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CA’s Marijuana Taxes & Regulations Keep Illegal Pot Competitive

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Two years in, California’s legal marijuana industry is stuck. Should voters step in?

SACRAMENTO (Los Angeles Times) — Two years after California began licensing pot shops, the industry remains so outmatched by the black market that a state panel recently joined some legalization supporters in calling for significant changes — perhaps turning again to voters to address the problems.

In its annual draft report, the Cannabis Advisory Committee warned Gov. Gavin Newsom and California legislators that high taxes, overly burdensome regulations and local control issues posed debilitating obstacles to the legal marijuana market.

With tax revenue about a third of what was expected and with only about 800 of an anticipated 6,000 licensees open for business, the panel said, officials may need to consider “revisiting the ballot initiative process.”“Despite the state’s committed efforts to bring cannabis […]

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West Hollywood Hosts Cannabis Wedding Expo at Andaz Hotel

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — A host of brands gathered to hold the 3rd .

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The unique expo was held at the Andaz Hotel near the Sunset Strip and featured cannabis-inspired takes on traditional wedding items, including bouquet art installations with cannabis themes and designer wedding dresses.

The Cannabis Wedding Expo is a curated boutique wedding event for shopping and meeting local cannabis brands and wedding service providers that can tastefully incorporate cannabis into your matrimonial celebrations.

According to Forbes “There are cannabis-infused lotions to soothe irritated skin, body balms to relieve pain and vapes that release THC microdoses for relaxing. There are also various tinctures and pills to fight migraines, anxiety and inflammation. Boasting ingredient lists with minerals and micronutrients, beeswax, royal jelly, organic avocado oil and myrrh — and encased in ultra sophisticated packaging — these cannabis products wouldn’t be out of place at a high-end spa or makeup counter. (And some of them have the price tags to prove it: The cannabis tampons are $11 each, and one pain-relief balm is $25 for 0.9 ounces.)”

A 2018 LA Magazine report mentioned “[Philip]Wolf and his fellow co-founders—Bec Koop and Madlyne Kelly—launched the Cannabis Wedding Expo in Denver, Colorado, in 2016, and hosted a follow-up event in San Francisco in 2017. Wolf’s work has included growing marijuana, opening dispensaries, and, in 2014, founding Colorado’s first public cannabis dining experience, Cultivating Spirits, which hosts cannabis pairing dinners and cannabis tours. Koop started a wedding floral design business in 2011, and in 2013 he launched the cannabis-specific bouquet company, Buds and Blossoms.”

This type of event is taking place around the country, and the county. You have to be over 21 to attend. Tickets to other Cannabis Wedding Expo events are available on eventbrite and the Expo website.

For more information, check out cannabisweddingexpo.com

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MedMen Presents ‘New Year, New You’ 2020

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LOS ANGELES (Yahoo Finance) — MedMen Enterprises Inc. has partnered with Los Angeles wellness studios Sweat Yoga, LIT Method, Cycle House, Box Union Robertson and Oraya Movement as part of an enhancement of 2020 community programming.

The goal of the partnership is to discover benefits of wellness and cannabis. MedMen collaborated with Papa and Barkley and Kikoko to provide each studio with samples of their leading cannabis products, as well as including incentives to visit MedMen.

Sweat Yoga, a hot yoga studio with locations in Santa Monica, Playa Vista Westlake Village and Little Tokyo, will partner with MedMen for their Sunday night Yin class at all four of their locations during January and February. Following class, attendees will have the opportunity to sample Positivi-Tea […]

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Cannabis Education Matters for Employees in the Industry

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Why Cannabis Education Matters

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Stamford Advocate) — “How can I help you?” a lovely saleswoman in West Hollywood recently asked me during my visit to a local weed shop. Budtenders like her make an average of $14.90 an hour, and the turnover rate is 70 percent within the first 90 days of employment, according to recent research by Vangst.

This is shocking, considering a budtender (or flower host, wellness guide, cannabis consultant, or whatever you call them) is often the first person a cannabis consumer encounters in their purchasing journey.

They’re the ones asking questions, making recommendations, sharing their expertise. So why does the industry […]

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