#californiacannabis – “Residents will also be asked to vote on Measure L, a city cannabis tax that will fund general municipal expenses including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, street improvements and recreation.”

https://www.encinitasadvocate.com/news/story/2022-08-25/encinitas-votes-ballots-set-for-november-elections

#psychedelic – “Oregonians in 57 cities and 26 of the state’s 36 counties will vote in November on banning or postponing psilocybin treatment centers and the production of psilocybin products in their areas.

Psilocybin was first approved by state voters in 2020 with almost 56% of the vote supporting Measure 109. The vote made Oregon the first state in the nation to legalize such treatment. The program will be launched by the Oregon Health Authority in January.

But the measure included a process for cities and counties to back out of legalization, allowing a vote on local bans or a two-year moratorium before joining the rest of the state. They had until Aug. 19 to file paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office to put it on the November ballot.”

https://oregoncapitalchronicle.com/briefs/oregonians-in-dozens-of-counties-cities-will-vote-on-psilocybin-bans-in-november/

#delta8 – “Notably, the court’s vague reference to “non-cannabis materials” set no meaningful guidelines for what qualifies as synthetic. That term could be interpreted to include chemical reagents (which are frequently used to catalyze CBD into delta-8 THC) present in the final product. There was no definition given by the court as to what proportion of the final product must be originally derived from hemp, or what amount of reagent presence is acceptable. Instead, the court held that whether the final product was originally derived from hemp with less than 0.3% delta-9 THC determines whether a final product is synthetic, not its method of manufacturing.”

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/that-ninth-circuit-delta-8-opinion-and-7122412/

#cbdproducts – “That lack of regulation has hindered the growth trajectory of the industry and will continue to do so, industry members tell Cannabis Business Times, and data firm Brightfield Group stated in a July mid-year report.

Kim Stuck is CEO and founder of Allay Consulting and one of the country’s first hemp and cannabis regulators who previously worked at the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment. She notes the industry isn’t achieving the same level of growth it would with FDA regulation, and that the lack of regulations allows companies to sell unsafe products.

“It’s really baffling to me that this would even happen in a country like the United States,” Stuck says.”

https://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/where-is-fda-on-cbd-allay-consulting-us-hemp-roundtable/

#californiacannabis – “This week, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) reported that $275.2 million was collected in cannabis tax revenue for the second quarter of 2022. This includes California’s cannabis excise tax, which generated $141.3 million; the cultivation tax, which generated $25.8 million; and $108.1 million in sales tax revenue from cannabis businesses. This figure does not include locally imposed taxes collected by the cities and counties of the state, nor does it include outstanding returns.”

https://southtahoenow.com/story/08/24/2022/california-collects-257m-second-quarter-cannabis-tax-revenues

#californiacannabis – Huntington Beach – “Voters will decide if Huntington Beach should impose a tax on cannabis businesses – such businesses are currently not allowed and this measure does not change that. If approved, the city could impose a tax of up to 6% of gross receipts for retailers and up to 1% of gross receipts for other cannabis businesses (such as testing or distribution) permitted in Huntington Beach.

The measure is estimated to bring in $300,000 to $600,000 each year to fund general municipal services.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/08/24/a-look-at-huntington-beach-ballot-measures-from-cannabis-tax-to-city-attorney-changes/

#californiacannabis – “The Environmental Democracy Project sued Green Sage in July in an effort to force the company to shut down its Oakland-based cannabis facility’s nine “semi-truck”-sized diesel generators, which the group claimed were spewing harmful pollutants into a surrounding predominantly Black and Hispanic community.

According to Judge Tigar, a key issue in the case is whether the local Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s permitting rules or the state-level California Air Resources Board’s registration program applies to Green Sage’s generators….

“Based on this record, the court concludes that plaintiff is likely to establish that the district’s permitting rules apply and that the generators do not qualify for the CARB registration program,” Judge Tigar said. “It also is undisputed that the district never issued permits for any of the portable diesel engines powering the generators.”

The California district judge added that the Environmental Democracy Project is “likely to succeed on the merits.””

https://www.law360.com/california/articles/1523756/pot-biz-must-shut-off-diesel-generators-calif-judge-rules?nl_pk=87a814fe-acbd-41b5-9dff-8f51227935f5&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=california&utm_content=2022-08-25