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Editorial
President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to end net neutrality. As John Oliver put it, net neutrality prevents internet providers like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from engaging “in any sort of fuckery that limits or manipulates the choices you make online.
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POLITICS
Anti-cannabis U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions implied a cannabis crackdown may be in the works. Without providing details he said the Justice Department is, “Looking very hard [at whether to go after legal states.] In fact, we had meetings yesterday and talked about it at some length,” Session said the department seeks a “rational” policy and reiterated his opposition to cannabis use. For more see Axios.
Former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele predicted any attempt at a crackdown would backfire. “In one sense, I’m like, ‘Go ahead, Jeff. Do your thing, baby. Bring it. Because you’ll have 18 states lining up to bring an immediate lawsuit pushing back on your crackdown,'” Steele told Civilized. “And that really blows up the conversation at the federal level.”
The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which protects state legal MED from federal prosecution, could expire Friday.
Despite support from Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R), the cannabis industry’s push to end hated tax rule 280E failed to be included in the sweeping tax bill the U.S. Senate passed last night. The bill needs to be reconciled with a version passed by the house before heading to the president’s desk. (New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman calls it “The Biggest Tax Scam in History.”)
CNBC explains how the tax bill could accelerate legalization.
MJBIz Daily has an FAQ on what California businesses need to know about the new state rules.
Rolling Stone looks at California’s truth in labelling requirement, and how it could help small farmers. New California rules also complicate selling cannabis at festivals and other events.
San Francisco passed rules for REC; Sales will begin January 5. Oakland passed rules for local regulation. Sacramento may try to create a racial equity program.
Wealthy, liberal Marin County, rejected all ten dispensary applications. In Bakersfield, a high-profile cannabis opponent is suing two people who revealed he has a MED card.
Michigan Republican consultant Scott Greenlee, announced a group which will oppose REC in Michigan. He said it has a broad-base of support but declined to say who’s bankrolling it. New Jersey towns skeptical of REC legalization have joined together to study the issue. (For more on New Jersey see here.) Michigan and New Jersey could both legalize next year.
Sixty-two percent of New Yorkers support legalizing MED, a poll found.
Washington state may allow limited home growing.
Legalization in New Jersey could disrupt Pennsylvania’s MED program. Departing N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (R), called pot taxes “blood money.
Several of Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates favor legal REC. (WeedWeek Forum recently published a piece on how to legalize in Connecticut.)
There’s some friction over the date for Oklahoma’s MED vote next year.
Some New Jersey Democrats are skeptical of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s (D) plan to legalize rapidly. Philly cannabis activist and writer Chris Goldstein writes about anti-legalization Democrats.
MED sales began in Marylandbut supply is short. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), demanded CBD products be removed from stores in 60 days.
Despite some confusing reports, President Trump aide Kellyanne Conway is not a new opioid crisis czar. David Frum at The Atlantic sees the political operative’s involvement in the crisis as a sign of the administration’s unseriousness on the issue. “It’s very difficult to imagine what relevant assets Conway could bring to the opioid czar job, even if it existed,” he writes.
Canada’s House of Commons passed the REC bill and the Senate has begun to debate. Some conservatives have vowed to fight legalization during what’s expected to be a months-long process. Some cities in British Columbia have begun to work on regulations. The province is expected to release rules early next year.
In Italy, the army has a monopoly on MED, and only produces one low-THC strain, The Washington Post explains. The Guardian studies Holland’s cannabis laws.
The state of South Australia, banned driving by MED patients with cannabis in their systems.
A court in Georgia, the nation, decriminalized.
BUSINESS
Canada’s industry appears to be entering a consolidation phase. Vice looks at Canadian MED producer CanniMed Therapeutics’ attempt to stave off a hostile takeover by Aurora Cannabis, a larger competitor.
Quartz explains how Canada will measure legalization’s economic impact. A report found eliminating Canada’s illegal market could hurt the national economy.
Canadian permit applications continue to climb. Former cops are moving into the country’s industry. Leafly tells how MED company Cronos Group, became the largest employer in a small Ontario town.
Canadian company CannaRoyalty said it will acquire California companies Kaya Management, which holds rights to Bhang vaporizer products and Alta Supply, a California distributor.
U.S. investors are looking to Canadian cannabis stocks which already have far higher market capitalizations than their American counterparts.
After failing to secure the necessary approvals from the Federal Reserve of Kansas City, Colorado’s Fourth Corner Credit Union is back with a more modest plan to bank the industry.
Julie Weed, at Forbes, has more on the industry’s ongoing bank woes.
Representatives of a Nevada gaming panel don’t know what to do about federal cannabis laws in the state where REC is legal. They’ll reconvene next year to discuss cannabis conventions.
Beleaguered tech company MassRoots entered a partnership with market research firm New Frontier. Deal terms and what the partnership would entail were not disclosed.
Enterprise software company MJFreeway disclosed it was involved in yet another cyberattack, this one in November 2016.
Ohio announced the winners of large-grow licenses choosing 12 companies out of 109 applicants. Winners include a former spokesman for Gov. John Kasich (R).
A judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit against an aspiring pot farm in Yamhill County, Ore. The N.Y. Times published a story about the nasty dispute in September.
Cannabis real estate investment trust Innovative Industrial Properties agreed to buy an Arizona property for $15M.
Jamaican farmers worry foreign companies will be legalization’s only beneficiaries.
Ozy takes another look at a bullish report on the European market. The report comes from Prohibition PartnersU.K. CBD use is on the rise.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, urged Health and Human Services Department nominee Alex Azar, to support MED as a way to mitigate the opioid crisis.
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Posted by | November 25, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to end net neutrality. As John Oliver put it, net neutrality prevents internet providers like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from engaging “in any sort of fuckery that limits or manipulates the choices you make online.
In an L.A. Times, Op-Ed, net neutrality supporter and FCC member Jessica Rosenworcel (D) writes:
“Net neutrality is the right to go where you want and do what you want on the internet without your broadband provider getting in the way. It means your broadband provider can’t block websites, throttle services or charge you premiums if you want to reach certain online content.”
The end of net neutrality could also make life more difficult for a federally illegal industry like cannabis.
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POLITICS
Rob Kampia, a longtime leader of the legalization movement, is stepping aside as director of Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which he co-founded in 1995. He will transition into a newly created strategic role.
Leafly’s Bruce Barcott asks whether past sexual harassment allegations explain Kampia’s abrupt move. A 2010 article in Washington (D.C.) City Paper headlined “The Breast Massage Will Happen” enumerated complaints of suggestive behavior several weeks after he had taken a leave of absence for therapy.
I just think I’m hypersexualized,” Kampia told the Washington Post at the time. Since the 2010 City Paper article, “there have been no allegations of inappropriate behavior against Rob or anyone else at MPP that I’m aware of.” a MPP spokesperson wrote to Leafly.
Canada’s Liberal Party government released proposed rules for the cannabis industry. For more see here and here. Legalization still faces opposition from conservative lawmakers.
Massachusetts plans to release a draft of its REC rules by year end.
Colorado’s new rules, including a path to create public-private MED research partnerships, take effect January 1.
A Los Angeles City Council committee approved rules on licensing, operations and other topics. Following industry concerns, the rules would allow provisional licenses for existing growers and manufacturers during the licensing period.
A new appropriations bill would lift the ban on a cannabis industry in D.C., where voters approved REC in 2014. But House Republicans continue to block the national industry from accessing banks.
Caregivers in Maine say new rules aren’t as bad as they expected.
Reuters profiles Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), a REC supporter who’s challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in 2018. Arizona voters oppose REC, according to a new poll.
In a speech, Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen (D), said, “When you put DEA agents and justice department officials to work on people who are selling marijuana; you are taking them away from people who are selling meth, crack, cocaine and heroin — opioids,” Cohen also criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his hardline stance on cannabis.
Sessions’ Justice Department is ending the Obama administration’s practice of changing policy through “guidance memos.” Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said the department would “proactively work to rescind existing guidance documents that go too far.” It wasn’t clear what this means for the 2013 “Cole Memo,” which enabled state legal marijuana industries to grow without fear of prosecution.
Dominic Corva, a scholar of cannabis and social policy, discussed equity programswith S.F. Weekly.
A bill in India proposes REC legalization.
BUSINESS
Privateer Holdings, parent company of web site Leafly, cannabis brand Marley Natural and Canadian MED producer Tilray, announced some layoffs, a few weeks after Leafly laid off 13 percent of its staff.
Privateer also called a lawsuit filed against the company by Master P “nonsense.” The suit alleges Privateer backed out of an agreement to distribute the rapper’s cannabis brand.
Ousted MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich is waging a proxy fight to remove three of the company’s directors — including Tripp Keber, CEO of edibles company Dixie, and Ean Seeb, co-founder of consulting firm Denver Relief — and the interim CEO. Dietrich, 25, remains the company’s largest shareholder. Dietrich told the Cannabist that he was “extorted based upon false and misleading information into giving up the company.”
LeafLink, an online commerce platform for dispensaries, raised $10M from investors including Nosara Capital, Snoop Dogg’s firm Casa Verde, and tech investor Lerer Hippeau Ventures.
Canada’s Aurora Cannabis launched a hostile takeover bid for fellow MED producer CanniMed.
Canada will calculate legalization’s economic impact using this equation, Bloomberg reports.
The Motley Fool says cannabis stocks are “destroying shareholder value.
Civilized suggests the industry is becoming less friendly to female executives, a phenomenon known as the “grass ceiling.” “Nobody cared when the dispensaries owned by the women in Colorado who started this industry were worth $2 million,” Wanda James, the first black dispensary owner in Colorado said. “But now that they’re 15- or 20-million dollar companies, a lot of the board members – i.e. men – are saying, ‘You can’t handle it from here on in.”
The industry is excited about Michigan, where more than 250,000 patients hold recommendations, second only to California. The state could vote on REC next year. But MED enforcement in the state remains “hazy.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at challenges the industry faces in Pennsylvania.
Cannabis is becoming a more important cash crop in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
All but one of the Florida MED office’s 35 hirees are processing patient ID cards. The state MED czar’s office blamed lawsuits for delays in implementing MED laws.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
A study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions found heart failure patients who used cannabis were less likely to die in the hospital than abstainers. The researchers had hypothesized the opposite. The study has not yet been peer-reviewed.
The Journal of the American Medical Association calls inadequate blinding of placebo controlled trials “the Achilles Heel of MED research.
The DEA is finalizing schedule II status for a synthetic THC drug called Syndros. The drug was developed by Arizona pharmaceutical firm Insys Therapeutics which opposed REC in the state. Last month, Insys’ billionaire founder John Kapoor was charged with racketeering and fraud related to the company’s marketing of a fentanyl oral spray.
The Conversation explains how science and technology assist with cannabis growing.
GQ calls CBD, “the drug you can do at work.
California’s fish and wildlife department will award $1.3M to four sites cleaning up illegal cannabis grows.
Pennsylvania released a list of doctors eligible to prescribe MED.
Podcast Science Vs. asks whether ecstasy is a “scary drug or promising therapy.
A Swedish court ruled a man paralyzed from the chest down can’t grow his own MED. Ireland issued its first MED license for treating pain.
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POLITICS
California released its hotly anticipated regulations for the REC market, while much of the industry was at MJBizCon in Las Vegas. (For more on MJBizCon see here.) The rules total nearly 300 pages and came out of theBureau of Cannabis Control as well as the state Food and Agriculture andPublic Health departments.
The new rules do not follow previous iterations which limited grows to one acre until 2023, as a way to nurture smaller businesses. California Growers Association head Hezekiah Allen, who represents many smaller growers, called the rule a “catastrophe” and has started a petition to oppose it.
Also of note: Delivery businesses will be allowed to apply for licenses; Cannabis can’t be transported by drones and self-driving cars and; Edibles will be limited to 100 mg of THC in 10 mg doses.
Canna Law Blog’s Hilary Bricken weighs in on the rules here. She also discusses what California law means for the existing collective business model.
Canna Law Blog’s Daniel Shortt says President Donald Trump “seems not to care much one way or the other about cannabis legalization.”
Republican state assemblyman and former California Highway Patrolman Tom Lackey has become a “go to Republican” on regulatory issues.
REC won’t be available in San Francisco on January 1 after a vote on regulations was delayed. San Jose will allow REC sales next year.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D), a legalization opponent, wants high pot taxes. The blog’s Daniel
The N.Y. Daily News profiles the politician who could stop REC in New Jersey.
Michigan legalization activists are submitting a petition with 360,000 signatures for a REC vote in 2018. Some Michigan gubernatorial candidatessupport it.
A New Hampshire House committee rejected a REC bill. The Arkansas National Guard warned against MED use.
Ohio Supreme Court Judge and pro-cannabis gubernatorial candidate Bill O’Neill (D) bragged about his sexual history. And told his critics to “lighten up.”
Colorado-neighbor Wyoming moved to tighten its cannabis laws.
While testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Attorney General Jeff Sessions had an opportunity to defend his 2016 comment that “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” Without apologizing he said it should be understood in the context of 1981. Sessions also clarified his belief that heroin is more dangerous than cannabis. “It’s a little odd when a guy’s anti-weed but seems to forget every conversation he’s ever had,” about Russia, Jimmy Fallon Quipped.
Changing 280E, the provision which over-taxes cannabis businesses relative to federally legal businesses, got nowhere close to the tax billHouse Republicans passed this week.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte on his human rights record. Trump declined to answer whether he brought up human rights with the strongman who has been internationally condemned for extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs.
Canada’s Justice Department calls REC regulation an “ongoing source of uncertainty.”
BUSINESS
Lawsuits!
Master P is suing Leafly-parent company Privateer Holdings for $25M, alleging it backed out of a deal to distribute his cannabis brand, Master P’s Trees. Master P alleges Privateer strung him along to gain insight “into the urban and hip-hop demographic of cannabis users.” Privateer did not respond to TMZ or WeedWeek’s requests for comment.
Two former employees have hit upscale Oregon dispensary chain Serra with a $550,000 lawsuit alleging they were fired after reporting their supervisor for packaging untracked shake, a violation of state rules. Serra declined to comment to Willamette Week.
Baker, the “Salesforce of cannabis,” which helps dispensaries maintain relationships with customers, acquired competitor Grassworks for undisclosed terms. Denver-based Baker is now in 850 dispensaries nationwide.
Cannabis prices are falling, The Economist says.
Software company BioTrackTHC provided a patch as Washington transitions to a new seed to sale system.
Canadian pot stocks have soared since alcohol company Constellation invested in producer Canopy Growth. Canadian pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart is hiring a marijuana brand manager.
Mendocino County, Calif. growers say the “firestorm of capitalism” has been worse for their genetics than the wildfires.
Canopy Growth announced a partnership with O.Pen Vape’s parent company, and Dutch Company Green House Seeds to bring those brands into the Canadian market.
Canadian producer Aurora launched a “potentially hostile” takeover bid for competitor CanniMed. The stock deal would value CanniMed at C$600M a 57% premium on its pre-news close. CanniMed didn’t announce whether it would accept the offer. Instead it said it would acquire Newstrike Resources, a company developing the Up Cannabis brand with the Tragically Hip.
(A recent WeedWeek Forum piece argues Canada has a branding problem.)
Colorado cannabis executive Todd Mitchem dropped his Libertarian Party bid for Congress.
The Verge reports “Big Vape” (e-cigarettes) is following the Big Tobacco playbook and marketing to kids.
Two Canadian former ex-senior cops, one of whom has compared marijuana to murder, are opening a cannabis business.
In Michigan, employers don’t know what to do about MED.
Greece hopes MED will boost the national economy.
Quebec will sell cannabis online through the agency which runs its booze shops.
Business Insiders 19 New York Start-Ups to watch, include indoor agriculture company Bowery.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
A medical school professor criticized New Jersey Gov. and national opioid commission chair Chris Christie (R) for warning Trump about MED. “Some experts say the commission’s fixation on marijuana was bizarre and troubling,” CNN reports.
A University of New Mexico study found access to MED may reduce opioid addiction.
Business Insider runs through the research and decides “alcohol’s effects seem markedly more extreme — and riskier — than marijuana’s.”
Three female Michigan eighth graders were hospitalized after unwittingly eating Cookie Crisp cereal doused in cannabis oil. A ninth-grader is in custody. The three patients appeared to have made full recoveries.
This week, headlines of the first fatal marijuana overdose appeared after a report on the death of a Colorado 11-month old living in an unstable situation. A causal relationship has not been established, the Washington Post reports.
Without federal guidance, testing companies may be tempted to fudge the numbers, Chemical & Engineering News reports. Growers, for example, can shop around for labs which offer generous potency scores.
A University of Florida study will examine how MED affects patients with HIV.
Canadian company RavenQuest BioMed announced a cannabis genetics study in partnership with McGill University.
A nurses group says Arizona MED access is too expensive.
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POLITICS
Phil Murphy (D), a progressive former investment banker, won the New Jersey gubernatorial race, leading to speculation that the Garden State could legalize REC by April. If so it would be the first state to fully legalize through the legislature and would make REC available across the rivers from New York City and Philadelphia respectively.
Ralph Northam (D), a physician who supports decriminalization, won Virginia’s gubernatorial race.
Detroiters passed two proposals to make life easier for dispensaries in the city. Local ballot initiatives in California fared well.
Rolling Stone reports on the transition to REC in California. Unnamed insiders called the process “Precarious.” “Disarray,” “Evolving,” “Complicated,” “Compartmentalized,” “Chaotic,” “Uncertainty,” “Clusterfuck,” “Capricious” and “a shitshow.”
S.F. Weekly discusses the transition with longtime Humboldt growers Tim Blake and Kevin Jodrey.
Two former San Francisco city supervisors are teaming up to support the city’s cannabis industry. For more see here.
In Massachusetts, the legalization movement’s social justice and pro-business oriented factions are at odds.
Reason’s Jacob Sullum weighs in on Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) veto of a state bill to regulate REC. Vermont could legalize through the legislature next year.
Maryland’s MED commissioner resigned for unspecified reasons. He’s the second to leave in two years.
President Trump will visit the Philippines this week and meet with President Rodrigo Duterte whose drug war has resulted in thousands of extra-judicial killings.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has started a political action committee (PAC) to defeat anti-cannabis candidates. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) takes on the industry-hated 280E tax rule.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said employees in safety-sensitive positions can’t test positive for cannabis, even if it’s legally obtained.
Pew Trusts’ Stateline looks into the nowhere to consume issue.
Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein asks ‘Why no politicians are championing legalization?’ Though the assertion isn’t quite correct, he attributes it to lack of organized pressure for legalization, and lack of faith that public opinion won’t shift back against the plant.
Canada’s Senate is the last obstacle to legalizing REC nationwide next year. The New York Times looks at what Canada still has to do before REC comes online.
Ireland is still weighing MED. Luxembourg could allow MED as well.
Five years after Colorado and Washington legalized REC, Leafly asks what we’ve learned.
BUSINESS
MJBizDaily reports on the crisis at MassRoots. In recent weeks the company fired CEO and founder Isaac Dietrich for undisclosed reasons, and then saw its bid to acquire CannaRegs for $12M fall apart.
In the first half of 2017, MassRoots saw its net loss jump fivefold year over year to $19.1M while revenue plunged more than 50%, to below $300k. The stock is down 80% this year.
MJBiz expects a big turnout at this week’s convention in Vegas. If you see me there, say hi.
Software company MJ Freeway suffered another outage.
The Chicago Tribune calls booze company Constellation Brands’ investment in Canadian grower Canopy Growth “one of the year’s most intriguing business deals.” Seeking Alpha weighs in as well.
Investors applauded a proposal to tax Canadian pot at $1 a gram or 10 cents on the dollar. But Alberta objects to splitting the proceeds evenly between the provinces and the federal government. The provinces should receive more since they’re doing more work, Alberta’s Finance Minister argues.
Colorado company LivWell took a “significant” stake in Alberta producer 51st Parallel.
Bloomberg says female cannabis entrepreneurs are getting pushed aside as the industry grows.
Leafly laid off 15, about 13% of its workforce. The company also named its new CEO and promoted the previous CEO, to COO of parent company Privateer Holdings.
Seventeen Canadian companies made recommendations on cannabis branding which they say are stricter than the rules for alcohol. Canada’s Financial Post says the “suits” are taking over the industry.
MJBiz asks whether advertising on billboards makes sense for cannabis companies.
California state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang (D) released recommendations for banking the industry.
Fortune explains why California pot taxes may be so high. The AP has more. Some California municipalities want to tax destroyed cannabis crops.
Colorado cannabis sales held strong at $136M+ in September. Sales for the first nine months of 2017 topped $1.16 billion according to the Cannabist, up 19% year over year.
An exchange traded fund shifted its focus from Latin American real estate to cannabis, annoying some investors.
The Motley Fool recommends “three cheapest marijuana stocks.”
Leafly explains why cannabis and cryptocurrency haven’t quite gelled.
Michael Llamas, the 33-year old former CEO of Medical Marijuana Inc. died in San Diego when he crashed his lime green lamborghini into a palm tree. Llamas resigned as CEO in 2012 after he was indicted in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme. Last year he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and was due for sentencing next month.
L.A. grower THC Design is releasing a cannabis powder.
The new owners of newspaper L.A. Weekly include cannabis attorney David Welch, but deny any deeper ties to the industry. Brian Calle, the libertarian former editor of the Orange County Register’s opinion page, will lead editorial.
Cannabis media is growing, but in Mexico the government denied a license to cannabis magazine Cañamo. The above Columbia Journalism Review article introduced me to the site LadyBud.
Science writer Gary Robbins will lead cannabis coverage at the San Diego Union Tribune.
Snoop Dogg’s venture capital firm Casa Verde invested in Cannalysis, a testing start-up.
A massive, tribe-owned dispensary outside Vegas opened a drive-thru dispensary.
Israel wants to export MED worldwide. Australian cannabis stocks are performing well.
Cannabis science jobs pay well CNN reports, and master growers can make more than $200,000 a year.
Colorado is partnering with Lyft to reduce driving while high.
Pot companies in the state struggle to find charities who’ll accept their donations.
Oregon delivery service Briteside parodies pharmaceutical ads in a new video. “Ask your doctor if cannabis is right for you,” it concludes. “It probably is.”
HEALTH & SCIENCE
The Cannifornian reports on veterans who use MED. An American Legion survey found 22 percent of veterans do.
At least two Pennsylvania doctors who won permission to recommend MED have had their medical licenses suspended. One is in jail, charged with threatening to kill a U.S. Marshall.
A Vermont MED patient
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In a recent interview, Washington Post opinion writer Greg Sargent says, “President Trump openly rages at checks on his authoritarianism.”
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POLITICS
Pro-legalization Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) called out, “People that are privileged in society who smoke pot and just don’t feel like there’s any chance of consequences in their lives…Their indulging in that kind of behavior [and] not being a part of the activist community is hypocritical because there’s too many children, too many young people, too many people in my neighborhood and in my community who are suffering for doing the same thing that you’re doing.” See the whole Slate interview here.
Many California cities won’t be ready to license cannabis businesses by Jan. 1, when the state starts accepting applications.
A San Francisco panel suggested allowing consumption in dispensaries. The Chronicle looks at the city’s new equity proposal.
L.A. may allow unlicensed grows and manufacturers to continue operating while they apply for licenses. (Michigan agreed to something similar.) This week there’s a fundraiser in Downtown L.A. for growers affected by the wildfires.
Pro-cannabis congresswoman Dina Titus (D), who represents Las Vegas, said cannabis won’t be allowed in the casinos before federal legalization. With permanent legislation pending, Nevada extended emergency REC regulations.
The Atlantic explains the strict MED program in Hawaii, where cannabis is called pakalolo. Most homegrown in the state is tainted by pesticides and other contaminants, according to the lab Steep Hill Hawaii.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed the legislature’s REC bill, leaving big questions about the state’s REC rollout. The AP compares the legalization process across New England.
High Times explains the “misleading” effort to legalize REC in New York through a constitutional convention.
Florida lawmakers are tussling over smokeable MED.
A year before a likely MED vote, here’s a look at the state of cannabis in Oklahoma.
A survey by the American Legion found widespread support among veterans for cannabis legalization and research.
Trump ally and cannabis activist Roger Stone was suspended by Twitter after a series of insulting posts. He promised to sue.
According to Lift, a survey found Canada’s market may be much larger than the government expects. A bill in Ontario would legalize MED use in some hotel rooms.
Cannabis activists in the U.K. say the powerful tabloids’ anti-cannabis views are holding back legalization.
Under its newly formed government, Germany could be moving towards REC legalization. (Europe’s largest legal MED grow is in a nuclear bunker in southern Germany.)
Visiting French Guiana, French President Emmanuel Macron detected some weed and told kids it “won’t help with your school work.
BUSINESS
Beer and spirits company Constellation Brands will acquire 9.9% of Canopy Growth Corp. the world’s largest public cannabis company. The $191M deal values Ontario-based Canopy Growth at more than $1.7 billion.
Constellation CEO Rob Sands said New York-based Constellation plans to work with Canopy to develop drinks containing cannabis but not alcohol, but not sell them in the U.S. while cannabis is federally illegal. (Canada anticipates legalizing edibles in 2019.)
Canopy shares jumped on the news. The deal marks the first time a public U.S. company has invested in a plant-touching cannabis company. Canopy CEO Bruce Linton spoke to New Cannabis Ventures about the deal.
Pamela Johnston, who says she was fired from Nevada firm Electrum Partners for having cancer, has posted a video about her situation. “I think we’ve got a little of a Harvey Weinstein moment in the cannabis industry where you’ve got a lot of people willing to look the other way,” she said.
California approved Golden Bear Insurance Co., to be the state’s first insurer for cannabis businesses.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson (R), compared the cannabis industry to big tobacco, for targeting youth.
A new report from Fitch Ratings suggests REC taxes in California could reach 45%, pushing more consumers into the illegal market. For more see here.
Bloomberg looks at the “marijuana machine” as it rolls ahead into 2018.
National Law Review sees a trend in favor of MED users in employment cases.
California cannabusinesses looking for space face a landlord’s market. Weedmaps billboards have attracted opposition in Arizona.
The Cannabist takes us through enterprise software company MJ Freeway’s annus horribilis. Partially due to an MJFreeway delay, Washington has been operating without a seed to sale tracking system since November 1. Some question whether it’s necessary.
A Florida vendor is suing the state for choosing a competitor to produce the state’s patient ID cards. Rejected MED license applicants are suing Arkansas.
Canadian pot stocks had a good October. Alberta may be well positioned for the industry due to agricultural expertise, cheap land and the pro-business climate.
TV and cannabis personality Montel Williams is suing several Arizona companies for using his name in alleged CBD scams.
Some Nova Scotia farmers were annoyed by a talk on pot growing.
Checkpoint trays at SoCal’s Ontario airport remind travelers not to bring their stashwith them.
MJBizDaily asks if public banks can help the industry.
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HEALTH & SCIENCE
The FDA sent warning letters to four MED companies who it says claim their products cure cancer. Letter recipients included the Stanley Brothers, the Colorado company/family known for the Charlotte’s Web strain, which appeared in the CNN documentary Weed about a girl with severe seizures. For more see here. S
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Politics
Pro-legalization Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is trying to defeat anti-legalization Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Texas). “We’re going to be putting up some billboards in Pete Sessions’s district,” Blumenauer said. “It’s going to feature a veteran and ask the question why Pete Sessions doesn’t want him to have access to his medicine.”
New Jersey Senator and possible 2020 presidential contender Cory Booker (D) discussed why legalization is his signature issue. Current enforcement, he says, “makes a mockery” of equal justice under the law. Booker says he has never smoked cannabis or drank alcohol.
Massachusetts’ top cannabis regulator will be Shawn Collins, 31, an aide to State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) proposed pushing REC sales back to 2019. The proposal would scrap rulesa legislative committee has been working on for months. A pro-legalization group called those rules “not ready for prime time.
Buzzfeed visits an L.A. growing internship for veterans. The Air Force is reconsidering its ban on hemp consumption after an officer was court martialed for eating a granola bar.
As of Wednesday, northern California wildfires had destroyed 31 pot farms and the number is expected to climb. The fires did more damage to cannabis grows than vineyards. Some growers lost cash in the blazes. Snopes extinguishes rumors that drug cartels started the fires.
Crowdfunding site YouCaring shut down a fundraising campaign to benefit northern California growers. There’s a new campaign up at Nationbuilder.
The Boston Globe asks if towns which ban dispensaries should still get their share of tax revenue. Globe reporter Dan Adams then criticized Snoop Dogg’s media company, Merry Jane, for stealing the content of his story, “like a high school plagiarist.”
S.F. Weekly has a two-part series on how to make the industry work in San Francisco. (Part 1Part 2Two dispensaries face pushback in the city’s Excelsior neighborhood.
The L.A. Times looks at city efforts to create a racially equitable industry.
Las Vegas could loosen rules on selling cannabis paraphernalia.
California Senate President Pro Tempore and legalization supporter Kevin de León, a Democrat from L.A., will challenge legalization opponent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) in next year’s Democratic primary. Feinstein, 84, has been in office since 1992.
New York legalization activists are calling for a state constitutional convention.
Northern California’s Calaveras County may ban commercial grows.
On his November Asia trip, President Trump will meet with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte who has been condemned internationally for his violent war on drugs.
Michigan MED license applicants will have to prove cash on hand of up to $500,000. A proposed MED industrial park in Michigan would be the biggest east of the Mississippi. The Michigan House passed a bill to enable transporting MED.
Proposed new rules in New Mexico are designed to accommodate the fast-growing MED program.
Pennsylvania’s first MED crop has been planted. MED license applications have picked up in Arkansas.
New Jersey’s gubernatorial candidates disagree about legalization.
West Virginia has posted an online survey for prospective MED patients.
Administrators at an Illinois high school confiscated the school paper for covering teen marijuana use.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox called for REC legalization.
Peru’s congress passed a bill to legalize MED.
New Zealand’s new liberal Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called for a nationwide referendum on RECwithin the next three years. It would be the first country to hold such a vote. For more see here.
Australia’s ruling party opposes a bill to make MED access easier for terminally ill patients.
A U.N. body called Australia’s plan to drug test welfare recipients a “cheap shot.”
In Greece, a deputy agriculture minister called for REC legalization.
Business
Social app MassRoots fired CEO Isaac Dietrich. Following the news, CannaRegs pulled out of its planned $12M acquisition by MassRoots.
According to Viridian Capital Advisors, cannabis companies raised more than $1.8 billion in the first three quarters of 2017, up from $720M last year. The average deal size also increased from $3M to $6.7M.
Simon Property Group, the U.S.’s largest mall operator, wants to stop a dispensary from opening near its Franklin Mills property in Philadelphia.
The Paiute Tribe has opened what it calls the world’s largest dispensary, just north of the Las Vegas Strip.
Forty-two percent of cannabis businesses want to expand to new states in the next 12 months.
Canada’s largest stock exchange clarified that companies which do business in the U.S. could be delisted. Public MED producer Aphria, which has had U.S. operations since 2015, criticized the move.
Canadian producer Cannabis Wheaton wants to sell in convenience stores.
Several recent California grow raids have found Chinese nationals, suggesting Chinese nationals invest in the illegal market.
Data firm Headset released information on consumer trends in Washington.
The maker of Tapatio hot sauce has sued a pot company for trademark infringement.
A Uruguayan cannabis company will start exporting to Canada and Mexico.
CNBC talks to the 24-year old entrepreneur Karson Humiston, who started the cannabis jobs site Vangsters.
Quartz has a long piece on female cannabis entrepreneurs.
The industrial hemp lobby is getting organized.
According to tax policy expert Pat Oglesby, the tax lesson of legalization thus far is alcohol taxes are too low.
Fast Company talks to black Colorado entrepreneur Wanda James.
In lieu of traditional marketing, some cannabis businesses are acquiring historic buildings.
Health and Science
In his role as chairman of President Trump’s opioid commission, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants to look into insurance plans which favor opioids over alternative treatments. A vocal legalization opponent, Christie ignored almost 8,000 submitted comments on MED as an alternative to opioids.
A study found REC legalization may have reduced opioid deaths in Colorado. But some are skeptical.
MED research is accelerating in Canada.
In testimony, Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested there should be “more competition” among growers providing MED for research. For now, the only federally legal grow is at the University of Mississippi.
A recent Massachusetts survey suggests teen cannabis and e-cigarette use is up while teen tobacco and alcohol use are down.
Tuesday’s episode of Vice’s “Weediquette” looks at the relationship between legalization and homelessness in Denver.
Pacific Standard looks at environmentalism within the industry.
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Criminal Justice
Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) withdrew from consideration to be drug czar after the Washington Post and 60 Minutes revealed he steered legislation through Congress weaking the DEA’s ability to go after distributors of pharmaceutical opiates. Chris Christie and Harvard Medical School psychiatry professor Bertha Madras have been mentioned as possible replacements.
Florida attorney general and Trump ally Pam Bondi questioned whether the country needs a drug czar.
In a brief, Justice Department lawyers acknowledged it hadn’t been legal for the department to spend money prosecuting the Washington MED defendants known as the Kettle Falls Five, since December 2014, on account of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment. The amendment, now known as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer, could expire in December.
Everywhere I go all I smell is pot now,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.
Six delivery service drivers face misdemeanor charges after a police sting in San Diego County.
In Pennsylvania, blacks are eight times more likely than whites to be arrested for pot possession.
Increasingly, innocent witnesses have been incarcerated to compel testimony.
Rifle, Colo.’s new police dogs have been trained to ignore marijuana. Falling for an apparent hoax, a mayoral candidate in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, called from “drug-sniffing bunnies.
There’s a new element to Massachusetts’ crime lab scandal, this time involving breathalyzers.
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Greetings from the New West Summit in Oakland where smoke from the wildfires has overwhelmed the city’s normal ambient cannabis smell.
This morning at 9:30 I’ll be on the Not Another Cannabis Media Panel, a “shark tank” situation where we’ll be sharing our first thoughts on a few brave start-ups. Stop by if you’re around.
The other panelists (last I checked) are:
Derek Riedle – Co-Founder and Publisher Civilized
Gaynell Rogers, Director Alternative Health And Wellness Division, Bond Moroch
Gretchen Gailey – EVP of Communications and Government Affairs, New Frontier
Kieve Huffman – Co-Founder | PRØHBTD Media
Kitty Morgan – Assistant Managing Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
The moderator is Ophelia Chong – Founder, Stock Pot Images
My WeedWeek colleague Adrienne Nascimento will be hosting tea ceremonies at 4:20 p.m. today and 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Here’s the news:
Politics
Wildfires ripped through 200,000 acres of northern California, including numerous vineyards and cannabis farms. Since cannabis is federally illegal, it’s difficult to insure and the head of the California Growers Association said some heavily leveraged members were likely wiped out.
Plants not destroyed by the blazes may be tainted by smoke and growers have cracked mordant jokes about calling strains “beef jerky” and “hickory kush.”  As of Fridaydozens had been confirmed dead with hundreds more missing. Thousands of homes have been destroyed. CNN has more.
Santa Rosa-business CannaCraft donated $50,000 worth of MED to victims of the fire and allowed the Red Cross to take over its facility. Two hundred female inmates are fighting the fires for $2 a day plus $1 for every hour on the fire line.
Fire warnings are still in effect. For the latest info, see here.
The L.A. Times explains the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment which could expire in December after more than three years. The amendment blocks the Justice Department from interfering with state legal MED. The piece also explains the very pro Russia Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (R-Calif.) involvement in the administration’s Russia scandal.
In High Times, Trump ally Roger Stone expressed support for state-legal marijuana.
Rolling Stone look’s at the mad dash by California businesses and regulators to prepare for the REC market, which opens January 1. San Francisco REC dispensaries are unlikely to open on time, due to delays with regulations.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed three ant-pot bills. Some of California’s native tribes worry they’re being cut out of the industry.
The L.A. Times explains the “dumb move” L.A. is contemplating to force cannabis businesses to shut down for months while they await licenses. (L.A. County issued its first license, to a Latina-owned dispensary in Malibu.)
The Portland Mercury asks “Who’s currently in charge?” of cannabis at the federal level.
Californians and tourists need consumption lounges, the LA Times editorializes. Despite some misleading headlines, public consumption is not permitted in California. Denver has yet to receive any applicationsfrom potential social use businesses.
Obama Attorney General Eric Holder (D) said current AG Jeff Sessions (R) has an “almost obsession with marijuana.
Speaking at Colorado Christian University, anti-legalization activist Kevin Sabet said the industry targets lower income and minority communities. “Of course they’re going after the weakest in society,” he said. “That’s what you do when you’re a predatory industry…This is about Wall Street and Silicon Valley.”
Coloradans have until Monday to comment on new proposed industry rules.
A survey suggests 11% of D.C.’s federal workers have bought pot.
A Maryland case arguing the state improperly awarded MED licenses, appears bound for trial.
Despite a budget shortfall, REC supporters aren’t getting far in Connecticut.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) called legalization a “sucker’s bet” and said it wouldn’t happen on his watch.  Don’t expect Idaho to legalize anytime soon either.
In need of more soldiers, the U.S. Army is making it easier to receive a marijuana use waiver.
In Cook County, Ill. (Chicago) someone suggested replacing soda taxes with pot taxes.
Reading, Pa.-mayor Wally Scott (D) walked out of a city council meeting after the body endorsed REC legalization.
Hurricane Maria did severe damage to Puerto Rico’s nascent MED program.
More than 20,000 British Columbians responded to the provincial government’s request for comment on legalization.
Ozy meets “The Dagga Couple” the middle-aged white pair whose case legalized MED in South Africa.
African nations Ghana, Morocco, Lesotho, Swaziland and Malawi are also exploring the cannabis opportunity, CNN reports.
In London, three MPs joined a cannabis tea party hosted by activists outside Parliament.
After decades of grey market sales, the Netherlands may create a legal supply chain.
Business
A New York City woman is suing Nevada cannabis consultancy Electrum Partners and its president Leslie Bosckor, claiming he fired her for having breast cancer and “because she had reported intra-company sexual activity that posed a risk to the company,” according to the suit. Bosckor declined to comment to the N.Y. Post.
The Winklevoss twins are counter-suing an investor in delivery app Eaze for “portraying them as deadbeats” after they backed out of an investment in the company.
The rate of failed drug tests has risen in coastal northern California to 3%, well above the national average.
Canada-based Canopy Growth, the world’s largest MED company, plans a major expansion into British Columbia, in partnership with an unnamed vegetable grower.
Year to date sales in Colorado topped $1 billion by the end of August. First month REC sales in Nevada far outpaced first month sales in Colorado, Washington and Oregon. Californians are on track to spend more than $2.6 billion on MED this year.
Canadian MED producer Sunniva won permission to build a huge 489,000 square foot grow in Cathedral City, Calif., in Riverside County.
WestWord recounts a failed unionization push among workers at a Pueblo, Colo., dispensary. (Check out the clever illustration.) The Alberta Federation of Labor wants a unionized dispensary workforce in the Canadian province.
The Boston Globe reports beleaguered tracking software firm MJ Freeway permanently lost much of its Spanish clients’ data.
Colorado-based supermarket chain Lucky’s Market will start selling CBD products at its 25 stores nationwide. Grocery giant Kroger has a significant stake in Lucky’s.
Mass(achusetts)Live talks to craft growers trying to survive the advent of corporate cannabis.
Vermont company Simmering Bone recalled a few containers of CBD-infused soup broth on account of a labeling mishap.
Northern Michigan University offers degrees in marijuana growing.
Florida has rejected a California bank’s proposal to serve its MED industry.
Arkansas gave accountants the green light to work green.
The Cannabist asks what GW Pharma’s attempt to win FDA approval for CBD drug Epidiolex could mean for the hemp industry.
Health and Science
Alexis Bortell, a 12-year old girl whose parents moved from Texas to Colorado to access CBD, is one of five plaintiffs suing the federal government. The suit argues that the ban on interstate trade infringes on her rights.
Speaking before a House sub-committee, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) called for the government to release its “stranglehold” on MED research.
West Virginia will use population surveys to learn users’ thinking on MED.
A group of Minnesota parents wants the state to add autism as a qualifying condition for MED.
Only two doctors have applied for permission to recommend MED in Louisiana.
Environmental site Grist tours California’s Emerald Triangle from an eco-minded perspective.
Clinton-era surgeon general Dr. Joycelyn Elders supports legalization.
Australia’s University of Newcastle received funds to establish a national MED research center.
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Criminal Justice
A Georgia sheriff and two deputies have been indicted following a forced search of 900 high school students. Atlanta Magazine explains the city’s new decriminalization law.
A congressional committee discussed MED access for cops.
In three years, DEA agents seized $550,000 from passengers at the Tucson airport’s baggage claim. The seizures did not result in any substantial busts.
The DEA seized 5.3 million pot plants in 2016, the highest total since 2011.
Ohio State newspaper the Lantern writes up a visit by former DEA agents who discussed chasing Pablo Escobar and the war on drugs.
A Phoenix man is suing the city after a cop allegedly forced him to eat edibles or go to jail.
Leaked documents show AG Jeff Sessions trying to reduce due process protections for those facing immigration court.
Florida could become the first state to execute fentanyl dealers.
The L.A. Times profiles prison journalist Arnulfo Garcia, who died in a car crash shortly after his release from California’s San Quentin prison after serving 16 years. His legacy can be felt in the podcast Ear Hustle, recorded within San Quentin.
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WeedWeek, 9/30/17: Rulemaking Stalls in S.F. and L.A

Posted by | September 30, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

WeedWeek, 9/30/17: Rulemaking Stalls in S.F. and L.A
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Here’s the news:
Politics
Los Angeles, the world’s largest cannabis market, released a revised set of proposals for regulating the industry. Many businesses condemned the proposal, saying it would force them
to close down for an undefined period while they waited for licenses. Also at issue is whether growers and manufacturers who had been operating on the grey market should get priority. The proposed rules don’t allow for social use.
The city also released maps showing where businesses can locate in relation to schools.
San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen signed a 45 day moratorium on new cannabis businesses. The moratorium preceded the release of a draft proposal for regulating the industry. The proposal is incomplete since it lacks a provision for racial equity. For more see here.
California state regulations may not be released until late November; California’s top cannabis regulator, Lori Ajax, admits she’s nervous about whether it will all work. Her agency rebranded itself the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
The Cannifornian looks at California’s pesticide problem.
California has a new informational site called “Let’s Talk Cannabis.
Maine’s REC law is taking shape, but no one knows whether Gov. Paul LePage (R), who opposes REC, will help implement it. It may allow non-vaping cannabis lounges. Home growing is a contentious issue in the state.
Massachusetts regulators asked for public input. REC sales are supposed to begin in nine months.
Vermont’s pot commission assumes legal REC is coming.
In Florida, a black grower is suing the state to block it from issuing licenses set aside for minorities. He says he’s unable to apply for a license because the Florida chapter of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association stopped allowing new member to join.
The Tampa Bay Times talks to pro-Trump, pro-cannabis Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.)
In Pennsylvania, The Morning Call finds flaws in the MED license application process.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will discuss legalization with the provincial premiers this week.
The Cannabist previews Denver’s upcoming Marijuana Management Symposium, a conference for more than 350 policy makers.
In the midst of their nation’s drug war, Filipino legislators endorsed MED use.
Business
Nevada’s first month of retail sales (July) grossed $27M, generating $3.6M in taxes. The state’s tax department has asked the state AG for a ruling on whether the law allows cannabis lounges.
Nevada suspended testing company G3’s license. It did not explain the suspension but said no product recalls were necessary. G3 lab director Dr. Chao-Hsiung Tung resigned from an industry advisory panel.
New rules for edibles take effect in Colorado this weekend.
Oregon regulators learned of a man who ran a dispensary and had a childcare business in his home.
Weedmaps engaged former Rep. Ron Klink (D-Pa.), as a lobbyist.
New Cannabis Ventures spotlights Safe Harbor Private Banking, another outfit trying to bank the industry.
Lawyer Hilary Bricken lays out five red flags for California M&A deals.
The N.Y.Times tells the saga of a rural Oregon grower and hashmaker in a nasty feud with his neighbors.
LAWeekly talks to Pulse, an app for monitoring grows.
Adolphus Busch IV, as in Anheuser-Busch, supports MED in Missouri.
Toronto investment firm Green Acre Capital closed a C$25M fund.
Canada could add 150,000 cannabis workers in coming years. Canada has more than 200,000 MED patients, up 168% from last year. A Canadian professor predicts cannabis will be the next big food trend.
Canadians politely raised their eyebrows after learning that a member of the country’s independent commission on legalizing REC, is now running a cannabis company. He said there was no conflict between the roles.
Snoop Dogg investment vehicle Casa Verde Capital invested $2M in Trellis, a Toronto-based inventory management software company.
Israeli start-ups are eager to start exporting, but concerned about possible drawbacks like greater youth access.
Cannabis chocolatier Défoncé signed a tentative deal to open a shop in San Francisco’s Westfield Mall, the first in a “class A” mall.
Target started selling CW Hemp-brand CBD oil on its web site Thursday morning and then quickly changed its mind.
Rolling Stone explains why it’s hard to get rich selling legal weed. Gizmodo explains how the market makes weed more potent.
Failed drug tests are contributing to the labor shortage in South Carolina.
Actress Jessica Alba is suing Colorado CBD company Honest Herbal saying it infringes on the trademarkof her non-cannabis related wellness company The Honest Co.
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Health and Science
A study found legalizing MED led to a higher chance of people claiming social security disability insurance (SSDI). “Expanding marijuana access has negative spillover effects to costly social programs that disincentive work,” the researchers wrote.
A study found teenagers are much less interested in alcohol than in the past. Some of the teens interviewed said they used marijuana instead.
In experiments, a combination of THC and synthetic cannabinoids to cause seizures in mice.
Butane hash oil contains significant carcinogens when dabbed at higher temperatures.
Some California growers want to be environmentally responsible.
The GOP is making its peace with MED, Rolling Stone says.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (R), a legalization opponent, resigned after flying in private jets at taxpayer expense.
Canadian MED producer WeedMD agreed to be the “preferred supplier” to three long term care and retirement home companies. The left wing NDP worries the deal will disadvantage patients.
Canada has a new campaign warning kids away from cannabis.
Zynerba Pharmaceuticals announced a successful mid-stage trial of a cannabis gel to treat Fragile X syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder.
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Criminal Justice
Acting DEA head Chuck Rosenberg resigned. Rosenberg, a holdover from the Obama administration is a critic of President Trump and no fan of MED either, calling it a “joke” in 2015. It’s not clear who will replace him.
Tom Angell calculates U.S. pot arrests are on the rise.
After a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Sheriff of Cowlitz Co., Wash. said he didn’t get the impression of an imminent crackdown.
A Humboldt County couple face murder charges after a deadly butane explosion in the garage they rented out.
A proposed “cite and release” program for pot possession stalled in Dallas.
A Missouri grower will appeal his convictions to the state supreme court, arguing that the state’s 2014 “right-to-farm” amendment allows cannabis growing.
A Missouri judge sentenced a 77-year old man to 10 years in prison for growing 1,700 plants at his rural home. “This is not a sentence I feel particularly good about,” the judge said, but the law didn’t allow other options.
An ACLU-backed lawsuit in Georgia challenges the effectiveness of a 160-hour course to train ‘drug-recognition experts,’ i.e. a course to determine whether someone is impaired.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald blames the war on drugs for a spike in Brazilian gang violence.
Mark Pedersen, who provided cannabis oil to a handicapped teenager in Colorado, leading to laws allowing MED in schools, has been charged with drug manufacturing.
Police in the Indian state of Telangana (Hyderabad) broke up a village cannabis trade that has operated openly for decades.
Canadian conservative Conrad Black calls for an end to the war on drugs. Liberal Rev. Al Sharpton says marijuana decriminalization is a civil rights issue.
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Culture
Rescue teams had to be deployed to assist four men who got really high on top of Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in England. The alleged mountain tops out at 3,210 feet above sea level. Despite the mockery they endured on social media, Vogue says these climbers help explain the future of cannabis use.
Leafly has a three-part series on the Emerald Triangle on the cusp of legalization.
Slate says the industry shouldn’t ignore its roots in the LGBTQ world.
Portland’s Tin House Books published “Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis,” By Nichole Graf, Micah Sherman, David Stein and Liz Crain. Willamette Week gives it a nice review.
Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson says his bipolar disorder, and not his pot smoking, was responsible for a series of breakdowns he suffered. Before speaking with doctors he’d assumed the weed was to blame.
Anja Charbonneau, former creative director of Danish style magazine Kinfolk, is launching a cannabis magazine for women called Broccoli.
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Posted by | September 24, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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Politics
In California, where taxes and regulations are expected to push up the price of REC, many growers aren’t applying for licenses. The California Assembly called on the feds to reschedule cannabis.
California will introduce a temporary license program to smooth the way to full legalization.
A California bill would limit and track sales of butane, the explosive gas used to make some concentrates.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions still opposes legalization.
Ozy talks to Las Vegas’ cannabis friendly congresswoman Rep. Dina Titus (D), who might run for Senate. Nevada state senator Tick Segerblom (D) predicted home REC delivery will arrive soon in the state.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) is “evolving” on cannabis. He has been reluctant to discuss it, in part due to his part drug use. Congressman Tom Garrett (R-Va.) discussed why he wants to end federal prohibition.
For Fast Company, I wrote about Republican trickster and legalization activist Roger Stone’s next move.
Cannabis supporters are facing uphill battles against NIMBYism in Massachusetts. For more see here.
After a series of challenges, Florida has a new application process for dispensaries.
A large majority of Utahns, and a somewhat smaller majority of LDS (Mormon) Utahns, favor next year’s MED ballot initiative. The LDS Church opposes it.
Maine lawmakers asked for advice on regulating REC and received lots of conflicting feedback. One set of proposed rules would allow drive-thru dispensaries.
Michigan’s dispensary laws are very confusing.
In early October, Fairbanks, Ak, will vote on banning cannabis businesses.
Arkansas’ license process for MED businesses suddenly became competitive.
A member of Iceland’s parliament, discussed legalizing RECPeru may legalize MED.
Lesotho, a tiny nation in southern Africa, became the first on the continent to issue a MED license.
Business
Between January and August, Canadian cannabis companies raised $165M through debt instruments.
Ontario considers a retail price of C$10 per gram reasonable and may coordinate prices with other provinces.
Nevada’s supreme court will resolve the state’s cannabis distribution fight.
Isaac Dietrich, CEO of beleaguered social app MassRoots, said his critics don’t get it.
Scholar Naomi Schaefer Riley is skeptical about whether entering the cannabis business would benefit native tribes.
Wholesale flower prices hit an all-time low of $1,289 per pound in Colorado. Oregon said it would audit its cannabis regulator.
Former Democratic New York Senator turned cannabis lobbyist Alfonse D’Amato explained his ‘epiphany’ on cannabis.
Terra Tech acquired The Reserve, an Orange County, Calif. Dispensary owned by rapper The Game, for $7M.
Colorado biotech firm Front Range Biosciences raised $3M.
Las Vegas is getting its first 24/7 dispensary. Dispensaries previously had to close between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
A trio of Denver businesspeople want to apply for the city’s first social use permit. They do not yet have a location. Toronto cannabis lounges that have operated for almost 20 years want to go legal.
Harnessing terpenes, the chemicals which give cannabis (and many other plants) scent and flavor, may be the next important differentiator, for cannabis businesses.
German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer says it needs more time to complete its $66 billion acquisition of U.S. agritech firm Monsanto. I’ve argued that a combined company would be positioned to dominate global cannabis.
Kanye West responded to a countersuit regarding the abrupt end of his Saint Pablo Tour.
Cannabis companies don’t know the rules for social media advertising.
Santa Rosa, Calif., in Sonoma County, has attracted significant cannabis businesses. A Bay Area grower claims to have developed a natural growing method to meet California’s rigorous standards for fungus, pesticides and mold contamination.
Data firm New Frontier wants to poll Humboldt County growers on legalization.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) called on the state gambling industry to formulate a cannabis policy. Among other issues, they need to discuss hosting industry events.
Colorado is home to the largest number of top ancillary cannabis companies, according to a list of the top 150 ancillary businesses.
Massachusetts holding company MariMed is helping Israeli MED company Tikun Olam to enter the U.S. market.
A Connecticut judge ruled federal law does not override state employment protections for MED users.
Canadian producer Canopy Growth signed a deal to enter the Danish market.
Canadian convenience store Couche-Tard wants to sell weed.
Denver pot bus company Loopr wants to open in new states.
The Washington Post went to a panel on