(Los Angeles Times) For the Humboldt farmers, Sonoma County's subterranean tasting rooms and Tuscan affectations offered a glimpse into a rarefied realm of legal intoxicants.The marijuana growers had driven south from redwood country to the oak and grass hills to take part in an event called “The Women of Wine & Cannabis,” a chance to visit boutique wineries and learn about appellations and branding in the $200-billion retail alcohol market. But as they sipped wine on a vine-covered terrace of the Mayacama Golf Club that evening, some of them began to see an insidious subtext to the affair.
The moneyed establishment was shouldering into the marijuana game, legislating the system to its favor, and the small growers who had built the industry had better accept the new model or get bulldozed by it.
Ricky Williams was known as one of the NFL's best running backs during the height of his career. He was also known as someone who smoked marijuana.
Williams is now a partner of a planned gym in San Francisco that is being billed as the world's first marijuana-friendly club, called "Power Plant Fitness." Williams is partnering with Jim McAlpine, founder of 420 Games, which hosts athletic competitions for marijuana users nationwide including triathlons, mountain bike races, golf tournaments, and the 4.20-mile run.
"Having (Williams) as a partner is awesome because he exemplifies a successful and very athletic person who also uses cannabis," McAlpine told complex.com. "The mission of my first venture (was) to show the world that cannabis is not bad and it does not make people lazy nor stupid. And that it...
California pioneered the legalization of medical marijuana in 1996.
But since then the Golden State has had to toke in the shadow of states like Colorado and Washington, which have legalized recreational pot.
In 2010 a statewide ballot measure that would have made weed legal here even without a doctor's note was defeated.
Almost since then, anti-prohibitionists have been eyeing 2016 as a breakthrough year for California legalization. It's a presidential election year, when more voters turn out.
After some scary moments when it appeared that the biggest marijuana groups might place competing initiatives on the ballot, we're down to one, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and tech billionaire Sean Parker of Holmby Hills.