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US (CA): Wine helps with cannabis classification

By next year, California will start considering appellations for cannabis, similar to the AVA system for wine. So the question will soon be, where is the Napa Valley of cannabis?

It's fascinating because Napa Valley Vintners are very supportive of appellations for cannabis – as long as those cannabis growers Stay Off My Lawn. NVV has even worked with the Wine Institute and the cannabis Origins Council to help create some of the proposed regulations.

"It appears California is going to create the cannabis appellation system. Fair enough," said NVV spokesman Rex Stults. "We want to make sure it's got teeth. That it's real, and it's strong. If it's hogwash it's not good for any appellation systems. It's not good for AVAs. We think California needs to get it right and we're offering our experience with AVAs going back to 1981 to help them do it."

Genine Coleman, founder and executive director of the Origins Council, said a lot of research is needed to show the impact of terroir on cannabis. But she says California has already discovered several distinctive sites that could end up as officially sanctioned cannabis appellations.


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