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Inside Embarc. Photo taken by Gabriela Rudolph on April 1.

Embarc dispensary plans grand opening on 4/20

Gabriela Rudolph, Multimedia Editor // April 12, 2023

As spring rolls in, two kinds of flowers are blooming in Chico: poppies and cannabis. On April 1, customers young and old came to Embarc for their soft opening. This is the second dispensary in Chico...

Photo of the Chico City Council building.

Chico City Council grants one cannabis dispensary appeal, denies three

Ava Norgrove, Reporter // November 6, 2021

The Chico City Council met on Nov. 2 to discuss a controversial topic within the community: cannabis dispensaries.  Four cannabis dispensary businesses: Ashe Chico LLC, Authentic Chico LLC, Grupo...

A billboard advertising cannabis delivery in Butte County, May 2021.

Delivering weed to Chico is not just easy money

Ava Norgrove // June 8, 2021

More than 15 companies, mostly based out of Sacramento, will now deliver cannabis to your door in Chico within the hour.  The Orion reached out to Bryon Thornton, one of the owners of Norcanna,...

The audience taking notes on what the presenters were discussing. Photo credit: Hana Beaty

Chico council meeting examines districting, price gouging and cannabis sales

Kimberly Morales // November 26, 2019

On Tuesday, Chico City Council discussed district-based elections and present possible options and various aspects of commercial cannabis.Through an attempt to avoid a council stronghold, the city council...

Chico City counsel that includes Mayor Randall Stone and Vice Mayor Alex Brown deliberating over the climate declaration Photo credit: Gordy Papalias

Passionate Chico residents and city council members discuss cannabis and climate change

Gordy Papalias // April 4, 2019

The city of Chico held a council meeting at the Municipal Building downtown on Tuesday, where they discussed who would be on the commercial cannabis citizen advisory committee, and whether or not the council...

City council members vote 4-3 to form a cannabis committee

Nate Rettinger // March 11, 2019

Opinions clashed at the recent city council meeting where members moved to form a cannabis committee.City council members came together to vote on a proposed cannabis committee on Tuesday night at Chico...

Scott Huber (to the left) listening to citizens about their opinions about marijuana. 
Jessica Mackenzie (to the back left). Photo credit: Justin Jackson

Scott Huber hosts Conversations about Cannabis

Justin Jackson // September 17, 2018

Chico has the munchies for conversations. Chico residents were invited to participate in Conversation about Cannabis, Sunday, to talk about making cannabis legal in the town of Chico. Chico City Council...

The cannabis forum panel consisted of five speakers from various fields. (From left to right) Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, University Police Chief John Reid, Butte County Health Department Officer Dr. Andy Miller, Fire Pharmaceuticals CEO Samuel Monteon and Inland Cannabis Farmers Association Executive Director Jessica MacKenzie. Photo credit: Alex Grant

Chico State Cannabis Forum sparks up conversation on recreational and medical cannabis

Roberto Fonseca // April 19, 2018

The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center hosted a cannabis forum to inform students and community members on the laws, risks and benefits of marijuana/cannabis use Wednesday. The panel of speakers...

Why athletes cant use cannabis

Why athletes can’t use cannabis

April 12, 2017

  Christopher Hendrickson can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_sports on Twitter.

Sports writer Gabriella Bermudez. Photo credit: George Johnston

Attention NFL, we all smoke pot

Gabriella Bermudez // April 16, 2016
Many feel the NFL is too harsh with its drug policy, and sports writer Gabriella Bermudez doesn't disagree.
Illustration by Miles Huffman

Mary Jane guards the gate to more drug experimentation

Miles Inserra // April 20, 2015
Cut the crap — marijuana is a gateway drug.
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