Buying Cannabis in California

Marijuana Business FundingCalifornia constituents unanimously voted in favor of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), famous as Proposition 64 eventually becoming the 5th state to decriminalize recreational pot after Colorado, Washington DC, Oregon and Alaska. It also shouldn’t be forgotten that California was the first state to legalize medicinal cannabis and currently, (and it has been so from January 1, 2018), you can freely smoke your pot in marijuana as long as your use your weed within the law.

And now, gone are the tough days when you hastily purchased your weed from a backstreet peddler or in dimly-lit shops with the fear of Feds pulling over anytime. There’s good-quality legal cannabis in California. Any adult, 21 and over can now walk into one of the many officially authorized dispensaries or order for weed delivery. Today’s cannabis stores are more like any other store where several different product varieties are displayed for potheads or any newbie smokers to choose from.

Here’s what to look for.

  1. lndica vs. Sativa vs. Hybrids

While Indica comes with a more relieving and relaxing effect, Sativa leads to high energy levels and fosters creativity. Most times, an enjoyable mixture of the two is preferred, but all hybrids typically have one dominant species. In essence, most strains we have are hybrids due to the cross-breeding that has continued in cannabis genetics since the first experiments.

Indica has higher CBD levels responsible for relieving pain and anxiety than sativa does. Sativas often this has antidepressant-like effects.

  1. What’s the Smell?

One way to tell the quality of weed before purchase is to break the buds and sniff the scent that comes from it. Buds may smell like, skunk, gasoline or earthy tones. Moldy or strongly ammonia smell means that the buds weren’t correctly cured. Be sure to substantiate that the cultivator behind it is a trusted source.

  1. Blunts or G-bags?

Blunts are cannabis rolled just like cigarettes would be. However, they come in different sizes and therefore differ in price. G-bags come in measures of grams and are a “bulky” way of buying pot, which is way cheaper. Most times, bulk buying will save you money and give you the stoner’s prime pleasure of rolling your marijuana. Plus, you can’t trust all dealers; someone could be hiding their low-quality weed between rolling papers and selling you the same for a high price.

4.THC and CBD

CBD & THC are the two phytocannabinoids that constitute cannabis resins. Each has different medicinal advantages according to ratios used.

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) –high THC levels are used as an analgesic.
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) –reduces seizures in the body.


It shouldn’t be forgotten that there are some possession and use rules that should be adhered to until America fully legalizes cannabis (if it ever does).


Marijuana is Finally Legal in California But Not Everyone is Enjoying The Party

Marijuana Merchant ProcessingMarijuana decriminalization is now one of the hottest topics in California and the whole of U.S. On Jan. 1, California celebrated the legalization of weed for all over 21s and joined Colorado in the list of ‘high states.’

But soon after (on Jan. 4), Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the weed seller, and pothead’s main headache showed up uninvited and ruined the party. Sessions have been resilient in his efforts to thwart all the years of struggle other lawmakers have made to see that the United States legalizes cannabis. And his Jan. 4 repeal of the Cole memo that protected states from federal interference with local laws threatens to scare the future of weed.

Bipartisan Resistance

Not that Sessions is winning his war on the now flourishing cannabis industry; in fact, he’s been facing a lot of bipartisan resistance. State leaders and Democrats won’t watch their legally established and regulated sector go down with one man’s declaration.

Republicans like Sen. Cory Gardner (Colorado) have even stated that the revoke contradicts President Trump’s campaign promise and Jeff Session’s pledge to the nation’s highest lawmaking office.

Investors in the industry have also warned that it may lead to interference with the billions in revenue and the thousands of jobs Marijuana and related companies are making.

Non-citizens and Immigrants Not Protected in California legalization

But despite legalization, possession, and consumption of legal California pot could still mean severe legal issues for non-citizens and undocumented immigrants.

Cannabis hasn’t been federally decriminalized, and federal regulations control immigration.

Brendon Woods, Alameda County Public Advocate expressed his concerns stating that immigrants are disadvantaged because being convicted for possessing anything above 30 grams of pot, whether in the U.S lawfully or not, is punishable by deportation.

The situation is worsened for non-citizens after A.G Jeff Sessions asked federal prosecutors to crack down on marijuana dealers and users in states that have decriminalized it.

This is so unfortunate given that California hosts over 10 million immigrants. That’s a large number considering the currently trending weed culture meaning chances are a good number may run into problems with the law.

There have been claims of the lack of federal resources to follow up marijuana cases, plus California has more liberal prosecutors; two factors that may cool things down a bit for now. But still, there’s reason to remain paranoid and have some eyes on the back of your head (if you’re a non-citizen).

The uncertainty is primarily caused by the administration’s general stance on immigration.

In a nutshell

The ultimate solution for Americans (including immigrants) would be legalization but getting to that is proving to be a long legal battle. Nevertheless, there’s hope for the cannabis industry and potential full decriminalization. It’s only a matter of time.


Marijuana Tax Facts for California

480007355Marijuana is a big tax builder for California, and some new law changes can make it an even bigger tax booster. The tax in Prop 55 is not new, but is an extension of a temporary tax increase approved by voters in the last election when they voted for Prop 30. Prop 55 would extend that tax by 12 years, but only for Californians earning more than $250,000. It’s estimated the tax would generate between four and $9 billion a year for public schools, and $2 billion dollars a year for health care for low-income patients.

So, that’s good right? Right, but it could be more. And with more legal issues in the way it could be a long road before the numbers are met. However, it can be met with a major blow to another filter-tipped friend: The cigarette. Prop 56 would also help fund the state’s Medi-Cal program by hitting cigarette smokers where it hurts most – their wallets. The measure proposes increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes from 87 cents by $2 to $2.87. So, it could be adding tax revenue to the state and help curb smoking.

But let’s be real: It probably will not totally cut out cigarette smoking. The cigarette tax in NYC is over $4, and people still buy them. But, legalized marijuana is a whole other game. Not only is it for those who want a stress reliever, but it is also for those with medical issues who want a natural remedy. And pot seems to be a great natural remedy.

Merchants still need to be careful, because even if these taxes are totally enacted, there will be even more strain on marijuana businesses. You need to make sure that your business is following the state laws, county laws, and city laws as they relate to your business. You also need to make sure that you have a marijuana merchant account provider that understands your industry. This not only can help save your business from violating any laws, but it can help it from losing money from a merchant account provider who doesn’t know how your industry works.