California edition / February 22, 2020
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2 MED WORKPLACE PROTECTION BILL HITS SACRAMENTO

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On Thursday, Assemblyman Rob Bonta introduced Assembly Bill 2355, legislation aimed at ending the right to discriminate against employees and prospective employees for MED use. LEGISLATURE.CA.GOV
  • Granting pot patients the same rights as prescription drug users, the NORML-supported bill would explicitly make it against the law for employers to refuse to hire a person over MED use, as well as fire an employee over it.
  • Sixteen American states have MED patient protections.
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3 IS WEED DAMAGING THE NAPA BRAND?

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The rivalry between Napa's standard-bearing wine industry and punky upstart organized pot means no grows can be located outside Napa cities’ boundaries — in vineyard country. Tensions are emerging as the prospect of a vote on cannabis farm locations approaches. Politico
  • Some of the wine folk believe weed will damage Napa Valley’s reputation and—potentially—the region’s vaunted grapes themselves. "You have to protect the Napa name," said Ryan Klobas, CEO of the Napa County Farm Bureau.
  • The REC insurgents of Napa county have support from investors such as Francis Ford Coppola and the Robert Mondavi heirs. They believe their product to be the region’s one sure way of holding onto millennials, who are consuming all-time low levels of wine.

4 WELCOME TO REC, UNION SCAMMERS

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The Daily Beast reports that an organization called Pro-Tech represents itself as a union but appears to be an employer-controlled, anti-organizing operation. The group is the only labor organization with membership in the California Cannabis Industry Association. Daily Beast Quick Hit
  1. Hello Again is an all-natural cannabis-infused menopause care product. After months of anticipation, it’s now available for retail in California. PR Newwire

5 SINCE REGULATORS DIDN’T SEEM TO CIRCULATE ONE…

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Here’s a guide to telling the difference between legal and illegal dispensaries. You’re welcome. Leafly
  • If you can pick up the pot you want to buy and inspect i or you got a free pre-roll for showing up or you watched the budtender weigh it and \purchasing that weight didn’t liberate your wallet of its cash? That’s for sure an unregistered dispensary.
  • Also, there’s a QBR code that can answer this riddle before you even step inside (and enjoy those savings!)

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  1. Eureka’s Humboldt Seed Company is a carbon-neutral enterprise that has its tendrils in states and nations around the world. MG Retailer

6 LESSONS ABOUND IN LONG BEACH TAX WIN

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Last December, Long Beach advocates finagled a City Council vote to manage taxes toward cannabis businesses' favor. On February 13, the law went into effect, and those who successfully pushed against the increase think they might have created a model for state-level change. Long Beach Collective Association/Cannanewswire
  • The law going into effect lowers the Long Beach municipal tax rate from 6% to 1% for manufacturers, distributors, and testing labs. “Lowering the tax rate will also help keep more jobs in Long Beach because it helps keep prices competitive,” said Long Beach Collective Association  President Adam Hijazi. The LBCA, also cited improved public safety among the tax decrease’s potential benefits.
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7 HACKERS ON THE RISE: THE INDUSTRY’S NEXT THREAT

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On the heels of high-profile hacking incidents, security experts are reminding people in pot that part of visibility's burden is exposure to cyber crime and fraud. "These industries are targets just because they're new and there is lots of controversy -- whether it's political or social," said data breach resolution expert Michael Bruemmer. CNN
  • Most fraud cases brought by the SEC concern operations that present themselves as cannabis businesses but instead are schemes.
  • Experian's 2020 "Data Breach Industry Forecast" for 2020 lists cannabis among green energy and cryptocurrency industries expected to more frequently targeted for cyberattacks.
  • "The unscrupulous people who have always existed — the out-and-out fraudsters — take advantage of investors who want to make a buck quickly," said former prosecutor Jodi Avergun.

8 CLASSROOM CARPETBAGGING? WHY, WE WANT TO SEE THAT!

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Next month, Golden Gate University’s School of Undergraduate Studies will offer a seminar called Cannabis 101. Anyone who’s befuddled by, yet interested in the tsunami of change happening with the plant could indeed find value in the class. Eventbrite
  • Government relations expert Tiffany Coughlin Lichtig, whose background in gaming far outstrips her cannabis resume, will preside. Because San Francisco lacks cannabis compliance experts?
  • Stop by Golden Gate at lunchtime  on Saturday, March 7 and ask the expert some deep cultural questions. The quality of future carpetbagging depends on you.

9 YOUR THEORETICAL NOISE POP PAIRINGS

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Legal purchase and consumption is not yet part of the San Francisco concert-going fabric. That’s why, when we tell you which bud goes best with the bands appearing all over town as part of the Noise Pop festival, we’re assuming you’ll run home between sets, smoke out, and then Lyft back to the show. SF Weekly
  • Drum up some Acapaulco Gold should you have tickets for Helado Negro, which mixes present-tense Brooklyn with Latin American roots. In America, A.G. is the most well-known brand from south of the country’s border.
  • For the surf-rock of Best Coast, one might consider Rock Star, which crosses Rockbud and Sensi Star and is by reputation a “potent indica-dominant hybrid that delivers strong effects without debilitating sedation.”

10 REC PLAYS THE VILLAIN IN SXSW-BOUND FREEDLAND

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Kate McLean and Mario Furloni’s feature film Freedland takes viewers off the grid and into the world of a Humboldt weed grower trying to hold onto her home. The film’s overall subject is horrors visited upon a cannabis entrepreneur at the dawn of legal weed. The Growth Op
  • Krisha Fairchild plays the grower, Devi, whose desperation increases as she accrues fines and faces prosecution.
  • Freedland debuts next month at South-by-Southwest.