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THE BIG IDEA

Hi all,

Welcome to the second weekly WeedWeek California Pro newsletter. We’ve got a good one:

  • Why did TPCO write down $654M?
  • Eaze rejects anti-union allegations
  • Fresno leak alleges corruption

Enjoy,

Alex

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FRESNO LEAK ALLEGES CORRUPTION

uSpark Valley, a small publication for young people in the Central Valley received an anonymous complaint submitted to the Fresno County Public Integrity Unit that “makes serious allegations against several key city officials,” with regard to the awarding of cannabis licenses in the city.

  • uSpark has not published the documents in full which is why WeedWeek is not naming the individuals in question.
  • A spokesperson told WeedWeek the city doesn’t respond “to anonymous complaints that disparage the integrity of our elected officials and staff.” 
  • Other named officials and their representatives didn’t respond to requests for comment.
  • With roughly half a million people, Fresno is the largest city in California without a pot shop. It initiated a licensing process in 2020.
  • Unincorporated areas of Fresno County don’t allow industry businesses.

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R.I.P.

  • Longtime activist Donnie Anderson died. As his unsuccessful four year attempt to get an LA equity license left him with “no shop, no prospects and a mountain of debt,” he became a symbol disappointment in the city’s equity system.

Crowded Counties edition

Chart of the week

We hear so much about California’s weed deserts. Our new Chart of the Week looks into WeedWeek‘s maps and state data to find the counties with the most retail licenses per person, (storefront and non-storefront).

The highest density is in Humboldt, a small county with many pot tourists. The other high density counties are largely clustered along the northern and central coast. They also tend to be pricey regions for doing business. Are the best opportunities inland? 

  • To be included, a county had to have at least 1 pot shop and 100,000 people.

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