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05 Jul

LA WEEKLY: City Council’s Proposed Weed Rules Worry the Industry

In March, L.A. voters overwhelmingly approved Measure M, giving the City Council permission to regulate the marijuana industry in the world’s biggest market. But industry leaders worry that the council’s proposed rules, released earlier this month, could force cannabis companies to relocate to more amenable cities, taking their jobs and tax dollars with them. The proposed rules are up for a 60-day public comment period. Marijuana industry insiders’ main complaint is that while Measure M empowered the City Council to regulate...

03 Jul

ADVERTISING SPECIALTY INSTITUTE: California Could Ban Cannabis-Related Branded Merchandise

State legislators in California are considering a bill that would prohibit legally licensed marijuana growers, producers and dispensaries from using promotional products to advertise their businesses. Senate Bill 162, authored by state Sen. Ben Allen, would prevent cannabis businesses from advertising “through the use of branded merchandise, including, but not limited to, clothing, hats, or other merchandise with the name or logo of the product.” Last month, the state Senate passed the bill in a 40-0 vote. Currently, the bill resides in...

01 Jul

MARIJUANA TIMES: California Bill Would Ban Advertising and Branding by Cannabis Businesses

One of the most controversial subjects in states that are preparing to implement a newly legalized cannabis industry is how to handle restrictions on advertising. The idea is to restrict the potential of inadvertently advertising to minors, while still allowing businesses reasonable ways to market their products and brands. In California, a bill was introduced last month that would severely restrict small cannabis businesses’ ability to advertise or brand themselves at all. The bill was introduced by Senator Ben Allen,...

30 Jun

MG RETAILE: L.A. Gets an Earful in First Public Hearing on Cannabis Draft Regulations

LOS ANGELES – Apparently, the city did not expect a lot of people to show up Thursday morning for a Department of City Planning public hearing on the recently issued draft ordinance on land use and sensitive use requirements for cannabis businesses within city boundaries. But this was also the first opportunity for members of the industry (and public) to tell the city in person what they think about its draft regulations, and they...

29 Jun

JANE STREET: CA Bill Would Ban Branded Bud Biz Merch

Buy all that weed merch while you still can. A new bill pending the California state legislature could ban clothing that advertises cannabis brands. “A licensee shall not advertise medical cannabis or medical cannabis products through the use of branded merchandise, including, but not limited to, hats, clothing, or other merchandise with the name or logo of the product,” states Senate Bill 162, sponsored by Senator Ben Allen from Santa Monica. The bill would apply to medical and non-medical marijuana licensees,...

28 Jun

WEEDGANGSTA: California Bill Would Ban Canna-Businesses From Selling Their Own Branded Apparel

A new bill proposed by California State Senator Ben Allen would prohibit canna-businesses from advertising their products via branded clothing. Senate Bill 162 would specifically “prohibit medical cannabis and non–medical marijuana licensees from advertising [or] using branded merchandise.” The bill would prevent state cannabis license holders from advertising “medical cannabis or medical cannabis products through the use of branded merchandise, including, but not limited to, clothing, hats, or other merchandise with the name or logo of the product.” The bill would...

28 Jun

PROMOMARKETING: This California Bill Would Ban Marijuana Merchandise

When California voted to legalize marijuana on January 1, 2018, we assumed marijuana merchandise would follow in Canada’s footsteps. However, it looks like a new bill being considered in the state Legislature would ban all branded merchandise, according to LA Weekly. Senate Bill 162, introduced by state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), would prohibit state-licensed cannabis businesses from advertising through branded merchandise. The aim of the bill is to curb children’s exposure to cannabis ads, but many view this as a government...

28 Jun

MERRY JANE: California Bill Would Ban Canna-Businesses From Selling Their Own Branded Appar el

A new bill proposed by California State Senator Ben Allen would prohibit canna-businesses from advertising their products via branded clothing. Senate Bill 162 would specifically “prohibit medical cannabis and non–medical marijuana licensees from advertising [or] using branded merchandise.” The bill would prevent state cannabis license holders from advertising “medical cannabis or medical cannabis products through the use of branded merchandise, including, but not limited to, clothing, hats, or other merchandise with the name or logo of the product.” The bill would...

27 Jun

420 INTEL CALIFORNIA: T-Shirts and Hats Used to Advertise Pot Products Could Be Banned

A California proposal that would prohibit pot-branded merchandise used to advertise the products of marijuana growers, producers and dispensaries has caused concern in the cannabis industry. Senate Bill 162 by state Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica would “prohibit medical cannabis and nonmedical marijuana licensees from advertising [or] using branded merchandise,” according to the bill. “A licensee shall not advertise medical cannabis or medical cannabis products through the use of branded merchandise, including, but not limited to, clothing, hats, or other...

27 Jun

JD SUPRA: Los Angeles releases proposed commercial cannabis regulations

In one of the most significant milestones in the history of marijuana legislation, Los Angeles’ City Council recently released its proposed regulations governing commercial cannabis activity in the city. Simultaneously, the Department of City Planning released a draft ordinance proposing land use and sensitive use requirements for commercial cannabis activity in Los Angeles. The releases mark the next step in the city’s effort to create a comprehensive framework for licensing and regulating cannabis businesses in the wake of recent voter-passed marijuana...

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