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Challenges – and controversy – swirl around marijuana social equity programs in California
November 29th, 2018

In a bid to reverse the fallout from the war on drugs, California is hoping to bring more minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals into the state’s cannabis industry through so-called social equity programs. The new initiatives are generating high hopes among supporters – and harsh criticism from marijuana industry insiders who believe the programs have unleashed more problems than remedies. At least four California cities have established social equity programs: Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco.

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7 Signs Cannabis Legalization in California Is Hitting Its Stride
November 19th, 2018

Nearly a year after recreational sales kicked off in California, the world’s largest legal cannabis market is far from a well-oiled machine. But as the system takes shape, it’s hit a few notable benchmarks that show the industry’s slow, steady movement toward stability. 1. Delivery Services—Both Legal and Illegal—Continue to Spread “Obviously the big issue so far is the debate over whether statewide delivery is legal or not,” Alex Traverso, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control’s assistant chief of communications, said in an email. “We believe it is.”

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International Cannabis Business Conference(ICBC)
Jobs Boom: California Cannabis Company Entices Uber Drivers
December 17th, 2018

More and more Americans are turning to the so-called gig economy to make ends meet these days as the cost of living increases (particularly for housing in hot markets), leaving wages in the dust. You likely know people that have started driving for Uber and Lyft or are now renting out a room on Airbnb or a similar service. Even people with regular 9 to 5 type jobs are taking up a rideshare side hustle after work further squeezing those that have been driving full-time for such services full-time, as the sheer number of available drivers has led to companies paying drivers l ess overall. In California, enter cannabis delivery service Caliva that is bringing in Uber drivers with regular hours and benefits as Sara Brittany Somerset reported in Forbes after talking to CEO Dennis O’Malley...

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The Press Democrat
Emerald Cup marks new era for legalized cannabis in California
December 15th, 2018

The Emerald Cup, Northern California’s pre-eminent marijuana festival and contest, once again drew thousands to Santa Rosa for the annual two-day extravaganza celebrating all marijuana grown under the sun. A combination trade show and pot culture fest, the event is in its fifth year in Santa Rosa after moving south from its roots in northern Mendocino County. “The Emerald Cup is still about growers coming out of the mountains, seed makers coming out of the mountains, manufacturers coming out of the mountains,” said Swami Chaitanya, an event judge and longtime Mendocino County grower, now under the brand Swami Select. “And now we have all these new people coming to meet us.”

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Sonoma Index-Tribune
California regulators approve cannabis deliveries statewide
December 10th, 2018

California regulators on Friday said marijuana deliveries can be made anywhere in the state, even in locales that ban cannabis. Law enforcement groups and the California League of Cities opposed the move, arguing that pot deliveries to places that ban cannabis erodes local government control and will increase crime in those areas. The matter has been one of the most debated issues as state regulators hammer out permanent rules for how marijuana is grown, tested, packaged and delivered. The delivery issue was included in regulations drafted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which issues most retail permits. The rules will become law in 30 days unless California’s Office of Administrative Law objects. The dispute could end up in court.

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Marijuna Business Daily
California releases drafts of final marijuana business regulations
December 7th, 2018

The long-awaited final versions of California’s cannabis business regulations have been published online by the three agencies that oversee the industry. While the rules will not be completely finalized until approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) – and therefore could undergo more changes – the agencies decided to release them before an OAL signoff, which may not be until sometime in January. The regulations were sent to the OAL on Dec. 3 and were originally not scheduled to be made public until next month. Alex Traverso, spokesman for the Bureau of Cannabis Control, emphasized that the final regulations will not go into effect until approved by the OAL.

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The Mercury News
Bay Area cannabis researchers claim breakthrough against chronic diseases
December 5th, 2018

A Marin County medical cannabis and pharmaceutical coalition says it has found a way to ramp up production of one of the rarest compounds produced by marijuana flowers that early studies have shown could be a way to treat diabetes, lower cholesterol and provide other health benefits. This cannabinoid known as THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is considered one of the rarest cannabinoids and is only found in trace amounts in most strains of the plant. Dr. Michael Moskowitz, of San Rafael, president of the Bay Area Pain Medical Associates and a local psychiatrist, is the founder of the Medical Cannabis Research Consortium of Marin, which has been studying THCV. He began recommending medical cannabis to patients in 2015 and found it had several subjective benefits, including individuals reducing psychiatric and opioid pain medication use.

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San Francisco 49er Great Joe Montana Invests in Cannabis
January 28th, 2019

The Super Bowl is coming up and one of the all-time clutch Super Bowl quarterbacks, Joe Montana, has made huge news by announcing his investment in the cannabis industry. Football players subject their bodies to a massive amount of punishment, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see football players join the cannabis industry, but Montana is the most prominent player to join a fight that includes former Chicago Bears Super Bowl QB Jim McMahon and former Heisman Trophy winner and rushing champion Ricky Williams. Montana is part of an investment team that is putting up $75 million into an integrated company called Caliva, as Esquire reported:

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NFL Fans Hot Boxed the LA Coliseum During a Playoff Game This Weekend
January 16th, 2019

The Rams’ first post-season victory at The LA Coliseum was capped off with the sweet smell of ganja wafting through the open-air stadium. In the stands of professional football games, we’re conditioned to expect and appreciate behavior that is not typically allowed in other public venues. Severe drunkenness, shirtless men tapping into arts and crafts, and lewd insults hurled by grandmothers and pre-teens alike. During Saturday’s NFL playoff matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys, fans added a new extracurricular to the spectator’s playbook: Openly smoking copious amounts of cannabis as the Rams coasted to a first round victory.

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The Verge
California standoff ends after police use robot to deliver vape pen to suspect
January 13th, 2019

An hours-long standoff in Novato, California came to a peaceful end yesterday when police officers used a police robot to deliver a vape pen to the suspect, who had threatened to burn down a gas station, reports the Sacramento Bee and Marin Independent Journal.

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CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee Named Co-Chair of Bipartisan Cannabis Caucus
January 9th, 2019

Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee was named the co-chair of the bipartisan Cannabis Caucus, alongside Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Congressman Don Young (R-AK), and Congressman David Joyce (R-OH). Congresswoman Lee’s historic appointment marks the first time that a woman or a person of color will serve in the leadership of the Cannabis Caucus.

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