Before we reach the universe of poolside cannabis culture, as described by designer Danny Gonzales on a May episode of the WeedWeek podcast, we're going to be wading through a more prosaic milieu. How long until bud is given alcohol’s privileges? A decade? Never?
After more than 18 months of being all legaled up with no place to smoke, Californians have entered a new epoch in cannabis consumption. Residents and tourists now have a legal place to smoke outside our homes and not feel even a little criminalized.
And by "have a place," WeedWeek California means a single outdoor festival, -- Northern Nights -- up near Humboldt. In West Hollywood, a cafe where one can eat and smoke and, yes, buy Mary Jane is on its way to opening. Probably.
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“A summer of reckoning” has indeed befallen the internationally-renowned California cannabis industry as we knew it. But this reckoning hasn’t only come in a stream raids on noncompliant growers from the Humboldt to San Bernardino. Sometimes, the shutdowns arrive in the form of civil suits.
A Department of Finance audit reveals the State of California’s oversight capability is “not sustainable to provide effective and comprehensive oversight of cannabis activities.” This underperformance and the delays that result from this oversight affect the supply chain.
Marijuana Biz Daily
When a $16,000 contribution to Supervisor Das Williams came to light, residents began to ask who is taking money from the cannabis industry? Santa Barbara Independent
Decriminalize Nature, the group that led the charge to get entheogenic plants and funi decriminalized in Oakland last month, could be poised to scoop up another win next door in Berkeley.
In a case that steps into the contentious issue of local delivery ordinances, Monterey’s East of Eden is suing Santa Cruz County over the right to deliver cannabis which is forbidden in that where delivery is prohibited. East of Eden claims Santa Cruz law enforcement threatened to open a criminal investigation against the company unless it ceased delivery within its boundaries.
The East of Eden suit hinges on Santa Cruz County allowing only dispensaries licensed locally to make retail sales. The local rules conflicts with state law.
Sure they’re getting away with it now, but manufacturers who go half-ass on labeling sure are asking for it. Bad labeling can do you in. They’re not you, but you know who "they" are. One way to trip up, which is particularly popular with CBD brands, is making unproven health claims about a product.
Cannabis Industry Journal
Five El Monte (L.A. County) cannabis businesses have given up on the town following five anti-pot lawsuits filed by activists and neighboring cities. El Monte’s local government, which is $9.5M in the hole, had supported the applications. The businesses would have brought in $2.5M annually, according to city estimates.
Pasadena Star News
If you are through some unfortunate circumstance not hip to luxury cannabis, this article will certainly tell you.
Get a grasp on what that whole trip’s about and you’ll recognize the inherent contradictions between it and restorative justice. But, like a fine strain, there’a more to luxury pot than that.
Alkemist CEO James Chung is a lawyer-Chinese medicine practitioner. In a town that fetishizes hyphenates, he might have a shot at returning L.A.'s textiles industry to its not-so-distant glory years.
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