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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.

Meadowlands - picture from 2018

Meadowlands - picture from 2018

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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Nice Guys | Cannabis News

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.

Read the full story by clicking here

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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Marin County | Local Cannabis News:

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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.


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.

Thanks for reading!

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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