Wyoming Marijuana News

PICTURED: Zahur Lalji. Photo by Dexter Brown Photography

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer

nshaffer@timespublications.com

“I was the guy with 13 jobs,” laughs Zahur Lalji of Camarillo. From retail to banking to entrepreneur, he’s tried his hand at many endeavors — and found success at every one. His most successful, however, is probably Wheelhouse, the cannabis dispensary he founded in 2016 with his friend and business partner Sergio Burga.

Lalji was born in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, to parents of Indian descent. He moved to California with his family in 1980.

“I grew up in Camarillo most of my life,” he says. “And I’m still here. I’ve lived in Camarillo for 40-plus years.” 

As a teenager, he had a variety of odd jobs in food (including stints at McDonald’s and In-N-Out Burger) and retail. At 20, he got a job as a teller at Wells Fargo and worked his way up to branch manager after a few years. A few years after that, he became regional manager.

Banking was his stock in trade for many years. After Wells Fargo (and a short stay in London) he worked for Commercial Bank of California and Wilshire Bank. He was successful, but

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It has been a year since someone fatally shot Kenneth Love II, who was working as a security guard at a marijuana dispensary in Spring Valley.

No arrests have been made in the case.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said this week that investigators have an image of a someone who may have information about the killing. But investigators need help from the public to identify him.

Sheriff’s officials said this man is a “person of interest” in the June 2020 slaying of Kenneth Love II in Spring Valley.

(Courtesy of San Diego County Sheriff’s Department)

The Sheriff’s Department is not calling the person in the photo a suspect in the case; investigators say he is a person of interest.

On Wednesday, Love’s family gathered with volunteers and deputies with the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station at First Baptist Church of Spring Valley — on the same block of Troy Street where Love was killed — to hand out flyers with a photo of the unidentified person.

Investigators want to speak with the man shown the image. They spotted the person on surveillance video recorded at an unlicensed marijuana dispensary on Troy Street near Sweetwater road, just east of

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The proposed site of a cannabis dispensary at 1921 Iroquois St. is the source of a clash between the property owner and the city of Napa over whether the business would comply with an ordinance requiring it to be at least 600 feet from New Technology High School. The Planning Commission on June 17 upheld a rejection of the plan.

Howard Yune, Register Howard Yune

When is 600 feet not really 600 feet? According to Napa city planning officials, when a would-be cannabis seller tries to measure that distance from the nearest school in anything but a straight line.

A company trying to open Napa’s next dispensary has clashed with the city over its plan to serve customers on Iroquois Street, in the same neighborhood as New Technology High School. Its claim to meet Napa’s minimum 600-foot distance away from schools and other youth-serving locales has been turned aside by the city’s planning department — a rejection upheld last week by the Planning Commission, Napa’s authority on land-use matters.

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Professional, good, decent and secure are just some of the words Steve Francis uses to describe the new marijuana dispensary he plans to open soon in Memphis.

The shop, located at the site of the former Mom’s Kitchen downtown, is being renovated for the business’ grand opening, likely in late July. The retail outlet, called Revive, will have both recreational and medicinal marijuana for sale to the public.

Mom’s Kitchen, a popular eatery in Memphis from 1992 until it closed in 2020, will be the location of the new marijuana retail shop Revive. There will be recreational and medicinal marijuana for sale to the public.

“This is not going to be a dope den. This is going to be a professionally run facility that Memphis can be proud of,” Francis said. “And I’ve never smoked a joint in my life, so this is really all about the medical part for me.”

Francis, who owns Country Smokehouse in Almont and a market in Capac, said he’s been in the medical marijuana business for a half-dozen years now. He hosts a growing operation in northern Michigan and has the product used in his meats by an out-of-state firm.

“I’ve done all kinds of

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DANBURY – Two weeks before Gov. Ned Lamont signed Tuesday’s bill legalizing retail cannabis, Danbury leaders denied what would have been the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state to have a drive-thru window.

The reason had less to do with the unknowns in the 300-page recreational cannabis bill that was yet to be signed than it did with city regulations that ban drive-thru windows in most circumstances along a busy stretch of Mill Plain Road, zoners said.

“This commission just said ‘no’ to somebody … trying to sell doughnuts across the street,” Zoning Commission Chairman Theodore Haddad said during a June 8 public hearing, referring to the city’s 2017 denial of a drive-thru window for Dunkin’ Donuts that was upheld in state Superior Court. “We have to think about cause-and-effect. People will come to us if this petition is approved and say, ‘Hey, what about me?’”

The Zoning Commission’s denial of the drive-thru window request by the Bethel-based medical marijuana dispensary D&B Wellness does not affect the dispensary’s plans to move into a former bank building at 105 Mill Plain Road on Danbury’s booming west side.

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Trulieve Cannabis Corp. a leading and top-performing cannabis company based in the United States announced today the opening of a new Florida dispensary, the Company’s 91st nationwide. The latest dispensary, located in Winter Park supports Trulieve’s goal of ensuring medical cannabis patients across Florida have safe, reliable access to the medications they rely on. The dispensary expands access throughout Central …

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF) (“Trulieve” or “the Company”), a leading and top-performing cannabis company based in the United States announced today the opening of a new Florida dispensary, the Company’s 91st nationwide.

The latest dispensary, located in Winter Park , supports Trulieve’s goal of ensuring medical cannabis patients across Florida have safe, reliable access to the medications they rely on. The dispensary expands access throughout Central Florida , joining four locations throughout nearby Orlando .

In honor of Trulieve’s 85th Florida dispensary, all patients — from those new to Trulieve to the dedicated Truliever community — will be eligible for a 25% in-store discount at the new dispensary on opening day.

ANNOUNCING : Trulieve

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Oklahoma City police are investigating multiple marijuana dispensary smash and grabs. The burglary suspects were in and out of the businesses on Tuesday within minutes and in one case a suspect appeared to be armed.

The alarm at Lotus Gold in northwest Oklahoma City near east Memorial Road and the Broadway Extension was triggered around 2:40 a.m.

“It was just brazen,” dispensary owner Justin Clemons said. “The crowbar to the door and just run in.”  

The security cameras in Clemon’s store were rolling when the three suspects ransacked the store. One of them brought a weapon.

“Appeared to be armed when they went in,” Oklahoma City Police MSgt. Gary Knight said. “Although nobody was inside the business at that time.”

In a matter of minutes, the suspects got away with thousands of dollars in marijuana and merchandise and left plenty of damage.

“One of them takes off running at that point and jumps over this counter,” Clemons said. “He’s out the door.”

Meanwhile, police were not far behind. 

“Once our guys got there, they were there in a matter of minutes,” Knight said. “It was already over. They got there and the burglars were already gone.”

A few hours later police were called

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There have not been any reported illnesses, but dispensaries are initiating a recall out of an abundance of caution, according to ADHS.

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Health Services announced Wednesday that multiple marijuana dispensaries have started a voluntary recall of certain products due to possible contamination.

ADHS determined that the products for recall tested positive for Salmonella and Aspergillus. The products were sold to multiple dispensaries as “free of contaminants.”

Anyone who has purchased any of the following items is advised to throw them out:

Harvest Platinum14g pre-pack Indica flower in the flavor glazed apricot gelato14g pre-pack Sativa flower in the flavor tiger hazeModern Flower3.5g pre-pack Indica Flower in the flavor orange acaiSol Flower Dispensaries and EstablishmentsTahiti LimeEHFHAT Trick #17 FlowerMohave CannabisPreroll lab #454PRTru Infusion FlowerCaked up CherriesThe PharmChemistry #1 HD 3/24/2021

There have not been any reported illnesses, but those who may experience symptoms are advised to contact a health care provider.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps and nausea or vomiting. Symptoms usually start between six hours to six days after ingestion and can last between four and seven days.

Aspergillus can

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Local dispensary ‘excited’ about marijuana being legalized in Connecticut | WWLP

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The implementation of a seed-to-sale tracking system for medical marijuana products in Oklahoma has been delayed by a lawsuit that seeks to transfer the costs of the program to the state. In April, the rollout of the program was postponed until the end of June by a Okmulgee County judge in the case brought by a group of medical marijuana businesses.

Oklahoma voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize the use and sale of cannabis for medicinal use in 2018. The following year, the state legislature passed legislation, House Bill 2612, which included requirements for a system to track cannabis products from cultivation through the manufacturing process, distribution and final sale. 

State regulators with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) issued a contract to METRC LLC to provide seed-to-sale tracking through its system. The METRC program is used by at least a dozen other states including California, the nation’s largest legal cannabis market.

Attorney Ron Durbin filed suit against OMMA’s implementation of the system on behalf of several medical marijuana dispensaries, arguing that licensed business should not be required to purchase identification tags for plants and products or have to pay a fee to use the system. Under current rules, marijuana business must

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