California Agriculture Magazine: Special Issue: Cannabis – July-December 2019

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California Agriculture Magazine

University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources

July-December 2019


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INTRODUCTION

Special Issue: Cannabis

by Jim Downing
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In this special issue, California Agriculture presents research articles on cannabis production, the economics of California’s cannabis industry, and the social and community impacts of cannabis.
INTRODUCTION

California cannabis regulation: An overview

by Robin S. Goldstein, Daniel A. Sumner
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In 2016, Proposition 64 decriminalized the possession and use of cannabis by anyone in California aged 21 or over. But the 2015 Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act had begun the process of regulating cannabis in the state.
INTRODUCTION

A concise cannabis guide: History, laws and regulations

by Lucien Crowder
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An overview of key cannabis laws and regulations in California.
NEWS

Restrictions and opportunities for UC cannabis research

by Lucien Crowder
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Cannabis is legal in California but illegal in the United States. The plant’s ambiguous status cuts off many avenues of cannabis research — but leaves other approaches wide open.
RESEARCH NEWS

The rapid evolution of UC cannabis research

by Lucien Crowder
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At campuses across the UC system, cannabis researchers are grappling with questions that have accompanied legalization.
CONVERSATION

CalCannabis: Regulating a previously unregulated industry

by Lucien Crowder
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An interview with Richard Parrott, Director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division.
CONVERSATION

Science and law enforcement teaming up to help “critters”

by Lucien Crowder
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An interview with Scott Bauer, Senior Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
CONVERSATION

“Like every other industry” — An on-the-ground perspective on Proposition 64

by Lucien Crowder
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An interview with Amanda Reiman, Vice President of Community Relations, Flow Kana

Peer-reviewed research and review articles

First known survey of cannabis production practices in California

by Houston Wilson, Hekia Bodwitch, Jennifer Carah, Kent Daane, Christy Getz, Theodore E. Grantham, Van Butsic

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Most growers in this survey produced their crop outdoors or in greenhouses, relied primarily on groundwater, used biologically based inputs for pest management and employed seasonal workers paid at fixed piece rates.
Characteristics of farms applying for cannabis cultivation permits

by Benjamin Schwab, Ariani Wartenberg, Van Butsic

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In Humboldt County, larger and faster-growing cannabis farms apply for permits at higher rates than do smaller or slower-growing farms.
Retail cannabis prices in California through legalization, regulation and taxation

by Robin S. Goldstein, Daniel A. Sumner, Allie Fafard

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A study investigates price patterns at California cannabis retailers during a period of major regulatory changes.
Watering the Emerald Triangle: Irrigation sources used by cannabis cultivators in Northern California

by Christopher Dillis, Theodore E. Grantham, Connor McIntee, Bryan McFadin, Kason Grady

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Reported subsurface water use among North Coast cannabis cultivators is widespread and may become increasingly common.
Costs of mandatory cannabis testing in California

by Pablo Valdes-Donoso, Daniel A. Sumner, Robin S. Goldstein

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California’s safety standards for cannabis — compared to standards in other states and to standards for food products in California — are tight.
Perceptions of cannabis among Humboldt County timberland and ranchland owners

by Yana Valachovic, Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Jeffery Stackhouse, Van Butsic

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A Humboldt County survey investigates traditional agriculturalists’ views on cannabis cultivation.
“We can’t just be a county that supports inebriants”: Voices of the noncannabis agricultural community

by James C. LaChance

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Interviews with noncannabis producers in Northern California revealed a variety of concerns about legal cannabis production, from access to land and crop shifts to outsider investments.
Growers say cannabis legalization excludes small growers, supports illicit markets, undermines local economies

by Hekia Bodwitch, Jennifer Carah, Kent M. Daane, Christy Getz, Theodore E. Grantham, Gordon M. Hickey, Houston Wilson

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The survey sample was small, but results suggest regulations may need to be modified to incentivize grower participation in state licensing programs.
Cannabis farmers or criminals? Enforcement-first approaches fuel disparity and hinder regulation

by Michael Polson*, Margiana Petersen-Rockney*

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Siskiyou County, and many other counties, chose not to recognize cannabis cultivation as agriculture. This ethnographic study reveals the effects on parity in farmer rights and access to resources.
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