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In February 2020, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (“CDFA”) released its proposed regulations for a first of its kind appellation program for cannabis cultivators.  The appellation program was established through the same law that regulates California’s cannabis industry, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”); however, the CDFA had to establish its regulations to implement that program. After releasing the proposed regulations in February 2020 there was a public comment period, which ended in May 2020.  Since then,

There was hope that when states like California voted to legalize marijuana, it would correlate with a reduction in marijuana related arrests for Black people. In Los Angeles, the opposite has proven to be true due to both a lack of access to legal means and red tape making it harder for Black entrepreneurs to break into the industry. Crosstown reports that the number of Black people arrested on marijuana charges in L.A has steadily increased over the last three years, going

SACRAMENTO, CA | PRNewswire Due to the ravaging pending and projected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local job markets and commercial property occupancy rates throughout California, more cities and counties are looking to embrace cannabis businesses as a lifeline to new taxes, fees, tenants and employment options. Despite Prop 64's historic 2016 victory, only approximately one-third of the state's jurisdictions permit cannabis activities to operate today, with Retailer Dispensaries and outdoor cultivation being the most rarely allowed. Cities and counties leaders who are

NEW YORK | PRNewswire Four former senior staffers at High Times Magazine have partnered with Northwest Leaf Magazine to launch Northeast Leaf, a free monthly print magazine focused on the growing Cannabis communities and businesses in the eight states of the region. With distribution set for September 2020, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine will be represented. Northwest Leaf is a ten-year media brand currently publishing in five markets covering California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Maryland. Making the move from High Times are Former Senior Cultivation Editor Dan Vinkovetsky (previously known as Danny Danko), Editor-In-Chief Michael Gianakos, Director of

Known as slotting fees, the practice requires brands to pay anywhere from $500 to $15,000 a month for premium space on cannabis retailers' shelves. As more brands enter the marijuana products marketplace, competition for retail shelf space in key adult-use markets such as Colorado and Washington state is intensifying. While the number of new brands – and, consequently, the amount of new products – continues to rise, growth in the number of retail stores has not kept pace, according to the 2020

LOS ANGELES | PRNewswire Sweet Flower, the largest independent Southern California cannabis retail chain is opening its newest Los Angeles retail location on July 3rd, Sweet Flower Westwood, in Westwood, Los Angeles. Sweet Flower Westwood joins Sweet Flower's other Los Angeles stores in the DTLA Arts District, Studio City and on Melrose. Sweet Flower's vision is to transform the modern cannabis shopping experience. Best known for its beautiful, open and inviting spaces and outstanding customer experience, Sweet Flower's stores and delivery service aim to deliver an elevated, engaging and informative wellness experience for

The Cannabis Law report has confirmed from HighTimes Holding Corp. lawyer  Stephen Weiss and Megan Penick of L.A. based Michelman Robinson LLP that the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has halted sales of shares in the company. The story as reported by Teri Buhl states that the reason the sales were stopped is the company hasn’t filed its annual report. The last time the company filed official annual earnings was June 2019. High Times had told investors it would get updated financial information on

California officials have started cracking down on unlicensed dispensaries with 12 tax warrants throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) announced Wednesday that over the past several weeks twelve illegal cannabis retailers in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties were served tax warrants with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The CDTFA seized nearly a million dollars in illegal cannabis products that will be destroyed and approximately one hundred thousand dollars

Four years after recreational cannabis was legalized in California, the Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury has a released report entitled "A Growing Concern." The report focuses on the Planning and Building Department's record keeping and cash handling procedures for the cannabis industry. "There is a notable lack of in-depth reporting of revenues and expenditures that would accurately show the citizens of Humboldt County the effectiveness and the operational and fiscal efficiency of the Cannabis Planning program," the report states. Part of the

Late last Thursday, the House Armed Services Committee passed a $740.5 billion defense spending bill with a key provision that allows for leniency for troops who admit to smoking cannabis. According to a statement released by Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 will grant a one-time waiver, allowing those troops who have used marijuana to re-enlist in the armed services. The military’s current policy bars anyone who admits