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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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MERRY JANE
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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Marijuana Business Daily
Most California municipalities ban commercial cannabis activity
February 18th, 2019

Two-thirds of California municipalities prohibit marijuana businesses from setting up shop, underscoring the hurdles MJ entrepreneurs face in trying to break into the world’s largest legal cannabis market. Only 161 of California’s 482 municipalities and 24 of the 58 counties have opted to allow commercial cannabis activity of any sort, according to data from CannaRegs, a website that tracks local marijuana rule developments in the state.

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SF EXAMINER
Newsom taps head of SF cannabis office for state role
February 14th, 2019

San Francisco’s top cannabis official is about to vanish in a puff of smoke, even before her fledgling department finishes ushering its first “equity permit” applicant through the approval process. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he’s appointed Nicole Elliot to be his senior advisor on cannabis in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Though she’s led San Francisco’s own Office of Cannabis since its creation in 2017, that’s an interesting qualification, as that department has struggled to award pot permits to equity applicants, a key part of The City’s pledge to right injustices to people of color targeted in the War on Drugs.

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CNN
Kamala Harris's evolution on marijuana
February 13th, 2019

During a recent radio interview, Sen. Kamala Harris admitted to smoking weed in the past. "I did inhale," the California Democrat said, laughing. "It was a long time ago." Harris' views on marijuana have changed over the years. She expressed opposition in 2010, then voiced support for medical marijuana legalization five years later. Now she's expanding her support to recreational use as well. The senator's evolution on pot pairs closely with the changes in public opinion on the issue.

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Leafly
Legal Cannabis Created 211,000 Full-Time Jobs
March 4th, 2019

How many jobs are there in the legal cannabis industry? It’s a common question—and one the government refuses to answer. Because cannabis remains federally illegal, employment data agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics ignore all jobs related to the industry. That’s too bad, because they’re missing one of the most dramatic job booms in recent history. Over the past three months Leafly’s data team, working in partnership with Whitney Economics, has gone state-by-state to tally the total number of direct, full-time jobs in the state-legal cannabis industry.

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The Epoch Times
Mountain View Residents Urge City Council to Reconsider Marijuana Stores
March 2nd, 2019

Community members and local organization leaders held a press conference on Feb. 28, ahead of an upcoming public meeting regarding cannabis (marijuana) regulations in the city. Mountain View City Council members will on March 5 in City Hall at 6:30 p.m. discuss potential amendments to cannabis regulations and re-vote on the regulations that were adopted in the fall of 2018. The press conference provided people who are against opening recreational cannabis stores an opportunity to speak their views and advise city leaders to amend the 2018 cannabis regulations.

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Marijuana Business Daily
California begins taking cannabis social equity grant apps from cities, counties
March 1st, 2019

California state marijuana regulators announced Friday they are accepting grant applications from cities and counties that are implementing social equity programs for local cannabis businesses. The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) will award $10 million to qualifying jurisdictions by June 30 as part of a growing movement to repair social harms done by the war on drugs and marijuana prohibition and also to encourage minorities and those victimized by prohibition to get a toehold in the cannabis space.

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Cannabis Business Times
California Cities Fight Cannabis Delivery Rules
April 26th, 2019

California’s new cannabis regulations allow businesses to deliver cannabis in jurisdictions that have banned commercial cannabis activity, but those jurisdictions have filed a lawsuit to regain local control. When California voters passed Prop. 64 to legalize adult-use cannabis, they established a vertically integrated supply chain that allowed cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, testing labs and retailers to operate—and the retailers were allowed to implement delivery services. Prop. 64 also authorized jurisdictions throughout the state to control commercial cannabis activity within their borders—either through adopting regulations or banning commercial cannabis activity altogether. Now, jurisdictions that have banned cannabis have sued the state, arguing that they should also be allowed to ban cannabis delivery.

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The New York Times
Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot? Just Call It a Job Machine
April 25th, 2019

David Dancer is a 48-year-old marketing executive who has worked for big brands like Charles Schwab and Teleflora. A year ago, he got a call from a recruiter for a different kind of company: MedMen, a cannabis retailer that has been called “the Apple Store of weed.” The opening was for a chief marketing officer. He took it. One of Mr. Dancer’s early projects was a slick two-minute video by the director Spike Jonze that begins with an anecdote about George Washington as a hemp grower, a staple of dorm-room conversation. It concludes with a suburban couple coming home with a bright red bag of legally purchased pot, symbolizing “the new normal” — an ending that, like his own career twist, seemed improbable not long ago.

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Marijuana Business Daily
California distributors warn ‘double taxation’ by cities could further strain legal marijuana industry
April 25th, 2019

California cannabis distributors are warning about what they call a “double-taxation” situation in San Diego that’s raising costs for businesses. If the practice is adopted by other cities and counties, distributors note, it could contribute to further market instability in the state overall by squeezing profit margins and raising product costs for consumers.

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Ganjapreneur
Medical Cannabis-for-Pets Bill Introduced In California
April 17th, 2019

A bill introduced in California would allow veterinarians to recommend cannabis products for pets, VIN News Service reports. The measure first needs to pass a review by the state’s Veterinary Medical Board but, if approved, would be the first of its kind in the U.S. Last year, state regulators recognized cannabis in veterinary medicine, becoming the first state to provide legal protections for vets who talk to pet owners about cannabis use for their animals. This bill takes those protections a step further.

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Marijuana Business Daily
California licensing snafu could cost cannabis growers thousands in lost revenue, possible shutdowns
April 16th, 2019

California’s marijuana growers are at risk of losing thousands of dollars in revenue as scores of temporary business licenses expire each day before the state can replace them with annual permits. That leaves many cultivators trapped in a licensing logjam with a difficult choice: Continue operating with expired permits – or shut down. This is the beginning of the outdoor cultivation season, and many growers went ahead and planted despite knowing their temporary licenses were set to expire – holding out hope that state regulators would speed up the licensing process and issue annual permits posthaste. That largely hasn’t happened. And lawmakers in Sacramento have yet to pass a legislative fix.

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Marijuana Moment
The Feds Are Looking To Hire A Professional Marijuana Joint Roller
April 3rd, 2019

The federal government is, again, soliciting help to “acquire, develop and produce” marijuana cigarettes (i.e. joints) for research purposes. In a notice published on Tuesday, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) said that it will soon be accepting applications for a contract award for facilities that are able to “manufacture standardized marijuana cigarettes within a range of varying concentrations of delta-9-THC and analyze strength and stability of them at various intervals while having the capability to maintain a secure shipping facility and to ship marijuana cigarettes to research investigators.”

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Marijuana Business Daily
California marijuana sales a far cry from state’s projections
May 10th, 2019

California is paying a price for the shaky rollout of its legal recreational marijuana market. State budget documents show Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is sharply scaling back what it expects to collect in cannabis tax revenue through June 2020 – in all, a $223 million cut from projections only four months ago.

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Cannabis Business Times
Sparx Cannabis Announces Acquisition of Multiple Licenses for Cultivation and Distribution of Cannabis in California
May 8th, 2019

Sparx Cannabis, a vertically-integrated, family-owned and California-grown cannabis lifestyle company, announced today the acquisition of multiple licenses for the cultivation and distribution of cannabis and cannabis-derived products in the state of California. The distribution license provides Sparx Cannabis with the ability to distribute product across the state of California. The company’s distribution building, which is currently under construction, will be the hub for product intake, packaging and storing.

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Counterpunch.org
How Legal Cannabis Came to Contra Costa County
May 8th, 2019

When Greg Kremenliev moved to Contra Costa County in 1983, he didn’t realize the depth and the intensity of the local opposition to cannabis. Nor did he foresee that his home county would become a battleground in the long, protracted war between prohibitionists on the one hand, and on the other hand pot smokers who believe in the right to self-medicate and who remind their fellow citizens that cannabis became legal in 2016, and that the industry is now regulated by Sacramento bureaucrats and local officials. An hour or two from downtown San Francisco at rush hour, Contra Costa can feel like it’s not really a part of the Bay Area.

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