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Barcelona Social Clubs - A certain future

Last week, one news item in particular was all over the global cannabis media: The unclear future of social clubs in Barcelona. This was prompted by the decision of the Spanish government in Madrid that Catalonia did not have the authority to decide on its own, one might dare to say independently, to regulate its social clubs.

Often, the wording was deliberately vague, stirring up uncertainty and panic: "What's the deal with the ban? Should I rather not fly to Barcelona this year or now more than ever? Is this perhaps the last opportunity? Will it ever be the same again?" The fatal prediction of the speaker of the Association of Catalan Cannabis Clubs, Eric Arsenio, that a large part of today's clubs can expect to close eventually, was also often quoted.

This certainly goes back to the lack of information, the unclear legal situation, as well as the divergent interpretation and implementation of the regulations, from which it is impossible to estimate the real impact on tourists. What actually happened and how are the individual clubs reacting to the worrying news so far?

We visited many clubs last week, talked to the operators about the more or less good old days, asked what they have done in their case and how they face future developments.

First changes are already (in)visible

When I enter the GWA Social Club for my interview appointment, after the usual warm welcome in the lobby, that I will come back to later, through the second door into the interior, I immediately notice that the showcase, where dabbing equipment, glass art, basecaps, masks, and other parafinalia are usually presented, had been completely cleared out to counter the accusation of advertising cannabis.

These are the three critical factors that the Spanish government criminalizes: The sale, the promotion and even the consumption. Therefore, according to the Growers With Attitude Club founder Sandro, known as DJ Konfa, they have decided to anticipate a possible control and even completely clear the sales counter and also remove all visible evidence of cannabis consumption. They independently take a step back, in order not to be pushed back by the authorities and, even if no one here would admit it, to signal a certain degree of willingness to cooperate and adaptability.

During his explanations, I let my gaze wander over the walls, which are seamlessly decorated with the breathtaking cannabis themed paintings by the artist Tera Drop, to the only filled display case at the counter, which, on the other hand, is shockingly empty. Here, countless cups, certificates and trophies stand so densely packed that it almost threatens to burst. Even without having to use one of the four languages of our conversation, DJ Konfa recognizes my questioning look and asserts that they want to avoid any visual reference to the trade and promotion of cannabis, but that they drew a line at hiding the trophies aswell. With such success, however, this is more than comprehensible.

Everything was fine, wasn't it?

Only at the beginning of the year, cannabis tourists had to deal with the plans of the mayor of Amsterdam to open coffee shops only for local residents in the future.

Due to the short stay of the passionate permanent or sometimes just the curious new customers and the literal coffee shop mentality, much larger amounts of cannabis can be turned over in Amsterdam than in the limited circle of club members of a Catalan Associatión. Again, I look around the club and I actually notice that we have been interrupted only a few times in the past hour by members waiting to be served. Hard to imagine, given the long lines that can be observed every weekend in front of the Coffee Shops along Haarlemmerstraat. Amsterdam's budtenders have to work non-stop. So please forgive them their notorious impatience and short answers. Anyone who has spent an evening near the counter or in the entrance area will have been amazed by the frequency of the couriers having to constantly maintain the stock quantity in the coffee shop of a maximum of 500g with their deliveries.

The news of the alleged imminent closure of the social clubs of Barcelona caused particular concern to some who had already turned their backs on Amsterdam, whether for the lack of atmosphere, the comparatively high prices, or because the model of the Catalans has largely proven to be the most desirable for the growing number of influential legalization advocates from media and politics, who are in doubt about its practicability and could now be confused by the news.

The phenomenon of social clubs in regional, national and world politics

Since this assumption was often voiced for obvious reasons, I also asked the club owners each time whether the sudden revocation of the rules could be utilized as a signal to tourists who, at each supposed end of the pandemic, already pack their bags to come back again. However, this was consistently denied. Taken separately, both issues already pose more than enough challenges for the parliament.

However, the current developments beyond the notorious double doors give the public a very revealing impression of the major role cannabis has now taken in the political debate in the Spanish parliament itself, but especially in its relationship with the Catalan government. The fear of many is that the regulations will now be increasingly linked by both sides to an uncertain and currently unforeseeable independence of Catalonia.

The opposing side, in this case, the people on the opposite side of the table, argue that just such a relevant issue as free individual self-determination, in the form of cannabis consumption and cultivation, would be another reason to finally separate from the Spanish government for good. In a way, cannabis serves the Catalans as an identification and expression of their particular regional culture. It is no coincidence that cannabis plants are watching over the city from the column commemorating the start of Christopher Columbus' expedition.

If the fronts between the two capital metropolises of Madrid and Barcelona harden again, progress in the regulation of social clubs will also be postponed.

The conversation ends abruptly, DJ Konfa had to move on before I can ask my last questions and inquire about the actual progress of the measures. So I turn to the group of surrounding entrepreneurs, canna content creators and activists to inquire about their impressions. In the course of the day, I got to know another tourist who was a bit worried because of the news, but still had no problems whatsoever to become a member of various clubs.

What did the now overturned regulations mean?

The previous set of rules was created in 2014 and was enforced by the authorities until 2017, or put into practice in cooperation and consultation with the clubs. Its main purpose was to control the number of already over 600 Associatiónes, and their 165000 members, as well as to maintain a minimum distance of 150 meters from surrounding cannabis social clubs, schools and churches.

For this purpose, a virtual net was stretched over the city, which is now completely filled with about 230 officially licensed clubs. Whereas these licenses were initially sold for a few tens of thousands of euros, today the owners are probably paying ten times that amount to the next tenant.

In the interest of the club operators were also the then new regulations, as well as the better legal protection of the distribution, production and transport of cannabis and extracts. Furthermore, it was required that the interior of the club has to be kept hidden from the street by a separate reception area. This provides employees with additional control over entry and security against robbery, but was, according to popular opinion, required primarily to keep minors and conservative tourists from seeing the actions inside, in order to counteract the increasing convergence towards Amsterdams coffeeshop culture.

However, the most of the rules are made up of purely logistical requirements for accessibility, an adequate ventilation system and specifications on statics, room size, rental conditions, sanitary facilities, safe installation of electrical equipment, and so on The reference to these rules was considered a theoretical legal safeguard in the event of an inspection and threatened closure, which now seems to be lost. When asked, however, some club operators assured me that they had long been aware of the questionable legitimacy of the regulations.

I say goodbye to continue the conversation the next day after a relaxing and revitalizing session of ganja yoga with a cup of CBD tea and a CBD joint with activist and cannprenneuse Fahi Shark.

The first rule of the Cannabis Social Club

The current developments are seen as bad news mainly by the kind of clubs that have set up their branches in the region in order to secure a piece of the pie of the seemingly never-ending hype. However, these are also the clubs that, by their affiliation with major brands alone, seem to make no secret of the fact that they would prefer to bring in their business model that is already running successfully in the Netherlands or the USA and merely combine it with the benefits of Catalan regulations.

Since these companies often also run clothing brands, music labels and social media campaigns, their brand name often makes them the first choice for tourists who are either specifically looking for a particular experience for a nice evening out with their friends, or are merely so dazzled by the logos that they mistake a big name, celebrity advertising, and high prices for quality.

It is precisely this type of weekend membership that determines a large proportion of those registered and increasingly blurs the line between guest, member and customer. Although the actual participation in the operation of the association is also limited to a contribution of a financial nature for most of the regular members who live here aswell, the steep admission fees make the targeting of tourists in a spendy vacation mood worthwhile.

Simply Associatión by definition

Another group of cannabis social clubs, which see themselves more as institutions of cannabis culture and meeting places for activists, patients and cannafugees from all over the world and whose success is also clearly evident to anyone from the amount of trophies and competitions won, avoid the practices just described in order to secure themselves in the best possible way. Avoidable risk factors are located in the constant fluctuation of members and the associated communication, registration, ignorance of the rules of conduct in the club, as on the street and being overwhelmed by the unfamiliar quality of the cannabis products offered.

What gives these clubs an almost unfair advantage over the competition and the justice system is that they are real clubs, Associatión by definition, that is, a community of people who come together to share and exchange cannabis and cannabis knowledge. The club is untouchable, so to speak, because at its core it consists of intangible values that a group of people share. This is not tied to real estate, a brand, stock shares or a license.

According to groworganics research, some clubs have even decided to take the radical step of not accepting any more members until the fall of 2021, when the renegotiation of the situation by the Spanish government is expected. Upon further inquiry, most operators expressed general concerns, but have currently decided not only to continue, but to offer members additional incentives and cultural value beyond their cannabis products in the future with glass events, dinner nights, live music and art, and to continue to signal strength, optimism and perseverance.

An unknown problem, with a well known solution

Whether it is actually the international brands whose increased appearance worries the government, or whether it is rather the kind of clubs that have positioned themselves at the complete opposite end of the glamour scale, but are non the less commercially oriented, that are responsible. This surely offers a lot of room for interpretation in current discussions and attempts to blame someone.

The reason for the re-evaluation was the approval of a venting system with an exit to the street instead of the roof, as the previous regulation had provided. In the course of this process, the Spanish government took the opportunity to deny the legality of the entire set of regulations. Catalonia does not have the authority to independently establish regulations for a form of drug trafficking, the reasoning goes.

This formulation alone is seen as an affront to club culture, because no one in the social clubs has anything to do with drug trafficking. On the contrary, they have led to a massive reduction in street dealers, who had previously had a negative impact on the city's image. A drug law seems conceivably unsuitable to adequately counteract the emergence of potential problems.

The feeling of safety and security that international visitors in particular associate with the social clubs was certainly never shared by the founders and operators. There have been too many sad stories about arbitrary authorities and brutal closures over the past years. That is why I always ask carefully. After all, in my mind's eye I have the images of raids, battering rams and confiscated plantations. This image is only partly true, as I am taught. In fact, most clubs are rather afraid of a commissioner of the city administration, who checks with a list for so far uncertain parameters and possible illegalities and, if necessary, can order an immediate, temporary closure.

What is the current situation in Barcelona?

To conclude, I would like to summarize again that there is currently no reason to cancel a planned trip to the Costa Brava or the city of Barcelona, within the framework of current regulations to contain the pandemic. Those who previously had the impression that cannabis had long been legal in Barcelona have now been proven wrong. It is just as illegal today throughout Spain as it was five or ten years ago.

The existence of a law and its actual enforcement do not merge in the way that one is used to in other regions of the world. The city of Barcelona will continue to adhere to the social club model. Especially this year, many businesses rely on the social club visitors who peacefully stroll through the city with full wallets and insatiable hunger.

People here like to claim that there are already more grow lights and fertilizer in the Catalan polices evidence room than there are in use in the rest of the country. Hopefully, the fight against the windmills seems to be becoming more and more evident in the government and Guardia Civil circles as well.

Those who arrive respectfully, discreetly and with the necessary attention should still have nothing to fear and will have a great time in Barcelona. Only the Insta-stories of the bulging glasses full of sparkling flowers and the colorful displays, which always exuded a hint of an American dispensary, must be postponed in some places.

This is the status at the time of publication of this article and as soon as new facts emerge, we will inform you. Feel free to follow us on Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram.



1: Eric Arsenio expects all clubs to close eventually:

2: Article in the guardian about the regulations:

3:  Amsterdamer Coffeeshops in Zukunft ohne Touristen:

4: Instagram profile of Grow Organics:

5: Article about the catalan rules by the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies:

6: Documentation from Vice Magazine about raids in social clubs:

A wall painted to honour the hash enthusiast an teacher Frenchy Cannoli

Frenchy Cannoli - A genius to remember

Frenchy Cannoli - A genius to remember


With the death of the legend and hashashin Frenchy Cannoli on the 18th of July 2021, one of the most respected members of our community has suddenly been taken from us, his family and his friends. The influence of his work and lectures on todays hash culture can simply not be estimated high enough. Therefore he recognized that there is still a lot to be done and risks ahead, that cannabis culture and extraction companies specifically need to face soon to follow the steps towards a fair and sustainable relegalisation.

To build the future, we first have to preserve the past. He was therefore for example eager to create incentives for local farmers to remain cultivating their local landraces instead of unwillingly endangering their heritage by switching to fashionable and seemingly profitable Californian or European genetics.

In search of a suitable method to make his lectures accessible without any restrictions for an international and diverse audience, he more and more embraced social media platforms, foremost Instagram, where he and his wife Kimberly are in a lively exchange with their community every day.

Memorial Mural in Chambéry   by PyroOne                     Photo: @timozzzzzzz


It was only a question of time, until like minded enthusiasts would help to amplify Frenchys influence and carry his message as far as possible. He and his work was always accompanied by a growing number of associates and protegees around the world, who help spread his knowledge. Or as Frenchy put it: Spread THE knowledge we only had the privilege to witness, gather, hold and be able to pass on during our limited given time frame.

He helped us to never forget the proven techniques of the cultures, that spend centuries in perfecting the extraction methods with their respective resources and local unfavorable commodities.

Frenchy Cannoli literally was a genius to remember.

An eye for detail and zero zero time to waste

Time is essential, as Frenchy was never tired to make clear, when he was teaching the rituals of correct sampling, preparing and curing different forms of extracts. Therefore he spend the last time traveling and teaching the world about his techniques from his home in Mendocino in the notorious Emerald Triangle region of California, where he found a professional home at the House of Aficionado.

He saw the most efficient way to pass on the techniques, in creating free access to a number of workshops, interviews, FAQs and lectures, that enable people to appropriate these methods and hopefully improve them more and more by implementing them in larger scale extraction operations and technical or scientific innovations over future decades.

Instead of using his status as an exclusive gatekeeper, he was more of a keymaster. He helped people to gain access to terrains of knowledge and to internalize traditional methods in hands-on-demonstrations, that were not only prohibited in their economic or scientific execution by many governments and drug laws and therefore in danger of almost being forgotten. Of course, it would also have been in the interest of many short sighted, greedy business owners, who saw possible money making opportunities in keeping these secrets in a small circle of a chosen few entrepreneurs and pharmaceutical companies. He did not only give away valuable information, he created its value by his way of spreading the information.

He is widely responsible for the current recognition of the hash culture and wide spread awareness of many long forgotten work steps and detailed tutorials and significantly shaped not only the way we nowadays talk about extraction for example in his publication "The Lost Art of the Hashashin", but also the valuation and perspective that is taken towards the relative topic.

As adverse climate conditions and the need for improvisation with limited tools were often disregarded as a incalculable risk and manifestation of the local hardship, lack of education and poverty, Frenchys approach was to see these factors as the key to their unique quality. This attitude or seemed to have dominated all aspects of his professional life.

Frenchy was known to set to set the highest standards towards the sampled hash and the gentleness of the extraction, but never to play down or underestimated anyone. Even the observation or opinion of a beginner extractor or the question of a bystander, that might bring a broader background from their respective field of expertise, was always taken serious and answered in its full extend. He made sure to listen and watch, before he judged and was therefore able to see the small nuances, variations and inconsistencies in the outcome of certain washes or sieving runs and never tired of getting to the roots of certain phenomenons in his observations.

His personal story, knowledge, hard training and skill give him the routine and security to keep an open eye for significant details and an unbiased approach towards every new information. This shows his focus on potential future improvements and is the best possible way to gather data via research and enable to follow a truly sustainable approach.

A larger frame to sift information into knowledge

His live pursuit seemed to separate the trichome from the flower in manifolded and increasingly gentle ways and not only to understand every part of the process from seed over the growing, sifting, curing and packaging, but also to find explanations for the many observations he made, sampling hash for decades all around the world. He always seemed to be answering one questions by not being vain to ask three questions himself. Which may have gained him the reputation of being such a pleasant partner for a long and highly entertaining conversation for everyone involved.

Although he himself, as well as many formats throughout all forms of media, gave their best effort to capture his lessons and words, the spirit of Frenchy Cannoli could best be experienced by meeting and talking to him in person. An opportunity, that has now suddenly been taken from us sooner than anyone would have expected. We will do our best to carry his work, his techniques and hopefully also his particular humor as his quick and associative wit into every of our future projects and actions.

We are aware and deeply humbled by the role that has now fallen onto us as a global community, as activists, enthusiasts and foremost a group of friends that will forever share their love and admiration for Frenchy Cannoli.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends in these times.

May he forever rest in peace.



  1. article about his late work in California published in Cannabis Now Magazine on Oct. 22nd 2015:
  2. Seedbank Aficianado in Medocino California                                                    /
  3. A list of his gathered articles  and other publications:                         
  4. The Lost Art of the Hashashin Part I in Weed World Magazine 137, Nov. 2018 

100 000 000 $ for californias cannabis industry - smoke, mirrors and big numbers

California has just approved 100 Million $ to help the struggeling local cannabis industry

Looking back, every decade is characterized by its trends and this is not different in a culture as versatile as cannabis. While hash from areas of the Middle East that had advanced to legendary status, such as the afghan hindu kush and Lebanon, as well as hand-rubbed charras from India and nepalese temple balls, were still in high demand among european hash connoisseurs in the 1970s This changed in the following decades more into an increased demand for moroccan dry sift hash.

Then the focus of the press and the increasing number of consumers shifted from processed, imported cannabis products to the import of dutch genetics for home growing and ultimately to radically cheap outdoor flowers from Albania and rural to urban indoor plantations. Unfortunately, the size was mostly disproportionate to the lack of knowledge and efforts regarding cultivation, storage and processing. The classification as professional plantations was only made by law enforcement and certainly did not coincide with the high expectations of an experienced grower towards professionality.

"Zurprize in a mylar" - way too many glossy packs

In the past ten years, so-called cali strains have been increasingly offered, traded and celebrated with an unprecedented collecting craze. While at the beginning there were isolated small, personally imported quantities of the coveted, colorful bags, you could quickly get your mylar bag, hopefully originally sealed, without even having to ask for it in the smallest towns for the appropriate money. The flowers and extracts offered set new standards for many in terms of the resin content, the terpene profile offered and the blossom-white appearance of the ash, which the usual commercial cannabis can no longer stand up to.
But the first association many central europeans have with the term "cali weed" is the much higher price, the reason is often not entirely understandable and offers a new opportunity for even bolder scams. The influence of these counterfeit goods on the european and asian cannabis markets, should not be part of this consideration and is therefore ignored for a better understanding.

Quite a few smokers completely renounced their old sources simply out of build up discontent of the poor quality and compensated the increased costs per gram with an adapted, lower consumption. Others, however, only now began to consume more regularly due to the more pleasant taste and reliable effect.

Therefore, the headline might shock many people, who were already convinced that with their collection of cookie seal stickers, they had renovated entire streets and schools or at least supported the local producers and dispensaries from Venice Beach to San Francisco financially. How can the cannabis bred and grown there, be so popular and at the same time cannabis economy is even in the big cities and world-wide known epicentres of the culture more and more in economic danger.

Wird die nächste Generation in einer besseren Zukunft aufwachsen?
Will the next generation grow up into a better tomorrow?

The long way after legalization into a legal state

The main reason that licensing is running so slowly is that most cities and counies do not employ enough staff in the relevant authorities to adequately examine the existing local companies. Companies that have the necessary capital, can afford to hire private experts and proactively submit the required forms when handing in the application, while most companies submit the application with the motive of saving a high position on the waiting list of the completely overloaded state test authorities of the respective administrative district.

This round, melodious sum could already make many skeptical, as it does not look like the result of a negotiation of the usual agricultural subsidies, which are often determined relative to sales and expected tax revenues as a share of a larger budget.

Unfortunately, it was chosen for one purpose in the first place. To sound good, to be easy to remember and to express sheer size. It is supposed to be a signal that California is now sending out into the world. We got it: Cannabis from California has become a global brand, we welcome this development, want to develop the current economic policy further on and see great potential for the future.

In the heated debate about which upcoming steps can strengthen companies most sustainably and to what extent the money is subsequently reinvested, it is only from a distance and from the point of view of the rest of the world, which is still plagued by prohibition, that the current developments even by conservative media houses have not been discussed as a question of health, crime fighting or drug policy, but rather be treated as a purely economic debate.

The admirable thing about this news is that California recognizes its brand and demands the economy accordingly, while in Germany, even the most exemplary cannabis companies, such as hanfnah in Lahr, the winner of the Entrepreneur Award Baden-Württemberg, are harassed and hindered in their growth.

The round sum may sound a little larger than its effect will actually be

And this is not only due to the decreasing value of the US-Dollar. According to California Governor Gavin Newsom, the money is primarily to be used enabling companies with non-permanent business licenses to take on the extremely costly process of obtaining permission to operate a permanently licensed dispensary or production facility.

The invested tax money flows back into the municipalities, but is redistributed in the process.
The fact that the licensing behind forest fires, corruption and the incessant prosecution at the federal level is only one of the problems that the companies that are to be helped are confronted with this must not be lost in mutual pats on the back and amazement at the beautiful, round sum.

Police units in many communities have a tradition of enriching themselves with goods confiscated from raids in order to counter budget cuts, for example in the context of the current demand for "defund the police" and the first pertinent resolutions, with targeted actions.
If instead of an armed cartel, a cannabis company with an expired or questionable license is in the crosshairs, the profits from the confiscation of new cars, state-of-the-art technology and pre-packaged, tradable goods are associated with a significantly lower risk and effort of police use . It is to be hoped that the subsidies will make such measures obsolete in the future and will finally result in a rethinking of the police and the judiciary, as well as an end to this morally highly reprehensible approach.

Focus on the tip of the iceberg - The really big market remains uncertain and invisible

California has long since established itself as the largest cannabis market in the world and has retained its pole position to this day. The entire economic performance of the federal state alone makes it one of the most profitable economic areas in the world and, according to a survey by the World Econonic Forum, is currently in sixth place ahead of India and France and behind Great Britain and Germany.

But when even the world market leader is doing so badly, the only conclusion is that the critical flaws must lie in the system itself. The fact that cannabis products are still incredibly successful as an economic asset certainly does not need to be explained again at this point. Skeptics from outside the industry will be aware of this fact at the latest on the basis of the reports on records on the stock market, which were set by cannabis companies, such as, at times in the business section of many newspapers.

Which aspects will shape the future of cannabis production?

Sustainability threatens to be ignored again

The 100 million that have now been reinvested in the country's top-selling agricultural product, which is known to have been recognized as the "new billion dollar crop" by Popular Mechanics Magazine  "new billion dollar crop" as early as 1938, can be assessed much better when compared to the billion in tax revenue the the billion in tax revenue that was reached after about two years after legalization in January 2018. In the wake of the pandemic and the devastating forest fires, the total income could still grow at an unchanged rate to $ 1.4 billion. According to Proposition 64, which was successfully resolved in 2016, these were invested in the elimination of environmental damage caused by illegal plantations in addition to educational projects and social housing.

In this context, the actual damage caused by the plants of a guerrilla grow is less often referred to, but above all the improper disposal of waste by the workers, the clearing of protected wild areas and, last but not least, the destruction as part of the police measures when the plantation is discovered. Manufacturing companies continue to tend to dispose of their commercial waste away from the locations of the unlicensed production facilities in order not to attract unnecessary attention, which could be drawn, for example, from repeated, appropriate recycling of the corresponding packaging materials.

Although these measures are intended to benefit nature conservation, environmental groups such as Defenders of Wildlife are right to criticize that they take effect too late. Only retrospectively and corrective rather than preventive. From their point of view, the renewed postponement of the deadline, as well as the announced investments, are nothing but a short-sighted tactic that postpones a complete re-regulation of licensing, while companies that continue to operate illegally, waste resources and dispose of them wildly are not opposed with the long-required determination. These aspects came up primarily when the Californian Senator Anna Caballero submitted the proposal to issue provisional licenses with a term of six years in the future, in order to avoid bureaucracy and, above all, the processing of a long overdue debate and instead choose the path of least resistance.

After the license is before the license

According to widespread fear, even this help comes too late, since many companies that decide to apply for the subsidies are very likely to be too slow to train and hire new test staff, either until 01.01.2022 or until the fourth deadline, on July 1st, 2022. It is unlikely, that a full tax audit, will have been granted, let alone the desireable license for the year that will probably have ended by then.

Companies that continue to apply for an extension of the temporary license, as was the case with 82% of the reported companies according to a federal survey in April, will continue to grow and produce during this time, with new products to determine the direction of the market and thereby themselves generate an advantage over future state-funded companies. The companies that operate without a license also benefit from this compulsory break, chosen by necessity, for a large number of up-and-coming regional competitors. Many of these companies, which currently either want to directly establish products on the market themselves or are merely suppliers to manufacturing companies that are also still struggling for their place in this changeable industry, could therefore find themselves in the predicament of either running out of resources to have to resort to the black market or to turn to the established producers and thus subordinate oneself to the competition for the time being in terms of pricing policy, working methods and product design, which could consolidate the already lacking dynamism of the market.

Does the money get to where it is needed most?

As usual, this cash hits the strongest muscle of the industrial organism: On the one hand, there are companies that have escaped illegality into a more or less regulated market in recent years and already have established product lines were able to position themselves firmly in the market in order to be able to concentrate on saving with state help in the licensing of their subcontractors for specific parts of the market. On the other hand, these companies come exclusively from the well-known boom regions on the same Cali cannabis map and another opportunity was missed to offer smaller communities an additional incentive to start licensing for the first time. Especially since the process itself has not been simplified and democratized as hoped.

While $ 22 million has already been budgeted for the expansion of the necessary administrative apparatus in Los Angeles, it will mainly support places whose names are already inextricably linked to the production of world-class cannabis. First and foremost Long Beach, San Francisco and Oakland.

Furthermore, a distorted image of California persists from a distance. The fully legalized, most populous state, in which in your mind's eye, between the old hippies in the Golden Gate Park of San Francisco, via the young trimmer on Murder Mountain in Humboldt County in the north, a continuous cloud of smoke and a blanket of hemp leaves of Yosemite National Park, to the metropolises of Los Angeles and San Diego on the border with Mexico.

In the sober factual situation, only a third of the counties and municipalities have made it possible for commercial cannabis companies to open dispensaries, farms and production facilities there.

black market still has, even in a rough estimate, four times the volume of the legal market for commercial cannabis products. Many companies have fallen victim to fraud in the burocracy of their licensing process and are now faced with the choice of discontinuing their business or of being legally prosecuted at the risk of continuing to manage what they have already built up, their customer base and their mother plants to maintain constant care, to maintain cooperation and to participate as comprehensively as possible in innovations on the market.

After a painfully long wait, relocation of company spots and the sad habit of raids and harassment by the DEA, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, they are finally in the best place at the best time to contribute their part to the status of the world market leader and to get back a share of the resulting growth of the industry for it in the foreseeable future.

Such toxic perceptions of their own culture quickly consolidates, including the myth of the survival of the best and the image of the relentless grower and selfless entrepreneur who is expected to work as a socio-political activist alongside his job. As if everyone with a clear mind, a vision and decades down this career path, doesn't see the slightest reason to stop now. All of this is done in the once silent and now louder and more desperate hope that the licensing process will be made more accessible in order to get fair opportunities to participate in building the world's top-selling cannabis industry.

Finally we can summarize:

California will support corporate projects that want to switch from temporary, to permanent licenses in order to promote stronger brands from their own state. This is no coincidence, as the local cannabis market appears to be superior to any international competition in many aspects. Small companies were supposed to be supported with the money, but now they have to expect the greatest complications and have to face disproportionately higher risks on their way to legality, six years after winning the battle for Proposition 64, due to the failure on the state and federal level.

The 100 million, which at first seemed to look like an oversized stream of money, now seem to have shrunk to almost to the image of a coffe cup against a forest fire. Outside the big cities, they are probably not enough ressources left to set up a sufficient number of authorities at the next critical point in summer 2022.

We hope that the state of California, in addition to its fixation on economic aspects, will now also focus its political efforts and on sustainability. In addition to the deficits in the environmental protection regulations, economic and cultural sustainability is also to be considered, which enables a fair distribution of the market shares among actually equal competitors, in which neither party can create particular advantages by circumventing individual rules.

(1) Article by conservative news outlet FOX reporting about cannabis without judgement