SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing beers containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived compound known as CBD. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is allowing Black Hammer Brewing to sell off the remainder of the beer it has produced with CBD, including one called Toke Back Mountain. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. The beer's drinkers can't get high, but users say CBD is calming.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The owner of a Southern California portable toilets business has been sentenced to prison for illegally dumping waste to avoid fees. The San Diego Union-Tribune says a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Diamond Environmental Services owner Arie Eric De Jong III to five months in prison, a fine and probation. The company illegally emptied its trucks into sewer systems in San Diego, San Marcos, Fullerton, Perris and Huntington Park instead of using designated facilities and paying fees.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - About to turn 80, Tommy Chong says he never doubted he'd live to see the day when marijuana would be legal in one form or another in 30 states across the country. Not when he and his partner Cheech Marin were mocking the establishment as playful potheads in a series of hit movies. Not even when he went to prison in 2003 for selling handcrafted bongs. Now, with his own Chong's Choice line of artisanal pot, Chong prepares to celebrate his 80th birthday this week with a gentle I-told-You-So.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court will decide whether Facebook and other social media companies must turn over user content to criminal defendants preparing for trial. The justices are expected to issue the ruling Thursday in a case that has pitted some of Silicon Valley's biggest companies against public defenders.
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