“They want to be treated like every other business, and part of that is making campaign contributions so they can get access to politicians and have their voice heard.”
Jim Sutton, an attorney who represents cannabis businesses organizing political campaigns.
“I’m sure we will [continue] soliciting from the cannabis industry. It’s a legal industry in California. It’s not one that hurts the environment, it’s not undermining our society. So we welcome their dollars.”
Eric Bauman, Chair of the California Democratic Party
DEA’s Rule On Cannabis Extracts Will Stand, Federal Judges Say (USA- Cannabis Industry)
The Denver Post (May 2, 2018) A federal appeals court this week dealt a blow to makers of CBD-rich cannabis extracts who were trying to stop the Drug Enforcement Administration from considering their products as dangerous drugs.
Bill Cracking Down On Illegal Timberland Conversions To Cannabis Passes Senate Committee (CA- State Regulations)
Lake County News (May 3, 2018) Sen. Mike McGuire’s legislation that extends the length of time Cal Fire investigators and local district attorneys can prosecute rogue cannabis grows passed its first Senate committee.
Cultivating Clout: Marijuana Money Flows Into California Politics (CA- Cannabis Industry)
CALmatters (May 2, 2018) Lobbyists in slick pinstriped suits and burly veterans with tattooed arms crowded into a Capitol hearing room this week as lawmakers considered a bill to make it easier for Californians to buy legal marijuana. One supporter said people need more access to the “beautiful sacred plant.” But at its core, this was a business dispute—a question of whether legislators would allow cannabis companies to reach more customers, and make more money.
Marijuana Delivery To All Of California? Measure Would Expand Access (CA- State Regulations)
The Sacramento Bee (May 2, 2018) There’s a problem with access to legal weed in California, and a Senate bill may help solve it. A 2016 voter-approved measure to legalize marijuana in the state gave cities and counties the authority to pass regulations outlining the types of weed businesses that can operate within their borders. With limited time to craft rules before the law took effect at the start of the year, many towns approved outright bans of all marijuana businesses.
California DOI Approves First Coverage Protecting Landlords Leasing To Marijuana Industry (CA- Cannabis Industry)
Claims Journal (May 3, 2018) The first insurance coverage for commercial landlords that addresses risks specific to renting to cannabis businesses, has been approved by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. California Mutual Insurance Company is the first insurer in the state approved to add Lessor’s Risk coverage for property owners who are exposed to specific risks resulting from cannabis related business activities of their commercial tenants.
Cannabis Grower Cries Foul Over Monterey County Tax Determination In A Battle That Could Go To Court (CA- Local Ordinances)
Monterey County Weekly (May 3, 2018) In the unchartered territory of the burgeoning legal California cannabis industry there are bound to be glitches, and one Monterey County grower claims it’s the victim of one very expensive glitch thanks to an interpretation of a tax ordinance by Monterey County Treasurer-Tax Collector Mary Zeeb.
Thousands Expected To Light Up At Sacramento Cannabis Event (CA- Cannabis Events)
KCRA Sacramento (May 3, 2018) Music and marijuana — that’s in the mix for this Friday and Saturday’s High Times Cannabis Cup at Cal Expo. Some 15,000 people are expected to attend the festival that includes musical artists Lauryn Hill, Ludacris, Gucci Mane and more.
SLO City Council Allows County’s First Recreational Marijuana Stores (CA- Local Ordinances)
The San Luis Obispo Tribune (May 2, 2018) San Luis Obispo will become the first city in the county to allow recreational marijuana stores after the City Council approved its new cannabis ordinance on Tuesday.
Cannabis Collective Says Tribal Corp. Broke Land Use Deal (CA- State Regulations)
Law360 (May 2, 2018) A medical marijuana collective has alleged in a lawsuit filed in California federal court that an Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel development arm breached a contract that allowed the collective to grow medical cannabis on tribal land when the collective’s personnel were booted off reservation land.
When It Comes To Testing For Cannabis, More Employers Are Mellowing Out (USA- Cannabis Industry)
Leafly (May 2, 2018) FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.
Clinical Trials Will Test If Cannabis Compound Can Treat Autism (USA-Cannabis Research)
New York Post (May 2, 2018) Researchers in New York are preparing to launch a major study on whether non-psychoactive compounds from the cannabis plant can treat autism.