Farmacy Berkeley was looted on Saturday night. Vandals broke windows and the dispensary’s front door and stole stock. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
On Saturday night, about five to 10 cars pulled up near Farmacy Berkeley on Sacramento Street and Alcatraz Avenue. About 30 to 40 people got out and, within minutes, they had broken the cannabis dispensary’s front door, rushed inside, smashed a number of glass display cases, and made off with edibles, tinctures and salves.
The destruction and looting were an affront to Sue Taylor, the founder of Farmacy Berkeley and an African American woman who has made it her mission to try and heal her community. She said the people who broke in — and who returned twice on Sunday night to break windows in another attempt to get inside — were not expressing outrage over the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis a week ago. They were just “lowlifes just using an opportunity to take advantage.”
“It’s so disheartening,” said Taylor by phone. As she spoke to Berkeleyside, a plate glass repair company drove up to 3243 Sacramento St. to begin replacing the front door and two plate glass windows. “It does take away from the real reason everybody all over the world is protesting — to save lives.”
Throughout the weekend, thousands of people demonstrated in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and in many cities across the country to demand justice for all the police killings of black Americans. While most protests were peaceful, a number of demonstrators broke windows in stores, looted their contents and set some on fire. Locally, looting happened in Emeryville, San Leandro and Walnut Creek. Oakland has been particularly hard hit. Many small businesses in Chinatown and the Fruitvale district suffered extreme damage.
Some of those vandals came to Berkeley Saturday and Sunday nights and targeted cannabis dispensaries, pharmacies, and other stories, according to Berkeley police. On Sunday, vehicle caravans with as many as 10 cars bunched together started to arrive around 9:30 p.m., police said. A short time later, Alameda County sent out a Nixle alert telling residents to stay at home because of “large, mobile groups of rioters and looters.” By 6:20 this morning, there had been 17 incidents and Berkeley police had arrested 10 people, said Byron White, the public information officer for the police.
This wasn’t related to any protest,” he said. “There weren’t any signs related to any cause. They were folks looking to vandalize or steal.”
Grafiti scrawled along the outside of the Walgreens at Adeline and Oregon streets. The store was looted overnight on Sunday. Photo: Pete Rosos The Cannabis Buyers Club of Berkeley boarded up its windows Sunday to deter vandals. It didn’t work: people tried… Source: https://mmpconnect.com/its-so-disheartening-owners-of-cannabis-dispensaries-stores-start-repairing-damage-done-by-looters-and-vandals/
3 weed products rap legend Wyclef Jean can’t live without
Wyclef Jean is a music legend and international icon. Without this man, the world would never have heard the SHAKIRA! SHAKIRA! battle cry. Talk about cultural contributions.
Since his first album with the Fugees, Blunted on Reality, Wyclef has long been an advocate for cannabis and its legalization. Now, he’s moving into the cannabis industry as an owner and partner in order to create opportunity for his people.
“I come from Haiti, where 80% of the population is living on less than a dollar a day. And I think that the future for a lot of these third world islands and third world countries is going to be galvanizing the Farmers’s Union. The production of cannabis hemp will literally start to bring billions of dollars of export that did not exist,” he tells Weedmaps.
“So we’re hoping that this partnership we have in America with Cali Life is going to galvanize the Caribbean to do more. And we get more legislation passed moving forward so we can start organizing these farmers.”
In addition to his work in cannabis, Clef also told us some of the smokeables that he rocks with. Here are a few cannabis products Wyclef Jean can’t live without.
Cali Life Cannabis is a cannabis brand in California that was established in 2018. They produce flower, hemp pre-rolled blunts, vapes, and BOOM BAP, their hemp blunt collaboration with Wyclef Jean.
Over 45 companies have approached Jean with branding opportunities, but he felt like Cali Life’s values aligned with his mission. “I’m not in the business of building strains, I’m in the business of building countries.”
The BOOM BAP line consists of three flavors of infused hemp blunts inspired by Wyclef’s hit songs: Fast Car Banana, Faded Butterfly Clementine, and Gone ‘Til November Mango.
Fast Car Banana is labeled as a sativa, made with flower, kief, and distillate, plus added Banana flavoring from food-grade botanical terpenes. Faded Butterfly Clementine and Gone ‘Til November are the hybrids made the same, but with added Clementine and Mango terpenes, respectively.
This the one Clef be totin’. His words, not mine.
ISLAND MAN is another one of Wyclef Jean’s cannabis brands. There is very little information about it online, but a google search leads you to this portfolio by Lindsay Hill Design where she has mockups for BOOM BAP and ISLAND MAN.
Going by this, it would appear ISLAND MAN is a line of cannabis products that includes infused beverages, CBD oil for humans, CBD oil for pets, and a moisture recovery cream topical.
You’ll need to stay tuned to Wyclef Jean and Cali Life Cannabis’ social channels for more official information on BOOM BAP and ISLAND MAN.
With most celebrities in the weed game, they aren’t going to talk too much about other products. But every now and again, they’ll keep it G with you and give props to other great brands. “I mean, I like the Cookies product. I think they make some good stuff,” Wyclef says of the California staple Cookies.
You know Cookies. But if you don’t, it’s a California brand from rapper, cannabis mogul, and Taylor Gang plant father, Berner. He came from a collective of growers in the Bay Area called the Cookie Family who gave the world G.S.C., Gelato, and Cherry Pie.
Since, Berner has gone on with Cookies as his own cannabis lifestyle brand. Originally all about merch and cannabis-adjacent products, the brand has spawned into production over the past few years, blessing the cannabis world with heavy hitters like Gary Payton, Runtz, and Cheetah Piss. There’s also a Berner’s Cookies G.S.C. phenotype floating around out there.
CATCH 22 – DAY 11: Man facing charges for brake checking, DUI, marijuana
Yavapai County law enforcement is asking for the public’s help locating Tyrell Edison Manakaja.
On Jan. 5, 2015, Arizona Department of Public Safety received reports that a vehicle was brake checking other vehicles, driving erratically and actually ran another vehicle off the road. An officer contacted Manakaja, who was operating the vehicle in the area of milepost 118 on Interstate 40 near Seligman.
Upon investigation it was determined, Manakaja was under the influence of alcohol and he was arrested. Manakaja was found to have a blood alcohol concentration in excess of 0.20. He was also in possession of marijuana and had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. He has a felony warrant with a bond of $50,000 for three counts of endangerment, extreme DUI, possession of marijuana and an open container violation.
He is described as a 35-year-old Native American man, 6-foot-2, weighing about 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Manakaja’s last known address was on Starcrest Drive in San Antonio, Texas. He also has ties to the Peach Springs area of Arizona.
Anyone providing information that leads to the arrest of No. 11 of Catch 22 is eligible for a $500 reward.
If you have information regarding the whereabouts of this…
Upper Princeton area storage buildings could offer future cannabis use
Peachland council has unanimously approved a conditional development permit for a couple of storage buildings that may contribute to a possible cannabis business in the future.
At their last regular meeting, Peachland council approved a Comprehensive (Form and Character) Development Permit allowing for the construction of two additional industrial buildings at 5440 McDougald Road.
The property is located in the Upper Princeton neighbourhood, and is the first industrial zoned property past the public works yard.
Darin Schaal, director of planning and development services, said both proposed buildings are prefabricated structures 5,000 square feet in size and will be used for the purposes of storage.
The form and character is essentially the same as the existing building and consistent with the Official Community Plan (OCP) guidelines for industrial sites, Schaal said, adding the OCP policies support the further development of industrial land to enhance economic viability and vitality.
The development permit will be withheld pending the satisfaction of the following conditions:
• Interior Health approval for the on-site sewage disposal system;
• Confirmation that a covenant has been modified to…
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