CCMA Greenbrief November 14th: Illicit Markets Thrive Where Prohibition Is Strongest…CA Judge Rules In Favor Of Personal Home Growers…Eaze Expands CBD Delivery Market Across The US….

CCMA Political greenBrief
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Leigh-Anne Anderson, Tina Fanucchi-Frontado and Amy Marie Orozco Of Carpinteria Provide In-Depth Information On Cannabis And Its Health Benefits

“We have this opportunity to really be the top shelf for the industry in California, but it takes education. What’s happening is the cultivators are so busy growing and using all of their resources to make the best product possible that they don’t have the bandwidth that it takes to educate and inform possible consumers.”
Tina Fanucchi-Frontado, Co-Founder Of Carpinteria-Based Kopsun, On Cannabis Education
“It should be called highly regulated, rather than recreational. The hardest part of recreational cannabis is tracking and collecting the taxes.”
Rufus Casey, Founder & CEO Of GrowFlow, On Cannabis Tracking Software

OPINION: Marijuana Legalization Makes Illicit Market Better In Prohibition States (USA – Illicit Market)

Forbes (November 13, 2018) There is no denying that the outcome of the midterm elections was a significant victory for marijuana legalization in the United States. There are now ten states with recreational laws on the books and Missouri, a state once known for handing down life sentences to habitual pot offenders, is now poised to unleash the first genuinely liberal medical marijuana program since California forged this concept more than two decades ago.


Sacramento To Consider Raising Cap On Pot Dispensaries To Promote Minority Ownership (CA – Cannabusiness)

Sacramento Bee (November 14, 2018) In an effort to give people of color the opportunity to play a role in Sacramento’s growing marijuana economy, the city council is considering lifting the cap on the number of cannabis dispensaries allowed to operate in the city. To help people of color – as well as those with previous drug-related convictions – have better access to the booming cannabis industry, the city in August approved a program called the Dispensaries in the Cannabis Opportunity Reinvestment and Equity (CORE) program, which waives permit fees on dispensaries.


Cannabis Out For Delivery (CA – Delivery Services)

The California Aggie (November 11, 2018) The Davis City Council has approved more delivery-only cannabis businesses; however, it will consider calling for a moratorium. Currently, there is a limit on cannabis storefront retailers, and the delivery-only option may soon be capped as well. Brett Lee, the mayor of Davis, elaborated on the process it takes for cannabis businesses to be approved.


Cannabis Delivery Services Struggle To Operate Legally As Laws Change (CA – Delivery Services)

KSBY (November 12, 2018) The cannabis industry is growing in San Luis Obispo County and many people are purchasing products from companies that deliver, but most of those companies do not yet have approval from the state. In California, local laws dictate where and how weed can be bought and consumed. Out of the hundreds of companies in San Luis Obispo County that deliver pot for medicinal use, less than a handful are licensed by the state.


Judge Rules In Favor Of California Cannabis Home Growers (CA – Cannabis Cultivation)

Leafly (November 13, 2018) Right at the start, the city of Fontana, CA., might have doomed its own effort to enact a harsh ordinance governing the personal cultivation of cannabis. On Nov. 2, state Superior Court Judge David Cohn agreed, striking down most of the ordinance, including its extraordinarily restrictive provisions that included high permit fees and, perhaps most remarkably, a requirement that anyone who wanted to grow cannabis for their personal use must agree to allow city officials inspect their homes.


Cannabis In California’s Heartland: First They Voted Red, Then They Approved A Cannabis Tax (CA – Cannabis Taxation)

Fox & Hounds (November 14, 2018) On Tuesday, Republican voters in my Central California city did something that just a couple of years ago, would have been considered completely out of character for a conservative voting bloc – they marked their ballots to advance cannabis policy. A great number of them also proudly voted for incumbent Republican Congressman Devin Nunes – convincingly rejecting upstart Democrat challenger Andrew Janz by a solid 12-point margin. While this contentious election in California’s bible belt sometimes pitted neighbor against neighbor, there was one thing the great majority did agree on. Cannabis.


Women-Led Company Provides Cannabis Education In Carpinteria, Calif. (CA – Cannabis Education)

Cannabis Business Times (November 14, 2018) Three Carpinteria women have launched an information and health resource for all things cannabis. Leigh-Anne Anderson, Tina Fanucchi-Frontado and Amy Marie Orozco describe KopSun as a personal consultant for the cannabis lifestyle. The venture will provide in-depth information on cannabis and its health benefits, as well as a portal for purchasing curated inventory in the oceanside city 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles.


Eaze Expands Delivery Of Nonpsychoactive Cannabis Across U.S. (USA – CBD Market)

Forbes (November 14, 2018) Cannabis delivery service Eaze said Wednesday it will start shipping nonpsychoactive cannabinol products across the U.S., expanding deliveries of what analysts predict could be a $22 billion market. The San Francisco-based app is already selling what’s known as CBD products, which offer pain relief without the high, in California. The new service through its Eaze Wellness marketplace will expand deliveries to 41 states including Washington D.C. to customers 21 years and older.


California And Washington’s Leading Choice For Cannabis Tracking Software, GrowFlow, Arrives In Oklahoma (USA – Cannabis Tracking)

Digital Journal (November 12, 2018) The legal marijuana trend is to initially go towards medical and then from medical, states tend to push forward toward the highly regulated adult-use market that is taking the nation by storm. Until now, the spotlight has been on California and how they will handle their transition towards recreational cannabis. Canada’s legal adult-use market has allowed cannabis companies opportunities not yet seen, including collecting taxes, trading publicly, banking, etc.


3 Top Marijuana Stocks To Watch In November (USA – Cannabis Investments)

The Motley Fool (November 12, 2018) This has been a game-changing year for the marijuana industry. With this in mind, we asked three of our pot-stock-focused contributors to name one marijuana stock that they believe you should be eyeing in November. Budding to the top of the list are Ontario-based hydroponic grower CannTrust Holdings, niche cannabis distributor Origin House, and potentially the third largest producer throughout all of Canada, Aphria.


The Rise Of Organic Cannabis In North America (USA & Canada – Cannabusiness)

Visual Capitalist (November 14, 2018) Canna-business is booming on the heels of Canada’s momentous decision to legalize cannabis nationwide, and the industry is now projected to bring in close to $95 billion by 2026. Much like the way organic products have risen to prominence in supermarkets, consumers will start to demand high-quality products as the cannabis industry matures, as well. In a nutshell, organic refers to products grown without fertilizers, pesticides, or genetic modifications. By that definition, organic practices also help to minimize the impact of farming on an environmental level.


Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program May Be On Its Last Legs (OR – Medicinal Cannabis)

Cannabis Now (November 12, 2018) Patients and cannabis cultivators across Oregon are dropping out of the state’s medical marijuana program. It seems that patients are being driven out of the program by both a carrot and a stick. The positive incentive to leave the medical marijuana program is the convenience of retail sales in Oregon’s legalized “recreational” market. The negative push out of the program is the high annual fee and general bureaucracy of the medical program.