Americans who had never even conceptualized vaporizing cannabis now have in mind vaping as a a source of deadly lung disease. All at once a cannabis tragedy, a P.R. crisis, and a call to regulate, the past month has been one like no other, legal weed or otherwise.
Erring on the side of caution is the order of this season for cannabis businesses as researchers attempt to discern what's causing the vaping-related illness which has killed at least 12 and sickened hundreds.
Los Angeles Times
News of the SAFE Banking Act's passage in the U.S. House was a cause for celebration. The roots of the win, however, lie in local heroes who lobbied on behalf of the bill in states like California, Nevada, and Oregon.
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Calling the year a mixed legislative bag, chief lobbyist of the California Cannabis Industry Association Amy Jenkins pointed to social equity funding go-aheads and the defeat of AB 1530, which overturned local delivery restrictions, as major legislative wins.
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The Coachella Valley Cannabis Action Network hosted a forum on legal weed policy for Palm Springs City Council candidates. Two years after Palm Springs voted to allow REC businesses, the evening yielded enough forceful critiques to indicate one point of agreement: Taxes are too high.
The candidates only disagreed on who is being victimized more egregiously.
The California Water Boards' tweeted that illegal growers in receipt of their letters should respond “by using our Cannabis Compliance Response Portal.” The 270 growers suspected of farming illegally are not in a good place.
MJ Business Daily
The east side San Diego suburb of La Mesa is only eight percent black. So not many are likely to complain about how it refers to its illicit market. What does preoccupy locals and watchers from all over around the state is that the new laws of La Mesa — which will open the doors for now-illicit dispensaries — might just foreshadow the future of progressive cannabis policy.
NBC San Diego
In permitting cannabis to be taxed, Prop. 64 hurt MED consumers and the non-profit cannabis clubs that supported them. Senator Scott Weiner has a bill that would eliminate taxes for those who distribute marijuana compassionately. Patients would be the ultimate beneficiaries.
Should you ever doubt that people from all over Earth travel to Northern California for the purpose of growing weed, consider the story of two arrivals from Minnesota who were busted way up in Siskyou County for their illegal grow: Cheng Vang and Yia Xiong.
Super-famous singer John Legend has partnered with San Mateo’s CBD company PLUS . Legend didn’t say that their aim is to offer “a consistent and precisely-dosed gummy using high-quality extracts,” but the PLUS CEO did.
Comedy Central series South Park has been having fun at the expense of MedMen all year. The time South Park adapts a real-world, Northeast U.S. anti-home grow storyline from earlier in the year. That story involved Columbia Care, Etain, PharmaCann, The Botanist, Acreage NY, Vireo Health and MedMen to mock the Culver City-based company and deepen its own Tegrity Farms storyline.
MedMen reportedly has seven percent of the state’s market share, so limited tears here for those cats.
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