Just weeks before California begins issuing licenses to businesses to sell marijuana for recreational and medical use, the state on Friday began accepting applications electronically through a new online system.
The state Bureau of Cannabis Control is accepting applications for commercial marijuana licenses for retailers, distributors, micro-businesses, testing laboratories and cannabis events, according to Lori Ajax, chief of the bureau.
“Today’s launch of our online licensing system is the culmination of many months of hard work by our dedicated team,” Ajax said in a statement. “Now that applications are coming in, we can officially move one step closer to issuing California’s first state licenses for commercial cannabis activity.”
ClubM, the San Diego company that rolled out a $1,000 box crammed with cannabis products and accessories in the run-up to last year’s holiday season, is taking things to a higher level this year — 24 times higher, to be precise — by offering a limited number of wooden trunks filled with $24,000 worth of items for the discerning cannabis connoisseur.
Being touted as “the world’s most expensive cannabis gift” (a big boast, and one not easily verifiable, so we’ll have to take their word for it), there are only five of the 24K MBoxes being offered between now and the end of 2017, with each one being personally delivered by the company’s co-founder, Chris Husong, to any California address.
That time frame means that purchasers will need a valid medical marijuana recommendation from a California-licensed physician (non-medical adult-use sales, legalized in November 2016, won’t begin in the state until early 2018), which can be arranged through the subscription delivery service’s website.
Two legislators called Tuesday for changes to regulations for growing marijuana in California to better protect small family farmers from being driven out of business by big corporate cultivators.
Initial proposals to cap licensed marijuana farms at one to four acres were discarded by the state Department of Food and Agriculture, which has since proposed new rules without any cap, according to a letter of complaint to the agency by State Sen. Mike McGuire (D-San Rafael) and Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg). McGuire and Wood support a one-acre cap.
A Mendocino-based cannabis brand has partnered with Los Angeles florist Amy Nicole Floral to create a limited-edition holiday arrangement that artfully wraps an ounce of marijuana bud into a stylish-looking wreath along with springs of eucalyptus, wheat and rosemary.
Retailing for $400 — and available only to holders of a valid medical marijuana recommendation (adult-use sales for non-patients won’t begin until January 2018) — the wreaths are being offered by Henry’s Original, which advises that “the cannabis can can easily be removed from the wreath without compromising its design.” (Which is good to know, since no one wants to be lit and a yuletide wreath-wrecker.)
According to brand representatives, the cannabis used in said wreaths is Manzanita, a proprietary farm strain with a lineage that’s part Chemdawg.
Los Angeles could soon help people who were jailed for marijuana crimes get into the newly legalized pot industry, in a push to address the uneven toll of the drug war on disadvantaged communities.
But it would also shut the door to people who have committed many other offenses — including violent crimes or selling other drugs besides marijuana — barring them from getting marijuana licenses for years after their convictions.
The hotly contested regulations, expected to go up for a vote Wednesday, reflect the dilemma over who should profit as an illegal industry gains legitimacy at City Hall: As marijuana becomes a booming business, should the people who were once jailed for it be treated as victims or as scofflaws?
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California’s shift to legal sales of marijuana for recreational use hits a milestone Monday when the state begins issuing tax permits to marijuana distributors.
State regulators estimate the California market could eventually generate $1 billion in taxes and fees annually. But the industry has resisted handing over its share of profits to the state treasury, and the pressure is on to reduce delinquencies and force scofflaws to pay up. Industry officials and state regulators say a proposed carrot-and-stick approach to taxes may lead to more compliance in the future.
The state is scheduled to begin licensing the growth, distribution, testing and sale of recreational pot starting Jan. 2, as approved by voters in November 2016. But medical marijuana sales have been legal and taxed since voters approved the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
California officials have proposed new rules for the growing, transporting and sale of marijuana when the state begins issuing licenses in January, and industry officials said the regulations and hefty fees are a mixed bag.
The regulations unveiled Thursday, which are subject to public hearings before they are finalized, do not limit the size of cannabis farms, but require every plant to be traced from farm to sale. Security will be required at farms, trucks and pot shops, and cannabis cannot be marketed toward minors.
The license application fee for sellers and others will be $1,000 annually, but there are additional license fees of $4,000 to $72,000 charged to retailers based on how much they sell.
California released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging legal marijuana industry, while potentially opening the way for larger-scale cultivation that some fear could strangle small-farm growers.
The thicket of emergency regulations will allow the state to begin issuing temporary licenses for growers, distributors and sellers on Jan. 1, when recreational sales become legal.
They provide a regulatory road map for business operations, from licensing fees to establishing guidelines for testing, growing and distribution of marijuana in what is projected to be a $7-billion economy, the nation’s largest.
California officials released regulations on Thursday laying the groundwork for how the cannabis legalization initiative will work. Even as businesses focus on preparing license applications, however, the state's new marijuana regime unavoidably clashes with ongoing federal prohibition.
The Obama administration took a largely hands-off approach to cannabis after Colorado and Washington legalized it for recreational purposes in 2012. But while President Trump campaigned on respecting state laws, his pick of longtime legalization foe Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general instilled fear and uncertainty in the industry. Last year, Sessions said that "good people don't smoke marijuana." If the Department of Justice moves against California's cannabis industry, can members of the state's congressional delegation be counted on to stand up for their constituents?