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Turlock police bust sophisticated black-market cannabis operation across three cities

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The Turlock Police Department's S.W.A.T. team and supporting agencies served search warrants in three cities on Tuesday following an investigation into a sophisticated illegal black-market cannabis cultivation operation.

The Special Investigations Unit began the investigation last month, which revealed multiple addresses affiliated with the target location with 5 in the sheriff’s office jurisdiction, 2 in the city of Turlock, and one in the city of Ceres.

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Modesto Cannabis Collective is Offering Free Delivery for Orders Over $100 within a 25-mile Radius of Modesto for a Hassle-free Shopping Experience

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Modesto Cannabis Collective, a premier cannabis dispensary store in Modesto, California, is excited to announce its free delivery offer with a $100 minimum order outside of Modesto. This service includes areas within a 25-mile radius of Modesto, including Tracy, Turlock, Manteca, Ripon, Patterson, Ceres, and Riverbank. Through this service, the dispensary ensures that its products are able to reach a wider range of customers who may not have access to the store itself.

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Struggling cannabis dispensary pleads with Council for roadside sign

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The Perfect Union cannabis dispensary located on Golden State Boulevard is experiencing slumping sales since opening a year ago, and the company hopes that the City of Turlock can make an exception in its sign ordinance to allow advertising along the busy road. 

Perfect Union submitted a variance application to the City in June, requesting permission to deviate from standards set in the Turlock Municipal Code which prohibit standalone monument signs for cannabis companies. Dispensaries are only allowed to have one on-site wall sign which display only their business name.

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Cannabis company Perfect Union expects to double revenue after ‘whirlwind’ retail expansion

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Sacramento-based Perfect Union continues to expand its retail footprint across the state with this week's opening in Napa of the cannabis company's 11th dispensary.

Over the last 18 months, Perfect Union has opened dispensary locations in Napa, Seaside, Riverbank, Morro Bay, Turlock, Weed, Shasta Lake and Ukiah. The company also has two locations in Sacramento and one in Marysville.

Perfect Union CEO David Spradlin said the company has had a number of projects in the pipeline since mid-2017, but the pandemic saw rapid progress on them starting in mid-2020. While the expansion may look like a whirlwind of growth from the outside, he said the company was prepared.

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City Council approves more cannabis agreements

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A second round of development agreements with participants in the cannabis pilot program were approved by the Turlock City Council on Tuesday, furthering the process for two out-of-town dispensaries that hope to set up shop on Golden State Boulevard.

Development agreements, used in conjunction with conditional use permits, allow for the regulation of cannabis businesses by determining the standards and conditions that will govern development of the property. In terms of cannabis, development agreements between local jurisdictions and commercial cannabis properties typically include a “public benefit” amount, designed and intended to offset or mitigate any potential impacts of the project on the community.

On Tuesday the Council approved two development agreements: one with Evergreen Market, a company based out of Washington and another with Perfect Union, which currently operates four stores in both Sacramento and Marysville.

Yuba County deputies seize over 1K marijuana plants in bust

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Yuba County sheriff’s deputies trekked winding, bumpy, dirt roads in the foothills earlier this week to seize over 1,000 illegally cultivated cannabis plants and levy $4 million in fines.

The department’s Marijuana Eradication Team Yuba, or METYu, has been conducting fly overs of the hills that entice growers, small and large, from over the state and country with its vast tree coverage, Mediterranean climate and proximity to water sources.

That’s why the department enlisted the help of Code Enforcement, California Fish and Wildlife, California Water Board, California National Guard, Sierra County Sheriff’s Office and California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis department.

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California seizes $30 million in black market cannabis from illegal pot shops

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California authorities have tripled the number of raids on unlicensed cannabis shops in the last year and seized $30 million in pot products, but legal industry leaders say enforcement is still inadequate to break the dominance of the black market in the state.

In 2018, the first year of licensing, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control worked with local law enforcement to serve six search warrants on unlicensed pot shops and seized some 1,594 pounds of cannabis worth $13.5 million.

During the first six months of this year, the bureau served 19 search warrants on unlicensed sellers, confiscating more than 2,500 pounds of illegal marijuana products with a retail value of $16.5 million, according to data released last week. The state has also seized $219,874 in cash from illegal pot shops.

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