California’s Adult-Use Cannabis Market Experiences Growing Pains

On January 1, California opened the largest legal adult-use cannabis market in the world. The marketplace, however, has experienced a resoundingly unimpressive launch, with sales numbers hovering at about 50 percent of pre-legalization predictions. At the heart of the market’s tumultuous start, there lies a mess of issues — including over taxation, burdensome regulations, local […]

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Seven Mayors of Major Cities Call for Cannabis Policy Reform

The mayors of seven large U.S. cities in states with adult-use laws formed a coalition on Monday asking the U.S. federal government to remove cannabis from the list of controlled substances, reports the Chicago Tribune. Mayors from Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and West Sacramento sponsored a resolution at the U.S. […]

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Los Angeles, California Cracks Down on Unlicensed Cannabis Operators; 160 Arrested

A crackdown on unlicensed commercial cannabis locations in Los Angeles, California yesterday resulted in 160 arrests and 36 criminal cases against 142 people, according to a KTLA report. Los Angeles Police Department Officer Stacy Spell said, since January, the department has served 54 search warrants on illegal shops, seizing more than 6,200 pounds of cannabis […]

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Los Angeles Awards First Licenses Under Prop. 64 Rules

The City of Los Angeles, California has granted its first licenses under the state’s new cannabis regime, according to an LA Weekly report. Regulators granted Mother Nature’s Remedy in Woodland Hills a medical cannabis permit and WHTC in Studio City an adult-use license. David Slocum, owner of Mother Nature’s, said he chose not to apply […]

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Los Angeles, California Releases Adult-Use Regulations

The Los Angeles, California City Council has approved regulations for the adult-use cannabis industry which include social equity provisions, rules for operating a retail shop without a license and restrictions on where cannabis businesses can be located, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The social equity rules require regulators to process two social-equity applications for […]

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Los Angeles, California Draft Rules Approved by City Council Committee

Under the Los Angeles, California City Council adult-use cannabis industry rules proposal all currently operating dispensaries would be shut down while they await new licenses; however, City Council President Herb Wesson has indicated he would consider a provisional licensing system to avoid a total industry shutdown, according to a Newsweek report. The rules would, however, […]

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Roger Stone Out at Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions

Amid a boycott by the Minority Cannabis Business Association, a Change.org petition, and the loss of sponsors, and participants, Roger Stone will no longer be featured as the keynote speaker at either the Los Angeles, California or Boston, Massachusetts Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions. “The forums created by CWCBExpo are crucial to the growth […]

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Los Angeles, California Cannabis Regulators Approved

The former California coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance has been tabbed to run the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation, the Los Angeles Times reports. Cat Packer, 26, was the choice of Mayor Eric Garcetti to run the agency and was unanimously approved by the City Council. The council also approved the mayor’s Cannabis Commission […]

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Cannabis Business Regulations Introduced in Los Angeles

As part of their efforts to prepare for California’s legal cannabis industry, Los Angeles officials have proposed banning “volatile cannabis manufacturing” and creating a municipal bank to work with cannabis-related businesses. Volatile cannabis manufacturing refers to using flammable gases, such as butane, in the extraction of cannabis oils to create some concentrates. The proposal drew […]

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Los Angeles Releases Rec. Industry Draft Rules

The city of Los Angeles, California has released the draft rules to regulate the forthcoming recreational cannabis industry, imposing restrictions on where cannabis businesses can operate, outlining application requirements, and prohibiting cannabis from being consumed on site, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of the proposal. The draft rules limit cannabis companies to operating […]

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2nd Annual Cannabis Compliance Summit Coming to Los Angeles July 19-21

Regulators. Testing Labs. Service Providers. Operators. The Right People in One Place. An upcoming webinar scheduled for May 25, 2017 will cover the top five challenges faced by companies and entrepreneurs in the cannabis space — register now to gain the latest insights and strategies for overcoming these issues! With increasing legalization of both recreational and medicinal […]

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The 2nd Annual 420 Games in Los Angeles: Review & Photos

The growing number of cannabis users in California continues to bring about an abundance of new and diverse consumers who span across all walks of life. Such was certainly the case at the 2nd Annual 420 Games at the Santa Monica Pier. On April 2nd, 2017, participants gathered together for a fun-fueled day of sun, […]

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Spark the Conversation: Jerred Kiloh, The Higher Path

Jerred Kiloh is president of the United Cannabis Business Association and owner of The Higher Path, an award-winning medical cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles. In this episode of the Spark the Conversation podcast, host Bianca Green interviews Jerred about creating one of the region’s best-known and most-loved dispensaries. In the following interview, Jerred shares his […]

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Los Angeles Creates Cannabis Licensing Commission

The City Council of Los Angeles, California has approved the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Commission which will be tasked with regulating the city’s legal adult-use cannabis industry, according to an LAist report. The approval comes after voters passed Measure M during the primary election earlier this month which gives the city the power to establish […]

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Los Angeles Chef Offering Cannabis-Infused Cuisine

A former chef at two Michelin-starred restaurants is bringing cannabis-infused cuisine to private parties in California hoping to provide diners with a “cerebral experience,” according to a New Straits Times report. Christopher Sayegh, 24, infuses his dishes with a cannabis compound, which he says is unlike any other ingredient because one must be “extremely careful” […]

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L.A. County Likely Abandoning Cannabis Tax to Fund Homeless Services

Los Angeles County’s “marijuana tax” to fund programs aimed at providing homeless services is likely going to be scrapped by the Board of Supervisors over fears that voters would not pass the measure in November, according to the Los Angeles Times. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who authored the proposal, introduced a measure last Friday to pull […]

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Marijuana Tax for Homeless Services to Appear On L.A.’s November Ballot

Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors approved a ballot measure last Tuesday that would levy a 10 percent tax on the county’s cannabis industry in an effort to raise additional funds for homeless housing and health services, the Los Angeles Times reports. Businesses that produce and distribute marijuana, and “related products,” would be subject to […]

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MMJ Tax in LA Could Fund Homeless Services Plan

Los Angeles, California city officials have proposed a 15 percent tax on medical marijuana sales and cultivation in the city in order to generate funds for homeless housing and services, according to a document outlining potential means. If approved, the plan is estimated to raise $16.7 million annually based on current medical marijuana receipts, but […]

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