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City Says Loud and Clear: ‘Don’t Drink (or Use) and Drive’

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood, its City Council and Public Safety Commission will join the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, local Fire Stations 7 and 8, and Block by Block Security Ambassadors in reminding community members about an important message of safety during the holidays: do not drink and drive.

Driving under the influence of cannabis carries the same DUI designation as alcohol.

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station will host a brief community event in front of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, located at 780 N. San Vicente Boulevard on Monday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Immediately following the event, community members will be welcomed to join City of West Hollywood Officials and Sheriff’s deputies to walk to nearby restaurants and bars to begin the distribution of 100,000 drink coasters with printed messages, which will remind patrons not to drink and drive and to instead choose a designated driver, a ride share service, or a local taxi company.

The coasters will also feature telephone numbers for taxicab companies that serve West Hollywood.

The coasters feature a transit link to information about the City of West Hollywood’s free weekend trolley services that include the The PickUpthe Sunset Trip, and the newly expanded Saturday evening service on the Cityline shuttle, which connects to the Metro Red Line at Hollywood and Highland.

These three alternatives are free and help to not only curb alcohol or cannabis impaired driving, but they also ease parking, and reduce traffic congestion. Visit www.weho.org/transit for additional information about these services.

The City of West Hollywood has also produced two Public Service Announcements (PSA) to encourage holiday revelers to utilize alternative forms of transportation if they partake in alcohol or adult-use cannabis consumption.

The first is Grinch-themed Don’t Drive Impaired. The second is the City and County Communications and Marketing Association national award of excellence-winning PSA, Recreational Reefer Madness, about the rules of cannabis consumption in West Hollywood based on the 1936 cult-classic of comically bad cinema, Reefer Madness.

While these PSAs are a comedic take on driving under the influence, there are sobering statistics available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the dangers of DUI: every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver; more than one-million drivers are arrested yearly for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics; and, marijuana users were approximately 25 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use. 

The West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has issued the following safety tips:

  • Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
  • If you will be drinking or using marijuana, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins – a designated driver is someone who hasn’t had any alcohol or marijuana, not just the person who drank or smoked the least.
  • If you have been drinking or using marijuana, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use a ride share service or public transportation, or call one of your local sober ride home programs.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is impaired, do not let that person get behind the wheel, and do not accept a ride with an impaired person.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

The City of West Hollywood has many bars, restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, and venues that serve alcohol. The City is dedicated to encouraging social responsibility and maintaining safe establishments that are free from overconsumption of alcohol. 

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station’s Community Impact Team (CIT) actively patrols bars, nightclubs, and hotels. Deputies are proactive in addressing impacts from entertainment establishments and special events.

The Sheriff’s Station’s Entertainment Policing Team (EPT) focuses on “entertainment” and “alcohol” related law enforcement issues in the City in order to prevent alcohol-related incidents. Together, the Sheriff’s Station and the City’s Code Compliance Division work with the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to educate businesses and work collaboratively on alcohol-related issues.

Everyone in West Hollywood can take part in working together to ensure that alcohol consumption is safe in our city. The City of West Hollywood works to raise awareness about social responsibility and alcohol with an effort called Imbibe Intelligently, which promotes safety tips and messages regarding alcohol consumption within the community and for visitors enjoying establishments in the City of West Hollywood.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s annual Don’t Drink and Drive campaign, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6492. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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West Hollywood Hosts Cannabis Wedding Expo at Andaz Hotel

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — A host of brands gathered to hold the 3rd .

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The unique expo was held at the Andaz Hotel near the Sunset Strip and featured cannabis-inspired takes on traditional wedding items, including bouquet art installations with cannabis themes and designer wedding dresses.

The Cannabis Wedding Expo is a curated boutique wedding event for shopping and meeting local cannabis brands and wedding service providers that can tastefully incorporate cannabis into your matrimonial celebrations.

According to Forbes “There are cannabis-infused lotions to soothe irritated skin, body balms to relieve pain and vapes that release THC microdoses for relaxing. There are also various tinctures and pills to fight migraines, anxiety and inflammation. Boasting ingredient lists with minerals and micronutrients, beeswax, royal jelly, organic avocado oil and myrrh — and encased in ultra sophisticated packaging — these cannabis products wouldn’t be out of place at a high-end spa or makeup counter. (And some of them have the price tags to prove it: The cannabis tampons are $11 each, and one pain-relief balm is $25 for 0.9 ounces.)”

A 2018 LA Magazine report mentioned “[Philip]Wolf and his fellow co-founders—Bec Koop and Madlyne Kelly—launched the Cannabis Wedding Expo in Denver, Colorado, in 2016, and hosted a follow-up event in San Francisco in 2017. Wolf’s work has included growing marijuana, opening dispensaries, and, in 2014, founding Colorado’s first public cannabis dining experience, Cultivating Spirits, which hosts cannabis pairing dinners and cannabis tours. Koop started a wedding floral design business in 2011, and in 2013 he launched the cannabis-specific bouquet company, Buds and Blossoms.”

This type of event is taking place around the country, and the county. You have to be over 21 to attend. Tickets to other Cannabis Wedding Expo events are available on eventbrite and the Expo website.

For more information, check out cannabisweddingexpo.com

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MedMen Presents ‘New Year, New You’ 2020

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LOS ANGELES (Yahoo Finance) — MedMen Enterprises Inc. has partnered with Los Angeles wellness studios Sweat Yoga, LIT Method, Cycle House, Box Union Robertson and Oraya Movement as part of an enhancement of 2020 community programming.

The goal of the partnership is to discover benefits of wellness and cannabis. MedMen collaborated with Papa and Barkley and Kikoko to provide each studio with samples of their leading cannabis products, as well as including incentives to visit MedMen.

Sweat Yoga, a hot yoga studio with locations in Santa Monica, Playa Vista Westlake Village and Little Tokyo, will partner with MedMen for their Sunday night Yin class at all four of their locations during January and February. Following class, attendees will have the opportunity to sample Positivi-Tea […]

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CA’s Marijuana Taxes & Regulations Keep Illegal Pot Competitive

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Two years in, California’s legal marijuana industry is stuck. Should voters step in?

SACRAMENTO (Los Angeles Times) — Two years after California began licensing pot shops, the industry remains so outmatched by the black market that a state panel recently joined some legalization supporters in calling for significant changes — perhaps turning again to voters to address the problems.

In its annual draft report, the Cannabis Advisory Committee warned Gov. Gavin Newsom and California legislators that high taxes, overly burdensome regulations and local control issues posed debilitating obstacles to the legal marijuana market.

With tax revenue about a third of what was expected and with only about 800 of an anticipated 6,000 licensees open for business, the panel said, officials may need to consider “revisiting the ballot initiative process.”“Despite the state’s committed efforts to bring cannabis […]

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