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California: SF Bay Cannabis Career and Job Fair Set For April 10

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Bloom Farms™, a San Francisco based medical cannabis company, will present its fourth SF Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair, Sunday, April 10, at City Nights, 715 Harrison St, San Francisco, from 12 pm - 4 pm PT.

“The last SF Bay Area Cannabis Career and Job Fair in July helped hundreds of job seekers take their first step toward a new career in the medical cannabis industry," said Bloom Farms Director Michael Ray. "This will be our fourth industry specific career fair for cannabis job seekers.

"This career fair represents a shift in the way people view the medical cannabis industry," Ray said. "We’re chipping away at the negative social stigma that exists around marijuana by helping great job candidates find great companies to work for.”

“Bloom Farms’ Cannabis Career and Job Fair is one of the only recruiting events that truly caters to the cannabis industry,” said Harborside Health Center HR Recruiter Mistie Jung. “Since participating in the last two fairs, we’ve hired four qualified and quality applicants to our team.”

Last year’s event hosted 1,800 attendees, including 26 employers that hired 125 workers, according to Bloom Farms. This year’s event is expected to be even bigger.

"This will be an opportunity for those who are just getting started in their professional careers to find actionable advice from medical cannabis industry experts," reads a March 30 press release from Bloom Farms. "In an effort to support motivated job seekers the Bloom Farms team will also host a resume workshop the week prior; space is limited."

California: Legislature Takes A Look At Medical Marijuana Ahead Of Recreational Legalization Vote

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The likelihood of a 2016 ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in California is prompting lawmakers in the Golden State to take a serious go at "regulating" the state's large medical marijuana industry, which has existed for 19 years.

Two bills in the California Legislature would create the first statewide regulations for medical cannabis growers, manufacturers of infused products, dispensaries, and delivery services, reports Lisa Leff at the Associated Press.

California voters approved medical marijuana with a 1996 ballot measure allowing doctors to authorize patients to use cannabis for any ailment, deliberately leaving out specifics to allow wider latitude. With advocates now working to qualify recreational adult use initiatives for the November 2016 ballot, the state's medical marijuana industry may soon be losing some of the latitude it has enjoyed for almost two decades.

Last month the Assembly approved a licensing scheme on an overwhelming 62-8 vote. a compromise measure to create a Governor's Office of Medical Cannabis Regulation, AB 266, is endorsed by both the California Cannabis Industry Association and the California Police Chiefs Association, which, as you might imagine, don't often find themselves agreeing.

California: They're Coming After MMJ, and 'Law and Order' Is The Phrase of the Day

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

What's so scary about a free market? Almost two decades after California voters approved the medicinal use of marijuana, the state's cannabis trade is being described as a "Wild West," even as it has reached the status of a $2 billion industry.

Legislators, of course, are doing what lawmakers do. They want to bring "law and order" to the business, reports Anita Chabria at The Guardian.

There are currently three bills in the Legislature which would codify how medicinal cannabis is grown and sold in the Golden State, including whether the state or local municipalities have control, and what environmental and health issues should be addressed.

"There are no rules or regulations in California," claimed state Senator Mike McGuire. "For two decades now, the Golden State has allowed the cannabis industry to grow unchecked."

McGuire is sponsoring the Medical Marijuana Public Safety and Environmental Protection Act (SB 643), which focuses on the impact of growing on the environment. He said illegal grows are deforesting government lands, polluting waterways and "affecting the health of those who use medical marijuana," whatever that means, since most medical marijuana is grown legally in the state, not in national forests.

California: MJ Freeway To Share Industry Perspectives At University of California Irvine

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Amy Poinsett, CEO and Co-Founder of MJ Freeway®, will be presenting at "Harmonizing Marijuana Legalization with Environmental, Land Use, and Other Regulations" at the University of California Irvine on October 23. The University of California School of Law has invited Poinsett to present on the Industry Perspectives on Enforcement of Civil Obligations panel.

"I am pleased to be speaking about the emerging issue of marijuana to a diverse group of law students, faculty and community members," Poinsett said. "MJ Freeway provides industry-leading business software and professional services to cannabis enterprises, currently in 18 states, Canada and Europe. Tracking every gram from seed to sale, this clear chain of custody guarantees to meet State or Federal requirements for tracking cannabis.

"I look forward to offering relevant examples and challenges that business owners face in this industry," Poinsett said. "As further entrepreneurs enter this burgeoning industry, it's important to discuss the issue of State compliance and of maintaining strong chain of custody practices."

MJ Freeway, in partnership with California Cannabis Industry Association and Students for Sensible Drug Policy, will be hosting an evening reception following the conference. Those interested are invited to join fellow conference attendees and industry professionals for further discussion at the University Club.

To learn more about the conference and evening reception, visit: mjfreeway.com/uci

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California: Leaders Push for Medical Marijuana Regulation in Wake of New Federal Policy

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Following the dramatic policy shift announced by the Obama Administration last week, leadership of the California State Legislature has announced new plans to pursue a medical cannabis regulatory system that is in compliance with the new federal guidelines.

“Nothing in this bill preempts jurisdictions from enacting local bans on dispensaries," said Nate Bradley, executive director of California Cannabis Industry Association. "Zoning, taxation, and regulatory powers at the local level are clarified for the first time in legislation.

"Law enforcement should see the tools provided here -- a commercial registration system, a database of registrants, creating grants for enforcement and a wholly-dedicated enforcement department, as a positive step," former police officer Bradley said. "These tools, and others, are exactly what law enforcement has been asking for and are in this legislation.

"Most importantly, however, is the creation of a dedicated regulatory department under the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control," Bradley said. "That will fulfill the Obama administration’s explicit call for a strongly-regulated cannabis industry at the state level.”

“This is the legislative solution that rank-and-file law enforcement, government officials, and newspaper editorial boards have been asking for," said Sean Donahoe, deputy director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. "The California Cannabis Industry Association applauds the legislature for taking action on this issue.

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