"Hard numbers are hard to come by in this still-nascent business, but California might be producing more than twice as much legal weed as can be sold, according to the Humboldt County Growers Alliance and other sources. Other sources say it’s far more than that."
High prices and lack of availability in many areas of the state have resulted in legal pot taking only about a fifth of the total market. The vast majority of weed sold in California is sold illegally, thanks to high taxes, overregulation and home rule, which allows localities to deny licenses to cannabis businesses.
"In its statement, the FDA noted that it had in 2018 approved Epidiolex for sale as a prescription pharmaceutical drug for the treatment of certain kinds of seizures. That marked the first time the federal government approved of a cannabis-derived remedy for sale, but it also meant that the regulator couldn’t then approve similar products for sale as dietary supplements."
"The California chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has issued an emphatic statement: 'It’s unlikely that any possible replacement candidate will be as favorably attentive to cannabis policy as Governor Newsom,' the statement begins. “For that reason, California NORML recommends voting NO on the gubernatorial recall and encourages cannabis supporters to make sure you are registered to vote, and to vote against the recall in the election.'"
"U.S. Rep. Mike Garcia, who represents a mostly rural and suburban area north of Los Angeles, used one such recent bust to make political hay. In an op-ed published by the Fox News website, Garcia included 'dope on the table' photos and characterized the black market as being a problem caused by 'Democrats'—which, in a way, it is, just not in the way he means it." Dan Mitchell explains in this week's 'Chronic Town'.
"U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, Republican of Montana, has introduced a bill that would ban people from using federal assistance payments to buy cannabis. He happens to also be the GOP’s lead sponsor of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would allow banks to do business with cannabis companies without fear of legal liability, since weed is still illegal at the federal level." Dan Mitchell examines this walking contradiction in this week's 'Chronic Town'.
In this week's 'Chronic Town' Dan Mitchell explores the benefits of federal legalization of cannabis, writing, "Revenue from the weed tax would go toward an office at the Justice Department for job training, and legal aid for cannabis convictions to be expunged," but also exploring the many obstacles along the way, especially the Republican-controlled Congress.
"Up until just a few years before Oregon and Colorado legalized, the consensus was that full legalization was still a far-off dream. But then states started falling like dominoes. What changed?" Dan Mitchell asks NORML founder Keith Stroup in this week's 'Chronic Town' "Stroup said it was simple demographics. 'The real reefer maniacs have died or retired,' he said, referring to scare propaganda like the 1936 film 'Reefer Madness'."
"In January, all cannabis products came under Prop. 65, which requires companies to add warnings to products containing any one of about 1,000 chemicals the state has determined might cause reproductive harm," reports Dan Mitchell in this week's "Chronic Town', "The section of the law that covers packaging is long, and such a morass that it can’t be succinctly described. Hence the need for lawyers."
"One of the industry’s biggest problems is that the vast majority of legal pot companies have provisional (essential service) licenses that are set to expire next year," writes Dan Mitchell in this week's "Chronic Town', "Absent any action by the state government, that will put many of them out of business. Luckily for the industry, the legislature last week approved a bill to extend those provisional licenses until 2025. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the measure into law. But problems remain."
In his week's 'Chronic Town" Dan Mitchell reports that even though the sentiment for cannabis legalization is more popular than ever, there still remains those who resist the move, and prohibitionists are ready for a long fight.
In this week's 'Chronic Town' Dan Mitchell looks into Amazon's announcement that it would cease pre-employment drug testing for all positions not covered by federal Department of Transportation regulations, and what that means to drug-testing for employment overall. Some good news may be on the way!
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