The state claims $30M in illegal cannabis product has been seized from January 2018 of last year through this summer’s ceaseless raids. That number seems very low but it doesn’t include product seized by local authorities.
- Raids in Sonoma, Siskiyou, Riverside, Trinity, and Mendocino counties have yielded about 280,000 seized plants. Santa Barbara law enforcement claims it has seized 20 tons of grass.
- A BDS Analytics study reveals 74% of Californians buy their Mary Jane from illicit sources. Massachucetts is the only state with a higher percentage, 77%. The more established legal states all have higher legal purchase percentages: Washington, 51%; Oregon, 48%; and Colorado, 34%.
- “I’m not going to say yes. I’m going to say maybe,” said Southern California Coalition co-founder Donnie Anderson when asked if legal operators are doing better business thanks to enforcement efforts.
- Multi-state operators do the industry a service by improving brand recognition, executive Kris Krane writes at CannEconomy. The mom-and-pop businesses that hope to compete with them can only feel these companies pushing them to the margins. Here is what the future of MSOs looks like (Registration required, free)