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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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Show Notes: #004 Introducing Winter Greens Delivery | Cannabis Delivery in Truckee & North Lake Tahoe (CA) Area

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#004: Winter Greens Delivery | Cannabis Delivery in Truckee & North Lake Tahoe (CA) Area


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They are North Lake Tahoe’s 1st and ONLY legal cannabis delivery service operating out of Truckee, California!

They are North Lake Tahoe’s 1st and ONLY legal cannabis delivery service operating out of Truckee, California!

Winter Greens Delivery (@wintergreensdeliver) is a cannabis delivery service dedicated to educating and guiding its customers about the validated benefits of cannabis for health. They make pain relief accessible, affordable and discreet while striving to make each member experience as unique as they are. 

Dan, Colleen, and Ashley sit down for a conversation in Sacramento after a recent Flow kana industry party where they got to meet some of the farmers, a glass blower, and other industry members. They couldn't find anywhere quiet to talk so they have this conversation from the inside of a car. 

The discussion is centered around Ashley as she talks about Winter Greens and the experience she's had since they first opened on Jan. 28th, 2019. They are North Lake Tahoe and Truckee's 1st and ONLY licensed cannabis delivery service. When asked about some of the challenges she mentions the weather conditions as the drivers attempt to deliver weed in the middle of a snowstorm. I can imagine it being extra tricky trying to deliver cannabis in the middle of a blizzard - props to the winter greens delivery drivers. Tips are always appreciated. 


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Show Notes: We Are A Family - Get a view of the culture at Nice Guys Delivery (003) A Cannabis Delivery Service in Marin County, CA

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Show Notes: Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast (003)

Episode 3 features two Nice Guys delivery drivers, Nathan and Allante. They sit down for a roundtable conversation with Colleen and Dan and talk about what it’s like to work as drivers for Nice Guys Delivery, in the legal California cannabis industry. Listen to this fun and intimate talk between coworkers.

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Show Notes: We're Not Here To Dumb It Down - Some challenges of the Legal Cannabis Industry (002) | Nice Guys Podcast

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Show Notes: Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast (002)

Episode 2 brings Colleen, Dan, and B.C together for another high roundtable conversation. Before the talk, they consumed their preferred cannabis products (prerolls, hash, and flower) and then had a conversation about some of the things they've observed in the newly legal California Cannabis Industry.

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Points of interest:
- How to smoke hash
- Dry-farmed cannabis
- "Pink Tax Marketing"
- Industry "money grab" tactics
- ICBC (International Cannabis Business Conference)
- Threats to mom and pop cannabis businesses
- Can you die from Marijuana?
- The importance of education
- Cannabis as medicine
- Stigma - what's acceptable in moving the industry forward?
- Stay curious, stay open
- How to be a responsible consumer and do the nice thing
- The importance of tracking your cannabis experience
- And Etc.

 

Dive Deep: (we recommend researching the below)
Green Flower Media - a great source of education
Fiddlers Greens
Aunt Zelda's
Weed the People Film

 
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Why Shop For Cannabis Online??📍Marin County Cannabis Delivery

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Pros:

Have you ever considered purchasing cannabis online rather than making the trip to a dispensary? Below is a list of pros and cons to help guide your decision the next time you’re looking to purchase products. Before we get started, I recommend getting to know the state and local laws regarding cannabis near you. In California, delivery services can deliver anywhere in the state with out abiding by local laws.

 

Convenience:

Time is one resource most of us seem to never have enough of, by purchasing products online you gain back some of those precious moments. Nice Guys Delivery offers speedy delivery within 45-60 minutes from the time you place an order, but if you need to schedule the delivery for a later time in the day or week that’s also an option. Buying online saves you time traveling to the store, standing in busy lines, and offers a painless way to refill products when they’re running low.  

[We now offer same day deliveries into select Napa & Sonoma County locations when you order by 2 PM]

 

Accessibility:

Ordering online offers individuals with illness an easier way to obtain medicine. It gives consumers more access to products than if there only option is to purchase from the storefront down the road. You have the ability to shop around until you find exactly what you’re looking for.

 

Predictable care in a relaxed setting:

It’s hard to find a more comfortable setting than your own home. Nice Guys Delivery has a dedicated call center with specialized customer service people ready to assist you with whatever you need. When you visit a storefront you often interact with a different budtender each time, making it difficult to build rapport. You don’t have that problem when ordering online because there is a specific team dedicated to working with you. In the digital age, ordering online actually allows for a more personalized experience.

 

Education:

Looking at products online allows you to research information while you are shopping. Let’s say that you come across a new strain you’ve never heard of. You can search the internet using site’s like Leafly to help gain more information before deciding to purchase something. It’s also important to know who you’re buying from. Ordering online gives you the opportunity to read about the company before doing business.

 

Sales and Promotions:

Shopping online allows you to locate the specific products you are looking for and often times gives you access to online deals and promotions through email newsletters and campaigns. By engaging on social media you’re able to connect with brands on a more intimate level.

 

Cons:

One perceived downfall when ordering online is not being able to see the products in person. Since all tinctures, topicals, and edibles must remain in their packaging anyway, the buying experience is basically the same online as it is in-store. This problem is also diminished over time as you build a relationship with the delivery service and are able to trust their word and reputation. You can read reviews and see what other people think about the products and service you’re looking for, before making any decisions.

 

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Defining the Black Market in California's Cannabis Industry

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Defining the Black Market in California’s Cannabis Industry

Did you realize you were contributing to its growth when you purchase products from unlicensed cannabis businesses - including the one’s operating under “Prop 215.”

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In California, cannabis legalization began back in 1996 with the passing of Proposition 215. “Prop 215 made exempt patients and defined caregivers who possess or cultivate marijuana for medical treatment recommended by a physician from criminal laws which otherwise prohibit possession or cultivation of marijuana.” It allowed owners of medical recommendations to purchase cannabis from retailers operating under the Prop 215 classification.

Fast forward to today, where Prop 64 is the new regulatory standard and businesses operating under Prop 215 are considered “black market” operations. “Black market cannabis is primarily untested and leaves an open door for some of the industry’s worst practices.” Proposition 64 passed in 2016 and took effect in 2018. Prop 64 legalized Adult-Use sales and consumption but also includes regulations for the Medical industry, while doing away with Prop 215. Because many black-market cannabis businesses are hosted on platforms such as WeedMaps it’s common for consumers to assume they’re purchasing safe, quality products from any business claiming to offer cannabis products. It simply isn’t the case.

Given the new regulations it’s tempting to purchase cannabis from the Black market. The new standards for licensed business and new taxes have increased the prices for licensed businesses, making products more expensive for consumers. It's tough to witness small farmers, small manufacturers, and even delivery/retail businesses not able to survive under the new standards. However, for the health of the plant, people and the industry, purchasing from licensed retailers ensures a future for this clean source of medicine.

In California, if you purchase a product from a dispensary or delivery service the item will have gone through multiple safety checks to ensure what you’re buying is pure cannabis with zero contaminants. Licensed cannabis businesses have a certain standard to uphold and will be fully transparent and able to provide reports including detailed information regarding cannabinoid potencies and terpene analysis, plus pesticide, fungicide and PGR residue results on request.”

Below is a list of negative effects caused when purchasing cannabis from unlicensed businesses:

●      It’s bad for your health. Untested cannabis commonly fosters mold, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals. “One common pesticide among illegal growers contains the chemical carbofuran, which has been banned in the U.S., Canada and the EU for years. It takes only a sixteenth of a teaspoon of carbofuran to kill a human being [1].”

●      It’s harmful to the environment. “Pesticide residue can linger in soil, in extraction equipment and in five generations of plants. A research scientist who has been studying the environmental effects of illegal marijuana grows in Northern California has found chemical runoff as much as four years after a cultivation site was abandoned – killing protected species, seeping into other agricultural areas and making its way up the food chain.”

●      It hinders the growth of the industry. When licensed businesses lose money to the illegal market society takes the hit. Operating in the legal market means individuals may receive state approved jobs, giving them access to benefits and other opportunities otherwise unavailable to them. As the black market thrives, it strangles the ability of license holders to hire more employees.

You think you’re getting a better deal by purchasing “cheaper” cannabis from unlicensed businesses, but it actually does more harm than good – to you and society. At times it doesn’t feel like the actions we take in our personal lives make a difference, but this isn’t one of those times. The cannabis industry is the perfect example of an industry where the people hold the power. It shows in the way states continue legalizing cannabis in the face of Federal prohibition. People are showing up to the polls and making change happen. You as the voter, individually and collectively, are forcing politicians to listen.

As the legal cannabis industry grows it needs more individuals to step up and begin buying into it. Nice Guys Delivery is a health-conscious, best-in class delivery service who supports the #cleancannabis movement. We are a licensed business, who has the individual at the heart of our mission. We are unlike the black-market who cares about profits over people, it’s our goal to educate and guide our members about the validated benefits of cannabis for health. We make pain relief accessible, affordable and discreet while striving to offer each member an experience as unique as they are. 

That’s the difference between us and the black market. We are here for you with clean cannabis options! The next time you purchase products we recommend asking your budtender or delivery drivers if they are licensed and if not, we suggest buying your products from someone who is. Click here to search for California licensed cannabis businesses and learn for yourself. Put your health first!

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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.


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