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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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Politics
Ahead of REC legalization, California seeks to stem the flow of pot leaving the state. California also named the 22-members of its Cannabis Advisory Committee. They include industry executives and activists, politicians, health officials and law enforcement.
L.A. may limit who can appeal to block licenses. California will host three workshops on applying for state permits.
San Francisco quashed a proposed REC dispensary in the Outer Richmond after opposition from older Chinese residents and the conservative Pacific Justice Institute. San Diego became one of the first California cities to create a fully-legal cannabis supply chain.
Growing at home remains a divisive topic Washington, where it’s not allowed. For more see here and here.
Maryland’s first MED crop is ready for testing, but it’s not clear when it may go on sale. Black state lawmakers want to ensure for black entrepreneurs have access to the industry.
Maine may require cities to opt-in to cannabis businesses. REC in Maine faces opposition from Republican lawmakers.
Alaska voters rejected proposed cannabis business bans in Fairbanks and the Kenai Peninsula.
A Pennsylvania business denied a MED license has dropped its lawsuit against the state. The state’s MED program appears to be on track.
Marijuana.com asks if the suit [Retired NFLer Marvin] Washington vs. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, could be the case that overturns cannabis prohibition.
In Massachusetts, Sessions said the Justice Department would continue to prosecute interstate pot trafficking, but didn’t comment on state legal businesses.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said she “used to be invited to [parties]…long, long ago, marijuana was maybe present at those parties?” She did not say she had consumed it.
Canadians support legalizing REC, but law enforcement and medical groups say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s timeline to make it happen by July is too aggressive.
John Fritchey, one of Cook County’s (Chicago) commissioners, called for legal REC. Illinois Gubernatorial candidates have starkly different views on cannabis. The race is next year.
Native American tribes continue to weigh the cannabis industry.
A former Missouri House speaker says he doesn’t know why someone would send an email purportedly from him, attacking legalization activists.
Business
Portland’s Willamette Week talks to the Craft Cannabis Alliance, a group seeking to keep corporate cannabis at bay. There’s a similar effort to oppose the “Walmart of Weed” in Massachusetts. Willamette Week also looked at a grow’s “obsessive-compulsive quest” to go carbon neutral.
Falling wholesale prices in Colorado have dragged on prices nationwide.
Utility company National Grid discussed the industry’s energy needs at a Boston conference.
A Pennsylvania company is selling its license and 47,000 square foot “turnkey” grow for $20M.
Out of state companies want Ohio MED licenses. The state released a list of applicants.
Creditors are after a closed Denver pot shop which borrowed more than $1M.
A bipartisan bill to repeal industry-hated tax rule 280E has attracted 33 sponsors in the House.
The IRS flagged non-profits associated with MED for extra scrutiny, a report found.
Cannabis billboards are coming to Massachusetts. Lack of sales continues to drag on New York state’s five MED dispensaries and high prices are pushing customers to the illegal market.
A Florida MED company wants the state to allow edibles.
L.A. may create a city-owned bank, the country’s first, to serve the cannabis industry.
Shane McMahon, son of U.S. Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon, invested $500,000 in EnviroGrow, a company making pre-fab modules resembling shipping containers, for cannabis grows.
S.F.’s Westfield mall won’t allow pot chocolatier Défoncé to open a store.
GG Strains LLC and the The Gorilla Glue Co. settled their trademark dispute over the strain Gorilla Glue #4.
Bank of Montreal and Toronto-Dominion Bank are becoming the industry’s preferred banks. Canadian MED stocks climbed following a proposed taxation regime in Ontario. For more on taxes in Canada see here.
Alberta may allow private businesses to sell cannabis. A group of 12 MED producers in the province have formed a collective which they say can operate without any help from the provincial government.
The SEC filed charges against an executive for an “insider trading scheme” with a kickback of 10 pounds of weed. Bloomberg View columnist Matt Levine doesn’t recommend trading weed for stock tips, if you’re going to sell the weed. “It’s just a little inelegant.”
According to Green Market Report, Coke is cannabis users’ favorite soft drink.
Edible maker Truffle Man, known for selling in S.F.’s Dolores Park, is going legit.
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Health and Science
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency could crack down on cannabis companies making false health claims. He cited claims about shrinking tumors as something which could come under scrutiny.
A study suggests the children of mothers who were vegetarians during pregnancy are more likely to drink and use marijuana by their 15th birthday.
A study found cannabis users may be more likely to develop an opioid use disorder.
In an update on its web site, the VA says it can’t help with access to MED. Government Executive says the agency is blocking MED research.
The American Psychological Association criticized barriers to MED research.
A Florida nursing home declined to give a patient MED because it’s federally illegal.
After 20 years, a revamped DARE anti-drug education program is back in Colorado classrooms, minus the “Just Say No” message. “The DARE brand is toxic,” former Colorado pot czar Andrew Freedman said. Colorado is also using pot tax revenue to create animated “Sims-style” videos about drug abuse.
Wildfires have tainted “untold tons” of California pot.
Pacific Standard hails a program in Kentucky for its approach to addiction care for pregnant women.
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Criminal Justice
Slate looks at the case of Jessica McElfresh, the San Diego cannabis attorney accused of being an accessory to a crime for representing raided MED business Med-West. San Diego DA Summer Stephan is the chosen successor to retired anti-pot prosecutor Bonnie Dumanis
The DEA named career agent Robert Patterson as its new acting director.
An investigation by Reveal found court-ordered rehab programs that amount to little more than slave labor at chicken processing plants and other private companies.
A bipartisan group of Senators is trying to revive criminal justice reform. Trump advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner apparently favors it.
Massachusetts crime lab scandals widened further. The state, where REC is legal, continues to arrest a disproportionate number of blacks for cannabis offenses.
In Forbes, Mona Zhang discusses cannabusiness hiring people with felony records.
California weed accounts for 75 percent of indoor plants seized nationwide.
A new law in Maryland allows some prisoners to seek reduced sentences for drug offenses.
The former police chief of Santa Ana, Calif., in Orange County has sued claiming he was forced out of his job for calling out city employees, including Mayor Miguel Pulido, for making “alleged shady deals” with dispensaries.
Local authorities seized $3.9M in illegal plants near Pueblo, Colorado, a center of legal growing.
State and local authorities arrested 18 in raids on Yuba County, Calif., cannabis farms. One of the detainees is said to be the leader of a Rastafarian church where an officer fatally shot an armed worker this summer.
Leafly takes a look at the case of a DACA recipient (the “dreamer” program) who faces deportation for possessing a gram of weed. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is trying to keep more of its data private.
Authorities in Grand Traverse County, Mich., shuttered eight dispensaries.
The sheriff of Siskiyou County, in far northern California, has asked the Sessions Justice Department for help controlling illegal grows. He has not heard back.
Washington state’s supreme court ruled random urine tests as a condition of release are unconstitutional.
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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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Culture
Rescue teams had to be deployed to assist four men who got really high on top of Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in England. The alleged mountain tops out at 3,210 feet above sea level. Despite the mockery they endured on social media, Vogue says these climbers help explain the future of cannabis use.
Leafly has a three-part series on the Emerald Triangle on the cusp of legalization.
Slate says the industry shouldn’t ignore its roots in the LGBTQ world.
Portland’s Tin House Books published “Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis,” By Nichole Graf, Micah Sherman, David Stein and Liz Crain. Willamette Week gives it a nice review.
Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson says his bipolar disorder, and not his pot smoking, was responsible for a series of breakdowns he suffered. Before speaking with doctors he’d assumed the weed was to blame.
Anja Charbonneau, former creative director of Danish style magazine Kinfolk, is launching a cannabis magazine for women called Broccoli.
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Posted by | September 24, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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Politics
In California, where taxes and regulations are expected to push up the price of REC, many growers aren’t applying for licenses. The California Assembly called on the feds to reschedule cannabis.
California will introduce a temporary license program to smooth the way to full legalization.
A California bill would limit and track sales of butane, the explosive gas used to make some concentrates.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions still opposes legalization.
Ozy talks to Las Vegas’ cannabis friendly congresswoman Rep. Dina Titus (D), who might run for Senate. Nevada state senator Tick Segerblom (D) predicted home REC delivery will arrive soon in the state.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) is “evolving” on cannabis. He has been reluctant to discuss it, in part due to his part drug use. Congressman Tom Garrett (R-Va.) discussed why he wants to end federal prohibition.
For Fast Company, I wrote about Republican trickster and legalization activist Roger Stone’s next move.
Cannabis supporters are facing uphill battles against NIMBYism in Massachusetts. For more see here.
After a series of challenges, Florida has a new application process for dispensaries.
A large majority of Utahns, and a somewhat smaller majority of LDS (Mormon) Utahns, favor next year’s MED ballot initiative. The LDS Church opposes it.
Maine lawmakers asked for advice on regulating REC and received lots of conflicting feedback. One set of proposed rules would allow drive-thru dispensaries.
Michigan’s dispensary laws are very confusing.
In early October, Fairbanks, Ak, will vote on banning cannabis businesses.
Arkansas’ license process for MED businesses suddenly became competitive.
A member of Iceland’s parliament, discussed legalizing RECPeru may legalize MED.
Lesotho, a tiny nation in southern Africa, became the first on the continent to issue a MED license.
Business
Between January and August, Canadian cannabis companies raised $165M through debt instruments.
Ontario considers a retail price of C$10 per gram reasonable and may coordinate prices with other provinces.
Nevada’s supreme court will resolve the state’s cannabis distribution fight.
Isaac Dietrich, CEO of beleaguered social app MassRoots, said his critics don’t get it.
Scholar Naomi Schaefer Riley is skeptical about whether entering the cannabis business would benefit native tribes.
Wholesale flower prices hit an all-time low of $1,289 per pound in Colorado. Oregon said it would audit its cannabis regulator.
Former Democratic New York Senator turned cannabis lobbyist Alfonse D’Amato explained his ‘epiphany’ on cannabis.
Terra Tech acquired The Reserve, an Orange County, Calif. Dispensary owned by rapper The Game, for $7M.
Colorado biotech firm Front Range Biosciences raised $3M.
Las Vegas is getting its first 24/7 dispensary. Dispensaries previously had to close between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
A trio of Denver businesspeople want to apply for the city’s first social use permit. They do not yet have a location. Toronto cannabis lounges that have operated for almost 20 years want to go legal.
Harnessing terpenes, the chemicals which give cannabis (and many other plants) scent and flavor, may be the next important differentiator, for cannabis businesses.
German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer says it needs more time to complete its $66 billion acquisition of U.S. agritech firm Monsanto. I’ve argued that a combined company would be positioned to dominate global cannabis.
Kanye West responded to a countersuit regarding the abrupt end of his Saint Pablo Tour.
Cannabis companies don’t know the rules for social media advertising.
Santa Rosa, Calif., in Sonoma County, has attracted significant cannabis businesses. A Bay Area grower claims to have developed a natural growing method to meet California’s rigorous standards for fungus, pesticides and mold contamination.
Data firm New Frontier wants to poll Humboldt County growers on legalization.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) called on the state gambling industry to formulate a cannabis policy. Among other issues, they need to discuss hosting industry events.
Colorado is home to the largest number of top ancillary cannabis companies, according to a list of the top 150 ancillary businesses.
Massachusetts holding company MariMed is helping Israeli MED company Tikun Olam to enter the U.S. market.
A Connecticut judge ruled federal law does not override state employment protections for MED users.
Canadian producer Canopy Growth signed a deal to enter the Danish market.
Canadian convenience store Couche-Tard wants to sell weed.
Denver pot bus company Loopr wants to open in new states.
The Washington Post went to a panel on 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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Criminal Justice
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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U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) said the Justice Department can still crack down on state-legal cannabis. “I think there is some pretty significant evidence that marijuana turns out to be more harmful than a lot of people anticipated, and it’s more difficult to regulate than I think was contemplated ideally by some of those states.”
The Obama era Cole Memo that allows the industry to exist, doesn’t protect from prosecution, he added. “That’s been perceived in some places almost as if it creates a safe harbor, but it doesn’t. And it’s clear that it doesn’t,…That is, even if, under the terms of the memo you’re not likely to be prosecuted, it doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is legal or that it’s approved by the federal government or that you protected from prosecution in the future.” See his complete remarks here (a 42-minute video on a variety of topics.)
Congress extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which blocks the Justice Department from cracking down on state-legal MED, through December. Supporters are concerned about securing the next extension.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) introduced a bill to enable MED research. His speech included lots of puns, like, “It’s high time to address research” into MED. (High-larious!)
California will ban cannabis delivery by bike, robot, drone and boat. The legislature also signed a bill to ban cannabis use on beaches and in state parks.
Los Angeles, the world’s largest legal market, is racing to get regulations in place by Jan 1. The city planning commission approved a zoning ordinance for cannabis businesses.
After a cannabis conference withdrew his speaking invitation, Trump ally and political gadfly Roger Stone came to L.A. anyway.
San Diego will allow growing and manufacturing.
A poll found Massachusetts voters are skeptical about the state’s ability to regulate REC. Maine lawmakers will consider doubling REC taxes to 20%.
In Pennsylvania, the Health Department will have to justify any information in MED business applications that they withhold from the public.
An unsuccessful license applicant is suing Pennsylvania, to the consternation of some lawmakers.
Another Pennsylvania MED business is seeking an injunction against a subsidiary of Vireo Health. Vireo received a license despite criminal charges pending against two former employees for allegedly driving $500,000 in oil across state lines.
One year before it comes online, Ohio’s MED program has lots to do.
Nevada could be the first state to allow consumption lounges.
Employees at Arkansas’ largest airport can’t use MED.
Police say they won’t be ready, and growers predict a supply shortage, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau still wants to legalize REC next year. The left-wing NDP party wants Canada to reach a deal with the U.S. on ending lifetime entry bans for Canadians who have ever consumed marijuana.
Rolling Stone explains MED legalization in Mexico, which happened this Summer.
South Africa plans to start issuing grow licenses for MED (“dagga”). Plans to decriminalize REC in Israelare advancing slowly.
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California delivery app Eaze raised $27M to expand into REC. Bailey Capital led the round. DCM Ventures, Kaya Ventures and FJ Labs also invested. Delivery services consider California the pivotal market.
Marijuana Policy Project hired former anti-pot Senator Alfonse D’Amato (D-N.Y.) as a lobbyist. Initially his focus will be on strengthening the New York industry. Existing New York MED businesses are suing to prevent more licensees from entering the market.
Less than two years into a five year contract, Nevada said it would drop MJFreeway’s seed-to-sale tracking software for competitor Metrc. MJFreeway has experienced two security breaches this year, but the announcement was not expected.
Westword interviews Colorado marijuana czar turned consultant Andrew Freedman and looks at how Colorado is fine-tuning its regulations.
California state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang (D) said he will release a proposal for a state bank to serve the industry. Amid skepticism, Colorado-based Partner Colorado Credit Union thinks it can serve cannabis companies nationwide.
Hawaii is the first state to go cashless on MED sales.
A Portland Mercury reporter teases an upcoming story about the regulatory struggles of Drip Ice Cream and Luminous Botanicals, two preferred craft cannabis brands that have been forced to stop selling products.
The Wall Street Journal looks at whether Canadian stock exchanges will list U.S.-based cannabis stocks.
A Bloomberg columnist is skeptical of the cannabis and cryptocurrency markets.
In the S.F. Chronicle’s Green State, I found some big names in tech who are involved in the green rush, whether they want to be or not.
A Detroit MED dispensary is closing in hopes of eventually winning a license.
Uruguay will allow cash-based dispensaries because banks don’t want to work with the pharmacies that currently sell pot.
Some charities won’t accept donations from cannabis businesses.
The Green Market Report, a new site, wants to be the CNBC of cannabis. The CEO is financial journalist Debra Borchardt.
The Journal of Cannabis, a PDF magazine on “industrial hemp, MED, wellness, horticulture and culture” recently published its first issue.
A MED farm in Sri Lanka hopes to export to the U.S.
Colorado’s hemp industry faces growing pains.
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While teen cannabis use has not increased with legalization, adult use has. The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham points out 19% of cannabis users are daily users, up from 12% in 2002.
In response to the data, HIV-positive columnist Andrew Sullivan wrote about his dependence on pot.
The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee wants to develop a national testing program for marijuana products. (Also, cannabis journalist and activist Tom Angell has moved from MassRoots to a new home at Forbes.)
A Columbia University study finds marijuana can cause “psychotic-like effects” in high risk young adults.
Nevada will launch a PSA campaign to dissuade pregnant women from using cannabis.
Soil in California’s Central Valley agricultural region may be too contaminated by pesticides to grow cannabis, Green State reports.
There’s a petition for Canada to implement tight environmental controls on the cannabis industry.
The FDA approved the first mobile app for substance abuse disorders, a big boost for developer Pear Therapeutics. The cognitive behavioral therapy app is designed to be used in conjunction with counseling.
Some universities are experimenting with hydroponic and aeroponic agriculture.
Netflix released a documentary Heroin(e), about the opioid crisis in West Virginia.
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Criminal Justice
Rolling Stone tells the stories of five Americans serving long sentences for non-violent cannabis related offenses.
The feds have asked health officials in at least eight states for MED patient data, raising suspicions about what the government wants to do with it.
The Arizona Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Maricopa County (Phoenix) top prosecutor Bill Montgomery (R), who argues the county can ignore the state’s MED law because of federal illegality.
A foster mother in Arizona won’t be eligible for support payments from the state because a state-legal CBD product was found in her home.
California State Senator Ted Gaines (R) asked Gov. Jerry Brown (D)to declare a state of emergencyrelated to illegal grows in the state’s far north. In Siskiyou County, he writes, “All laws regarding legal marijuana cultivation are being ignored by individual criminals, crime syndicates and drug cartels.” The L.A. Times has more. The N.Y. Times finds growers in northern California who aren’t changing their ways with legalization.
Oregon will co-operate with the Justice Department to eliminate illegal grows. Colorado and Washington also want to reduce the number of illegal grows.
Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department is ending Obama-era initiatives to oversee local police forces.
A beneficiary of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA or “Dreamers”) program faces deportation for possessing about a gram of weed.
Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner hosted a discussion on criminal justice reform which included prisoner advocates. AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein did not attend. In 2004, Kushner’s father, a billionaire real estate developer, was convicted of crimes including witness tampering and spent more than a year in federal prison.
In a surprise vote, the House blocked an asset forfeiture expansion supported by AG Sessions.
A dispensary employee was kidnapped in Washington.
A California bill would enable people who have been arrested but not convicted to protect that information from prospective employers.
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Politics
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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Culture
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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Posted by | August 28, 2017 | Cannabis News

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Politics
Political trickster and Trump-supporter Roger Stone said he will “not be silenced” by liberal cannabis activists opposed his upcoming talk at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in L.A.
Stone, who has a long history of incendiary remarks on race and sex, claims he is being unfairly smeared. Jesce Horton, chairman of the Minority Cannabis Business Association said, “The idea that cannabis business owners and activists can’t assess for ourselves his deplorable rhetoric and his camp’s self-serving intentions in the cannabis industry is sad.”
CWBExpo founder Dan Humiston was previously in the tanning industry. A Charge.org petition calls for the event to #disownStone. Politico has more.
In a long piece, Buzzfeed explains why a national pot crackdown would be a political and legal nightmare for the Trump administration, a “hydra.”
Defying Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R), Congress appears poised to renew the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, protecting state-legal MED from federal prosecution.
A Gallup poll found 45% of Americans have tried marijuana, an all time record, up from 4% in 1969.
The site entrepreneur says study Arizona to better understand the forces shaping legalization.
Washington state officials think AG Sessions is wrong about weed. Sessions also cited incorrect dataabout Oregon’s program.
The California legislature has lots to do on cannabis regulation before the REC market opens January 1. The state is hiring at least 175 to assist with regulation.
A restrictive cannabis packaging bill passed both houses of California’s state legislature. A California bill to ban cannabis companies from advertising with branded merchandise such as T-shirts and hats advanced as well.
Mendocino County government is challenging raids by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which local officials call unhelpful to regulation.
Cannabis activist and personal injury lawyer John Morgan added three patients to his lawsuit against the state for not allowing smokeable MED.
A Democratic Massachusetts state senator who opposed Massachusetts’ REC vote, was the first of five members named by Gov. Charlie Baker (R) to the state’s cannabis regulatory board.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said the state won’t legalize REC on his watch.
More than 100 plan to apply for MED business licenses in North Dakota. Arkansas received its first MED business application.
Denver’s first in the nation social use law is accepting applications from bars and other businesses. A social use proposal in Alaska entered a comment period.
Centrist organization Third Way published an extensive report on the state of cannabis in the U.S.
Conservative veterans group American Legion adopted a resolution supporting legal MED.
The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators called for legalizing REC. It’s the first major Latino group to do so.
In the Philippines, the killing of 17-year old Kian Loyd delos Santos has energized opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
Dog-bites-man award: Colorado journalist Peter Marcus is ditching the site he foundedColoradoPolitics.com, to flack for growing dispensary chain Terrapin Care Station. Cannabis is more secure and more lucrative than journalism, Marcus said.
Business
Seattle-based Privateer Holdings raised $58M. Privateer is parent company to Leafly, cannabis brand Marley Natural and Canadian MED producer Tilray. After a $75M raise in 2015, Privateer was valued around $500M. It did not update the valuation or name its new investors.
Silicon Valley eminence Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund participated in Privateer’s 2015 raise. Geoff Lewis, the Founders Fund partner who led the Privateer investment recently departed Founders to start a new fund.
Big American banks said they wouldn’t work with cannabis businesses in Uruguay, potentially complicating Canadian legalization next year.
Canadian stock exchanges are trying to figure out a patch for listing companies with U.S. ties.
In GQ, Amanda Chicago Lewis searches for an elusive billionaire who may be trying to patent every cannabis strain.
Edibles maker Dixie issued a voluntary six product recall in Colorado over potentially unsafe essential oils.
MJBizDaily dives deep into troubles at networking company Women Grow. Among other issues, the company left a bad taste with local leaders when it told at least 31 chapters that they were responsible for $36,000 in annual royalty payments to the the national chapter, far more than most could generate from sales.
The company still has support from some powerful women in the industry and is confident about its future. For more see here.
The number of female cannabis executives has fallen to 27%, still higher than most U.S. industries.
Until it’s federally illegal, the Nevada Gaming Commission said casinos should have nothing to do with cannabis.
The Boston Globe looks at barriers to minorities who seek to enter the industry.
The L.A. Times has more on why desert outpost Nipton, Calif. Is unlikely to become a cannabis resort.
Social media app MassRoots acquired legal company CannaRegs in a $12M stock deal. MassRoots is still in a tough financial situation.
Ohio awarded a $1.3M track and trace contract to Franwell (METRC).
The Next Web says cannabis could be Silicon Valley’s “Billion-dollar cash crop.
Cheaply grown outdoor cannabis from southern Colorado could flood the Colorado market in coming months. Analysts say the risk of a price crash is low.
Taylor West, a former National Cannabis Industry Association executive who’s joining the industry, says the future of cannabis is old people and office workers.
A study by financial firm Cowen & Co. found beer sales have fallen about 4% in legal REC states. Beer company Lagunitas (owned by Heineken) released a beer containing cannabis extracts, but not THC.
New Cannabis Ventures sees “red flags” for OTC cannabis stock Sunset Group.
Westword visits a “pot infused fantasy factory.
A study predicts CBD will be a $1 billion market within three years.
NBC affiliate KCRA asks about California’s unregulated edibles market.
I found five L.A. cannatech companies for L.A. Weekly.
Health and Science
The number of drivers in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for pot has risen sharply each year since 2013, The Denver Post reports. The paper also looks into the murky science of testing for impairment.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson is concerned about cannabis use lowering IQs. NORML says his concern is unfounded.
The nation’s first federally approved MED trial for hospice patients is beginning in Connecticut.
A bipartisan group of Congresspeople asked AG Sessions to allow more MED research. Rolling Stone visits Israel where MED research is racing ahead.
Florida MED patients have access issues.
The BBC looks at the science of high potency cannabis.
The group Cannabis Clinicians Colorado will hold an event near Denver tomorrow to educate consumers on cannabis impairment and the inadequacy of current technology to measure it.
Hallucinogenic mushrooms may have evolved that way to fend off hungry insects.
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Criminal Justice
Maryland, where no blacks won MED licenses and are eight times more likely to be arrested for weed, illustrates “institutional racism” a columnist writes in the Washington Post.
As Hurricane Harvey approached Texas, President Trump pardoned former Maricopa County (Phoenix) sheriff Joe Arpaio. During his 24 year tenure, Arpaio was best known for his vicious and cruel treatment of Hispanics as he pursued undocumented immigrants. Arpaio was convicted last month of criminal contempt of court. To read more about Arpaio see this 2009 story from the New Yorker and this thread by Phoenix New Times.
A third Montana dispensary employee has been sentenced following a 2016 DEA raid.
A new video game highlights problems with the bail system.
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The NFL is fighting with the players union over opioids and MED.
The Guardian goes to a weed wedding.
Netflix dispensary sitcom “Disjointed,” gets lousy reviews from the N.Y. Times and Vogue. The latter found an internet commenter who said “…aaand smoking weed just became uncool.” Star Kathy Bates talked about her own cannabis use. Sitcom wizard Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men”) created the show.
Leafly recommends a few Reno dispensaries where you can stock up en route to Burning Man. Federal, state and local laws are all in effect at Burning Man. For more see here.
D.C. blogger Joe Tierney helps residents find REC.
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Politics
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)