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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: #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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