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HERB.CO: Cannabis Businesses Leave Los Angeles Amid A Messy Licensing Process

ROB HOFFMAN Cannabis companies are leaving Los Angeles amid the city’s slow rollout of cannabis business licenses and industry regulations. Despite the state’s legal adult-use cannabis program beginning on January 1st, by April, the city still hadn’t even begun accepting paperwork for cannabis business applications. This slow licensing process is a major setback for the city’s cannabis businesses. Without timely approval, these businesses are forced to pay leases on their store locations without making profits. As...


LA TIMES: Marijuana growers, manufacturers have yet to get the green light from L.A.

Months after California legalized the marijuana business, pot growers and manufacturers lament that they are still locked out of the legal industry in Los Angeles. More than 100 shops have already gotten city approval in Los Angeles, but not the companies that have historically furnished them with cannabis, which were supposed to be second in line under a complex set of city regulations passed in December. L.A. had...


CANNABIS NOW: Should State-Legal Cannabis Growers Worry About Trump’s Death Penalty Threat?

After Jeff Sessions issued a memo urging prosecutors to seek the death penalty for those “dealing in extremely large quantities of drugs,” even mainstream media outlets began raising the alarm that this could actually be used against large-scale legal cannabis cultivators in places like California. Is this threat at all realistic? By  Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration’s notorious anti-drug hard-liner at the top of the Justice Department, has issued a memorandum...


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...