CCMA Greenbrief November 19th: NorCal Cops Accused Of Posing As Feds, Seizing Legal CA Cannabis…5,000 Pounds Of Illegal Cannabis Seized In Trinity County…Lodi Opposes BCC’s Delivery Regs…

CCMA Political  greenBrief

Monday, November 19, 2018


Walking Dead Star Norman Reedus Fundraises For Saving Sophie, A Non-Profit Organization Dedicated To Supporting Children & Adults Who Need Medical Cannabis Treatments. The Proceeds Will Expand The Organization’s Medical Cannabis Research Program


“If you think about it, this is almost a brand new—not only just a brand new industry, but it’s a brand new regulatory scheme as well. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is still amending and hammering out regulations, and especially because you’re bringing an industry that used to be in the black or grey market, really out. Also because everyone’s king of doing something a little different, it’s going to be a while before we can definitively say what the impact on the county is going to be.”
Chris McGuinness, Reporter For The San Luis Obispo Times, On The Growth Of The Cannabis Market
“Illicit-market grows prevent legitimized cultivators from thriving, harm California’s sensitive natural resources with diverted waterways and illegal pesticides and put untested cannabis products on the illicit-market. We support the legal cannabis market where cultivators obtain permits, take action to prevent environmental impacts and comply with applicable state and local laws.”
David Bess, Deputy Director & Chief Of The CA Department Of Fish & Wildlife, On Illicit Market Grows Still Being Prominent In A Legal State

Lodi Council Sends Letter To Bureau Of Cannabis Control (CA – Local Ordinances)

Lodi News (November 16, 2018) Despite the popularity of California Proposition 64, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, which was passed in November of 2016, Lodi City Council voted in favor of requesting communication from the League of California Cities, pressing the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the newly proposed regulations. After the passage of Proposition 64, there is still too much left to be understood that worries the Lodi City Council, who have taken a staunch approach to expressing the disapproval of the passage.


Over 5,000 Pounds And 900 Marijuana Plants Seized In Trinity County Bust (CA – Illicit Market)

KRCR (November 17, 2018) The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) made a sizable dent in illicit market cannabis coming out of Trinity County in early November. 32 suspects were detained at the property, some wearing bulletproof vests and carrying guns and two with fake police badges. 11 people were booked into the Trinity County Jail on multiple felony charges related to environmental crimes, the rest were released.


Sacramento To Lift Cap On Number Of Cannabis Dispensaries Allowed In The City (CA – Local Ordinances)

Pot Network (November 18, 2018) The Sacramento city council will consider lifting the cap on the number of cannabis dispensaries allowed to operate in California’s capital city. When California voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, the majority of Sacramento’s dispensaries began selling recreational cannabis as well as medical marijuana, and no new dispensaries were allowed to open.


Lawsuit Accuses NorCal Cops Of Pot-Stealing Conspiracy (CA – Cannabis Lawsuits)

Courthouse News (November 16, 2018) Police officers posing as federal agents seized a man’s legal weed on a Northern California highway as part of a conspiracy to sell stolen legal cannabis on the black market, a Texas man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday. Flatten says the officers used their connections to a privately operated criminal intelligence network called Black Asphalt to identify and target vehicles involved in the marijuana industry. He said the officers sold seized cannabis to black-market vendors and used real estate deals to launder the money.


Nevada City Health Club To Be Repurposed As ‘Cannabis Campus’ (CA – Cannabusiness)

The Union (November 18, 2018) It’s been in the works for more than a year, but a proposed “cannabis campus” is taking shape now that the principals have closed escrow on the former South Yuba Club property in Nevada City. The two buildings in the 500 block of Searls Avenue, which have been vacant since the health club facility closed in November 2017, will house up to six businesses and will join Elevation 2477′, the county’s first medical marijuana dispensary, to flesh out a “cutting-edge multi-tenant cannabis campus,” said project manager Maria Herrera.


Central Coast Curious: The Cannabis Industry In SLO County, Two Years After Prop. 64 (CA – Cannabis Industry)

KCBX (November 18, 2018) Prop 64 passed in San Luis Obispo County with support from roughly 60 percent of voters. But the law left lots of decisions to local governments. So two years later, commercial cannabis is off to a slow start. To get a state license, cannabis growers and retailers have to show that they’re operating within all the local rules. If city ordinances don’t exist, or local governments haven’t approved permits, cannabis retailers are stuck.


California Dreamin’ VP Jonathan Bishop On Regulation And Big Soda’s Cannabis Ambitions (CA – Cannabis Industry)

A List Daily (November 16, 2018) Cannabis is poised to become a $50 billion industry in the US over the next decade, but as start up California Dreamin’ soon learned, marketing their low-dose cannabis soda isn’t as easy as one might think. Strict, yet vague regulations prevent the brand from using traditional marketing techniques or tech stacks that many take for granted—forcing its VP of marketing, Jonathan Bishop, to get creative.


Norman Reedus Fundraises For Children’s Medical Cannabis Treatments (USA – Medicinal Cannabis)

The Fix (November 19, 2018) Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, known for wielding a crossbow against hordes of the undead on television, is setting his sights on childhood cancer. In support of Saving Sophie, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children and adults who need medical cannabis treatments, Reedus is raffling off Walking Dead merchandise that he’s autographed.


Forget Penny Stocks! Here’s The Legal Cannabis Stock You’re Looking For (USA – Cannabis Investments)

USA Today (November 19, 2018) After November 6th, the marijuana industry saw another huge stride towards full legalization in the United States. Michigan, Oklahoma, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Utah all had cannabis initiatives appearing on local and state-wide ballots in the midterm elections. Why do I think this is so important to know about? Here’s what I’m talking about. Financial experts from all over the world agree: a marijuana boom is coming.


Mormon Church Faces Potential Lawsuit Over Medical Marijuana Opposition (UT – Cannabis Industry)

Marijuana Moment (November 15, 2018) One week after Utah voters approved a medical marijuana ballot initiative, a lawyer representing patients and advocates has formally notified the Mormon church to preserve records ahead of a potential lawsuit concerning its alleged attempts to undermine the measure. The church has “a long history of dominating and interfering with the government of the State of Utah, often dictating to state and municipal legislators what legislative measures or policies they are to support or oppose,” attorney Rocky Anderson, a former mayor of Salt Lake City, wrote in the notice, which was shared with Marijuana Moment.


How Technology Is Helping Cannabis Producers Stay Compliant (Canada – Technological Advances)

Know Techie (November 19, 2018) Canadians who want to get into the cannabis business as cultivators, producers, or as vendors, need to adhere to a rigorous number of regulations laid down by the federal government. In order to maintain detailed production information, many cultivators have turned to companies like Ample Organics that have years of experience in the world of cannabis compliance, and have developed high tech tools for data storage and reporting.


VIDEO: Teaching Students To Grow Cannabis At Niagara College In Canada (Canada – Cannabis Cultivation)

WGRZ (November 19, 2018) Bill MacDonald, coordinator of the Commercial Cannabis Production Graduate certificate program at Niagara College talks about teaching students.