California Votes on Recreational Cannabis

California Votes on Recreational Cannabis

The AUMA (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) is coming to your California ballot in November 2016. It’s one of the 18 latest California propositions the voters will be deciding this November. Besides the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 years and older, the voters will have a say in a ban on plastic bags, increase in cigarette taxes, eliminating the death penalty, increasing California’s minimum wage and retooling Proposition 13, especially as it relates…

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The Green Rush

The Green Rush

Do ya smell that? No, I’m not talking about the scent wafting from someone’s bong of Death Star (19.9% THC), but rather the cannabis industry becoming mainstream legitimate.   Ted Simpkins, the former CEO of Southern Wine & Spirits is now the CEO of River Distribution. The company models the ABC’s (Alcohol Beverage Control) process where middlemen purchases products from the growers and in turn, sell to the dispensaries throughout California. River Distribution is using…

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So You Wanna Be Legal?

So You Wanna Be Legal?

“…only 83 out of an estimated 10,000 growers in Humboldt County have come forward so far.”   While many cities, counties and even the state of California have become increasingly tolerant of cannabis over these past eight years, there is still the elephant in the room — yes, the federal government.    In 2009, then U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, stated that the Feds would only prosecute medical marijuana businesses in violation of both federal and state…

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Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Humboldt is one of the few counties in California on course to complete a “Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance” by the March 1, 2016 state deadline. Most cities and counties are “just saying no” and voting for a cannabis moratorium, which means they will default the state guidelines. Politics is like sausage. Enjoy the final product, just never ask how it’s made. Somewhere between the will of the majority of those elected, public comment, planning…

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Status Quo Grow

Status Quo Grow

The California state legislature stirred things up recently when they passed four cannabis bills, consequently signed into law by our governor. This sent local jurisdictions (county and city) planning commissions on a fast track to complete local cannabis laws by the March 1, 2016 deadline for permits, inspections, zoning for indoor and outdoor grows, allowed plant count, water use plans, TINs (tax identification numbers), dispensaries sales, otherwise “the state would be the sole licensing authority…

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The ABC’s of Cannabis

The ABC’s of Cannabis

Alcohol prohibition in the United States was supposed to improve health, reduce crime and solve many social problems. Instead, it was an abject failure. See any similarities to the war on cannabis? When the 18th Amendment was repealed in 1933, the United States alcohol industry (beer, wine and spirits) was in shambles. Thousands of moonshiners and bootleggers produced a product that was either high quality or could poison you. Most of the liquor was manufactured…

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WHAT’S YOUR CANNABIZ

WHAT’S YOUR CANNABIZ

It’s a simple question. What’s your cannabis business plan? If you don’t have one, that should be your first clue that you probably won’t survive the coming California cannabis legalization. If you’re still going off the old model of growing as much cannabis as you can, where ever you can, and selling it across state lines, your days are numbered. A recent study showed the number of consumers using cannabis has increased from 1 in…

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Cannabis Credit Union

Cannabis Credit Union

One of the biggest obstacles to cannabis being a mainstream industry is the federal government. The feds classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 controlled substance effectively keeps all federally chartered financial institutions from doing business with anything cannabis related. The reality is the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) claims that cigarettes kill over 6 million people worldwide every year and almost 500,000 in the United States alone. For this, tobacco farmers get tax breaks…

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Legalization is Coming

Legalization is Coming

I believe that November 2016 will be our Rubicon moment with the California voters passing an initiative to make cannabis legal for recreational purposes, whether it’s age 18 (cigarettes) or 21 (alcohol). That said, I’ve got some serious concerns about the future of the Emerald Triangle (Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino Counties). My biggest fear with cannabis legalization is corporations getting involved. The insanely high profit margins will naturally attract huge capital and some of the…

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Building Your Cannabis Brand

Building Your Cannabis Brand

Building Your Cannabis Brand  Matthew Owen Can you name me one Humboldt, Trinity or Mendocino County grower that is asked for by name when purchasing cannabis? Neither can I, and that’s the problem.   If you don’t have a name brand with market awareness then you are simply producing an agricultural commodity, and its game over after November 2016 when the corporations enter the industry.   Recently I picked up Luke, my SoHum friend, and…

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