Second Class

California's undocumented workers build our houses, wash our cars and clean our gyms. But they often lack the basic health and safety protections that are every worker's right.

Wine vs. weed in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is famous for its cabernet sauvignon. But with the cannabis industry moving in fast, some of the region’s storied vintners are sounding the alarm that California’s newest legal crop could damage the flavor — and brand — of their prized wines.

Those grape growers worry that pot won’t pair well with the terroir they have spent a century and a half cultivating.

LA pot business hopefuls cry foul over investor's social equity success

The cannabis social equity program in California's largest city was designed to give communities most impacted by drug laws the first shot at acquiring new dispensary licenses, but the rollout has instead left community leaders questioning how one well-connected firm managed to dominate the process.

Some social equity advocates are crying foul after the city’s first-come, first-served application system resulted in the company 4thMVMT landing at least 11 spots in the first 100 on track to obtain licenses. They say the intended individuals hoping to overcome their past struggles never stood a chance.

Tribes Frustrated at Being Locked out of California Cannabis Market

California's marijuana legalization was supposed to provide economic justice to communities most affected by drug laws in the past, but Native American tribes that have suffered say the state is unfairly shutting them out of its nascent cannabis trade.

Tribes want the state to establish compacts, similar to gaming deals, that would allow them to sell cannabis grown on tribal lands to the broader California market. Under such arrangements, tribes would agree to regulations similar to those established under Proposition 64 and provide tax revenue to the state for products sold off-reservation.

Startups feud with dentists over X-ray requirement on Newsom's desk

An explosive battle between the state's dental establishment and startup orthodontia firms seeking to undercut the traditional industry has emerged over regulations tucked into an otherwise mundane dental sunset bill on Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk.

On its face, AB 1519 (19R) is a standard measure that comes up every four years to reauthorize the Dental Board of California. The bill sailed through both houses without a single no vote.

Vacant, Neglected, Destructive: How Richmond’s abandoned homes became fire hazards

Elora Henderson and Jesus Galindo sat in the living room of her small Iron Triangle home, unwinding after a long day of work. The two Lincoln Elementary School teachers settled into their after-school routine, sinking into the couch and watching TV with Henderson’s dog, Lorca, at their feet. But something wasn’t quite right that September evening.

The two were eating. Lorca should’ve been begging for scraps, but he was uninterested. Instead, he paced between the living room and the kitchen. Galindo grew concerned and headed to investigate.

Agriculture hopes hemp legislation will finally go through

After years of trying to get laws changed, hemp advocates and would-be farmers are on the cusp of gaining new legal standing via the 2018 farm bill. The question now will be: How do they ramp up production of a formerly illegal crop to the point where they’re competitive on a world scale?

The Senate version of the farm bill passed on June 28, S. 3042 (115), includes a provision that would put hemp — marijuana’s non-psychoactive relative — on the same standing as any other commodity crop. With regulation handled by state agriculture departments, hemp researchers will be able to apply for USDA grants and hemp growers can be covered by crop insurance programs.

Trump's tariffs threaten billions in losses for U.S. pork

The pork industry was one of the first U.S. agricultural sectors to suffer blowback as President Donald Trump embarked on his aggressive program to reshape America’s trade relationships — and the hits keep coming.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on his first full day in office last year, sending pork producers scrambling to shore up relationships with their top buyer by value, Japan, which remained in the 11-nation deal that was struck after Trump's exit.

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