Cannabis farmers in a poor California town want to go legit; instead, police crack down
Ronnie Bell’s prized possessions aren’t the collectible toys or bongs that clutter his ranch-style house. What the 65-year-old values most is his extensive indoor marijuana grow. Bell’s “bachelor pad” features a guest-bedroom-turned-nursery with a reflective grow-tent. There are racks of marijuana plants in the next room. This farmer, who served 21 years in the U.S. Marines and 21 years in the U.S. Postal Service, is one of many unlicensed marijuana cultivators in the unincorporated township of Anza. Over the 24 years Bell
Contract cannabis farming gaining popularity and lawsuits in California
Is it a sign of a maturing industry? Small farmers operating under contract for a licensed cannabis grower are on the rise in California. Sharecroppers are a traditional practice used by mainstream agriculture. But, the legalities for cannabis are as usual, complicated. Full story from MJBiz Daily. To get around the enormous barriers to entry for California’s legal marijuana industry, a growing number of small farmers are increasingly turning to a practice mainstream agriculture has used for generations: so-called “contract farming.” It’s
Four Years After Legalization, California Has Had Unexpected and Often Disappointing Results
“I knew Prop 64 would pass, and that was fine with me,” recalls Rev. James K. McKnight, Pastor of the Congregationalist Church of Christian Fellowship in South Central Los Angeles, where low-level cannabis convictions are among the highest in the state. “The law promised social equity, social justice, second chances." But no one told him it was going to take years to take effect. Californians had high expectations when they overwhelmingly voted in 2016 to legalize adult-use cannabis with Proposition 64: the Control,
California’s New Guidelines for Cannabis-Related Trademarking
A summary of guidance and information for registering cannabis-related trademarks in California. Get the 2019 California Cannabis trademark guidelines brochure, costs, and links to official government services. In April 2019, The Secretary of State’s Office released new brochure with guidance and information for registering cannabis-related trademarks in California. You can download the full brochure from the California Cannabis Portal’s Business Resources page or click here to instantly download the Brochure PDF. Here are the highlights. CA Cannabis Trademark Definitions “Trademark” means
Where Can You Advertise Marijuana in California?
Where can you advertise marijuana in California? Marketing legal recreational and medical marijuana products in California has its challenges. Read tips for marketing marijuana in California in this simple guide covering PPC, social media and legal advertising strategies. Let's start with the legal guidelines impacting just about every type of ad strategy: Radio, cable, print, and digital ads can only be displayed where at least 71.6% of the audience is expected to be over the age of 21 - determined by
CBD + Sugar Factory Combine for a Sweet Event in San Diego
The Soko Cannabis Ball was the CBD event to be at in San Diego last Thursday night. Whether you are a consumer or are a professional in the industry, Soko Canna put on a can’t-miss event at the Sugar Factory. Besides the eye catching live art installations, CBD infused cocktails and even some pretty fantastic freebies, some of the most exciting parts of the event were the cannabis companies that were present. Here are some of the businesses we met and
Can States that Legalized Cannabis Still Drug Test?
Cannabis is officially legalized in 33 states for medicinal purposes, and in 10 states for recreational use. Both medical and recreational consumers alike are celebrating by lighting one, or a few, up in the sky while employers seem to be anxiously waiting how this revolution will affect their businesses. Many employers seem to have embraced the times while other remain strictly opposed. With the unemployment rate at a historic low of 3.9%, and the job-market seeking able-working employees to fill
What is the Difference Between State Issued Card and Medical Marijuana Recommendation in California?
With the cannabis industry continually evolving, it’s easy for its laws to get confusing. In 1996, California passed prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act, as the first state to legalize medical marijuana. With California’s 2016 approval of prop 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, cannabis is officially and legally recreational in the golden state. So, what do you do with your old doctor’s recommendations? And do you need the state issued medical marijuana card you keep hearing about? Both are
Five Successful Cannabis Entrepreneurs Shaping the Industry
Meet five of the many cannabis entrepreneurs taking the industry by storm. These weedprenuers are leveraging their business success to spread awareness and erase the stigma around legal cannabis. When an industry grows and becomes more successful, opportunities for entrepreneurs rise. The cannabis industry is no different. The legalization of recreational and medicinal cannabis has expanded dramatically over the last couple of years, and entrepreneurs are wasting no time taking advantage of these new opportunities. Here are just a few