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NBC NEWS: Legal pot business owners ponder the possibility of death row after Trump administration policy shift

“To not acknowledge the difference between a regulated cannabis business and a heroin kingpin is unfathomable.”   by Dennis Romero In a move apparently designed to appease President Trump’s recent promise to execute narcotics traffickers, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week released a memo urging federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for “dealing in extremely large quantities of drugs.” Smarting from Sessions’ opposition to state-legal marijuana in places like California, Colorado and Washington state, the new guidelines sent chills...


LA TIMES: Trump Administration Targets Recreational Pot

Trump administration targets recreational pot, placing thousands of marijuana businesses in California at risk By  Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions ended an Obama-era federal policy that provided legal shelter for marijuana sales in California and five other states that have allowed recreational pot, placing at risk thousands of marijuana businesses operating legally under state laws. The Justice Department move on Thursday plunged California‘s fledgling recreational pot market into further uncertainty, and...


ASSOCIATED PRESS: Pot retailers, growers say US move is step back

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on reaction in California to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind a policy that guided federal authorities to take a hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement (all times local): 3:05 p.m. California marijuana retailers and growers are calling the change in federal marijuana policy a step backward. They say U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision Thursday to lift an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the...


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...