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NOTEY.COM: California Is Trying To Ban Cannabis Apparel

There’s a new law currently making its rounds through the California legislature would ban all cannabis apparel and merchandise. I don’t know about you, but I have had tons of cannabis apparel throughout my life. I still remember this awesome shirt I got the first time I went to San Francisco which had changed the 100 Grand candy bar logo to say “420 Grand” across the front. I’ve got tons of swag like this at various cannabis events that I’ve been...


CANNABIS RESEARCH AWARENESS: T-Shirts and Hats Used to Advertise Pot Products Could Be Banned

Although cultivation is a big issue, perhaps the larger obstacle the licensed and unlicensed shops face is related to Weedmaps. Known as the “Yelp for weed,” the Irvine-based advertising company provides ads for both the BB and rogue dispensaries. This not only contributes to the licensed shops losing business to the rogue stores, but it also essentially keeps the unlicensed shops open. “I’ve used most of my savings on getting [New Generation] built; that’s why I don’t spend...


JANE STREET: LA Residents Demand Diversity in the Cannabis Industry

Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the country, and its residents want the city’s cannabis industry to reflect that. On Friday, nearly 150 people gathered for the first of several conversations about the launch of an adult use cannabis market in California. “The war on drugs has really been a war on communities of color,” said Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, whose assembly district includes a large demographic of African American and Latino constituents. At...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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,...