It wasn’t so long ago that the idea of legal, recreational marijuana in California was simply a pipe dream. For those of us who grew up with the war on drugs and “just say no,” the idea that one day recreational marijuana would be a legal and regulated industry in California seemed pretty far-fetched. Khalil Moutawakkil grew up in Santa Cruz during this time, and like many of his contemporaries he had an appreciation for the cannabis plant that wouldn’t be dampened by its legal status.
When medicinal marijuana became legal in California in 1996, the cannabis industry began to come out of the shadows. As of January 1, 2018 recreational cannabis use became legal in California, and it seems as though everyone today is talking about this new era in cannabis cultivation, production, sales, and consumption. One person that talks about it more than most is Khalil Moutawakkil, and I was fortunate to be able to speak with him about this new era of cannabis use in California.
Khalil Moutawakkil is one of the founders of Kind People’s Collective, based in Santa Cruz, California. Kind People’s Collective became the first state-legal cannabis dispensary in Santa Cruz county, and they received the first 8 of 20 licenses granted by California’s Bureau fo Cannabis Control. In addition, they obtained one of the first three cultivation licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. When it comes to the booming and rapidly evolving legal, recreational cannabis industry in California, Khalil Moutawakkil knows what he’s talking about.
In a way, California’s nascent legal cannabis industry is like the California gold rush of 1849, with thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars pouring into the industry. In the podcast discussion, Khalil likens it to a tech boom. With the potential to generate billions of dollars in yearly revenues, it’s no surprise that the industry is receiving such intense interest from so many entrepreneurs and investors. So tune in, turn on, and learn about the past, present, and future of California’s legal cannabis industry.
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