As Marijuana Comes Out of Black Market, Regulators Face Scrutiny

BY KRISTEN WYATT

ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER (AP) — Take a black-market business that relies on cash. Move the business out of the shadows by giving it government oversight. Hire new regulators to keep watch on the business, all without any experience regulating a brand-new industry.

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Cali May Allow County Fair Vendors To Sell Pot Alongside Cotton Candy

Photo by Justin Cannabis.

Doesn’t that sound like fun? County fairs are usually known for their cherry pie baking competitions or hot dog eating contests, but leave it to California to ponder allowing cannabis booths alongside the corn dogs and cotton candy.

According to the Golden State’s recently passed Senate Bill 94 which regulates adult-use marijuana and is attached to California’s budget, weed companies can apply for a temporary licenses to sell their products at fairgrounds.

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The Latest: Nevada Says State Determined to Meet July 1 Deadline

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the legal battle over the licensing of marijuana businesses necessary for existing medical dispensaries to begin selling pot for recreational use on July 1 (all times local, PDT):

5:15 p.m.

Nevada’s marijuana regulators remain determined to launch the state’s first sales of recreational pot at existing medical dispensaries on July 1. But they acknowledge they aren’t sure that will happen after a judge extended a temporary order Tuesday preventing the state from issuing distribution licenses to existing marijuana businesses.

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Trump and Sessions Need to Take a Deep Breath (and Perhaps Inhale) When It Comes to Pot Regulations

While there is much discussion and concern that the Trump administration will upset state law permitting medical and recreational marijuana use, there are numerous compelling arguments that any attempts can and should fail.

First, in December 2014, the United States Congress’ appropriations bill funding the federal government included the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which provides:

None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

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California Looks to Boost Pot, Block Immigration Jails

BY JONATHAN J. COOPER

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted Thursday to set rules for the state’s nascent marijuana industry and to quash the growth of federal immigration detention as lawmakers approved major pieces of a state budget for the next fiscal year.

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THE IRONY OF SAFETY IN WASHINGTON’S LOCKBOX LAW

In an interesting turn of events your reefer now has more regulations than your revolver. Since the beginning of cannabis legalization the opposing views have often centered around children. One of the biggest concerns have been kids having easier access to cannabis and small children mistakenly consuming cannabis. A new law in Washington allows dispensaries to give away lockboxes in hopes of creating a safer space in the homes of those with children and pets.

Due to the fact that Washington State has strict guidelines about what a dispensary can sell there needed to be a law passed for this to happen. Dispensaries are not required to give away lockboxes, so this will not come out of their budget and Mason County health officials claim to have a “large quantity” of small safes they’re planning to supply to the county’s marijuana shops, but how long their “large quantity” will last is unknown.

The law is clear that the free lockboxes cannot be used as a sales gimmick to retain more customers or make sales. It is simply an attempt at making homes safer from accidental consumption. Although the Washington Poison Center has received more calls from people concerned about exposure to marijuana, statistically it isn’t all from the kids getting into their parents stash, often times it is “older adults” who didn’t know what they were getting themselves into.

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Pot Industry Joins the Club and Establishes Voluntary National Standards

On Thursday, the National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) announced its launch, making it the cannabis industry’s first self-regulatory organization. According to the NACB, their mission is to “support the compliance, transparency and growth of legal cannabis businesses in the U.S.” and to “establish voluntary national standards that address critical issues such as advertising and financial integrity.”

The NACB will be led by President Andrew Kline, who brings with him a long career that includes time as an Assistant United States Attorney and senior advisor to Joseph Biden. He’ll work closely with CEO Joshua Laterman, a veteran of global financial and investment institutions, who started developing the NACB three years ago.

One of the goals is that the standards, while voluntary, will do much to improve the overall business reputation of marijuana by working with members to understand laws that are always changing.

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California Firms Up Marijuana Rules, Will Allow Deliveries

BY JONATHAN J. COOPER

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would set standards for organic marijuana, allow pot samples at county fairs and permit home deliveries under legislation set to be considered by lawmakers Thursday as the state prepares for next year’s start of legal marijuana sales.

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Los Angeles Releases Draft Pot Business Regulations

BY MICHAEL R. BLOOD

ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles moved Thursday to bring order to its emerging legal marijuana industry, proposing rules for how and where the fragrant buds will be grown and sold while driving out rogue operators.

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Craft the Rules for America’s Largest Marijuana Marketplace

The agency tasked with outlining the regulatory particulars of California’s legal cannabis industry is looking for volunteers, which means you could help shape the future of the nation’s largest cannabis marketplace.

The hunt for cannabis knowledge is on as the agency responsible for crafting the rules and regulations around the multi-billion dollar medical and upcoming adult-use marijuana market in California searches for interested persons to serve on on an advisory board.

Lori Ajax, the chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR), said the licensing authority is looking for a wide spectrum of people with experience in areas such as cannabis manufacturing, cultivation and public health to serve on the committee. This group will help the BMCR, as the overarching state agency responsible for establishing both medical and adult-use marijuana systems by a Jan. 1, 2018 deadline, ensure that the new programs are workable.

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