On Thursday, dispensary partners Brittany Moore and Alphonso Blunt opened the first retail outlet backed by Oakland's cannabis equity program. This benchmark for the program comes after an underfunded and sometimes awkward start. (MJ Biz)
Weather catastrophe looms as a future threat even as we recover from our latest disasters. To minimize fears for your grow operation, consider these suggestions from marijuana industry professionals:
San Luis Obispo this week unanimously approved permit fees of $65,000-$95,000 for dispensary licenses. The Central Coast city, previously opposed to REC sales, will also apply a $22,000 application fee.
The Farm Bill's prohibition against felons participating in the hemp industry is providing an ethical dilemma for company's such as Vertical.
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.
Cannabis enthusiasts have been playing video games since before John Madden was script code. Yet no formal, above-ground league for such players emerged in Los Angeles until Zeus Tipado went legit with his Stoned Gamer League
SGL competitors must supply "proof of elevation," i.e., prove they are high in order to compete. Bonus points are awarded for dabs and bong rips taken.
Tipado, who's also written on gaming, has partnerships with Amazon-owned Twitch and gaming chairmaker Vertagear, and says he's secured an eight-figure investment. A big, red-faced barn in Boyle Heights serves as the Stoned Gamer Arena.
The SGL's history reaches back to 2014. The first Stoned Gamer tournament took place on 4/20 2016. Since legalization, competitions stream on Twitch, the games no longer disappearing from YouTube. (Spectrum News 1)
The Atlanta rap superstar has partnered with his Los Angeles-based Mazel Management to launch his cannabis brand GAS, named after 2 Chainz' homegrown slang for cannabis.