sales tax idea altogether.

Though the council had previously banned all cannabis businesses from operating in the city, Mayor Rich Tran late last month said he wanted to let voters decide on the sales tax issue as a way to gauge community support for cannabis.

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How Denver businesses plan to deal with face mask enforcement

Beginning Wednesday, any customer entering a Denver business will be required to put on a mask.

That part is straightforward. But what happens when people refuse to do so?

It’s a question that cities and states around the country are grappling with as mandatory mask orders become more common to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. While compliance only takes a cloth mask, the mandate has generated strong backlash in parts of the country, with deadly consequences in at least one instance.

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Milpitas City Council to again weigh cannabis sales tax ballot measure

MILPITAS — Despite voting in late 2018 to ban marijuana businesses in the city, the Milpitas City Council will discuss Tuesday whether it should put a marijuana business sales tax measure on the November election ballot.

The issue of whether to sanction marijuana business in the city has been contentious.

Mayor Rich Tran, who supported the previous ban, suggested at an April 21 meeting that the council take up the conversation on the cannabis sales tax measure, saying he wants local voters to make the choice.

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Alameda County judge orders thousands of marijuana cases reduced

OAKLAND – An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Friday signed an order reducing thousands of felony marijuana cases to misdemeanors and misdemeanor marijuana cases to infractions.

Signed by Judge Charles Smiley, the order follows the 2016 passage of Proposition 64 that legalized the possession and use of recreational marijuana by adults. The law also decreased penalties for possession with intent to sell, sales, transportation and cultivation of marijuana.

District attorney’s offices across California had until July 1 to implement the new law.

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El Paso County breaks up three illegal marijuana grows

Three illegal marijuana growing operations were uncovered and raided in El Paso County on Wednesday, with more than 700 plants, worth an estimated $700,000, seized.

Investigators also seized $28,000 and five firearms while serving search warrants at three locations, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

El Paso sheriffIllegal marijuana raids in El Paso County.

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