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High Times Finally Honors $100,000 Pledge to Black Organization

Sacramento’s Build.Black Coalition will use funds to invest in cannabis equity businesses and build wealth in minority communities.


Nearly a year after it pledged $100,000 to an organization representing black community groups in Sacramento in order to secure its permit for California’s first legal cannabis festival, High Times has honored its promise, and even added $25,000 to compensate the Build.Black Coalition for the payment delay.

Now the question is: Will money politically extracted from the world’s oldest cannabis brand be spent on cannabis equity initiatives and wealth-building programs in Sacramento’s minority communities?

A member of Build.Black Coalition’s board of directors told me, “Yes, for advocacy and for business development. Cannabis specific efforts will be lead by Urban Partnership and the Urban League.”

Sacramento’s mayor said in September that High Times would not be welcomed in the city until it paid its obligations.

“Let’s put it this way,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said. “If they don’t pay … they’re not coming back a second time.”

High Times withdrew an events application shortly thereafter.

Following months of delays that High Times attributed to its IPO filing, Build.Black received payment this week, just one week before High Times needs to receive approval from Sacramento regulators for an event at Cal Expo April 20-21.

In San Francisco, pot’s greenest day stays fogged in gray

City’s Police Code prohibits cannabis sales at events; long-running Golden Gate Park 4/20 celebration remains BYO; local implementation of new state law in doubt.


SAN FRANCISCO — Tweak your 2019 4/20 expectations.

Two years into cannabis legalization in California, you may be able to openly smoke pot on cannabis’ most highly revered day of celebration but you will still have to bring your own, never mind scoring any legal state-licensed commercial cannabis at America’s first and longest-running pot party in a public park.

You may blame The Man.

While a new state law took effect Jan. 1 allowing commercial cannabis events in venues beyond previously allowed state-operated fairgrounds, San Francisco’s Police Code prohibits events featuring cannabis sales.

And although cannabis consumption at Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill 420 celebration has been officially tolerated by San Francisco police since 2017, the first year the gathering was sanctioned by the city’s Recreation and Park Department since it began about 40 years ago, a Hippie Hill 420 featuring permitted cannabis sales won’t get the state’s blessing because in order to get the state’s blessing it must first get the city’s blessing and Article 16 of San Francisco’s Police Code trumps any hope.

San Francisco cannabis czar Nicole Elliott said the Board of Supervisors would have to amend the City Code, a legislative process with more steps than there are indoor cultivation seasons.

“In the absence of those legislated changes, no legal commercial sales may occur at a 420 event such as this,” Elliott said.

5 Pipe-Dream Venues for California Cannabis Events


AB  2020, currently moving through the Legislature as an Aug. 31 deadline approaches, would allow cannabis events to be held in any venues willing to host them — beyond the current designated few state-sanctioned fairgrounds.

Here are five dream venues for cannabis events in California:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Cooks Valley Campground

Del Mar Fairgrounds

Esalen Institute

Empire Polo Club

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Chalice Has No Shot at Victorville Event OK

Cannabis festival organizers can make their case to city council but there’s no way Chalice will get local jurisdiction approval.


Regarding Chalice Festival’s attempt to stage a recreational cannabis event at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, Calif., next month and its chance to make its case to the City Council next week, here’s a note from the city public information officer, who makes it sound like Chalice is being placated prior to the ultimate truth sinking in.



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Dollar Dabs & Penny Pre-Rolls Fire Up the Sacramento Cannabis Cup

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S.F. 4/20 Permit Application Filed


The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department told me today it has received a permit application for this year’s 4/20 smokeout event in Golden Gate Park.  If granted, it’ll be the second year the long-running event has been permitted. Of course, there’ll be no cannabis sales like last year. Details are still being finalized but expect barriers, gates, toilets and maybe even food trucks. Who said cannabis legalization killed pot events? You’ve got two months to plan your 4/20. Use this map to figure out where you can legally purchase cannabis to take with you, plus where to eat and shop in the Haight-Ashbury.

411 on San Francisco Cops’ ‘420 Hot-Line’ for non-911 4/20 Nuisance Complaints


As I reported in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Green State and earlier on Pot Appetit, the San Francisco Police Department’s Park Station will staff a special hotline for quality-of-life nuisance complaints in the neighborhoods bordering the section of Golden Gate Park where an annual free-flowing pot party pop-ups on Thursday.

In San Francisco, If You Can’t Beat 4/20, Regulate 4/20

Famously Underground Pot Party Goes Legit,
Gets Permits,  Regulations, Food Trucks


There’s no denying people like pot. There’s no doubt pot attracts tourists and taxes. There’s no way politicians ignore money.

That calculus is benefiting San Francisco’s popular and roguish  4/20 pot celebration, highlighted by the city’s Recreation and Park Department issuing permits for much-needed amenities like more porta-potties, EMTs and ambulances and trash clean-up.

While permits are for services and not approval for the actual event itself, the permits issued March 28 will save 4/20’s bacon — conferring legitimacy, imposing regulations and attracting sponsors to underwrite the amorphous April 20 gathering that’s expected to draw 15,000 or more cannabis enthusiasts for a giant smoke sesh in Golden Gate Park on Thursday.

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