#californiacannabis – “When asked this week if city planners were aware of the name of the dispensary and what exactly the signs would look like at the time the business permit was approved, Community Development Director Craig Schlatter explained in an email that: “No City Staff, Planning Commissioners, or Design Review Board members were aware of the proposed name or signage at the time of the dispensary’s use permit review and approval. Instead, generic/placeholder signage was presented by the applicant. Staff was not made aware of the Cookies name until a building and sign permit were submitted on May 26, 2022. The signage was ministerially approved by the department in June 2022.”

When asked if the sign could be changed now, and if so, what the process for that would be, Schlatter said that “at this stage, the signage conforms to the objective signage criteria in Ukiah City Code,”  but that “all approved use permits for cannabis dispensaries are subject to a one-year renewal approved by the Zoning Administrator.”

During the review of the permit, Schlatter said he, in his capacity as Zoning Administrator for the city, “will evaluate the business for appropriateness and conformance with the required Use Permit Findings,” which include: (G) That…no significant nuisance issues or problems are anticipated or have resulted from dispensary operations; (N) That the applicant has not knowingly made a false statement of material fact or has knowingly omitted to state a material fact in the application for a permit; (P) That the applicant has not engaged in unlawful, fraudulent, unfair, or deceptive business acts or practices.”

Schlatter also pointed out that “the California Bureau of Cannabis Control is the regulator of adult-use cannabis and consequently regulates advertising/signage of cannabis businesses. Although BCC’s website notes that ‘All advertising and promoting of commercial cannabis must not use objects, such as toys, inflatables, movie display, depiction, or image designed in any manner likely to be appealing to minors or anyone under 21 years of age,’ enforcement of such requirements is ultimately the responsibility of the BCC.””

https://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/2022/09/15/cookies-name-of-new-cannabis-dispensary-in-ukiah-has-many-concerned/

Posting this because we still have investors and operators, in the cannabis industry, who have no idea this is true….

#cannabisindustry – “Despite the growing public acceptance of marijuana and the fact that a majority of states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes (37 states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical marijuana legislation), federal law still treats marijuana cultivation and sale as a criminal offense. See 21 U.S.C. § 801, et seq. As bankruptcy is only available under federal law, this dichotomy between state and federal law can result in actions that potentially preclude businesses and individuals from accessing the protections afforded under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”).”

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/does-involvement-in-the-cannabis-7364049/

#hempderivedproducts – “According to a survey conducted by the firm on 5,000 consumers, 18% of Americans are aware of delta-8, and 6% of Americans say they’ve used it in the past six months.

On average, hemp-derived THC users tend to be male, live in a city, and have children in the home…..

The survey revealed that while 62% of delta-8 or -10 THC users are millennials or younger, 14% of millennials and Gen Z consumers have used delta-8 or -10 since 2021.

As regards the reasons that brought people to use this category of products, 56% of users consider themselves more stressed by their mental health than the average consumer and cannabis and CBD users.

Furthermore, 71% of users consume THC hemp-based products for relaxation, while 62% of CBD consumers and 59% of cannabis users do it for the same reason.

The report highlights that a growing number of CBD consumers are simultaneously using hemp-derived THC products.

Awareness of delta-8 and -10 THC has risen among CBD consumers.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dariosabaghi/2022/09/16/new-report-gives-insight-into-hemp-derived-thc-consumers/?sh=51ae17085089

Courtesy of the Daily Beast

#psilocybin – Colorado – “Enter Initiative 58, a proposal on the ballot this fall that would legalize psilocybin, the key ingredient in magic mushrooms and—depending on who you ask—either open the doors to science-backed therapy or spawn a generation of shroom- and weed-crazed youth.

The proposal is framed almost entirely around a growing body of research pointing to potential mental-health benefits from drugs like magic mushrooms, which studies have suggested can help treat alcoholism and depression, among other conditions. It would establish a state-regulated therapeutic access program for mushrooms at state-licensed “healing centers,” under the supervision of state-licensed “facilitators.”

In other words, no straight-up dispensaries that cater to weekend Bachelor Parties.

But it would also decriminalize growing, possessing, using, and giving away mushrooms, along with three other plant-based psychedelic drugs: DMT, mescaline, and ibogaine. And after the therapeutic program for psychedelic mushrooms is up and running, the longer list of psychedelics could be reviewed for inclusion in the legal access regime in 2026.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/colorado-psilocybin-legalization-might-just-be-the-start

Congratulations to our clients, Weed For Warriors Project, for breaking into Fresno!

#californiacannabis – “Weed for Warriors partnered with a North Fresno cannabis shop to give out free products to Valley veterans suffering from PTSD and other service-related health concerns.

Events like this have been happening for years across the state, but this was the first time one was able to be held in Fresno.

Dozens of veterans came out to Embarc to recieve their free cannabis….

Mark Carrillo, the COO of Weed for Warriors, explained who they are trying to help, “Patients, people on disability, set incomes, can’t come in here and spend a third of their money on medicine. They’ve got to eat. They’ve got to keep a roof over their head.”

The leading motivator for Weed for Warriors is the nationwide veteran suicide crisis. On average, 22 veterans die by suicide every day.

“Legal access for veterans and other patients to get what they need is saving lives,” says Carrillo.”

https://abc30.com/weed-for-warriors-free-cannabis-veterans/12239124/