Hopes of reversing the federal tax law that restricts cannabis sellers from taking tax deductions and credits took a blow when a US Tax Court judge struck down Harborside's a challenge to Section 280E.
As if on cue, bootleggers have appeared on the commercial scene. Phony product distribution is taking off, with support from illegal dispensaries delivery services and Chinese online stores.
Sacramento's Sequoia Analytical Labs was discovered last month to be faking test results, falsifying reports on more than 700 of batches of flower worth million of dollars.
65. A Very Canadian Pot Scandal with Jesse Staniforth
Jesse Staniforth, Editor of WeedWeek Canada, updates Alex and Donnell on breaking Canadian stories. There is no lack of scandal: Cannabis giant Canopy Growth fired founder and CEO Bruce Linton and CannTrust, a major licensed producer, is estimated to lose C$350 Million for ignoring the law. New regulations limiting THC in edibles exacerbate the over-packaging crisis. The country continues to battle the illicit market which is now also available online and is known by the cool name "MOMS" (mail order marijuana sites). Plus, Alex and Donnell discuss Jay-Z's partnership with Caliva.
A rural county's rejection of a hash production lab seems insignificant until one considers that the average Californian lives 60 miles from even a legal dispensary. For a range of reasons, citizens up and down the state won't tolerate pot.
Lost Coast Outpost
With so much buzz surrounding the liberation of Canadian cannabis, it's actually possible to forget that California legalization is the most important story of 2018. Arcview and BDS Analytics project annual sales of $7.7 billion in 2022.
Never in American history been harder to impress with fine flower at the close of 2018. Next weekend the onus will be off the artisan farmers, who compete out of something more than pride, to impress the 20,000 enthusiasts at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for the 15th annual Emerald Cup.
Blowing minds will be on the performers.
WeedWeek's Alex Halperin took on the issue of CBD for the canine set. As CBD for dogs is an "amazingly confusing industry,” Halperin's insights ought to be shared with any loving dog owner.