Correction: In last week's California newsletter we wrote: "Over the next two months, more than 1,600 eligible applicants will compete for 100 new retail permits from the City of Los Angeles." In fact, that window only remains until Tuesday, at 10 a.m. We regret the error.
Six people have died and 450 people have been hospitalized. That's undeniably bad. What makes the current outbreak of lung-related sickness a crisis for readers of this newsletter is the potential hit to the legitimate cannabis industry.
While California has so far shown restraint in cracking down, fallout can come from all directions. Amazon has removed devices which can be made into counterfeit vapes.
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In other profoundly shitty news, the roundly-supported bill that would have allowed participants in the cannabis industry to pay taxes, rent, and other expenses via state-run was uncermoniously moved to the legislature's "Inactive" file.
Previously, the bill's passage had appeared a lock.
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One need not be a livid libertarian in order to have found the rollout of California’s REC program highly unacceptable. And there's a school of quasi-paradoxical thought that insists state regulation is big enough a force to be the illcit market's prime driver.
But hey, good news: The number of illegal Los Angeles County dispensaries is for the first time in decline. That's not just a benchmark, it's a report of a win in a week when one was desperately needed.
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A federal lawsuit filed by Westlake Village-based Atrium alleges rival Harvest lied on its application for licensing in the Pasadena.
Atrium's central complaint is that while the application says Harvest is "100 percent" owned by Steve White, Harvest's CEO, in fact Harvest is a publicly-traded, Arizona-based company with 1,580 employees — information Atrium says wasn't part of Harvest's application.
Monterey County, which has one of the state's hardest to count populations, could see $300,000 in cannabis tax revenue added to its census budget. This could remedy to a problem that has stymied Monterey County for ages.
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On Thursday, legislation was sent to Governor Newsom that would ban the party busses that have boosted cannabis tourism.
An illegal pot grow in the Stanislaus County town of Turlock is property of an LLC jointly owned by former Republican Congressman Jeff Denham.
One need not be a purveyor of WeedWeek newsletters to know that cannabis corruption in politics is poised to be the biggest problem this side of vape pens. The feds have their ears open.
But Nevada? Who ever expected to hear The C-Word hurled at that perfectly conservative and moderate of weed markets.
To celebrate 20 years of continuous operation Berkeley Patients Group pledged to give a total of $1M to 10 non-profits over the next 10 years.
California is rife with people who are excellent at talking about weed. But a communicator who's interested in talking to children about weed? Now that's an elusive voice.
Susan Soares, founder of Cannabis Awareness Research and Economics, is one of those voices. Her new publication What's Growing in Grandma's Gardeen? is an illustrated children's book that can't help but make adults better at The Talk.
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