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Lots of interesting stuff in today’s newsletter.

  • Another Cookies lawsuit

And so much more,



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BREAKING: Eaze drivers threaten strike

Hundreds of workers with delivery app Eaze are threatening to strike ahead of the 4/20 rush. Tensions are also rising between United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) organized workers and Catalyst, another of California’s largest retailers.

In a Friday letter sent to Eaze board members and executives, and obtained by WeedWeek, a UFCW official wrote that a supermajority of Eaze’s approximately 700 California drivers and depot workers workers are prepared…

Read the story…


RELATED: Yesterday on stage at Benzinga’s California Spotlight event in LA, Catalyst CEO Elliot Lewis went off on “the money in this room,” and the “chadzingas” who he argues undermine the legal market by overlooking product diversion. After his mic drop moment, he stormed out to applause.


Courtesy: Culture House

A few weeks ago I wrote that Cookies‘ multi-state retail partner TRP is suing the brand over the Culture House dispensary which recently opened at the location in Manhattan’s Herald Square where Cookies’ had its flagship clothing store.

Now MJBiz reports that entities connected to Orange Co.-based TRP had previously sued Cookies in California over their active partnerships. The suit alleges that TRP “has discovered countless lies and blatant misrepresentations made by [Cookies] about their business, including the profitability of Cookies stores, the cost to open each store, and Defendants’ illegal self-dealing.”

It further alleges that Cookies, known for licensing its brand to licensed operators, rather than owning licenses itself, intentionally failed to register as a “franchise” as defined by state and federal law to evade certain disclosure requirements. Cookies declined to comment to MJBiz.

Read the story…

Also: After losing its lease, Cookies’ Hollywood flagship is reopening this weekend at another Melrose Ave. location. Berner will be there Saturday for a meet and greet.




State and local:

Health and science:

Fun and interesting:



  • The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) introduced new data dashboards. Ananda Strategy‘s Hirsh Jain took a look and says it shows: 1) The legal market isn’t as big as previously believed, perhaps smaller than $5B. 2) California has the lowest “per capita” sales of any major REC state. 



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