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Regulations Become Final While
Confusion & Complaints
Linger

The Bureau of Cannabis Control on Wednesday published its final regulations draft, having earned Office of Administrative Law approval. Passed last month to general support from consumers and the legal marijuana industry, these rules manage to retain elements of controversy.
WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT

  • Most notable is the statewide law permitting unlimited delivery, even in counties with bans in place. The California League of Cities opposed the rule, as did police chiefs, who argued that Prop. 64’s language left the delivery decision to locals. Critics insist the "clarified" approach “will create an unruly market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting control by cities and counties.”
  • “The public spoke loud and clear in favor of statewide delivery,” cannabis bureau spokesman Alex Traverso said in a statement.
  • Over at the Canna Law Blog, Griffen Thorne writes that the California Department of Public Health, “views anything that counts as food or drink that’s intended for human or animal consumption as unlawful.” This interpretation flies against the assumption that, following Farm Bill approval, California would begin to write its hemp and CBD regulations.

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  1. A legislative long shot, federal bill H.R. 420 would indeed revolutionize the business and culture of America weed. Support your DC lobbyist.

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BUSINESS
   

You Will Meet a Stone-y Stranger

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You had no idea there would be a cannabis bath bomb in your marijuana future. But you don't know pot like the proprietors of leading-edge dispensaries like Barbary Coast, SPARC, Harborside, and Medicine of the Angels who have thoughts on 2019's major retail trends. They see the future better than numbers crunchers and oracles.
MERRY JANE

  • Jesse Henry of Barbary Coast says consumers are already inquiring more frequently about on flower origin is already a thing. "People are definitely asking about the quality of the farm and how the product was grown."
  • Harborside's Steve DeAngelo believes a smart move might be for retailers to "to do cheap half ounces to allow for more add-ons for every transaction."
  • DeAngelo said transaction size has decreased about 20 percent, assigning blame for the decline to taxes and limits on clone sales. (The previous customer limit was 99. Now it's 6.)
  • Erich Pearson of Sparc offered that he's catering to a new audience interested in lower THC products. "This is a big change from the medical market, where everyone wanted as much THC as they could get," Pearson said.
  • MOTA's Luis Bobadillahas been gearing up for a very specific, non-illicit market demographic, as costs have "alienated" high volume users. "Our shops are now frequented by new, marginal-use customers.

Lawsuit Season Is in Full Swing

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Cura Cannabis, one of Oregon’s largest oil purveyors, has filed a $10M defamation lawsuit against SF-based competitor Bloom Farms. The case stems from a series of social media posts which surfaced earlier allegations of sexual assault by Cura's former CEO Nitin Khanna. The suit alleges Bloom used anonymous Twitter and Instagram accounts to harm Cura's earnings.
Oregonian,

  • Former Cura CEO Khanna settled a 2014 civil suit accusing him of sexual assault. He did not face criminal charges. The social media attacks, the suit alleges, sought to damage Cura by resurfacing these charges.
  • ”We are disappointed to discover that another company in our community would sink to these lows and utilize such despicable tactics to hamper competition in the industry,” Cura said in a statement last week.
  • Bloom CEO Michael Ray didn't explicitly deny the allegations but described the suit as “yet another attempt by Select/Cura to bully competitors and silence individuals who are exercising their right to free speech by expressing their outrage and disgust over publicly available information on rape allegations against Select’s founder Nitin Khanna.”


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  1. Blockchain kerfuffles have predictably carried over into 2019. The latest warning is that, beyond regulatory and compliance issues (banking, securities law, privacy, consumer protections) investors must also concern themselves with regulations related to food and medicine prices, inflation control and the prevention of monopolies. What's more, Blockchain can expose investors to "regulations imposed by governments to control inflation, set prices for medications and food, and prevent monopolies."
  2. WeedWeek encourages upgrading your access to players and knowledge. Our high-roller subscribers might want to hit the next Arcview Forum, while our newbie hustlers may want to get in on a banking bootcamp, even if it’s way out in Gardena.

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CULTURE
   

Catch a Rising Star

Yhe smokers won’t only be those who paid to get in.
SKETCHFEST

  • The Seattle-bred Gateway Show premise is basic genius: Four comics deliver their A-list stuff in straight sober sets. Then they go get lifted, return to the stage, and deliver sets.
  • Now a monthly event in SoCal and The City (S.F.) The Gateway Show has been picking up fans who enjoy comics who can ride the wave—not everyone can do it. Spare-sponsored, this a show that promises even its comedic lows will be high.
  • Trying to find the thread will be performers Billy Anderson, Chad Opitz, Nick Kocher, Samantha Gilwait, and Abhay. This Sketchfest Venue is sponsor Sparc's Mission Street store. If the stars align, another Gateway Show video will go viral.

UCLA Offers Clues to
Vaping's Health Impacts

What do we really know about vaping? We know that, unlike smoking, it doesn't release carcinogens — substances or environmental factors that may lead to cancer— into the body. But the pioneering UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative -- recently recognized by The Growth Op as one of two legit American university weed research programs -- has more solid takes on the practice.
THE INSIDER

  • UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative Director Jeffrey Chen said that while vape pens do indeed protect users from carcinogens, very few consumers are utilizing traditional vape pens. What's sold in most shops leave users "inhaling concentrated contaminants and carcinogens that go directly into the bloodstream."
  • Also, the processes by which extracts are made from marijuana can be harmful. "Butane or hexane are bad and might remain in the extract." Chen said.
  • Carrier agents can harm vape pen users as well.

"Freeway" Rick Ross Visitsthe Next WeedWeek Podcast

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Monday's podcast guest is Rick Ross. Not the motivational rapper who once worked as a prison guard, but Freeway Rick, the rock cocaine dealer whose partner turned out to a Contra plug. Ross is the subject of Marc Levin's Freeway: Crack in the System, an Al Jazeera documentary now available on Netflix.
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  1. The Elementa Wellness Group on Sunday will host another of its gatherings for “empowering knowledge and conversation,“ with a focus on cannabis products and how women are using them. A copy of Nikki Furrer’s A Women's Guide to Cannabis will be given away.

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