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Rancor between local municipalities and Sacramento over city and county cannabis bans may be peaking as Assembly Democrats have introduced a bill that would mandate 2,200 new cannabis stores -- more than three times the 631 shops presently operating legally.
Assembly Bill 1356 would require one REC shop be established for every four bars or restaurants with a liquor license. The goal is to extinguish California's illicit market.
An in-depth study from Leafly's Bruce Barcott and David Downs found dispensaries actually improve public safety, health, and property values. When the issue comes up for city and county votes, the discussion is often dominated by misinformation-based fears. In response, Leafly has released a PDF of the literature reviewed in the study.
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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced last week that County Agricultural Commissioners could start registering prospective hemp growers. Unfortunately, the process for actually becoming a producer remains unclear.
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As pharmaceutical pioneer Eyal Barad explained last year on the WeedWeek podcast, Israel is the worldwide leader in researching the uses of marijuana as a potential cancer treatment. Now, California is turning toward that nation for direction.
Along with lawyers and accountants — and of course the entire illicit market -- consultants are generally thought to dominate the category that is humans making money of weed right now. This week Marijuana Business Journal left little to the imagination in its three-part look at how the little-known firm HdL Cos -- ostensibly an auditor -- became dominant.
Marijuana Business Journal
Legal weed taxes can take a buyer's breath away. Entrepreneurs are struggling to stay licensed. But have you heard about that one facet of legalization that's working as intended?
Michigan, which voted for legalization last fall, sure has, and its legal weedership is looking west for expungement policy direction. Specifically, the task is to how to address those arrested and convicted on charges related to marijuana and explain how they might petition the courts to have their records considered for expungement.
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Would-be small-time smugglers are carrying more weed on planes these days. But in Los Angeles, so are wannabe ballers who have been checking in fluffy bags of flower. The combination has resulted in an arrest spike, 166% since 2016.
A bill that would provide relief to California businesses unable to bank because of the federal ban died in Assembly committee on Thursday. Sponsoring Democrat Rob Bonta had hoped to temporarily drop the state sales tax to 11% while suspending cultivation taxes for two and a half years. It can be reintroduced next year.
Blunts & Moore, located in a big, lustrous warehouse across from the Coliseum and Oracle Arena, is a pioneering company: America's first-ever up-and-running dispensary brought in under a municipal social equity program.
But if that's all Blunts & Moore offered, its co-owners would be little more than future trivia questions.
Retired guard Keyon Dooling was never a star. He averaged a modest seven points a game in an 12-year career, most identifiably with the Los Angeles Clippers. But Dooling was a survivor. It's fitting that his cannabis journey comes from a survival place.
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