Legal weed in Cali sold $2.5 billion in REC’s debut year and is on pace to do $3.1 billion in 2019. No state (or country) comes close to our monetary or cultural clout. California will always be to American cannabis what African America is to the nation’s popular music: Fundamental to the point where, if we ain’t in the equation, somewhere, the default Stateside assessment is to question the stuff’s veracity.
For better or worse, we lead the widening world of weed. Beyond the massive full-iceberg industry, is our socio-political clout. When our social programs arrive wonky, the states who follow treat our work as building blocks, improving on what we reveal to be possible. When we respond to a crisis in vaping by — as a wag in publicity shared—hoping the issue would disappear Ralph Northam-style, the entire industry suffers.
Ninety-five percent of legal weed operators in the state received the widely-discussed and criticized news that all plant-touching business needed to join the Metrc regulation system, which tracks product from seed to sale.
Five percent — about 400 operators — missed the memo (and the news stories and the repeated government reminders.) They are now both suspended and impeding the supply chain. MJ Business Daily
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The Department of Justice's Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) is the country's largest illegal marijuana grow eradication program. And CAMP is putting in work.
Gamblers who were certain we’d have Mexican REC before a Brexit vote have begun fingering their chips nervously. Despite a Supreme Court mandate, November is here and cannabis remains illegal south of our border. Mexico’s delay follows companies’ attempts to shape the law.
Cannabis Business Times
Unlike most previous drug and alcohol curricula, the Drug Policy Alliance’s Safety First is drug education that combines hard evidence with the principles of harm reduction. The kids are gonna love it.
At LAX passengers can carry up to 28.5g of weed. Seattle-Tacoma Airport has a similar policy. And Portland only lets passengers carry pot with them if they’re flying within Oregon. Beyond that, there's risk.
Altogether, it's a complex web to keep track of, especially for coast-trotting high-flyers.
On the last Wednesday of October, 11 staffers at Dope, the Seattle magazine founded by David Tran — a mainstay throughout the Northwest — received lay-off notices instead of Halloween treats. Some have accepted jobs in L.A. with High Times.
The biggest muncipality in Contra Costa County gained clarity on what it's been undecided about since 2016. Concord approved the industry of cannabis to operate within its city limits.
East Bay Times
Ryan Munevar manages the campaign called DeCriminalize Psilocybin. Having filed paperwork for a relatively modest statewide decriminalization initiative in September, Munevar this week revised the initiative's proposed language.
The always-acquisitive cannabis experience crowd is less than a month into having Lowell Cafe to chew on, and it is looking for the next edible thing. If you you're close to West Hollywood, you don’t have to look far. The health-and-wellness restaurant Cafe Aeon Botanika is on its way.
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