NorCal Cannabis Cup Winners Now Available—Exclusively at High Times Dispensaries

Be the first one in your neighborhood to get your hands on exclusive award-winning cannabis products—carefully selected by the judges at High Times. As cannabis brands duked it out over the most terpene-rich, flavorful and potent offerings, when all was said and done, only a handful of top brands could claim the titles of winners and finalists.

We’re celebrating over three decades of hosting the world’s leading cannabis competition—and for the first time ever, High Times Dispensaries are exclusively selling The Cannabis Cup Northern California 2021: People’s Edition winners and finalists. The cup was virtual and socially distanced this year, with our People’s Choice edition making it possible for judges to safely sample brands from the comfort of their own homes.

Part of NorCal’s territory overlaps with the infamous Emerald Triangle—spanning Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties—which is home to some of the finest herb on the planet. Heritage growers in this region can trace their roots back several generations. To this day, the area produces cannabis that is worthy of the top connoisseurs in cannabis.

High Times has been the world’s most well-known cannabis brand—established in 1974—championing the cannabis lifestyle and educating the masses on the benefits of this natural flower. Since its humble beginnings in Amsterdam in 1988, the only place it could take place at the time, High Times Cannabis Cup has evolved into an assortment of events scattered through several markets across the U.S.

We have now evolved into a rapidly growing network of the best cannabis delivery service and dispensaries across California, currently open at locations on Oakport street in Oakland, as well as Shasta Lake, Coalinga and Redding. Delivery services are available in other areas.

Starting October 5, you can shop and browse through The Cannabis Cup Northern California 2021: People’s Edition winners and finalists—available ONLY at High Times dispensary locations. We scoured through flower, pre-rolls, edibles, ingestibles, concentrates and more to narrow down the best of the best.

Shop the winners now:

Courtesy Atrium Cultivation

Indica Flower, Atrium Cultivation

NorCal
Courtesy of Garcia Hand-Picked

Sativa Flower, Garcia Hand-Picked

Sungrown Flower, High Supply

Concentrate, High Supply

Courtesy of Ursa

Solvent Concentrate, Ursa Extracts

Concentrate, Ursa

Courtesy Holy Water x Grandiflora

Non-Solvent Concentrate, Holy Water x Grandiflora

Courtesy of Dripp

Sativa Vape, Dripp

Courtesy of Kingpen

Indica Vape, Kingpen

NorCal
Courtesy of Cream of the Crop

Individual Infused Preroll, Cream of the Crop

Individual Non-infused Preroll, Cream of the Crop

Courtesy Green Revolution

Gummies, Green Revolution

Courtesy Manzanita Naturals

Drinks, Manzanita Naturals

NorCal
Courtesy of Dr. Raw Organics

Topical, Dr. Raw Organics

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Viola

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First Nevada Cannabis Dispensary Approved at Border of Idaho

The Nevada-Idaho border is about to get a little bit greener. 

Officials in Elko County, Nevada last week signed off on a proposal for a marijuana dispensary to open in Jackpot, Nevada, which straddles the border between the two western states.

Commissioners in Elko County unanimously approved the license for the business, according to the Associated Press, adding that the shop could open as early as Monday.

“We have no issues moving forward with the license,” Elko County Undersheriff Justin Ames said Wednesday at the commissioners’ meeting, as quoted by the Associated Press.

The Elko Daily reported that the business, known as Thrive Cannabis Marketplace, “passed background checks” and had “interviewed nearly 60 candidates to work in the dispensary, giving preference to Elko and Jackpot residents.”

As of a month ago, 35 people had been hired and paid, according to the Elko Daily.

The dispensary’s proximity to Idaho, where marijuana is still illegal, brought attention to the licensing approval process.

The Thrive in Jackpot will be “Nevada’s first along the Idaho line,” according to the Associated Press, and that its opening aroused anxiety among law enforcement officials in Idaho.

Across the border from Jackpot, commissioners in Twin Falls County, Idaho “had raised safety concerns about the dispensary on U.S. Highway 93, which connects Jackpot and the town of Twin Falls,” according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press reported that authorities in Idaho “expect to increase patrols in the area once the pot shop opens.”

In a statement, the Idaho State Police said that anyone “engaging in illegal behavior should be aware they risk attracting attention from law enforcement.”

Historically, conservative Idaho finds itself surrounded by neighbors that have embraced legalization: to the south, regulated marijuana sales in Nevada began in 2017; to the west, sales opened in Washington and Oregon in 2014 and 2015, respectively; and to the east, voters in Montana passed a ballot proposal last year to legalize recreational pot use for adults. 

The discrepancy in those laws has sparked some tension among officials in Idaho—and, in some cases, increased sales along the border. 

A report released last year from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis found that marijuana sales along the Oregon-Idaho border were about 420 percent the statewide average—a data point that was almost too on the nose.

“Obviously, recreational marijuana is not legal in Idaho, but even after throwing the data into a rough border tax model that accounts for incomes, number of retailers, tax rates and the like, there remains a huge border effect,” Oregon Office of Economic Analysis economist Josh Lehner wrote in the report. “Roughly speaking, about 75 percent of Oregon sales and more like 35 percent of Washington sales in counties along the Idaho border appear due to the border effect itself and not local socio-economic conditions.”

In what could offer a glimpse of things to come in Elko County, Nevada, Lehner noted that the jump in sales along the Oregon-Idaho border is likely linked to the presence of three stores along that state line.

“Initially the closest retailers to Idaho were located in Baker County, [Oregon], however that changed last summer,” Lehner explained. “There are now three retailers in Ontario, [Oregon] (Malheur County) which is right at the border. These new retailers are 30-60 minutes closer each way to any potential customers traveling into Oregon along I-84 than the retailers in Baker County. 

“As one might expect, as these new stores in Malheur County came online, sales plunged in Baker County by around 80 percent. This is a knock-on impact of the border effect. Proximity or distance traveled matters as do product availability, prices, and taxes.”

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Small Business Spotlight: Green Mountain Cannabis

Locally owned and operated, Green Mountain Cannabis is an up-and-coming dispensary with two locations. The friendly and knowledgeable staff was really helpful in assisting my search for a decent vape cartirage and typical restock.

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Planet 13 Enters California as State’s Largest Dispensary

Southern California residents have a new option for purchasing legal marijuana with the opening of the Planet 13 cannabis superstore in Santa Ana this week. The licensed dispensary, Planet 13’s third retail outlet and the first in the Golden State, opens its doors to customers 21 and older beginning on July 1.

“We are thrilled to be bringing our industry-leading retail experience to cannabis consumers in Southern California. The Planet 13 brand is synonymous with exceptional customer experience with a focus on extensive product selection, unique entertainment features, and world class customer service. Our Orange County SuperStore is designed to encompass all of the above,” Bob Groesbeck, co-CEO of Planet 13, said on June 24 in a press release from the company. “Orange County is home to 3 million people and has another 50 million visitors each year — making it a massive opportunity for consumer-focused cannabis brands. P13 OC is modelled after our extremely successful Las Vegas superstore, and with today’s announcement we look forward to offering consumers the Planet 13 retail experience, blended into the fabric of California.”

Although it takes its cues from the original Planet 13 location, the Santa Ana store is a California original. At the entryway to the new cannabis dispensary, a “hot-boxed” VW bus wafts artificial smoke, seemingly beckoning visitors inside for a quick selfie before the shopping commences. After a quick ID check, customers step across an interactive, digitally projected beach, leaving virtual footprints in the sand to be washed away by the next CGI wave. A shimmering waterfall, also a digital projection, parts over an archway that leads patrons to the retail salesfloor, which encompasses 16,500 square feet and displays wares from dozens of California licensed cannabis brands.

Future construction phases planned for the Planet 13 Santa Ana location will include cannabis memorabilia and ancillary retail sales areas, as well as a cannabis consumption lounge to be opened when local regulations permit the operation of such facilities. Cannabis product manufacturing facilities offering visitors a view of the production processes are also planned, according to Groesbeck. When complete, the entire facility is expected to boast a total footprint of 55,000 square feet, which Planet 13 is characterizing as California’s largest cannabis dispensary complex. The company is also billing the Santa Ana store as the world’s second-largest dispensary overall, placing behind the Planet 13 flagship location in Nevada, just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

Regulated Cannabis Brings Economic Opportunity

At an opening celebration for the media and cannabis industry VIPs held at the new dispensary last week, Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento said that the regulated cannabis industry represents new economic opportunities for the city he serves, the only jurisdiction in Orange County to permit retail dispensaries so far. On Saturday, July 26, Santa Ana saw the opening of a new dispensary from Cookies, the multistate brand co-founded by rapper and cannabis mogul Berner. The neighboring city of Costa Mesa is expected to begin taking applications for cannabis retailers later this summer, according to media reports.

Groesbeck agreed with Sarmiento, telling Cannabis Now that tax revenue generated by the dispensary will help fund essential city services while providing hundreds of new jobs for the community.

“It’s going to provide money to go into the public coffers to distribute to parks, schools, libraries, whatever the case may be, but it also is a big job creator,” Groesbeck said in an interview. “We’re opening the doors here and I think we’re close to 225 or 250 employees to start. And that’s only going to increase as we start expanding. And these are good jobs. This isn’t minimum wage stuff. These are really solid jobs. I think our starting wage down here for hourly employees is 15 bucks.”

Left to Right: Larry Scheffler (Planet 13 Co-CEO); Vincente Sarmiento (Santa Ana Mayor); Charlotte Parker (party guest); Bob Groesbeck (Planet 13 Co-CEO).

Groesbeck added that the company was hiring for positions including “everything from the support services and facilities maintenance all the way up to GM’s, of course. And primarily, everyone is hired to provide a great customer experience: budtenders, support staff of the budtenders, the queueing folks to check people in, and everything that’s associated with providing a great customer service.”

Besides providing steady, good-paying jobs, Groesbeck said the Planet 13’s business philosophy encourages promotion from within, giving the company’s workers the opportunity to create an entire career for themselves.

“People that work hard, put the time in, and dedicate themselves to the company, the mission, and our customers –  they’re going to move up. One day someone will succeed me and Larry,” he said referring to Planet 13 co-CEO Larry Scheffler. “Somebody in this crowd could be the CEO. That’s what we want.”

Planet 13’s new California location in Santa Ana opens to the public on July 1, with a grand opening celebration kicking off at 10 a.m. PDT.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// US House gives final approval to marijuana banking reform bill (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Schumer Worries Senate Marijuana Banking Vote Could Undermine Broader Legalization Push (Marijuana Moment)

// Washington Senate Replaces Drug Decriminalization Bill With Revised Measure To Reinstate Penalties (Marijuana Moment)


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// Border weed: How the hometown of tater tots became a cannabis capital (Politico)

// Jushi Enters Massachusetts Market with $110 Million Acquisition (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Rep. Dave Joyce introduces bill to let VA prescribe medical marijuana (Cleveland.com)

// Controversial Florida medical marijuana bill ‘effectively dead’ (Tampa Bay Times)

// Arizona issues 13 more licenses for marijuana dispensaries (KVOA 4 News NBC)

// Minnesota Marijuana Legalization Bill Approved By Seventh House Committee (Marijuana Moment)

// Nine In Ten Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana For Recreational Or Medical Use New Pew Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)

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// Alabama Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill That Already Passed The Senate Heads To House Floor (Marijuana Moment)

// Idaho Republicans tried to block any future marijuana legalization. How’d it turn out? (Idaho Statesman)

// 69 Percent Of Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana- An All-Time High Quinnipiac Poll Finds (Marijuana Moment)


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// Dispensary Owner Says Fred Meyer Refused to Accept Her Electric Bill Payment (Willamette Week)

// D.C. Dispensaries Welcome Looser Restrictions On Cannabis Classes (Outlaw Report)

// TILT Holdings Q4 Revenue Expands 8% Sequentially to $42.3 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// New Study Suggests More Testing For Psilocybin Depression Treatments (Green Market Report)

// New York could establish weed-supply advantage over New Jersey (Crain’s New York)

// Limited Tennessee Medical Marijuana Bill Heads To Senate Floor (Marijuana Moment)

// The Cannabis Industry Remembers Steve Fox (Forbes)

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// New York Lawmakers May Vote For Legalization On Tuesday (Green Market Report)

// New Mexico GOP Senator Circulates Draft Marijuana Bill Ahead Of This Week’s Special Session (Marijuana Moment)

// Mexican Senate Will Pass Marijuana Legalization Bill As Revised By Deputies Top Lawmaker Says (Marijuana Moment)


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// Virginia gets real on legalization aims to move up start date to 2021 (Leafly (AP))

// Ohio’s growing medical marijuana market poised to reach $400 million in sales a year (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Ayr Wellness Buys Garden State Dispensary For $101 Million (Green Market Report)

// New Bill Would Scrap Controversial Changes To Maine Medical Marijuana Program (Marijuana Moment)

// Kansas Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Clearing It For Floor Vote (Seven Days VT)

// Scott Announces Picks for Vermont’s Cannabis Control Board (Boston Globe)

// Can landlords really ban marijuana edibles? Usually not but that hasn’t stopped them from trying ()

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Thursday March 25, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// New York Lawmakers Reach Tentative Deal On Marijuana Legalization Bill With Details Now Circulating (Marijuana Moment)

// WATCH: White House press sec defends firing staffers for past pot use despite Kamala admitting to having smoked it herself (Post Millenial)

// Delaware Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee Vote (Marijuana Moment)


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// Minnesota marijuana bill continues push through House (El Paso Inc (AP))

// GrowGeneration Boosts 2021 Revenue Outlook to $415-430 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// MariMed Says It Will Do $100 Million In Revenue In 2021 (Green Market Report)

// Bruce Linton-led Gage Cannabis files for direct listing in Canada – sources (Reuters)

// Michigan Cannabis Sales Increase 160% to $105 Million in February (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Florida teacher fired for prescribed medical marijuana use (WFLA 8 News)

// Medical Marijuana Use Among Canadian Seniors Doubled in the Past Two Years (New Cannabis Ventures)

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Cannabis and the human body: Test your knowledge with a crossword

These days, it’s not as easy as you think to find information about how cannabis affects the human body. You can’t simply go to a doctor because most of them know little about it and every conversation can mean liability. You can spend a lot of time researching the subject but it takes energy, something […]

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