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Can certified ‘Ganjiers’ do for cannabis what sommeliers do for wine? Program aims to find out

“We’re creating an entirely new class of cannabis professional. Something that doesn’t exist in the industry today, to be a voice for true quality.” Derek Gilman The post Can certified ‘Ganjiers’ do for cannabis what sommeliers do for wine? Program aims to find out appeared first on The Cannabist.

Three in four California cannabis companies aren’t licensed; $100 million might help

Nearly four years after California started regulating its cannabis industry, three in four businesses still operate on provisional licenses. As temporary license holders, 75% of the state’s cannabis industry lacks protections and privileges that come with holding full licenses — a situation that worries some in the business. Those temporary operators also haven’t passed extensive environmental reviews required of full licensing — a fact that concerns environmental groups. Cannabis licensing is slow for a number of reasons, ranging from the sometimes dizzying complexity of California’s environmental rules to conflicting language between state and local cannabis laws to the high costs for permits and a shortage of government workers needed to process the paperwork. Read the rest of this stor...

Yes, there are ‘marijuana mortgages’ for California borrowers

Published: Nov 18, 2021, 3:17 am • Updated: Nov 18, 2021, 3:18 am By Jeff Lazerson Mortgage lenders knowingly and sometimes unwittingly provide residential purchase and refinance loans to tax cheats, money launderers and even straw buyers. How so? Lenders typically face a low bar for income documentation, they don’t look too hard and they don’t ask many tough questions. So, why can’t lenders provide mortgages for legally licensed, self-employed folks in California’s legal marijuana industry? Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

3 ways to infuse cannabis into your favorite Thanksgiving recipes

Since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, edibles have become an increasingly popular choice for buyers. In fact, edibles — a category that includes infused gummies, chocolates, cookies, candies and even beverages — accounted for 13.9% of sales in Colorado between July 9 and Oct. 7 (the most of any state, according to analytics firm Headset). But you’re not just limited to what’s sold at the store. As the variety of edibles has increased, so too have the ways consumers can make their own at home. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we tested three different infusion methods with popular holiday dishes — using cannabutter, marijuana concentrate and flower — so everyone can gather and giggle around the dinner table this year. Before we dive in, let’s start with a few disclaimers: Cannabis use...

Editorial: A stoned driver is an impaired driver

Stoned driving legislation has been a steady companion of sports betting bills on the Massachusetts Legislature’s back burner, where the flame is barely lit. The post Editorial: A stoned driver is an impaired driver appeared first on The Cannabist.

Medical marijuana laws in Colorado will be more strict starting Jan. 1. Here’s how.

Colorado will impose stricter rules for the purchase of medical marijuana starting Jan. 1 following several months of deliberation over how to execute a new state law meant largely to limit young people’s access to and abuse of high-potency THC products. The post Medical marijuana laws in Colorado will be more strict starting Jan. 1. Here’s how. appeared first on The Cannabist.

Charlie Baker again pushes stoned driving bill with drugged driving causalities on the rise

Gov. Charlie Baker, frustrated by lawmakers’ inaction more than five years after the legalization of recreational pot, is making a second attempt to cut down on stoned driving. The post Charlie Baker again pushes stoned driving bill with drugged driving causalities on the rise appeared first on The Cannabist.

Bills filed in state House, Senate would legalize medical marijuana insurance coverage

Medical marijuana, used to treat everything from chronic pain to Parkinson’s Disease to PTSD, is still not covered by medical insurance, a cost some say is prohibitively expensive to patients who rely on the drug. The post Bills filed in state House, Senate would legalize medical marijuana insurance coverage appeared first on The Cannabist.

Boston pot warehouse proposal slammed by religious, civic leaders

A group of religious and civic leaders plans to voice their opposition next week  to a proposed marijuana warehouse and courier service in Grove Hall, a neighborhood made up predominantly of people of color. The post Boston pot warehouse proposal slammed by religious, civic leaders appeared first on The Cannabist.

Marie St. Fleur and former prosecutor sue pot company, claiming nonpayment of wages

A Boston-area pot company that with much aplomb hired former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur and onetime Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Amy McNamee to run its operation apparently has had a spectacular falling out with the pair, who are now suing on allegations that the weed investors didn’t pay them. St. Fleur, who represented portions of Dorchester and Roxbury for years, and McNamee, the former prosecutor, each claim that company Union Twist owes them more than $242,000 in a combination of lost wages and the interest on them, per a suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court earlier this week. Union Twist made splashy headlines a few years ago when it announced various Boston muckety-mucks, including that pair, would be behind an effort to start selling recreational pot in Allston. Read the res...

Budding business: Weed jobs success story in tight labor market

Some businesses have trimmed their hours, changed the way they serve customers, or hiked wages and sweetened benefits to entice applicants as the pandemic-influenced job market reshapes itself. Pot businesses are among those keeping a “now hiring” sign in the window, but for different reasons than the restaurants, hotels and retailers scrambling to get back to pre-pandemic staffing levels. The challenges that cannabis companies face in hiring differ, too — too many applications in some cases, striving to meet diversity and local job commitments and overcoming the stigma of what for decades was an illegal industry. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Colorado dispensary offering 1-cent joint deal to voters until Election Day

Election Day is Nov. 2, and while you should vote to have a say in your local democracy, it never hurts to have an incentive. Native Roots Cannabis Co. is offering 1-cent joints to any customer who comes in with an “I Voted” sticker. The deal, which runs through Election Day, is good at any of the company’s 20 dispensaries in Colorado; no additional purchase is necessary. There’s a limit of one joint per customer. While I have you, check out The Denver Post’s comprehensive voter guide to local elections and statewide issues before you go out and light up the ballot box. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.