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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.

BY ED MURRIETA

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.

California State Capitol Smoking Spots Mapped — Even Under Moon Tree

Thanks to cigarettes, medicinal cannabis users can smoke cannabis at the California Capitol, atop a subterranean building resembling an abandoned Star Trek set, against a tree-shrouded stone waterwall and beneath the Moon Tree.

BY ED MURRIETA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Twenty years before recreational cannabis was legalized in California and public consumption was explicitly prohibited, the state’s medicinal cannabis users were already allowed to smoke cannabis wherever it’s legal to smoke cigarettes. In the state capital, thanks to the tobacco lobby, cigarette smoking is allowed on state property and near some state buildings in downtown Sacramento.

That means qualified medicinal cannabis users can smoke on steps of the state Capitol, on park benches surrounding the Capitol’s grounds, atop a subterranean building, in a cool, shady bamboo thicket set against a waterwall near the state’s really cool, harlequin-esque power tower, and beneath the Moon Tree, a Sequoia Redwood grown from seed that went to space aboard NASA’s Apollo 14 in 1971.

Here are some of the best and most convenient locations for medicinal cannabis users walking, biking or commuting downtown Sacramento’s famous tree-lined streets.

Take a break.

Medicate.

It’s legal.  Nonetheless, carry valid ID and your current medicinal cannabis authorization.

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