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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.
    AP
  • NORML’s Paul Armentano criticized Nebraska’s Supreme Court for killing a MED ballot initiative.

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August 4 2022,

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THE BIG IDEA

Hi all,

We’ve got a story today on lab testing and it’s made me want to dig in to this subject further. Got any ideas, thoughts or tips? Reach out any time: alex@weedweek.com

  • Lab execs allege rampant potency fraud

Enjoy,

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Correction: Last week I misspelled the name of LA dispensary Gorilla RX.

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DOGWALKERS

Berner makes the cover of Forbes

Cookies’ mogul Berner looks badass as the first cannabiz exec to appear on the cover of Forbes. The story, by my friend Will Yakowicz, focuses less on Cookies than the market’s struggles, mostly in California.

A few juicy tidbits:

  • According to Jonathan Rubin, CEO of New Leaf Data Services, 95% of California growers operated at a loss last year.
  • “Every single company has a back door,” says Jonathan Elfand who runs Empire Cannabis Club in New York City.
  • Industry pioneer Steve DeAngelo says legalization failed in California.
  • “This whole thing is a fucking scam,” says Jason Gellman of hallowed Ridgeline Farms in Humboldt.
  • Glass House Farms co-founder Graham Farrar called the company’s enormous greenhouse a “call option” on federal legalization.

Separately, MJBiz announced Berner would headline their flagship Las Vegas conference in November.

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MedMen hit with discrimination suit

An Asian American woman who worked at MedMen‘s Desert Hot Springs (Riverside) facility has sued the MSO alleging discrimination, retaliation, and other labor violations. Amanda Tran alleges the company harassed her on the basis of race, national origin, ancestry, sex and gender. In a response, MedMen denied all the allegations.

Last month WeedWeek was also first to report that MedMen was sued for nearly $1M in back rent at a Chicago location. (Legal research facilitated by UniCourt.)

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  • Antonio Frazier has joined testing company Sonoma Lab Works as president. He was previously with CannaSafe which shut its California operations on account of rampant “lab shopping.” North Bay Business Journal

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