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State of the Leaf: Sacramento Sees 500% Drop in Cannabis Arrests

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Arkansas

It’s regulation by legislation in Arkansas as lawmakers cobble together the rules that will govern the state’s nascent medical cannabis program. There is a ton of new laws. Literally dozens of them.

“They did some crazy things, but it wasn’t anything that would affect the overall stability or the overall ability to get medicine, marijuana to the patients,” said David Couch, who led the campaign for the November ballot measure that legalized medical cannabis in the state.

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California

Cannabis arrests in the state capital of Sacramento are down a whopping 500% since state voters passed Proposition 64, to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state.

And just in time for Earth Day weekend, US Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) made an environmentally minded pitch for ending prohibition.

District of Columbia

On 4/20, several high-profile DC cannabis advocates were arrested while carrying out an act of civil disobedience on Capitol Hill. Their motive was to highlight a soon-to-expire recurring budget amendment that protects legal medical cannabis operations from unwanted federal intrusion. It was a gutsy gesture that attracted heaps of media attention but not universal praise.

“I don’t think it is the best way forward,” cannabis stalwart US Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) told US News. “We’re going to have many advocates and business people on Capitol Hill making the case in a calm, thoughtful, rational basis.”

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Florida

In November, Sunshine State voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 to legalize medical cannabis. Since then, Florida’s largest newspaper Tampa Bay Times has dropped a series of editorials skewering Tallahassee lawmakers for getting it all wrong—on, well, basically everything. The Times’ latest, a blistering admonition from Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Ruth, is the most derisive yet.

“Last year, Floridians approved by 71.3 percent an amendment that broadly legalizes the use of medical marijuana. That was huge. You’d have a hard time getting 71.3 percent of the state to agree on the color of an orange. Then it was left to the Legislature to craft the rules for implementing the amendment. That’s the way the system is supposed to work. It’s called democracy and it’s all the rage, except in Florida.”

You can almost hear the mic drop.

Massachusetts

Voters in Massachusetts ended prohibition last November after passing Question 4 at the polls. Since mid-December, it has been legal to grow and possess cannabis. Since then, we’ve watched a turf war play out over who has final regulatory authority over Massachusetts’s adult recreational market.

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New Hampshire

Mixed results on a mostly GOP-led effort to expand New Hampshire’s list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis: Chronic pain legislation, HB 157, passed the Senate and is expected to become law. But a similar, separate measure that would have included PTSD as a qualifying condition, HB 160, failed to clear the Senate hurdle and was sent back to the drawing board on committee.

New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie is literally the most unpopular governor in America, and his notoriously anti-cannabis policies are partly to blame. But for cannabis advocates, there is light at the end of the tunnel: He’ll be gone in less than nine months, at which point NJ’s cannabis landscape should transform swiftly and dramatically.

Phil Murphy, a Democrat and former ambassador to Germany, is the odds-on favorite to replace Christie. His approach would be a dramatic departure from his predecessor’s.

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“By carefully watching what other states have already done, we can ensure a legalization and taxation program that learns from their experiences and which will work from the outset,” Murphy told Leafly. “This also is about social justice, and ending a failed prohibition that has served mainly to put countless people—predominantly young men of color—behind bars and behind a huge roadblock to their futures. New Jersey should choose to be a leader.”

Pennsylvania

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the state’s chief fiscal officer, joined hundreds of cannabis advocates in Harrisburg to make the fiscal case for ending prohibition.

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“The state’s now looking for revenues and also looking to where they can save money,” DePasquale said, adding that “the most failed war in the history of the United States is the war of drugs, specifically when it comes to marijuana.”

Activists were thrilled to have backup.

“It was an unexpected surprise when Auditor General DePasquale added his voice to the call for legalization via a ‘tax and regulate’ model,” Pittsburg NORML’s Patrick Nightingale told Leafly. “PA is facing a huge budget deficit, projected by some to be as high as $3 billion. Mr. DePasquale knows we must find additional sources of funding, and he pointed out the most obvious source of potential revenue: cannabis. My only criticism is that I think he projected revenue is far too low, especially when the $200 million to $300 million PA spends annually on marijuana-related law enforcement, courts, and corrections is factored in.”

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South Dakota

Legalization advocates in South Dakota hope the third time’s a charm as they again circulate petitions to put cannabis reform on next year’s ballot. One ballot measure would legalize medical cannabis, while another would OK adult use. Advocates have until November to gather the requisite signatures—17,000 each—to qualify for the November 2018 election.

” We’re embracing this showdown,” advocate Melissa Mentele told Leafly. “When we get these measures on the ballot, that sets up an intriguing showdown with our notoriously anti-cannabis Attorney General Marty Jackley, who already announced his campaign for governor in 2018.

“The prospect of a showdown with South Dakota’s most notorious anti-cannabis villain,” she added, “makes my heart go pitter pat.”

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Utah

A surgeon in Utah refused to perform a life-saving double-lung transplant on 20-year-old Ryan Hancey because he had THC metabolites in his blood.

“We do not transplant organs in patients with active alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drug use or dependencies until these issues are addressed,” Utah Health System explained in a written statement. Despite a frantic last-minute crowd-sourced effort to fly him to Philadelphia’s Penn Hospital for his transplant, Hancey died over the weekend.

West Virginia

Just in time for 4/20, West Virginia became the 29th state to adopt medical cannabis legislation. “This legislation is going to benefit countless West Virginia patients and families for years to come,” said MPP’s Matt Simon.

That’s common refrain in WV, where advocates are upbeat after such a heady win. And it’s definitely a huge step forward. But this glass is also half-empty. No homegrown, no smokable flowers, no out-of-state reciprocity. Nothing before mid-2019 at the earliest. And with this flawed legislation now officially on the books, many activists fear politicians will think their work on the issue is done.

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“This was done without much outside help,” Reverend John Wires told Leafly. He’s one of several unpaid lobbyists who, with nothing more than “gas money and shoe leather” helped make medical marijuana a reality in West Virginia.

“Imagine what we could have accomplished if we had the financial backing that has been thrown into other states,” he said. “It was the calls from the public that brought us over the top. All those in office know West Virginia citizens vote with their temper.”

International

Canada

Medical cannabis and job-related drug testing—it’s a common dilemma anywhere that medicinal cannabis is legal. Including Canada.

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“There’s nothing wrong in saying you can’t be stoned at work,” said Canadian employment lawyer Peter Straszynski.

But is there something wrong with discriminating against legal medical patients who medicate responsibly?

France

Four of the top-five finishers in the first round of France’s presidential election support decriminalizing cannabis, including Emmanuel Macron who finished first. The only opponent is Marine Le Pen, who finished second. Macron and Le Pen will face off May 8 to determine France’s next head of state.


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Psychedelic Science 2017 Conference: Leafly Reports From the Front Lines

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State of the Leaf: Congressman Urges Trump to Respect State Cannabis

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California

Assembly Bill 1578 successfully cleared a committee vote, 5-2, and will now move to the full Assembly floor. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), is designed to protect Californians who are operating lawfully under California cannabis laws. Absent a court order, it says, local and state agencies, including regulators and law enforcement, shall not assist in any federal enforcement actions against state-authorized cannabis activity.

“AB 1578 is intended to prevent federal government overreach in the era of Trump,” said Lynne Lyman, Drug Policy Alliance’s California director, testified at Tuesday’s committee hearing. “We do not want the federal government harassing, intimidating, or prosecuting people who are operating lawfully under state law.”

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Also having its first hearing Tuesday was Senate Bill 180, by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), which cleared the Senate Public Safety Committee on a 5-2 vote. Dubbed the RISE (Repeal of Ineffective Sentencing Enhancements) Act, Mitchell’s bill would repeal the three-year sentencing enhancements that are tacked onto new drug-possession convictions for past drug convictions. These enhancements are the leading cause of long sentences that create crisis-level overcrowding in county jails.

Meanwhile, as the state gears up to open adult-use markets next year, a California Supreme Court committee is advising judges in the Golden State to stay away from investments in cannabis businesses. The court’s Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions said Wednesday that maintaining any interest in a business that involves medical or adult-use cannabis is incompatible with a judge’s obligation to follow the law. That’s because marijuana remains illegal under federal law despite its growing acceptance among states. According to its opinion, Maryland, Washington and Colorado also prohibit judicial involvement with marijuana.

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Colorado

Three months in and the Trump administration has yet to articulate even a cursory cannabis policy. That’s frustrating to many in legal states, and one lawmaker is now addressing the president personally. “It’s about time our president tells us where exactly he stands on marijuana,” Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulder) writes in a Denver Post op-ed. In it, Polis urges the White House to, for starters, “leave cannabis regulation to the states.” He makes a mostly dollars-and-cents argument in an apparent effort to appeal to Trump’s business background.

“Colorado has proven that allowing responsible adults to legally purchase marijuana gives money to classrooms rather than cartels; creates jobs rather than addicts; and boosts the economy rather than the prison population,” writes Polis, a member of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

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Also in Colorado: DUI arrests fell by a third during the first quarter of the year! But the Colorado Department of Transportation is still singing a Reefer Madness tune.

Delaware

Delaware’s new Gov. John Carney can’t make it through a town hall meeting without someone raising the legalization question. He’s been peppered with questions about ending cannabis prohibition during a tour the state to discuss this year’s budget priorities. The questions ultimately prompted him to host a legalization roundtable with advocates and reform-minded legislators on April 19.

“We need our governor to do the right thing and legalize.”

Kim Petters, advocate

“I’m glad it’s not on 4/20, because we have an event planned that day,” Delaware NORML executive director Cynthia Ferguson quipped.

Jokes aside, advocates are pressing hard. “I’m grateful the governor is willing to come on out and listen to what 61% of his constituents want to see happen,” one advocate, Kim Petters, told Leafly. “I just hope this isn’t a way to appease activists to keep us at bay another year. Legalization must happen in 2017. The cost and human toll of prohibition is just too high to wait any longer. We need our governor to do the right thing and legalize.”

District of Columbia

Advocates in the nation’s capital are gearing up for 4/20 in the most hospitable way possible: by rolling thousands of free—free!—joints to be passed out on Capitol Hill on the high holiday. It’s a repeat of the group’s widely publicized joint giveaway on the National Mall during Donald Trump’s inauguration. That stunt, meant as a gesture of resistance, was a global media sensation.

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Advocates hope to generate a similar buzz on 4/20, but there’s a serious side of the demonstration, too. A recurring federal budget amendment that protects legitimate medical cannabis businesses from DOJ enforcement actions is set to expire at the end of the month. And nothing draws attention to that deadline quite like free joints on Capitol Hill.

Florida

Cannabis decriminalization in Florida? There’s a bill for that. Given the legislation’s dim prospects, however, it’s largely symbolic, timed to drive the debate as Florida lawmakers scramble to implement the state’s young medical cannabis program.

“There have been many, many bills proposed, but it’s never had a hearing. So this is a major step forward to end prohibition,” NORML Tallahassee’s Melissa Villar told reporters. “There have been many, many bills proposed, but it’s never had a hearing. So this is a major step forward to end prohibition.”

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Iowa

A wide-ranging medical cannabis bill breezed through the Iowa Senate on Monday on a vote of 45-5. That got folks wondering if Iowa’s might become the 30th next state to legalize medical marijuana. But despite the near-unanimous vote, that doesn’t look likely. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives simply isn’t there yet. Many lawmakers view the Senate legislation as too flexible and overbroad in terms of qualifying conditions.

Maryland

“The rollout so far is going well.”

Patrick Jameson, executive director, Medical Cannabis Commission

Patient registration for Maryland’s medical marijuana program has begun. Roughly 1,200 patients signed up the first week, during which anyone whose last name begins with letters A-L was permitted to apply. The number of registered physicians spiked as well, and currently sits at 250. Those numbers should double quickly as registration opens the entire state on April 24.

“We are having some good numbers that are coming in,” said Patrick Jameson, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. “The rollout so far is going well.”

But as the program ramps up, Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus has issued an ultimatum to Maryland’s General Assembly: Either address the lack of diversity in Maryland’s cannabis industry or say goodbye to the support of the caucus’s 51 members.

“How can the Democratic Party pass anything in the legislature without us? How can they be successful in the next election without us?” asked Del. Cheryl Glenn, who chairs the caucus. “They won’t, unless they resolve this.”

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New Hampshire

Bipartisan legislation to grant access to medical marijuana to patients with PTSD (House Bill 160) and chronic pain (HB 157) cleared important hurdles in Concord. Both bills sailed through the state’s powerful Senate Heath Committee. The PTSD bill advanced unanimously, 5-0, while the chronic pain bill legislation passed by a vote of 4-1. Both bills are sponsored primarily by Republican legislators.

Meanwhile, a measure to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis is gaining support in Concord. Even GOP Gov. Chris Sununu is on board.

Nebraska

Nebraska lawmakers should approve a measure allowing and regulating medical marijuana before voters bypass them, senators who support the bill said Wednesday. Legislators debated the bill for two hours without voting, the AP reports, and are unlikely to return to the issue this year unless supporters prove they have the 33 votes necessary to end a filibuster. Senators who oppose the measure should work on making it better because they may be running out of time to regulate medical cannabis, said Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln. Voters are now circulating two petitions for cannabis-related initiatives that could appear on the 2018 ballot. One would amend the state’s constitution to give residents the right to use, buy and sell cannabis and prohibit any laws restricting it, while the other would decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of the drug.

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North Dakota

A bill legalizing medical marijuana in North Dakota is on Gov. Doug Burgum’s desk. North Dakota voters overwhelmingly passed a medical cannabis referendum last November, but according to the governor, additional legislation was required.

“Without additional legislation, this would have been extremely problematic,” said Burgum, a Republican. “We’re committed to moving as quickly as we can.”

For now, North Dakota’s medical cannabis legislation does not include a home-grow component, and patients are required to take extra steps to obtain smokable cannabis.

Some advocates are giving legislators a regulators a year to get the show on the road. “If that doesn’t happen, there is going to be hell to be paid,” said Rilie Ray Morgan, who led the state’s recent referendum battle. “If it’s not available in a year, we will take people to court then. No ifs ands or buts about that.”

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“If this program isn’t running smoothy and properly by then, we’ll start another petition process to address the (onerous) licensing fees the legislature added,” Ray told Leafly. He estimates it could take a prospective business as much as $2 million in initial investment just to get its doors open. “The costs of production and selling to patients will be so far out of line, that’s my fear, that patients will be priced out of the program.”

Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo isn’t ready to legalize cannabis. Not quite yet anyway. She’d rather study it first.

Tennessee

Last fall, Democratic leaders in Nashville and Memphis voted to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis. It was a widely regarded huge step forward for Tennessee’s two largest cities. That progress, however, was summarily undone by Republican lawmakers at the state level. Tennessee’s Republican Gov. Bill Haslam last week signed a bill to strike down the reforms, putting an end to Nashville’s and Memphis’s seven-month experiment.

Texas

A very limited cannabis decriminalization measure passed through the Dallas City Council last week. The law, which makes cannabis possession in Texas’s third-largest city a civil offense punishable by a citation, goes into effect Oct. 1—unless, of course, lawmakers follow Tennessee’s lead and undo the local policy.

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Vermont

Ending prohibition in Vermont has been on and off the table numerous times this year. This time last week, things looked very bleak indeed. Then suddenly Twitter’s abuzz with chatter there may be a Senate legalization vote this Friday in Montpelier. Good news. The bill would then advance to the House where it would (almost certainly) languish to death. Again.

Meanwhile, one by one, Vermont’s neighbors are ending prohibition. First Massachusetts, then Maine. What’s next? Quebec? Oh wait…

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West Virginia

West Virginia on Wednesday became the 29th US state to legalize medical cannabis. Give a listen to Gov. Jim Justice’s speech on the matter.

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Canada

The long-awaited legislation to legalize cannabis for adult use throughout Canada landed in Parliament last week, sparking mixed reactions among legalization advocates. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has directed Liberal MP Bill Blair, who’s also Toronto’s former police chief, to shepherd the reform to fruition.

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Best ETA for legal cannabis in Canada? Mid-2018. Hopefully in time for Canada Day.


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18 Best California Cannabis Delivery Services

For patients who have turned to cannabis to relieve their ailments, the thought of having to travel to a dispensary to pick up their medicine may not be very appealing — especially for those suffering from chronic pain or those without access to convenient transportation. Delivery services to the rescue! The convenience of deliverable cannabis has caused the market for these services to boom.

To make your search for quality companies a little easier, we’ve outlined some of the best cannabis delivery services in the state of California below, started with statewide delivery services and then ordering them generally from South to North. Don’t see your favorite delivery service on the list? Tell us about them in the comments!

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Call for delivery: (855) GanjaGo (855-426-5246)

Serving: Statewide

With overnight shipping, patients don’t have to wait long for their next round of medicine. Based in San Diego, this nonprofit collective also offers ten dollars off your first order — tell them Leafly sent you!

Call for delivery: (844) 811-1822

Serving: Statewide

With complimentary gift bags handed out to new customers, Harvest Bloom knows all about customer care and convenience. Call them up or visit getharvestbloom.com to place an order for same-day delivery in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, or next-day delivery anywhere in the state.

Call for delivery: (855) 554-2652

Serving: Statewide

Not only does Ganjarunner stock quality bud, they also offer one of the best first time patient gift bags we’ve come across. If you’re a newbie making an order you can expect to receive a bamboo rolling board, BIC lighter, a grinder, one top shelf joint, a glass pipe, and a house-made edible along with your cannabis purchase!

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Call for delivery: (888) 623-6045

Serving: San Diego area (including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Encinitas, San Marcos, Del Mar, Fallbrook, Escondido) and Orange County area (including Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Dana Point, Irvine, Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Huntington Beach)

Speed and quality are two big factors for Blue Bird Delivery, which serves the greater San Diego and Orange County areas. You can expect your order within 30–90 minutes (depending on traffic), and all new patients receive a free glass pipe! Their offers are constantly updating, so keep an eye out for deals and steals.

Call for delivery: (619) 606-4788

Serving: San Diego, Poway, Rancho, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Los Angeles (premium members), San Francisco (premium members)

Worldwideweed is one of the few services that offer 24-hour delivery. If you’re in the mood for some green at three in the morning, this is who to call.

Call for delivery: (760) 453-5848

Serving: Oceanside, Fallbrook, Vista, Carlsbad

Based in Oceanside, Carpe Diem boasts some of the lowest prices for deliveries in the area. They even tell their customers that if another collective lists a name-brand product for less, they’ll match that price.

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Call for delivery: LA — (323) 435-6558 | Coachella Valley — (760) 266-7333

Serving: Los Angeles and Coachella Valley areas

Place your order during business hours and Air Budz offers free delivery on all purchases. They also offer a lifetime discount of $10 off every order if you leave a review on Leafly!

Call for delivery: (323) 813-6420

Serving: Los Angeles area

Greenly proudly claims they are the most technologically up-to-date service in the industry. They offer online sign-ups and GPS tracking of their cars so you can follow your purchase all the way to your door.

Call for delivery: (844) 437-2213

Serving: Los Angeles

HERB appreciates their new customers, so all first-time patients receive a free top shelf gram, free edible, free HERB lighter, free stickers, and free delivery! It’s hard to turn down such a great deal from a great company.

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Call for delivery: (626) 420-5330

Serving: Downtown Los Angeles

Metro likes to make things fun with the addition of a 50mg fortune cookie edible to every order. Customers love to crack them open to see if they’ve won a deal or prize. It’s like the prize at the bottom of a cereal box, except switch out all the cereal with cannabis and the prize is even more cannabis. What’s not to like?

Call for delivery: (530) 646-7357

Serving: Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Oak View, Santa Paula, Camarillo, Ojai, Fillmore, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks

With hundreds of loyal customers, Green Bee Collective truly looks out for their patients in and around their hometown of Ventura. They offer quality herb with a money-back guarantee and ultra-fast delivery.

Call for delivery: (760) 981-4112

Serving: High Desert area, including Hesperia

With convenient morning hours (they open at 8:00 a.m. seven days a week), early birds love MMEC. Check out their Leafly page for daily deals, and visit their website to learn something new through their Online Education Program.

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Call for delivery: (888) 344-2019

Serving: San Mateo and the Bay Area

Customers of Natural Green ReLeaf gush about their amazing customer service. They boast top quality care and top quality bud, and first time patients enjoy ten dollars off their first order.

Visit for delivery: www.eaze.com

Serving: Bay Area from San Francisco to Santa Clara

Eaze has enjoyed frequent press since their launch thanks to their streamlined user experience, and they’re going strong in the Bay Area. First time customers are offered $60 worth of free delivery ($20 off your first three orders) — a very worthy incentive.

Call for delivery: (415) 550-1515

Serving: San Francisco

A mystery token of appreciation is included in every delivery made by Purple Star MD. They also offer complimentary deliveries for orders placed between 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.

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Call for delivery: (866) 622-6684

Serving: Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley, Alameda, Albany, El Cerrito, San Leandro, Castro Valley, San Francisco, Emeryville

First time patients receive 25% off their first delivery orders at Cannvis, and text updates on deliveries make this service a reliable and convenient choice.

Call for delivery: (510) 692-1716

Serving: Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Richmond, El Cerrito, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Concord, Hercules, Martinez, Pinole, and beyond

Yerba offers the convenience of scheduling your deliveries right when you want them (otherwise, you can still expect your product within an hour). Their knowledgeable staff is highly praised by Leafly reviewers, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions when calling them up.

Call for delivery: (925) 705-0831

Serving: Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Bay Point, Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Martinez, Pleasant Hill

Thankfully, this family-run collective in the East Bay doesn’t keep it all in the family. They also gainfully employ military veterans and offer three free pre-rolls for first time patients.

Editor’s note: This content is designed to provide helpful information for educational purposes only, and Leafly does not condone the delivery, purchase, possession, or consumption of cannabis in contravention of state or local laws. Always research state and local regulations before purchasing from a delivery service.


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California Cannabis Farmers Insist on Driving Their Own Trucks; Here’s Why

The California craft beer industry is worth upwards of $7 billion, and with approximately 750 breweries, the state is home to more brew operations than any other in the country. Now, the Golden State’s cannabis contingent is hoping to follow suit, with many industry leaders emphasizing the importance–and frankly, rights to–self-distribution.

For California growers to emulate the craft beer model, ‘they must be allowed to distribute’ their own product.

Gavin Kogan, Co-founder of Grupo Flor

“For California to grow and to emulate its craft beer and wine models, small operators need to be able to distribute,” said Gavin Kogan, co-founder of real estate operation Grupo Flor.

Kogan’s Salinas-based “family” of companies control 2.5-million-square-feet of property in Monterey County that’s already permitted for cannabis businesses, and helps tenants access legal, financial and agricultural resources to build out their business. Cannabis ventures are a lot like craft breweries, said Kogan, in that successful entrepreneurs in both industries have built their brands on personal relationships – and hustle. Craft brewer Ballast Point, for example, wouldn’t be where they are today (purchased two years ago for $1 billion) if they had been forced to use a third-party mass distributor like Coors, said Kogan. Coors won’t go to bat for the little guy, he explained, and instead simply pushes the larger products and brands that already sell.

“They create the monopolistic market,” said Kogan.

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The Teamsters Have Other Ideas

Critics of the self-distribution model (namely, the Teamsters) have said the exact opposite. They claim it’s this vertically integrated system that results in monopolies.

“It’s quite conceivable that the entire market can be owned by someone who also controls distribution and access to the market,” longtime Teamsters lobbyist Barry Broad told the Sacramento Bee. “It’s a big problem.”

The debate over distribution is an integral part of the controversy that emerged earlier this month after California Gov. Jerry Brown released a proposal merging regulations for the recreational and medicinal marijuana industries. Citing the importance of protecting consumer safety, safeguarding local control over the industry and ensuring businesses comply with California’s environmental laws, Brown’s proposed guidelines are intended to reduce confusion and “duplicative costs.”

Although medical regulations slated to take effect in January would restrict the type and number of licenses cannabis businesses can acquire, Brown’s proposal lands on the side of the voter-approved Prop. 64, aka the Adult Use Marijuana Act (AUMA), which has no restrictions on how many licenses a business can hold. The only caveat is for testing facilities, which must operate independently of any other business.

“Overly restrictive vertical integration stifles new business models and does not enhance public and consumer safety,” the proposal states. “AUMA has restrictions to protect against the over concentration of licenses in areas as well as monopolies.”

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Delivery Control Drives Reliability

Cannabis businesses currently have the option to self-distribute, and many have built their brands and reputations because of it.

‘If they took the right of self-distribution away I’d have to divest myself of half my business.’

Kenny Morrison, Founder, VCC Brands

Kenny Morrison, owner of edibles company VCC Brands, said he landed a lot of business through his own self-promotion. He was reliable. He showed up with the products he promised, while his competitors didn’t. He wouldn’t have controlled those defining factors if he had been forced to contract with a third-party distributor.

“If they took that right [self-distribution] away I’d have to divest myself of half my business,” said Morrison. “I’d have a lot of employees out of job.”

Morrison founded VCC (previously the Venice Cookie Company) in Venice, Calif. in 2008. Today VCC is a statewide edibles operation. Last September, Morrison founded the California Cannabis Manufacturers Association (CCMA). Members now include industry veterans like Gavin Kogan and large manufacturers like Jetty Extracts, Kiva, and Cheeba Chews.

As president of the CCMA, Morrison wrote a letter to the state legislature in February that pointed out the pitfalls of the “three-tiered” system modeled after alcohol. (In that system, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sales are all handled by separate companies.) Supporters of the three-tiered system say it helped stop the consolidation of “Big Alcohol” and helped eliminate the black market following the end of alcohol prohibition. But many of the reasons for its success are antiquated, said Morrison.

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For one, it was pre-internet: California’s cannabis industry will have access to a high-tech tracking system that uses advanced software, GPS, vehicle monitoring and more to ensure products stay within the state and end up where they’re supposed to go. Wayward cannabis flower in a Ziploc bag may be hard to trace back to the source. But California edibles companies spend so much on packaging and branding that it’s pretty easy to tell where a product originated.

And, it’s really a basic issue of principal.

“If you don’t trust me to distribute my products, why the hell should you trust me to manufacture them?” said Morrison.

Third-Party Drivers Led to Big Alcohol

Look no further than the existing liquor industry to see the pitfalls of third-party distribution, said Morrison. Spirit companies are required to use an outside distributor. As a result, large booze brands dominate the market. Distributors get paid on volume, he said, so if takes the same amount of time to get two stores to carry a new brand, versus landing an established company in more than 1,000 stories, it’s a no-brainer where the distributor will focus its effort.

It’d be a “slap in the face,” Kogan said, for the people who founded the industry to be forced to hand over their trade secrets to an outside distributor who doesn’t understand the micro-climates of California’s industry. Overall, the cannabis field still faces a lot of growing pains, he said, and like many states that have gone before it, it’s bound to overregulate and over-tax before eventually easing restrictions.

If the cannabis industry can be said to have a lifespan, we’re currently at the gawky, awkward middle school phase.

“We’re sort of at the pimply-faced teenager [stage] right now,” said Kogan.


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Proposed California Rules Have the Teamsters Hoppin’ Mad

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to unify California’s medical and adult use regulations, unveiled last week, has the state’s powerful Teamsters union mightily displeased.

Since the state’s voters passed adult-use legalization last November, California lawmakers have been struggling to reconcile the rules in Proposition 64 with the slightly conflicting regulations in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), which was adopted by lawmakers in Sacramento in 2015.

One of the main differences between the two regulatory schemes: Who gets to distribute cannabis in California.

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MMRSA includes a requirement that all cannabis and cannabis products must be handled by a third-party distributor. The Teamsters like the third-party rule because that’s how alcohol is distributed in California, and their union members drive a lot of beer trucks. Under similar rules, their members would, presumably, also drive a lot of cannabis delivery trucks.

Several distribution companies, including one set up by an alcohol-industry veteran, have already opened for business in California, in anticipation of millions of dollars of marijuana business steered their way by the MMRSA requirements.

But that distributor requirement was absent from Prop. 64. It’s believed that the Teamsters made a $25,000 contribution to the anti-legalization campaign last spring for this reason. The union was officially “neutral” on the measure.

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Gov. Brown offers a single set of rules

On Tuesday, Gov. Brown resolved the conflict and eliminated any chance of a dual-tiered state marijuana industry with a detailed 79-page outline, a “rider bill” attached to his 2017-2018 budget proposal. That outline proposes a single set of rules.

Gone is the mandated independent distributor. Gone is a requirement that a marijuana business must have a local as well as a state permit. If no local permit is available, a state permit will do.

Gone as well is a previous restriction on vertical integration. A single cannabis company can now own all links in the supply chain, from seed to sale—with the exception of testing labs, which must remain independent.

“Allowing for a business to hold multiple licenses including a distribution license will make it easier for businesses to enter the market, encourage innovation, and strengthen compliance with state law,” the governor’s office wrote. “To ensure the integrity of the testing is maintained, all distributors must arrange for an independent licensed testing laboratory to select a random sample, transport it to a laboratory, and test the product.”

Brown’s proposal must be approved by both houses of the state legislature before it can become law. The deadline for that adoption is approaching. Regulated medical and recreational cannabis sales are scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2018.

Much still to be done

There’s still a lot to be hammered out.

‘All in all, Gov. Brown’s plan is a huge win for small business.’

Nate Bradley, Policy Director, California Cannabis Industry Association

“It’s far from a done deal,” Nate Bradley, policy director at the California Cannabis Industry Association, told Leafly. “But all in all, it’s a huge win for small business—it ensures small startups can go straight to market, without having to fight with other people to get into a distribution company in order to get to market. It allows them to do direct-to-market sales.”

Barry Broad, the Teamsters’ main lobbyist in Sacramento, did not return a message seeking comment from Leafly before this story was published. But in comments to the Sacramento Bee, Broad vowed to fight the removal of third-party distribution “really hard.”

Marijuana industry figures who had long opposed the alcohol-industry model for cannabis were predictably thrilled.

“I’m delighted that after many months of discussion and struggle, the Governor has come down on the side of a free market,” Stephen DeAngelo, founder and CEO of Oakland, Calif.-based dispensary Harborside, told Leafly.

Harborside, with a second location in San Jose, is by repute the largest dispensary in California, with a reported $44 million in annual sales. DeAngelo has long opposed the requirement for its product to go through a distributor.

Gov. Brown created the Teamster clause

The removal of the mandatory distributor is a bit of a flip-flop for Gov. Brown. It was Brown’s office that inserted the distributor requirement into the MMRSA language at the eleventh hour in 2015—at the behest of the Teamsters, observers of the process say.

But in the end, the will of the voters won out. Since MMRSA was created by the legislature, the legislature could amend it. But since Prop. 64 was voter approved, it would require another election—possibly a costly special election—to change it in order to require independent  distributors

The state’s independent Legislative Counsel, which advises the governor and lawmakers on the legality and feasibility of changes to state law, received multiple requests asking how to force the distributor model onto recreational marijuana, multiple sources said. Each time, the Counsel said it would require a vote.

Brown also appears to resolve a conflict between the Teamsters and another major California labor union, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Both unions would like to represent workers in the legal marijuana industry. UFCW, which has organized several marijuana dispensaries around the state, also opposed the mandatory third-party distributor, favoring a free market model.

Grown your own, distribute your own

If adopted, Brown’s proposed rules will allow some major California marijuana manufacturers to distribute their own product. It’s unclear how Brown’s proposal will affect the distributors already in business—including RVR, a West Sacramento-based distributor that’s already shipping cannabis flower, oil cartridges, edibles, and other products across the state.

Steve DeAngelo considers the conglomerate of liquor-industry insiders and marijuana-grower advocates an ‘unholy alliance.’

One of RVR’s founders is Ted Simpkins, a septuagenarian former liquor executive. Last year, as Politico reported, RVR lobbied state lawmakers heavily, and appeared to wield heavy influence with existing marijuana lobbying groups, including the California Growers Association. A former board member of CGA, Lauren Fraser, became co-founder with Simpkins of RVR.

Critics like DeAngelo called the odd conglomerate of liquor-industry insiders and marijuana-grower advocates an “unholy alliance.”

Fraser did not respond to a request for comment by press deadline.

Fear of mega stores

In a statement released to CGA’s website, founder and executive director Hezekiah Allen praised Brown’s “solid understanding of several key issues” but did not address at length the removal of the distributor requirement. In a statement to the AP, Allen said Brown’s proposal could lead to “mega-manufacturers and mega-chain stores.”

In addition to the Teamsters, other powerful, more-conservative lobbies like the California Police Chiefs Association have promised to fight Brown’s proposal because they believe it favors “big marijuana,” as the Associated Press reported. The police chiefs also opposed Prop. 64.

But the Governor wields significant power. In the past, when Brown has involved himself in cannabis—as with MMRSA—his proposals have largely remained intact. And the depth and breadth of his outline released last week demonstrates how serious Brown is about regulating marijuana in this way—which includes removing the distributor requirement.

“It is very seldom that a governor puts out an 80-page fact sheet,” one lobbyist close to the process said. “This is tighter than when he introduced his cap-and-trade program.”


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Anti-Cannabis Group Violated CA Campaign Finance Laws, Commission Finds

A leading anti-cannabis advocacy group has agreed to pay thousands of dollars in fines for violating California campaign finance laws as organizers fought Proposition 64, a November ballot measure that legalized adult-use cannabis in the state.

The committee allegedly failed to identify special interests that contributed more than $50,000.

SAM Action Inc., the political arm of anti-legalization organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana, has reportedly signed off on $6,000 in fines recommended by the enforcement staff of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The group told investigators that the violations were “inadvertent.”

The proposed penalty comes less than two weeks after SAM Action Inc. threatened to identify the financial ties of any congressional representative to support a measure by US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) aimed at protecting state-legal medical marijuana from federal intervention. “The representatives who sign on to this letter will be investigated, and any ties to the pot industry lobby will be exposed,” the group warned.

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According the FPPC, however SAM has struggled to expose even its own financial ties. As the Patrick Greevy of the Los Angeles Times reports, the group, founded by former Obama administration drug policy advisor Kevin Sabet, failed to disclose numerous campaign details to regulators as the group fought Prop 64:

The violations included not changing the campaign committee’s name to include its major donor, Juliet Schauer, a retired art professor and Pennsylvania activist who contributed $1.36 million to the group to cover expenses in California and other states considering marijuana legalization.

The committee also was late in disclosing five Schauer contributions, failed to accurately report the total amount of contributions and failed to file a list of its top 10 contributors, as required by the state Political Reform Act.

SAM maintains the violations were “inadvertent,” according to the FPPC report, and were caused by “inexperience with California campaign reporting requirements.”

The state commission will consider approving the recommended fines on April 20.

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FPPC enforcement staff have also proposed $3,500 in fines against a campaign committee dubbed Public and Mental Health Advocates Against 64, a group that was sponsored by and received major funding from SAM Action Inc. In advertisements opposing Prop 64, the campaign committee allegedly failed to identify the names of special interests that contributed more than $50,000.

“Special interests were not identified in the committee name until 15 days before the election,” West wrote in the report, “which was 107 days after the deadline to identify these economic or other special interests.”

Prop 64 passed in November with support from 57% of state voters.


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California Moves to Unite Conflicting Cannabis Laws

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is one step closer to resolving tricky legal conflicts on its path to becoming the nation’s largest marijuana economy.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration released documents outlining proposed changes to square the state’s new recreational cannabis law with its longstanding law on medical marijuana.

The two laws took different approaches in many areas, including the potential size of cannabis grows and how many licenses businesses could hold in cultivation, distribution and manufacturing.

The Democrat governor’s administration has stressed that one regulatory framework is needed to avoid duplicating costs and confusing businesses.

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The Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, an industry group, praised the state for the proposal to reconcile the two laws but stressed it was still reviewing the plan.

“This takes us another step closer to a uniform industry and puts this state in a position to set the national standard,” Avis Bulbulyan, president of the group, said in an email.

In November, California joined a growing number of states in legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults.

By 2018, when the law kicks in, state officials must have crafted regulations and rules governing the emerging legal cannabis market with an estimated value of $7 billion, from where and how plants can be grown to setting guidelines to track the buds from fields to stores.

In general, the state will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow six marijuana plants at home.

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“While many components of the regulatory structure are proposed to be harmonized, the administration proposes to preserve the integrity and separation of the medicinal and adult use industry by maintaining these as two separate categories of license types with the same regulatory requirements for each,” the proposal said.

Those changes must be approved by the Legislature.

Earlier this year, Brown proposed spending more than $50 million to establish programs to collect taxes and issue licenses while hiring dozens of workers to regulate the industry.


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California Leaders Want to Block a Fed Move Against Cannabis

The state of California continues to draw lines in the sand in its continuing battle against the federal government. First the issues were immigration and environmental protection; now the state is turning its attention to the flourishing cannabis industry.

State voters passed Proposition 64, ending cannabis prohibition in the state, last November. But President Trump and his administration have hinted at a possible federal crackdown, leaving cannabis advocates worried about the possibility of federal raids and prosecutions.

So some state leaders are taking proactive steps to counter such a move. California Assembly member Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who represents the 59th District in South Los Angeles, introduced legislation last month to protect law-abiding Californians in the cannabis industry from federal prosecution.

Co-authored with three other assembly members and two senators, AB 1578 states that short of a court order, local law enforcement, regulators, and state and local agencies would be prohibited from helping a federal agency “investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest a person” for cannabis or medicinal cannabis activity.

The proposed bill also bars local officials from giving the feds personal information about cannabis consumers or businesses, or sharing data about any individual who applied for or received a license to engage in the commercial or medical cannabis industry.

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Jones-Sawyer, who has been a longtime advocate for ending cannabis prohibition, emphasized earlier this week that his legislation only protects people who are operating lawfully in the state. In Los Angeles, there are 135 legal dispensaries and more than 1,400 illegal ones, he said. It’s a much better use of local, state, and county law enforcement resources to go after the ones breaking the law.

“The low hanging fruit,” Jones-Sawyer said.

“I’m not impeding in any way, shape or fashion, law enforcement’s ability to go after those illegal ones,” he said. “In fact, I encourage it.”

Jones-Sawyer’s district is highly diverse, and he aims to involve more of this overlooked community in the cannabis industry. In fact, he’s been working on a way to reincorporate those who were incarcerated when cannabis was illegal, back into the business now that it’s poised to be regulated.

Many of those arrested don’t have a business degree from a swanky school like Harvard, but are “brilliant business people,” he said, who could thrive in today’s cannabis industry.

“This business will ultimately be very good for minorities and Africans-Americans and I think this bill [AB 1578] will ensure that we don’t impede that growth,” said Jones-Sawyer.

While Obama had more of a, let-sleeping-dogs-lie policy when it came to marijuana enforcement, President Donald Trump and his administration have indicated that type of loose oversight may be a thing of the past. In a February press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that states could expect “greater enforcement” against cannabis use and that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would also be considering recreational use of the drug.

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California isn’t the only state working to preemptively block a federal crackdown. In Oregon, legislators are considering an “emergency act” to protect residents who buy cannabis in the state. Dispensaries in Oregon are required to record the personal information of each purchaser, but under the proposed bill, retailers would have to destroy that info within 48 hours and it would be illegal to share the data with anyone else. In Washington, Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, asking him to respect the Cole Memorandum. In Colorado, pending legislation would allow the state’s 500 or so recreational growers to instantly re-classify their cannabis as medical if the feds ramp up enforcement.

Jones-Sawyer’s bill in California will have its first hearing April 18 in the Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety, of which he himself is the chair. From there, with Democratic majorities in both houses, the legislation has “every likelihood of passing,” according to Darren W. Parker, Special Assistant to the Speaker.

AB 1578 isn’t an act of defiance to the existing government, Parker said, but rather California’s effort – as the sixth largest economy in the world to “circle the wagons,” and to protect what the state has and safeguard the way California does business.

“This is not symbolic, it’s actually being done to have some teeth,” he said.


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