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Houweling sued over workers’ comp claims from Camarillo greenhouse

By   /  Tuesday, November 1st, 2022  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Law & Goverment, middle, Regions, Top Stories, Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Houweling sued over workers’ comp claims from Camarillo greenhouse

The former owner of Houweling’s Tomatoes in Camarillo is being sued by the California Agricultural Network, which claims Casey Houweling and his company left the insurance network “holding the bag” for more than $3 million in workers’ compensation claims. In a suit filed Oct. 19 in Ventura County Superior Court, the California Agricultural Network accused Read More →

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Santa Barbara cannabis company makes $23.5M acquisition

By   /  Monday, October 31st, 2022  /  Latest news, Regions, Santa Barbara County, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara cannabis company makes $23.5M acquisition

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Biden’s announcement has region’s cannabis companies seeing green

By   /  Friday, October 7th, 2022  /  Latest news, Regions, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Top Stories, Top Story, Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Biden’s announcement has region’s cannabis companies seeing green

Glass House Brands purchased Houweling’s Tomatoes greenhouses in Camarillo with the hopes of growing and selling cannabis not just for the state of California, but for the entire country. After president Joe Biden’s announcement on multiple cannabis issues Oct. 6, including potentially removing the drug from the most restrictive tier of federal controls, that hope Read More →

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Six years after legalization, cannabis black market still thriving

By   /  Thursday, September 15th, 2022  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Regions, Santa Barbara County, Top Stories, Top Story  /  Comments Off on Six years after legalization, cannabis black market still thriving

When California legalized cannabis for recreational use in 2016, the idea was to create a new legal industry and eliminate an illegal one. Instead, the illicit market continues to have a stronghold in California, as legal growers struggle to turn a profit amid high taxes and strict regulations, and state and local governments often fail Read More →

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Our View: Bribery case a cautionary tale for the cannabis industry

By   /  Friday, June 3rd, 2022  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion, Subscriber content  /  Comments Off on Our View: Bribery case a cautionary tale for the cannabis industry

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Dayspring sentenced to 22 months for bribing county supervisor for cannabis permits

By   /  Tuesday, May 31st, 2022  /  Government, Latest news, left, Regions, San Luis Obispo County  /  Comments Off on Dayspring sentenced to 22 months for bribing county supervisor for cannabis permits

The cannabis grower who bribed a San Luis Obispo County supervisor has been sentenced to 22 months in federal prison. Helios Dayspring, who also goes by “Bobby,” was sentenced on May 27 by U.S. District Judge André Birotte Jr. in his Los Angeles courtroom. Dayspring has also paid $3.4 million to the IRS as restitution Read More →

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Glass House to buy dispensaries linked to SLO County bribery scandal

By   /  Friday, May 13th, 2022  /  Latest news, left, Regions, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Glass House to buy dispensaries linked to SLO County bribery scandal

NOTE: This article was posted May 13 and updated May 17 to add comments from Graham Farrar of Glass House Brands and from the city manager of Grover Beach. Carpinteria-based cannabis company Glass House Brands is buying three dispensaries from Natural Healing Centers, the company at the center of a bribery scandal in San Luis Read More →