Articles By Julia Barajas

California

At the California Senate, Four Cannabis Bills Move Forward

Lawmakers advanced legislation relating to banking, pets, transparency, and statewide delivery.

Business

Day 2: Dispatches from the 2019 Institutional Capital and Cannabis Conference

“The largest speculative investment boom in the history of humankind is going to occur in this space, in this country.”

Business

Cannabis Companies Eye Federal Program Meant to Spur Investment in “Low-Income” Areas

“Take advantage of one of the most radical and important changes in tax legislation in decades,” a Las Vegas Expo program, which includes the cannabis industry, reads.

Nevada

Las Vegas Approves Ordinance Allowing Cannabis Consumption Lounges

“If anybody on the resort side thinks people aren’t vaping in their casino, they’re completely oblivious to what’s going on.”

Congress, Lobbying

Why Are Big Insurance Companies Pushing for the SAFE Banking Act?

“We’re doing all we can to help the insurance market for cannabis operations mature," said a spokesperson for the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers.

Business

Who’s Who in Your Local Cannabis Industry? That May Be a Secret

Transparency varies widely from state to state, Cannabis Wire finds, reflecting underlying conflicts in an emerging industry.

California

LA Mayor’s Proposed Budget Doubles Down Against Unlicensed Cannabis Shops

Mayor Eric Garcetti's budget puts millions toward law enforcement and cannabis regulators, and promises to establish an equity program.

California

In Los Angeles, Labor and Social Justice Advocates Join Forces on Cannabis Equity Proposal

“When I worked in an illegal shop … I was pressured to do whatever the shop owner requested. At my current shop, where I'm covered by a union contract, I know I have rights.”

Enforcement

Trump Administration: Immigrants Who Work in the Cannabis Industry Are of Questionable “Moral Character”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock penned a letter to mayors in the Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy Coalition and called for solidarity against federal policies that bar immigrants from participating in the cannabis industry.