Santa Maria Sun, October 15, 2019

Supervisors chose to allocate $68,500 from revenue generated by the county’s cannabis enforcement and compliance operations to fully fund the libraries for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

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Marijuana Business Daily, October 15, 2019

Cannabis-related bills signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom are significant steps in both providing marijuana businesses with the ability to write off business costs on state tax returns as well as normalizing cannabis as an agriculture commodity for cultivators.

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San Francisco Chronicle, October 14, 2019

Cannabis prohibition’s ill effects go beyond cavalier indifference to public safety; its effect on medical research has led to dubious medical claims, further muddying the waters. Prohibitionist policies both cripple the legal market of good and regulated actors, and ensure that the illicit market flourishes at its expense by cutting corners, adulterating products, and illegally shipping unsafe products across state lines.

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Pacific Coast Business Times, October 11, 2019

A new kind of tourism has sprung up in California with the legalization of cannabis. Although a unified regional effort in the Tri-Counties appears to be a ways off, growers and industry leaders are interested in crafting a cannabis tourism experience for a region with multiple growing areas and legal dispensaries.

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California Department of Business Oversight, October 3, 2019

California Cannabis farmers, especially many of us who have transitioned from traditional crop farming and are moving toward a more diverse cultivation model that is more sustainable are very pleased and applaud the Governor for signing SB 657 and SB 527. Taken together will these new state laws will allow cannabis and hemp farming to be more aligned with the recently passed Federal Farm Act of 2018 and other local and state measures that help provide economic stability in cannabis cultivation.

John De Friel, CEO of Central Coast Agriculture

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Santa Maria Times, October 2, 2019

Santa Barbara County’s cannabis tax revenue for the fourth-quarter of last fiscal year rose to $2.3 million, a 60% increase from the two previous quarters, according to a report submitted Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors.

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NBC News, September 26, 2019

Israeli chemist Raphael Mechoulam, the man who discovered THC and CBD, has made another leap in the field of cannabis research after announcing earlier this week that they had figured out a process to create stable, cannabinoid acids, NBC News reports.

What does that even mean? Cannabis compounds like THC and CBD occur in an acid form in the plant (THC-A and CBD-A). But soon begin to change as the plant is harvested. While THC-A is non-intoxicating, it changes to the psychoactive THC when heated. Preliminary research has shown promise for the acid compounds to treat a variety of medical conditions, including anxiety and a variety of autoimmune diseases. The creation of these stable acid compounds could lead to a variety of pharmaceutical drugs. The researchers are licensing the compounds to companies for drug development.

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Orange County Register, September 24, 2019

With backing from Southern California representatives and nearly half of House Republicans, the Democrat-controlled chamber approved a law that supporters argue will boost public safety, improve transparency and ease the financing crunch facing the multibillion-dolllar marijuana industry.

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Noozhawk, September 12, 2019

The local wine and cannabis industries should unite to catapult Santa Barbara County into a spot as a top tourism destination, speakers said Wednesday night during a forum in Buellton. 

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Pacific Coast Business Coast, September 12, 2019

“The amount of overlap between the consumer base in cannabis and wine is immense,” said panelist John De Friel, a regional cannabis grower and president of the Lompoc Valley Cannabis Association.

He talked about partnering with tasting rooms to create a tourism experience that includes wineries, cannabis farms, retail outlets and manufacturing facilities.

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