With Growers in the Shadows, California Faces Cannabis Shortage

It’s the opening chapter of California’s new era of regulated cannabis, and already a market disruption is underway.

Generally, retailers have ample product on store shelves for both adult use and medicinal cannabis consumers, but some brands are now in short supply. Prices are mostly stable, though new state taxes on legal purchases have meant sticker shock for customers.

Meanwhile, the black market appears to be thriving anew—invigorated by dissuasive taxes on growers, plus licensing fees and frustrations over difficulties of entering the legal economy. If more cultivators aren’t licensed by the state, manufacturers for cannabis concentrates for vape pens, waxes, and infused edibles fear they may run short of their critical production component – leafy cannabis trim – by summer.

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California Legalization Brings Host of Environmental Rules

At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California’s soon-to-be-legal marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and Adam Mernit listened intently, eager to make their humble cannabis plot a model of sustainable agriculture in a notoriously destructive industry dominated by the black market.

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Plan Would Allow Las Vegas Cannabis Sales to Kick Off July 1

Under a proposal submitted to Nevada lawmakers this week, existing medical cannabis dispensaries would be allowed to sell cannabis to all adults 21 and older beginning on July 1.

The plan, put forward by the Department of Taxation, would issue temporary “early start” adult-use licenses to certain existing medical marijuana businesses. Continue reading “Plan Would Allow Las Vegas Cannabis Sales to Kick Off July 1”