Pot’s platonic ideal goes from grower to consumer. On the black market, pot passes, variously, from grower to processor to wholesaler to dealer to consumer. California’s current quasi-legal medical marijuana market flows similarly — growers still walk into dispensaries peddling plants — but pays extra care and attention to testing and consumer-friendly goods and packaging. California’s new medical marijuana laws, influenced by labor unions, create a licensed and regulated system in which a new type of middleman must approve all pot products.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s new landmark medical cannabis laws create a new kind of private business that will play a central role regulating the state’s $1.3 billion pot industry: a licensed distribution scheme that appears to favor alcohol wholesalers.
By 2017, all cannabis authorized to be grown, processed and sold in California must pass inspection by licensed distributors that will charge fees for quality assurance, lab testing, and transportation by Teamster drivers.
Nearly 20 years into a heretofore unregulated medical cannabis market, California adopted a layer of bureaucracy that some growers and artisan producers say potentially threatens the integrity of their products and will certainly raise consumer prices. Continue reading
In recreational-use states, banning cannabis consumption in bars and cafes shuts out tourists and threatens locals whose landlords oppose pot.
By Ed Murrieta
Voters in four western states legalized adult-use recreational cannabis. But lawmakers in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington say there is only one place to consume it: in private residences whose owners approve of pot.
Activists complain that bans on smoking, vaporizing and even eating cannabis in public places like bars and cafes turn tourists into outlaws and threaten the evictions of residents whose landlords oppose pot.
Lawmakers in Alaska and Oregon are currently working on regulations for their states’ commercial marijuana industries. Cannabis consumption in bars and cafes is banned in both Alaska and Oregon’s draft regulations, prohibitions that rile activists in both states.
Draft regulations introduced in Oregon would segregate cannabis edibles kitchens from all other types of licensed commercial kitchens, and would require the state’s permission to share facilities with other licensed edibles makers.
Released on Friday along with other proposed licensing regulations covering growing, wholesaling and processing of cannabis products, the edibles kitchen draft regulations are the most specific and restrictive in any recreational or medical cannabis jurisdiction.
Craft beer has become something of an infatuation at the Capitol. Gov. Jerry Brown sure seems to enjoy a hoppy pint. When he signed a bill in 2013 authorizing craft breweries to sell beer in to-go containers called growlers, the governor did so at a popular Sacramento brewery and tweeted, “Carpe Cervisiam!”
Do you think the governor, who’s already snarked about a stoned workforce’s impact on California’s productivity, would stage a dog-and-pony show at a dispensary to sign the three historic medical cannabis bills currently awaiting his signature? Would @JerryBrownGov then tweet, “Carpe Cannabis!”?
Legitimate California medical cannabis dispensaries may now pay their state taxes in cash. The California State Board of Equalization welcomes cash tax payments from illegitimate sellers, too.
Separately, BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton says he backs a bill for the 2016-2017 Legislative season that would offer amnesty to medical cannabis businesses that begin paying back taxes.
Is the Golden State heading one toke over the line or one step closer to sensible cannabis policy?
Why the hell is recreational cannabis illegal in California?
When the hell will recreational cannabis be legal in California?
What the hell will California do then?