Seattle City Council Approves Cannabis Equity Legislation – Cannabis Business Times

Mayor Bruce Harrell backed the bills, which, among other provisions, would establish a social equity cannabis license for qualifying entrepreneurs.
The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a package of legislation Sept. 6 to help create a more equitable cannabis industry.
The bills, backed by Mayor Bruce Harrell, would, among other provisions, establish a social equity cannabis license for qualifying entrepreneurs in the city.
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The legislative package is made up of three bills, as outlined in a press release:
“I am very pleased to see that this joint effort between my office, the Council, [Finance and Administration Services] (FAS) and community stakeholders has resulted in the passage of this suite of bills,” Harrell said in a public statement. “It’s worth repeating that this is a first—but necessary—step toward equity long overdue in the cannabis industry. The work still to come will highlight additional opportunities for improvement in our current system, and I look forward to the recommendations that result from the Cannabis Needs Assessment. This work won’t be easy, but I believe together we can foster an open conversation between workers, community members and industry leaders to identify common priorities and align on efforts to advance our shared values of equity and restoration.”
The bills will be effective 30 days after Harrell signs them into law, although the protections outlined in the job retention ordinance will be implemented nine months after the effective date to give the Office of Labor Standards time to prepare for the new regulations, according to the press release.
The state’s total medical and adult-use cannabis sales surpassed $40 million last month.
The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division of the Regulation and Licensing Department announced Sept. 7 that the state’s total cannabis sales set a new record in August, with total medical and adult-use sales surpassing $40 million.
Medical cannabis sales totaled $16,459,951.69 last month and adult-use sales totaled $24,219,338.50, for a grand total of $40,679,290.19.
RELATED: New Mexico Total Cannabis Sales Top $40 Million in July
Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Hobbes and Rio Rancho reported the highest sales numbers, with Albuquerque racking up $14,628,736.33 in total sales.
The company is also expected to complete the transactions of NHC dispensaries in Morro Bay and Turlock by the end of this year.
Glass House Brands, a vertically integrated cannabis company, has expanded its California footprint by acquiring Natural Healing Center (NHC) dispensaries in Grover Beach and Lemoore, Cali.
Under the agreement, Glass House will acquire two operating NHC dispensaries in Grover Beach and Lemoore and is expected to close the acquisition of two additional NHC locations in Morro Bay and Turlock (upon the store’s opening) by the end of this year, according to a press release.
“As we stated when announcing the execution of definitive agreements for the NHC transaction, this acquisition will advance us further in our goal of becoming one of the largest retailers in the state of California, adds further support to our recently acquired PLUS edibles business and provides incremental outlets for CPG (consumer packaged goods) sales as the SoCal farm continues to expand its output,” said Kyle Kazan, Glass House Chairman and CEO. “Given NHC’s positioning in limited license markets and its strong consumer following, we are excited to add these [four] dispensaries to our retail portfolio. We are now poised to execute a dramatic transformation in the size of our retail dispensary business.”
In addition, the company also acquired three active retail, distribution and cultivation licenses, “as well as six city-level adult-use and medical cannabis retailer, distributor and cultivation licenses,” in early August from The Pottery dispensary in Los Angeles, Cannabis Business Times reported.
NHC CEO, Valnette Garcia, also expressed her excitement about the acquisition.
“I am excited to see the Grover Beach and Lemoore transactions finalized and look forward to sharing best practices between NHC, the Farmacy stores and The Pottery to drive operating efficiencies, amplify purchasing bargaining power and heighten profitability, while always providing our customers with a world-class experience and the highest quality cannabis at an affordable price,” she said.
Rep. Kevin Coleman’s House Bill 6061 would lower the age to work with cannabis in certain capacities from 21 to 18.
Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill that would lower the minimum age to work with cannabis in an effort to allow college-aged students engage in cannabis-related studies in the classroom setting.
House Bill 6061, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Coleman, D-Westland, would amend the state’s adult-use cannabis law, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, to lower the minimum age to work with cannabis in certain capacities from 21 to 18 years old, according to an MLive.com report.
Michigan’s 2016 Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act set the legal age for employment at medical cannabis operations at 18, according to the news outlet, but when voters enacted the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act in 2018, it legalized the possession, use and cultivation of cannabis for adults 21 and older.
H.B. 6061 would allow adults 18 and older to possess, consume, purchase or otherwise obtain cannabis, as well as process, transport and sell it, but only if doing so as an agent of a specified cannabis licensee, MLive.com reported.
The legislation would also allow adults 18 and older to volunteer for or work at a cannabis facility, according to the news outlet.
“We have folks, young people who are in these college programs or who are trying to start their careers off who are unable to get involved in the industry because they might be 18, 19 or 20,” Coleman said, according to MLive.com. “We want to give young people the opportunity to learn on the job, to start their careers and to become successful people in society. … These are good paying jobs, and we want to see people have equal opportunity.”
Northern Michigan University offers a degree in cannabis studies, while Lake Superior State University, Grand Valley State University and the University of Michigan also offer cannabis-related studies in the state, MLive.com reported.
RELATED: Western Michigan University To Offer Cannabis Marketing Course in Spring 2023
H.B. 6061 was introduced in May and received a House Regulatory Reform Committee hearing in June, according to the news outlet.
The Massachusetts Cultivator's Cup is a true-blind cannabis competition aimed to discover who grows "the best grass in Mass."
BOSTON, Sept. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — PRESS RELEASE — Bountiful Farms has won first place in the Massachusetts Cultivator’s Cup, held Labor Day Weekend in Worcester, Mass. This marks the second year in a row that Bountiful Farms has taken home the “best in show” recognition and been awarded “the best grass in Mass” at this blind-tasting competition judged by Massachusetts cannabis enthusiast consumers.
Bountiful Farms took home first place in the cannabis Flower Category for their coveted Slap and Tickle just one year after winning the cup for their signature Pina Grande strain. The team also came in second place in the Solventless Category for their Colorado Chem as well as second place in the Vape Category for their Papaya Cake.
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The Massachusetts Cultivator’s Cup is a true-blind cannabis competition aimed to discover who grows “the best grass in Mass.” The Cultivator’s Cup was developed to empower and establish emerging licensed cultivators of cannabis while allowing for consumers to provide honest feedback of various cannabis and cannabis-infused products.
“We are humbled and honored to have won this coveted award once again, and we couldn’t be more excited, said Zachary Taylor, General Manager of Cultivation at Bountiful Farms. “This award is truly a testament to our entire team at Bountiful Farms who pour our lives into growing the best, highest-quality cannabis possible.  We live, eat, breathe, and sleep cannabis at Bountiful Farms and this blind competition is truly all about the love and the art of growing. We are grateful that our hard work and passion is being recognized and enjoyed by cannabis lovers across Massachusetts.”
Bountiful Farms has gone from a brand-new cultivator and dispensary to an important player in Massachusetts cannabis in just two years through its commitment to quality and innovation. These latest awards add to the team’s growing list of coveted Cannabis Cups including three out of four awards at the inaugural Massachusetts Cultivator’s Cup in 2021, and the High Times Massachusetts Cannabis Cup first-place winner for “Best Indica Flower.”
 
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