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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.

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!

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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: #005 Cosmic View | A Mother and Daughter Cannabis Company

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Show Notes: #005 - Cosmic View | A Mother and Daughter Cannabis Company | A company founded on integrity | San Rafael, California


Meet  Nicole  and   Christine  Skibola  from  Cosmic   View  - A San Rafael Cannabis Company!

Meet Nicole and Christine Skibola from Cosmic View - A San Rafael Cannabis Company!

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“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” — CARL SAGAN

Cosmic View was founded in 2017, as a marriage between science, art and California lifestyle. Their line of products mirrors an obsession with pure earth products that honor our role as caretakers of this planet and the cosmic order of nature. 

Christine Skibola:

Christine Skibola is a former UC Berkeley professor and a leading international cancer researcher.  Semi-retired from academia, she is pursuing her passion helping those with cancer and other chronic illnesses through lifestyle and dietary changes and holistic approaches.  Using her scientific background, Christine produces Cosmic View’s topical and supplemental cannabis formulations aimed at helping individuals with health conditions. 

Christine was a Professor of Epidemiology and an Endowed Chair of Oncology in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham until 2016.  She received an MS and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences with an emphasis in toxicology and genomics at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where she remained as a faculty until she was recruited to UAB in 2012. Her main research focused on the study of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that influence cancer risk and disease. She is considered an international leader in the molecular epidemiology of lymphoma and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Emory School of Medicine.  Dr. Skibola is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed science journal articles in prestigious publications such as Nature Genetics, Blood, Lancet Oncology, and JAMA Oncology. Before she (mostly) retired from academia, she worked with doctors from the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Memorial Sloan Kettering and UCSF to name a few. 

Dr. Skibola is interested in the role of diet, lifestyle and mind-body practices in the prevention and treatment of cancer, as well as exploring how cannabis may be used to treat cancer symptoms and disease. Dr. Skibola is passionate about directly empowering patients regarding their health.

NICOLE SKIBOLA

Once trained as a lawyer, Nicole Skibola is a cancer survivor and artist. Nicole is a recent Brooklyn transplant and lives in Marin County, California. Her passion for holistic health deepened after surviving a rare endometrial cancer at a young age. Nicole has been interested in cannabis products, particularly CBD extractions for her ongoing physical health, notably for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties.

Nicole is the author of Wakeful Night, published with Dottir Press in the fall of 2018. Wakeful Night is an illustrated exploration of cancer-related loss she developed to lead readers through their own stages of identity, fear, and metaphorical thinking associated with a cancer diagnosis. Through art -- the book also contains a series of Skibola’s abstract linocut prints and India ink paintings -- and some narrative storytelling, Wakeful Night aims to support readers to understand their experience of cancer and develop a creative practice.

Nicole brings business savvy and a love for beautiful packaging and modern aesthetic to Cosmic View and is in love with the holistic health practitioners in her life she feels fortunate to call friends.  She is interested in the role of diet and lifestyle, such as Ayurveda, juicing and meditation in her ongoing physical and mental health, as well as the role of personal storytelling in making sense of life's unexpected turns. She has worked with the USC Norris Cancer Center, the Brooklyn Cottage, and will expand her creative grief work in relation to cancer with the publication of her book in the fall. She is a regular contributor for A Women’s Thing, a print and online magazine based in New York where she writes about entrepreneurship, feminism and finding your path.

Wakeful Night:  An illustrated memoir

Wakeful Night: An illustrated memoir


Additional Show Notes:

- Listen to what it means to have a "cosmic view." 

- Get to know why they believe cannabis should be used as a daily medicine and isn't the monster many people believe it to be.

- All of their products are cut with high-quality Tuscan blend Olives - learn about Olive Oil's health benefits 

- Get to know their vision for the companies future.

- Learn about CBD and its interactions with other drugs

List of Products:

Viva la V! Vaginal Health Balm

Deep Down Deep Tissue Balm

Psori-Assist Skin Relief Balm

Cycle Soothe Women's Pain Balm

20:1 Tincture

3:1 Tincture

1:1 Tincture

All of their are products made with love and integrity

All of their products are made with the highest quality ingredients that are certified organic or grown with sustainable/organic farming methods, including their Sonoma County olive oil which is currently undergoing Oregon Tilth certification. Their full sun California cannabis is made with a low-pressure CO2 supercritical extraction process to retain the full spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids. Their herbal formulations are infused with wildcrafted or organic herbs in heirloom Northern California extra virgin olive oil from Sonoma County.

No hemp, isolates, added terpenes, additives, preservatives, flavorings, sweeteners. Only the purest ingredients for the purest medicine. Their products are science-based and made by hand with love in San Rafael, California.

Purchase Nicole’s Book: Wakeful Night



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Which Cannabis Strain do you prefer?

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Do you prefer Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid cannabis flower? Does it matter to you?

And what feeling are you seeking when consuming?

Cannabis is an extremely unique plant. No two people have the same experience, and even if they could biologically-speaking, they still couldn’t, because each cannabis strain and each harvest is different. Cannabis is alive and constantly evolving.

At Nice Guys, we recommend tracking your experience. It means you should take ownership of your cannabis use by becoming interested in what you’re consuming and tracking how it makes you feel (actually write it down).

Become curious. Ask your licensed cannabis provider questions and reach out on social media to start a dialog with others. Prohibition will end when more of us begin to open up and talk about all the ways cannabis helps our lives.


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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.”

Saying Bye to Prop 215 👋🏻

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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The 5 best activities to pair with cannabis this autumn!

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A list of the 5 best activities to pair with cannabis this Autumn

Prepare for some adult fun!

October is a great month for some warm-hearted fun. The days are getting shorter and the temperature is cooling, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! In this article, we’ve put together a field guide helping you squeeze the most joy out of the final days before winter. Who says fun has to be reserved for just the kids?

Below are the 5 best activities you can do while consuming cannabis this autumn.

1.     Visit the Pumpkin patch in Nicasio Valley and grab the perfect pumpkin for this year’s jack o'lantern. We suggest pairing Kinslips Cloud buster sublingual tabs with your trip to the pumpkin patch. They’re discreet and uplifting, you’ll unlock the creativity needed to carve the best pumpkin on the block.

  • Open daily from 10am – 6pm throughout the month of October.

2.     Who doesn’t love apple cider and doughnuts? Well what about apple picking while high on cannabis infused cookies? Head out to Chileno Valley Ranch and pick apples while snacking on your favorite Korova mini cookies to experience apple picking like never before. Once you’re done picking apples grab some cider and dip your cookies. You’ll thank us later! 

  • Open every Sunday from 9am – 3pm.

3.     Enjoy a trip to Muelrath Ranch in Santa Rosa and warm your mind, body, and soul as you sip a cup of warm Kikoko tea and enjoy a Hayride through the Muelrath Ranch. After the ride you can also enjoy farm animals, a pumpkin cannon, bounce houses for the kids, and much more. Kikoko tea is the perfect companion to stay warm and relaxed during your ride around the ranch.

  • Open daily from 10am - 6pm Sunday – Thursday; and 10am – 9pm Friday and Saturday.

4.     Looking for a hay tunnel or corn maze to get lost in? Head back up to Muelrath Ranch in Santa Rosa and find your way through the maze. Want to add an extra element to the fun? Try pairing Kiva Confections Blueberry Milk Chocolate or Espresso Dark Chocolate terra bites to the equation. They’re only 5mg THC bites so take as little or as many as needed to find the perfect balance. Happy navigating!

  • Open daily from 10am - 6pm Sunday – Thursday; and 10am – 9pm Friday and Saturday

5.     The 41st Annual Mill Valley Film Festival is a great place to escape from the heavy work load to enjoy some films for a while. Want to really dive into the storylines being told? Grab a bag of Valhalla gummies to pair with your popcorn. Sweet and salty, plus a little cannabliss never hurt anybody. Nice Guys are proudly sponsoring this year’s festival which is going on from Oct. 4th – 14th throughout San Rafael and Mill Valley movie theaters. We recommend watching “Weed the People,” which focuses on cannabis’s ability to alleviate symptoms of cancer in afflicted children. The screening for the film begins Friday, Oct. 12th at 9pm and also plays at 12:15pm Saturday, Oct. 13th at the CineArts Sequoia theater.


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