The legalization of recreational marijuana in California has caused massive change in the regulatory framework guiding the industry. Many details remain to be settled. One that has recently come the attention of the state legislature could vastly impact sales for cannabis businesses by imposing advertising restrictions upon them. Continue reading
Marijuana use has always been an issue of heated political debate. Whether for recreational or medicinal use, staunch opponents fight he presence of marijuana just as vehemently as proponents fight its absence. California – with its diverse population and wide variety of political leanings – has a long list of cities and counties that are friendly to cannabis businesses, and just as many which fight to keep such businesses out altogether. These vastly different market climates can mean the difference between life and death for a business.
The Conundrum of Marin County
In the liberal cannabis climate of Northern California, Marin County is a conservative outlier on marijuana issues. Sonoma County has an estimated twelve thousand residents working in the cannabis industry. Nearby Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino Counties form an area quickly becoming known as the “Emerald Triangle” for its vast marijuana farms. In contrast, every city and town council in Marin County (other than Fairfax) has either taken public positions against marijuana dispensaries or banned them altogether. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that this lead Marin County officials to recently reject ten dispensary applications. The County also received two separate anti-dispensary petitions with hundreds of signatures. This is a confusing message from a county which approved the 2016 recreational use referendum by seventy percent. Continue reading
Humans are not the only ones to benefit from California’s legalization of recreational marijuana. Pets, too, can receive medical benefits from marijuana. National Public Radio reports on the anti-anxiety effects of marijuana products that are designed for use by pets. Such products produced noticeable benefits for dogs that were agitated by fireworks. (Shelters see an increase in activity around the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, due to pets who run away after being frightened by fireworks.)
While marijuana products and derivatives can help soothe pets, they can also subject an owner to criminal liability for possession. Continue reading
The legalization of recreational marijuana use in California has presented many lucrative business opportunities within the cannabis industry. The Hill reports that Washington and Colorado surpassed one billion dollars in annual sales of marijuana in 2017 after legalizing its recreational use. California, by contrast, brought in two billion dollars of sales of medical marijuana in 2016. Cannabis business in California is projected to bring in five billion dollars in annual sales once the business provisions of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act take full effect in 2018.
Like any new business venture, however, new opportunities bring new challenges and expenses. For cannabis businesses which are prepared to manage these expenses, the opportunities can bring lasting cash flow to a growing industry. Continue reading
According to a recent news article from the Fresno Bee, a California State Senate bill (SB-94) has just passed and become law after it was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. This law was a big deal, as it combined the regulation of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana into a single set of laws. Make no mistake about it, this is a massive bill, as we have discussed in other posts on this blog, however, there are some clauses have not been making headlines.
One of the provisions in the new bill will allow for cannabis to be sold on fairgrounds that are owned by the state of California, as long as it is during a state or county fair and during private events. However, there are various conditions before one can sell marijuana on these state-owned fairgrounds. Continue reading
In 2015, a bill was first introduced that was designed to allow states to have legal medical marijuana or even recreational marijuana without any fear that the federal government would step in and enforce existing federal drug laws. This is important, because marijuana is still a Schedule One controlled substance on the United States Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (USCSA).
The previous attempt at the CARERS Act, which stands for Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect State, called for moving marijuana from the highest schedule and moving it down to a Schedule Two controlled substance. Continue reading
In a predictable, but utterly absurd, effort to crack down on medical marijuana in states where it is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions III, is claiming that marijuana has no medical uses and is a major reason for what he calls the historic drug epidemic he sees us in.
Currently, Sessions cannot use any federal money to go after medical marijuana in states where it is legal because of an amendment passed by Congress in 2014 that prohibits any federal taxpayer dollars from being spent for this reason. This means that U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, any agency that falls under Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ), cannot go after those in the state-legal medical marijuana business. Continue reading
Medical cannabis sales are already big business in California. With the recreational use of marijuana soon being legal in California, it is expected that the marijuana industry in our state could grow by tenfold into a multibillion dollar industry.
Those in the marijuana industry have pushed for the sale of recreational use marijuana to be allowed in the same establishments that dispense medical marijuana. According to a recent news article from KTLA News 5, Governor Jerry Brown and several state representatives have proposed a law that would allow for the medical marijuana and recreational use marijuana to be legally sold at a single location. This is known as the co-location of marijuana sales. Continue reading
A 58-year-old woman who was raised in the Catholic faith is now the proprietor of a medical marijuana business known as Sisters of the Valley. Last year alone, the company raked in around $750,000 in gross sales receipts according to a recent news article from Business Insider. While this is not all profit, it does show that this is becoming quite a profitable enterprise.
The women who work at the company wear habits similar to those in worn by Catholic nuns, but the company is not affiliated with any Catholic order. She calls this her new calling, and this is to provide much needed medical cannabis to patients in need. She operates the company from her home and says that she is working to erase any negative stigma commonly associated with medical marijuana. She wants to make it clear that this is medicine with true healing ability and not just an excuse for people to smoke pot and get high. Continue reading
Medical marijuana grow operations in California can take various forms. In some cases, we are dealing with large outdoor grow operations that are similar to any other farms. In other cases, we are dealing with smaller indoor hydroponic grow operations. These grow operations can produce very high quality strains of marijuana in a heavily controlled environment, but cannot produce the quantities anywhere near a large outdoor grow operation.
There are grow operations that use massive indoor spaces, some as big as 200,000 square feet, which is around the size of a big box store, to grow marijuana in a traditional growing medium. These indoor grow operations are secure and have special features to keep any types of mites or other pests from getting to the plants. Modern ones require workers to wear clean suits with no pockets, and then they must go through a wind tunnel prior to coming in contact with plants to keep the pests away. The air in these large medical marijuana operations is recycled multiple times a day or even a few times an hour to make sure there is not any contamination. Continue reading