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Marijuana Still Banned Despite City Of Santa Clara Pinching Pennies

The Silicon Valley Voice

August 27, 2020

Hirsh Jain said despite Santa Clara’s banning of commercial marijuana, state regulations are likely to become more relaxed, bolstering revenue. Concerns about an increase in illicit marijuana sales are unfounded, he said, adding that customers do not mind paying a bit extra to ensure a product is legal and safe. “The citizens have clearly supported this,” Jain said. “It is a great avenue of tax revenue … cities that do not want to allow it are basically playing a game of whack-a-mole. The best way to alleviate an illicit market is to legalize it.”
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California Marijuana Notebook: Coronavirus adds new sales challenges, other business hurdles for state’s cannabis firms

MJ Biz Daily

April 8, 2020

On top of that, industry activists have persuaded two state lawmakers and five San Jose City Council members to write to the Santa Clara County health department urging a reversal of the delivery-only policy for recreational marijuana retailers, according to Hirsh Jain
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CANNABIS IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

Silicon Valley Business Journal

April 3, 2020

Hirsh Jain said in a statement that the county's order "states that only 'medical cannabis' can be purchased at dispensaries, it does not define what a 'medical cannabis' purchase is ... Ultimately, there is no way for a dispensary to know whether an individual is a 'medical customer' other than by asking them whether the purpose of their purchase is 'medical' in nature."
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Court dismisses cities’ lawsuit challenging cannabis deliveries in California

Los Angeles Times

November 18, 2020

In the Nov. 3 election, voters in 19 cities authorized retail cannabis sales or established a retail tax frameworks to allow their city councils to pass a cannabis ordinance, according to Hirsh Jain
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Election day hangover: Bay Area turns to therapy, apps and cannabis to cope with 2020 stress

San Francisco Chronicle

November 4, 2020

Caliva, a California cannabis shop and delivery service, saw online transactions increase by 7% and the units-per-purchase increase by 10% both the day before and the day of the election, said Hirsh Jain. “Revenue was 14% higher than it was for a typical Tuesday.”
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Caliva Provides Career Training and Mentorship with Partners Chrysalis, Success Centers

Cannabis Dispensary Magazine

November 19, 2020

“These fines are too high,” Jain said. “The punitive policies of the War on Drugs destroyed millions of families over several decades. We should not be engaging in a War on Drugs 2.0. There are more effective ways of encouraging people to purchase cannabis legally than criminalizing minor possession.”
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Coronavirus: Officials urge Santa Clara County to reverse ban on in-store recreational cannabis sales

San Jose Mercury News

April 6, 2020

Hirsh Jain called the lack of clarity “unfortunate”, adding that it “puts both dispensaries and those that rely on them for their medicine in a difficult position.” The county’s order states that only “medical cannabis” can be purchased in-store, but does not define what a “medical cannabis” purchase is.
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California marijuana industry opportunities on the rise

MJ Biz Daily

November 5, 2020

Some of the best opportunities will be in retail. Hirsh Jain noted that only about one-fifth of California’s cities have authorized retail marijuana shops but more are taking action as evidenced by Tuesday’s election. California has roughly 700 marijuana retailers, but it should have 4,000 or 5,000, he said. The process to open a store in the state currently can take a few years, but Jain said he expects that time frame to decrease to 12-18 months.
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Local ballot measures across California could significantly expand marijuana industry footprint

MJ Biz Daily

August 7, 2020

Jain estimates those measure could result in as many as 150 new business permits being made available to the industry. “You could credibly say 100 or 150 licenses will result … within months of these passing,” Jain said, noting the election could have a “staggering impact” on the legal industry, including roughly 50 retail permits that could be awarded.
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California cities, counties OK pro-cannabis measures, paving way to scores of new licenses

MJ Biz Daily

November 6, 2020

Hirsh Jain said he stands by a prediction he made in August that together the measures could result in 100-150 new retail licenses as well as permits for cultivation, manufacturing and other plant-touching business types ... Jain noted there are only about 700 storefront retailers across California, adding, “These cities themselves will account for an additional 20% of the total” number of shops.