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.
It can seem the only names that matter in cannabis news are the growth-hungry multistate operators backed by driven by faceless investors. But they are not California cannabis.
Small operators are everything to Mary Jane in this state. Take the Monterey County manufacturer Sparx Cannabis, which has a couple of big grows and a distribution center that it’s planning to expand into manufacturing. Beyond that, “the only growth Sparx is planning in the near future is cultivating plants and sales to consumers.”
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The United Commercial and Food Workers Union represents 10,000 cannabis employees in 14 states. The UCFW has helped legitimize the movement in Sacramento and D.C. and negotiated major worker contracts with big companies such as MedMen. A progressive pipe dream realized.
But the UFCW has been gathering power for nearly a decade and is no longer an underdog. As tends to happens with organized labor whose clout is on the rise, the number of foes stepping up to criticize how UCFW gets down is growing.
The “extinction level” threat looming over the state’s legal cannabis operators no more. Gov. Newsom’s 2019-2020 budget contains language that extends the provisional licensing structure through 2025. Operators sweating the prospect of being expelled from local lists of legitimate cannabis businesses are seeing a few clouds of uncertainty clear away.
Over four years, the law enforcement agencies of Contra Costa County seized $1.1M from people accused of crimes but never charged. Of the nearly $3.5M million taken as part of the Contra Costa’s asset forfeiture practice -- a means of financially hamstringing criminal investigation targets -- $1.2 million was related to cannabis charges.
It doesn't take a music historian to know that the release of Dr. Dre's The Chronic in December 1992 represented a seisemic shift in how younger humans regarded cannabis. And one need not be a fan of the hip hop form to know that smoking weed figures prominently in its ever-evolving story.
There's much more to say about this lineage. Killer Mike of Run the Jewelstakes analysis of MCs impacts on legalization to a higher level.
With the state's patchwork rules dictating unpredictable outcomes, it makes sense that counties and cities are reacting so differently to hemp production.
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Oakland has started something cosmic.
Of course Decriminalize Nature -- the focused pioneers who brought us the resolution to decriminalize psilocybin, ayahuasca, mescaline and ibogaine -- was standing on the backs of Denver and Oregon, governments that have made the decriminalizaton of psychedelic drugs seem a scaleable project. But they're the ones taking calls from Americans who, too, want psychedelic legislation.
"Conveniently located between the vast cannabis-growing regions to the west and the north, and the huge markets to the south, Santa Rosa has for decades been a truck stop on the cannabis highway. Much of that story has never been told in print or on film."
The history of cannabis in Sonoma County might be obscure, but it's no less compelling than yours.
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The Snowden House , a 5,600-square foot Mayan style home was sold to Dan Goldfarb, who made a fortune with Canna-Pet. He and his wife Jenny Landers have established the PetConscious Foundation, which supports animal rescues on an international basis.
Now the weed public will be able to enjoy this storied and magnificent neo-Mayan home as a space for hemp and charity events. The pricetag was $4.7M.
Las Vegas and Clark County extended the biggest embrace to cannabis commerce as yet seen by American municipalities when it named December 9-13, 2019 official MJBizConWeek.
The MJ Business Daily's trade show is the nation's largest.
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