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If They’re Doling Out Cannabis “Appellations,” L.A.’s Growers Want In

Think place-of-origin branding, like “Champagne” or “Roquefort.” An industry group fears indoor cultivators will be left out.

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California: Almost-Organic Cannabis is Coming

Regulators and growers meet to hash out a state alternative to USDA certification.

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California Cannabis Charter Bank Bill Gains Traction

State Senator Bob Hertzberg, who worked alongside state Treasurer Fiona Ma, described the bill as “an interim bridge . . . not too complex,” and better than “a cockamamie public bank.”

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California’s Cannabis Party Bus Bill Inches Forward

As cannabis tourism is on the rise across the US, lawmakers in the nation's most populous state aim to set some ground rules.

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Report: Los Angeles Social Equity Program Misses Mark

Minority Cannabis Business Association says the city’s position as one of the largest cannabis markets means its “programs and market rollouts will likely be adopted by others in the industry.”

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California Regulators Unveil Campaign to Curb Illicit Cannabis Market

At an industry summit in Los Angeles, California’s top cannabis regulators came together to discuss the state’s plans to prop up licensed operators, banking and tax hurdles, and social equity programs.

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“Render Them Bereft”: Cannabis Trade Associations Call on LA City Attorney to Expand Enforcement against Unauthorized Retailers

In the Coalition’s view, it currently “appears that the City’s enforcement is focused on closing illicit retail businesses, not dismantling them.”

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High-Profile Cannabis Bills Die in California Legislature

Both proposals could have provided a shot in the arm for licensed businesses as the state cannabis industry continues to struggle with competition from illegal operators.

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California Bill to Provide Clarity on Hemp CBD Products Advances in the Senate

“We can already buy these products today at local gyms, coffee shops, wellness stores, and even now at CVS.”

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At a Realtors’ Event in Los Angeles, Stakeholders Prepare for the Next Round of Cannabis Retail Permits

Finding property for a cannabis business is tricky, and some landlords are taking advantage.

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Los Angeles’ Top Cannabis Regulator Details Next Steps for Equity

Cat Packer: “We want you all to be able to participate in the industry. We want this industry to look like this room.”

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In Fits and Starts, California’s Hemp Industry Pushes Forward

The California Department of Food and Agriculture “has received calls from hundreds of people from all over California.”

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Los Angeles Budget Threatens to Hamper Cannabis Social Equity Rollout

Cat Packer: Without adequate funding, regulators “will not be able to meet the anticipated demand for program services,” leading to delays.

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At the California Senate, Four Cannabis Bills Move Forward

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

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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.

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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.”