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September 8 2022,

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THE BIG IDEA

Happy fall and greetings from WeedWeek’s new HQ in Long Beach, California.

Let’s get to it:

  • Exclusive: We tested top Calif. prerolls for potency inflation

Plus lots more.

I’ll be at the Benzinga conference in Chicago next week. Say hello.

Alex 

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WeedWeek test of seven California preroll brands suggests potency inflation is close to ubiquitous in the product category. 

  • The seven brands we tested include some of the top selling brands in California: El Blunto (Albert Einstone’s), Field (Glass House), Jeeter (DreamFields), KingRoll (StateHouse), Lowell, Pacific Stone and Raw Garden.

Of the seven brands (and nine total products) included, all of them tested below the THC levels on their label. The implied potency inflation on various products ranged from  14% to more than 500%.

How’d your favorite brand do?

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UP TO SIX STATES COULD LEGALIZE IN NOVEMBER

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The Hill looks at the six states that could legalize in November:

  • South Dakota’s bill would legalize without creating a market. The idea is to avoid the lawsuits that killed the REC initiative the conservative state passed in 2020.
  • Arkansas’ board of electors recently derailed a REC initiative, but activists are taking it to the state supreme court.
  • Deep blue Maryland is voting on a REC constitutional amendment that would bypass Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who is ambivalent on legalization.
    Marijuana Moment 
  •  Missouri’s REC proposal, like Maryland’s, would expunge some past pot convictions. The Kansas City Star has more.
  • MED state North Dakota is likely to vote on REC.
  • Oklahoma’s Supreme Court could put off the REC vote.
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  • NORML’s Paul Armentano criticized Nebraska’s Supreme Court for killing a MED ballot initiative.

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THE BIG IDEA

Hi all,

Welcome to the third issue of WeedWeek California Pro! 

Before we get to the news, I wanted to remind you to check out our new state tax and license maps. They’ll help you visualize the market from new angles. 

Also, you’ve been promised Thursday morning sessions in the WeedWeek Discord where we’ll discuss the week’s events. I’m excited to see all your pretty faces, but it’s going to have to wait another week or two.   

In the newsletter:

  • Eaze resists S.F. unionization efforts: UFCW
  • Cool kids share plan to save California weed
  • Plus the chart of the week and lots more. 

Best wishes for a very green 420,

Alex

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Regulation:

  • The state senate unanimously confirmed Nicole Elliott as the first director of the Department of Cannabis Control. She led the San Francisco department before Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) appointed her as his liaison to the industry.

Business:

  • “Oversupply, high taxes and licensing fees, as well as depressed wholesale prices are creating cash-flow shortages for farmers” statewide, MJBiz reports, threatening a ‘major extinction event.”
  • The California Department of Cannabis Control is seeking sanctions against counsel for an LA-area manufacturer accused of producing $64M worth of unlicensed gummies. The state says the manufacturer and his attorney have stone-walled a court-ordered discovery request.
    Law360
  • The city of LA denied a permit to the heavily touted Green Street Cannabis Festival, planned for May 13 and 14. Hosted by businessman Gary Vaynerchuk and comedian Mike Glazer, and hyped as a ‘SXSW of Weed’ the festival says it will go on at another location. 
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  • Scheduled to be held as part of the festival, The Emerald Cup has relocated to the Montalban Theater.
  • The East Bay Express found California weed all over Brooklyn. (So did I on a recent visit.)

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WHERE NOT TO START YOUR DISPENSARY

CHART OF THE WEEK

The California industry bemoans the vast tracts of the state where legal weed is inaccessible. But elsewhere in the state, retail is hypercompetitive.

For the new chart of the week, I sliced and diced WeedWeek data to find the California cities with the most dispensaries per capita. It’s a diverse group, Berkeley and LA, but also Modesto and Vista, a sleepy San Diego suburb. 

What they have in common: When planning the pot shop of your dreams, you might want to give them a miss.

To be included, cities had to have 100,000 people. 

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