Marty's Travels

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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...

Sonoma County

I spent the last week getting to my target destination Santa Rosa. It gets me on US101 which I routinely follow back to Chimacum. It's a great location to get to anything from The City to Napa wineries. The Washington State Legislature convenes this week so I'll be watching the hearings on the cannabis bills, while also looking at the insane California legal marijuana situation. And getting the desert dust out of my rig (good luck) and off my...

Montana

Legal retail sales of cannabis can begin on January 1 in Montana. They've written a law that is pretty much best practices garnered from the experiences of other states. The medical licensees will be the first to hold retail licenses which is always a good idea if a state has a working medical program. That means the number of stores will be small, but the state isn't a particularly big market. Tourism won't be a big portion of the market, but...

Arizona pot shops

Here in Yuma, there is one retail shop, which was the one medical store in town. In WA, I'd expect 4-5 stores in a town this size. If in OR, there'd be 10 or so. The parking lot is never full, there are no lines. Apparently the legal cannabis industry in Arizona is a city thing.

Arizona

Arizona legalized in 2020, but because it had such a vibrant medical program it could switch quickly to full adult use retail sales. There are only 145 or so retail shops which is way too low. Oregon756Washington450Nevada65Arizona145Colorado1000California823Oklahoma2000 I drove by 2 stores in Tucson, both had lines outside, and nearby parking was non-existent. This looks more like a market just weeks old, not the months they've had. More stores...

Tracking systems

A tracking system (see Seed to sale below) is in every adult-use marijuana law. It is always regarded as a universal good thing, crucial to pass either an initiative or a legislative bill. A state cannot legalize cannabis without implementing a tracing system. They are expensive for the state, the licensees, and the customers. They don't work, and there has never been any history of such systems to be useful for anything at all. Washington...

Seed to Sale

Washington State terminated the software used to track marijuana products from the grower to the seller today. Every state has seed to sale systems, purported to stop the cartels, keep the mafia out, prevent import/export, and some other BS things. The state, the industry, and the consumers paid a lot of money for a system that didn't work. The mismatch was so obvious, even the state said the whole thing had to go, and today it did. Every state...

New Mexico

New Mexico's legislature passed legalization last year and immediately went to work writing the rules, with a deadline for opening retail shops of April 1, 2022. I had been following NM's efforts for several years, and was hoping they'd be able to beat that deadline, but so far they are on schedule. I'm in Deming, NM right now, so it's easy to watch what is going on. The NM law is a good one, having taken in a lot of the best practices already...

A new look

I'm changing my blog both in appearance and content. I've been commenting here on the legalization of cannabis since August of 2013 when the State of Washington was working on the regulatory framework for the new industry. Watching this process enticed me to follow along more closely, and look at other state's efforts as well. As the years went on, I had a lot of opportunities while traveling to see first-hand how each state was bringing up...

New Coffeemaker

I've used a Coleman coffee maker forever. It's a Mr Coffee designed to sit over a propane burner. About 5 years ago I found a small round piece if plastic floating around. The device still worked, but it took an extra long time to make a pot of coffee. A year ago the top broke loose, which could cause a bunch of hot water being sprayed around. I began my search for a replacement. I finally found one and tried it out today. My old broken maker...