In Maryland, Black lawmakers are furious that the state is moving forward to award dispensary licenses, despite outrage that none of the initial grow licenses were given to African-Americans.
MED won a substantial victory in South Africa.
Cannabis private equity firm Privateer Holdings, which has raised $122M, has its eye on overseas markets.
The Financial Times does a deep dive into how the alcohol industry thinks about cannabis.
The New York Times visits a Washington grow that’s experimenting with energy efficient lights. Theworld’s largest marijuana factory could be built in Alberta. USAToday explores the $25 billion business opportunity in California.
The Texas Standard explains the huge proposed jump in CBD-oil business fees.
Due to safety concerns, Denver’s new social use rule will not include bars and other establishments with liquor licenses. Bar owners are not happy.
The NYTImes asks whether insurers will pay for patients’ MED.
The Onion weighs in on the possibility that weed weakens heart muscles.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has strengthened language confirming that marijuana users can’t buy guns.
The Inlander tells the story of Isaiah Wall, a teenaged police informant who ended up dead.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, recommended that all drugs should be decriminalized.
Cannabis should be legalized, according to an new report from the Adam Smith Institute, a U.K. think tank. It has the equivalent of bipartisan support.
In Scotland, a court accepted a man’s explanation that his £25,000 in plants are for personal consumption.
Air travelers out of Fairbanks, Alaska can keep their weed, the TSA confirmed.
A barely-clothed model was hired to serve as a charcuterie platter during an industry party in Las Vegas. A photograph of her covered in what looks like salami, prosciutto and other cold cuts sparked some outrage. (Robert Weakley, CEO of Altai Brands, took responsibility and apologized.)
The owner of Med-West, a San Diego extraction company that was raided by local authorities in January is seeking a return of his frozen assets. $324,000 cash was seized during the raid. No criminal charges have been filed.
Police departments are becoming more tolerant of applicants’ past pot smoking.
Las Vegas police said they would still pursue possession arrests, though the district attorney said they wouldn’t be prosecuted.
With Trump’s election, federal inmates incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses fear their window to win clemency is closing. “Some of these people are bad dudes,” Trump said at an August rally “These are people out walking the streets. Sleep tight, folks.”
CBS tells the story of Harry Anslinger, a leading figure in passing the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which made it illegal.
The New Yorker sent Adrian Chen to the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte is waging a brutal drug war. The article is subtly titled “ When a Populist Demagogue Takes Over.”
In California, police are concerned about home grows.
Vice learns how to make “ the most potent weed oil.”
The Washington Post recommends four books to understand the new weed reality. They include Marijuana: A Short History, by John Hudak, Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto, Sacred Bliss: A Spiritual History of Cannabis by Mark S. Ferrara and Cooking with Cannabis by Laurie Goldrich.
The New Yorker published a pot-industry cartoon. It isn’t especially funny.
It’s not the first time this has happened.
Charlotte police said the appearance that Keith Lamont Scott was holding a marijuana “blunt” led them to escalate the encounter, before an officer fatally shot Scott.
More stringently, in other words.
Researchers at UCSF argue that the cannabis industry should be regulated more like tobacco than alcohol, for public health reasons. Sales should be “subject to a robust demand reduction program modeled on successful evidence-based tobacco control programs,” they write.
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One of the darkest examples of the consequences of cannabis prohibition is the rise in recent years of synthetic marijuana alternatives, such as the all-too-popular brand K2, or “Spice”.
Although these so-called “synthetic cannabinoids”, intended to simulate the effects of real weed, are already banned in many states, and have been the focus of several high-profile DEA raids of late, the creators of the chemical mixtures simply alter their recipes ever so slightly to sidestep law enforcement and prosecution.
Advocates Outraged; Vow To Reverse New Law With A Referendum
Barring a miracle, all medical marijuana dispensaries will be banned from Long Beach, California on August 12.
|Surprise, surprise! More gutless non-leadership from the Party of No|
Here we go again. A marijuana dispensary ban will be considered at Los Angeles City Hall tomorrow, Tuesday, May 29. The L.A. City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee will look at the proposed ban.