Tuesday, July 25, 2017
“With limited testing, and the desperation to maintain and appease their clients, a lot of the value of laboratories has been lost.”
Laboratory Owner Wanting To Remain Anonymous
“California is the largest regulated cannabis market in the country and while our platform is available in other states, our main priority is aggressively scaling our market share in the Golden State. The proceeds from this offering will help us take advantage of the opportunity created by our recent acquisition of Odava and the California regulatory contract being awarded to Franwell.”
Isaac Dietrich, MassRoots CEO
San Francisco Officials Move To Ban New Dispensaries Until Rec. Rules Developed (CA – Cannabis Dispensaries)
Ganjapreneur (July 24, 2017) The San Francisco, California Planning Commission has passed a recommendation to ban the opening of new medical cannabis dispensaries for up to two years until the city enacts its regulations on the forthcoming recreational cannabis industry, according to a report from 48 Hills.
MassRoots Raises $1.2mm To Fund Odava California Expansion, Selling Shares At $0.50 With $0.65 Warrants (CA – Cannabis Industry)
New Cannabis Ventures (July 24, 2017) MassRoots, Inc. (OTCQB:MSRT), one of the leading technology and compliance platforms for the cannabis industry, is pleased to announce it has closed a $1,217,000 private placement of common stock and warrants, as detailed in MassRoots’ Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 24, 2017 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
State Bill Aimed At ‘Big Weed' Marketing Hits Small Businesses Too (CA – Cannabis Industry)
San Francisco Chronicle (July 24, 2017) At the online store Cafepress.com, you can buy a shirt emblazoned with an American flag and bearing the words: “The United States of Amerijuana … with Brownies and Doobies For All.” That shirt, crass as it might be, is perfectly legal to sell in California. But a stylishly lettered T-shirtthat does not even reference marijuana but is sold by the Apothecarium, a San Francisco medical cannabis dispensary, would be banned from sale in the state under legislation now making its way through the Legislature.
Sonoma Wine Country Scores A New Pot Of Gold (CA – Cannabis Industry)
Forbes (July 24, 2017) It seems like only yesterday California’s Humboldt County claimed or had been given the mantle cannabis capital of the state. Some have said more cannabis grows in Humboldt County than any other crop in the county or in any other county; salon.com called it not just California’s but America’s marijuana capital.
Supes Send Cannabis Businesses Ordinance Back To Committee For Modifications (CA – Cannabis Regulations)
Benito Link (July 24, 2017) After a public hearing July 18 regarding the Cannabis Businesses Ordinance and agreeing it is nearly at the point where it can be voted on, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors sent it back to its ad hoc committee to fine tune it one more time after hearing comments from the public and board members.
Sunnyvale’s New $96,000 Logo: Pot Leaf Or Pac-Man? (CA – Cannabis Industry)
The Mercury News (July 24, 2017) The City of Sunnyvale has a new logo. I realize this news may not transform your life. It may not interrupt it for more than one or two seconds. But in the now-popular municipal search for “branding” — itself a dubious quest — the new logo offers an intriguing backstory.
Cannabis Cultivators Struggle To Go Green (USA – Cannabis Cultivation)
Weed Reader (July 24, 2017) Currently, cannabis cultivators are struggling with the large carbon footprint that is needed to produce weed. Marijuana uses just as much energy as a hospital per square foot, and eight times more than an average commercial building. There are major monetary rewards for growers who figure out a constructive method for reducing the environmental footprint.
US Patent Office Issuing Cannabis Patents To A Growing Market (USA – Medical Cannabis)
Forbes (July 24, 2017) Among the host of uncertainties they face, cannabis industry entrepreneurs might wonder if they can patent marijuana products — after all, they are still illegal at the federal level. It may come as a relief then, to find out that the US Patent Office has been issuing cannabis-related patents since 1942. Nearly 1,500 cannabis patent applications have been filed, more than half in the last 25 years. About half of the requests were approved and some of those have expired, leaving about 500 currently active cannabis-related patents.
No Easy Fix For Synthetic Cannabis Health Emergency (USA – Synthetic Cannabis)
RadioNZ (July 24, 2017) Auckland City Missioner Chris Farrelly has confirmed that the mission is seeing violent behaviour in clients who have never been violent before and speculated that synthetic cannabis was being “spiked” with something else.
Nevada County Board Of Supervisors, Citizen’s Cannabis Group Set For Tuesday Meetings (CA – Cannabis Industry)
The Inion (July 24, 2017) The Nevada County Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint a new member to its citizens' marijuana board this Tuesday, a panelist who would then attend his first cannabis meeting that afternoon.
Connecting With Customers Under California’s Strict Advertising Regulations (CA – Cannabis Dispensaries)
Ganjapreneur (July 24, 2017) Californians planning to run cannabis businesses under MAUCRSA should pay special attention to the new advertising regulations if they want to connect with customers without attracting citations, fines, or worse. Due to the heavy restrictions, many traditional advertising channels might not be available, so creating a message that resonates with customers will require strategy and ingenuity.
Maine Dispensary Owner Gifts Cannabis To Volunteers Who Clean City’s Trash (ME – Cannabis Dispensaries)
Ganjapreneur (July 24, 2017) A dispensary owner in Maine offered cannabis to volunteers who pitched in to help clean up trash throughout the community over the weekend, according to a WUMR-9 report. Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana in Gardiner, posted the call on Facebook, which was shared hundreds of times.