California

Thu
04
Mar

Cannabis Job Growth Up 32 Percent in 2020, Despite Covid-19

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Leafly’s fifth annual cannabis jobs report showed the cannabis industry to support 321,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2021! An incredible number for an amazing and highly-deserving industry.

Cannabis jobs aren’t accurately reported to the Department of Labor because it’s federally illegal, so in partnership with Whitney Economics, Leafly has been filling that gap since 2017! The result is a goldmine of knowledge, and always filled with incredible cannabis job data.

Mon
22
Feb

California Places Medical Marijuana Workers at the front of the Vaccine Plan

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The state of California placed medical marijuana workers in Phase 1A of the vaccination plan, which means they would have access to the vaccine before teachers.

Leave it to Nature has been open since the start of the pandemic, serving people who use marijuana as a form of medicine.

“Us being deemed essential from the start essentially is keeping us working,” Gary Vanderburg said, the manager of Leave it to Nature. “We do help a lot of patients here for medicinal reasons.”

According to the United Cannabis Business Association, the state placed cannabis workers in Phase 1a on February 4.

Thu
18
Feb

California’s Famous Humboldt County Bans Hemp Cultivation

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Humboldt County made quite a considerable name for itself in California, and across the U.S. for cannabis enthusiasts, as a mecca for growing and cultivating cannabis in the early days of medical legalization, and even before. Now, the county has made a bold move, permanently banning all outdoor cultivation of low-THC hemp. 

Thu
18
Feb

32% Cannabis Job Growth In 2020, Despite COVID-19

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In four years, the cannabis industry’s job growth has increased 161%, quickly beating predictions from other industries 10 years from now.

Leafly’s fifth annual cannabis jobs report showed the cannabis industry to support 321,000 full-time equivalent jobs in 2021! An incredible number for an amazing and highly-deserving industry.

Tue
16
Feb

Brewing Buds: Big Beer corporations enter the cannabis industry

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The rising tide of legal cannabis commerce is finally attracting the attention of so-called “Big Beer” corporations, and with good reason. Over the past seven years, home and craft brewers carved a niche for themselves by partnering with hemp farms and wholesale retailers with cannabis terpenes for sale to make infused beers — a novel and unique new line of products in a once oversaturated beer market.

Since 2017, Big Beer has slowly begun to test the waters of the infused beer space with the rollout of a number of tentative, experimental products.

Tue
16
Feb

Will California Really Ban Smokable Hemp?

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A total ban on smokable hemp products makes little sense. The state has time to think this through and come up with a better solution.

Tue
16
Feb

Study: The More Dispensaries a County Has, the Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths

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Cannabis advocates have long called for allowing people to treat pain with marijuana rather than opioids. A new study shows that this is exactly what happens when you give people the freedom to choose between the two.

The study, published in The British Medical Association Journal, found that in United States counties, medical or recreational cannabis is available for purchase, the number of opioid-related deaths declined.

Fri
12
Feb

Concentrate Sales Are Up 40 Percent. Here's Why.

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Sales of marijuana concentrates shot up more than 40 percent last year and accounted for a larger share of the overall cannabis market, as consumers became more comfortable with the intricate process of dabbing and new technology has made the products easier to use.

In addition, some consumers are moving away from vape products because of respiratory-related health concerns and turning to concentrates such as wax, hash and shatter, according to industry insiders.

Mon
08
Feb

Taxation’s War on Cannabis

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Harborside, a California cannabis dispensary, appealed the Tax Court’s decision of tax deficiencies totaling over $29 million dollars for the periods between 2007 through 2012. Harborside’s tax liability stems from the IRS’s denial of deductions under IRC §280E and the disallowances of cost of goods sold reported on Harborside’s tax returns. Internal Revenue Code §280E prohibits tax deductions for businesses whose activities involve a federally controlled substance (within the meaning of schedule I and II of the Controlled Substances Act). Unfortunately, cannabis is still and at the time (of the facts in the case) a Schedule I Controlled Substance. 

Mon
08
Feb

High-stakes hemp logistics put specialty fleets, willing drivers in demand

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When 1606 Original Hemp ships a load, it crosses the country, from the company’s growing facilities in California to its manufacturing plants in New York, and back again. That means crossing dozens of state lines and navigating just as many hemp transport regulations — an overwhelming prospect.

And it's more than 1606 Original Hemp wanted to manage on its own, so it turned to specialty carrier 357 Hemp Logistics for help.

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