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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
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Ozy meets “The Dagga Couple
” the middle-aged white pair whose case legalized MED in South Africa.