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Man Caught Amid a Cannabis Oil Lab Explosion in California

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Cannabis Oil Lab Explosion in California

A massive explosion occurred in Orcutt, California last Saturday, February 15, 2020 after a cannabis oil extraction process went wrong. The explosion impacted an Orcutt apartment building, injuring a person as a result of the incident. Following the hospitalization of one of the building’s residents, the suspect responsible for the unauthorized and illegal cannabis oil lab has been apprehended by the authorities.

According to the Associated Press, the Santa Barbara Couty Sheriff’s Office responded to a call made by 911 regarding an incident in 3300 block of Orcutt Road. The call reportedly detailed smoke coming out after a huge explosion occurred approximately 1:27 last Saturday afternoon.

Edhat reports said a burn victim ran away from the 3300-block of Orcutt Road.

Authorities who responded to the scene were the Santa Barbara County Fire and American Medical Response (AMR) team. Upon the arrival of the authorities, the building resident who sustained serious injuries was immediately transported to Cottage Hospital. The victim was transported by CalStar 7, said Edhat.

The aftermath of Cannabis Oil Lab Explosion

Besides injuring a person, the apartment in California was severely damaged. The sliding door was reportedly completely removed from the rails. In addition, the explosion also endangered the lives of residents and neighbors.

Apart from the aforementioned authorities, representatives and detectives from the Cannabis Compliance Team (CCT) were also present to further the investigation. The CCT was contacted by the deputies who initially responded to the incident.

Based on the Edhat report, the CCT was able to find and identify materials and items that were consistent in making and using a butane honey oil lab.

After the investigation conduction by the CCT, the authorities and detectives arrested Albert Alvarado, aged 37. Alvardo is being charged with child endangerment, on top of arson causing great bodily injury. In addition, Alvarado is also being held accountable for manufacturing cannabis oil, currently classified as a controlled substance, as well as manufacturing controlled substances under the presence of a minor. Possession of marijuana is also being held against the 37-year-old suspect.

Following these allegations, Alvarado is billeted at the Santa Barbara County Jail. His bail is set for $500,000. However, current investigations are still underway.

In light of this incident, authorities have taken to reminding the public and its community members the dangers of cannabis oil extractions. Moreover, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office is also reiterating the illegality of the activity.

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Washington State Legislators OKs Cannabis Social Equity Bill

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Washington’s cannabis industry is poised to welcome diversity among licensees after state legislators approved a bill last week that would introduce the state’s first Marijuana Social Equity Program. The measure, named House Bill 2870 (HB 2870), now awaits on Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for final approval.

If signed into law, the bill will enable the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) to issue forfeited, canceled and revoked retail licenses to applicants that are members of communities excessively impacted by the War on Drugs.

As written in the bill, the measure’s main objective is to benefit “individuals who have been arrested or incarcerated due to drug laws, and those who have resided in areas of high poverty, suffer long-lasting adverse consequences, including impacts to employment, business ownership, housing, health, and long term financial well-being.”

The program is set to last for eight years, spanning from December 1, 2020 to July 1, 2028, and will cost applicants a total of $1,480 for new social equity licenses.

Prior to the approval, The House originally passed an earlier version of the bill in February this year, with the intention to address racial inequity within the cannabis industry.

Democratic Rep. Eric Pettigrew, the one who sponsored the bill, described the road towards the final bill as a long yet worthwhile struggle.

“I had a chance to meet with some proponents and opponents a little more … and really came to understand that this is beyond the issue of licenses,” Pettigrew said. “This is potentially a different distribution of wealth as we move forward in this industry.”

He, along with the help of stakeholders including Paula Sardinas of the Commission on African American Affairs drafted the proposal.

“We believe we need an LCB that is more reflective of the community it serves,” she said. “It should also have a culture that mirrors the Department of Financial Institutions where education, compliance, and training are priorities along with enforcement,” Sardinas commented.

In 2012, Washington became the first U.S. state to legalized recreational use of marijuana. However, eight years after, the state’s cannabis industry is still struggling with diversity. In a report from the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs, less than 1% of the state’s over 500 recreational cannabis licenses were owned by African Americans.

“Initiative 502 missed an opportunity to incorporate a focus on social equity,” said Rick Garza, the director of the LCB, at the time the bill made its way through the legislature. “The history of cannabis prohibition shows abundant evidence there was disproportionate harm in communities of color, and that those harmful effects remain with us today.”

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Cannabis Firms Experience Boost in Sales Amid Covid-19 Panic

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Cannabis Firms Experience Boost in Sales Amid Covid-19 Panic

As the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus called COVID-19 a pandemic, cannabis firms in the United States have experienced an exponential boost in profits as users increase their stocks. Stockpiling cannabis supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic comes as news of a prolonged self-quarantine threatens the country.

A number of marijuana dispensaries and cannabis businesses in different states have reported an increase in buyers and orders as the pandemic plagues the country, including Los Angeles-based NUG and Massachusetts-based firm New England Treatment Access (NETA).

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, head of sales for NUG, Steve Lilak said the reason why individuals are stockpiling is that they “are in scarcity mode. The streets are emptier, but specific businesses like grocery stores and dispensaries are seeing more people than usual – and people are stocking and purchasing in bulk. I’ve seen regular customers buying three or four of what they normally buy in just one of in L.A. dispensaries.”

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Increase of Stockpile for Impending Covid-19 Quarantine

Apart from corralling goods in a case of quarantine, individuals may be increasing their cannabis stash primarily because these offer calming effects to its users, remarks a Lowell Farms representative to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, patients such as Mary K. Murray feel that they can better manage their pain and conditions with the help of marijuana, thus stockpiling the drug rather than waiting for her monthly prescription medication, reports WGBH.

Other cannabis firms who have a reported increase in sales include Caliva and Calexo. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Caliva is a delivery-based firm in California, while Calexo dabbles in sparkling cannabis drinks.

The same sentiments are echoed by Brookline’s New England Treatment Access, which has seen a boost in its number of buyers. However, in keeping with the national and community guidelines in place, the NETA will only accommodate customers who place and reserve their orders in advance, notes WGBH.

Cannabis businesses are also urged by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to practice remote work, avoid travel, as well keeping records of transactions. Moreover, the ICC, in partnership with the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) also highlighted alternatives such as a utilizing a pick-up and drop-off service, home deliveries, or drive-by services to reduce contact time with buyers, thus preventing further spread of the disease.

NETA’s practices fall in line with the guidelines posted by healthcare providers and industry professionals to practice social distancing as well as sanitizing and disinfecting places of business. Employees are equipped with disinfectants and latex glove, and the dispensary is disinfected every night.

Despite the boost in cannabis sales, industry experts believe the pandemic could potentially derail the development in the industry. Businesses, investments, as well as stocks, could see a change in their portfolio’s as the disease continues to spread, states Forbes.

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California Cannabis Taxes Hit Over $1 Billion

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California Cannabis Taxes Hit Over $1 Billion

More than two years since the industry kicked into gear in 2018, commercial cannabis sales in California has already scored more than $1 billion in taxes as of February 2020, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) revealed last week.

As indicated in the figures released, cannabis tax revenues have totaled to $1.03 billion, with $498.1 million extracted from cannabis excise taxes, $123.4 million from cultivation taxes, and $403.1 million from state sales tax.

Most of the money, aside from covering regulatory costs, has been used to finance a variety of state-sponsored programs, including cannabis research, public safety grants, childcare for low-income families, and environmental clean-ups due to illegal cannabis grow, the official explained.

While the high record suggests a celebration for industry insiders and advocates, many were still concerned over the sluggish growth of California’s legal cannabis industry, especially with the ongoing competition between the legal industry and the thriving underground cannabis market.

“It’s an industry that was supposed to be huge, going gangbusters with the green rush,” said Zachary Pitts, the chief executive of the Ganja Goddess delivery service and president of the California Cannabis Delivery Alliance. “It has been growing, but it’s not nearly where I think people were expecting it to be.”

In 2016, California voters approved the legalization of recreational cannabis and state officials projected around $1 billion a year in taxes once the legal industry matures. However, two years since the industry launched, growth has been found to be lower than expected.

As presented by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, growth in the industry in the fourth quarter of last year only scored about $2.6 million increase or 1.5%, a record that has been marked to be the smallest quarter-to-quarter gain in tax revenue since the market launched in 2018.

To date, under the current state law, those who engage in the legal cannabis market are to pay a 15% excise tax, a cultivation tax based on weight, and state sales tax. Cities and counties have also been allowed to tack on their own taxes, which can hit as high as 20%.

Jerred Kiloh, President of the United Cannabis Business Association, the premier cannabis retail association in California, said lowering those taxes could help advance the growth of the legal market, especially in competing against underground operators. California was able to seize a total of $1.5b worth of illegal marijuana in the past few months.

“Somewhere along the supply chain, we need to lower the cost of doing business,” Kiloh commented.

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