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A congressional committee voted to extend protections for state legal MED against federal law enforcement. The move defies U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) who requested its removal. The extension, which has been in place since 2014, will be tacked onto the 2018 federal budget.

AG Sessions did not release the recommendations of a crime reduction task force expected to contain updates on federal marijuana enforcement. In a short statement the AG said he receives recommendations on a “rolling basis” from the task force. The statement didn’t mention marijuana. For more see here.

KKTV has more on the closed door meeting between the task force and authorities in Colorado Springs.

Sessions’ job appears to be safe for now after President Trump spent a week publicly berating the AG for recusing himself from the administration’s Russia scandal. (The Onion says Sessions peruses at minority incarceration statistics to cheer himself up.)

House Republicans blocked a committee vote on MED access for veterans. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) had made the case for it with a deeply felt speech.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a legalization opponent, signed a new REC law, a legislative adaptation of a REC initiative passed by voters in November.  It raises sales taxes from 12% to 20% (3% to the municipality). It also creates a pathway to edibles. (For more see here.)

Shaleen Title, a Boston attorney, and entrepreneur who was involved in the effort to secure stronger equity protections, calls the Massachusetts law “great law.” Title is a board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association which has published a model bill for state legalization.

The cannabis industry has contributed more than $300,000 to the California gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), far more than any other candidate. The vote is in November 2018.

The L.A. Times calls on the city to follow the voters’ will and regulate the industry.

California needs to revert to an “emergency rulemaking process” if it’s going to start issuing licenses by the January 2 goal.

Five plaintiffs including former NFL-player have filed a federal lawsuit against AG Sessions and the DEA claiming the plant’s schedule I status is unconstitutional.

Pew’s Stateline project says legalization still faces a “rocky road.” (Mmmm, rocky road.)

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) wants the state to repeal its REC law.

Canadian provinces are trying to shape legalization.

Former drug czar William Bennett predicts the legal states will soon regret it.

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Business

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin seems sympathetic to the cannabis banking issue.

L.A. may set up a public bank for cannabis businesses. (The Santa Barbara Independent looks at how cannabis businesses deal with all the cash.)

The Toronto Stock Exchange needs to figure out a policy for listing U.S. cannabis companies since they are federally illegal in their home country.

Under its new ownership, High Times plans to go public through a special purpose acquisition company.

California growers produce eight-times as much cannabis as is consumed in the state. Hezekiah Allen, head of the California Growers Association says state licensed growers “are going to have to scale back. We are on a painful downsizing curve.”

MJ Biz Daily asks if Minnesota MED company Vireo can survive two former employees facing charges for driving product from Minnesota to New York.

Australian MED company Creso is expanding to Canada with the acquisition of MED producer Mernova Medical. A Canadian company wants an Ohio MED license.

A company called Craigsweed.com changed its name to GanjaRoad.com after a cease and desist warning from craigslist.

Struggling social media app MassRoots raised $1.2M.

Companies trying to set up pot busses for Vegas tourists have hit a legal snag.

Food and drink professionals want to set up cannabis businesses in D.C.

Raymond Sackler, an entrepreneur who introduced OxyContin, died at 97. In later live he became a celebrated philanthropist.

Anti-legalization activist Kevin Sabet says legalization is a drain on the economy and needs to be stopped. Drug testing is a significant expense for companies, who struggle to find factory workers who can pass.

Sabet confirmed a recent conversation with AG Sessions to WeedWeek but declined to comment on what they discussed.

Legalization in Nevada benefits Uber and Lyft drivers.

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Health and Science

The powerful House Appropriations Committee suggested cannabis’ schedule I status impedes medical research. Despite promises, the DEA has yet to award a grow license for research purposes.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) sponsored a bill that would better enable MED research.

Florida doctors are testing cannabinoids as a treatment for concussion induced headaches, anxiety and pain.

Doctors groups are debating whether there should be drug testing for doctors following an L.A. Times report on drug use by USC medical school dean Dr. Carmen A Puliafito.

The U.K.’s MS Society says patients should have MED access as a last resort.

I recently came across an investigation by the OC Register looking into how southern California rehab centers exploit addiction.

For the first time, Denver forced a flower recall on account of mold and mite contamination.

Columbia Journalism review says politicians and the media now depict white people who are addicted to opioids more gently than previous depictions of drug crises affecting primarily minorities.

Washington apologized for anti-marijuana billboards aimed at Hispanics. 

Criminal Justice

In Time, Tessa Berenson looks at how Sessions could crack down on state legal weed, and why he might not. Some still fear a crackdown.

President Trump told an audience of police, “Don’t be too nice,” to “thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon.” The audience laughed and cheered.

Trump is also repeatedly overstating the link between undocumented immigrants and a criminal gang called MS-13.

Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner reportedly supports shorter drug sentences than AG Sessions.

The New York Times discusses how more aggressive drug policing hurts women, who tend to be relegated to lower levels of the illegal trade. And, yes, the article clarifies, it is possible to obtain a warrant to search someone’s vagina.

A Washington Post opinion piece suggests police departments have become addicted to asset forfeiture revenues.

Violent crime has declined in Washington since REC legalization.

A three judge panel ruled in favor of a Kansas couple who want to sue their local sheriff’s office after a dramatic raid on their home.

The Texas Observer talks to Harris County (Houston) district attorney Kim Ogg (D), who decriminalized pot and opposes overly harsh drug sentences.

The Coast Guard said pot is illegal in boats in U.S. waters.

A Nevada D.A. rejected plea bargains for REC sales to minors. Enforcement of pot laws varies across Florida.

Marijuana arrests still account for half of drug arrests in Canada.

A U.K. judge sentenced 14 members of a major “skunk” ring to a total of 90 years.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his drug war. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said drug traffickers should be shot.

Smugglers are still ingenius in their methods, the N.Y. Times reports.

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Culture

The L.A. Times visits longtime Mendocino County entrepreneur and grower Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup festival. Blake misses the “more paranoid, more profitable” way of life that’s disappearing.

Legalization supporter and Bloomberg View columnist Virginia Postrel wishes pot smokers would “stop stinking up the sidewalks.

Noël Duan takes a long look at fashion’s infatuation with cannabis. Rihanna’s in there too.

A Tucson group is helping homeless veterans get MED cards.

The country’s first public hemp building opened in Sun Valley, Id.

The new space adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” could be a stoner classic.

I think this Good Mythical Morning video is rather charming.

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

I’ve also created two political Twitter lists you can subscribe to: Real News and Tweeting the Resistance.

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WeedWeek, July 15, 2017: Growing Pains in Nevada

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Politics

Nevada regulators approved emergency measures to keep the REC flowing. Dispensaries struggled to keep product on shelves amid lines out the door and a state requirement that only alcohol distributors can distribute cannabis. Despite news reports, Nevada did not declare a state of emergency.  For more see here.

On a visit to Las Vegas, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t mention marijuana. Speaking to the anti-drug group DARE, Sessions defended his efforts to reinstate tough drug sentences:

Now, some people today say that the solution to the problem of drug abuse is to be more accepting of the problem of drug abuse. They say marijuana use can prevent addiction. They say the answer is only treatment. They say don’t talk about enforcement. To me, that just doesn’t make any sense. In fact, I would argue that one reason that we are in such a crisis right now is that we have subscribed to this mistaken idea that drug abuse is no big deal.

He devoted most of the speech to opioids. Vox explains why Jeff Sessions loves DARE.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said the state is  close to a compromise REC law. If a deal can’t be reached, he said “at some point we’re going to have to go forward with the law as it was written.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (D) who opposed Massachusetts’ REC vote, says he expects the city to allow cannabis businesses. He’s been critical of cities that voted for REC but have banned the industry. Walsh, a problem drinker in the past, still has concerns.

Proposed legislation would legalize MED and REC in Wisconsin.

There’s an effort to legalize REC in New York through a state constitutional convention. The campaign is known as Restrict and Regulate New York (RRNY).

Hawaii will officially call it cannabis, rather than marijuana.
A new study in the journal Addiction examines what the “patchwork” of state cannabis rules means for regulation. For more, see this video.

Activists say Florida’s ban on smokable MED could lead the state to pass REC.U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue (R), a former governor of Georgia, opposes REC calling it a “

slippery slope.”  He supports efforts to grow hemp with “very tight restrictions.”

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) is calling for a crackdown on pot growing on federal land.
Congressman Andy Harris (R-Maryland), a medical doctor, supports MED research. He’s best known for blocking cannabis regulation in D.C., which legalized REC in 2014.

Anti-legalization activist Kevin Sabet opposes the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which would continue blocking the Justice Department from enforcement actions against state legal MED.
The Anchorage Assembly is pushing to allow consumption in dispensaries. Here are the cannabis laws

Oregon passed this year.

So far, no one has applied for an Arkansas MED license.
The U.K. has no intention of legalizing. However, MED may be legalized in the Channel Islands.

Business

Weedmaps was criticized for insensitivity, for a South Boston billboard saying “States that legalized marijuana had 25% fewer opioid-related deaths.”

Strong results from MED producer Aphria suggest falling MED production costs in Canada.

Monthly sales exceeding $100M is the “new normal” in Colorado. An error in state law is excluding Denver’s transit system and several arts and cultural organizations from their share of pot taxes.

Maine is trying to figure out how high it can raise pot taxes without sending buyers to the illegal market.

A Pennsylvania journalist asks if REC would fix the state’s budget woes.

In fully legal Uruguay, “The government is your pot dealer.

NPR reports on the wine and cannabis industries adjusting to each other in Northern California.

A house panel discussed, but did not vote on, a banking access amendment for cannabis businesses.

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Health and Science

The Senate may still  vote on a replacement for Obamacare, that would cause millions to lose their health insurance. The 10 key votes come from Alaska, West Virginia, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Arkansas. All of those states have legalized MED or REC. Some have thriving industries.

To learn what you can do, go to Indivisible’s TrumpCare Ten page.

A Montana man charged with vehicular homicide for killing a motorcyclist is challenging the state’s cannabis DUI law. Montana considers the legal limit to be 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter. The man charges that there’s no science to support that level equalling impairment. At the time of the accident his level was 19 ng/ML.

Dr. Lloyd Sederer, chief medical officer of New York state’s mental health office, says Canada is getting legalization right.

A judge ruled that a former sales manager with Insys Therapeutics cannot access MED while awaiting trial. He’s accused of arranging arranging kickbacks for doctors who prescribed Insys’ spray form of the powerful opioid fentanyl.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24 to 7 to allow VA doctors to prescribe MED where legal. Veterans group American Legion supports a bill to reschedule cannabis as Schedule III, which would make it easier to study and for veterans to access.

Doctors are rethinking whether babies born addicted to opioids should be taken from their mothers.

A transient faces charges in Colorado after he showed up at an ER with more than a pound of pot.


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Criminal Justice

Two men are charged with homicide following the killing and burning of four men who sought to buy pot in wealthy Bucks County, Pa.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill that would empower U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to schedule and set criminal penalties for new drugs. The legislation faces opposition from conservative groups and criminal justice reform groups. The Drug Policy Alliance notes that in late 2015 the same committee approved a bill to reduce sentences for drug crimes.

A new report commissioned by Drug Policy Alliance found New York City marijuana possession arrests continue to be “marked by extremely high racial disparities.

An L.A. study found dispensaries to reduce crime in their vicinities. See the study here.

The Toronto Star called on Canada to decriminalize and make pardons easier to obtain ahead of REC legalization next year.

Contrary to press reports, Oregon did not decriminalize all drugs, but lawmakers did vote to reduce criminal penalties for drugs.

The DEA will award patches to girl and boy scouts who take a drug free pledge and participate in anti-drug activities.

Leafly explains your rights if you’re pulled over with weed in the car.

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Culture

Pot won’t be an official part of California county fairs anytime soon.

I came across a 1981 N.Y. Times article about New Zealand-leading a pot crackdown in Antarctica.

There’s a sober rave trend in the U.K.

Willamette Week tries Leira cannabis cigars which bill themselves as “420 for the 1%.” A cigarillo sized joint sells for $110.

Flore, in the Castro District, has San Francisco’s first cannabis cocktail menu. The San Francisco Chronicle names the country’s top 10 cannabis chefs.

In Malana, an Indian village known for its hash, a Hindu deity has forbidden boarding houses from renting to backpackers.

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

I’ve also created two political Twitter lists you can subscribe to: Real News and Tweeting the Resistance.

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Denver has released its first in the nation rules for existing businesses to apply for social use permits. The requirements dropped requirements for a ventilation system and for customers entering a social use area to sign a waiver. Meanwhile, Amsterdam’s coffeehouses are on the decline.
East Bay Express has a useful piece on Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) which consolidates California’s MED and REC regulations. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed it into law this week.
The S.F. Chronicle has a package on the state of the industry in the Bay Area.
In L.A. Weekly I reported that the city’s industry is worried about the regulations proposed by City Council. Their concerns include that it would extend the city’s limited immunity policy rather than offer full licenses.
Mark Ridley-Thomas, chairman of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, is “still skeptical,” about legal weed in L.A.
California growers are worried about pesticide rules.
D.C. lawmakers are pushing to give minorities priority for cannabis business licenses. Angelenos are rallying for a diverse industry as well.
In the context of ending health care discrimination, the United Nations and World Health Organization called for the decriminalization of drugs, sex work and consensual sexual activity.
The Cannabist looks into the hemp industry’s high-stakes lawsuit against the DEA.
Philly legalization activist and journalist Chris Goldstein says Pennsylvania’s “no-smoke” law means MED will be unaffordable. John Morgan, a wealthy Florida personal injury lawyer and cannabis activist, is suing the state to allow smokable MED.
The N.Y. Times has an interesting piece on California’s sparsely populated, heavily Republican northeast,which feels underrepresented in Sacramento. The story misses an opportunity to discuss prevalent views on cannabis.
There’s a fight in South Australia over whether MED patients should be allowed to drive.

Greece legalized MED.

I recommend “Trump’s Voter Suppression Efforts Have Begun,” an important N.Y. Times Op-Ed by Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voter Suppression Project.

Business

The L.A. Times has a fascinating and informative piece about the state of cannabis banking in California. It includes an interview with an anonymous credit union executive detailing the terms offered to cannabis companies and recounts a mutilation worthy of Quentin Tarantino. Go here for a harrowing L.A. Times account of the referenced 2012 kidnapping and torture case.

Over the Counter Markets notified social media app MassRoots of activity promoting its stock. MassRoots denied any knowledge of the activity. Paying to promote one’s own stock must be reported.

REC sales in Nevada are off to a roaring start. For more see here.

One hundred and eighty five businesses applied for Ohio’s 24 grow licenses. New Cannabis Ventures finds that applicants include several multi-state companies. The site also notes that cannabis oil sales are way up in Canada.

I wrote up notable June deals for Blunt Network.

Some Alaska dispensaries saw their Facebook pages shut down.

Colorado’s solid economy has some employers abandoning drug tests.

Colorado awarded its first transporter licenses.

Case Western Reserve Law Professor Craig Nard looks into the upcoming fights over pot patents.

Newsweek on cannabis jobs. A New Jersey man with Marfan syndrome is suing the glass manufacturerwhich fired him for MED use.

Canna Law Blog examines the issues surrounding cannabusiness reverse mergers.

L.A. Weekly profiles Jessica Assaf, CEO of focus group and networking company Cannabis Feminist. The paper also previews the upcoming female empowerment summit in L.A.

A Czech entrepreneur who lost three fingers in a printing press accident has a popular line of CBD topicals in the U.K.

Wal-Mart is selling a $299 machine for making cannabis concentrates at home. The decision was apparently motivated by Amazon selling the same thing.

The U.N. says Morocco is the world’s largest hash exporter.

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Health and Science

Scientists have mapped CB1, the human receptor that binds with cannabis, Wired reports:

“For a long time, scientists thought CB1 receptors worked like lock and key with THC and its                       chemical cousins—one size fits one. However, new research shows that CB1 receptors are                       actually quite malleable, stretching to fit a wider range of molecules. That could be useful                           knowledge as researchers try to synthesize chemicals that mimic the desirable effects of cannabis           (such as pain relief) without the side effects (such as anxiety, weight gain, addiction, or federal                   prosecution).”

Scientists called out the web site Salon.com for publishing a misleading article on cannabis. The article, which originally appeared at the cannabis site The Fresh Toast, claimed a study by Oregon Health and Science University researchers found cannabis users to have lower body mass index (BMI) than non-users.

The researchers were actually studying the relationship between cannabis use and bone mineral density and said the BMI data was taken out of context in the headline “Science: Regular consumption of marijuana keeps you thin fit and active.” The researchers found no correlation between cannabis use and bone mineral density. (Disclosure: I used to work for Salon.)

Almost a year after the DEA said it would make MED research easier, a facility at the University of Mississippi remains the only federally permitted grow.

Some psychiatrists consider pot a psychoactive.

The number of U.S. opioid prescriptions declined slightly between 2012 and 2015, a “glimmer of hope” in efforts against the crisis.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is under pressure from veterans groups to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for MED.

Canadian MED producer Canopy Growth is funding a MED research program at the Canadian AIDS society.

An anti-drug and gang group in Carlsbad, New Mexico objects to dispensaries using the word “pharmaceutical” in their name.


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Criminal Justice

Politico finds Palm Beach, Florida, near President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate, to be a center of predatory “sober homes.” These unregulated businesses present themselves as recovery centers to people who use opioids from around the country. In fact, they allow rampant heroin use and “body broker” the patients to nearby outpatient centers.

Jawara McIntosh, a musician, cannabis activist, and son of Reggae icon Peter Tosh, is in a coma after being beaten in jail by a fellow inmate. McIntosh is serving a one year sentence in New Jersey for marijuana possession. Rolling Stone has the inside story.

Violence among Mexican drug gangs is escalating in the power vacuum left by kingpin El Chapo, who is in U.S. custody awaiting trial.

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Culture

The streets of Boston smell like marijuana. Same in Washington D.C., where the smell is, “Everywhere, all the time.” In the D.C. story, academic librarian Stephen Sears uses a great phrase for the lingering odors in the street: “Ghost weed.”

Northern Nevada Business Weekly dives into the “cannabis” vs. “marijuana” debate.

Restaurants are thrilled at the end of Utah’s “Zion Curtain” law. Some bars will now be able to tear down the frosted glass blocking drinkers’ view of the bartender and bottles on the wall. The law was designed to avoid making alcohol glamorous to kids.

I told the stories behind six L.A. strains.

Twelve racing greyhounds in Florida have tested positive for cocaine in what’s being called the “biggest greyhound drug case in American history.”

A couple got married at a Nevada grow house.

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

I’ve also created two political Twitter lists you can subscribe to: Real News and Tweeting the Resistance.

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In Nevada fashion, REC went on sale at 12:01 a.m. last night. Restocking may be a concern for dispensaries due to an ongoing legal battle: Liquor dealers have exclusive distribution rights, a judge ruled, but none of the five companies that applied for a distribution license is ready.

 

The Vegas market is expected to be lucrative and acclimate tourists to legal weed. Cannabis is at as far a remove from the gaming industry as is possible in Vegas

 

The AP answers your FAQ. The knick-knack makers were ready.

Massachusetts is still struggling to develop REC rules.

 

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the state’s $125 billion budget which includes the cannabis regulations known as the trailer bill.

 

New regulations in Washington appear designed to protect the state’s industry from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

 

Oregon is among the more restrictive states on cannabis data sharing. Ohio wouldn’t reveal the list of MED license applicants to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

 

Rhode Island lawmakers have given up on REC for now and instead want a 19-member commission to study the issue. Maine passed an emergency law to keep growers more than 500-feet from schools.

 

The conservative National Review says legalization will lead to more marijuana consumption.

 

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and gubernatorial candidate held a $500 a plate fundraiser for the cannabis industry.

 

Anti-legalization New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) dismissed state REC hearings as a “dog and pony show.”

 

There was a complicated spat over whether pro-legalization Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) were dealt a defeat with the omission of language protecting state legal MED from the current version of a federal spending bill. Whether the language will ultimately be included is not yet clear.

 

Read pro-legalization activist Tom Angell’s take here, and anti-legalization activist Kevin Sabet’s take here. Angell calls the anti-legalization side “increasingly desperate.” Sabet says the Congressmen are “funded by illegal marijuana operations selling pot candies to kids.” Sabet adds that REC setbacks in Vermont and Rhode Island suggest the industry is losing momentum.

 

Rep. Blumenauer tweeted, “SAM’s [Sabet’s group] complete misrepresentation of the legislative process is entirely consistent with their repeated falsehoods about marijuana.”

 

Unprompted, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry defended states’ rights on cannabis.

 

A bill in California would ban cannabis businesses from advertising on branded swag.

 

The LDS (Mormon) Church opposes Utah’s 2018 MED initiative.

 

Catalonia, Spain, the region which includes Barcelona, legalized REC.

Business

Maryland regulators moved to revoke a license awarded to an affiliate of Minnesota MED producer Vireo because two former Vireo employees face charges for allegedly driving 12 pounds of cannabis oil, worth about $500,000, in an armored vehicle from Minnesota to New York to meet a production deadline. Prosecutors said there were also fraudulent records in Minnesota indicating the oil had been destroyed.

 

A Vireo affiliate has been awarded a license in Pennsylvania. The company said it would appeal in Maryland.

 

A rural Oregon couple filed a racketeering (RICO) lawsuit against 43 cannabis-involved defendants. Canna Law Blog explains why RICO suits, originally intended to fight organized crime, pose an existential threat to the industry. “By its very design, RICO is intended to be ruinous to organizations caught in its crosshairs.”

 

A federal appeals court decision gives new hope to Fourth Corner Credit Union, a Denver group seeking to provide banking to cannabis companies. The 10th circuit court’s decision would allow Fourth Corner to reapply for the “master account” it needs to operate, from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

 

Patient data was stolen in cyberattack on delivery app Eaze. TechCrunch reports that the perpetrator is ransoming the data for $70M.

 

Congress may be warming to a cannabis banking law.

 

The newly announced National Association of Cannabis Businesses wants the industry to self-regulateon issues like advertising, packaging, labeling and accounting practices.

 

With REC legalization 12 months away, Canada is facing a weed shortage. In the side video, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau says they country hasn’t focussed on making money from legalization.

 

Buzzfeed examines prospects for pot cafes in Denver and nationwide and advises: “Adjust your expectations.” Denver released final rules for social use and plans to start accepting applications this summer.

 

A survey conducted by Eaze (the app), found that more women, and moms, are using cannabis.  See the study on modern cannabis consumers here.

 

I wrote about cannabis big-data firm Headset for L.A. Weekly.

 

Financial analyst Alan Brochstein looks at the best online brokers for trading cannabis stocks.

 

About 200,000 Americans work full or part time in cannabis, more than dental hygienists, slightly less than telemarketers.

 

The Wall Street Journals finds that working in “edgy” industries like cannabis and sex toys can hurt executives who later want jobs at mainstream companies. Cannabis experience “is not something that would be in our (management) assortment anytime soon,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said.

 

In another setback for MED in Hawaii, an insurer said it would stop providing legally required worker’s comp. insurance to seven of the state’s eight dispensaries. The insurer said the decision reflected potential exposure to criminal liability, not a value judgement about MED.

OSHA’s California division decided existing workplace protections adequately cover cannabis.

 

A few pharmaceutical companies are developing cannabis-based painkillers that they hope could replace opioids.

 

Canadian MED producer Tilray is packaging product to look like generic pharmaceuticals.

 

The Montana Department of Agriculture refuted a federal decision to deny water to a Montana hemp farmer. The department said the farmer is in full compliance with state and federal law.

 

Hemp crops are doing well in North Dakota, despite a drought.

 

Weedon, a town in Quebec, wants to join the green rush.

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EPA chief Scott Pruitt (R) rejected California’s request to approve four pesticides for use on cannabis. All four pesticides are already approved for use on other crops.

 

Efforts to sway Congress on national CBD legalization are underway, The Cannabist finds. The story is part of a special report called “CBD, TBD.”

 

In preparation for legalization, Canada released “Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines.” Canadian cannabis activist Dana Larsen says the recommendations are “biased against cannabis,” compared to the government’s recommendations for alcohol.  WeedWeek isn’t aware of any legal state that has issued an equivalent document.

 

A study found that cannabinoids may prevent migraine, but have more limited benefits for cluster headache.

 

A survey by HelloMD, in collaboration with UC Berkeley, of almost 3,000 people in HelloMD’s patient database suggests a strong willingness to replace opioids with cannabis. (HelloMD has advertised in WeedWeek.) For the results see here.

 

FiveThirtyEight says data shortcomings may be exacerbating the opioids crisis.

 

A new study says the terms “hard drugs” and “soft drugs” are unhelpful.

 


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A Denver grand jury has indicted 74 following an investigation into a Colorado organization accused of shipping cannabis out of state, while bilking its investors. The organization, which had a base at a suburban Denver hydroponics store, is accused of shipping 100 pounds monthly, worth an estimated $200,000.  Ripped off investors include two former NFL players, neither of whom has been charged with a crime. The indictments represent the largest pot prosecution in Colorado since REC legalization. Most of the suspects remain at large. For more see here.

 

The law enforcement action was called Operation Toker Poker. A cannabis accessory brand called Toker Poker, is annoyed and considering legal action.

 

Workers contracted by the TSA at San Francisco and Oakland airport pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for overlooking bundles of cocaine and marijuana sent through the security checkpoint.

 

Mark Holden, a leader of the Koch Brothers’ conservative political network criticized AG Jeff Sessions for trying to bring back the “harsh” sentences of the war on drugs. “You are never going to win the war on drugs. Drugs won.” The libertarian Koch Brothers have long favored criminal justice reform.

 

Sally Yates, who Trump fired as acting U.S. Attorney General in January, also rejects the Sessions approach.

 

Dan Rush, a former chair of Berkeley’s Medical Cannabis Commission pleaded guilty to three feloniesincluding money laundering after using the position to enrich himself. An attorney who Rush worked with pleaded guilty in February.

 

Armed robbers took more than $30,000 from the CBCB, a Berkeley dispensary. The shop was closed and no injuries were reported.

 

President Trump nominated Dr. Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist and needle-exchange advocate for U.S. Surgeon General. Adams is currently Indiana’s health commissioner where he served under Vice-President Mike Pence (R) when Pence was governor.

 

Middletown, Ohio is may require overdose victims to perform community service to pay for the overdose drug Narcan. If after two opioid overdoses, an individual hasn’t performed the service, a city councilman proposes not sending out EMTs the third time. Middletown saw 532 overdoses last year and spent $11,000 on Narcan. There have been 577 overdoses so far this year and the town has spent more than $30,000 on Narcan.

 

In the Philippines, police send corpses to hospitals to cover up for extrajudicial drug killings, according to family members of the deceased and other witnesses.

 

Denver police have a system for composting confiscated weed.

 

The feds have a pop-up court at this week’s Rainbow Family Gathering a festival on federal land in Oregon. The federal Bureau of Land Management promises to be out in force drug testing drivers on their way to and from Burning Man, which takes place on federal land in Nevada.

 

The new podcast called Ear Hustle is about life in California’s San Quentin prison.

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Rich, liberal Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, has a decades long history of hostility to commercial cannabis.

 

A reverend and a rabbi editorialized in favor of REC in Connecticut.

 

Cannabis cryptocurrency company PotCoin got lots of press for sponsoring Dennis Rodman’s recent trip to North Korea. (Editorial: Weird times.)

 

Not all chefs want to suppress the cannabis taste in edibles.

 

Singer John Mayer discussed replacing booze with weed. “Drinking is a fucking con,” he said.

 

Seattle’s 26-year old Hempfest is in financial trouble. A smaller version is planned for August.

 

NBC has pics from the Emerald Exchange, a cannabis farmers’ market in Malibu.

 

An Instagram of Kylie Jenner, topless, smoking a joint, accrued 3.2M+ likes.

 

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

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Rolling Stone looks into the Senate’s bipartisan push to pass the CARERS Act, which would force the federal government to respect state MED laws. Sponsors include Democrats Cory Booker (N.J.), Al Franken (Minn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Republicans Rand Paul (Ky.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (Ak.). For more see here.

 

The 49-member Congressional Black Caucus declined to meet with President Trump, citing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ efforts to “accelerate the failed war on drugs,” among other factors.

 

The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill to revise the voter-passed REC law. A journalist said cannabis activists should stop complaining and “chill out” over proposed changes, such as higher taxes. The state may also eliminate protections for people of color who want to join the industry.

 

After much back and forth, Vermont House Republicans blocked REC during a special legislative session. Gov. Phil Scott (R) said passing REC “wasn’t a priority for me.” The issue is likely to come up again in next year.

 

Nevada regulators want REC to be available July 1 despite a lawsuit from liquor wholesalers. The state’s powerful gaming industry has thus far declined to participate in the industry, but it wants to learn more.

 

Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs (R) has repeatedly spoken up for MED but votes against it.

 

The Morning Call explains the MED situation in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia feels overlooked.

 

Dispensaries are confronting more grassroots opposition in San Francisco. Los Angeles is struggling to regulate its large market.

 

Canada is sticking to its goal to make REC available by July 2018.

 

Americans don’t mind if reporters use cannabis, according to a poll.

 

A Tampa strip club impresario and lung cancer patient is suing the state to grow his own MED.

 

Cuba says the movement toward legalization increases drug smuggling and said it would not liberalize its cannabis laws. The U.S. and Cuba are still collaborating to crack down on trafficking despite a chill in relations under President Trump.

 

In Poland, lawmakers voted to legalize MED. In Ireland, MED has run into political headwinds.

 

Seattle mayoral candidates discussed their favorite strains.

Business

MJ Freeway, a software firm for cannabis businesses, suffered its second security breach in six months, when some of its source code was posted online. MJ Freeway called it a “theft” but said its data would not be affected. In January its system suffered a minor crash which it called a criminal attack.

 

Despite these setbacks, MJ Freeway is on a good run. It recently won contracts to track inventory for the governments of Washington and Pennsylvania.

 

A new “self-regulatory” group called the National Association of Cannabis Businesses, wants to create national standards for the industry.

 

Citing fears of a Justice Department crackdown, PNC Bank said it will close pro-legalization group MPP’s 22 year old bank accounts.

 

The Guardian finds that commercial cultivation has a heavy environmental cost.

 

Louisiana State University will earn at least $3.4M over five years from a MED production deal.

 

Colorado’s cannabis producer tax has reached the historic low of 43 cents per gram.

 

Buzzfeed goes inside the race to develop a weed breathalyzer.

 

The Winklevoss twins are being sued after allegedly pledging to invest almost $500,000 in weed delivery app Eaze.

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Editorial: This week the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a sweeping health care bill without public hearings. The best guess available is that it will leave 23 million more Americans uninsured. In exchange it will deliver large tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Vox found that eight Republicans who plan to vote for it can’t coherently defend it. 

 
The Senate vote comes down to 10 key states: Alaska, West Virginia, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Arkansas. All of those states have legalized MED or REC. Some have thriving industries.
 
In December I argued in Slate that the cannabis industry’s unique history gives it a moral obligation to oppose the nomination of then Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) to U.S. Attorney General. No one listened. The industry’s largest lobby, the National Cannabis Industry Association, took an accommodationist stance. If there was any significant dissent within the industry, I’m unaware of it. 
 
The cannabis industry’s ties to the health care issue are perhaps not as direct as they were to Sessions, but if this bill passes, it will hurt many of you and the ones you love. It will also hurt your customers, employees, colleagues, patients and friends. 
 
Some cannabis people like to say they’re building a “new kind of industry,” one that cares about the world around it. In part that’s because many involved in cannabis have fought for justice themselves and know from experience that authority can be ignorant and cruel. But for too many, doing the right thing translates into making or eating gluten-free edibles, rather than active struggle to achieve what’s decent and right.    
 

An industry effort to oppose this health care law is another opportunity for cannabis to prove that it’s a new kind of industry. And if it misses enough opportunities, it will soon become a very familiar kind of industry. 

To learn what you can do, go to Indivisible’s TrumpCare Ten page.

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Two studies differed in their findings on whether legalization worsens road safety. One study found it did not change the number of fatalities, another study said it led to a three percent increase in crashes.

 

An Ohio coroner says he has seen cannabis mixed with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, but the statement couldn’t be confirmed independently.

 

Science journalist Maia Szalavitz says pot addiction is real.

 

California doctors are seeing more pot-induced vomiting.

 

States remain skeptical about including opioid addiction as a qualifying condition for MED.

 

A Kentucky lawmaker says terminally-ill patients should have MED access.

 

Researcher’s at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania will study MED’s effect on autistic children.

 

On the podcast “Shaping Fire” neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo talks about medical uses for MED and psilocybin (the hallucinogen in mushrooms).

Parents worry that in the Trump era it may be harder to obtain MED to curtail children’s seizures.

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Criminal Justice

In a Washington Post op-ed, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his plan to escalate the war on drugs. Among his points, Sessions argued that locking up more drug offenders will make minority neighborhoods safer.

 

The Post published rebuttals from cannabis activist and journalist Tom Angell, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and others.

 

The Pew Charitable Trusts found no relation between a state’s drug incarceration rates and its drug problems.

 

New video looks at the shooting death of Philando Castile in Minnesota. The officer who fatally shot him after smelling pot was acquitted last week.

 

Queens New York man Carlos Cardona who pleaded guilty to a 1990 drug sale (his only conviction) and years later worked in hazardous conditions at Ground Zero faces deportation under Trump’s policies.

 

A UN report found that the global market in illegal drugs is on the rise, powered largely by cocaine and synthetics. There are about 250M illegal drug users worldwide including 183M cannabis users.

 

In Washington and Colorado, cases highlight the temptation for regulators to illegally assist cannabis businesses.

 

The Seattle Times reports on efforts to keep organized crime out of the legal industry.

 

A Colorado judge ruled that state laws don’t protect a man who caused an explosion while making hash at home.

 

In New Jersey, a group of clergy members want pot decriminalized and a notorious juvenile detention facility closed.

 

The Marshall Project says legalizing pot would reduce the number of searches during traffic stops.

 

ProPublica finds that the DEA is largely unaccountable “when its missions cost lives.

 

Drug-related violence in Mexico has increased as factions vie to replace imprisoned kingpin El Chapo.

 

Arizona’s border with Mexico sees a disproportionate number of smuggling arrests.

 

Pot dealing arrests are back up to pre-legalization levels in D.C., where REC is legal.

 

Under the auspices of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, Philippine police are extorting families.

 

Jawara McIntosh, son of reggae icon Peter Tosh was beaten and left in a coma in a New Jersey jail where he was serving six months for pot possession.

 

Rapper Jay-Z is taking on the exploitative bail industry. Rapper Taleb Kweli discussed the war on drugs with Vox.

 

A new miniseries looks at drug war hypocrisies.

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In a new music video for, “Wacky Tobaccy,” country star Toby Keith smokes with Willie Nelson.

 

Washington’s 1964 Supply Co. features packaging designed by artists after they ingest cannabis.

 

Willamette Week scoured Portland for places where tourists can get high.

 

The new hip-hop underground is powered by SoundCloud and prescription pills.

 

Marc Emery, Canada’s “prince of pot” took some guff online over a comment he posted about trans-people.

 

Pueblo County, Colo., distributed $420,000 in cannabis-funded scholarships.

 

April Pride of lifestyle brand Van der Pop talked to Playboy about weed and sex.

 

Mendocino Co. (Calif.) grower Soil Bae is Internet famous.

 

L.A. Weekly recommends five apps for stoners.

 

We live in complicated times, so watch this gorilla play in the bath.

 

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Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the cannabis industry’s legal basis, the Cole Memo, is still in effect. “Maybe there will be changes to it in the future but we’re still operating under that policy, which is an effort to balance the conflicting interests with regard to marijuana.”

The clarification came after Tom Angell broke news that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had requested Congress not to renew the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment when it expires in September.

The amendment prohibits the Justice department from spending money to block state-legal MED activity; It has been in effect since December 2014. Sessions wrote that it would be inadvisable to hamper the Justice Department, “particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic.”

Sessions took a beating in the press for conflating cannabis legalization and the opioid epidemic. Scientific American and Wired piled on.

 

In Congress, a bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced the CARERS Act, that would require the federal government to respect state marijuana laws.

 

Colorado officials responding to the Sessions letter said they like things as they are. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf promised to protect MED patients from Sessions. Oregon officials discussed the situation with the state’s U.S. attorney.

 

California attorney general Xavier Becerra (D) said a widescale crackdown is unlikely. Speaking at an industry conference, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said Sessions is “crazy.”

 

When President Trump signed a spending bill in May, he issued a signing statement essentially giving himself permission to ignore the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. Sessions letter was the latest sign that the administration wants to pick a fight with cannabis. During the 2016 campaign Trump was a relatively consistent MED supporter.

 

Sessions also testified to a Senate committee as part of ongoing investigations into the Trump administration.

 

Trump ally and Russia investigation figure Roger Stone says he’s forming a pro-legalization group to sway Trump. Pro-legalization groups like MPP and legalization appear willing to work with Stone.

 

The cannabis industry has some concerns about L.A. City Council’s proposed regulations. In L.A. Weekly I found that cannabis businesses in the world’s largest market are increasingly worried about L.A.P.D. raids.

 

California lawmakers sent new pot rules to Gov. Jerry Brown (D). For more see here.

 

Massachusetts lawmakers may miss their self-imposed deadline to regulate REC.

 

A REC deal may still be possible in Vermont.

 

Pro-pot Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D) will run for governor.

 

Weed-oriented cryptocurrency PotCoin, which sent Dennis Rodman to North Korea, said the former NBA star deserves credit for the freeing of an American prisoner. The State Department disagrees.

 

The U.S. Senate unanimously condemned, but didn’t change, the country’s hemp laws. The Cannabist has more on the hemp industry’s potential.

 

It’s hard to get MED in New York.

 

Business Insider says Trump’s decision to take a harder line on Cuba abets cocaine smugglers.

 

Entrepreneur and pundit Scott Rasmussen scans the industry.

Business

Henry Wykowski, a lawyer representing Oakland mega-dispensary Harborside, argued against the industry-hated tax rule 280E in court, and says he expects a verdict by the end of this year.

 

Fortune says AG Sessions threatens the industry’s growth. It cites Sentieo data that 75% of public companies involved in cannabis feel Trump’s election poses enough of a threat to list it as a risk for shareholders.

But iAnthus Capital’s Hadley Ford is bullish. (He’s a cannabis investor.)

 

A partnership with MED company UltraHealth has the annual Gathering of Nations in Alberquerque debating whether Native Americans should embrace the cannabis industry.

 

More MED patients are suing after losing their jobs.

 

A big Ontario union said it would cover members’ MED.

 

Massachusetts may impose strict rules on weed ads.

 

Tobacco company Imperial Brands added a cannabis executive to its board. A lawsuit by Nevada’s liquor lobby could delay REC sales in Nevada. The plaintiffs want a piece.

 

Legal REC could be a $5 billion boost to California’s economy according to a state government study. Nationally, the legal industry could have a $70 billion economic impact by 2021.

 

Denver’s proposed rules for social use at existing businesses are restrictive and expensive enough that almost no one is interested.

 

Oregon cannabis entrepreneur Jesce Horton talked about being black in an overwhelmingly white industry.

 

Rev. Al Sharpton, who doesn’t consume, called for more diversity in the industry.

 

Louisiana State University picked a Nevada company to run its MED grow.

 

In a bid to prevent money laundering, the Wynn casino in Las Vegas banned MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich.

 

The 2017 Associated Press Stylebook for journalists advises against using nouns like “alcoholic, addict, user and abuser.” Instead it recommends phrases like “he was addicted,” and “people with heroin addiction.” I will likely continue referring to cannabis users since in WeedWeek it doesn’t have a negative connotation.

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Health and Science

The U.S. Senate may soon pass a sweeping health care bill without public hearings and before it gets any airing before the public. The best guess available is that it will leave 23 million more Americans uninsured. Vox found that eight Republicans who plan to vote for it can’t coherently defend it. Want to learn what you can do? Go here.

 

Utah is the only state to allow cannabis research before legalizing MED, but the approach seems doomed to fail.

 

Sessions anti-pot stance could set back research and MED access for veterans.

 

A group called Friends of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which has anti-pot activist Kevin Sabet on its board, wants to ease restrictions on cannabis research.

 

More users are seeking voluntary treatment for cannabis abuse.

 

In Kentucky, a lawsuit challenges the state’s MED ban.

 

National Geographic sees more interest in growing cannabis by organic standards.

 

A study from industry data firm BDS Analytics found that cannabis consumers make more money, are more satisfied and like the outdoors better than abstainers.

 

The U.K.’s first MED research facility opens this summer.

 

An Australian dad was convicted of growing MED for his epileptic daughter.

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Criminal Justice

A Minnesota jury acquitted cop Jeronimo Yanez of all charges related to his fatally shooting black man Philando Castile. Smelling pot led Yanez to believe Castile was an imminent threat, Yanez’s lawyer said. Castile’s mother responded. After the verdict, Yanez was fired.

 

A study found that legalization hurts cartels and has led to lower crime in border states.

 

Forbes says the war on cannabis is heating up.

 

A Montana MED dispensary owner was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. The Argus Leader profiles a Sioux Falls, S.D. man returning to life on the outside after 11 years in prison on drug and other charges.

 

Former Colorado marijuana enforcement officer and pot entrepreneur Scott Pack has been indicted in connection with an alleged pot trafficking ring. AG Sessions cited the case as justification for a crackdown.

 

The Better Business Bureau is investigating two Colorado businesses for sending pot through the mail. An Oregon state employee was arrested for allegedly stealing tax payments from a dispensary.

 

Incarceration is way-up in rural America.

 

A Louisiana man was granted a reprieve after serving six years of a 17-year sentence for possessing half an ounce.

 

A British Columbia court ended mandatory minimums for growers.

 

ProPublica looks into how the DEA actions led to a massacre in Allende, Mexico.

 

The DEA recently published a lexicon of American drug slang. One heretofore unknown term for weed is “Smoochy Woochy Poochy.”

 

The N.Y. Times reports that dealers in Asia are using the dark web to sell powerful synthetic opioids to Americans. A interactive graph quiz in the paper shows how bad the opioid epidemic is. A bill proposed by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) would give AG Sessions new powers to prosecute crimes involving synthetic opioids.

 

A 49-year old Texas woman granted clemency by President Obama for a non-violent drug crime is going back to prison for violating the terms of her supervised release. A Texas inmate charged with possession committed suicide in jail.

 

Samantha Bee took on Jeff Sessions’ drug policies.

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Cannabis personality Cheryl Shuman says she’s selling diamond encrusted vapes, — “pens formerly owned by Russian czars” — for $150,000 in Beverly Hills. If you have purchased such an item, or come across one in the wild, I want to hear about it.

 

Iowa State University lost its second appeal to ban a pro-pot T-shirt with the university’s logo.

 

Snoop Dogg held his first fashion show.

 

Miley Cyrus talked more about quitting pot. She was spending too much time with her pet pig.

 

Urban Daddy says weed has been Whole Foods-ified.

 

The U.K.’s Sun visits a £2million-a-year grow in a former nuclear bunker.

 

Dope Magazine checks out Sri Lanka’s 2,500 year-old MED industry.

 

A company is trying to create a Cannabis Literary Society.

 

High Times listed 11 of its favorite stoner dads.

 

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

I’ve also created two political Twitter lists you can subscribe to: Real News and Tweeting the Resistance.

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Conservatives criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his decision to roll back Obama-era measures that shortened sentences for drug offenders.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who voted to approve Sessions, said drug use is not a “lock ‘em up and throw away the key’ problem” He supports a bipartisan bill that would counter Sessions.

The conservative Charles Koch Institute found that eight out of ten Trump voters want to see shorter drug sentences. The Federalist says Sessions “has neither the authority nor the evidence to pursue a new drug war.”

Sessions’ move, the N.Y. Times notes,  “ran so contrary to the growing bipartisan consensus coursing through Washington.”The paper also explains how Sessions’ guidance would jack up sentencesReason has more.

Despite Sessions, some states are trying to reduce penalties.

Sessions aggressive stance “creates a lot of uncertainty and that uncertainty is deeply concerning for patients and providers,” Michael Collins of the Drug Policy Alliance told the Washington Post. “We had thought medical marijuana wasn’t really in play in terms of a crackdown.” MJ Biz Daily has more. So does CNBC.

Pro-legalization Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) argued that legalization looks inevitable. “Trump is essentially irrelevant.”

In 2016, a recording caught House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.) saying “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) is among the most pro-cannabis members of Congress. Republicans have tried to brush aside McCarthy’s remarks as a joke.

The California government is starting to collect feedback on proposed cannabis regulations.

Leafly asks why legalization pushes failed in Texas.

Montana Congressional candidate Rob Quist (D), who’s running in a May 25 special election, ducked out of an interview rather than discuss past marijuana use, that came out in a 20-year old malpractice lawsuit he had filed against a doctor. He later copped to receiving a citation in 1971.

Worried that it would undermine efforts to fight the opioid crisis, New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Maggie Hassan (D) oppose the Trump administration’s plan to gut the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Both sides are lobbying Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) on the REC bill passed by the state legislature. If he doesn’t sign it by Wednesday it automatically becomes law.

Florida ordered a dispensary to stop selling a product that could be smoked. Maryland approved its first MED grow. For the first time, Oregon’s economic forecast accounts for cannabis.

MJ Biz Daily interviewed Anne McLellan, who led Canada’s marijuana task force, on the road to legalization.

Colorado lawmakers haven’t passed social use because they can’t decide on the meaning of “open and public” consumption.

Iowa and Minnesota are trying to work out a way for Iowans to buy MED from Minnesota, despite interstate commerce laws. If successful it would be the first example of cannabis remaining state-legal after it crossed state lines.

In L.A., I found that “rogue dispensaries” are a source of resentment.

Miami Deputy City Attorney Barnaby Min compared legalizing MED to legalizing pedophilia.

U.K. Prime Minister Teresa May has no intention of legalizing. She considers it a gateway drug.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pushed back an impeachment attempt related to his war on drugs. He’s also cracking down on public tobacco use.

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Cannabis executives were in D.C. this week making the case for banking and fair taxation. Quartz suggests that cannabis is just one of many industries unlikely to see its agenda advance amid the Trump administration’s scandals. Rolling Stone has more.

Vice suggests that Canadian companies’ “first mover advantage” will lead to global domination. New Cannabis Ventures says the plant is now a global investing opportunity.

A bill with bipartisan support in Congress would make banking easier for cannabis companies.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill that will enable the state to create the first market for certified organic cannabis.
Minnesota’s two MED businesses have lost $11M in two years of sales, the AP reported.

In California’s Salinas Valley, the decorative flower industry is giving way to a new kind of flower. Farther north, in cannabis friendly Santa Rosa, a housing developer doesn’t want to build apartments close to a large grow.
Media company Civilized was involved in an ill-conceived promotion which it ended.

Starbucks contacted the activist known as NJ Weedman after signage for his WeedBukx cafe resembled the coffee company’s mermaid logo.
The Alaska Grown logo that appears on state-grown produce won’t be on cannabis anytime soon.

A PayPal executive is joining cannabis enterprise software company Kind Financial.
LAist runs through 10 popular products that could become illegal under proposed California regulations, including chocolate covered espresso beans (caffeine), Ganjalato (dairy) and free samples.

The N.Y. Times visits the “largest vertical farm in the world,” in Newark, N.J.
More American workers are testing positive for cocaine, marijuana and meth.

Founding editor of The Cannabist Ricardo Baca is starting a content agency called Grasslands. He spoke to Green State.
Americans are spending more on weed than on erectile dysfunction pills. The same study thinks U.S. REC sales could surpass MED sales this year.

Brad Nattrass, CEO of urban-gro in Lafayette, Colo. is running for the National Cannabis Industry Association board. He submitted the following statement in support of his candidacy:
I am Brad Nattrass, CEO of urban-gro. Our team of nearly 30 employees, located across the country, works with large-scale cultivation facilities to provide advanced technology products and systems solutions.

Our company was honored to be awarded an inaugural Cannavation Award for Cultivation at the NCIA Seed to Sale Show earlier this year.

As a member of the NCIA board, I will be of service to NCIA and my fellow members in three ways:

·         First, bringing attention to the challenges faced by cultivators in every region of the country.

I bring the pulse of cultivators on a national scale. Because urban-gro sells to hundreds of commercial cultivation facilities in every stage of development, we have a unique opportunity to learn about the specific concerns and challenges that growers face in all regions of the country.

·         Second, bringing a network of professionals to drive NCIA membership and sponsorship.

·         Third, providing a relentless entrepreneurial drive to make a difference.

I have an incredible drive. I am an entrepreneur with an MBA, and over a decade of experience in large-scale agriculture. I am a solutions focused individual that rises to the occasion when I encounter challenges.

I believe in the important work NCIA does on behalf of the cannabis industry. I will be honored and humbled if you vote for me to join the NCIA Board of Directors.

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Genetically modified weed is probably inevitable.

A Canadian study suggests cannabis can help wean crack addicts. Canada is trying to rein in the cost of MED for veterans.

Vox says the stricter sentences favored by AG Sessions could push up the HIV rate by incentivizing needle sharing.

L.A. Weekly meets the Battlefield Foundation where cannabis is part of the program for PTSD-scarred veterans.

A New Hampshire doctor was reprimanded for recommending MED to a patient with past pot convictions.

When giving an elephant LSD, make sure to calculate the correct dose.

National Geographic has a photo essay on street pharmacists in Haiti.

Criminal Justice

The National District Attorneys Association published a report on state cannabis enforcement that’s pretty vague in its recommendations on the Cole Memo and other key issues. See the report here.

In Washington, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, urged the U.S. to step up international crime-fighting efforts and reduce its focus on drugs.

Milwaukee County Sheriff, conservative pundit, and tough on crime zealot David Clarke says he’s taking a job with the Department of Homeland Security.

A consultant who helped a South Dakota Native American tribe in its aborted effort to set up a cannabis industry is going on trial. A South Dakota reporter has been subpoenaed to testify.

I was subpoenaed for my Pando story on the rise and fall of a modern weed dealer.

In one Virginia County, blacks are six times as likely as whites to be arrested for weed possession. Two deputy sheriffs in Kern County, California (Bakersfield) pled guilty to selling seized weed. “I made the decision based on Satan playing games with me and making me feel like I was prideful,” one of them said.

The Minnessota cop who fatally shot Philando Castile will stand trial for manslaughter May 30. A judge ruled that his defense can bring up Castile’s marijuana use on the day of the shooting but not Castile’s earlier use.

Mexican journalist Javier Valdez, who was known for his brave coverage of the country’s drug war, was shot dead in the state of Sinaloa.

A federal appeals court declined to rule on whether federal prisons can hold offenders who operated within state law. The case involved a California man who went to prison in 2014.

According to the FBI, a suburban Detroit man tried to bribe officials to get a dispensary license.

Cops in Bismarck, N.D. are cracking down on CBD products. (North Dakota voters legalized MED last year.)

Residents of Durango, Col., are upset about a Fox News story that they say distorted the truth to make the mountain tourist town look like a mecca for panhandlers.

The Trump administration is expanding its use of for-profit prisons to hold undocumented immigrants.

In Alaska, cops can’t own pot shops.

The New Yorker has a photo essay on the ravages of drug smuggling in the Brazilian Amazon. Jon Lee Anderson writes: “We are left with the alarming realization that destruction comes in stages—that the end of nature in the Amazon will likely not terminate with the extinction of its forests but transmute into some new murderous end-game that will carry on, long after the last tree is felled.”

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Oregon Live says the NFL’s refusal to reinstate Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, for cannabis use is “simply absurd” compared to the league’s record of forgiving players who abused women and committed other violent crimes.

Buzzfeed meets pro-cannabis Christians in the deep south. Texas activist Lydia Decker named her organization Genesis 1:29 for the Bible verse that begins “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed…”

The New Yorker’s Nick Paumgarten visits a bong art show: “Delicate leaves and lace, tubes within tubes, ghouls embedded inside chambers like ships in bottles. One object widely admired by the other lampworkers was a pea-green monster truck with big black tires and flames exuding from six tailpipes—every inch of it glass. Mais oui: Ceci, c’est une pipe.”

There’s an annual todo about whether a big fake joint can be in a July 4 parade in suburban Tampa.

Hollywood legend Cary Grant turned to LSD therapy. Famed LSD chef Nicholas Sand died.

NASCAR vetoed a weed logo on a car. In 1986, four Indy 500 drivers were convicted of pot trafficking.

Willie Nelson said Jeff Sessions shouldn’t opine on drugs unless the attorney general has tried them.

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

I’ve also created two political Twitter lists you can subscribe to: Real News and Tweeting the Resistance.

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WeedWeek: “Beyond Stupidity,” NJ Gov. Chris Christie rants against legal pot

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In a speech caught on video, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie said legalizing pot is  “beyond stupidity.” Christie, the country’s least popular governor, added that wealthy suburbanites would never allow dispensaries in their neighborhoods.

Reason writes:

Even as he argues that advocates of marijuana legalization are pushing a principle that logically leads to heroin legalization, Christie says it’s really all about the money. “This is the part that liberals love the most: We can tax it,” Christie said. “Sweet Jesus, we can tax it! More money for us!” As he has done before, Christie referred to marijuana tax revenue as “blood money,” saying “crazy liberals” who support legalization are willing to “poison our kids” in exchange for another $300 million or so a year, which he desribed as “a rounding error” in New Jersey’s $35.5 billion budget.

President Trump’s “drug czar” nominee Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) withdrew his name from consideration, citing a family illness. Marino came under fire for supporting involuntary committal for casual drug users, and for his work supporting opioid makers. Meanwhile, the Trump administration suggested cutting the drug czar office’s budget by 95%.

Trump invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Duterte has become an international pariah due to a war on drugs which has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial killings. Duterte has not committed to the visit but his spokesman said that in a phone call Trump expressed “his understanding and appreciation of the challenges facing the Philippine president, especially on” drugs.

Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno of Human Rights Watch writes:

“Donald Trump hasn’t called for the killing of his own citizens, like his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly done since taking office in June 2016.

“But the two men do have at least one thing in common. Both have made a habit out of scapegoating vulnerable people to justify cruel, abusive, and counterproductive policies in the name of fighting drugs.”

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) sponsored a bill that would restrict arms sales to the Philippines on account of human rights abuses there.

The government’s $1.1 trillion spending bill extends the requirement that federal dollars can’t block state MED programs until September. Tom Angell noted that the provision may not apply to North Dakota and Indiana. Congress “ties Jeff Sessions’ hands” on weed, Rolling Stone notes.

The Colorado House voted to let REC businesses reclassify inventory as MED in the event of a federal crackdown. Lawmakers in the state are still torn over whether smoking on your front porch constitutes “open and public” consumption which is banned in the state. They also may raise REC taxes.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) said he spoke with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about REC. “I can’t speak for the attorney general, but I advised him that it’s in our state law now,” Sandoval said. “We are moving forward.”

Pro-legalization Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.) said he’d take the fight for MED access to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

“The reason we are choosing to legalize and control marijuana is because the current system is not protecting our kids,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Bloomberg. “Right now it’s easier for an underage Canadian, a teenager, to buy a joint than it is for them to get their hands on a bottle of beer.”

In L.A. Weekly, I looked at California’s proposed regulations. Reporter Brooke Staggs also dives in.

CannaRegs co-founder Amanda Ostrowitz will give a free webinar on the topic this Monday. Law firm Harris Bricken will host a similar event June 1.

The Florida legislature is making progress on MED regulation, though a bill passed by the house bans smoking cannabis. REC launches on July 1 in Nevada and cannabis lounges are under discussion.

“Marijuana refugees” are returning to Texas to push for MED. Eighty percent of North Carolinians want to legalize MED.

A dispensary has run up against NIMBYism in S.F.’s Sunset District.

Mexico appears poised to legalize MED.

The first legal MED shipments have arrived in Australia. National Geographic suggests that hemp was a major reason why Britain colonized Australia. In the 18th century, hemp was essential for making rope and other components of ships.

Today is the Global Marijuana March against prohibition.

Last week I mistakenly said former head of Colorado marijuana regulation Andrew Freedman is now a lobbyist. He is a consultant. I regret the error.

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New York MED license holders are suing the state to block it from awarding more licenses. The NY Times learned that members of the panel that awards New York MED licenses don’t know much about MED.

Cultivation Technologies, which has promised to build a massive grow in Coachella, Calif., has been sued by an investor for “gross mismanagement of the corporation, self dealing by the individual defendants, dilution of the stock, corprorate (sic) waste, etc.”

Cannabis real estate company Innovative Industrial Properties plans to spend up to $15M in Maryland.
Tribeca Investment Partners, an Australian hedge fund that surged last year thanks to bets on cannabis and other commodities, has invested in Cann Group, an Australian cannabis company.

An Australian pot stock jumped from 1.3 cents to 41 cents in two days.
Casino gambling didn’t work out for a Native American tribe in San Diego County California. Now they want to grow weed.

Publicly-traded lawncare company Scotts Miracle-Gro is committed to the hydroponics business through its subsidiary Hawthorne Gardening.
A business thinks that by selling CBD processed from the plant’s stalk, it can sell in Idaho, which has some of the strictest CBD laws in the country.

Canadian pharmacy chain Loblaw may be interested in selling REC as well as MED. Canadian grower Tilray said it has clearance to ship MED to Cyprus.
Canadian regulators found traces of a banned pesticide at producer Hydropothecary.

An Oregon bill that would ban firing employees for cannabis use fizzled. Legal weed is really expensive in Alaska.

There was a cannabis wedding expo in the Bay Area.

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Health and Science

This week the U.S. House passed an Obamacare repeal widely described as “crueler” than the bill that failed to attract support from far-right lawmakers. The original bill would have cost 24 million Americans their health insurance according to the Congressional Budget Office. This time Republicans didn’t wait for a CBO score. As someone said on the podcast Pod Save America: “Everyone knows someone who will be screwed by this bill.” This bill is not about marijuana, but will almost certainly have implications for MED and the industry.

As the bill moves to the Senate, the key players include the more moderate Republicans and those facing tough reelection fights in 2018: Susan Collins (Maine), Sen. Dean Heller (Nevada), Jeff Flake (Arizona), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). Those of you who live in these states may want to contact them. If you don’t live in those states, MoveOn, among other groups, is raising money to defeat politicians who support Trumpcare.

The U.S. government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) noted on its site that “medical marijuana products may have a role in reducing the use of opioids needed to control pain.”

The number of pot-related ER visits to Children’s Hospital Colorado roughly quadrupled between 2005 and 2015.

In California, public schools are wary about MED access for students with epilepsy.

Leafly asked if a Washington state lab is inflating clients’ potency and purity numbers to give itself a competitive advantage. The lab denied the accusation.

Stat tells the story of an opioid salesman who was addicted to his product before finding relief with MED.

A Canadian reporter looks at how Colorado edibles companies comply with health rules.

The Cannifornian has a special report on Parenting in the Age of Legalization.

Tea trees have very large genomes.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was called a liar for his claim that the city is “ending arrest for low-level possession of marijuana.” Democratic rival Robert Ganji said the NYPD made more than 5,000 of these arrests in the first quarter of this year.

An insurance study linked dispensaries to an uptick in proximate property crime, though not violent crime.

Colorado’s seed to sale tracking system is leaking cannabis, though apparently not very much, into the black market. The black market is flourishing in Oregon. Despite legalization. It’s more profitable for growers.

A Louisiana Supreme Court judge called a sentence of 18-years for possessing 18 grams of marijuana “ridiculous.”

For the first time, the DEA wants its own prosecutors to go after offenders involved in the opioid crisis. Critics say the move could revive the war on drugs.

Despite falling incarceration rates, the number of Americans serving life in prison is at an all time high. Within the federal system, two thirds of lifers committed a non-violent crime.

Mexican drug lord El Chapo will go on trial in April. He’s currently in solitary confinement in New York City.

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Disney World added weed to its banned items list. Sharp-eyed journalist Ben Adlin noted that Disney Land, in California, didn’t add the restriction. In this 2011 NY Times Magazine essay John Jeremiah Sullivan finds folks who strategize online about cannabis consumption in the parks.

The NFL players union may be making progress on MED access.

Miley Cyrus hasn’t smoked weed in three weeks. “I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open,” she told Billboard. “And I was noticing, it’s not the people that are stoned. I want to be super clear and sharp, because I know exactly where I want to be.”

Broad City’s Ilana Glazer is in a show called “Time Traveling Bong.

Members only Hitman Coffee in L.A. allows guests to BYOC.

My former colleague Roben Farzad visited the International Church of Cannabis for his podcast Full Disclosure. The Outline interviews Bill Levin, who started Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis.

Leafly meets the cutest #dogsofcannabis. In an unforgiveable oversight, it omitted WeedWeek’s adorable mascot Flora, who once ate a “medicated” chocolate bar and then threw up profusely.

Here’s the WeedWeek list of pot journalists on Twitter and the list of cannabusiness people on Twitter. Both are works in progress. Recommendations welcome.

I’ve also created two political Twitter lists you can subscribe to: Real News and Tweeting the Resistance.

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AG Jeff Sessions says legalization framework is “Not too far from good policy”

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) to discuss legalization. A Hickenlooper aide said the main takeaway was that Sessions is not especially interested in disrupting the legal cannabis industry and considers the Cole Memo, the Justice Department document that has allowed the industry to operate, “not too far from good policy.” Sessions, no-fan of legalization, also expressed interest in visiting Colorado.

California released draft regulations for growing, testing, moving and selling MED, initiating a 45-day public comment period. See the rules here.
To protect businesses from a federal crackdown, the Colorado Senate passed legislation that would enable REC businesses to reclassify inventory as MED.

In Washington state, support for legalization reached 78% at the end of 2016. State lawmakers also sent a raft of bills to the governor. If signed, it will be legal in the state to share a joint, and billboards will not be allowed to show pictures of pot.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) ordered a study of racial disparities in awarding state MED licenses. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill allowing dispensaries to give away small safes to keep kids out of customers’ supply.

Anaheim, Calif., banned marijuana businesses. Reno, Nev., backed off a moratorium on REC businesses.
The Colorado Supreme Court backed Denver-suburb Northglenn’s denial of a MED license, on grounds that it was unneeded.

Denver will allow dispensaries to stay open until 10 p.m., a three hour extension.
Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney (D) said Pennsylvania should legalize REC. Some of the candidates running to replace New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie want to legalize.

In Alaska, businesspeople carry pounds of cannabis on commercial flights with permission from airport police. (Some parts of Alaska are only accessible by plane.)
Montana lawmakers voted to overhaul the state’s MED program. A social use bill advanced in Nevada

Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett (R) has emerged as one of the more vocal legalization supporters in Congress.

Canada’s Hill Times, weighs the political calculus of legalization for the country’s governing Liberal Party.
A new push to legalize is underway in Switzerland.

On 4/20, Trump advisor and political chimera Roger Stone tweeted a picture of his Richard Nixon bong. Nixon, who coined the phrase ‘war on drugs,’ is probably not a frequent subject for bong sculptors.

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The Sessions Justice Department warned federal bankruptcy officials that they can’t help with liquidating or restructuring cannabis businesses. Also from Tom Angell, a bill proposed in Congress would increase access to banking for cannabis businesses.
A bill to protect cannabis workers advanced in the California Assembly. It follows a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting on sexual assault in the state’s Emerald Triangle growing region.
In Michigan, alcohol and tobacco companies have shown interest in the state’s MED industry.

A vineyard in Oregon’s Yamhill county is suing a neighbor for growing marijuana on grounds that the odor could taint the grapes. The vineyard said the grower has already cost it a customer.
In Forbes, Julie Weed reports on growing demand for low-THC edibles. She also spoke to five entrepreneurs who think the industry is “now unstoppable.”

MED shops in Maine want a head start on REC sales. Oregon said it will start to inspect more commercial grows. MED businesses are a lobbying force in New York.
Canadian producer Emblem Cannabis recalled several batches for containing less CBD than advertised.

Last year, U.S. MED users spent three times more on cannabis than REC users, according to New Frontier Data.
There’s a forthcoming Idiot’s Guide to starting and running a marijuana business, by Debby Goldsberry of Oakland’s Magnolia Wellness dispensary.

Volte Face suggested that Britain’s future legal pot market should be online only. (The U.K. has not legalized.)

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Health and Science
The father/daughter researchers who found last year that access to MED reduces Medicare (elderly) prescriptions for opiates, antidepressants and some other drugs, have learned MED reduces the prescriptions for Medicaid (low income) patients as well.

Florida’s slow progress on MED rules is frustrating doctors. See here for more details on the state’s legislative process.

Researchers noticed similarities in how cannabinoids and capsaicin (found in hot peppers) interact with the body, with potential benefits for gastrointestinal health.

A study found that cannabis use increases the risk of heart disease in HIV-positive men aged 40 to 60.

A first of its kind study in Israel is trying to determine whether CBD benefits patients with autism.

Harvard Medical School professor Bertha Madras Ph.D. who sits on Trump’s anti-opioid commission compared opioids and marijuana “The lessons that we have learned from opioids are directly applicable or generalizable to marijuana,” she said.

Tom Marino, Trump’s nominee for drug czar, said last year that he supports forced inpatient rehab for “non-dealer, nonviolent drug abusers.” Critics say this approach with cannabis users is unnecessary and potentially harmful.

A judge approved an assisted living facility’s move to evict a Colorado man for cannabis use. (In Massachusetts, and in general, landlords still have power to ban cannabis use in their buildings.)

The AP profiles conservative Georgia lawmaker Allen Peake (R) who distributes state-legal cannabis oil to patients who have no legal way to obtain it.

Riley Hancey, 19,