#californiacannabis – “The modifications will affect more than 2,500 existing marijuana businesses across L.A. and countless applicants and operators in the pipeline as well as expand the nation’s largest social equity program.
The biggest regulatory changes, according to industry experts and the DCR, include:
Mandating timelines for the DCR to process license applications and modifications.
Creating a pathway for applicants to refile applications deemed “abandoned” after Jan. 1, 2022.
Establishing a new window for social equity verification. The window will open May 26 for 60 days, and applicants will have new criteria to qualify for the designation.”


#californiacannabis – “Melahat Rafiei, a longtime leader in Orange County’s Democratic Party, resigned Sunday night from her position as secretary of the California Democratic Party and state representative to the Democratic National Committee.
A host of Orange County lawmakers and party leaders increasingly called for her resignation this week after news came out that she was arrested by the FBI in 2019….
Rafiei’s resignation also came after multiple members of the Democratic party called on her to resign publicly, while multiple sources confirmed over a dozen other lawmakers privately reached out to Rafiei and asked her to step aside.”


#hemp – “A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit wrote in an opinion published Thursday that products containing delta-8 THC are generally legal because federal law defines hemp as “any part of” the cannabis plant, including “all derivatives, extracts, [and] cannabinoids,” that contains less than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC by weight.
The law, the court said in the 3-0 ruling, “is silent with regard to delta-8 THC.”….
The Ninth Circuit panel, for its part, noted that although delta-8 THC has “psychoactive and intoxicating effects,” it falls within federal law’s definition of hemp and is therefore legal.”