Ground Game Texas Delivers 30,000 Signatures to Austin City Hall to Secure Ballot Initiative that would Decriminalize Marijuana and Ban “No Knock” Police Warrants

TEXAS: On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, the voter engagement and mobilization organization Ground Game Texas will hold a media event at Austin City Hall to announce the success of their campaign to secure a citywide ballot initiative. The initiative, known as the “Austin Freedom Act of 2021,” would amend the Austin City Code to decriminalize low-level marijuana offenses and ban ‘no knock’ warrants by police officers in Austin. 

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of on-the-ground organizers from Ground Game Texas and partner organizations, Austin residents will soon have the ability to make lasting change to our antiquated and racist criminal justice laws,” said Mike Siegel, Political Director of Ground Game Texas. “With successful campaigns like these, Ground Game Texas will continue to empower and excite communities around progressive change — and deliver for the marginalized communities that too often get left behind.”

Representatives from Ground Game Texas will deliver more than 30,000 signatures to city officials, surpassing the 20,000 signature threshold needed to place the initiative on the upcoming November citywide ballot. According to recent polling, at least 87% of Texas voters support legalizing marijuana for medical and/or recreational use, and at least 75% of Texans support banning “no knock” warrants that allow police officers to break into someone’s home without identifying themselves beforehand. The media availability will be held outside the Austin City Clerk’s office on Wednesday at 11:00am CT (details below).

Through their campaign, Ground Game Texas also identified more than 10,000 Austin residents in need of updating or changing their voter registration information. In addition to the Austin ballot initiative campaign, Ground Game Texas is using the ballot initiative process to raise the wages of city employees and contractors in Mission, Texas, and will launch several more campaigns throughout Texas in 2022.

The following organizations and individuals supported the Austin Freedom Act of 2021:
Austin Justice Coalition
Just Liberty
Ground Game Texas
Austin City Council Member Greg Casar
Austin City Council Member Vanessa Fuentes
Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
Texas Fair Defense Project
Planning Our Communities

Details for Wednesday Media Event
WHAT:  Media event announcing Austin ballot initiative

WHO: Representatives from: Ground Game Texas, Austin City Councilwoman Vanessa Fuentes, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Madison-Harper (District 1 Council Member)

WHERE:  Austin City Clerk’s Office – 301 W. Second St., Suite 1120, Austin, TX 78701

WHEN:  Wednesday, December 1 at 8:45 am CT (Organizers will turn in forms at 8:45am and be available to media at 9:00am)

RSVP:  Email to RSVP for the media event or request interviews. Representatives from Ground Game will be available for interviews after delivering the signatures to the city clerk’s office.

OLCC Notice of Public Hearing

2021 Marijuana Bill and Technical Package

10:00 AM
December 20, 2021

Location: Virtual

Presiding Officer:
Madeline Kane
Phone: 503-872-5081

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact

Legislation that passed during the 2021 Regular Legislative Session requires OLCC to amend and adopt rule language, correct technical errors in the rules, and update requirements to ensure continued viable operation of the regulated marijuana program. During the 2021 Regular Session, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bills 3000 and 2519, and Senate Bills 408 and 96. These bills required changes in the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission’s administrative rules. Listed below are the bills which passed and the rules that were impacted.

To listen to, or participate in this Public Hearing please call: 1 (571) 317-3112; enter access code: 188-507-197#

All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

For more information, contact:  Madeline Kane, 503-872-5081. Email:

CA State Fair First-ever Cannabis Competition Now Open For Submissions

Award Entries Accepted Through March 30, 2022

CALIFORNIA:  The first-ever CA State Fair Cannabis Awards is now open for submissions. This state-sanctioned competition is open to all licensed cannabis cultivators and will celebrate the 2021/2022 harvest of the California-grown, cannabis flower. Cannabis is joining the official California State Fair roster of coveted competitions including wine, craft beer, cheese and olive oil. 

The competition will be scored objectively, through science-based analysis performed and certified by SC Labs, one of California’s premier cannabis and hemp testing labs. SC Labs will test each cultivar for chemometric data, using an innovative cannabinoid and terpene reporting platform – PhytoFacts®.

The report will identify specific terpenes and cannabinoids, and their levels of concentrations in the sample provided to determine the winners. Terpenes and cannabinoids in cannabis can represent upwards of 40 percent of the mass of a female flower, making the profile of these important compounds the best predictors of the aroma, flavor, and effects of a particular cultivar.

The competition will award medals for cannabis flower only. Entrants will be classified by light source into three primary divisions: Indoor, Mixed Light and Outdoor. Each division will have awards for 11 cannabis compound categories:

  • Dominant terpenes: Myrcene, Caryophyllene, Limonene, Terpinolene, Pinene, and Ocimene
  • Codominant terpene profile
  • Cannabinoids: highest THC and CBD
  • Specialty: Unique (rare) terpene and cannabinoid

Entrants are vying for 70-plus awards, including silver, gold, and double gold medals and nine of the coveted Golden Bear trophies for “Best of California.” Submission details are here.

“I’m going for the Golden Bear,” said Huckleberry Hill Farms Owner/Operator Johnny Casali. “As a second-generation grower from Southern Humboldt County, I am proud to represent my community in these inaugural state awards.”

Award winners will be announced in May of 2022 and celebrated during the CA State Fair set to take place July 15-31, 2022, at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California. The awards have been developed in partnership between the California Expo & State Fair and Cultivar Brands, a California-based cannabis marketing and events agency. To enter, or for more information, visit


Emerald Cup Harvest Ball 2021 Musical Acts Lineup Announced with Headliner Big Wild






CALIFORNIA: A full-spectrum blend of both nostalgia and discovery awaits at Harvest Ball 2021 , a 2-day celebration of the fall cannabis harvest and the farmers and craftspeople who bring it to market. The Emerald Cup Harvest Ball also marks the debut of the start of the journey to the 18th Annual Emerald Cup Awards.

The event’s diverse soundtrack will feature headliners BIG WILD (@bigwildmusic) and Trevor Hall (@trevorhallmusic) along with Mr. Carmack, HIRIE, Sudan Archives, Dirtwire, and Dumpstaphunk on Saturday December 11 and Sunday, December 12, 2021 at the Sonoma County Fairground in Santa Rosa, California.

The explosive roster will also feature local and international talent from chart-topping and emerging musical performers, to sharp-witted comedians; entertainment that is punctuated by culture-driving conversations with visionaries from the cannabis and psychedelics industries. Official sponsors of the event — Cookies, Puffco, Humboldt Seed Company, and Compound Genetics — are excited to partner with The Emerald Cup to bring these top talents to the first annual Harvest Ball’s main stage. These acts join a long list of past Emerald Cup Awards performances including SantiGold, Rebelution, The Roots, Damian Marley, Michael Franti and Cut Chemist.

“After two years away from the majority of our community I’m thrilled at the thought of the Harvest Ball event and gathering of the tribe in December,” says founder Tim Blake. “We’re helping small farmers by donating free booths. The musical lineup is our best ever, we’re setting things up to party hard. We’ve tightened the footprint so even if it rains we’ll be good to go. Come join us to celebrate in Santa Rosa at the Harvest Ball!.”

West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis to Host Patient Sign Up Event November 4 in Elkins

VIRGINIA: The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) will host a public sign up event for medical cannabis patients from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday, November 4 at the old jail building behind the Randolph County Courthouse, 4 Randolph Avenue, Elkins, WV.

Patients who have already been certified by a registered physician as having an applicable serious medical condition must bring the following items:

  • Completed patient certification form

  • Driver’s license or state ID

  • Proof of West Virginia residency, such as a utility bill

  • $50 patient ID card application fee, which must be paid by check or money order

Patients who have not already seen a registered physician must bring the following items, in addition to the above:

  • At least one piece of medical documentation that shows their diagnosis, such as medical records, a letter from a doctor, or office visit summaries

  • Valid photo ID

  • Two proofs of West Virginia residency for state registration

  • Cash, credit, or debit to pay the $149 physician evaluation fee

Patients who have a household income of 200% of the federal poverty level or less may apply for a waiver of the $50 patient ID card fee at the event. If a waiver is requested, applicants must provide their most recent W-2, paystubs within the last 30 days or proof of eligibility for low-income benefits.

Appointments are strongly encouraged and may be scheduled by calling 304-356-5090.

To date, OMC has received approximately 3,948 patient applications for medical cannabis.

Patient cards are valid only in West Virginia. Registration does not mean medical cannabis products can immediately be obtained.

The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act permits West Virginia residents with serious medical conditions to procure medical cannabis for certified medical use in the following forms: pill; oil; topical forms including gels, creams or ointments; a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization; dry leaf or plant form; tincture; liquid; or dermal patch.

In addition to the Elkins event, eligible West Virginians can register for a medical cannabis patient card at A list of physicians registered to certify patients as eligible for the use of medical cannabis is available on the website. ​

CBD Brand Mendi Partners With Jars Cannabis and Pro Skateboarder Leo Baker on Volunteer ‘Build And Ride Day’

Volunteer event WAKE-N-SKATE at Bishop DIY Skatepark will feature the build of new skateboard features and a Q&A discussion on CBD/THC and cannabis in the skate community.


MICHIGAN: Developed and created by professional athletes, all-natural recovery cannabis brand MENDI has added leading Michigan-owned cannabis retailer JARS Cannabis as its newest retail partner for 2021. To kick off this partnership, the brands, along with professional skateboarder and MENDI brand ambassador Leo Baker (they/them), will come together for an exciting one-day event to support Community Push, a  Detroit non-profit  that bridges the gap between skateboarders and their communities. WAKE-N-SKATE is a true philanthropic community event and will be held at Bishop DIY Skatepark in Detroit. The event will include a build of new features exclusive to the park, park-wide clean-up, and an intimate discussion with Leo Baker. Additionally, JARS will donate $5,000 to support Community Push and its initiatives throughout Detroit. A 20% off coupon will be provided to those in attendance to use towards their next purchase at JARS Cannabis. 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with JARS Cannabis and rolling out Mendi into the Michigan market,” says MENDI co-founder and CEO, Rachael Rapinoe. “This is a very exciting step for our brand, and we’re grateful for their support in helping expand our retail footprint. There’s natural alignment with JARS in thinking creatively to amplify this partnership while also giving back to the community of Detroit with our ambassador, Leo Baker.”

Who: Professional skateboarder Leo Baker
When: Friday, October 22, 2-6PM EST
Where: Bishop DIY Skatepark, 6017 Grand River Avenue., Detroit, MI, 48208

Baker, a seven-time X Games medalist, left the inaugural U.S. Women’s Olympic Skateboard team in 2020 in order to publicly change their name to Leo and focus on mental health and their gender identity journey. Their inspiring story was brought into the public eye when they were featured in a Miley Cyrus video in 2019 and became the first-ever openly trans person to be represented in a video game (Tony Hawk Pro Skater). Since then, the professional athlete has focused on increasing non-binary visibility and introducing trans inclusivity to a predominantly straight, cis-male skate industry while partnering with brands like MENDI, who are committed to bringing representation and equality to the world of sports and beyond.

“Overall Mendi CBD has been a benefit in every part of my life, when I’m skating, meditating, or just getting into some music. Discovering Mendi has been super helpful for me in maximizing my recovery and spending more time on my skateboard. I am looking forward to being on the ground with other skaters, especially in Detroit, and creating more safe and sick spaces to skate.”

WSLCB Session on Cannabis Testing – Draft Conceptual Rules – Oct. 20, 2021

WASHINGTON: The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is hosting a Listen and Learn session about draft conceptual rules for cannabis quality control testing. The session is designed to get public and licensee feedback before the rules are finalized.

The LCB is considering changes to WAC 314-55-101, 314-55-102, and 314-55-1025 to update cannabis quality control sampling and testing requirements. The preproposal statement of inquiry (CR 101) was filed as WSR 18-17-041 on August 8, 2018 and can be viewed here.

Please review this guidance document, the draft conceptual rules, and the session agenda before the forum and come prepared to offer feedback and suggestions for changes to the draft.

To prepare for the session, there are several materials on the Cannabis, Vapor and Tobacco Rule-making Activity website for review. These include, but are not limited to Responses to Common Themes from the CR 102 Supplemental Hearing held November 18, 2020, and recordings from three public sessions held in early 2021.

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Join on your computer or smart phone using Microsoft (MS) Teams.

                        Click here to join the meeting.

  • If you have the MS Teams app on your device, select “Open Microsoft Teams” when prompted.
  • If you do not have the MS Teams app, click on “Continue on this browser” when prompted.

Please note: MS Teams does not have a pre-registration option. Please add the session to your calendar and join using this link at the start time indicated above. The event may end earlier than scheduled depending on the amount of feedback offered by attendees during the forum.

To listen to the meeting on the phone (audio only):  

  •   Dial: +564-999-2000
  •   Phone Conference ID: 241 255 30#

Please note the phone option is intended only for listening to the forum. In order to participate and contribute to the forum, please join online via MS Teams.

If you plan to join us online, here are a few reminders:

  • Online participation will be structured to allow one speaker at a time through a hand-raising feature on MS Teams.
  • If there are difficulties with audio or visual elements of MS Teams, please be patient as we work to address them.
  • You can also provide feedback to us at the email below if you prefer.

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The Cannabis Industry Stars Align At Zodiac VIP Party In Las Vegas


It’s been two years since the cannabis industry made its annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for what has become known as “Cannabis Week,” and all indications are that despite renewed COVID-19 concerns the legal cannabis industry is ready return to the Mojave en masse.

With new safety protocols in place from organizers at MJBizCon 2021, including mandatory masks for all convention attendees and larger booths and more generous spacing for exhibitors, and a number of targeted industry events, most notably MJ Unpacked at the Mandalay the third week in October will see Las Vegas as the center of the cannabis universe.

There are ten thousand stories at the Las Vegas Convention Center, no two alike: eager startups looking for money, savvy investors looking for opportunity, newbies looking to pick brains, and biz dev folks looking for deals. One thing they all share is a desire to see and be seen. Networking is the name of the game during Cannabis Week, and everyone knows that the real action takes place outside the gated walls of MJBizCon.

“It’s all about the community,” Farechild Events co-founder Dave Tran explained in a recent interview on Marijuana Channel One. “You have only a certain amount of time when you’re down there and that includes [time for] meetings, it includes taking a walk on the [convention] floor, but ultimately at the end of the day it’s about doing business. Giving people the opportunity to attend one of these networking events — to be able to break bread [with potential partners], this is really where you find out if you are compatible with. each other.”

MJBizCon is the tent pole event of the year for the cannabis industry explained James Zachodni, Tran’s longtime partner and co-founder in Farechild Events, the event production company known for throwing cannabis’ hottest best parties and networking forums.  “We always want to put our best foot forward because it’s such a milestone for everyone to be in the same place at the same time.”

The duo responsible for the DOPE Industry Awards, DOPE Cup and their many notorious ‘Golden Ticket’ parties was challenged to top their spectacular event two years ago at MJBizCon.  “After the last event we did in 2019 at this great venue called The Industrial we asked ourselves ‘how do we top that next time? I had this idea of a zodiac theme and when I brought it to Dave, he was just like ‘oh yeah that’s it man.’”

The Zodiac VIP Party is an invite-only fully immersive experience designed for the elite of cannabis: top executives, business leaders, personalities, social influencers, investors and celebrities. The Zodiac Party theme includes plays on numerology and astrology and will include an “easter egg” treasure hunt.

“As an event producer it’s fun because [we get to create] everything from the marketing to the invitations… all the stuff you can do with horoscopes to the actual production of the event; how we can take those moments and turn them into an activation or a real life experience for people,” Zachodni said.

Why horoscope? What’s the connection between cannabis and astrology?  “We wanted to bring that was on trend,” Zachodni said. “Right now [interest in] spirituality is at all-time high — in pop culture and also something that makes sense with cannabis. There’s a lot of spirituality within cannabis.

Held once again at The Industrial, 330 South Industrial Road in Las Vegas, with Sensi taking the lead sponsorship honors. Participating sponsors include CannaTrac Technology, Inc,  SafeReach, Infusent, My Cannabis Accountant, New Leaf Enterprises, Blunt Bowls and Cultiva Law

For the first time, this year’s event will include live music performances. Featured artists include DJ Kelly J (@djkellyj) from 91.5 KUNV Las Vegas, synth/pop duo New Constellations (@newconstellationmusic) and Lil Debbie (@debbiecakes420).

What’s your sign?  To make it easy for stargazers to connect with compatible astrological signs, guests will receive lapel pins based on their zodiac sun sign. The Zodiac party will be both indoor and outdoor with the primary activities taking place in a giant outdoor circular calendar where each zodiac sign will be represented by a different event sponsor.





Rescheduled: OLCC Rules Advisory Committee Meeting

Marijuana Violation Reclassification Rules Package

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
October 20, 2021
(Rescheduled from September 22, 2021)

Location: Virtual


The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission has initiated the third phase of the violation reclassification project to draft permanent administrative rules that revise the way compliance actions are administered. The proposed amendments in this package align OLCC administrative rule with legislation passed at the 2021 Regular Legislative Session.

Due to COVID-19, we are holding Rules Advisory Committee meetings virtually. Please note that invited committee members and OLCC are the only persons allowed to participate in the discussion. Please be respectful and mute your phone.

To listen to the meeting, dial: 1 (408) 650-3123; Access Code: 603-420-373

OREGON: OLCC Rules Advisory Committee Meeting

Rules Advisory Committee Meeting

Delta-8-THC and Other Artificially-Derived Cannabinoids Package

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Location: Virtual


This past spring the Commission initiated rule-making to address new and unregulated products. The proposed changes to the administrative rules will address Delta-8-THC and other cannabinoids in the OLCC marketplace that are manufactured from hemp or marijuana by chemical reactions including isomerization.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are holding Rules Advisory Committee meetings virtually. Please note that invited committee members and OLCC are the only persons allowed to participate in the discussion. Please be respectful and mute your phone.

To listen to the meeting, dial: 1 (571) 317-3122; Access Code: 932-098-717


For more information, contact:
Madeline Kane, 503-872-5081