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If California Legalizes Marijuana, It Would Be a $6 Billion Industry, Report Says

Posted by | August 29, 2016 | California Cannabis Jobs, California marijuana, California Marijuana News, Cannabis News

If California Legalizes Marijuana, It Would Be a $6 Billion Industry, Report Says

Justin Worland @justinworland Aug. 25, 2016
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Volunteer Gregory Lyons, 63, of Oakland, makes calls at Oaksterdam University in support of Prop 19, a marijuana legalization initiative, in Oakland on Nov. 2 2010.
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Legalizing recreational marijuana in California could create a $6.46-billion market for legal use of the drug by 2020, according to a new report.

The projection, from the Arcview Market Research, comes in advance of a November vote on legalization in the state. Legal marijuana sales would be expected to hit $1.6 in the first year of legalization.

The move would make the state the “epicenter” of marijuana in the U.S., John Kagia of the analytics firm New Frontier told the Orange County Register. Both Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana sales, but California sales would dwarf those in other states.

Polling suggests that a small majority of Californians support legalization. A similar measure failed in the state in 2010.

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Southern California Cannabis Conference and Expo – August 6-7, 2016

Posted by | August 3, 2016 | August 2016 Events, California marijuana, California Marijuana News, Cannabis Events, Cannabis News

Southern California Cannabis Conference and Expo – August 6-7, 2016

The cannabis industry will gather en masse in downtown San Diego the weekend of August 6-7 when the Southern California Cannabis Conference and Expo comes to the San Diego Convention Center.

The premier cannabis event in San Diego, the Southern California Cannabis Conference and Expo is the perfect place for industry insiders, consumers, entrepreneurs, job seekers, and business owners to mingle and discuss how to positively shape the future of the cannabis industry.

Hundreds of cannabis companies, like Weedmaps, HempMeds, SC Labs, the Arcview Group, Jetty Extracts, and FlavRx, will be on the expo floor showcasing their goods and services. There will also be organizations like Women Grow, San Diego NORML, and CannaMoms raising awareness for their individual causes.

On the conference’s main stage, there will be a series of lectures and panel discussions scheduled all weekend long with topics including Cannabis and Your Pet, High Tech Trends in Cannabis, and Cannabis and Children.

“This event brings together so many elements of the cannabis industry, especially the educational component. [These panels are] going to be eye-opening for those interested in the future of medical cannabis,” said CEO and event producer, Rory Mendoza.

Late in the day on Sunday, the Professional Sports and Cannabis panel will feature ex-NFL players and vocal cannabis advocates Jim McMahon, Eugene Monroe, Kyle Turley, and Ricky Williams. In light of the league’s struggle with concussions, CTE, and opioid abuse, cannabis has become a popular topic of discussion among players for its pain relieving and neuroprotective qualities.

Wrapping up the event, the keynote speaker is Whoopi Goldberg, cannabis proponent and co-founder of Whoopi and Maya, a cannabis brand aimed at women, offering marijuana-infused sipping chocolate, balm, tincture, and bath soak.

“We reach for the stars and Whoopi is certainly the best representative we could ask for to represent the new face of cannabis,” said Mendoza.

The Southern California Cannabis Conference and Expo will take place from 9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7, at the San Diego Convention Center at 111 West Harbor Drive.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://socalccexpo.com/

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California lawmakers create medical marijuana ‘bureau’ to regulate industry

Posted by | September 12, 2015 | California Cannabis Jobs, California Marijuana News

California lawmakers create medical marijuana ‘bureau’ to regulate industry

Midnight vote approves agency to provide ‘seed to sale’ management over all aspects of growing, distribution and sale

A customer checks the aroma of a jar of medicinal marijuana at Canna Care, a medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento.

Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana, legislators have a plan to impose order on the erratic patchwork of inconsistent policies that currently govern the billion-dollar industry.

“We’re making up for two decades of inaction”, said state senator Mike McGuire, whose district includes the “Emerald Triangle” in Northern California where 60% of the marijuana grown in the US is cultivated. “This legislation brings clarity and desperately needed rules and regulations.”

In the final hours of the legislative session that ended late Friday night, lawmakers passed a trio of bills that create a legal framework that puts the state firmly in control of managing marijuana from “seed to sale” while still leaving local municipalities with the ability to craft their own ordinances and impose taxes, according to state assembly member Ken Cooley, author of one of the bills. The deal was brokered with the assistance of governor Jerry Brown, virtually ensuring it will be signed into law.

Under the plan, a new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation will be created inside the existing Department of Consumer Affairs, charged with managing almost all aspects of marijuana growing, distribution and sale. The bureau would oversee state licenses in these areas, but only if a local license has already been approved.

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California finally working on state medical marijuana regulations

Posted by | August 31, 2015 | California Cannabis Jobs, California marijuana, California Marijuana News

California finally working on state medical marijuana regulations

With a vote on recreational marijuana legalization likely for 2016, legislators are now working on statewide regulations for medical marijuana, which became legal in 1996

SAN FRANCISCO — The likelihood that California voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana next year is prompting lawmakers to make a serious run at reining in the state’s vast medical marijuana industry — a job they have deferred for nearly two decades.

A pair of bills pending in the California Legislature would create the first statewide regulations for medical marijuana growers, manufacturers of pot-infused products, and distributors such as storefront dispensaries and delivery services.

California authorized marijuana use for health purposes with a 1996 ballot measure that allows doctors to recommend the drug for any ailment, deliberately leaving the specifics for how it should be produced and sold for another day.

With advocates now working to qualify recreational use initiatives for the November 2016 ballot, that day finally may have arrived.

The state Assembly last month approved a comprehensive licensing and oversight scheme on a bipartisan 62-8 vote. A compromise measure to create the Governor’s Office of Medical Cannabis Regulation, AB 266, is endorsed by both the California Cannabis Industry Association and the California Police Chiefs Association.

The legalization discussion has definitely changed the tone of the conversation,” said Natasha Minsker, who directs the ACLU of California’s advocacy office in Sacramento. “There is real potential a legalization initiative will set the tone for regulation and taxation, and if the Legislature wants to be involved, now is the time.”

The eleventh-hour effort offers a preview of issues that are likely to surface during a legalization campaign, from concerns over water use and drugged driving to questions around consumer protections and who will be allowed to apply for business licenses.

The bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, requires numerous state agencies to flesh out and enforce a regulatory framework by 2018.

The California Highway Patrol would develop a way to determine when someone is too high to drive, while the Department of Public Health would come up with rules for testing pot products for potency and toxic chemicals and set limits on when individuals with felony convictions or newly arrived in California would be eligible for a license to grow, process, transport or sell medical marijuana.

The bill also would create training standards and labor rights for industry workers — a nod to unions — and preserve the right of local governments to ban cannabis businesses, which is key to maintaining support from the League of California Cities and police chiefs.

“This is something that is greatly needed and long overdue,” said Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano, the police association’s president. “We are aware there will be an initiative on the ballot and if it is approved, we will have a good foundation, something to prevent some of the issues we have had with medical marijuana.”

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat who has expressed skepticism about the wisdom of legalizing recreational marijuana use, has not indicated if he would sign the medical marijuana legislation if it reaches his desk.

Sen. Mike McGuire, a first-term Democrat whose 370-mile long coastal district encompasses Northern California’s prime pot-growing regions, blames the Legislature’s years of inaction on continuing skepticism over marijuana’s medical value, law enforcement resistance and industry doubts.

Noting there is no guarantee that California voters will go for full legalization, McGuire introduced his own medical marijuana bill. SB643 would establish an office within the state Business, Consumer Affairs and Housing Agency to license medical marijuana businesses and to develop regulations for how they should operate.

It would also require the California Medical Board to crack down on doctors who issue medical marijuana recommendations without a proper patient exam or valid medical reason for doing so.

“My beef is this: California’s approach to medical marijuana regulation has been impotent and when you allow an industry to grow unregulated for as long as we have with cannabis, we are going to pay the price,” McGuire said. “We are inundated with the impacts of this multi-billion dollar industry and we cannot sacrifice our communities, the environment and patient safety any longer.”

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Marin’s state senator proposes regulating medical marijuana industry

Posted by | April 30, 2015 | California Cannabis Jobs, California marijuana, California Marijuana News

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Marin’s state senator proposes regulating medical marijuana industry

State Sen. Mike McGuire has introduced a sweeping bill that would legalize and regulate the medical marijuana industry from cultivation to consumption and all the steps in between.

The bill, SB 643, passed out of the state Senate’s Business and Professions Committee on April 20 and will receive a hearing in the Senate’s Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday.

The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and subsequent state legislation exempted qualified medical patients and their caregivers from state criminal sanctions related to possession, cultivation and transportation of limited amounts of marijuana. Nevertheless, a lack of statewide regulation has resulted in uncertainty about the legality of some medical marijuana cultivation and distribution activities.

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CA NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE CHALLENGES LOCAL AUTHORITIES WITH MASSIVE GROW OPERATION

Posted by | February 4, 2015 | California marijuana, California Marijuana News, Cannabis News, Marijuana News, medical marijuana

CA NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE CHALLENGES LOCAL AUTHORITIES WITH MASSIVE GROW OPERATION

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3422671-181/legality-of-ukiah-tribal-pot

Call it a 10 million dollar gamble.

The Pinoleville Pomo Nation and FoxBarry Farms, famous for their investment in casino and gasoline businesses, are linked at the hip in a new venture to pursue large-scale marijuana production on the reservation.

Background: the justice department indicated that tribes can pursue legal marijuana in accordance with their tribal authority. That rulemaking came down in December 2014. At the time,  local authorities in Riverside seemed skeptical that anything would happen:

“We don’t enforce federal law, we enforce state law, so any change in the federal law isn’t going to affect us necessarily,” said Capt. Ray Wood, commander of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Hemet Station and head of the department’s Tribal Liaison Unit.

The department meets regularly with tribal leaders to discuss all aspects of law enforcement, he said. Marijuana has not been a focus of those meetings, and it doesn’t appear the drug exists more on Indian land than other parts of the county.

As usual, reality moves quicker than government.

The operation referenced in the original article involves 2.5 acres of indoor cultivation. That’s several thousand plants. The Mendicino County plan is joined by at least two other indoor cultivation sites sponsored by FoxBarry. Those involved are being coy on the location of the other two operations.

We’re talking tons of marijuana coming into circulation in the few months it takes to grow the first generation of plants. Sources say that construction of the greenhouses, relatively simple structures, would end by February. So we’re looking at a major harvest at the Mendicino site by the summer.

Local political officials and law enforcement looks entirely befuddled by this turn of events. In my opinion, after reading three articles on the subject, they did not expect production to move this fast.

Law enforcement’s reaction:

Sheriff Tom Allman said he’s not convinced the operation would be legal. He’s spoken with officials at the U.S. Attorney’s Office who said they have not been asked for or given permission for such an operation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has declined to comment on the issue.

But federal authorities in the past have quashed other large-scale, off-reservation cannabis cultivation operations.

Allman said that any operation that wouldn’t be permitted off-reservation is unlikely to be allowed on Indian land.

Allman’s queries have triggered an investigation by District Attorney David Eyster, spokesman Mike Geniella said. Eyster has requested details about the plans from the tribe and FoxBarry, Geniella said. Eyster will not comment on the plan until his review is concluded, he added.

So you see the lines being drawn: Sheriff Allman doesn’t believe it’s legal, and contacts the US Attorney’s Office. The feds stay mum. Giant red flag right there if you’re ready to bust an operation in your county, right? The good sheriff contacts his own District Attorney, who begins their own investigation.

Coming down somewhere in the middle is the County’s CEO:

“They can do whatever they want,” Mendocino County Chief Executive Officer Carmel Angelo said. The tribe will be exempt from the county’s zoning ordinance aimed at controlling the number and locations of marijuana plants grown for medical use.

This distinction about number and location is important, because CA law limits the number of plants grown for medical purposes. Tribes don’t abide by that law, because they inhabit federal land!

County supervisors look equally stumped:

The tribe did not notify county officials of its plans, so news of the pot-growing facility caught them off guard. “I’m a bit taken aback,” said county Supervisor Carre Brown. She noted that many of the tribes consult with the county about development projects as a courtesy, even though they’re exempt from its planning process.

The tribe, with that federal rulemaking, sidestepped the state completely, going their own way. Does she sound like someone with a handle on the situation? Not to me. Here’s more, from another supervisor:

“None of this really surprises me,” he said. “I just wish there was more we could do about it.” Hamburg said he’d prefer that the county have some control over marijuana production and the ability to collect taxes on the product. He’d also prefer to see smaller, outdoor growing operations. “My heart is really with the small grower community,” Hamburg said. He also believes that outdoor gardens create fewer environmental impacts than indoor farms. “From an ecological perspective, that does not sit well with me,” Hamburg said of the tribe’s operation.

Ah, well, there we go. Someone in state government finally saw the cash flow problem. And who wouldn’t agree with him about the ecological problems? But if you are the tribal authorities and feel under the gun, you wouldn’t want anyone snooping around your massive, unprecedented grow. If Mendicino county officials want in on that delicious tribal weed and the associated cash, they should liberalize the drug marketplace.

Last, but not least, it’s interesting to me that the herb will only be sold to licensed medical providers. That’s a savvy move by the tribes. If they began selling off-the-reservation for recreational purposes, they’d be tripping a few regulatory problems:

The marijuana will be sold only to California medical marijuana patients through dispensaries, in keeping with state law, Brautman said. There currently are no plans for a dispensary on site, he said.

My guess is that the tribes will test the regulatory waters with this first harvest, and see where CA goes in 2016. By then they’ll have some of the largest legal gardens in the state.

Sovereignty is the word of the day.

Colorado Joins California in Funding Cannabis Research

Colorado Joins California in Funding Cannabis Research, Source: http://cdn.medicalxpress.com/newman/gfx/news/hires/2012/cannabisproduction.jpgIt was just announced by the Associated Press that Colorado will be the first state to fund cannabis research, in one of the largest state-funded efforts ever. But they are actually not the first state to do this, merely the first to offer grants to researchers for cannabis research.

California has had the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) since 2000 conducting research on cannabis through various state Universities, such as UCLA and UCSF. These are different ways to fund research, one only allows researchers with ties to state universities to get funding, and the other offers funding to anyone, regardless of their affiliation.

For example, if you are doing independent research on cannabis, without being a member of a university, there is no way to get your study funded by California through the CMCR, but if you are in Colorado, you do have the chance to get funding. Offering grants is arguably a more fair method to determine what studies get funds, because it doesn’t give preference to those already privileged enough to be within the gilded walls of academia. In that sense, Colorado is a first, but to say they are the first state, or even the first government agency to fund cannabis research, is not accurate.

Center for Medical Cannabis Research: A History Lesson

It has been fifteen years since the CMCR was founded, and in that time they have authored at least fifteen studiesshowing the therapeutic, positive effects of cannabis. A whole generation has grown up using cannabis since Prop 215 was passed in 1996, whose passage prompted the California legislature to pass SB 847, creating the CMCR.

The CMCR’s stated purpose was to find the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Igor Grant MD is the Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine and the current director of the CMCR. Dr. Grant had this to say about the research done by the CMCR, “[our] findings provide a strong, science-based context in which policy makers and the public can begin discussing the place of cannabis in medical care.”

Federal Research Embargo

What makes the CMCR unique is that, until their founding, there was no government funded agency with the express purpose of studying the benefits of cannabis. The National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has the final say on any cannabis research that is being federally funded or using the federal stash of cannabis grown at the University of Mississippi, and NIDA will only approve studies of the negative effects of cannabis use. Despite that, the Federal government has funded more cannabis research than perhaps any other person or group in the world, to the tune ofhundreds of millions of dollars in the past decade alone.

The Catch 22 of all those federally funded studies is that in order to get funding and access to NIDA grown cannabis, one’s hypothesis must be something negative about cannabis. If one wanted to do a study showing that cannabis prevented the damage of lung cancer, they could never get approval.

It is possible to conduct a study with a negative hypothesis and find positive outcomes, and NIDA cannot do anything about it. Dr. Donald tashkin from UCLA conducted “the largest case-control study ever done” on cannabis smoking and lung cancer. He found that it didn’t cause lung cancer, and actually lowered the rate of lung cancer to be less than the rate of non-smokers.

Though his study was not funded by CMCR, Dr. Tashkin is a member of their National Advisory Council and one of their researchers. Tashkin’s groundbreaking study was one of the many funded by the federal government through NIDA and their parent federal agency, the National Institutes of Health.

Not every researcher is as lucky as Dr. Tashkin.

Dr. Sue Sisley, was recently fired from the University of Arizona for her research on cannabis. Dr. Sisley fought for years to get federal approval for her study on veterans with PTSD, and when she finally got access to NIDA grown cannabis, the university that approved the study fired her for it. She now plans to go into private practice to continue her research, perhaps with a grant from Colorado. NIDA’s chokehold over which studies get approved and which do not, creates a chilling effect on cannabis research, driving many would-be researchers to study other topics. The few that remain may get fired for their research topics, left to fend for themselves without funding or institutional support.

Despite the Embargo, The Feds Grow More Cannabis for Research

While it is still near impossible to get federal approval for a study, NIDA is clearly preparing for an influx of new studies demanding access to Federally grown medical cannabis for research and has upped their production quotas from 21kg last year to 650kg this year. That 650kg is still much lower than the 4,500kg production quota that was originally proposed in 2007, but at least it is a start.

Despite the current quota being lower than what was proposed in 2007, and lower than the totals from 2002-04, it still represents a nearly 3,000% increase over 21kg. Of that 21kg that has been grown yearly since 2010, over half has gone to the four remaining participants in the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program. Now, with that much higher quota, there should be much more cannabis to go to research. Hopefully this will include some CBD-rich strains, as well as the THC-rich cannabis they normally grow.

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LA deals a blow to cannabis home-delivery

Posted by | December 11, 2014 | California Cannabis Jobs, California marijuana, California Marijuana News, Cannabis News, Legal Marijuana News

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Los Angeles city attorney Mike Feuer has put a stop to cannabis home-deliveries in California.He’s asked a judge to close Nestdrop, the first app for smartphones that enables customers to order therapeutic marijuana for home delivery. The reason being that the app, which was designed initially to sell alcohol and then to sell cannabis, violates the strict rules governing the distribution of the substance. These include the obligation to respect predetermined distances from schools, public parks and childcare centres.

According to Feuer, these rules weren’t being respected by Nestdrop, as well as the fact that “a mobile marijuana business is, by definition, in violation of laws on transport in vehicles.” But only a judge can determine if laws have been violated. While the city attorney is calling for Nestdrop to remain outside LA’s boundaries, he also states that there will be no legal consequences for existing users of the service.

However, Nestdrop boss Michael Pycher has announced that he intends to formally oppose the application for an injunction. The app, says Pycher, neither distributes nor cultivates drugs. It’s just technology that works perfectly: it puts patients in touch with local dispensaries, offering an essential service.

And while Nestdrop is the first, it is certainly not the only company operating in this sector: there are now hundreds of safe and convenient delivery services throughout southern California. But Feuer’s court action is putting them all at risk and has already led to the closure of 402 medical marijuana dispensaries, halving their number. This has been a hard blow for the cannabis trade, which doesn’t just depend on the freedom to buy and sell, but also on having products that are widely available. And if they’re delivered straight to your door, even bette