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California’s Cannabis Market Going Through Tough Times

Now that 2019 is officially in full swing, cannabis and hemp remain a hot topic. Predictions for California cannabis yearly revenue went up month by month in 2018 and investments started to really come into the industry. With so much change going on, general consumers outside of California haven’t experienced the noticeable different across the sunshine state.

Although recreational cannabis was legalized, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control announced in January of 2018 that medical collectives were only allowed to operate through the end of the year without state permits towards the licensed recreational industry. This means that thousands of co-ops and collectives were allowed to exist with millions of pounds of cannabis cultivated and processed into various types of products.

Many companies have been operating in both the medical and recreational markets since legalization. Some would say that the majority of people from medical days are still leveraging every single day for profit. MJBizDaily’s report shared that medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives became illegal without a state license on January 10th, 2019.

Collectives or co-ops operating without a state permit after Jan. 10th could be raided by law enforcement and potentially shut down, with the employees and operators facing possible criminal charges and civil fines. 

The recreational side (Prop 64) has provided flashier customer experiences but there is limited access to licensed retailers across the state. For years, the medical side (Prop 215) has given cannabis patients the ability to connect with collectives and trusted growers all over California. The legislation is stifling a community that needs a long term solution in order to grow and flourish.

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The Cookies Family Showed Out For Berner At Showbox Market

Berner made a normal Tuesday night feel like 420 Friday night at the Showbox Market. The Big Pescado rolled into Seattle with all of his homies, The Exotikz and the Cookies for an early 420 celebration. Pulling up to the Showbox Market, a line of kids in Cookies merchandise wrapped around the corner. By the time we rolled up and smoked a blunt of Nigerian and White Tahoe Cookies to channel the spirit of The Big Pescado, the line had dispersed and we walked right through security and into the venue.

As soon as I grabbed a gin and tonic from the bar, the host Winston came on to introduce BadYoshi, a duo from Tacoma. Yodi Mac and Scribemecca only had five songs to get the crowd warmed up. They performed hits “Bag It Up,” “40,025” and several songs from their debut self-titled EP. Their stage presence was high energy and the set was dope, but it was easy to see this crowd was here for Berner and Berner alone. Their energy never bled into the crowd like at previous BadYoshi performances I’ve witnessed.

Anonymous The Dude and The Cookies Boys from Berner’s entourage performed as people slowly filled in. Some of their performances were low energy and the security was cracking down hard on anybody smoking. Berner thanked the Showbox Market for letting the audience smoke with the artists; which only happened for a small portion of the night from my vantage point. They were confiscating weed, putting it out, and escorting people towards the exit. This contributed to a scattered and weird feeling in the crowd, but everything turned around as soon as Berner’s entourage introduced him and brought him on stage.

The dance floor filled out quickly and smoke plumes sprouted up like California wildfires after a drought. The combination of a packed out dance floor with the sheer volume of people smoking, made it almost impossible for security to hamper stoner efforts like previously in the evening. I even got in on the action midway through the show.  I switched spots in the crowd after some amped up meat-head was trying way too hard to get us to “his level.”  After I moved to the left side of the stage, I was handed half of a joint, which I finished quickly to avoid the security flashlight beam meandering my way through the fog of stoned.

Berner played all the hits from The Big Pescado like “Greed,” “Noid,” and “Wait For It.” He rocked plenty of fan favorites from previous projects like “20 Joints,” “Wax Room,” “Xanax and Patron,” and many others. In between songs Bern would toss bags of Exotikz Lemonade into the crowd. Berner is effortless on stage, he doesn’t have to move much because his flow and music really speak for themselves. The sound was on point all night and Berner’s flow was effortless. As everyone in the room smoked more cannabis, the crowd became more united around Berner’s smooth, enigmatic presence.

Seattle was a movie 🎥 #thebigpescadotour ! 4/20 next !

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By the end of the night, there wasn’t a hint of weirdness in the room and the energy had completely turned around. Berner performed to a packed and gracious house. He thanked the fans at the end of the show for supporting him through a fully independent music career.

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GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

 

Berner Helps Launch Cookies Los Angeles Recreational Retailer

Proposition 64 legalized the sale of recreational cannabis in California as of Jan. 1. Of the thousand or so businesses that opened their doors to adults 21 and over, none were more anticipated than Cookies Los Angeles in Maywood.

Cookies Comes To SoCal

The Cookies Los Angeles debut was met with a line that wrapped around the block. Hundreds of people waited eagerly to buy strains like Biscotti, Lemonchello #19, Sherbet, Gelato, London Pound Cake and of course, the original Cookies strain. The fanfare was capped off with taco truck catering and star-studded cameo’s from B-Real and Berner himself, who was helping customers and hanging out with fans.

Berner is a rapper and cannabis entrepreneur. He’s the face of Cookies Fam’s cannabis and has helped turn the Cookies brand into a cannabis phenomenon. They have a cult following in the cannabis and hip-hop communities. Berner has done a tremendous job of intertwining Cookies references into well-crafted verses, adding to the brand’s luxurious aura. His latest album release “The Big Pescado,” coincided with the Cookies Los Angeles debut.

“I hit the G- pen on the plane then I take me a nap (I’m out)
The lemoncello’s so good that I keep every batch (I keep it all)
But you can grab a QP, just throw me a rack (I need a G)” Noid, The Big Pescado

Cookies Los Angeles Helps Community

Stoners and hip-hop heads weren’t the only people excited about the Cookies Fam and Berner’s move into the recreational cannabis industry. Maywood’s city officials are using recreational cannabis profits to bolster the city’s economy. Maywood gets 6 percent of Cookies Los Angeles profits for allowing them to operate in the city. That direct tax will be used to pay the city’s debt, fund city services, build up city infrastructure, and construct a new sheriff’s substation.

The Cookies Fam is one of the most infamous breeders in cannabis culture. They’re the creators of the original Cookies strain that started a cookies revolution. You’re likely to find some kind of cookies strain on any retail or medical shelf on the west coast. Cookies strains are synonymous with frosted, colorful flowers that produce memorable flavors and euphoric effects. They used the original Cookies genetics to breed the likes of Gelato, Sherbet, and Biscotti. The Cookies Fam have stolen the hearts of occasional cannabis users and connoisseurs alike.

Berner has helped normalize cannabis through his music, social media presence and Cookies branded clothing. Holding down a spot in the recreational market will continue their push to make Cookies one of the most recognizable names in the cannabis industry.

As glamorous as the Cookies Fam life is, there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make it happen. All of the work paid off, Cookies Los Angeles is a premier cannabis retailer in Southern California, part of the largest recreational cannabis market in the world. More than that, their work is directly helping rebuild the Maywood community. Something that goes far beyond growing and smoking weed.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Jeff Sessions Calls For Federal Prosecution of Cannabis Activity

Trump’s stance during the 2017 election was to leave the states alone when it came to marijuana prosecution, a decision that held with President Obama and Attorney General Holder-era recommendations.

“I’m a states person, I think it should be up to the states,” Trump said.

Trump has been silent since Sessions rescinded the Cole memo on Jan. 4. Trump hasn’t reigned in Session who’s been attacking cannabis since he took his attorney general position. Trump has not kept to his word on many things since he was elected, and the states cannabis rights is another entry on that ever-growing list of lies.

Sessions is putting the entire legal cannabis industry in jeopardy after certain members of the GOP went after medical marijuana protections last month. Sessions wrote a letter to all state attorney generals stating the Cole Memorandum (Cole memo) is to be rescinded immediately and adherence to the Controlled Substance Act is recommended. This means that Obama-era polices of noninterference pertaining to states marijuana laws are no longer in place.

The Cole memo is the document drafted by former Deputy Attorney General James Cole that was the binding set of regulations states recreational cannabis laws we’re to obey. As long as states were in 100 percent compliance with these laws, federal prosecutors would abstain from inference of cannabis related activities.

States like Colorado have shown how serious they are about following the Cole memo’s rules. Last month the state raided 13 recreational dispensaries for state law violations. Colorado did this on its own accord with no prompting or help from DEA or any other federal agencies.

Sessions didn’t outright tell federal prosecutors to go after cannabis businesses, but he removed the  leashes if any decide to do so themselves. In his letter Sessions mentions the finite resources they’re managing to prosecute marijuana cases, but to uphold federal law which still labels cannabis as a schedule-one drug. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said his office would aggressively pursue cannabis related crimes but the states recreational marijuana law isn’t be addressed at this time.

While Lelling seems to be lock-step with Sessions assessment that this is a “return to law,” most-everyone else seems to be unanimously against the move and are standing against Sessions and defending the Cole memo. Washington Governor Jay Inslee suggested the public stand firm and resist while Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said “we’re not messing around” in regards defending the Washington’s cannabis industry.

In Washington consumers have purchased $2.48 billion in cannabis, paid $223 million in sales tax $682 million in marijuana tax. That’s almost a $1 billion budget for Washington to fight Sessions decision. These numbers are as of Oct. 2017, according to 502data.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer of the District of Colorado, Republican Senator Cory Gardner, Lt. Governor of California Gavin Newsome  and the Koch brothers are just some of the law makers and policy influencers that disagree with Sessions attack on the cannabis industry.

It’s well known that the war on drugs perpetuates racial stereotypes dealing with drug use and disproportionately effects black and brown neighborhoods, systematically ruining thousands of peoples lives. For Sessions to restart a drug war that’s wasted billions of tax dollars with no positive impact to show for it; is downright insulting to the critically thinking voters of this country. The majority of whom at minimum support medical cannabis if not complete legalization.

Cannabis needs to be further researched to fully understand its benefits and detriments, but it’s unanimously agreed that it’s safer than opioids, which is plaguing out country. It’s also safer than alcohol and tobacco; both are legal and regulated by the government despite having no medical usage whatsoever.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Summary of California’s Cannabis Distribution Plans

California recreational marijuana sales kick off in 2018. California is the sixth largest economy in the world and already home to a medical marijuana industry that grosses $2.7 billion, Politico Magazine reports. That number is expected grow to around $15 billion after recreational sales begin. What happens in California’s cannabis market could have ramifications for future states looking to experiment with cannabis legalization. Cannabis distribution was and perhaps still is the most polarizing issue California faced on the eve of legalization.

In Washington and Colorado, cannabis producers sell directly to retailers. This allows processors/producers to negotiate with retailers on their own terms. When Californian citizens voted in Proposition 64, the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA,) to regulate their medical marijuana industry, it opened the door for cannabis distribution to be a major market force, The CannaLaw blog reports.

Washington and Colorado’s recreational markets don’t have structured cannabis distribution, the MMRSA makes producers and processors use a distribution company as a middle man between them and a retailer. This model is loosely based off the alcohol industry’s current three-tiered distribution method; that was implemented after prohibition to big-alcohol from advocating over-consumption through marketing.

Under this model, distributors are solely responsible for setting up deals between retailers and producers. It does this by negotiating prices and providing brand selection between the two, The CannaLaw Blog reports.A cannabis distribution model was adopted because it was the only way law enforcement would get behind legalization in California. Executive Director of California’s Grower Association (CGA,) Hezekiah Allen agreed to this model as a way of compromising the legal sale of a federally illegal substance, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Allen believes this system will ultimately be a positive gate keeper of cannabis culture. Critics say this model could let distributors control the flow of product by pushing out small farms that can’t afford expensive distribution services. The Teamsters Union supports a distribution model, as does the Marijuana Policy Project, a Libertarian-leaning advocacy group, Seattle Weekly reports.

Another reason alcohol based distribution was adopted? A former alcohol executive lobbied for just that. Ted Simpkins was a Senior Manager at Southern Wine and Spirits, America’s largest alcohol distributor. After he retired, he set his eyes on California’s blooming recreational industry. He started a cannabis distribution company called River Wellness or River collective, Politco Magazine reports. RVR invested over $130,000 into lobbying for alcohol based cannabis distribution. RVR and the CGA use the same Sacramento based lobbying firm.

California legislators have changed how cannabis distribution will take place. In August, the MMRSA was repealed in favor of the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAURSA.) This completely changes the cannabis distributers role. These new roles limit distributors to transportation and quality assurance practices only. They become another gate keeper for packing quality and testing practices. Producers and retailers are still free to deal with each other directly over product pricing, but licensees must go through a distributor to get products form one licensee to another. Cannabis distributors will charge for their services, but looks to be out of the market share like their counterparts in the alcohol industry.

Read The Full Politico Magazine Article About California’s Cannabis Distribution Debate

Check The CannaLaw Blog’s Report On California’s Distribution Debate

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.