Luna Stower Consulting

Luna Stower Consulting Business Consulting for Wellness Brands: Sales, Marketing, PR, Events, Social Media. www.LunaStower.com has a list of services & details! Linkedin.com/in/lunastower

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Wednesday News Brief :green_heart:Cannabis Countdown: Top 10 Marijuana And Psychedelic Stock News Stories Of The Weekhtt...
05/05/2021
Cannabis Countdown: Top 10 Marijuana And Psychedelic Stock News Stories Of The Week

Wednesday News Brief :green_heart:

Cannabis Countdown: Top 10 Marijuana And Psychedelic Stock News Stories Of The Week
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cannabis-countdown-top-10-marijuana-143048471.html

Recreational marijuana states see population growth but loss of US House seat
https://mjbizdaily.com/recreational-marijuana-states-see-continuing-population-growth/

‘A Land Grab’ for a Piece of New York’s Marijuana Business
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/04/business/cannabis-real-estate-new-york.html

Snarl Of Cannabis Regulations Could Halt New York’s 2021 Growing Season
https://wskg.org/news/snarl-of-cannabis-regulations-could-halt-new-yorks-2021-growing-season/

Alabama Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Filibustered On House Floor
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/alabama-medical-marijuana-bill-gets-filibustered-on-house-floor/

French Lawmaker Displays Marijuana Joint In Parliament As New Report Calls For Legalization
https://www.marijuanamoment.net/french-lawmaker-displays-marijuana-joint-in-parliament-as-new-report-calls-for-legalization/

Leafly Buzz: 12 sizzling cannabis strains of May 2021
https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/12-top-weed-strains-may-2021

Cannabis Countdown: Top 10 Marijuana and Psychedelic Stock News Stories of the Week Welcome to the Cannabis Countdown, the Legal Marijuana Industry’s Number One Curated Weekly News Recap. In This Week’s Edition, We Recap and Countdown the Top 10 Cannabis and Psychedelic Stock News Stories for th...

New Podcast Interview w/ Distru, now live! https://anchor.fm/distru-podcast/episodes/Distru-Ep-10-Luna-Stower--thought-l...
01/29/2021
Distru Ep 10: Luna Stower, thought leader and consultant for the cannabis plant and people by Distru Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

New Podcast Interview w/ Distru, now live! https://anchor.fm/distru-podcast/episodes/Distru-Ep-10-Luna-Stower--thought-leader-and-consultant-for-the-cannabis-plant-and-people-ep7ra8

Luna Stower was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been part of the cannabis industry since prop 215 passed. She values the plant's endless medicinal qualities and bridges the gap between cannabis brands and social responsibility.

12/05/2020

Brings me so much joy to see my brands come to life. This week's edition of "Friday Smoke Sesh" w/ Andrew DeAngelo of Harborside featured him hitting the Ispire 13.5mm cartridge like a champ -- not just because he's a heavily hitter, but because it really is the heaviest hitter on market!

With adjustable airflow control, it satisfies the most hesitant newbie to the most ambitious cloud-chasing dabber. Oil sponsor: Jetty Extracts' #Dablicator tool, perfect to fill these bad boys up!

Find us at www.getIspire.com (@ispireofficial on IG):

👀  San Francisco Psychedelic Society
12/03/2020
The Microdosing Movement

👀 San Francisco Psychedelic Society

Can tiny doses lead to big changes? For many people, they already have. This is The Microdosing Movement.

"Acting on an anonymous tip, Union City police detectives have busted up a massive marijuana operation, uncovering 20 il...
11/05/2020
Union City Police Bust Massive Illegal Marijuana Operation; 15,000 Pot Plants With Street Value Of $27.5 Million Seized

"Acting on an anonymous tip, Union City police detectives have busted up a massive marijuana operation, uncovering 20 illegal grow rooms in the Bay Area, seizing 15,000 pot plants with a street value of $27.5 million. Union City police said in June its Special Services Unit received an anonymous tip about an illegal marijuana grow and opened an investigation."

Acting on an anonymous tip, Union City police detectives have busted up a massive marijuana operation, uncovering 20 illegal grow rooms in the San Francisco Bay Area and seizing approximately 15,000 pot plants with a street value of about $27.5 million.

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11/01/2020

Luna Stower Consulting's cover photo

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion has some great resources for folks struggling to find inner peace :
10/24/2020
Mindfulness Training | Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion has some great resources for folks struggling to find inner peace :

Compassion is relational. And perhaps the most complicated of these relations at times are within our family. Families are the very foundation of this human experience, and so many threads of the tapestry of our life may well be family relations. Bearing the complexity of this in mind, I humbly offe...

10/09/2020
How Growing Your Business Starts with Respecting the Plant

Watch my FB Live interview, "Growing Your Business Starts with Respecting the Plant" w/ Kendra Losee of Mota Marketing!

It’s easy to become so focused on results that we lose sight of what is at the very heart of those results, the cannabis plant itself. So on this episode of ...

10/09/2020
How Growing Your Business Starts with Respecting the Plant

Watch my FB Live interview, "How Growing Your Business Starts with Respecting the Cannabis Plant" w/ Kendra Losee of Mota Marketing!

It’s easy to become so focused on results that we lose sight of what is at the very heart of those results, the cannabis plant itself. So on this episode of ...

10/08/2020
Mota Marketing

Join me today for a FB LIVE @ 2pm w/ Kendra Losee of Mota Marketing!

#HealersNotDealers

If you missed it you can watch the FB Live interview here!

"How Growing Your Business Starts with Respecting the Cannabis Plant"

https://bit.ly/3iMNxMu

It’s easy to become so focused on results that we lose sight of what is at the very heart of those results, the cannabis plant itself. So on this episode of Cannabis Marketing Live, we’re bringing on Luna Stower to remind us of the power of the plant – and, the vast opportunities that can be created when we respect it. Luna has helped launch many cannabis brands and she is going to be sharing her keys to success in this industry.

In this episode, we’ll talk about how to:
→ Treat the plant like the goddess she is
→ Never underestimate the power of canna-KARMA
→ Understand that Love is LUCRATIVE!

Join us live:

About our guest:
With a Master's Degree in Education and 10+ years in business management, Luna's high-level insights helped scale & activate dozens of brands via passion & purpose. She currently is the senior manager of business development for Ispire Vape, and the Founder / CEO of Luna Stower Marketing.

Experienced seminar presenter, esteemed panelist, seasoned industry-insider.
Producer of renowned VIP soirees, conferences, retreats, festivals & high-end tasting events, world-wide.

Passionate, grassroots engagement in local/state policy, equity programs & regulatory compliance to ensure companies meet their bottom line while giving back. Earning her place as a respected thought-leader -- with time-tested, unique sales initiatives & creative activations -- Luna has personally shaped the retail promotional landscape in CA, driving sell-through in both mainstream & niche markets.

"I will fight for your right to be weird -- just as I know you will fight for mine... This is the fast lane, folks... an...
09/27/2020

"I will fight for your right to be weird -- just as I know you will fight for mine... This is the fast lane, folks... and some of us like it here."
- Hunter S. Thompson
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#HealersNotDealers #BuyTheTicketTakeTheRide #Gonzo #SomewhereAroundBarstow #HunterSThompson

"I'm a relatively respectable citizen -- multiple felon perhaps -- but certainly not dangerous." - Hunter S. Thompson.✊🏼...
09/27/2020

"I'm a relatively respectable citizen -- multiple felon perhaps -- but certainly not dangerous."
- Hunter S. Thompson.
✊🏼
#HealersNotDealers #HunterSThompson #BuyTheTicketTakeTheRide #Gonzo #SomewhereAroundBarstow #BLM #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor
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"Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing. " - Hunter S. Thompson.  ✊#BuyTheTicketTakeTheRide #Gonzo...
09/27/2020

"Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing. " - Hunter S. Thompson.

#BuyTheTicketTakeTheRide #Gonzo #GenerationOfSwine #HealersNotDealers #SomewhereAroundBarstow

Important: "Licensed cannabis business operators in California must remain mindful of specific compliance regulations th...
08/24/2020
California Wildfires: Maintaining Compliant Cannabis Operations During Natural Disasters

Important: "Licensed cannabis business operators in California must remain mindful of specific compliance regulations that still apply to them during disasters.

Defining a Disaster: All 3 state-wide cannabis regulatory bodies (BCC/CalCannabis/MCSB) define “disaster” as a condition of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the state or a county, city and county, or city.

The cannabis regulatory bodies–BCC, CalCannabis, and Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch–list natural and man-made disasters caused by such conditions as:

Air pollution
Fire
Flood
Storm
Tidal wave
Epidemic
Riot
Drought
Terrorism
Sudden and severe energy shortage
Plant or animal infestation or disease
Governor’s warning of an earthquake or volcanic prediction, or an earthquake, or similar public calamity
Other than conditions resulting from a labor controversy, for which the Governor has proclaimed a state of emergency in accordance with Government Code sections 8558 and 8625, or for which a local governing body has proclaimed a local emergency in accordance with Government Code sections 8558 and 8630.

Compliance Requirements for Cannabis Businesses During Disasters
Each cannabis licensing authority (BCC/CalCannabis/MCSB) can exercise its discretion to provide temporary relief from specific regulatory requirements and from other licensing requirements when allowed by law. Temporary relief from specific licensing requirements is issued for a reasonable amount of time in order to allow the cannabis business to recover from the disaster.

The three cannabis licensing authorities (BCC/CalCannabis/MCSB) are almost identical in most compliance requirements:

1. Requesting Relief and Inability to Comply Notification
If a licensee is unable to comply with any licensing requirements due to a disaster, the licensee may notify the relevant cannabis licensing authority (BCC/CalCannabis/MCSB) of an inability to comply and request relief from specific licensing requirements. For Bureau licensees, this can be done by submitting the Notification and Request Form, BCC-LIC-027 (New 10/18).

2. Moving Cannabis Goods Immediately (Without Prior Permission)
Wildfires, like many disasters, are unpredictable. If there isn’t any time to secure permission and the licensee needs to move any cannabis goods stored on the licensed premises to another location immediately to prevent loss, theft, or degradation of the cannabis goods from the disaster, the licensee may move the cannabis goods without obtaining prior approval from the relevant cannabis licensing authority only if the following conditions are met:

The cannabis goods are moved to a secure location where access to the cannabis goods can be restricted to the licensee, its employees, and contractors;

The licensee notifies the relevant cannabis licensing authority (BCC/CalCannabis/MCSB) in writing that the cannabis goods have been moved and that the licensee is requesting relief from complying with specific licensing requirements pursuant to subsection (a) of this section within 24 hours of moving the cannabis goods;

The licensee agrees to grant the Bureau access to the location where the cannabis goods have been moved to for inspection; and

The licensee submits in writing to the relevant cannabis licensing authority (BCC/CalCannabis/MCSB) a request for temporary relief that clearly indicates what statutory and regulatory sections relief is requested from, the time period for which the relief is requested, and the reasons relief is needed for the specified amount of time. The request for temporary relief must be submitted varies by the cannabis licensing authority, and must be submitted:

BCC licensees: Within 14 calendar days of moving the cannabis goods.
CalCannabis licensees: Within 10 calendar days of moving the cannabis goods
MCSB licensees: Within 10 calendar days of moving the cannabis goods
3. Inapplicability of Certain Regulations
As per the disaster relief regulations of each licensing authority, licensees facing the threat of disasters shall not be subject to an enforcement action for a violation of a licensing requirement in which the licensee has received temporary relief.

As per §5038 (g) of the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s Regulations, licensed premises that has been vacated by a Bureau licensee due to a disaster shall not be deemed to have been abandoned or quit under section 5022 of the Bureau’s regulations. Similarly, as per §8207 (g) of the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing regulations, a licensed premises that has been vacated by a CalCannabis licensee due to a disaster shall not be deemed to have been surrendered, abandoned, or quit as per section 8208 of the CalCannabis regulations."

Cannabis business operators in California must still comply with certain regulations that apply to them during wildfires and other disasters.

08/17/2020

BRANDS: Seeking to add your METRC/licensed products to a Subscription box? A HUGE CA Brand is delivering direct-to-consumer... Every month they feature a new edible, vape, flower, and pre-roll company - right now they're heavily learning into FLOWER. DM to contact.
Participating brands include: Level Brands, Kahna, Pantry Edibles, Henry's Original, Atlas Edibles, Sonder, Ervana, Creme Genetics, Wanna Brands, Rove, Heavy Hitters Gummies, 9 Tree Organics, Wyld Gummies, Good Brands, Canndescent, Elefante, Lola Lola, Clayborne, Pure Vape, Cobra Extracts, Sticky Vape, Grizzly Peak, Ocean Cannabis, LoudPack, Cream of the Crop, Besito, DomPen, Plus Gum, Zofo, etc.

08/11/2020

C.A. CANNABIS RETAILERS: I'm onboarding retailers / deliveries to participate in a FREE CANNABIS compassion program that donates very high-quality flower to those with CA medical cards.

Interested? E-mail [email protected] or tag ideal folks in comments, below.

Thanks!

02/07/2020
FlowerHire: Luna Stower Interview

Thanks for having me FlowerHire!

VIDEO: "In #FlowerHire’s latest 'Sunset Session,' our Founder/CEO Dave sits down with longtime industry insider Luna Stower to discuss the challenges facing legacy medical operators adapting to the realities of CA's legal cannabis industry, highlighting some positive progress the community's making to build a sustainable, equitable, and profitable industry." #HealersNotDealers

In FlowerHire’s latest Sunset Session, our Founder and CEO Dave Belsky sits down with long time industry insider Luna Stower to discuss the challenges facing…

My interview on CA Cannabis w/ Marijuana Business Daily outlines the challenging regulatations of Prop 64, 2 yrs into "l...
01/30/2020
California recreational marijuana in crisis after two years

My interview on CA Cannabis w/ Marijuana Business Daily outlines the challenging regulatations of Prop 64, 2 yrs into "legalization":

"Local control and bans, along with high taxes, have combined to offer those working outside the legal framework an opening to exploit: They can continue selling at a lower price point than licensed retailers and without much overhead.

Oakland-based cannabis consultant Luna Stower – and others with established roots in California’s 24-year-old medical marijuana market – saw much of this coming in 2016, when Proposition 64 was on the ballot to legalize recreational cannabis in the state.

Stower was worried the new state law would create a “bastardized version” of California’s extensive MMJ market.

“I knew what Prop 64 would do was effectively kill the traditional market… All my friends and family voted against it,” Stower recalled. “I had a ton of dread and trepidation, and it was worse than I could have ever expected.”

Two years into the new legal MJ market, Stower’s fears have largely come to pass.

She became one of many employees laid off in the industry last year when she lost her job with Jetty Extracts in Oakland. However, Stower still does contract work with the manufacturer. All these challenges combined raise questions about what went wrong and why, and how might the industry map a strategy forward?"...

Keep reading the artcile, here: https://mjbizdaily.com/california-recreational-marijuana-in-crisis-after-two-years/

Two years after the passing of Prop 64, the market for California recreational marijuana is in crisis. Industry insiders feel that the problems stem from 3 factors.

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01/23/2020

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01/09/2020
bdsanalytics.com

BDS Analytics just released a report on the current Vape Pen market trends, post-"Vape-Gate":

- The EVALI-related deaths were the result of ILLICIT market cannabis vape products, NOT those from tested, regulated legal cannabis markets.*

- Cannabis Vape sales experienced a significant downturn following the Aug. 23, 2019 CDC announcement of the first death from E-cigarette Vaping Product Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI).

- The crisis grew quickly with 2,290 cases in 49 states (47 deaths in 25 states & D.C.) from Aug. 23--Nov. 20.

- Impact on monthly sales in AZ, CA, CO, NV and OR were $160 Million August '19, plummeting 21% to $126 M in Sept. and a further 5% in Oct to $119 M.

- Cannabis Vapes are a major product category, earning an ~ $1.6 billion in sales in '18. '19 sales, prior to EVALI were forecast to reach $2.5 B in sales, and $10.6 B by 2024.

* EVALI underscores the importance & urgency behind enacting federal legalization & implementation of a regulatory framework that enables legal operation to replace the illicit market.

EVALI will likely have a continued impact on legal cannabis Vape sales in the near term, gated by the continued testing of EVALI patients, development of testing protocols for legal Vapes, potential moves by state regulators and, most importantly, whether consumers who were purchasing Vape products in the illicit market will decide to purchase instead from legal sources...

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Congratulations Luna!!!