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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.

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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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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.


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.

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How Cannabis Benefits the Country through tax revenue, job creation, and much more!

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How cannabis benefits society

And improves our communities!

The current landscape of legal cannabis in the United States

The state and local taxes that are implemented with the sale of legal cannabis, helps improve communities. Creating a legal cannabis market is something that could raise the standard of living for millions of Americans across the country. In states where cannabis is legal, government officials are allocating funds to reduce crime, protect the environment, help the homeless, support health care, and fund law enforcement.

Today, 30 states, plus DC, allow medical or recreational sales of cannabis. The legal industry is comprised of mostly small businesses, very much like Nice Guys Delivery, where 10 individuals are employed full-time from our local community. There are between 125,000 – 160,000 people working full time in the legal cannabis industry, and according to MJBizDaily by 2022 there could be upwards to 340,000 full time workers across the country.

Different Ways States Are Improving People’s Lives:

  • Alaska passed a bill which uses half the proceeds received from excise taxes to improve programs intended to reduce the number of repeat criminal offenders.
  • California is planning to use a portion of its tax revenue to fund its environmental restoration programs.
  • Colorado uses some of the funds from the “Marijuana Tax Cash Fund,” to help establish permanent supportive housing and general assistance for homeless and “at-risk” individuals in the state.
  • In the state of Washington, they’ve implemented a strategy to use the tax revenue generated from recreational sales to pay for the state’s public health programs, including Medicaid.
  • Oregon uses tax revenue gained from cannabis to support law enforcement.

In 2017, the legal industry in the United States pulled in nearly $9 billion in tax revenue. Some projections for 2018 are as high as $10 billion, and revenue is expected to reach $22 billion by 2022

Other benefits beyond tax revenue and job creation:

Cannabis across the United States comes with a lot of stigma. People think “pot-smokers” are lazy and often times criminals, causing a push from the legal industry to paint a better image of cannabis-users. Much of this approach is done through community service efforts. For example, in March of last year we hosted a beach clean-up in Marin County at Stinson Beach, where a handful of us joined together and cleaned the beach for a couple of hours. Another example, Bloom farms, a company pledging to donate 1 meal to a food-insecure family or individual in need for every Bloom farm product purchased, has already donated over 1 million meals to families in need.

Bloom Farms 1-For-1 Program has donated over 1 Million meals and counting! 

Bloom Farms 1-For-1 Program has donated over 1 Million meals and counting! 

The above examples are just two of the unique ways legal businesses are using their resources to improve the lives of their communities. We’re also beginning to see new wellness practices pop up like ganja yoga, cannabis fitness hikes, and other meditative practices that are aimed at improving the well-being of individuals. It’s an exciting time in history and we believe the benefits of a legal market positively impact our society on a local, state, and national level.


What are your thoughts on a nationally regulated cannabis industry? Do you believe the pros outweigh the cons? If not, we’d love to hear your thoughts by sending an email to dan@niceguysdelivery.com While you’re at it follow us on Social Media where we’re ending cannabis stigma through promoting an active and adventurous lifestyle!