This week’s announcement of job cuts at distributor Flow Kana (a WeedWeek advertiser) sent shockwaves through Humboldt County. The layoffs came in the wake of similar bad news from Grupo Flor and Cannacraft days earlier. Tally up earlier highly-publicized pink slips, and what’s afoot more than qualifies as an unsexy industry trend.
In the wake of cutting his company’s workforce, Flow Kana CEO Michael Steinmetz called the industry’s current shedding of positions “an epidemic.”
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Researchers are trying to quantify the amount of cannabis that the average resident user consumes, each day. The goal is to determine more accurate safety levels for pesticides.
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In anticipation of the state submitting its hemp production plan to the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture, Gov. Newsom signed SB-153 last month, a stab at making California hemp law as restrictive as present federal policy.
Unfortunately, on a few critical issues the conflict between existing federal policy and state law is significant enough that waiting for the USDA could be problematic.
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Lanese Martin spoke on cannabis equity at the 2019 Reform conference in St. Louis. And where conversation might have become typically bogged down in the perceived failures of our state’s equity implementation, the talk took a turn when Emily Ramos, co-founder of the New York-based ¡High Mi Madre!’ enthusiastically endorsed worker co-operatives.
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You can’t do REC business within the parts of Kern designated as county. In the city of Bakersfield cannabis is prohibited. But as our laws allow municipalities to make their own cannabis laws, tiny California City has invested in production, retail and delivery to become a vertically-integrated opportunity zone.
It’s been an eventful week for High Times. Two days after the legacy brand celebrated 50 influential women in legal cannabis, it and Cal Expo had a judgement claim filed against them by a Willows woman who last month settled her 2018 lawsuit over an injury she suffered at a 2017 Cannabis Cup event in Sacramento.
The litigant says what happened to her is part of a High Times pattern of neglect.
The cannabis industry is tough, but few entrepreneurs have had an experience as intense as that of STIIIZY CEO co-founder and managing director James Kim, who at 18 did an Iraq tour of duty with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
The L.A. native’s difficulties reassimilating into American society were smoothed by cannabis, which led him to build his lifestlye brand, which is part of the vertically-integrated Shryne Group. And that’s only the beginning of Kim’s work on behalf of his brothers and sisters.
A lawsuit filed in Clark County, Nev. on November 4, alleges that the former owner of The Apothecary Shoppe embarked upon a campaign of jealous slander. The intention of the discourse, the suit states, was to financially harm the litigant.
Bringing the suit against Dr. Nick Spirtos is Essence founder Armen Yemenidjian, a one-time casino exec who is involved with three Nevada dispensaries.
A very unfunny thing happened to Dion Waiters on the way to… well, not the Forum; no one’s playing NBA ball there presently. In fact, the cannabis enthusiast’s worst nightmare occurred on a Phoenix to L.A. flight when he experienced an edible kick in… and kick in and kick in... Until Waiters, a mercurial talent presently under contract with the Miami Heat, had to be removed from the plane.
Weeds, the ground-breaking Showtime series starring Mary-Louise Parker, is coming back, minus creator Jenji Kohan. This time the comedy will be executive-produced by Parker and be developed and produced by Starz and Lionsgate Television, respectively.
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