Cannabis News Roundup: Positive moves on Bay Area dispensary permits

Nov 3, 2017

Bay Area makes progress on adult use permits ... “Campfire pot” could save growers in North Bay fire zone ... Medical guidelines enhanced ... FDA puts CBD distributors on notice ... Ten years of higher ed ... and more.

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LEGISLATION & REGULATION                                   

“Some businesses” may have Oakland operating permits by end of year // SF Chronicle

Because of delays in the local permitting system, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control is allowing businesses still waiting for local permits to apply for temporary state licenses. First, they must show a letter of authorization from the local government.

“Oakland is considering giving those letters out — but with a caveat.”

Equity proposal attempts to right Drug War wrongs in San Francisco // SF Examiner

“Supervisor Malia Cohen announced legislation Wednesday that would implement an equity program to prioritize who can obtain city permits to sell recreational cannabis when it becomes legal statewide Jan. 1 as result of last year’s voter approved Proposition 64.”

Alameda set to approve medical sales, but not adult use // The Cannifornian

“Residents who use marijuana for medical treatment will be able to purchase cannabis locally, but buying and smoking pot for fun isn’t in the cards for now.

“That’s the intent of guidelines being considered by the Alameda City Council when determining how to license marijuana sales, distribution and consumption within the city.”

COPS & COURTS

Cops in notorious Santa Ana dispensary raid get their hands slapped // The Cannifornian

“Officers ... were seen on security video eating snacks while serving a search warrant at Sky High Holistic, a marijuana dispensary on 17th Street in Santa Ana, in May 2015. The video also shows two of the officers making disparaging remarks about a disabled woman who was a shop volunteer.” The officers destroyed all visible security cameras, but missed the one recording their actions.

BUSINESS

“Campfire pot” may save surviving North Bay growers // SF Weekly

As the price of cannabis in the regulated market rises with the implementation of Prop 64 and adult use, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, ... plenty of patients and cannabis users with limited income will gladly sacrifice quality for affordability. That means that if fire-damaged product [from last month’s North Bay fire storms] isn’t too offensive but substantially cheaper, it’s likely to do just fine as a budget alternative to high-end strains.”

“Cannabis is legal” stickers added to TSA trays at California airport // LA Times

Ontario California International Airport has agreed to a new ad program for security trays. The campaign by Organa Brands, one of the largest cannabis companies, alerts travelers about California's recreational marijuana law with fine print not to take pot across state lines.”

HEALTH

Improved guidelines approved by Cal Medical Board // Marijuana.com

“The guidelines were drafted by a two-member task force that relied heavily on input from the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) at UC San Diego.”

CBD distributor warned about health claims // FDA.gov

Stanley Brothers of Irvine, CA has caught the attention of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration because of some of their health testimonials. A letter from the FDA to the firm says in part, “FDA has concluded based on available evidence that CBD products are excluded from the dietary supplement definition.” Other distributors have also been put on notice about potential legal action, including seizure of products.

Five-year HIV/cannabis study funded in Florida // alligator.org

A “research team will follow 360 existing medical and recreational marijuana users with HIV and 40 non-users with HIV over the course of five years, starting in the beginning of 2018, to observe any health benefits.”

Take part in NORML patient survey // NORML

Cal NORML has heard from innumerable patients and physicians who report having substantially reduced or eliminated their use of prescription opioids by substituting cannabis instead.” The organization is now gathering data from patients as part of their “campaign to gain pain patients’ rights.”

Marijuana as aphrodisiac // NPR

Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t....

Ask your vet if cannabis is right for your pet // Bold Italic

“’There’s been very limited research on it’ ... ‘Because of that, there are no established doses, and there are no established benefits. We don’t know what the correct doses are, so it’s a highly risky proposition.’” Still, there are those who say it helps.

EVENT

Cannabis businesses aide fire relief fund // NCIA

The National Cannabis Industry Assn. is one of the sponsors of “a cannabis industry fundraiser for community fire relief efforts in Santa Rosa on November 6th.” See details by clicking on the headline above.

Ten years of higher learning // Oaksterdam U.

It’s been a bumpy ten years for Oaksterdam University in Oakland, America’s first “cannabis college.” But they’re still cultivating leaders and providing cannabis knowledge. And to celebrate, they’re planning an awards show following graduation on November 18. Find details by clicking the headline. 

IN OTHER NEWS ....

Another study showing threat to nature from illegal grows //uCANR.edu

“Without land-use policies to limit its environmental footprint, the impacts of cannabis farming could get worse, according to a new study published in the November issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.”

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