Cannabis News Roundup: California has cannabis jobs

Sep 1, 2017

City insider heads San Francisco Office of Cannabis ... Oakland SWAT team saves grow site ... California has cannabis jobs ... Lawsuits loom over cannabis copyright infringements ... and more.

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LEGISLATION & REGULATION

City insider to run San Francisco’s Office of Cannabis // SFChronicle

Nicole Ellliott says “the Office of Cannabis will allow San Francisco to bring its social credos to the commercial trade in marijuana, which becomes legal for sale throughout the state in January.”’

Comment period for State Water Board cannabis policy ends next week // waterboards.ca.gov

“The State Water Board is developing and implementing new regulatory programs to address potential water quality and quantity issues related to cannabis cultivation and to meet the directives of Senate Bill (SB) 837 (Statutes 2016, Chapter 32, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) and the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.”

Marijuana is a big topic in State Assembly // Greenstate.com

“According to the California Secretary of State’s website, there were 59 bills in this legislative session that included the word ‘marijuana’. Most died in committee, about a dozen are alive before deadline, and two are already on the Governor’s desk. Some laws make tweaks and clarifications to state cannabis rules, but some have major symbolic or actual effects.” 

COPS & COURTS

SWAT team thwarts Oakland grow site break-in // SFGate

“A SWAT team arrested a man during a foiled attempt to steal a marijuana grow from a commercial building in the Lower Dimond neighborhood of Oakland on Wednesday, but officers couldn’t find a second suspect, police said.” Now officials are investigating whether or not the grow site was legal.

BUSINESS

California hiring scores of cannabis workers // Desert Sun

“The state is seeking at least 175 employees in the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing office and the California Department of Public Health.”

Infrastructure not ready for indoor grows in So. Cal. town // Daily Press

“Southern California Edison has told commercial cannabis growers in [Adelanto, a town near Victorville, that] infrastructure is lacking to power the influx of anticipated operations, according to the chief executive of one company rooted here.”

Buds still most popular with cannabis consumers // The Leaf Online

Authors reported that ‘traditional cannabis flowers still account for the majority of spending (66.6 percent), though they acknowledged that sales of plant-derived extracts have increased significantly over the past two years.’”

“Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA and from the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica CA reviewed sales data from over 36 million separate retail cannabis transactions that were recorded in the State of Washington.”

Cannabis companies experiencing lawsuits over name infringements // SF Chronicle

Sour Patch Kids, Girl Scout Cookies, and AC/DC are just some of the names used by cannabis producers that were already in use for other products. Legalization may bring lawsuits from those originators; a lawsuit over the Gorilla Glue name is already underway.

 Crackdowns on cannabis accounts not happening // MJbizdaily.com

Banks have closed accounts of cannabis advocacy groups this summer, but fear of a widespread action has not materialized.

EVENT

NORML annual conference // NORML.com

This year’s National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws conference takes place in Washington, DC September 10-12, along with their Congressional Lobby Day at the United States Capitol.

Netflix develops pot strains for pop-up store promo this weekend // Variety

"As part of a promotion for its upcoming series “Disjointed” [mentioned here last week] — Netflix is developing strains of marijuana inspired by ten of its shows.

"Due to federal regulations, the strains will not be available for mail-order purchase. Instead, they’ll be for sale at a West Hollywood pop-up shop at Alternative Health Herbal Services this Friday to Sunday."

OPINION

Can’t something be done about the stink of marijuana? // SFGate

After January 1, “that rancid earthy stench will be a fixture of streetscapes and playgrounds and bar patios forever, from Crescent City to Chula Vista.”

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