Cannabis News Roundup: Drop your guns, medical users!

Dec 1, 2017

Adult use OK in SF but not in Marin ... Medical users asked to give up their guns ... Legal marijuana could help curb opiod crisis ... Cheech Marin’s bio ... and more

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LEGISLATION & REGULATION

Adult use approved in San Francisco // SF Examiner

Existing medical dispensaries will be able to sell recreational marijuana, but not before January 5. Click the headline for more specifics.

El Cerrito agrees to two cannabis stores // Cannabist

The Bay Area community “will issue permits to two dispensary operators who will be allowed to sell cannabis and cannabis-related products as well as deliver the cannabis to customers within the city.”

You want marijuana in Marin next year? Try the black market // SF Chronicle

Proposition 64 earned a high approval rating from Marin County voters in 2016, but “[i]t turns out that many residents are fine with the idea of cannabis capitalism, as long as it isn’t happening in their backyard.

“County officials recently rejected all 10 applications for licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries.”

COPS & COURTS

Gun owners who smoke medical pot have 30 days to lay down their weapons // Star Advertiser

“Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition,” says a letter from the Honolulu police. It cites a state law referring to “a fugitive from justice.”

BUSINESS

Cannabis businesses turn to temp workers // GreenState.com

As more states legalize recreational and medical marijuana, new cannabis startups and expanding pot businesses alike are hungry for employees. Currently, there are roughly 165,000 jobs in the cannabis industry, according to the publication Marijuana Business Daily. Research firm New Frontier Data predicts that by 2020, that number could swell to 280,000.

“Folks in the hiring industry see that rapid growth as an opportunity. There are already more than 15 agencies in the U.S. offering hiring services — including temp placements and executive recruitment — to cannabis companies.”

HEALTH

Education key for newbies to avoid adult use hazards // SF Chronicle

’We stress education so much, because there are so many people coming through this door who are brand new to this (cannabis) world, or they haven’t smoked since college and they have no idea,’ says a dispensary manager. “’There are so many different products, so many different avenues you can take. If you’re just thrown into it, it’s very possible you’re going to have a bad experience.’”

Opioid use could drop with access to legal marijuana // Cannafornian

“University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients. ... informal surveys showed a significant proportion of patients substituted their opioid prescriptions with cannabis.”

EVENT

Learn about state licensing // cdph

“The California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) will host 10 licensing training sessions throughout the state in November and December 2017. These trainings will assist licensees in better understanding the regulatory requirements, license application process, and commonly asked questions.”

The San Francisco session will be on December 12.

IN OTHER NEWS ....

MPP joins trend of new leadership //MJbizDaily

“The founder of Marijuana Policy Project, Rob Kampia, is bowing out as executive director of the organization. ... Under Kampia’s watch, MPP was instrumental in a number of statewide cannabis legalization victories.”  He is expected to “focus to new and bigger projects.’”

Congressional legalization pioneer dies // marijuanamoment.net

“If you’ve only been paying close attention to marijuana policy for a few years, Maurice Hinchey’s name is one you may not recognize.

“But if you are a patient who relies on medical cannabis or an entrepreneur in the legal marijuana industry, you owe Hinchey, who died this week, a debt of gratitude.”

Cheech Marin’s bio called “best California book of the year” // SF Gate

“Marin is evidence of a California paradox: To stay in the mainstream here, it helps to start as an outsider. Though Marin is still identified as a cult figure — one-half of the Cheech and Chong stoner comedy team, which made the 1978 film ‘Up in Smoke’ — his career has been much bigger and more mainstream than that.”

Budweiser barley seeds going to space station // KTVU.com

“Budweiser [is] sending shipments of barley seeds to the International Space Station that will accompany SpaceX’s upcoming cargo supply mission that’s scheduled to launch on Dec. 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.”

Couldn’t some hearty marijuana seeds go along, too, or is this another example of fear of cannabis?

[cannabis@kalw.org]               

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