Policy

Preparing for Recreational Marijuana in California

Three cannabis businesses discuss how they are preparing for recreational and licensing in 2018! Hear from a Cultivator, a Dispensary and a Product Brand to find out what they are doing to get ready, what discussions they are having internally and with partners, and how they plan on preparing for 2018. Speakers include: Dave Holmes, […]

Blunt Talk About Cannabis Taxes

The cannabis industry has been fighting an uphill battle with the federal government since the first city in the first state approved the legalization of medical marijuana (California on 11/5/1996 effective date 11/6/1996).  While there have been great inroads on a state level, with more than half the states approving some form of legalization, there […]

California's New Marijuana Era

At the heart of California’s Emerald Triangle is Humboldt County, a legendary locale in the world of weed, as prized by marijuana aficionados for its cannabis as Napa Valley is for its wine. “Humboldt is the absolute, undisputed leader in cannabis,” said Luke Bruner, a local resident who has advised state and local officials on […]

280E Revenue Cost

To get to the point, repeal of federal tax Code section 280E might cost the federal government some $1.3 billion in 2020 alone, and then rise steadily after that. Right now, section 280E says sellers of federally illegal drugs can’t deduct advertising, marketing, or selling expenses. They can deduct only cost of goods sold. They […]

$50 Million “Blunder” in Prop 64?

California Board of Equalization elected Member Jerome Horton, an opponent of Proposition 64, came up with an October surprise to illustrate a weakness in the proposal. That weakness didn’t prevent its passage, but it lingers. Member Horton alleged that a tiny, technical, last-minute drafting change in the California 2016 marijuana initiative could cost the state […]

Cannabis Wins Big at the Polls!

Though the presidential election may have stolen the limelight, cannabis scored huge victories across the country on election day. As far as the presidential election, there is no way to know what President Drumpf will do regarding marijuana. He has said in the past that he will respect state rights on this issue. In addition, […]

California Cities, Counties, Bans

Because of a typo in the new medical marijuana regulations (MMRSA), over 200 cities and counties in California immediately partially or fully banned medical marijuana. Today some of them are replacing them with ordinances from sensible to strict. Find out how to navigate your local laws with the people that are in the trenches. Keep […]

Prop 64 Passed, Now What?

Marijuana is now legal in California for recreational use. Are California regulators ready? The state’s Controller and Chief Financial Officer doesn’t quite think so.

Measure AF, Uniquely Mendocino

While Californians vote whether to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday through the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), aka Prop 64, up in Mendocino county growers are concerned that both AUMA & MCRSA may open the door for a corporate “green rush” that will threaten the region’s thousands of small craft farmers who fear getting forced out […]

Prop 64 is a Human Rights Issue

The United States arrests someone every 25 seconds for drug possession. The result is an ongoing human rights issue that Prop 64 could address.

California Votes on Prop 64

On Tuesday, November 8th, California voters will cast the vote heard around the world. No, not whether to elect Hillary Clinton or the raging fecal matter throwing narcissist that is Donald Drumpf. Rather, whether to legalize recreational use of Marijuana in California, the world’s sixth largest economy.  Prop 64, on Tuesday’s ballot, also known as the […]

Indoor Pot

A dangerous disconnect between drug policy and environmental policy has reared its head amid America’s marijuana legalization process.  Legislators and energy agencies have largely turned a blind eye to the carbon footprint of indoor cultivation, which already belches out greenhouse-gas emissions equal to that from 3 million cars in America.  The problem has been well […]

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