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The legalization of Cannabis, commonly known as Marijuana in the United States, has existed for years. Today, almost half of the American states have welcomed the cannabis market, and eleven states are looking to join by the end of this year. As such, the cannabis industry in the U.S. has continually grown not only in demand but also in production. In California, including Los Angeles, Cannabis was legalized for medical use in 1996. However, in 2016, the state finally approved the

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

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

Sara Rotman founded the largest commercial outdoor cannabis farm in California. Now, prohibitionists through endless legal government appeals are attempting to shut it down. Sara Rotman is a powerful advocate for independent cannabis farmers across the country. The Vogue-proclaimed "fashion branding guru" co-founded the agency MODCo in New York City. Her career flourished as a graphic designer, creating iconic design mainstays such as the Tori Burch logo. Then a life-threatening illness changed Rotman's path, and she decided to leave her fashion company to find healing in

Legislative Analyst’s Office calls for taxing marijuana based on potency and dropping cultivation taxes. California’s struggling cannabis industry didn’t get the recommendation many hoped for — a call to sharply lower the industry’s tax rate — but a long-awaited state report did suggest a marijuana tax overhaul. The report from California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office, released Tuesday, Dec. 17, says lawmakers should ditch the way the state currently taxes marijuana and, instead, tax cannabis at different rates based on its potency. Such

Learn the basics about seven common licenses for commercial cannabis in California. View a comprehensive list of CA cannabis licenses at a glance. November 2016 marked a historic vote in California approving the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. With it came the legalization of cultivation, production, distribution, transportation and commercial sales of marijuana.  Although it is now legal in California, there are a lot of hurdles to jump through before you can legally participate in the

Many states with legalized recreational use of marijuana have experienced a shortage of compliant cannabis. Is weed shortage in California next? We are in a revolutionary chapter of the history of cannabis known as the “Green Rush.” A milestone moment occurred in late 2016 when Prop 64 passed in California to allow the sale of recreational cannabis use through a regulated market. Through the regulated market, the industry straightened its tie in many ways, including having its cannabis taxed and tested

Ready to join the green rush? We’re here to help with a basic understanding of marijuana and cannabis business entities in California. So, you’ve made the decision to join the cannabis industry and now you’re ready to take the first steps towards starting your business. Congratulations, cannabis entrepreneur! With so much change happening within the industry- legalization, new regulations, tax reform, and an excess of new license and permit requirements - it’s no surprise there’s a laundry list of questions that

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