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New Pacific Grove council reverses decision, blocks retail cannabis sales.

December 17, 2020 - "Pacific Grove is not getting a retail cannabis store anytime soon. That’s the result after a new P.G. City Council last night reversed a decision made in September by the former council to bring one licensed store to the small town."

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Monterey City Council takes early steps on a long road to a decision about retail cannabis.

December 5, 2020 - "Monterey City Council members signaled in a meeting on Dec. 1 that they're ready to follow a roadmap created by City Manager Hans Uslar to help the council make a decision about whether to allow retail cannabis in the city."

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Monterey moving slow and on allowing cannabis shops

December 4, 2020 - "MONTEREY — A highly comprehensive “roadmap” for the city of Monterey to follow as it moves forward with plans to allow retail cannabis shops in the city was presented to elected officials this week with a consensus to begin tapping public views on the idea."

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House Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana; Bill To Stall In Senate

December 4, 2020 - "The House of Representatives approved decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level on Friday in the first time Congress has acted on the issue."

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Pacific Grove cannabis referendum falls short by three signatures; challenge audit begins Dec. 7.

December 4, 2020 - "The referendum to rescind the Pacific Grove City Council’s vote to allow one cannabis retail store was short by just three petition signatures, the city announced on Dec. 3."

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Monterey County Board of Supervisors approve cannabis cultivation environmental document

December 2, 2020 - “It allows the 45 cannabis cultivators, all represented by two prominent local law firms — JRG Attorneys at Law and Law Offices of Jennifer S. Rosenthal — to avoid conducting independent environmental reviews for each application while identifying their cumulative impacts on traffic and energy demand.”

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U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

December 2, 2020 - “A United Nations commission voted on Wednesday to remove cannabis for medicinal purposes from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, a highly anticipated and long-delayed decision that could clear the way for an expansion of marijuana research and medical use."

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Judge nixes lawsuit challenging California home pot delivery

November 19, 2020 - "LOS ANGELES (AP) In what could be a temporary victory for California’s legal cannabis industry, a judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn a state rule allowing home deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial marijuana sales."

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Monterey County budget remains steady despite COVID-19

November 19, 2020 - "It’s not just on Veterans Day, which just passed on Nov. 11, when budtenders are helping veterans treat issues like chronic pain, insomnia or PTSD with cannabis. Many dispensaries offer discounts for veterans year-round, usually 10 – to 15-percent off. Starting last summer, The Reef decided to take appreciation for veterans one step further."

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Monterey County budget remains steady despite COVID-19

November 19, 2020 - “...cannabis revenue jumped to $11.4 million above county program expenses and helped drive a $17.8 million discretionary revenue increase above the budgeted amount...”

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Montana, Arizona, New Jersey and South Dakota approve marijuana ballot measures, CNN projects

November 5, 2020 - "Montana has voted to establish 21 as the legal age to purchase, possess and consume cannabis by constitutional amendment, CNN projects. This adds to the growing list of states to approve marijuana-related ballot measures this year."

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Split county board OKs cannabis cash for Salinas Valley well destruction

October 28, 2020 - "By a narrow margin, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to spend about $2.66 million in cannabis tax revenue over three years to cover the local cash match for a Salinas Valley well destruction program."

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South Monterey County voters to decide on school bonds, tax measures

October 26, 2020 - "Measure P, “King City Commercial Cannabis Tax Amendment,” asks voters if they support a pair of taxes. One is up to 5% on retail sale of cannabis, cannabis products, industrial hemp and hemp products. The second is a tax of up to 2% on the distribution of cannabis and cannabis products generated outside of King City. The taxes have a projected revenue generation of approximately $150,000 annually, and would be in effect until terminated by voters. A majority vote is required for approval."

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Pacific Grove cannabis law could be stalled

October 22, 2020 - "PACIFIC GROVE — While the city of Pacific Grove moves forward with selecting an operator to award a single cannabis license, which was approved by elected officials last month, a wrinkle is emerging that could throw a monkey wrench into the entire effort."

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Monterey County taps state grants to target youth cannabis use, illegal market

October 6, 2020 - "During its consent agenda Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved a Proposition 64 grant agreement with the California Board of State and Community Corrections for $996,545."

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Pacific Grove’s cannabis dispensary opponents seek to overturn a new ordinance.

October 1, 2020 - "Pacific Grove was on its way to bringing one cannabis dispensary to town after a City Council majority voted 4-3 twice – on Sept. 2 and Sept. 16 – in favor of an ordinance allowing cannabis retail sales. The plan was to have a proposal by a dispensary company before the P.G. Planning Commission by Nov. 12. That is, until opponents of the ordinance got behind their own plan: a referendum to overturn it."

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Public safety, tax revenue part of Monterey cannabis debate

October 1, 2020 - "Monterey elected officials and the public on Wednesday had the chance to weigh in on the issue of allowing cannabis operations in the city, allowing City Council members to give city staff direction on additional information needed and questions they want answered the next time the issue comes around."

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California marijuana taxes won’t go up for a year under new bill signed by Gavin Newsom

September 22, 2020 - "The California cannabis industry is getting a bit of a tax break, courtesy of the California Legislature. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill late last week into law that prohibits the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration from adjusting the cannabis excise tax markup amount until July 1, 2021."

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Cannabis store in Pacific Grove gets the final nod

September 17, 2020 - "Pacific Grove schools entered into the debate about opening a cannabis dispensary in the city with a resolution declaring the “health, safety and well-being” of kids will be affected, but on a split vote, elected city officials on Wednesday approved an ordinance that will allow a single cannabis store."

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Monterey County board taps cannabis fund again for COVID-19 spending

September 1, 2020 - "On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors by a unanimous vote again dipped into a cannabis tax revenue fund to cover up to about $6.9 million in the county’s pandemic response, much of it planned future spending through the end of the calendar year. The board also agreed to tap the cannabis account for $250,000 for the Food Bank of Monterey County approved in June as bridge funding until the county can conduct an independent assessment of the food bank operation."

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Cannabis: Outdoor grow pilot program rules could be eased

August 4, 2020 - "After only two applicants signed up for Monterey County’s outdoor cannabis grow pilot program, county officials ware set to consider potentially easing the rules more than a year after the program was adopted."

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Cannabis represents 10 percent of Monterey County crop production as fruits, nuts decline

July 24, 2020 - "Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales has released the county’s 2019 Crop Report, which included an evaluation of cannabis production for the first time."

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COVID & Recession Creates Even More California Cannabis Start Up Opportunities

July 10, 2020 - "Due to the ravaging pending and projected impact of the COVID19 pandemic on local job markets and commercial property occupancy rates throughout California, more cities and counties..."

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The struggle to enter California’s cannabis market: ‘So much heartache, so much pain’

July 9, 2020 - "Linda Grant sold weed in the streets of East Oakland for 35 years before California legalized marijuana in 2016. She’s been “going through hell” trying to open a licensed business ever since."

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Santa Cruz County DA to dismiss past marijuana convictions

June 25, 2020 - "SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Santa Cruz County District Attorney announced that his office will dismiss over 1,000 marijuana cases on Thursday."

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Monterey County’s crop reports reveal meteoric rise of cannabis cultivation.

June 24, 2020 - "Cannabis farmers in Monterey County reached sales of roughly $450 million dollars in 2019 out of a total annual crop value of $4.86 billion, according to two new county reports." 

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Marina joins other cities, approves its first cannabis dispensaries

June 15, 2020 - "MARINA — More than a year and a half after voters approved cannabis businesses in the city of Marina, three applications for cannabis dispensaries were approved by the City Council last week."

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County board finalizes $1.6 billion budget amid uncertain future

June 2, 2020 - "SALINAS — Tapping reserves and cannabis tax revenue to preserve staff and programs that had been on the chopping block, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday put the finishing touches on a $1.64 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year."

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House Democrats propose measures to help with cannabis banking during the pandemic

May 13, 2020 - "(The Center Square) – Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives announced the filing of their Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act this week to further expand social safety net support for people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic."

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Cannabis farmers ask for local help as federal relief doesn't apply

APR 21, 2020 - "The federal government won’t give local cannabis growers COVID-19 relief funds because they’re growing a drug still outlawed by the federal government. The growers are now turning to local lawmakers hoping they’ll give them some tax relief as they deal with a decline in revenue."

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After being deemed ‘essential,’ cannabis companies settle into a new normal

MAR 22, 2020 - "In the days just after the County of Monterey and then Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted shelter-in-place orders that saw all but businesses and government offices deemed essential shut down, local cannabis retailers report they saw a surge of activity as customers rushed to stock up."

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Notice Regarding COVID-19 and Commercial Cannabis Businesses

MAR 22, 2020 - "Because cannabis is an essential medicine for many residents, licensees may continue to operate at this time so long as their operations comply with local rules and regulations."

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Cannabis businesses can stay open during mandated quarantine in Monterey County

MAR 18, 2020 - "The shelter-in-place order issued on March 17 didn’t specify, so the Weekly checked with Monterey County's Cannabis Program Coordinator, Joann Iwamoto."

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Jennifer Rosenthal Elected as Board Chair, CASA of Monterey County

AUG 10, 2019 - "Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Monterey County announced that Attorney Jennifer Rosenthal has been elected to serve as Board Chair for CASA of Monterey County."

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MCCIA May Insider: Member Spotlight with Jennifer Rosenthal

MAY 15, 2019 - "The cannabis industry in Monterey County is ever evolving and establishing itself as one of the top growing areas in the state. It is a place where people want to come and do business."

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Cannabis summit to offer local history, black market enforcement panels

DEC 10, 2018 - Cannabis’ past, present and future in Monterey County from Big Sur “Holy Weed” to NASA zero gravity horticulture practices will be covered by a number of local and statewide industry experts at this week’s Monterey Cannabis Summit hosted by the Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association.

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Herb & Hospice: How Medical Marijuana Is Helping End-Of-Life Care

NOV 28, 2018 - While medical and recreational cannabis are currently legal in 33 U.S. states and the nation’s capital, it still remains illegal at the federal level...

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Cannabis grower cries foul over Monterey County tax determination

MAY 3, 2018 - In the unchartered territory of the burgeoning legal California cannabis industry there are bound to be glitches and one Monterey County grower claims it’s the victim of one...

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MCCIA Announces Executive Board Members

FEB 9, 2018 - The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) announced today that it has elected their Executive Board to steer the association, which brings together members and stakeholders providing needed industry representation, education, and leadership in this new industry.

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First dispensary in unincorporated Monterey County one step closer 

JUNE 28, 2017 - Aram Stoney has been operating a medical marijuana delivery business out of Carmel Valley for more than a year and he wants to scale up to a dispensary...

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