California

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Meet the man responsible for containing those pungent odors coming from cannabis farms

Daniel Gustafik has been finding novel solutions for cannabis cultivation issues for nearly 2 decades. And as cannabis farms are increasingly subjected to odor control regulations, he's the guy to call, writes Calvin Hughes.

Mon
14
May

California rules may make weed shippers report themselves to the feds

Imagine driving through California, your vehicle packed with Mendocino County’s finest kush. That scenario might once have induced a panic attack or—depending on your temperament—an adrenaline spike. Now that medical and adult-use recreational cannabis is legal, it’s a legit way to make a paycheck, and hitting the road with a trunk full of the devil’s lettuce is mostly cool.

Cool, but complicated.

Fri
11
May

California’s top cannabis regulator says crackdown needed on unlicensed businesses

Cannabis has been recreationally legal in California since January 2017, but a conference Wednesday in the burgeoning commercial hub of the industry highlighted how in key areas — licensing, compliance, insurance and banking — there are still some issues.

The Business Journal’s second annual Cannabis Industry Conference drew more than 200 regulators, insurance experts, key industry executives and other professionals to the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa.

Licensing

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10
May

Why Hollywood and marijuana maintain a stunted flirtation

California's legalization hasn't completely changed the game yet.

Wed
09
May

Banks could totally defy the government and accept marijuana money

Our lives revolve around banks. It was not always so—near-permanent indebtedness as a fact of life is a relatively recent invention—but today, it is nearly impossible to do much of anything in our society without involving a bank.

This includes ending the American drug war, also a relatively recent invention, which banks are helping prolong by engaging in some very selective and transparently phony moralizing.

Wed
09
May

California has slow start to marijuana tax collections

So far, there's been no tax windfall from legal marijuana in California.

Broad legal sales kicked off on Jan. 1, and state officials had estimated that California would bank $175 million from cultivation and excise taxes by the end of June. But estimates released Tuesday by the state Legislative Analyst's Office show $34 million came in between January and March, appearing well behind those initial projections.

Fri
04
May

Is cannabis banking in California on the horizon?

We’re starting to see tide shift towards more banking opportunities on the horizon.

Fri
04
May

Cannabis companies are putting tons of money into California politics

For many years, marijuana and politics were two things that did not mix. But now that the drug's legal in nine states, cannabis companies are finally getting involved in the political process, writes Joseph Misulonas.

new report from CalMatters found that cannabis companies are donating more money to political candidates in California than ever before.

Fri
04
May

Cannabis businesses are required to properly manage cannabis waste

2018 is an exciting time for the cannabis industry.

As you know, California is now a recreational state.

While it’s definitely a good thing, it’s not easy on our state and local authorities. Many new regulations are being implemented and enforced on a regular basis. One regulation that most cannabis businesses owners often overlook is the management of cannabis waste.

What is Cannabis Waste?

As defined by the California Code of Regulations Title 16 Division 42. Bureau of Marijuana Control, Chapter 1; Cannabis waste means any waste that is not hazardous that contains cannabis and has been made unusable and unrecognizable.

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04
May

Can California employers still test for marijuana?

The herb is legal, but the laws regarding drug testing are slow to change.

Just because marijuana is legal, doesn’t mean your employer can’t fire you for failing a drug test. You may not like it, but there is really nothing you can do about it except find a more enlightened boss.

In California, recreational marijuana sales started in January, causing many employers in the state to re-evaluate their substance-abuse and drug-testing policies. But the rules governing marijuana and the workplace haven’t really changed. At least not yet.

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