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Weed vs. Greed: How America Botched Legalizing Pot

August 2, 2022

"As the cannabis industry continues to thrive across California, Monterey County growers have faced a dilemma: pay a hefty cannabis business tax, or face potential closure..."


Cannabis growers tell the county they need a tax freeze for the industry to survive.

July 21, 2022

"As the cannabis industry continues to thrive across California, Monterey County growers have faced a dilemma: pay a hefty cannabis business tax, or face potential closure..."


Monterey County cannabis growers demand a tax freeze

July 12, 2022

"In a joint appeal, Monterey County cannabis growers demanded an immediate tax freeze for a minimum of one year, Tuesday..."


June 20, 2022

"The city of Monterey could generate as much as $1.3 million annually with a new cannabis tax measure proposed for the November ballot...."


June 1, 2022

"Monterey County elected officials on Wednesday again cut taxes on cannabis growers while trying to walk a fine line between helping a struggling industry without hurting county revenues during a time of budget deficits..."


Grand jury report on Monterey County cannabis urges systemic changes

May 18, 2022

"A Monterey County civil grand jury report determined the Monterey County Cannabis Program has lapses in transparency, oversight and analysis that need to be addressed, concerning the crop that has an estimated $484 million market value."


Monterey County Board of Supervisors to receive report on cannabis regulations

May 16, 2022

"After the Monterey County Board of Supervisors lowered its cannabis cultivation taxes earlier this year, the board will receive a report Tuesday on focus groups on the cannabis industry commenting on the county’s legal cannabis program."


With the industry in crisis, county eyes overhaul to cannabis tax program

February 17, 2022

"Monterey County’s Board of Supervisors are preparing to vote March 1 on an overhaul of the county’s cannabis taxing structure. Joann Iwamoto, the county’s cannabis program manager, says it would be the most dramatic change since the county’s legal cannabis program began."


Monterey County Board of Supervisors to consider cut to commercial cannabis taxes

January 31, 2022

"With local cannabis businesses reportedly facing permanent closure, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday will consider taking the first step in providing them relief by cutting commercial cannabis business tax rates."


Monterey to allow three retail cannabis permits

December 22, 2021

"Days after California cannabis companies warned Gov. Gavin Newsom that the state’s legal cannabis industry has been pushed to the breaking point — urging cultivation tax cuts and an expansion of retail shops statewide"


Forget the Boston Tea Party. Here comes the California Weed Tax Revolt.

December 12, 2021

"Back in 2016, when Californians were asked to legalize marijuana for recreational use, voters
were promised that doing so “will incapacitate the black market.” Obviously, that hasn’t
happened. The black market is thriving in California"


Monterey County Cannabis Program aims for diversity

December 10, 2021

"December 8 was the deadline for applicants to send in a pre-application for the Monterey County Cannabis Equity Program. This program will open up opportunities for people to enter the cannabis industry."

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Police destroy lots of weed, say it’s done to protect industry, customers

November 12, 2021

“We want to create a fair and balanced playing field,” Peterson explained. “This is an industry that’s trying to gain a foothold in the legal market. The legal growers are paying high taxes and licensing fees — they’re getting taxed per square foot."


The County Board of Supervisors has approved some tax relief for local cannabis growers

November 2, 2021

"If you haven’t heard, the cannabis industry across the state and in Monterey County is experiencing some growing pains that are resulting in shrinking value. During the pandemic summer of 2020, the cannabis market was riding high, reaching roughly $1,200 per pound according to local market insiders."


Struggling Monterey County cannabis growers win tax modification

October 6, 2021

"Some growers have had to cut production by 50% because of the huge number of wholesale cannabis operations in the state. With that increasing supply and a stable demand, there will be pressure on prices."


Monterey County is awarded $1.74 million in new state cannabis control grant

October 1, 2021

"California's Department of Cannabis Control DCC created a new grant program to help local government transition businesses from provisional licenses to annual licenses."


No new joints: Santa Cruz County provisionally halts cannabis permits

September 14, 2021

"Public speakers got into the weeds of the connotations and effects of the marijuana industry before the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors elected to institute a temporary emergency moratorium Tuesday."


Cannabis prices continue to drop as fall harvest season threatens further saturation

September 7, 2021

"Bob Roach, executive director of the Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association, says a market that is already oversupplied in the summer paints a grim picture for the fall. “The big outdoor crop has not even been harvested yet, people are sitting on large inventories,” Roach says."


18 tons of illegal contaminated cannabis destroyed in Monterey County

September 7, 2021

"According to a press release by the Monterey County District Attorney's they have been targeting unlicensed cannabis cultivations in northern, central, and southern Monterey County. In the last 30 days, 9 separate operations were carried out by the multi-agency unit."

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Small North Coast cannabis farms face daunting future

August 27, 2021

"There are other costs in the highly regulated pot market that require distribution and product testing, notably the state cultivation tax that was raised last year to $154 per pound of dried flower."


After years of steady growth, cannabis is facing the market realities of a hot commodity.

July 30, 2021

"At first glance, Monterey County’s annual crop report for 2020 appeared to spell good news for the county’s cannabis industry—in only its fourth year on the recreational market, cannabis production jumped in value to $484.1 million."


2020 Monterey County Crop & Livestock Report: Cannabis Growth Supports Monterey County

July 20, 2021

"In this same year, local cannabis tax revenues provided $20.5 million that was used to provide disaster and pandemic relief for all the communities of Monterey County."


Following Los Angeles’ $1.2 Billion Illegal Cannabis Bust, Monterey County Cracks Down on Enforcement Operations

July 15, 2021

"The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement agencies seized more than 7,000 pounds of illegal cannabis plants and nearly 300 pounds of processed illegal cannabis over the last 8 days."


Burned once, the Pacific Grove City Council takes a cautious step toward cannabis outreach

July 5, 2021

"The Pacific Grove City Council is proceeding carefully toward asking voters if they're ready for a cannabis dispensary in the small town after facing strong opposition last year."


Monterey County agriculture industry has vaccinated 42,000 farmworkers

May 28, 2021

"The agriculture industry in Monterey County reports a milestone 42,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to more than 70% of its total farmworker population since vaccination efforts began earlier this year."


Cannabis plants in Monterey County are dying, resulting in millions of dollars in damage.

May 27, 2021

"Its asymptomatic nature makes it difficult to catch and its effect on cannabis plant yield and potency goes unknown until the end of the growing process. The plant disease, called the hop latent viroid, has joined the ranks of unforeseen obstacles plaguing the Monterey County cannabis industry."

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Growing with the canabis industry in Monterey County

May 14, 2021

"The 2019 cannabis report published by Monterey County shows that its crop value was roughly $450 million. To put that in perspective, if it were included along with the county's other big crops..."


Sand City’s cannabis survey in but more feedback sought


March 25, 2021

"Sand City is in the process of taking the temperature of its citizens on the subject of commercial cannabis activity. The results from a recent survey are being tabulated and two future workshops are planned to gather more..."

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Monterey County launches cannabis equity survey

March 25, 2021

"Monterey County Cannabis Program is in the process of assessing how communities have been impacted by cannabis prohibition and the War on Drugs and exploring how to more equitably develop this new industry." 


Ag Report: Monterey County releases cannabis revenue allocation report

March 4, 2021

"Monterey County has released its cannabis revenue allocation report, and it shows that more than $38.8 million went to programs across the county between 2018 and 2021. The report also shows that millions in revenue went to fund COVID-19 response in 2020..."


A court ruling means cannabis billboards need to come down, and the DA prepares to enforce

February 28, 2021

"California’s proposition system takes a lot of heat, including over confusing wording written by regular people, then approved by voters and enacted into law. Consider section 26152 of Prop. 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which included this prohibition..."


Survey: Monterey voters support cannabis operations

February 26, 2021

"The city of Monterey this week disclosed the results of a survey that shows a significant majority of residents support the concept of cannabis operations in the city..."


Monterey takes next step towards allowing marijuana dispensaries

February 24, 2021

"The City of Monterey held its city council meeting Wednesday to discuss survey results and whether to move forward with opening retail cannabis operations in the city. The councilmembers voted 4 to 1 in favor of moving forward in stage 2 of their cannabis roadmap."


City of Monterey reconsidering commercial cannabis in city limits

February 23, 2021

"The City of Monterey is now reconsidering its take on commercial cannabis and is looking into whether pot dispensaries should be allowed in city limits. It has been roughly 10 years since the city put a moratorium on commercial..."


Monterey set to unveil residents’ views on cannabis operations

February 19, 2021

"On Wednesday, the city of Monterey will release results from a public survey that tapped into the opinion of city residents on the issue of commercial cannabis operations and while the results are still being tabulated, it appears that those who generally support cannabis businesses are leading."


Monterey set to unveil residents’ views on cannabis operations

February 19, 2021

"On Wednesday, the city of Monterey will release results from a public survey that tapped into the opinion of city residents on the issue of commercial cannabis operations and while the results are still being tabulated, ..."


Diverse Coalition Requests Special Allocation Of Covid-19 Vaccines For Monterey County Ag Sector

February 12, 2021

"A broad-based coalition of Monterey County farmers, growers, business groups, labor advocates, and hospitality partners calls on the Governor to request 55,000 additional vaccines for the Agricultural community in addition to Monterey County’s..."


Sand City seeks community input on commercial cannabis businesses

February 12, 2021

"City officials in Sand City are seeking community feedback on the question of allowing commercial cannabis businesses within the city’s limits in a survey has posted on the city’s website."


County board approves first cannabis funding for well destruction

February 9, 2021

"Despite a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to back the first allocation of cannabis tax revenue for the Salinas Valley well destruction effort, future allocations may be at risk."


Monterey does its homework to find out how residents feel about commercial cannabis.

February 4, 2021

"After Pacific Grove’s quest to add a retail cannabis store spectacularly crashed and burned last fall, Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar took note.“You don’t have to look far when you look at the neighboring communities where sometimes the implementation..."


‘There’s no stopping the industry now’: Democratic control is a big win for marijuana

January 31, 2021

"The day after Democrats swept both Senate seats in the Georgia runoff election— giving them a slim majority and installing pro-marijuana legalization leaders in the upper chamber — Curaleaf Chair Boris Jordan decided to try something big."

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The IRS Has Come To Monterey

January 21, 2021

"We were recently notified of an IRS “Form 8300” audit of a local cannabis client. We have been

advising our clients not to ignore the troublesome and annoying Form 8300 filing requirement

for some time now. The IRS agent has claimed that this audit is an “educational examination,”


Pacific Grove elected officials to put the nail in the coffin of cannabis sales

January 15, 2021

"As quickly as the possibility of a cannabis shop opening in Pacific Grove rose, so has it quickly fallen from grace with the city. On Wednesday, elected officials will officially turn the beleaguered venture into ashes, at least until voters possibly have their say next year."


Monterey providing new way for public to share views

January 11, 2021

"The city of Monterey has created a special webpage devoted to engaging residents on their views on various topics, beginning with their thoughts on retail cannabis in the city."


A Monterey County guide to enjoying the holidaze with cannabis

December 31, 2020

"The novel coronavirus spread across the globe, lightning-sparked wildfires raged throughout California and New Year's parties are not advisable."


New Pacific Grove council reverses decision, blocks retail cannabis sales.

December 17, 2020

"Pacific Grove is not getting a retail cannabis store anytime soon. That’s the result after a new P.G. City Council last night reversed a decision made in September by the former council to bring one licensed store to the small town."


Pacific Grove cannabis referendum falls short by three signatures; challenge audit begins Dec. 7.

December 4, 2020

"The referendum to rescind the Pacific Grove City Council’s vote to allow one cannabis retail store was short by just three petition signatures, the city announced on Dec. 3. The referendum's creator, Debby Beck, isn't conceding defeat."


U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

December 2, 2020

"A United Nations commission voted on Wednesday to remove cannabis for medicinal purposes from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, a highly anticipated and long-delayed decision that could clear the way for an expansion of marijuana research and medical use."


Monterey City Council takes early steps on a long road to a decision about retail cannabis.

December 5, 2020

"Monterey City Council members signaled in a meeting on Dec. 1 that they're ready to follow a roadmap created by City Manager Hans Uslar to help the council make a decision about whether to allow retail cannabis in the city."


Monterey moving slow and on allowing cannabis shops

December 4, 2020

"A highly comprehensive “roadmap” for the city of Monterey to follow as it moves forward with plans to allow retail cannabis shops in the city was presented to elected officials this week with a consensus to begin tapping public views on the idea."

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Calculation of the Local Dispensary Cannabis Tax in Monterey County 

November 30, 2020

"The legal cannabis industry is California is still in adolescence stages. Nobody would be shocked to hear that the taxing authorities in state and local governments are in the same boat. Take the local dispensary cannabis tax. The local dispensary cannabis tax in..." 


Split county board OKs cannabis cash for Salinas Valley well destruction

October 28, 2020

"By a narrow margin, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to spend about $2.66 million in cannabis tax revenue over three years to cover the local cash match for a Salinas Valley well destruction program."


South Monterey County voters to decide on school bonds, tax measures

October 26, 2020

"Measure P, “King City Commercial Cannabis Tax Amendment,” asks voters if they support a pair of taxes. One is up to 5% on retail sale of cannabis, cannabis products, industrial hemp and hemp products. The second is a tax of up to 2% on the distribution of cannabis and cannabis products generated..."


Pacific Grove cannabis law could be stalled

October 22, 2020

"While the city of Pacific Grove moves forward with selecting an operator to award a single cannabis license, which was approved by elected officials last month, a wrinkle is emerging that could throw a monkey wrench into the entire effort."


Controversy swirls, again, around Pacific Grove cannabis process

October 22, 2020

"When members of the Pacific Grove City Council take their seats on the dais Wednesday, they will have more to contend with than they likely anticipated following the disclosure of a series of emails apparently showing the city manager had been working with a cannabis dispensary many..."


Sheriff’s Office struggles to keep up with vast illegal cannabis activity in Monterey County.

October 8, 2020

"On the morning of Sept. 30, a convoy of trucks bearing the insignias of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife barreled through Carmel Valley. The trucks went up Tassajara Road, reaching a property located on Laurel Springs Road."


Monterey County taps state grants to target youth cannabis use, illegal market

October 6, 2020

"During its consent agenda Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved a Proposition 64 grant agreement with the California Board of State and Community Corrections for $996,545."


Public safety, tax revenue part of Monterey cannabis debate

October 1, 2020

"Monterey elected officials and the public on Wednesday had the chance to weigh in on the issue of allowing cannabis operations in the city, allowing City Council members to give city staff direction on additional information needed and questions they want answered the next time the issue comes around."


Pacific Grove’s cannabis dispensary opponents seek to overturn a new ordinance.

October 1, 2020

"Pacific Grove was on its way to bringing one cannabis dispensary to town after a City Council majority voted 4-3 twice – on Sept. 2 and Sept. 16 – in favor of an ordinance allowing cannabis retail sales. The plan was to have a proposal by a dispensary company before the P.G. Planning Commission by..."


For better or worse, Monterey to debate cannabis

September 28, 2020

"Coming days after the launch of a referendum effort to reverse a Pacific Grove ordinance allowing for a single retail cannabis license, on Wednesday Monterey is diving head-first into an analysis of the pros and cons of allowing dispensaries in the city."


California marijuana taxes won’t go up for a year under new bill signed by Gavin Newsom

September 22, 2020

"The California cannabis industry is getting a bit of a tax break, courtesy of the California Legislature. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill late last week into law that prohibits the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration from adjusting the cannabis excise tax markup amount until July 1, 2021."


Millions in cannabis tax revenue aid COVID-19 relief

September 20, 2020

"For millions across the country who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, job loss and food insecurity remains an issue. In response to the local need for resources, The Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted and set aside about $6.9 million dollars in cannabis tax..."


Cannabis store in Pacific Grove gets the final nod

September 17, 2020

"Pacific Grove schools entered into the debate about opening a cannabis dispensary in the city with a resolution declaring the “health, safety and well-being” of kids will be affected, but on a split vote, elected city officials on Wednesday approved an ordinance that will allow a single cannabis store."


Monterey County board taps cannabis fund again for COVID-19 spending

September 1, 2020

"On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors by a unanimous vote again dipped into a cannabis tax revenue fund to cover up to about $6.9 million in the county’s pandemic response, much of it planned future spending through the end of the calendar year."


Pacific Grove to mull legalizing cannabis dispensaries

August 27, 2020

"Mayor Bill Peake said Thursday that City Manager Ben Harvey’s motivation behind an amended ordinance permitting limited sales is one of an additional revenue stream. Peake said he believes there are ways in which to increase city revenue without opening cannabis dispensaries."


Cannabis: Outdoor grow pilot program rules could be eased

August 4, 2020

"After only two applicants signed up for Monterey County’s outdoor cannabis grow pilot program, county officials ware set to consider potentially easing the rules more than a year after the program was adopted, including a potential indefinite extension of the program."


California weighs steep new fines to combat illegal cannabis sellers

July 20, 2020

"Alarmed that unlicensed cannabis sellers continue to dominate California’s pot market, state lawmakers are moving toward imposing steep new fines on businesses that provide building space, advertising platforms and other aid to illicit operations."


COVID & Recession Creates Even More California Cannabis Start Up Opportunities

July 10, 2020

"Due to the ravaging pending and projected impact of the COVID19 pandemic on local job markets and commercial property occupancy rates throughout California, more cities and counties are looking to embrace cannabis businesses as a lifeline to new taxes, fees, tenants and employment options."


The struggle to enter California’s cannabis market: ‘So much heartache, so much pain’

July 9, 2020

"Linda Grant sold weed in the streets of East Oakland for 35 years before California legalized marijuana in 2016. She’s been “going through hell” trying to open a licensed business ever since."


Researchers Are Looking At Cannabis As A Potential Way To Prevent COVID-19

June 27, 2020

"Two Canadian researchers think that a special strain of cannabis might potentially be a valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19. The researchers, Olga and Igor Kovalchuck have reportedly been developing and testing a novel cannabis strain for years..."


Monterey County’s crop reports reveal meteoric rise of cannabis cultivation.

June 24, 2020

"Cannabis farmers in Monterey County reached sales of roughly $450 million dollars in 2019 out of a total annual crop value of $4.86 billion, according to two new county reports. It is the first time that the production value of cannabis has been quantified and the number places..."


2019 Monterey County Crop Report lists leaf lettuce in top spot, cannabis in fifth

June 23, 2020

"The 2019 Monterey County Crop Report released Tuesday shows the overall production value of the agriculture industry in the county was up 3.5% to $4.4 billion. Leaf lettuce is the top crop followed by strawberries, head lettuce, and broccoli rounding out the top four in the main report.


After legalizing cannabis, Marina greenlights three dispensaries out of five contenders.

June 18, 2020

"In a matter of months, residents of Marina won’t have to leave town to shop for cannabis products. The city’s first three dispaneries were approved by a vote of City Council on June 10. The approval comes more than a year-and-a-half after local residents passed Measure V..."


Marina joins other cities, approves its first cannabis dispensaries

June 15, 2020

"More than a year and a half after voters approved cannabis businesses in the city of Marina, three applications for cannabis dispensaries were approved by the City Council last week. This is good for the city,” said Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado."


County board finalizes $1.6 billion budget amid uncertain future

June 2, 2020

"Tapping reserves and cannabis tax revenue to preserve staff and programs that had been on the chopping block, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday put the finishing touches on a $1.64 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year."


House Democrats propose measures to help with cannabis banking during the pandemic

June 1, 2020

"Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives announced the filing of their Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act this week to further expand social safety net support for people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic."


Coronavirus: County eyes cannabis cash for alternate housing sites

May 11, 2020

"Monterey County’s plan to house COVID-19 patients who don’t need to be hospitalized and homeless who don’t test positive for the virus but are considered at risk in alternate care and housing sites is expected to cost about $3.5 million over the next few months."


California Regulators Prepare for the Champagne of Cannabis

May 8, 2020

"California cannabis growers are one step closer to appellation designations, legally defined and protected geographical indicators of origin that would allow for the creation of the cannabis equivalent of Champagne."


COVID-19 Tax Relief for Cannabis Businesses May Come at the State Level

May 5, 2020

"In Monterey County, California, Supervisor Chris Lopez on April 14 asked the County Board of Supervisors to delay April tax payments for local cannabis operations until June 1, as well as for a delay on excise tax increases, affecting cultivators, scheduled to take effect on July 1."


TVNews: COVID Testing

April 30, 2020

"The City of Greenfield announced today that they will be launching a pilot program offering free COVID-19 antibody screening to the City’s first responders. Early last week the City was approached by Sachin Barot, CEO of CERESLabs, a new Greenfield cannabis analytical testing laboratory"


Cannabis farmers ask for local help as federal relief doesn't apply

April 21, 2020

"The federal government won’t give local cannabis growers COVID-19 relief funds because they’re growing a drug still outlawed by the federal government. The growers are now turning to local lawmakers hoping they’ll give them some tax relief as they deal with a decline in revenue."


Action Alert: Tell Congress To Include Cannabis In The Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

April 14, 2020

In order for these letters to be seriously considered by congressional leadership, we need to get as many members of Congress to sign on as possible. Please consider calling your representative and Senators today and ask them to sign on to the appropriate letter.


After being deemed ‘essential,’ cannabis companies settle into a new normal

April 9, 2020

"In the days just after the County of Monterey and then Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted shelter-in-place orders that saw all but businesses and government offices deemed essential shut down, local cannabis retailers report they saw a surge of activity as customers rushed to stock up."


Anxiety, toilet paper and sale surges: How cannabis dispensaries are adapting to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

"Because cannabis is an essential medicine for many residents, licensees may continue to operate at this time, as long as their operations comply with local rules and regulations," read statements from the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which regulates most of the cannabis industry"


Notice Regarding COVID-19 and Commercial Cannabis Businesses

March 22, 2020

"Because cannabis is an essential medicine for many residents, licensees may continue to operate at this time so long as their operations comply with local rules and regulations"


Cannabis Workers, Unemployment Insurance, and the Small Business Administration

March 20, 2020

"There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting businesses around the world, and smaller businesses especially."


Cannabis businesses can stay open during mandated quarantine in Monterey County

March 18, 2020

"Here’s a bit of good news while you sort out your life under the county’s new coronavirus quarantine orders: cannabis dispensaries can remain open. The shelter-in-place order issued on March 17 didn’t specify, so the Weekly checked with Monterey County's Cannabis Program Coordinator, Joann Iwamoto."


The cannabis industry faces a reckoning as formerly hot capital markets go cold and bills go unpaid

February 20, 2020

"Carmel Mayor Dave Potter, who currently heads the Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association and works as a cannabis lobbyist, was a county supervisor when the county developed its regulatory and tax framework."


California’s $635M in cannabis taxes—where is it going?

January 24, 2020

"Brand new parks. Healthier, smarter kids. Forests cleaned up. Drugged drivers off the road. Criminal records cleared. Those are just a few of cannabis legalization Proposition 64’s impacts after two years of commercial sales."


California Governor Proposes Changes To Marijuana Regulations And Taxes

January 10, 2020

"California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) unveiled his annual budget proposal on Friday, and it contains several provisions aimed at simplifying and streamlining regulations for the marijuana industry. The biggest proposed change concerns the state’s cannabis licensing system, which Newsom..."


Monterey Planning Commission OKs cannabis lab

December 11, 2019

"A plan for a cannabis testing lab got the go-ahead Tuesday from the Monterey Planning Commission despite the city’s prohibition history. The proposed cannabis lab is located at 31 Upper Ragsdale in an area of the city that has a number of medical testing labs, which is one reason..."


California pot industry calls for help from state leaders

November 30, 2019

"California’s legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use was expected to be massive. In 2016, industry investors claimed sales could top $6.5 billion by 2020. And as 2019 comes to a close, California is indeed home to the world’s largest cannabis market, totaling close to $12 billion..."


Vote To Federally Legalize Marijuana Planned In Congress

November 16, 2019

"A key congressional committee plans to hold a historic vote on a bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana next week, two sources with knowledge of the soon-to-be-announced action said."


Cannabis Trade Associations: United States Marijuana Advocacy Groups List

October 10, 2019

"Growing the cannabis industry requires perseverance, patience, and commitment from everyone. Everyone in the industry has to work together to ensure responsible and safe procedures related to the cultivation, production, and distribution of cannabis products."


Monterey County would benefit from SAFE Banking Act passed in House

September 26, 2019

"A bill to allow cannabis-related businesses in states with existing regulatory structures to access the banking system, was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. If the Senate and President Trump sign on, it will impact how the cannabis industry in Monterey County handles its money."


Thousands of Californians Could Get Their Marijuana Convictions Cleared. But It’s Complicated.

September 5, 2019

"Ms. Archie was among the thousands of Californians eligible to have cannabis-related convictions reduced or cleared from their records under provisions of the new law that not only made the possession of marijuana legal, it also mandated that penalties for minor offenses..."


California Senate passes legislation to create state-chartered cannabis banks

May 21, 2019

"The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to create state-chartered cannabis banks to help the industry get around restrictions on access to banking services. Under the state legislation, which was approved by a vote of 35 to 1, private banks or credit unions can apply..."


Cannabis Banking Bill Reintroduced in U.S. Senate, Canopy Growth Corp. to Buy Acreage Holdings

April 18, 2019

"This week, U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) have reintroduced the bipartisan SAFE Banking Act to protect banks and other financial institutions from federal prosecution when working with cannabis-related businesses that are operating in compliance with state laws."


Outdoor cannabis rules set for committee review

April 10, 2019

"A move toward allowing outdoor commercial cannabis grows in parts of Monterey County is set to take a big step forward.On Thursday, draft regulations that would establish a pilot outdoor cannabis program in Big Sur, Carmel Valley and Cachagua are headed to the cannabis committee for review."


Growers warn California could be producing too much cannabis

March 20, 2019

"Monterey County cannabis growers are warning too much marijuana is being grown in California and the market could soon be saturated. Brook Eagle with Pacific Reserve Nursery in Salinas has been in the industry for years..."


California’s marijuana industry needs an intervention to avoid an ‘extinction event’

March 11, 2019

"Once, the cannabis industry was poised to become a multibillion-dollar industry in California. Now, it could be heading for what its advocates call an “extinction event.” An estimated 10,000 marijuana growers could lose their licenses in the coming months if California lawmakers..."


The ‘420 Bill’ to Federally Legalize Marijuana Has Officially Been Introduced

February 8, 2019

"A federal bill that would legalize cannabis and regulate it like alcohol was introduced in the Senate on Friday by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. The bill, the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act, has been designated as S. 420"


The First Marijuana Hearing Of The New Congress Has Been Scheduled

February 6, 2019

"Congressional Democrats are already moving ahead with plans to consider broad changes to federal marijuana laws in 2019. Whereas the Republican-controlled House for the past several years had blocked votes on most cannabis-related measures..."


“The First Lady of Cannabis" talks to local growers at cannabis summit

December 14, 2018

"Tonight the woman who calls herself the 'Martha Stewart of Marijuana" has a big message for the cannabis industry.  Action News reporter Caitlin Conrad joins us live from Monterey with more on the impact cannabis is having on the global market."


Legends of Monterey County strains discussed at Cannabis Summit talk

December 14, 2018

"The seeds of the cannabis industry in Monterey County were planted decades ago in places like Big Sur and Carmel Valley. That history has created strains of cannabis, including Big Sur Chamba, the backbone of the region, that can project the very land where it grows much like the wines from area vineyards."

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First Monterey Cannabis Summit Takes On Industry Hurdles

December 14, 2018

"California’s new recreational marijuana industry still faces major hurdles. To help address them, the first Monterey Cannabis Summit took place this week. The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association hosted the premier Monterey Cannabis Summit at the Portola Hotel and Spa on December 13 and 14."


First ever cannabis summit held in Monterey

December 13, 2018

"It starts with a nice opening night reception. There have been some familiar faces in the crows at this summit like former police chief, Kelly McMillin, and former Congressman Sam Farr."


Cannabis summit to offer local history, black market enforcement panels

December 10, 2018

"Cannabis’ past, present and future in Monterey County from Big Sur “Holy Weed” to NASA zero gravity horticulture practices will be covered by a number of local and statewide industry experts at this week’s Monterey Cannabis Summit..."


First Ever Monterey Cannabis Summit Announces Keynote, Andrew DeAngelo, Co-Founder of Harborside

November 8, 2018

"The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) will host the 2018 Monterey Cannabis Summit this December 13th and 14th. MCCIA is pleased to announce long-time cannabis industry expert Andrew DeAngelo, Co-Founder of Harborside and Director of Operations."


Monterey Cannabis Summit Announced Its Speakers And Schedule For The Two Day Conference

November 7, 2018

"The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) will host the 2018 Monterey Cannabis Summit this December 13th and 14th. MCCIA is pleased to announce its keynote speakers Andrew DeAngelo, Co-Founder and Director of Operations, Harborside and Cheryl Shuman..."


County officials and cannabis operators scramble to keep up with licensing demands

November 1, 2018

"The party got started quickly when California voters passed Proposition 64 in 2016, making recreational cannabis legal as of Jan. 1, 2017, and visions of new revenue had people stoked. Earlier this year, Monterey County officials asked the public to weigh in on how to spend the money..."


First Ever Monterey Cannabis Summit Announces Keynote, Cheryl Shuman, "The Martha Stewart of Marijuana"

October 30, 2018

" The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) will host the 2018 Monterey Cannabis Summit this December 13th and 14th. MCCIA is pleased to announce media personality and cannabis expert, Cheryl Shuman as the keynote speaker for the Summit."


Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association To Hold First Ever Monterey Cannabis Summit 

August 10, 2018

" The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) will host the 2018 Monterey Cannabis Summit this December 13th and 14th. This conference will be the first of its kind on the Central Coast and will bring together the knowledge and expertise of cannabis professionals..."


Transition Period Fact Sheet

July 1, 2018

""Beginning July 1, 2018, cannabis goods must meet all statutory and regulatory requirements. Check out the Transition Period Fact Sheet released by the Bureau of Cannabis Control."


Monitoring the Future Survey

June 9, 2018

"Interesting Survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, with some key takeaways that bodes well for the cannabis industry and not so well for tobacco and alcohol."


What is CBD? The 'miracle' cannabis compound that doesn't get you high

May 28, 2018

"In early May, a federal court declined to protect cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical produced by the cannabis plant, from federal law enforcement, despite widespread belief in its medical value."


Big trim to county pot tax rate backed by cannabis committee

July 1, 2018

"A Monterey County cannabis committee has backed chopping legal commercial marijuana tax rates by about half to three-quarters. During a special committee meeting Monday, Supervisors Luis Alejo and John Phillips agreed..."


Forget the Emerald Triangle. The Central Coast is becoming California's weed hotspot

April 11, 2018

"To view the revolution taking place in California's commercial cannabis industry, head to the Central Coast. Turn off Highway 101 in the Salinas Valley. Look for the clusters of greenhouses protected by fences with razor wire, security cameras and guards."


Retail cannabis stores navigating new territory

April 7, 2018

"At last count, there were four cannabis dispensaries doing business in Monterey County with more on the way. And even with the current climate in California embracing the industry, and government entities ready to harvest the benefits from cannabis-related businesses, these pioneers in the Golden"


California bill seeks to legalize banking for cannabis businesses

January 25, 2018

"California’s fast-rising cannabis industry, which has been forced by federal law to conduct almost all its business in cash, got a boost Thursday when legislation was introduced to allow banks to open accounts for people involved in the field."


High Taxes Could Be Driving Legal Pot Consumers Back to Black Market

January 19, 2018

"Legalizing marijuana for recreational use was supposed to deal a death blow to smugglers, cartels and the black market while simultaneously pumping new money into state government coffers. But now, less than a month into the recreational reefer rollout, California consumers could decide to bypass..."


Flood of cannabis permit bids could skip full county Planning Commission hearings

January 8, 2018

"Well, there’s something you don’t see every day.cores of proposed commercial cannabis operations in unincorporated Monterey County could be considered under a consent agenda according to a county staff proposal headed to the county Planning Commission for discussion on Wednesday."


Sessions’ move could slow cannabis investment money, but analysts doubt long-term impact

January 8, 2018

"News that federal prosecutors have wider discretion to enforce federal drug law could put at least a temporary damper on investment money flowing into the U.S. cannabis sector, but analysts doubt the money will dry up."


Compliance King - Former Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin enters the Wild West of weed

January 2, 2018

That was my first thought as I headed toward a table at Eagle Chinese Restaurant in Oldtown Salinas to meet my husband for a fast lunch. I see my husband every day, natch — the thing I don’t see everyday was one table ove..."


California’s Marijuana Legalization Aims To Repair Damage From The War On Drugs

January 2, 2018

"California is now the largest state in the nation to have legal and regulated recreational marijuana. And while that alone is a blow to the prohibitionist policies of the failed war on drugs, a lesser-known provision in the state’s new law, along with efforts in a few local jurisdictions..."


Inaugural Organic Growers Summit draws diverse crowd

December 18, 2017

"More than 800 attendees, including 300 growers of a wide variety of crops from 12 different countries, attended the first-ever Organic Growers Summit Dec. 13-14, here. The event, which was a collaboration between the Organic Produce Network and California Certified Organic Farmers..."


6 Ways to Advocate for a Pro-Cannabis Local Government

November 13, 2017

"The clock is ticking in California as months dissolve into weeks leading up to the Jan. 1 launch of an adult-use cannabis market. While the state Bureau of Cannabis Control will impose regulations on the newly legal industry, many of California’s nearly..."


California Approves First Commercial Pot Insurer

November 11, 2017

"California has cleared one major hurdle ahead of the Jan. 1 start date for recreational pot sales. On Thursday, State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced that the state’s commercial marijuana business owners would be able to purchase commercial insurance for the first time."


Marijuana sales fund $9.2 million in school pot prevention, health care programs

September 4, 2017

"The legalization of recreational pot in Colorado in 2014 for anyone age 21 or older increased the likelihood of use by underage residents, the CDE said. Bolstering the number of qualified health care officials, including school nurses, on campuses, where they could work with students..."


Are Women Taking Charge of the Cannabis Industry?

August 31, 2017

"Cannabis is a burgeoning industry, and as pioneers in this exciting new world, we have the honor of breaking ground and setting standards to pave the way for generations to come. One of the most fascinating developments in the cannabis industry is the rise of women in the workplace..."


First county medical marijuana grow use permit heads to Planning Commission

August 28, 2017

"Seeking to replace an active cut flower growing operation with medical marijuana, the first cannabis cultivation use permit bid in unincorporated Monterey County is headed before the Planning Commission this week."


Would a ‘Public Cannabis Bank’ Really Work in California?

August 22, 2017

"Most cannabis business owners eventually confront the stresses of working in an all-cash environment. If you’re lucky, you’ve found one of the 368 reported banks or credit unions providing limited services to the industry under FinCEN guidelines."


Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Patients Find Relief in Medical Marijuana

August 17, 2017

"Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis report that cannabis effectively mitigates many of their symptoms, according to survey data published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine."


Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines

August 2, 2017

"The largest survey on cannabidiol or CBD usage to date found that women were more likely than men to use CBD and once they started using it, were likely to drop their traditional medicine."

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Monterey County Helps Former Flower Growers Switch To Marijuana

June 23, 2017

"Former flower growers in California have been devastated by cheap imported flowers from South America, so local officials in Monterey County passed an ordinance to help them grow marijuana instead."


Daily Dose Of Cannabis May Protect And Heal The Brain From Effects Of Aging

May 1, 2017

"Despite your average Shaggy and Scooby-style stereotypes, researchers believe that cannabis could actually help to sharpen our minds later in life."

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Newly Formed MCCIA Announced New Board Members

February 13, 2017

"The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) announced today that it has elected their Executive Board to steer the association, which brings together members and stakeholders providing needed industry representation, education, and leadership in this new industry."