Almost three years after legal REC went on sale in California, Los Angeles, the world’s largest metro market, wants to get licensing right. This time there’s a heavy focus on equity.
- Thus far, licensing in L.A. has seen a great deal of bickering, recrimination and lawsuits as the licensing process slowed to a crawl. The new round, which opens this month, is supposed to eaze the burden for long suffering equity applicants, many of whom have been losing money on the requirement that they must secure a property to apply. That rule, has now been waived.
Elsewhere in California:
- Workers at a Stiizy shop in San Francisco unionized, but organized labor is encountering resistance from cannabis employers and employees alike.
- The assumption that fires will get worse casts a long shadow over the industry’s future, especially for outdoor growers. But Cannabitch Jackie Bryant found Emerald Triangle growers are still at it.
- In Oregon, some companies are trying to obtain disaster relief.