Cookies dispensary official disputes that its marketing targets minors – The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — 

The Cookies chain of cannabis dispensaries says its marketing efforts and company name have been misunderstood and distorted by local officials who have criticized the company, saying it targets youth.

The chain, which operates stores in La Mesa and Mission Valley, got approval in June to open a third location in Sorrento Valley.

Before that approval, the San Diego Planning Commission and the Torrey Pines Community Planning Group said Cookies targets underage customers with its name and Sesame Street-style graphics that evoke the Cookie Monster character.

A company official said in an interview last week that the chain absolutely does not target underage, young people, explaining that the Cookies name is focused not on actual cookies but on matching customers with the right cannabis strain for them.

Similar to cookies being made in many varieties, company officials say, cannabis comes in many different strains and users need to find the strain that affects their body in the precise ways they want.

“There is a long legacy with the name Cookies,” said Crystal Millican, vice president of retail for the 13-year-old chain based in northern California. “The whole experience has been tailored to the customer. We try to pair them one-on-one with a budtender

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Municipalities throughout Oswego County faced with decision on marijuana law – NNY360

OSWEGO COUNTY – Your right to smoke, grow, and possess marijuana has certainly been a long time coming to New York. And depending on the choices municipalities throughout the state make by Dec. 31, it could still be a long time gone.

Towns, villages, and cities have until the end of this year to opt out of one critical component of marijuana legalization: the right to sell marijuana in a legal dispensary.

You may have the right to buy limited quantities of marijuana, but if your town, village, or city “opts out,” as it’s called, you’ll only be able to express that right somewhere else. Medical marijuana, however, is exempt from this restriction, and counties do not have the right to prevent the establishment of dispensaries.

A municipality may choose to opt-out of both adult-use retail dispensaries and on-site consumption licenses or just one type of license (for example, allow retail dispensaries but not on-site consumption licenses).

If a town passes a local law to opt-out, it only affects the area of the town outside of any village within the town.

Any local law opting out of adult-use retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses will be subject to a permissive referendum as outlined in

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What you need to know about marijuana developments in and around Livingston County – Livingston Daily

Three dispensaries coming soon to Whitmore Lake and an approved growing, processing and retail site in Pinckney are increasing legal marijuana access for Livingston County residents.

Here’s what you need to know about the developments:

Pinckney leads way in Livingston County

In August, the first marijuana business in the county was approved in Pinckney, where a shuttered elementary school on M-36 will be converted into The Means Project, a marijuana facility that will grow, process and sell marijuana products.

RELATED: Cannabis entrepreneur in Pinckney intends to use profits to benefit people with disabilities

Developer Chris Bonk has said profits from The Means Project will be used to build and fund a group home for adults with disabilities. It will be called Grant’s Place after Bonk’s son Grant.

He said construction will cost upward of $5 million and he estimates the processing and retail facilities will be operational next spring.

Northfield Twp. approves licenses

Officials in Northfield Township, located in Washtenaw County, approved three marijuana business licenses there.

Planted Provisioning is set to open Monday in Whitmore Lake. The recreational and medical marijuana dispensary is located in a longtime vacant property at 9545 Main St. across from the lake. 

Quest Cannabis, a recreational and medical dispensary, is expected to open in November at 8475 Main St. in the former Bobber

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Whitmore Lake's first marijuana dispensary to open Monday; two others expected within months – Livingston Daily

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'Rose Mary Jane': Marijuana dispensary opens in Portland with mission to expunge criminal convictions of non-violent cannabis offenders – NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ

The store opened with a ribbon-cutting Thursday at 327 St. John Street in Portland.

PORTLAND, Maine — A new cannabis dispensary opened in Portland on Thursday with a mission to wipe clean the records of non-violent marijuana offenders.

Rose Mary Jane sits at 327 St. John Street near Maine Medical Center and Hadlock Field. Founder Erik Murray and Social Justice Director Evelyn LaChapelle are from Oakland, and the Maine location is the company’s first shop.

LaChapelle spent 87 months in prison for her role in a cannabis operation.

“My friend Corvaine Cooper was shipping marijuana from California to North Carolina and asked me to deposit the profits into my bank account. I said yes. I really didn’t give it much thought, given the attitude and climate I’d grown up in around cannabis,” LaChapelle wrote in a blog post. “I never considered the consequences—I really didn’t think there would be consequences. Had it been coke, heroin—any other drug—it would’ve been a definite ‘no.’ But knowing it was marijuana, I never even thought twice about it.”

LaChapelle and her business partner, Erik Murray, the company’s CEO, say they have several goals as a business:

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Meriden BOE files letter opposing cannabis dispensary – Meriden Record-Journal

MERIDEN — The Board of Education has made clear — its members are opposed to the potential approval of a recreational cannabis store near a district-run program that serves young adults with special education needs. 

Meanwhile, the applicant behind the proposal maintained that such opposition is based on what he described as a “backwards stigma” against adult cannabis users. 

Biagio N. Gulino, the proprietor of Blue Leaf LLC/BGE LLC, is seeking the Planning Commission’s approval of a special permit to open the proposed dispensary at 28 W. Main St.

Board of Education President Robert Kosienski Jr., in a letter addressed to the Planning Commission, explained the Community Classroom Collaborative program currently serves 30 students between the ages of 18 and 22 years old. The program consists of two teachers, three job coaches and a paraprofessional who work with those students. 

“The program is designed to support students with everyday living and social and employment skills,” Kosienski wrote. 

“…All of the children in the program are receiving special education services. While they may have completed credits toward graduation, they remain Meriden Public Schools’ students until they exit the program,” Kosienski continued. “We believe any special permit application discussion should not lose sight of the students who benefit from the

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RISE puts emphasis on people, earns Best Cannabis Dispensary – Chicago Daily Herald

Since the products at cannabis dispensaries are very similar, you might wonder what makes one dispensary stand out from the rest.

When you visit a RISE Cannabis Dispensary, you’ll see the difference pretty quickly: It’s the people.

“What’s really different is the amount of time and effort you put into your people,” said Tim Hawkins, vice president of retail field operations at Green Thumb Industries, which owns RISE. “Hiring the right people is a massive part of our job.

“We hire the best and brightest out there and educate them,” he added. “They’re very knowledgeable — if you have a question, pretty much anyone in that dispensary should be able to answer you, or find someone who does. It really is about our people. We invest in them greatly.”

RISE Dispensaries earned the Best of the Best nod for Best Cannabis Dispensary in the Daily Herald’s Readers’ Choice contest.

There are nine RISE dispensaries in Illinois, several of them in the Chicago area, including Naperville, Lake in the Hills, Niles and Mundelein, where RISE opened its first dispensary for medical use in 2015. The Naperville and Mundelein locations

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