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Here’s the news:
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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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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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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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 women and minorities in the industry.
The Portland Mercury’s Josh Jardine sounds off on all the annoying things cannabis professionals do.
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Testing company Steep Hill says 86% of California clones are contaminated by pesticides.
Veterans group the American Legion called for the VA to get involved in a cannabis PTSD study.
Massachusetts researchers are collecting baseline cannabis use data before REC goes on sale.
A survey of Denver cannabis users found the most popular reasons to take it are sleep and pain relief.While Colorado seniors are increasingly fond of weed, data is lacking.
TV doctor Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz) said MED may help with the opioid epidemic. Dr. Oz has suffered serious blows to his reputation in recent years.
Citing legal concerns, the University of Maryland pharmacy school cancelled plans to offer classes for cannabis industry workers.
A pot farm in Colorado claims to have zero carbon footprint.
Leaf Science offers an evenhanded explainer on the concentrated cannabis oil known as Rick Simpson oil.
A survey found nine out of ten medical residents and fellows are not prepared to prescribe cannabis.
The World Health Organization is rethinking CBD.
The director of California’s fish and wildlife department says cannabis regulation will be complicated.
NYTimes columnist Nicholas Kristof says Portugal won the war on drugs by ending it.
A researcher found bath salts and other unwanted drugs in ecstasy pills.
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Massachusetts’ highest court ruled roadside tests are not proof of cannabis impairment.
A bill to make California a cannabis “sanctuary state” stalled in the state legislature. It would block state and local law enforcement from assisting federal authorities on cannabis enforcement.
Sociology site Contexts compares AG Sessions with Harry J. Anslinger, the federal official most closely associated with federal prohibition in 1937.
Sessions is killing a program designed to improve cop-community relations.
An upcoming felony possession trial for rapper Chief Keef will be a test for South Dakota’s cannabis laws, among the nation’s strictest.
A Dallas proposal to cite and release rather than arrest individuals found with less than four ounces of cannabis appears to be delayed if not cancelled. Two years after allowing it, Texans still can’t access CBD oil.
Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte said his son will be killed if he’s involved with drugs. Following the Philippines, Indonesian police are escalating a violent war on drugs.
St. Louis police chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” while arresting protesters opposed to police violence.
A man is seeks $2M from New York City police for roughing him up while he was dressed like a pot plant. A New York City cop says she tested positive for pot because the test used a sample from her hair weave.
The activist known as NJ Weedman is heading to trial for witness tampering. He also filed an ethics complaint against a judge.
A Yuba County, Calif. strip club hosted a topless carwash to raise money for two sheriff’s deputies injured in a shootout at a Rastafarian pot farm.
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GOP Congressional leadership will block a House vote on continuing the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment (previously Rohrabacher-Farr), which prevents the Justice Department from going after state-legal MED businesses. A failure to renew the amendment would be a major victory for anti-cannabis Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R).
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) wrote a Washington Post op-ed to support his amendment and pleaded for a vote in committee.
Trump confidant Roger Stone threatened to sue the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition for $1M, after it dropped him as a speaker during an upcoming Los Angeles event. The Minority Cannabis Business Association and other groups were boycotting the event on account of Stone’s history of racially charged remarks. For more see here.
L. A. city councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson is calling on the city to recruit minority cannabis entrepreneurs, create cannabis business incubators for them and do more to promote people of color in the industry.
California may allow growers and sellers to pool their licenses and operate at the same location. A California effort to ban pot advertising on clothing fell short. A group of California’s Native American tribes is signalling interest in the green rush. New Cannabis Ventures hosted a California cannabusiness roundtable on where things are headed..
The new Massachusetts cannabis commissioner, businessman Steven Hoffman, sought to convince critics that he supports REC. Four of the five Massachusetts commissioners opposed last year’s REC vote. It’s not clear if the commission has enough money to carry out its mission.
Boston mayor Marty Walsh (D), who opposed the REC vote, is welcoming dispensaries into the city.
Ontario dispensaries will be run by the province, the way liquor stores are in several Canadian provinces.
Candidates in Tennessee’s 2018 gubernatorial race have differing views on legalization. Liberal candidates in Minnesota’s 2018 gubernatorial race mostly favor legal REC.
Cannabis professionals are running for seats in the Illinois and California legislatures and the New York City Council, among other posts.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said he won’t legalize pot or casino gambling to close the state’s $40 billion pension debt.
Clark County banned pot possession and advertising at the Las Vegas airport. Las Vegas suburb Henderson, Nevada’s second largest city, allowed REC dispensaries.
Alaska has three upcoming local elections on banning cannabis businesses.
German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz, head of the liberal Social Democrat party, said he favors a national referendum on legalization, but did not say how if he would vote. In the polls, he trails incumbent conservative Angela Merkel.
Business
Canadian MED companies are plotting “global domination.”
Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest producer, is doubling production. Toronto-based MED producer Cronos Group has a new partnership to grow cannabis on a kibbutz in Israel for export. British Columbia-based Tilray will invest C$30M to build a grow in northern Portugal and export product across the European Union.
Toronto’s Globe and Mail spoke to Canadian edible companies.
The Baltimore Sun meets some Maryland cannabis companies.
New Cannabis Ventures says the existing cannabis stock funds are “poorly structured” which helps account for their poor performance. The site also finds Sunset Island Group insiders made $3M off an $11,000 investment through a stock sale. NCV had previously expressed concerns about the company.
Following its acquisition of High Times, Oreva Publishing acquired Here Publishing which owns gay-oriented publications Out and The Advocate. The company, which is rebranding itself Pride Media, and has plans to go public, wants to acquire brands that have “strong emotional ties with a community.”
Denver-based cannabis law firm Hoban Law Group, is claiming the first nationally-run tv ad for a cannabis related service.
A industry study is bullish on concentrates and vapes in California, but predicts a contraction in the flower market.
A Washington broker seeks to bundle a dozen dispensaries in the state and sell them for $70M.
An anonymous survey conducted by Marijuana Business Daily found 17% of cannabis executives are racial minorities. [Editor’s note: After three years covering this industry I’d estimate the figure is more like 2% or 3%.]
Detroit dispensary Buds R Us received a trademark infringement letter from Toys R Us. I wrote about the Gorilla Glue infringement case for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Stanford psychiatry professor Keith Humphreys explains why legalization has sent cannabis prices plunging.
Some in the Dallas business community are interested in cannabis. Meanwhile, Texas’ CBD oil law may be unworkable.
Colorado-based edibles brand Incredibles is expanding to Puerto Rico.
All four cities The New York Times named as the most likely to win Amazon’s new second headquarters — Denver, Boston, Portland and D.C. — have legal REC.
Rolling Stone meets six women shaping the industry.
Alaska’s “Made in Alaska” promotional campaign will allow cannabis businesses to use its logo.
Health and Science
A study by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy found youth use has not increased since REC legalization. The federal National Survey on Drug Use and Health found last month pot use among 12 to 17s at 6.5% the lowest rate since 1994. The data landed hours after GOP house leaders blocked the floor vote on the Rohrabacher amendment.
Freshman Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.) proposed a budget amendment to protect MED researchfrom AG Sessions.
President Trump nominated Congressman Tom Marino as drug czar after dropping the nomination. Marino is known for his support of the opioid industry and his believe in forced commitment for cannabis users.
A report out of the State University of New York calls pot’s reputation as a gateway drug a persistent “fallacy.”
A Vermont court will decide whether MED patients should be allowed to drive.
A study in adolescent mice suggests cannabis containing CBD may be less dangerous than cannabis which contains only THC.
Healthline looks into why more seniors have taken up cannabis for their aches and pains.
Banned pesticides from illegal pot farms have seeped into the water in northern California.
New Mexico’s MED program wants to improve its physician outreach.
An Irish mom organized a festival to mark her son’s 300th straight day without a seizure, since he began CBD treatment.
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Criminal Justice
A lawsuit alleges the U.S. Justice Department is investigating Colorado cannabis businesses in the guise of IRS audits. The IRS dismissed the allegation as nonsense.
Arizona Attorney General is suing Insys Therapeutics over deceptive marketing of its fentanyl spray. The opioid maker donated to oppose REC in the state.
Paolo Duterte, son of Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte, denied as “baseless” involvement in a $125M shipment of methamphetamine from China. Duterte, whose father has encouraged extrajudicial killings of thousands of supposed drug dealers, declined to disclose a tattoo that allegedly links him to a crime syndicate. The younger Duterte, who is the vice mayor of Davao city, also declined to discuss his bank accounts, which he called “irrelevant.” President Duterte’s son-in-law has also been implicated and denied wrongdoing. For more see here.
Maine legalization activist Paul McCarrier was denied entry to Canada. The U.S. reserves the right to ban entry for life to foreigners who admit to ever using marijuana.
ProPublica explains how AG Sessions misrepresented President Trump’s expansion of police access to military grade weaponry.
Las Vegas burglars are targeting dispensaries, the NBC affiliate reports.
Vox finds numerous states responding to the opioid crisis with tougher criminal penalties.
Over two years, Tennessee authorities improperly spent $100,000 in asset forfeiture funds on banquets.
A Missouri NORML activist is in trouble after comparing police to the KKK.
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Princeton Review lists the most weed friendly colleges.
The N.Y. Times’ Frugal Traveler columnist gets high in Portland.
Singer Olivia Newton-John says MED is helping her beat cancer.
The founder of Indianapolis’ First Church of Cannabis claims his pet peacock was murdered. He is also mourning the unexpected death of one of his goats.
An LSD “microdosing coach” charges $97 for a 30-minute Skype session.
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The cannabis industry spent $450,000 on lobbying in the first half of 2017, twice its expenditure during the same period in 2016. It was the highest growth rate of any industry, according to a report from the Center for Responsive Politics. Scotts Miracle-Gro., the publicly traded lawncare company making a play for the hydroponics market, accounted for more than 80% of industry lobbying.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) are pushing back on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ criticisms of their state cannabis programs. Inslee said Sessions made claims that are “outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.”
To avoid a federal crackdown, legal states are trying to stop “diversion” across state lines.
Politico says legalization will be a central issue during the 2020 presidential campaign.
Maine’s REC program will be delayed until next summer at the earliest. Gov. Paul LePage (R) wants REC repealed.
A new proposal to legalize REC in Michigan would be retroactive to 1970, meaning state felony convictions since then would be expunged and state cannabis prisoners would be released. Like another proposal in the state, the ballot initiative targets a November 2018 vote.
“At this stage, [CBD oil is] as far as Texas will take” legalization, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said.
The Indiana legislature will consider a Republican-backed MED bill.
Wisconsin state lawmaker Frank Lasee (R) declined to discuss his investment in Canadian MED giant Canopy Growth.
Law professor Jonathan H. Adler writes on what legalization means for federalism.
A bipartisan group of Congresspeople want to legalize hemp.
Business
The Minority Cannabis Business Association said it would withdraw from an upcoming cannabis conference on account of keynote speaker Roger Stone, a political operative and Trump supporter known for racially-charged tactics and messaging. Cannabis Industry Journal supports MCBA’s move and briefly runs through “Stone’s Shady Past.
Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCB) said it will not revoke Stone’s invitation. “Stone has raised a lot of money. He is pushing Jeff Sessions really hard and he’s got Donald Trump’s ear,” CBCW managing partner Dan Humiston said.
Colorado Public Radio reports businesses are more concerned about their electricity bills, a sign of industry maturation. In Washington and Colorado, the piece notes, utilities are defraying the cost for grows to convert to light-emiting diodes (LED) which use less electricity than metal halide and high-pressure sodium bulbs.
Leafly deputy editor Bruce Barcott suggests hot cannabis stocks have reached the point where “Bullshit becomes monetized.” In particular he questions the proposed go-public valuation of High Times at $250M when it was recently valued at $70M. MarketWatch explains the “blank-check company” method High Times is using to go public.
Motley Fool examines pot stocks after a strong year.
Companies are moving away from strain names, as a way to identify their products. Strain names are widely considered unreliable.
Denver is considering alternate tax structures to push out the illegal market. Social use activists may sue Denver for settling on rules they consider too restrictive.
A Nevada judge expanded the business types eligible for distribution licenses.
Washington altered the rules to allow businesses to own more grow licenses. The step may increase competition, supply and merger activity.
Six of 15 pre-approved growers in Maryland missed the deadline to have their businesses running, but may be granted an extension.
Massachusetts edibles makers talked about how regulation drives innovation.
Trucking companies, which experience as high as 60% drug test failure rates, are rethinking their cannabis policies. Don’t expect change any time soon.
App Wikileaf is advertising in-flight on Virgin America.
L.A. Weekly asks if pesticide regulations will hurt the state industry.
The Alaska Dispatch News asks if the state is making money from legal cannabis.
Still no one has applied to run a MED business in Arkansas.
Canadian MED producer Tilray is investing $24M to convert a pepper farm into one of the country’s largest legal grows.
A Canadian producer with a Florida MED license is increasing its footprint in the Sunshine State. Canadian exports are booming, and executives are thinking about how to go global.
Israel will export MED. Kibbutzes want in on the Israeli green rush.
County law is another reason why the plan to convert tiny desert town Nipton, Calif. Into a cannabis resort seems unlikely.
Investing publication The Midas Letter toured a grow run by Canadian MED player Aphria.
Health and Science
Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R), the Justice Department will block the DEA’s push to increase federal grow permits, a program designed to foster MED research. The DEA was considering 25 applications but does not expect Justice to sign off on any of them.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Bronx-based Albert Einstein medical school $3.8M to conduct the first long term study to test whether MED reduces opioid use for adults with chronic pain, including those with HIV/AIDS. Subjects in the five year study will obtain MED legally in New York dispensaries.
A new University of Texas, Dallas, study found chronic cannabis use may reduce the risk of stroke by improving blood flow. For more see here.
Modern Farmer learns about the “Superfund-like” sites left behind by illegal grows in northern California.
In New Jersey, the parents of a recently deceased 22-year old man are convinced his MED caused his heart to beat erratically and then stop. Cannabis is not listed as his cause of death.
Massachusetts has a new marijuana training course for doctors.
At Leafly, Dr. Dave Hepburn says cannabis activists shouldn’t exaggerate its medical benefits.
A scientific breakthrough could enable large scale production of psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms.
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A federal judge blocked federal prosecutors from pursuing a case against two California growers who tried to act in compliance with state law. The case is the first to test the “Rohrabacher-Farr amendment.” For more see here.
A decorated special forces veteran and MED user in Colorado is suing the Denver suburb of Fountain for raiding his grow. The authorities say they had a signed warrant.
Video documentation emerged in the case of a Harris County (Houston) Texas woman suing the sheriff’s office over a vaginal cavity search conducted on her.
In an opinion piece, Jim Patterson, CEO of delivery app Eaze says the Marijuana Justice Act, the legalization bill proposed by N.J. Sen. Cory Booker (D) “legalizes marijuana the right way.
In an opinion piece, Ryan Jennemann, founder of California grower THC Design, asks if AG Sessions’ opposition to legalization is racially motivated.
The Crime Report profiles LEAR Asset Management, a private security firm that performs “Counter-Trespass Operations” against illegal grows in California’s Emerald Triangle.
San Diego cops raided two illegal dispensaries. The city says it has shuttered more than 60 since March. Voice of San Diego reports the prosecution of cannabis attorney Jessica McElfresh has sent chillsthrough the local cannabusiness community.
A disbarred Nevada lawyer is wanted in an alleged dispensary investment scam.
San Joaquin County, Calif. (Stockton) is targeting dispensaries.
Louisiana is reviewing prison sentences for 16,000 inmates who may see their sentences shortened under a new law.
A woman who tested positive for THC in Pennsylvania after a car crash that killed her two grandchildren, was not high at the time of the crash, her lawyer said. Authorities found Oxycodone pills and alcohol, but not marijuana, in the car. (THC can stay in the system for weeks after the last use.)
A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration questions the accuracy of marijuana impairment tests used by police. See the government report here.
The small South American country Paraguay, which apparently produces nine percent of the world’s marijuana, has seen a major increase in gangs and drug related violence. Paraguay is also a major cocaine producer.
Charges were dropped against D.C. cannabis activist Adam Eidinger. They stemmed from a 4/20 protest at the Capitol.
A handful of cases illustrate how diversion happens.
The New Yorker explains civil asset forfeiture, the controversial practice favored by AG Sessions.
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Rolling Stone has a guide to good citizenship for pot smokers.
Washingtonian (D.C.) meets Fooman Zybar who reviewed street drugs in the 1960’s and is “somehow” still alive.
College football coaches are not legalization supportersThe NBA is luke warm.
Elite Canadian athletes are using and investing in cannabis, but are concerned about rules for international competition.
Tiffany Hadish of “Girls Trip” thinks the movie will be popular with stoners forever.
Singer Melissa Etheridge compared going public about cannabis use to coming out of the closet.
Anti-legalization activist Kevin Sabet is taking on Seattle’s Hempfest. “They’re just off-target with everything they do and say,” Hempfest founder Vivian McPeak said.
Sabet gave an upbeat interview to Westword on his progress fighting legalization. A Florida CBS affiliate reports the evidence that legalization is advancing “at an incredible pace.
Professional dominatrix Mistress Matisse writes about her experience at the ArcView investor conference.
A new illustrated book helps growers determine “What’s Wrong with My Marijuana Plant?”
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WeedWeek, July 29, 2017: Legalization Has a Good Week

Posted by | July 29, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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Politics

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

Posted by | July 17, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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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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WeedWeek, July 8, 2017: California Gets Ready for REC

Posted by | July 8, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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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