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A Nice Guys Recap of the 2019 Meadowlands Cannabis Retreat

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Recap: Meadowlands - A gathering for the California cannabis industry.

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Our recap of the Meadowlands Cannabis Conference

The second annual Meadowlands cannabis retreat ended with a blaze on Sunday, June 9th, with overhanging marijuana smoke filling the air through Camp Navarro and the Redwood Forests of Mendocino County, CA. Hundreds of cannabis professionals, including the owners of Nice Guys Delivery, were in attendance for this three day cannabis event.

Meadowlands is an annual retreat designed to build a united and collaborative cannabis community. It was created by Meadow - which is a “software company that powers retail and delivery businesses in the legal cannabis industry across California with smart POS software.”

“Meadowlands exists to foster strong alliances up and down the supply chain. We gather in the ancient redwoods of the Emerald Triangle to honor the craft and heritage of Northern California cannabis and value the development of a modern, equitable, sustainable industry built around this powerful, healing plant. We value playful exploration and encourage new ways of thinking to reimagine the world we are collectively building.”

Meadowlands 2019 - Camp Navarro, Mendocino County, CA

Welcome to Meadowlands

This was my first year attending the event. I wasn’t sure what to expect prior to showing up. Part of my job for Nice Guys Delivery is maintaining social media, so I was looking forward to a few days of disconnecting. I’m usually always within reach of my phone.

Prior to the retreat I scheduled my social posts before leaving home and was able to fully dive into the weekend activities without worrying about posting anything.

Have you ever heard of forest bathing? It is a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Forest bathing is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere.”

While surrounded by Redwoods in the Pacific Northwest I enjoyed the pull into nature more than I appreciated anything else about the trip - not to discredit other aspects of the event, it was more that I enjoyed the simplicity of being in nature in such a profound way. Imagine feeling thirsty on a hot day and then quenching your thirst with an ice cold glass of water. That is similar to the joy I felt about camping and being surrounded by large tress, a streaming river and some of the worlds highest quality cannabis currently grown. It elevated my spirit.

I liked sleeping in my tent at night, listening to the sound of the river rushing nearby. Laying in a Redwood grove I felt a connection deeper than words. It was a rejuvenating experience.

In addition I enjoyed the “Regenerative Farming” panel. I fell into tears listening to one of the regenerative cannabis farmers talking about her role as a caretaker of the earth. It was a really unique moment and was one that made me feel grateful to work in an industry that’s founded upon a healing.

The atmosphere at camp was a “comfortable place to have uncomfortable conversations.” (As we release our podcasts documenting the event you will get a sense for what I mean.) One great example of the above statement came when Co-founder of Meadow, David Hua, did a tremendous job interviewing Lori Ajax, chief of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control—the most powerful regulator in cannabis in a final panel to end the weekend.

Camp Navarro sits on 200 acres of natural beauty. Some people slept in tents, others stayed in cabins, and a few slept in their vehicles. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner provided each day, along with snacks and cocktails in the evening. There was a Kombucha bar sponsored by Revive Kombucha that I particularly enjoyed.

Throughout the day we listened to talks from industry leaders and peers. They had a beautiful main stage setup where we joined together and listened to conversations about the state of the industry; we heard people talk about best business practices, what the future of psychedelics and plant medicine might look like, and other really interesting topics.

When we weren’t listening to a talk or filling our bellies, Meadow partnered with other brands to host events like Ganja Yoga with Dee Dussault (Tantra Teacher, Sex Coach, Ganja Yoga Founder); or succulent planting with Flow kana, an Edibles cooking demo, and much more. It was a real à la carte style choose your own adventure kind of thing. I really enjoyed it. It fell directly in alignment with their goal of creating a fun and collaborative space for individuals and families to explore and encourage new ways of thinking.

On Saturday night after it was dark Chemistry held a silent disco located in the Redwood Cathedral. It was a fun excuse for us as adults to dance in a forest of trees.

Also on Saturday but earlier in the day, Monica Gray, who is Nice Guys Delivery COO and Co-founder, had the opportunity to speak on a panel about the cannabis supply chain. In addition to speaking on the panel she made her first appearance on the Not Your Average Nice Guys podcast, by speaking with myself and Meadow CEO, David Hua.

Overall I would say it was a successful weekend. I made some great connections, listened to inspiring talks, and unplugged for a couple days. I recommend Meadowlands for all cannabis industry members looking to take their networking experience to the next level.

Stay tuned for more. I will be releasing a couple podcast episodes with Meadowland content. Thanks for reading!

Cannabis News In Marin County and Across the Country | Nice Guys News

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Friday, May 31, 2019

The Illinois Legislature made history today becoming the second state legislative body to pass a bill repealing cannabis prohibition, joining the great state of Vermont. But, they went one step further by also legalizing regulated cannabis commerce.

Once Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker’s signs the bill, Illinois will officially be the 11th State to legalize cannabis in the US. This move gives more strength to the common sense decision to end Federal prohibition on cannabis.

On January 1, 2020 adults in “Illinois will legally be able to purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, five grams of concentrates and 500 milligrams of cannabis-infused products. These things won’t actually be available on New Year’s Day though.” As seen in many other states, the regulatory hoops usually take a bit of time to get through.

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Historic FDA Hearing Today! Cannabis Companies Lobby the FDA to Fully Legalize CBD.

Concerns over exaggerated health claims prompt FDA hearing on effects of CBD products. Read the full article by clicking here. 

Today, the FDA held its first hearing on whether companies can add CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabis compound, to food, beverages and dietary supplements.

“In 2018, the Farm Bill removed hemp and derivatives such as CBD from the federal list of controlled substances so long as THC percentages don’t exceed .03%, but the law gave the FDA the authority to regulate all cannabis compounds, including CBD. The FDA has had a relative hands-off approach so long as companies haven’t made exaggerated claims about curing Alzheimer’s or cancer, but it would be good for the cannabis industry and consumers to have clarity, so long as the FDA doesn’t unnecessarily stifle the market.”[3]

The FDA is not likely to make any decision on the first hearing. The regulators will more than likely collect data on safety and effectiveness of CBD and see how it can regulate the industry. The process will go a step forward if majority opinion goes in favor of CBD. One thing we’ve learned from walking through the licensing process and dealing with the local government is that it is really important for people to show up at public events, workshops, and hearings to help mold the industry in the way you want to see it develop.

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Novato Cannabis Status:

At their May 14, 2019 meeting, the City Council held a Cannabis Community Workshop to receive public comment and discuss the option to tax cannabis businesses or activities. Council provided feedback to staff, and staff will continue this process at a future Council meeting. Learn more.

It’s really important for the public to show up to these events.

Fairfax Cannabis Status

Marin County doesn’t currently have any brick-and-mortar recreational cannabis storefronts. Fairfax Town Council heard public comment as it moves toward a local ordinance and permitting process recently, and it’s possible they could become the first city in Marin with a retail storefront for the recreational cannabis market.

Learn more about the Fairfax cannabis discussions. Click here

San Rafael Cannabis Program
In July 2019, the City of San Rafael will be opening a second round of licensing for the following cannabis licenses:

  • Cannabis Testing Labs: 4 licenses available. Process opening July 2019

  • Infused Product Manufacturing MIPs: 10 licenses allowed, 3 licenses available. Process opening July 2019

  • Non-storefront  Delivery: 5 licenses allowed.  All licenses allocated.

  • Distribution: 4 licenses allowed, 2 licenses available. Process opening July 2019.

    *Nice Guys have a license for delivery and distribution in San Rafael, CA.
Cannabis Gross Receipts Tax Rates
  • Cannabis Testing Labs: 1%

  • Infused Product Manufacturing MIPs: 3%

  • Non-storefront  Delivery: 4%

  • Distribution: 1%

Learn more about the San Rafael Cannabis Program. Click here


If you haven’t seen “Weed the People” yet it is now available on Netflix.

Stream “Weed the People” on Netflix.

Stream “Weed the People” on Netflix.


Watch Mara Gordon give a recent TEDx talk on cannabis. *She is featured in “Weed the People,” along with her products made by Aunt Zelda’s.




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Episode 007: Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast

Special guest: Heath from Bloom Farms

Have you listened to the “Not Your Average Nice Guys” Podcast yet? It’s produced by our team as a way to remove the fear out of marijuana. They interview industry members and talk about what it’s like to work in the legal California Cannabis industry. It’s a lot of fun and it’s really informative. I recommend giving it a listen.

Listen to us interview Heather who is an Account Manager for Bloom Farms in our latest episode. She is a wonderful example of a woman who’s growing with the industry.


TEDxPaloAlto | Cannabis: Separating the Science from the Hype | Mara Gordon

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Listen to Mara Gordon talk about cannabis as medicine

“Mara Gordon is the co-founder of Aunt Zelda's™, The Oil Plant, Calla Spring Wellness, and Zelda Therapeutics. She specializes in the development of cannabis treatment protocols for seriously ill patients in California and is dedicated to bringing about change in the healthcare system.

Prior to Aunt Zelda’s, Gordon worked as a process engineer, helping Fortune 500 companies create intelligent software. This experience has enabled her to take a detailed and scientific approach to medical cannabis.

Gordon has transformed the lives of thousands of patients suffering from a variety of ailments, including chronic pain, autoimmune conditions and multiple forms of cancer. Her pioneering work in the field of medical cannabis has been chronicled in films such as The Medicine in Marijuana, Mary Janes: Women of Weed, and the award-winning documentary Weed the People.

Gordon is an outspoken and highly-respected advocate for medical cannabis, reshaping perceptions and leading an industry-wide revolution. She has presented at numerous medical conferences around the globe and holds board positions with Zelda Therapeutics, Gaby, and North Bay Credit Union, in addition to numerous advisory boards.”

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Have you seen “Weed the People” yet? Watch it on Netflix!

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Watch “Weed the People” on Netflix

Show Notes: #007 Heather from Bloom Farms | An Example of a Woman Growing With The Industry

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Heather talks about her experience working in the legal cannabis industry. Learn how Bloom Farms is giving her a chance to live in her passions

Episode 007: Interview with Heather | Account Manager for Bloom Farms

“Legal cannabis is currently the greatest job-creation machine in America. The cannabis workforce increased 21% in 2017. It gained another 44% in 2018. We expect at least another 20% growth in jobs in 2019. That would represent a 110% growth in cannabis jobs in just three years.” - Leafly

 

Welcome to episode 007 of the Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast, where it is our goal to educate consumers while removing the fear out of marijuana. The show is run by Nice Guys Delivery employees who interview other industry peers to lift the veil of the legal California cannabis industry.


In this episode, we talk to Heather who is an Account Manager for Bloom Farms. She is one of the first vendors Nice Guys Delivery ever worked with when we first opened our doors in 2016, and she is a great example of a professional in the space. We talk about how cannabis is changing the landscape and giving a lot of people opportunities and jobs. The industry offers upward mobility for anyone willing to work.

"You have to be passionate about cannabis to really do this." - Heather

Bloom Farms is a staple in the California cannabis market. One of the reasons we like them so much is because of their desire to be nice and give back to the communities they're serving. They formed a 1-for-1 program that has donated over 1.6 million meals. They partner with 9 local food banks across the state to make this happen. Last year Nice Guys joined Bloom Farms on World Food Day to donate food at the SF Marin Food bank.

Thanks for listening. We appreciate your feedback! 

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Marijuana Delivery for adults aged 21 years and older | Marin County, CA

Why should you trust Nice Guys Delivery?

Nice Guys Delivery is one of the few licensed cannabis delivery services operating in San Rafael, California. When our company first moved to the community we served the medical marijuana market, but on April 16th, 2019 we began selling recreational cannabis to adults aged 21 years and older.

Like many of our customers raising kids, we are parents with children growing up in Marin County and we want them to grow up in a safe and healthy community. We have policies in place to protect children and our community alike. It’s our desire to be apart of the solution. We work closely with the B.C.C and City of San Rafael to ensure we are running our business according to regulations. It’s important to us that our community feels safe!

Listen to our podcast conversation with San Rafael’s Director of Economic Development, Danielle O’Leary, and hear her talk about the San Rafael Cannabis Program.

Click Here to listen.

Below is a list of our three-step verification process when checking identification as every single order is placed and received by our staff.

Our 3-Step Verification Process:

  1. Once a customer signs up they MUST send us a Government issued ID via email or text message.

  2. We then verify the age in our system.

  3. Our drivers check ID upon delivery.


We created a FREE cannabis 101 educational E-book for you to learn the basics and make more informed purchases in the future. We recommend printing the booklet so you can use the back notes section to begin tracking your cannabis experience.

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Responding To A Fake Post On Nextdoor | Nice Guys News

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Fake Post on Social Media

There was a recent post on Nextdoor the app, that was apparently taken down, regarding Nice Guys Delivery selling cannabis to minors. This was posted by a person that was upset after getting blocked from using our service because he threatened the business and family that owns it.

We take these accusations very seriously. We have NEVER served a minor and we ALWAYS check identification.

He sent us the below text chain on Facebook. It is filled with profanity but I’ve tried to remove as much as possible. I’ve also blurred out his profile as it is sadly his son in the picture.

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Don't be like this guy. Be Nice. Kindness goes a long way. We are just humans trying to do our best here at Nice Guys and will go the distance to help our nice customers.

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One Challenge Cannabis Delivery Driver’s Face

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Have you ever wondered what sort of problems cannabis delivery drivers face while doing their jobs?

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As a delivery driver we are given tools to communicate with the customer. We use an app that includes an invoice, navigation, and order notes. We see the order notes as additional instructions from the customer - for example, if someone has a gate code where they live they can use the order notes to give instructions to the drivers. It’s very useful. Order notes must be entered during checkout.

Then after the customer places an order and it has been processed into the Nice Guys Delivery system they receive a text message with an ETA and access to real-time tracking that enables them to see where their delivery is at all times. In addition to tracking the app sends customers a text message with delivery updates, including a notification when the driver is 2 minutes away from arriving.

I’ve noticed sending a text makes the transaction a lot easier for both me and the customer. - A Nice Guys Delivery Driver

One of the biggest challenges our drivers face is delivering to local businesses and not being able to reach the customer to drop the package off. When customers communicate the best way to make the delivery it helps our drivers ensure the products arrive in a timely manner. This is where the order notes at the end of checkout become really helpful. Otherwise, if we’re unable to contact anyone without prior approval to enter the business, we will likely return to our office with the products and try to deliver again later after we contact someone with more direct instructions.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a text book with instructions of “Best Practices On How To Deliver Cannabis.” It would be nice but it doesn’t exist. We’re the ones writing the manual as we continue building the infrastructure of the industry. We need your help to make this the best experience it can be. We appreciate feedback because it’s a big part of how we’re moving the industry forward. Thank you for communicating with us. It helps us better serve you!

The Benefits of Non-Medical Marijuana

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Now Delivering Non-Medical Cannabis

Marijuana, or cannabis, is comprised of many chemicals, but there are two key chemicals you may have heard about already: THC and CBD. THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive ingredient which causes the high associated with marijuana. CBD, cannabidiol, is the component of marijuana that is often used to treat a wide variety of issues, but it does not get you high. Other compounds in cannabis include CBG, CBN, THCA, and CBDA. How these chemicals interact with your body determines what effects you’ll experience after a given dose.

The Benefits are Nearly Endless

As marijuana contains both THC and CBD, it can be used for a wide variety of applications. The body’s receptors interact with specific chemical compounds in marijuana to maintain its homeostasis, and so marijuana treats a variety of problems and ailments. Marijuana has been known to help with the following:

  • Pain

  • Anxiety

  • Inflammation

  • Nausea

  • PTSD Symptoms

  • Insomnia

  • Stiff or Sore Muscles

  • Appetite Issues

  • Depression

  • Mood Problems

  • And More!

The effect of marijuana relies partly on how it’s consumed; users can inhale, eat, apply a tincture or topical product, use a patch, or take a suppository. At Nice Guys Delivery, we offer products that are high in CBD, as well as marijuana in a variety of forms, including edibles, topicals, drinks, gels, patches, balms, and more.

Find Out for Yourself - Order Today

Nice Guys Delivery can deliver marijuana to clients throughout San Rafael, CA; Mill Valley, CA; Novato, CA; and select zip codes in San Francisco (94123, 94115, 94118, 94109, 94121). If you are 18 to 20 years old, you will need a doctor’s recommendation. Adults 21 years of age or older will need a government issued ID to make their purchase.

Learn more about what marijuana can do for you by trying it out for yourself. Order today through our website for the highest quality products at the best prices!

Nice Guys News Flash | 4/14 - 4/20

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Hey, Nice Guys! Happy 420!

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It's the week of 420 in Marin County, the birthplace of our favorite "stoner holiday." Heres a quick newsflash to get the scoop on whats going on at Nice Guys Delivery.

The newsflash segment of the podcast is an easy way for our members to hear a quick report on the ever-changing Cannabis Industry, Nice Guys Delivery, and other important news. 

This weeks report: 4/14 - 4/20

  • 4/16 - Happy Adult-Use Day

    • Nice Guys Delivery is officially delivering cannabis to adults 21 years and older so long as they have a valid government ID.

  • 420 Deals - Flash Sales

    • Watch the Nice Guys website all week long to take advantage of flash sales and promos on your favorite cannabis brands, such as, Flow kana, Bloom farms, Guild Extracts, Pacific Reserve, Kiva, Heavy Hitters, and more.

  • Nice Guys Deals:

    • Don't forget we offer 25% OFF New Members 1st order, as well as 10% OFF orders of Seniors and Veterans. 

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Show Notes: #006 Danielle O'Leary | Director of Economic Development and Innovation for San Rafael, California

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Welcome, Danielle O’Leary to the show.

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San Rafael, CA -  The City With A Mission

San Rafael, CA - The City With A Mission

Danielle O'Leary is a leading member of the team creating the legal cannabis program in San Rafael, California. She is the Director of Economic Development and Innovation and because of her efforts, Nice Guys Delivery and others are able to legally sell cannabis in San Rafael and Marin County.

In this episode, we talk to Danielle about San Rafael's Cannabis Program and how it’s been going since it was created. We talk about different ways cannabis is bringing positive change to the community and also a little bit about her background. This is a unique conversation with someone from outside the industry.

Thank you for listening to the Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast. 

Please leave a comment and let us know what other type of cannabis content you’d like to hear!

We appreciate you! 

Our talk is based around these questions:

  1. You are helping write and guide policies for a community trying to embrace cannabis. How did you come to this position and what is the career history that led you here?

  2. The majority of Marin voted for legalization and each community across California is embracing prop 64 in their own way. Marin has eased its way forward regarding policies. What's the next progression? 

  3. Have licensed cannabis businesses been good operators in San Rafael? How are we doing?

  4. What is the biggest concern from the city's point of view? What are some mistakes you've seen other communities make?

  5. Where is the tax revenue being applied?

  6. Aside from Tax revenue, what do you and the city hope to see from us as licensed businesses? 

  7. Have you seen an increase in crime since San Rafael began allowing legal cannabis sales? 

Additional Notes and Resources:

"On March 4, 2019, San Rafael City Council approved amending our current medical cannabis policy to allow existing licensees the ability to serve the adult-use market. This recent action does not permit new retail storefront licensing activity.  The list of approved license types and allotments are shown below:"

Cannabis License Allotments

  • Cannabis Testing Labs (State License Type 8): 4 licenses 

  • Infused Product Manufacturing MIPs (State License Type N): 8 licenses 

  • Non-storefront  Delivery (State License Type 9): 5 licenses 

  • Distribution (State License Type 11): 3 licenses 

Learn more about "The City With A Mission" - San Rafael


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