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Marijuana: Lt. Governor Newsom Letter to President Trump

Earlier today we received an interesting email from the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force sharing the letter Lt. Governor Newsom wrote to President Donald trump regarding cannabis. Take a look at what he had to say below:

February 24, 2017

 

President Donald J Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear President Trump,

 

Marijuana has been grown, cultivated, sold, and consumed for centuries – it is not new. But through our draconian and prohibitionist policies, we have outsourced much of this industry to an illicit market of criminals and drug cartels who have no regard for public safety and public health, especially as it relates to our children.

The War on Marijuana has failed. It did not, and will not, keep marijuana out of kids’ hands. A 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse study showed that, despite cannabis’ classification by the federal government as a Schedule 1 illegal substance, 34-percent of 10th graders had used cannabis – making the substance more prevalent among this age group than the highly regulated and legal tobacco industry (23 percent).

Protecting youth and promoting public health and safety is paramount. We can’t continue to keep doing what we’ve done and expect a different result. A tightly regulated marketplace for adult recreational marijuana use is a new and better approach. California’s legal marketplace will include strict regulations on the business of cultivation, distribution, and retail, a “seed-to-sale” tracking system, rigorous laboratory testing of the product, and strict packaging requirements.

Creating a legal and tightly regulated recreational marijuana marketplace has massive public support. Voters recognize that policies of the past have failed us, and have approved this new approach up and down the entire western U.S. coast. Last November, nearly eight million Californians voted to legalize recreational marijuana in our state. A Quinnipiac poll released yesterday says that 71-percent of US voters says that the government should not interfere with states that passed legalized marijuana and during your campaign, you committed to honoring states’ rights when it comes to marijuana legalization.

The government must not strip the legal and publicly-supported industry of its business, and hand it back to drug cartels and criminals. Dealers don’t card kids. I urge you and your administration to work in partnership with California and the other eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana for adult use in a way that will let us enforce our state laws that protects the public and our children, while targeting the bad actors. We have a shared goal of reducing crime, and the best way we can achieve that is through a tightly regulated market.

Finally, with regard to your Press Secretary’s grossly misinformed comments, marijuana is nothing like an opioid and there is no scientific evidence that marijuana use increases the use of opioids. Unlike marijuana, opioids represent an addictive and harmful substance, and I would welcome your administration’s focused efforts on tackling this particular public health crisis.

 

Sincerely

 

 

GAVIN NEWSOM
Lieutenant Governor of California
cc: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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Picture: http://marijuanamajority.com/

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How do I get into the cannabis industry?

How do I get into the cannabis industry?

As with any career move, finding a job is often a long process. The process can become even more difficult when trying to break into a new industry. As the legal cannabis industry grows at an exceptional rate, the marketplace demands that the workforce grows at an equal pace.  “New Frontier Data, the authority in business intelligence for the cannabis industry, continues to find evidence demonstrating the legal cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., and examines its growth in its upcoming annual report, The Cannabis Industry Annual Report: 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook. New Frontier Data projects that by 2020 the legal cannabis market will create more than a quarter million jobs for American workers.  Whether you’re looking for a part time role, contract role, or full time position, we’ve provided a 3-step guide to landing a job in the industry.

Step 1: Learn the Industry


Like any job in any industry, in order to have credibility with not only your employer, but also your customers, it is imperative to have a degree of familiarity with the marketplace. There are a number of resources you can put to use in order to get up to speed on the legal cannabis industry. Consider subscribing to popular blogs, newsletters, podcasts, youtube channels, and magazines in the industry to keep up with current developments ( some of our favorites are DCN – Direct Cannabis Network, The CannabistCannaInsiderInvesting in CannabisMarijuana Business Daily, Cannabis Now, and many more . In addition, local networking events and conferences are great opportunity to not only connect with individuals already in the industry, but also to immerse yourself in an educational environment. Some of our favorites our favorites are New West Summit (+Job Fair), Cannabis Marketing AssociationWomen Grow (for men too), California Cannabis Business Expo, and many more.

 

Step 2: Decide how you can best bring value to the Marketplace

As you become more familiar with the industry, you should start to see how many opportunities there are. For instance, ancillary businesses-that is, businesses that don’t come in contact with the plant, need talent in areas such as  operations, marketing, customer service, software engineering, finance, sales, and law, just to name some of the opportunities. A common misconception is that in order to work in the industry, you have to know everything about cannabis. The truth is, it’s easy to learn cannabis, but it’s hard to learn professional skills. You can learn a lot by working an entry level position such as trimming or bud tending, but you may be surprised to learn you’re current skill set transfers perfectly into the cannabis industry.

Step 3: Find A Company Who’s Mission Excites You
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Finding the right company may be the biggest challenge in any job search, but the most important. Although the cannabis industry is growing at rapid rates, most companies are not able to pay “top salaries” when compared to less regulated, more established industries. The people that find true happiness in the industry are the ones that truly find a home, but sometimes you need to make short term sacrifices in order to find your home. A good way to find potential companies is to look at the “sponsor” section on different platforms. You can also signup to be one of the first to try our job searching app on our home page!


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