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.
A record purchase on Wednesday saw Massachucetts-based company CuraLeaf buy Oregon cannabis oil outfit Cura Partners, parent of Select Oil for $1 billion. In a Golden State ripple, Curaleaf unassumedly enters Cali, via Oregon; about half of the 900 retailers selling Cura Partners' 900 retailers are based here.
WeedMaps is known as the SoCal company that let's us people out West know where the weed's at. But it's definitely trying to lock down Pennsylvania. That's right. Last month Weedmaps bought 76 billboards in Pennsylvania, where presently there's only MED.
In another Cali-Penn play, San Diego's Innovative Industrial Properties just dropped $6.3M on a Pittsburgh warehouse for what will be a MED growing and processing facility.
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The new $10B budget submitted by the City of Los Angeles' throws resources at the cannabis regulation department in way that signals a new phase of engagement in its war against illicit market product.
Last December, Pasadena's Golden State Collective dispensary was forced by a police raid to close down. The MED dispensary's president, Shaun Szameit, teamed up with other local dispensary owners and residents in launching a petition initiative to bring Golden State back.
The initiative would allow dispensaries opened before the Pasadena City Council's 2016 ban to be grandfathered into the present system of regulation.
On Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council made the landmark decision to allow consumption shops. Applicants will be limited to owners of licensed cannabis shops through the ordinance's first year.
These DJs are bananas. The Emerald Triangle is a lovely place to be in July. As if those two features aren't attractive enough, this year the Northern Nights festival is offering the Tree Lounge, essentially a dispensary at a festival, like a bar. Except you can't carry your joint back to your spot at the front of the stage.
"It has all the same rules you would have at a dispensary, it’s just inside a festival,” said compliance manager Peter Huson.
Lucky for us, the editors at Leafly decided now's a good time for, "exploring how the heightened state engendered by the herb affects a group of artists and innovators when they all indulge and interact with each other."
They had come upon a U.K. study. Then they made a fascinating list of 10 notable in which pot played a catalytic role.