Marty's Travels

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R2AK,2022

I am at Pt Hudson for the start of the Race To Alaska. The object of the race is to go from Port Townsend to Ketchikan without having motors. You can walk if you want to, but rational people choose sails or oars. Your're given a month to get there. The first to cross gets $10,000, which sounds good, but it's a really a consolation prize. If you have a big fast boat, a world-class sailing crew, and a good day, you'll have no stories (that anyone...

NM Day One

It went well in NM on Day One. Local news got their footage of long lines, first legal buyers, and politicians. The cops were very well behaved, seemingly speaking common sense and apparently down with the scene. The drug dealers did $1 million of business on the first day, $120 thousand of that went to the cartel, the state of NM, that has a monopoly on the market. So now one can buy cannabis everywhere in the West except Idaho, Wyoming, and...

New Mexico

Legal retail sales start this Friday in New Mexico. I've been watching the legalization process for many years, and will be celebrating. The long process ended up creating one of the best cannabis legalization bills in the nation, is backed up by one of the most mature medical pot industries, and has an enormous Texas market to draw upon. New Mexico will do well. Opening day will involve long lines at stores, many people from El Paso, high...

WA Pot Laws

Let's say you go into a pot shop in Oregon and buy a cannabis clone, a tiny plant like a seedling. Then, if you took that plant into Washington, you could be charged with a felony, cultivation. Some folk claim a state can't be considered "legal" unless it permits home growing. Reality is that no one ever gets busted for this, but the law is still there. And given that this last session of the legislature didn't change the law, it will be there...

Washington Legislature

The Washington Legislature adjourned it’s short session last week with very little done on the cannabis laws. They did pass a law changing all use of the word “marijuana” in the state code to “cannabis”. And beefed up the cannabis laboratory testing protocols. They could not reach agreement as to how to regulate hemp-derived products, specifically delta-8 THC. Hemp and it’s derivatives were legalized federally in the 2018 Farm Bill....

Oregon

My opinion was that Oregon was overdoing the cannabis licensing thing, granting far more licenses than was necessary. Despite the large number of growers and stores, the state was about 3,000 applications behind. This week the legislature passed a law to not only stop any new applications, but cancel those in the queue. I'm in Coos Bay as I write this. They've added a shop or two, and the dozen that were already here seem to be doing well. So I...

Leaving California

The legal cannabis industry has finally begun to gell a little bit in Northern California. Ukiah (Mendocino county) has a few more stores, as does Eureka (Humboldt county) that also provides a Cannabis Commercial Zone with a few processing facilities. Del Norte County, where I am now, recently lifted it's ban on anything and has a few stores just getting started. The state has something like 900 retail stores now, with an estimated 3,000...

The California legal cannabis system

There is no one in this whole wide world that does not describe California's legal cannabis bureaucracy as a "disaster, a mess". I concur entirely. It didn't have to be that way at all. When they started writing the rules after passage of Prop 64, it looked like they were going to pretty much copy the work other states had done. But that was draft 1, and by the next draft, every CA department had a hand in the rules on licenses and taxes. I'm...

WA and Social Equity

It was shortly after stores were opened in Denver that a Denver Post reporter observed that the stores were tending to cluster in certain neighborhoods. In looking at this in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon that pattern was confirmed, as well that the ownership of the cannabis businesses was nearly 100% white males. Thus was spawned "Social Equity" in the cannabis biz. The reaction to these observations from the majority of the cannabis...

WA Pot bill

A few bills under consideration in WA this legislative session deal with delta-8-THC, described as THC-Lite in its' intoxicating effects. It is extracted from CBD taken from federally-legal hemp plants, and is not currently regulated by any state, legal or not. Anyone can buy it from the internet to gas stations anywhere. No special taxes, no showing id. It comes in various forms, from vapes to gummies, but since it isn't found in the actual...

CA Pot Taxes

My previous post referenced the cultivation tax and my feeling it should be eliminated. Taxes of this nature are adopted to compensate for a crash, a serious crash, in the revenue generated by a sales tax. I don't think CA needs to worry about the extinction of the retail cannabis market. The tax is added to the price of wholesale flower, which is reflected in the retail price which then gets assessed the 15% cannabis tax. Tax on a tax. The...

California pot laws

There's an outcry about the CA laws and rules relating to taxes. Somehow, the tax rates are being blamed for the failures of the CA system. The CA tax rate for cannabis is 15%, down near the bottom of the legal states. Advocates want to reduce the taxes, an aspiration that requires 2/3 majority vote by either the Assembly or the population. That's hard. CA does have a rather unusual tax on cultivators based on weight. Most places charge a sales...