USA Wrap: California, Texas


Title: California to Destroy All the Pre-Legalization Weed Dispensaries Don’t Sell by July

Author: Herb

Date: 24 June 2018



Dispensaries across California are rushing to sell all of their products that will be illegal after June 30th. Starting on July 1st, cannabis retailers in the state will only be able to sell products that have been independently lab-tested, as required by the recreational marijuana law passed in 2016. This means everything they have on their shelves from the medical marijuana-only days will have to go or, according to state law, be destroyed.

Already, retailers and cannabis services like The Green Cross dispensary in San Francisco and delivery service Sava have begun to offer discounts as large as 30 to 75 percent off cannabis flower, reports Leafly.

After California officially began its legal sale of recreational cannabis on January 1st, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control allowed for a six-month transitional period before the new regulations kicked in. The regulations are aimed at increasing public safety by enforcing child-resistant packaging and ensuring that all products are tested for potentially dangerous contaminants.



Title: Texas Democratic Party Affirms Support Of Legal Marijuana

Author: Texas Cannabis Report

Date: 24 June 2018



Democrats from across the state met in Fort Worth this past week for their state convention and continued their previous stance of supporting the legalization of cannabis.

Nearly 7,500 delegates passed the party’s entire platform on a voice vote, concluding efforts by activists and the Texas Cannabis Caucus to push cannabis reform among a generally receptive crowd. The caucus was well attended again this year with the help of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.

The party’s top two state-wide candidates, Lupe Valdez, who is running for governor, and U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, who is polling closely to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, have been supportive of both medical cannabis and legalizing marijuana. Valdez expressed support for the issue during the primary back in January, while O’Rourke has been an outspoken supporter during his time in office.

According to the Texas Democratic Party platform,

Our current cannabis laws give power, control, and illicit funding to violent drug cartels. These laws disproportionately affect communities of color, even though cannabis use among different ethnicities is equal, and destroy lives with a criminal record. Cannabis policy reform can improve public safety, boost our economy, and provide much-needed health care options for struggling Texans.

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