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57. Gov. Newsom Adviser Nicole Elliott: Live from WeedWeek’s Recharge Event
This week we bring you an episode recorded live at WeedWeek's Recharge event. Alex and Donnell interview Nicole Elliott, senior advisor on cannabis to Governor Newsom, in the office of business and economic development. She talks with us about her experience ushering in legal cannabis in San Francisco, the challenges of California regulation, social equity and Governor Newsom's vision for the future of cannabis in California.
California marijuana businesses continue to fall into illicit status at an alarming rate. Lapsing licenses, and the notion that legalization is a ruse to ruin cannabis culture, may be peaking right as the 420 holiday arrives.
A quick remedy is on deck in Sacramento. Senate Bill 76 would extend temporary licenses for growers who have already applied. Without it, almost 10,000 licenses will expire by April's end.
On Wednesday morning, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer took to Instagram to tease a coming development in the "ongoing criminal enforcement against unlicensed pot shops."
By lunchtime, Feuer announced the first-ever municipal lawsuit against a dispensary. The suit alleges unlicensed business Kush Club 20 sold cannabis containing a fungicide not allowed for cannabis.
Los Angeles Times
While its southern sister Santa Barbara functions as a model of legal weed, San Luis Obispo continues to struggle in establishing rapport with residents, whom are presently exercising their power of rejection in both preemptive and reactive ways. County Supervisors relieved grower CFAM, the county's largest farm, of its license this week.
Fify miles north, Creston residents this week gathered to make known their opposition to a marijuana farm just outside its city limits. The indoor facility, the people feared, would unleash a bad smell.
San Luis Obispo Tribune / KSBY
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Drink and food are coming on so fierce in the cannabis sphere that one wonders whether someday the annual celebration will be about archaic forebears who mindlessly smoked. Carl's Jr. and Ben & Jerry have wrapped themselves up in weed on the cannabis nation's most patriotic weekend.
CNN / Forbes
When the reporter who the penned the infamous Lindsey Lohan profile Here is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie? reaches out to you -- and you've been hounded by negative headlines -- really, ignoring his texts is always an option. LA-based MedMen seem to have spaced when that maxim went out. The article's most memorable nuggets are no one's idea of positive P.R.
On the heels of its Friday premiere at the Sedona Film Festival, Breaking Habits -- the documentary on activist nuns in Merced who sell MED -- screens tonight in Hollywood. One critic writes that Breaking Habits contains "a series of turns that no novelist would dream of trying to make credible." The film is available on iTunes and it seems the whole world is watching.
Sydney Morning Herald
Aside from the cash infusion that holidays bring about, what's the point of 420 in 2019? Is it a post-legalization sales bonanza? Or is the holiday still about pot's activist roots? WeedWeek California is not alone in asking whether the holiday is overrated or irrelevant.
Leafly asked a panel of leading-edge cannabis types about the holiday's present-day meaning and got some thoughtful replies. Kana Flow's Amanda Reiman offered a thought that drips of honesty: "4/20 has long been used in conjunction with the 'stoner' stereotype to sell products to a certain demographic. As soon as people knew what 4/20 was on a broad scale and it had proven appeal, it was bound to be commercialized."
Leafly / Dispensary