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at a much higher price. >> in our shop here the tax rate has gone from 15%, right, all the way up to 30, almost 35% for adult consumers. >> reporter: harborside is in oakland. here's how the math works. there's the regular state sales tax of 6% and the regular alameda county sales tax of 3.25%. then there's the 15% state tax on marijuana and a 5% oakland tax on marijuana. total taxes? 34.25%. >> that is a huge hit and it's going to mean that a significant number of people less affluent consumers are going to turn to the lower prices of the underground market. >> reporter: some customers are willing to pay a premium for quality product, customers like gino escalante. >> we all want the best stuff and the best stuff is always here at harborside. >> reporter: deangelo said the black market may be a lower cost, but harborside offers
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hundreds of products he can't get on the black market and they also offer consumer protection. >> all of our medicine is tested in the laboratory. it's evaluated both for safety for things like pesticides and pathogenic molds and it's also evaluated for potency. >> reporter: still all this protection is not cheap. in addition to taxes, the marijuana regulations drive up the costs. >> we have to take rent. we have to have security systems -- pay rent. we have to have security systems, pay licensing fees, have insurance, buy equipment. >> reporter: it adds up and not everyone can pay the higher prices. people who are disabled or on fixed incomes may have no choice but to go to the black market. >> they can barely afford cannabis now, much less with the 35 or 40% tax increase. >> reporter: and when people are not buying regulated marijuana, the state is getting zero taxes. colorado, washington and oregon each legalized marijuana at one tax rate and then had to lower that rate to keep people in the legitimate market.
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deangelo says california will have to do the same. >> i don't think that the current tax rate for cannabis in california is sustainable. i honestly don't think this tax is going to last too much. they'll see the cannabis is the plant. >> it makes no sense they say marijuana is taxed so much more than alcohol. california taxes beer and wine 20 cents a gallon since 1991, some of the lowest in the nation. as for federal alcohol taxes, the new tax law taking effect next year actually decreases taxes on beer, wine and spirits. melissa caen, kpix5. permitted pot businesses around the bay open their doors to long lines on first day of legalization for recreational use in california. kpix5's maria medina is at buddy's cannabis in san jose. maria? >> reporter: yeah. it's been nonstop here at buddy's cannabis in san jose. a lot of people who never bought marijuana legally before. ing with a new experience -- ((judie: "903 for me i have ) buying -- recreation >> we've never been to a
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dispensary before. >> reporter: judy's new year comes with a new experience. >> for me i have really bad anxiety. >> reporter: buying recreational marijuana at a dispensary for the first time she says for her anxiety. >> before when i was a kid, i had to take pills for my anxiety and i didn't like them at all. >> reporter: she was among the hundreds at buddy's cannabis today, many lining up before the doors even opened this morning. >> a little surreal for many people who have been through this for years. we didn't expect to get to this point. >> we're making history today. >> reporter: the owner estimates 99% of his customers today are buying marijuana legally for the first time. >> it's brand-new for so many people. we've had this dispensary running for years. for recreational customers, this is a totally new experience for them. >> people who have used it medicinally, it won't change for them, but for the people who haven't, you know, maybe it opens up some windows for them. >> reporter: judy says knowing where her marijuana is grown is the up side versus buying it on
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the vote and from the looks of how high sales are at -- street and from the looks of how high sales are at buddy's she's not the only one celebrating the new year with new goodies. >> you can use it in a good way. so i think it's important to keep an open mind and use a positive outlook. >> reporter: matt said sales increased about 30%, but after seeing how so many people are coming here today nonstop he is now estimating up to a 50% increase in sales. live from san jose, maria medina, kpix5. well, there's a lot of excitement about marijuana becoming legal. there's also a lot of outrage. a uc san francisco professor of medicine says the medicinal benefits of pot should only be sought out by those who need them. >> while there are some medical uses of marijuana, they're pretty limited and the fact that a medicine is good for something doesn't mean that it should be used by everybody recreationally. i mean if you have cancer, chemotherapy is a good idea, but that doesn't mean people
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should be, you know, taking chemotherapy for recreational purposes. many more health warnings coming at later >> professor glance says legal pot should be regulated similar to the way cigarettes are with many more health warnings. coming up later in the broadcast the deeper look into california's entry into legalized recreational pot, a special report the golden state green rush. it's coming up at 6:30. we are following some breaking news out of san francisco. seven people were injured after a two-car crash near geary and 21st. according to initial reports, around 3:30 a white box truck ran a red light, hit two elderly pedestrians and then crashed into another car that had a family of five inside. happened to work -- stopped the police say after the crash the driver appeared to try and flee the scene, but a good samaritan who happened to work for homeland security stopped the driver and put it him under arrest. -- and put it him under arrest. >> the -- and put him under arrest. >> the driver is a cantonese speaker only, so we're waiting for a certified cantonese
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speaker to come out. >> police say the two pedestrians are in serious condition. the family was treated for minor injuries at the scene. a surprisingly dry december causing concern among farmers in the central valley. farmers near stockton say they're having to irrigate crops because there hasn't been nearly enough rain. kpix5's john ramos has that story. e some very hi >> reporter: if you really want to see how dry december has been, you have to leave the bay area and come out to the central valley to farm country. >> besides being dry with lack of rain, we have some very high temperatures middle of 60s in december. it's pretty well unheard inform this area. >> reporter: ken vogel grows cherries and walnuts on his land near stockton. his trees are dormant now and not taking up any water, but moisture in the soil protects the tree roots when the weather turns cold. usually that's provided by winter rains, but not this year and now growers are having to add it themselves. >> during the drought i did irrigate in january and february, but i don't remember
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irrigating in december before. >> reporter: if it seems like farmers are always worried about the rain, it's because they're kind of the canaries in the coal mine when it comes to weather. whatever happens affects them first. the reservoirs that supply citirefrom last year's deluge, but most growers rely to some degree on yearly rainfall for their livelihoods. noone is panicking yet about a return to the drought, but you can tell they're a little nervous about how the year is starting out. >> going into that drought you figure well, we have one dry year. well, we've got two dry years, but a five year type of drought is fairly unknown in this area of california. so we are gun shy. >> reporter: who knows what the future holds? but after the past few years no one is really sure what normal weather is anymore. in san joaquin county, john ramos, kpix5. december was dry, so let's ask brian hackney how january is looking. >> well, let's cover how dry
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december was first and then we'll get into the january look ahead. it's that high pressure that gave us such dry weather on the west coast, that persistent high, persistent dry and so it was for december and boy, how dry we were, too. december in san francisco, 0.15- inch, 3% of average. that's pretty much true baywide. it was single digit for average precipitation now. as far as january, the six to 10-day outlook is trending lighter than average and, in fact, the high pressure that has persistently been over california finally is going to give way to that low pressure you see in the bottom left hand corner of your screen. so we'll get one more dry day and then wednesday turns wet. in fact, not just wet. it looks as if we have the potential for thunderstorms moving into the bay area as well when that low approaches to the score line. that's going to be wednesday. tuesday a transition day, the details coming up when we cover the forecast in just a few minutes. developments in the case of a couple who bought a private
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street in a pricey san francisco neighborhood, city supervisors overturned the sale of presidio terrace last month. now we've learned the owners, michael cheng and his wife, are suing. the street went on the auction block over unpaid taxes. the bill was apparently sent to the wrong address for decades. the undocumented immigrant acquitted in the killing of kate steinle will be back in court this week. jose ines garcia-zarate will be on trial for possession of a firearm by felon. the defense will try to get that conviction thrown out as well. a new crackdown on fare evaders on b.a.r.t. the penalties get more serious for repeat offenders. kpix5's christin ayers is at the concord b.a.r.t. station to explain how the stepped up enforcement is supposed to work. >> reporter: typically b.a.r.t. loses anywhere from 15 to $25 million a year to fare cheaters. that could be about to change. from now on once you pass through the fare gates you need to be ready to show proof you
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paid in the form of a b.a.r.t. ticket or clipper card. if you can't, well, that's when the fines kick in. for adults you'll have to pay $75, $55 for minors or you might have to do community service. if you get caught more than twice in a year, b.a.r.t. police can give you a criminal citation up to $250. in the past b.a.r.t. has targeted fare evaders with random sting operations by b.a.r.t. police. now trained fare inspectors with video cameras will be hitting trains and platforms checking for riders who failed to pay. >> you can go to any b.a.r.t. station basically and see people from all walks of life who feel that fare evasion is acceptable. the free ride is over for people who want to cheat the system. >> reporter: now there will be a one month grace period. that means during that time fare cheaters will be warned rather than fined and there will also be an appeals process if you feel that one of those
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fare investigators has wrongly fined you. reporting live in concord, christin ayers, kpix5. after more than 24 hours of labor the first bay area baby of 2018 was born in san francisco. look at this cute little guy. born at 12:0 2 a.m. at ucsf medical center weighing in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces. mom said her original due date was december 31st. she was totally surprised when he came right on time. jo it happened in california 50 years ago. and what's changed behind ♪ i'm stuck in folsom prison and time keeps dragging on ♪ . >> johnny cash's famous folsom prison, what it meant to his career and what's changed behind those stone walls. >> the flooding brought this week by the king tides in the north bay. >> you can blame those high tides on this, a super moon celestial spectacle we'll see
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twice this year.
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perform for the inmates. was no acci 50 years ago this month johnny cash walked into folsom prison to perform for the inmates. >> it was no accident. the first song he sang made both the prison and johnny famous. in anticipation of that anniversary we got to go inside folsom prison to look back and see how california's second oldest prison views its place in state history. january 13th, 1968, they wore blue. he wore black. johnny's career. allen martin - folsom this is the east gate of the prison where johnny cash stood for that famous photo. used
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every day - no longe c - but the st >> mellow hello. i'm johnny cash. [ cheering and applause ] >> and then unleashed his first fictional account of a man stuck behind bars. ♪ i'm stuck in folsom prison and time keeps dragging on ♪ . >> which forever infused johnny cash into folsom prison lore. ♪ but i shot a man in reno just to watch him die ♪ . >> that live recording of folsom prison blues shot to no. 1 on the country music charts and relaunched johnny cash's career. this is the east gate of the prison where johnny cash stood for that famous photo. it's no longer used for vehicle traffic, but the staff uses it to go in and out. the staff of retired guards keeps johnny's history alive at the museum. >> that's the first thing they want to know is i want to get my picture taken where johnny stood. >> but most visitors never experienced the history of the
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state's second oldest prison. the made from stone quarried on site in the late 1800s and it can't strip itself of a notoriously violent past with roots in the california gold rush, but it's trying. no longer are executions held in the hanging room where from 1895 to 1937 93 prisoners were put to death. the death row cells are now used for storage and once a notoriously violent maximum security facility, the nearly 2,500 men now held here are medium to minimum security inmates. many are learning jobs like electrician. >> what kind of skill can i do when i get out being a convicted felon? right when i get out, people are going to say you can't get this because of, you know, what i'm in here for. >> reporter: an auto mechanic. >> it's going to be my job one
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day. hopefully as we transition back into society, we can work on your guys' cars or you guys will hire us being convicts or whatnot, but it would be great. >> reporter: until then they're stuck in folsom prison and time is dragging on. while they can't escape the razor wire and the guards, they can fight the monotony with what else? this is the dining hall where johnny cash played his concert 50 years ago. for our benefit they brought in a few bands to play some of the music they get to play here today. >> therapeutic. it's theone actual escape to a sane place. >> as for playing johnny cash's music while being stuck in folsom, like the things they did to get into follow folsom, many inmates say probably best left in the past.
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>> it's an iconic song for the inmates and general public. >> reporter: you guys don't go around singing that, do you? >> oh, no. >> reporter: you got blues of your own? >> we got enough trials and tribulations we don't have to bring his up. >> johnny cash first recorded folsom prison blues in 1955. he'd written it while he was in the air force after seeing the movie inside the walls of folsom prison. it wasn't until his live recording at the prison on january 13th, 1968, that song became a no. 1 hit. a wet ride for drivers passing by the mill valley park and ride near the stinson beach exit. the area flooded this morning because of king tides. the national weather service said the tides will continue into tomorrow morning and could bring tides to other low lying areas. here's why the tide is high. a moon that is so club been doubled -- so close it's been dubbed the super moon and this isn't the only time it's happening this month. brian hackney is in for paul deanno and i know you're loving
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this, brian. >> it's fun. you don't need a telescope or binoculars. you just need your eyes and the moon which is rising slowly in the east. it's a pretty sight. here's some facts behind it. juliette pointed out it is called a super moon, an expression dubbed by an astrologer in the '70s. it was kind of a catchy term that caught on. it's because the moon is both full and at perigee. so the moon appears about 30% brighter tonight because of that. the next super moon will be the end of this month. so we get one on the 1st and on the 31st and the one on the 31st will be distinctive because second full moon in a month, it's a blue moon and will also feature a total lunar eclipse, not tonight but on the 31st. so that's pretty cool. it's also causing all of the high tides that we're having, very high, high tide of 7.2 feet tomorrow mid-morning, usual spots going to flood. those are all the facts behind
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it, but the bottom line is it's a beautiful sight. you can go outside right now as we are doing and showing it to you live, the full moon in full view all night tonight. so go out and explain it to your kids. >> that would be a good idea. >> as we look from sutro cam, the back to back suspension span of the bay bridge, san francisco at 59 degrees right now looking from oakland to san francisco, 59 there, 59 in san jose, 56 in concord and here's how it looks. that high pressure that's been over the west coast more than a month now gives us one more dry day, but that low finally will ride over the top of the high and bring us rain by wednesday. the high is causing a degradation in air quality so that again we have a spare the air day posted tomorrow. as for what's next, overnight lows tonight, high clouds keeping us somewhat mild, 31 degrees in santa rosa tonight. sunrise tomorrow morning at
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7:25. tomorrow is unusually mild, partly cloudy yet again, but the numbers rise mid- to upper 60s at the coast and mid-60s around the bay. here's futurecast. high clouds tomorrow and then wednesday morning a shield of high clouds and advance of the low approaching the shoreline. not only does the rain begin wednesday night, but we could get some thunderstorms with this especially in the santa cruz mountains if this all bears out. so rain, lightning, thunder could happen wednesday afternoon, wednesday evening. then we go to a showery regime after that thursday into friday. so to sum it up, we've got the super moon tonight and then dry and mild weather for tomorrow. rain will return later on wednesday. heading out of the bay area, we're looking at fog in the central valley. if you're heading out of sfo, the numbers will be in the 60s tomorrow and in the 20s in new york. that's a heat spell for them after their weather lately. for us high clouds and numbers in the mid-60s. in the extended forecast tomorrow's okay and then we
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increase the clouds, leads to rain and thunderstorms a possibility wednesday, lingering showers through friday and then by the weekend we go to partly cloudy skies. there's a lot happening ahead. so stay tuned. in california... ng up >> thanks. the california green rush, a look inside legalized recreational marijuana in california, we have a special report coming up. >> and coming up in sports the 49ers wish they were playing next week. instead they clean out their lockers today. >> as for the raiders, it's time to regroup and move on from jack del rio, where oakland stands in its pursuit of jon gruden. that's next. ♪ ♪ there are two types of people in the world. those who fear the future...
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question on who's going to take over. the raiders are expected to interview several candidates... to comply wi with jack del rio now gone is there really any question on who will take over? the raiders are expected to interview several candidates to comply with the rooney rule, but espn says jon gruden will be the next coach of the raiders. the only question is when it happens. any official announcements of the hiring is expected to come after gruden works this weekend's chiefs/titans playoff
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game for espn. today while cleaning out their lockers raiders players offered their thoughts on gruden possibly becoming their next head coach. >> i did run into him in the elevator in the hotel in philadelphia, so i hope i made a good first impression. >> i know what he's done 15 years ago, you know. so i don't know. it will be interesting to see if the game -- he's been part of the game, so he knows the game and i don't know. changes after th >> so besides the raiders four other teams have made coaching changes after the season ended. arizona's bruce arians announced his retirement and the colts chuck pagano, the bears john fox and lions jim caldwell were all fired. the 49ers ended 2017 on a five game win streak after their 34-13 win yesterday over the rams. san francisco finished the season 6-10 and became the first nfl team in history to win more than three games after starting the season 0-9.
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>> start out 0-9, that was a lot of adversity for us and i think it's not a coincidence that not many teams have finished after that -- no team has with more than three wins because that's adversity and it usually tears people apart, but we got a bunch of good people in our locker room and we stayed together. in college football the playoffs begin today, first of two games going into overtime. the first time in rose bowl history as heisman trophy winner baker mayfield and his explosive offense meets georgia's shut down defense. the sooners and bulldogs meet in the rose bowl the georgia trailed by 17 in the 1st half. seven minute left, game tied 38- 38. the ball is fumbled and picked up by oklahoma's stephen parker returned for a 46-yard touchdown giving the sooners a 45-38 lead. a minute to play. nick chubb takes the direct snap and scores to tie the game. we go into overtime the first time in rose bowl history.
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second o.t. now tied 48-48. the direct snap and gets to the sideline and the score, the game winning 27-yard touchdown, georgia wins 54-48. they'll play either alabama or clemson in the national championship game. central florida came to life in the 2nd half of the peach bowl against auburn. 4th quarter the golden knights leading 27-20. it's intercepted by burkett and returned for a pick six. ucf scored 21 unanswered points to take a two touchdown league. they win 34-27 to finish the season undefeated just two years after going 0-12. no. 14 notre dame facing 17th ranked lsu in the citrus bowl, under two minutes to play, the irish trailing by 5. book finds boykin who makes an incredible one-handed catch, breaks the tackle, dupes another defender and scores as notre dame wins a
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thriller 21-17 and alabama and clemson going on right now. the nfl playoffs are coming next week. never ends. >> sit tight. thanks. >> thank you. in our second half hour special report the california green rush, an inside look at legalized recreational marijuana and california's future with it. king effect at
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. you're watching kpix5 news. thousands of california customers line up to buy recreational marijuana, the new law taking effect at midnight and people wasted no time taking advantage of the opportunity to light up legally. so how is this going to work? more than a year after voters approved it are we prepared? >> kpix5 takes a look ahead at the california green rush. >> it is a great day, man. happy new year. >> reporter: in with the new year marijuana legalization has come to california and with it a lot of money. >> this is a new industry. >> reporter: just how big of deal is this? >> it's ginormous. it's bigger than i can even explain. >> reporter: and is california ready? >> there's still a lot of work to be done. >> reporter: from the worries and doubt.
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>> it's an illicit market that will continue to thrive. >> reporter: and hopes and dreams. >> it's exciting and scary all at the same time. >> reporter: how prop 64 is going to work. >> no. it messed things up even worse. >> reporter: or how it's supposed to work. >> is it going to be cost effective on this side? i'd like to think. so. >> reporter: because ready -- think so. >> reporter: because ready or not the green rush is on. >> we're sitting on about $2 million worth of product at all times. >> what we're seeing now is the entire world watching california. >> reporter: good evening, happy new year and thank you for being with us as we take stock of this landmark day for california and the country. this is history in the making and it all started this morning. e increased use - we're faced with the same health and safety questiohd "the p was real yes, the big headline adults 21 and older can now buy marijuana for recreational use, but beyond the novelty and genuine historical significance of today's sales there is just so much more to this. >> i think i'm always worried about the things that we
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haven't thought of. >> reporter: commonly referred to as california's marijuana czar, lori ajax is overseeing the launch of a fleet of rules governing absolutely everything about this plant from the moment it's put in the dirt to the moment it's consumed and all of this is being done on- the-fly. in fact, this is technically an emergency. >> we had to have our regulations finalized. so the statute allowed us to have emergency regulations in place. >> reporter: so now that california has fired up the legalized market what happens next comes down to a few burning questions. >> we can't issue a license at the state level if it's going to violate a city or county ordinance. >> reporter: question one, cities and counties get to choose their own destinies. so who and how many will say yes? oakland has been waiting for this for years. san jose has also jumped on board claiming a unique cannabis distinction.
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>> in my hand is the first state license ever issued by california. >> reporter: and then there's san francisco where a bitter fight at city hall created a delay in the permitting process. >> we're looking at the 5th at the absolute earliest from the way i understand it. we're ready. we're just waiting on everybody else. >> reporter: but the rest of the bay area will begin the year largely dry or with a grab bag of assorted laws and a good example of this is sonoma county. >> only two cities allow for adult use. >> reporter: those two cities? sebastopol and khatadi while right across the street the city has banned all sales but will allow cultivation. there is more to this economy than just growing and selling. >> this is kind of the lighter turpines that come off early. >> reporter: this is the largest cannabis manufacturing operation in the united states. >> this one is the emerald cup
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brand. >> reporter: really if you are consuming a marijuana concentrate right now, it was very likely produced at canna- craft and legalization obviously is good news here. >> it's the end of us looking over our shoulder wondering if our doors are going to get kicked in. >> reporter: but hunter is not convinced it will mean a flood of new customers. >> i definitely think we'll see more, but i don't think it will be like fivefold. >> reporter: and that's question no. 2, just what kind of marijuana appetite does the state have? is there really a large group of californians ready to start using marijuana now that it's legal and will customers want something good or something cheap? >> generally we're letting people know that they can expect 10 to 30% higher prices with the taxes. >> you have eight taxes, excise tax, cultivation tax and local jurisdictions putting their own tax on it and your regular sales tax. >> reporter: but assuming there will be some increased use we're faced with the same health and safety questions
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raised during the from 64 campaign. >> the message today? dui doesn't just mean booze. >> reporter: now the highway patrol is training officers to spot stoned drivers and health experts are sounding alarms. >> and the public health perspective was really completely absent among the people who were putting the money up and controlling the process of writing the initiative. >> childproof packaging. >> reporter: but some health concerns were baked into the new law, namely in regard to quality control. >> in a regulated environment all roads lead through testing. >> reporter: which means now is a very good time to be working at steep hill labs in oakland. it's also a good time to be in the business of selling or in stalling liquid chromatographs because the state simply does not have the capacity to test all that product. >> we need more square footage, more equipment, more people.
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we're staffing up rapidly. >> reporter: not rapidly enough. the state is delaying testing requirements because building out that testing requirement could easily take another year. >> is in a complicated industry. the equipment that's required is incredibly complex. the staffing that is required requires a high level of expertise and scientific training. >> reporter: you start to get an idea of just how expensive it will be to start a business in this industry and how complicated it's going to be for entrepreneurs and governments to make it work. >> we can't move it. we have to have a distributor pick it up and mauve it over here. there's so many more moving parts. >> reporter: that's one reason your city, town or county may be sitting this out for now waiting to see how things shake out, but things can always get more complicated. >> kicked in all interior doors, came in with assault rifles. >> reporter: how the new law is already creating winners, losers and vastly different fortunes in neighboring counties. >> it's a money play. it's about the money. >> reporter: we'll give you a tour of what cutting edge
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cannabis looks like. >> we happen to be the only weed certifier we know of and are aware of in the united states. >> reporter: and we'll check in with the folks who might have the most to lose with legalization. >> everybody says what are we going to lose? what are we going to gain is kind of the crux of it there. >> reporter: how the emerald triangle is bending hoping not to break as the green rush continues.
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ldsberry "y >> closed captioning for this newscast is sponsored by living spaces. let's get back to our special report on california's green rush. >> here's wilson walker. but for a deeper dive into in ing some turbu >> we're ready to go. we were issued our adult recreational use license yesterday. so crazy last minute stuff for us. >> reporter: we've looked at how the new law is supposed to work, how an industry is racing to adapt and expand and how the bay area is slowly moving into this green rush, but for a deeper dive into how california's new laws are creating some turbulent waters, let's head south to a city that
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is diving right in. >> you know, it's all moving so fast that it's kind of like -- i don't know -- it's like paddling out on a big wave 10- foot overhead. >> reporter: that big wave analogy is the way adam describes his ride as golden state greens. backup house just as epic. >> we're sitting on about $2 million worth of product at all times. >> reporter: all of this works as a cooperative. 100 plus employees have full healthcare and it's been playing by the state's new rules for months. same goes for the cannabis testing facility right across the street. so when it comes to getting ready for today, there may be no city as well prepared as san diego. ities this pre california: >> we're really proud of our city. point." - a wild ride that's already reaching dow marijuan they've taken the bull by the horns and really stepped up and before san francisco and l.a. >> the voters overwhelmingly supported it. they want these to occur.
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let's figure out a way to work because it's going to happen nonetheless. >> reporter: the city manager said he knows there will be challenges, but the best option given the tide of the industry of get on board. >> i think we have and i think the reason we're trying to do that is because we want to be innovative. we understand there will be give and take especially with how to regulate this business moving forward for the fact that we've never done it before. >> reporter: so who helped craft san diego's cutting edge cannabis laws? >> we lobbied at the highest levels, if need be, and tried to help the cities themselves understand the industry. >> reporter: which means golden state greens is in a very nice position to do very well and the same can be said for one man just up the road in what could soon become the largest legal marijuana market on the face of the earth. >> you are in south l.a., century boulevard. it's really a good neighborhood. all the violence have calmed down. >> reporter: meet donnie anderson. >> this is where i grew up, born and raised at. >> reporter: the former music industry executive is now
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shaping los angeles marijuana policy which is basically to start recreational sales within the existing medical dispensaries like his own. >> thank you for coming, man. enjoy. >> reporter: now one day he'd also like to grow and distribute his own brand. >> our product is california cannabis. >> reporter: but for nowetter it's his shop in south l.a. are -- now whether it's his shop in south l.a. or a medical dispensary in west hollywood, dispensaries have a huge head start on what's coming next. >> you're going to see big mon in here by the third -- money in here by the third year. you're going to see them try to buy every business out because they want this industry. >> reporter: but if you keep traveling north right over the grapevine, you'll find something entirely different. >> they came in like call of duty style, helmets, jackets, assault rifles. all the interior doors of the building were kicked in. >> reporter: after five years in business, this bakersfield collective is now effectively out of business. >> hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of product. >> reporter: to be sure, kern
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county is a more conservative slice of california. prop 64 failed here by several points and prosecutors use that to justify a crackdown. >> they did. they said we're going to ban adult use, but they also banned medical. >> reporter: so as recreational use dawns in some areas, buying any kind of cannabis in bakersfield is getting more difficult, but it doesn't mean kern county will be completely dry. remember done anderson's plan to take -- donnie anderson's plan to take his business vertical? he needs a place to grow that california cannabis and guess where he's going to do it. >> we have a cultivation license in california city already which is next to bakersfield. we have a 20-acre property up there. >> reporter: so the los angeles kern county line becomes an interesting spot on this new landscape. you have two entirely different marijuana policies and yet
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these two counties could be heading towards what you might call a marijuana business partnership. >> because we got the land out there for cheap. it's only an hour and 50 minutes away. >> reporter: but it's not just that odd neighborly phenomenon. think of all the complexities this presents across california. >> it's kind of a wild ride at this point. >> reporter: a wild ride that's already reaching down to california's marijuana roots. >> for so long we was getting our flowers from emerald triangle, all up that way. >> reporter: that, of course, will take us north to where it all started. >> we started the movement to come out to these hills and grow something really good and not just coming across the border from mexico years ago. >> reporter: we'll look at how the new laws are causing a sea change in the emerald tree angle. >> right now it's a really difficult transition for a lot of people. >> reporter: we'll try to look into overall future. >> the overall taxes will drive people back to the black market. >> reporter: and where we may be five years from now when the green rush continues.
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rush" here's wilson walker... { wilson walker "worth noting that california has a long colorful history with marijuna - today' the latest now our final segment on california's green rush. >> here's wilson walker. i s, where it >> reporter: worth noting that
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california has a long, colorful history with marijuana, today's change the latest chapter in that story, but what is going to happen to the men and women who really started this revolution back when it meant risking a prison sentence? >> a lot's going to change for sure, but the one thing that i really hope that we don't lose, especially up here in the hills where it's the home of cannabis in america is the vibe. ese smal { casey >> reporter: deep in the hills that protected this industry for generations growing marijuana now means something no farmer wants to deal with. >> nobody ever became a farmer because they wanted to do paperwork. >> we're no longer a couple old hippies living in mountains growing pot, you know. we still are. now people have investors and boards and responsibilities to that. so it's just a whole new different ballgame. >> reporter: nicky and swami of swami select and casey o'neil of happy day farms, a couple above board medicinal growers i've followed for years and they'll tell you
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legalization has not come easy. >> the regulations are very complex. there's a lot of different layers to them. there's a lot of requirements. >> reporter: the plants they grow in the summer have to be packaged by a licensed distributor, moved by a licensed transporter and meet countless other requirements that fall under some 11 different state and local agencies and that is already driving people out of the business. >> around july or august we started hearing from people that had been growing for many years saying we've done the math. it's over. we can't afford it. it doesn't make any sense. >> reporter: now some farmers will just retreat deeper into the woods, but others will give up altogether. that raises an even larger concern here. the fate of communities that now depend on these small farmers. >> on the individual level obviously it's very important for me to see this work if i'm going to be successful, but on the sort of more societal level it's like this is a fulcrum this drives rural economies a lot of the time. so we need to make sure that we get this right. >> reporter: that brings us to
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one concern we've heard across the state from almost everyone involved with this new economy. >> regulations are good. it gives you control, but at the same time if you overregulate and overtax it, then you defeat the purpose as well. >> the problem that we have right now is that the state and city sees money and they want to overtax. >> watch, regulated cannabis just become way more expensive than what people can find on the black market. >> reporter: so how do you beat the black market? >> we're going to definitely need some policing on the back end from the state as well. >> reporter: that's why you'll probably see licensed sellers happily pointing fingers at unlicensed competitors. >> right here, wellness center. unlicensed shop and they're everywhere. >> reporter: not only could the high price of doing legal business fuel the black market, it could also make this an exclusive industry for players with a lot more capital. >> i know multiple companies that's already vested in this, big boys that's already
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invested. they're just under the table. >> reporter: so even among those trying to make a go of this industry, there are doubts. >> i think over the next year you'll see changes. i think you'll see us even looking at our regulations and maybe looking at making some changes on things that don't work. you'll probably see some legislation coming out this next year. >> reporter: the first year likely to be a little chaotic, but eventually things should settle down. >> i could see this riding this wave out till about 2019 in regards to the dust settling. >> reporter: three years from now. >> i think there will be some people that will do really well and some people won't make it. >> reporter: let's say five years. >> five years it's a different industry. now it'sfortune 500. >> reporter: while we have focused largely on economics tonight, there is certainly more to this than money. >> you've got to always remember people are not going to go to jail over this anymore and people are going to get medicine who would not have it because i truly believe it is
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medicine. >> reporter: and maybe, just maybe it will even work for the small farmers who stuck their neck out for this plant long before january 1st, 2018. >> to me it's so much bigger than like well, you know, some hippies want to grow some weed. it's about this question of what do we value for 21st century agriculture and let's figure out how to make this work for 50,000 small farms rather than 500 big ones. >> reporter: one last thought for all of the adults in the room, those of you 21 years of age and older, what this all means for you whether or not it is for you is now up to you. it is your choice and wasn't that the idea? thank you for being with us. much more on california's green rush on our website. we'll be right back. >> one in four bay area children go to bed hungry, one
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announcer: it's time to play "family feud"! give it up for steve harvey! [captioning made possible by fremantle media] steve: how are you? i appreciate it. thank you all. thank you all very much. i appreciate that. i do. well, welcome to "family feud," everybody. i'm your man, steve harvey. [cheering and applause] and we got another good one for you today. returning for their second day, from fort worth, texas, it's the champs. it's the barret family. and from right here, homegrown, atlanta, georgia, it's the cater family. everybody's here trying to win theirself a lotta cash, and somebody might drive outta here in a brand-new car.
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let's play "feud." give me shirley, give me candace. ["family feud" theme plays] top 7 answers on the board. here we go. name something the world's greatest kisser probably does before he kisses a woman. shirley: breath spray. steve. breath spray. man: mom, let's bring it on. bring it on. shirley: we'll play, steve. steve: all right. let's go. man: play, play, play. absolutely. [cheering and applause] steve: hey, john, name something the world's greatest kisser probably does before he kisses a woman. john: takes a drink. you know, get some more saliva. shirley: oh, good answer, john. good answer. steve, chuckling: takes a drink. he was saying, you know, to get--what he was saying was to get more saliva, not like a shot. need a shot of tequila


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