California’s Marijuana-Tracking System Delayed
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California’s Marijuana-Tracking System Delayed
Posted by CN Staff on January 02, 2018 at 18:20:25 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Los Angeles -- California’s legal pot economy was supposed to operate under the umbrella of a vast computerized system to track marijuana from seed to storefronts, ensuring that plants are followed throughout the supply chain and don’t drift into the black market.But recreational cannabis sales began this week without the computer system. Instead, businesses are being asked to document sales and transfers of pot manually, using paper invoices or shipping manifests. That raises the potential that an unknown amount of weed will continue slipping into the illicit market, as it has for years.
For the moment, “you are looking at pieces of paper and self-reporting. A lot of these regulations are not being enforced right now,” said Jerred Kiloh, a Los Angeles dispensary owner who heads the United Cannabis Business Association, an industry group.The delay of the tracking system is just one sign of the daunting task facing the nation’s most populous state as it attempts to transform its long-standing medicinal and illegal marijuana markets into a multibillion-dollar regulated system. Not since the end of Prohibition in 1933 has such an expansive illegal economy been reshaped into a legal one.So far, it’s been an unsteady start.The state Department of Food and Agriculture, which is overseeing the tracking system, expected it to be functional for the first legal sales on Jan. 1. Now it could take months before the system launches.Business licenses issued to growers, distributors and sellers are temporary and will need to be redone or extended later this year. Much of the state is blacked out from recreational sales because of the scarcity of licenses and because some local governments banned commercial pot activity.“There are a lot of things inside the law that are transitional. I don’t think it’s as rigid as people want it to sound,” Kiloh said.Another risk is that some consumers might stay in the black market to avoid sticker shock from hefty taxes. And there are concerns that a new distribution system will fail to get cannabis to shelves once current stockpiles run out, possibly in weeks.Cathy Bliss at Mankind Cooperative in San Diego said the store did not have as much pot in stock as it would have liked.Charles Boldwyn, chief compliance officer of ShowGrow in Santa Ana, which opened to customers Monday, said the relatively small number of licenses issued so far could create a bottleneck, cutting off pot from stores selling it.“The biggest hurdle we see, right out of the gate, is that starting today our access to product is limited,” Boldwyn said.The tracking system is part of the state’s maze of rules and regulations intended to govern the emerging $7 billion pot economy, the nation’s largest. They range from where cannabis can be grown and smoked to environmental safeguards for streams near marijuana fields.According to state law, the tracking system will provide “data points for the different stages of commercial activity, including, but not limited to, cultivation, harvest, processing, distribution, inventory and sale.”It’s also intended to help the state keep track of taxes.According to the state, businesses holding annual licenses will be required use the tracking system, but those issued so far to growers and retailers have been temporary and they “are not required” to use the system.The expanded legal sales could offer a rich payoff for the state treasury. California expects to pull in $1 billion annually in taxes within several years.The move into an era of legalization was marked across the state Monday with ceremonial ribbon cuttings and door prizes at dispensaries.The path to legalization began in 2016 when voters approved Proposition 64, which opened the way for legal pot sales to adults. Medical marijuana has been legal in California for about two decades.With the 2016 vote, it became legal for adults 21 and older to grow, possess and use limited quantities of marijuana, but it was not legal to sell it for recreational purposes until Monday.The state did not issue rules for the new marketplace until late last year, and cities and counties have struggled to fashion their own. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among those where recreational pot sales have been delayed.California joined a growing list of states, and the nation’s capital, where recreational marijuana is permitted, even though the federal government continues to classify pot as a controlled substance, like heroin and LSD.Associated Press Writer Brian Melley in Los Angeles contributed to this report.Source: Associated Press (Wire) Published: January 2, 2018Copyright: 2018 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on January 23, 2018 at 13:12:44 PT
Had Enough 
Me too! We have won but some of the powers that be don't get it yet! Have a great day!
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Comment #11 posted by Had Enough on January 23, 2018 at 12:36:30 PT
Money...It's a hit...!!!...It sure is...
Love that tune...always have...Thanks...
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on January 22, 2018 at 20:17:07 PT
Had Enough
Money: Pink Floyd:
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on January 22, 2018 at 11:08:07 PT
Power of Money
It's more like the love of power that money brings...Then will our world know the blessings of peace." A similar statement has also become attributed to Jimi Hendrix, though he could have been quoting or paraphrasing Chinmoy, or conceivably Gladstone: "When the power of love overcomes love of power the world will know peace."
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on January 04, 2018 at 05:22:57 PT
Laughter is the best medicine! Politicians run on power and money and we run on love, hope and compassion and reason! The love of money is the root of all evil. Not money but the love of money! 
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Comment #7 posted by Soupherb on January 03, 2018 at 10:44:23 PT:
Government Overreach?
So glad you guys have a sense of humor as well as a sane perspective of life on earth.Makes me wonder what gene is removed from your brain when one enters politics.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on January 03, 2018 at 06:57:53 PT
It sure is!
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Comment #5 posted by BGreen on January 03, 2018 at 06:40:25 PT
My pleasure, FoM
It's kind of easy to joke about something so amazingly silly.Bud
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on January 03, 2018 at 04:58:09 PT
Thank you for the laugh! 
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Comment #3 posted by BGreen on January 02, 2018 at 22:47:21 PT
It's kind of a joke
I mean, they're lucky there's no way to take cuttings from a plant grown from a single seed and make literally thousands of genetically identical copies.It's a good thing nothing like that could possibly happen. Something like that might interfere with their computer program.Bud
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on January 02, 2018 at 20:40:24 PT
The Central Scrutinizer
The Central Scrutinizer
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on January 02, 2018 at 20:27:05 PT
The things We do for Love.
I'm not reading this article but I want to comment that tracking the Baby Cannabis Plant into adulthood seems akin to an invasion of privacy on Our beloved Father's King of the Plant Kingdom.In a peeping Tom sort of way... -Also. Dirty deed, hidden or otherwise, a bureaucratic required form of watching Your neighbor, Uncle Sam ugliness.No?An auto toilet flushing sensor that's also a creeps camera, traced to Pussy Grabber.And it's kind of funny. Sad too. Bizarre. Sick.
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