Growth tests the flower supply chain
Willis dives into how flower shortages continue to drag on the California industry.
Annual pre-harvest shortages "place even greater importance on the relationships between retailers and the distributors and cultivators they work with...This can put smaller companies at a competitive disadvantage – they’d be unable to afford to stock some top product brands – and lead to both business and supply chain disruptions.
“Every year I think it’ll get better as more people come online [to the California REC market],” said Chris Patel, a founder of the United Cannabis Business Association (UCBA) and owner of the DC Collective dispensary in Canoga Park. “But, so far, I haven’t seen it get better at all.”
California CBD companies caught in federal crackdown
Two California companies have been named in CBDeceit, a federal crackdown on unproven health claims made by brands. The six total companies have been accused of making claims about cancer, hypertension, heart disease and Alzheimers.
More state equity grants are coming
California regulators have begun accepting applications for $15M in grants designed to help jurisdictions create cannabis equity programs. Thus far few California places can claim to have successful programs.
Outdoor growers worried about climate change
At a virtual conference this week, the head of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance said growers need to talk more about what growing looks like in this age of climate change and ever worsening fire seasons.
- Also on the agenda, the state's new appellations program and a growing wave of contract dispute litigation.
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