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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.

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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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Why can't I purchase recreational cannabis in Marin County? Untangling Prop 64

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If you live in Marin County and want to consume cannabis bought in Marin, you still have to possess a medical recommendation.

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WARNING!!! Attempts to understand the legal jargon associated with regulating Proposition 64 is cause for confusion, dizziness, and the occasional headache. Luckily, you’ve got us, Nice guys here to summarize the regulations so you can get back to the inhalations and doing what you enjoy most, like an adventurous hike on Mount Tamalpais, or a beautiful evening walk through Marin.

Here’s the scoop

In 2016, Prop 64 was approved by 57% of state voters, with nearly 70% of Marin County voters in support of the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).”

Recreational cannabis has been legal in the state of California since January 1st, 2018 when the bill went into effect, allowing anyone 21 years and older to carry up to an ounce of marijuana, or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis, and also allowing an individual to cultivate up to 6 plants per residence. Medical card holders are still protected under Proposition 215 so nothing really changed for you.

In the process of legalizing AUMA the state gave regulatory power over to the cities and counties and not all of them permit retail sales of cannabis, creating a lot of confusion. In fact, according to a study conducted by Southern California News Group and other Digital First newspapers, “fewer than 1 in 3 California cities allow any kind of cannabis business to operate in their borders. And just 18 of the state’s 58 counties permit cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas. Fewer than 1 in 5 California cities welcome medical marijuana dispensaries, while fewer than 1 in 7 allow recreational cannabis stores.”

What it means locally

“In Marin, Tiburon, Ross, Mill Valley and San Anselmo have approved prohibitions against recreational marijuana business activity which includes a ban on brick-and-mortar pot shops. Larkspur, Corte Madera, Fairfax, San Rafael and Novato have enacted temporary moratoriums on the pot trade, buying time to develop permanent ordinances. Recreational cannabis sales have also been prohibited in unincorporated Marin,” according to an article in the Marin IJ.

If you live in Marin you’re going to have to travel out-of-county to grab some herb or possess a card and receive your products from one of the 4 licensed delivery services located in San Rafael, California. Each city and county have its own set of ordinances, with Unincorporated Marin and San Rafael as the only two jurisdictions in Marin allowing cannabis business licenses at this time.

Although adult-use sales are currently banned throughout Marin, regulators are taking steps to move in that direction, albeit slowly. In Novato, where last year City Council adopted “an urgency moratorium on cannabis activity, which expires in November,” city officials want to talk about cannabis regulations and are asking for community engagement. They’ve launched an outreach plan organized into three workshops, aimed at collecting feedback, educating people on the industry, and focusing on public safety and enforcement. The first workshop took place on July 21st, but you can still attend the remaining two which are Aug. 8th from 6-8pm at Novato City Hall and Aug.16th 6-8pm at City Hall. The best way to impact change is by showing up to these events and speaking your mind. We also recommend writing letters and calling local government officials to express your opinions.

If you’re a Marin resident in need of a card you can easily obtain one by scheduling an online doctor’s appointment by clicking here.


Thanks for reading! We'd like to invite you to join us in ending cannabis stigma through living an adventurous lifestyle and sharing your experiences on social media, by following us on Instagram|Facebook|Twitter and tagging #niceguysadventures in your photos.