Female Pot Farmers Arrested For Forcibly Detaining Workers


The state’s growing regions can be dangerous.

Here’s your daily round-up of pot-news, excerpted from the newsletter WeedWeek. Download WeedWeek’s free 2016 election guide here.

Two women were arrested for detaining four brothers on a California pot farm and forcing them to work for six months. In Colorado, 14 Chinese nationals were arrested at an illegal grow. Authorities are investigating whether they were “labor trafficked.”

In SFWeekly, I recommended that the industry adopt an abuse-free product certification to curtail worker exploitation.

Denverite talks to African-Americans trying to make inroads in Colorado’s industry.

If California legalizes, it could multiply the amount of venture capital going into the industry. Entrepreneur offers tips on how to succeed in the cannabis economy.

Ohio attorneys now have permission to work with cannabis business clients. There’s a complicated dispute in Puerto Rico over who which inventory tracking software company will win the government contract for the U.S. territory’s MED program.

Macleans has a big feature on the Canadian industry. Weed prices have spiked in Colombia following a major trucker strike. Irish cannabis pharma company GreenLight Medicines secured €500,000 in funding.

In Washington, Friday is the most popular day to buy.

Rand Corporation behavioral scientist Elizabeth J. D’Amico writes on what your kids need to know about pot, “ legalized or not.” She co-authored a study that found teens exposed to marijuana advertising are more likely to use.

A study linked teenage drug and alcohol use to poor sleep habits in young men. Vice explains, “ Why you don’t dream after smoking weed.”

Oregon faces a product testing crisis.

The Boston Globe speaks with patients who use MED for their chronic pain. An Illinois judge ordered the state to add post-operative chronic pain to the list of qualifying MED conditions.

The Analytical Scientist released a “ mini-magazine” on cannabis science.

Fifteen percent of Portuguese 15 and 16 year olds copped to using, twice the rate as when stricter laws were in place. Across Europe, teenage cannabis use is on the rise. PRI visits Barcelona’s smoking clubs.