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This week on the podcast, Hayley and I talked to Anja Charbonneau, founder of Broccoli, a fashion-forward cannabis magazine for women. Among much else, Anja talks about the global cannabis community, finding a place for cutting edge design in the cannabis world, and a favorite weed inspired song. The episode drops Monday at 4:20 p.m.Pacific.
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Previous episodes feature:
-Episode 4 Cannabis Business attorney Ariel Clark on what cannabis entrepreneurs need to know
-Episode 3 Congressman and longtime legalization supporter Earl Blumenauer
-Episode 2 Emily Dufton, author of Grass Roots: The rise and fall and rise of marijuana in America, on the history of legalization
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Recommended: The N.Y.Times’ Dan Barry wrote a powerful piece on this week’s massacre in Parkland, Fla.
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POLITICS
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R) partially lifted his hold (Reuters) on Justice Department confirmations “as a show of good faith for continued positive conversations,” with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on protecting state legal cannabis businesses from federal prosecution.
Gardner said the Justice Department had “moved more and more” toward agreeing(Denver Post) to unspecified “concrete protections in Colorado for our state’s voters when it comes to decisions they made related to marijuana.”
Gardner backed down days after Sessions, in prepared remarks (Forbes), implied Gardner was endangering national security. Sessions added, “I cannot and will not pretend that a duly enacted law of this country — like the federal ban on marijuana — does not exist. Marijuana is illegal in the United States — even in Colorado, California, and everywhere else in America.”
Politifact says there are limited privacy protections for legal cannabis customers.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) announced her support for Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) REC legalization bill. Both are considered contenders in 2020. Vice predicts the next Democratic president will legalize REC.
Rolling Stone says California is blocking Native American tribes from entering the industry.
A Florida lawsuit argues the state’s strict MED program — only 10 commercial grow licenses — violates the spirit of the 2016 ballot initiative. Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz (R) has become known as a die-hard supporter of 1) President Trump and 2)Cannabis reform.
In New Jersey, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers prefers decriminalization to legalization, for now. Pro-legalization governor Phil Murphy (D) discussed legalization.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (R) who opposed REC, criticized proposed regulations (Boston Globe), which would allow delivery services and social use, as too permissive. He also wants to set energy-use standards (MassLive) for the industry. For more see WWLP.
Detroit placed a moratorium on new MED business permits.
Ohio offered to “pause” its much criticized MED approval process.
Utah lawmakers are taking “baby steps” to legalize MED for the terminally ill.
In Canada, the Senate reached a REC legalization timeline, with a vote to be held by June 7 and sales delayed until at least August. And don’t expect legalization to replace the grey market.
Israel’s ultra-orthodox deputy health minister has reversed himself and now opposes MED exports.
The cannabis community celebrated President Obama’s official presidential portraitwith its botanical theme.
During Denver shows the Pod Save America crew talked to dispensary owner Wanda James, and cannabis writer and Cannabist founding editor Ricardo Baca. Baca also talked to WestWord about cannabis media and his content business Grasslands.
BUSINESS
Canadian e-commerce giant Shopify will handle online and in-store sales in for Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. Seeking Alpha likes the deal for Shopify.
The province of Quebec has inked supply agreements with six MED producers.
Al-Jazeera visits Canopy Growth, one of Canada’s largest producers. The Canadian industry has its sights on global conquest. CBC looks at the Canadian edibles market.
Publicly-traded Kush Bottles received a $6M investment from Maryland-based cannabis fund Merida Capital.
The Cannifornian explains the state’s 35% cannabis tax. An L.A. Times Op-Ed says a proposed public bank in California could do more than serve cannabis businesses. “At a time when California has so many pressing needs, from transportation to water delivery, a public bank could help stretch scarce dollars and rebuild the state.”
California biotech company Librede won a $1.5M NIH grant to develop its “yeast-based cannabinoid production platform.”
TheStreet suggests the best ways to invest in cannabis. Hint: It’s mainly “weed-adjacent” companies.
Pernod-Ricard, the world’s second largest spirits company says legalization hasn’t hurt North American sales, but it is monitoring the situation.
Willamette Week (Portland) looks at the Open Cannabis Project, the open-source database “that can save the cannabis industry” from overly broad patents.
The all-cash industry is causing problems and confusion in Michigan.
A private BYOC club opened in Massachusetts telling customers they could smoke anything that’s legal in the state including tobacco. A Denver business is close to winning a social use permit.
Comedian Chelsea Handler is joining the industry.
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HEALTH & SCIENCE
Cannabis is a safe and effective treatment for seniors suffering from chronic pain, data published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine found. In a study of more 1,186 Israelis, after six months more than 93% of respondents reported an improvement in their condition.
Activist group Grannies for Grass has a satellite group in Australia which calls itself the Canna Nannas.
A study from the American Osteopathic Association found cannabis use can activate latent psychiatric problems.
A study found alcohol is more dangerous to the brain than cannabis. A longitudinal analysis found cannabis using “street-involved youth” have a lower rate of starting to inject drugs than their non-cannabis using counterparts.
This week on the podcast, Hayley and I talked sex, weed and politics with Dan Savage! Among much else, Dan talks cannabis activism, his favorite brand of cannalube and what he does when he’s stoned. The episode lands Monday at 4:20 p.m. Pacific.
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Previous episodes feature Congressman and longtime legalization supporter Earl Blumenauer(“So goes the country…”) ; Emily Dufton, author of Grass Roots: The rise and fall and rise of marijuana in America (From just say no…”); and Ariel Clark a cannabis business attorney and founder of the L.A. Cannabis Task Force (“Want to start a weed business?”).
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Contrary to the available science, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed marijuana for the opioid crisis. “The DEA said that a huge percentage of the heroin addictions starts with prescriptions. That may be an exaggerated number — they had it as high as 80 percent — we think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs,” he said.
To alleviate the epidemic Sessions told Americans to “take some aspirin sometimes and tough it out.” He also praised White House chief of staff former Marine Gen. John Kelly for refusing opioids after a recent minor surgery.
Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R) has kept his word to hold up judicial nominees until Sessions adjusts his position on state legal industries. Gardner has prevented as many as 11 nominees from getting a floor vote.
Sessions’ remarks attracted criticism from veterans groups who strongly support MED access as a possible opioid exit drug.  Reason produced six studies which say Sessions is wrong. Vox piles on.
Meanwhile Democrats are calling for a hearing on Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole Memo.
parody video about Jeff Sessions’ secret past as a weed-loving jam band musician fooled a few people. His band was called The Jeff Sessions.
The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment which protects state legal MED businesses from federal prosecution was extended until March 23 as part of the budget deal. It’s the eighth time the amendment has been extended.
Republicans blocked an amendment from Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo.) which would have prevented federal prosecution of state-legal cannabis businesses.
The Senate Judiciary Committee could discuss legalization this year.
California has issued about 2,400 temporary cannabis licenses, but top regulator Lori Ajax anticipates ongoing supply problems. CityLab looks at equity efforts in California.
Massachusetts’ REC market is preparing to open on schedule (MassLive) onJuly 1. Gov. Charlie Baker called for a slower, two-phased roll-out (Boston Globe).
Amid criticism, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) defended the state’s efforts (Florida Politics) to implement a MED program. Christian Bax, the state’s top marijuana official, is under fire from several sides (Bradenton Herald.)
In a reversal, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is willing to consider legal REC to solve the state’s budget woes.
New Jersey’s Ocean and Monmouth counties formally oppose REC legalization. The state anticipates a “cutthroat” business climate.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (Ind.) launched a petition against prohibition.
Some red state Democrats think a pro-legalization platform can help them win in November.
Tom Angell runs through the legalization initiatives on the table in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia and other states.
A MED bill in Missouri would be limited to terminally ill patients. To clear up confusion, several conservative states may legalize CBD. Tennessee House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell (R) supports a MED billdescribing it as an alternative to opioids..
Canada may not be ready for REC sales (Reuters) by the hoped for date of July 1. Liberals say conservatives are holding up debate (Globe and Mail) in the Senate. For more see CBC.
British Columbia released its new regulations.
Under pressure from Trump, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hit the brakes on MED exports. Greece is fast-tracking MED legalization.
Tiny Lesotho became the first African nation to legalize cultivation. American company Corix Bioscience stands to benefit.
The Antigua and Barbuda Parliament voted to allow possession.
A push to legalize psychedelic mushrooms moved closer to the Denver ballot.
BUSINESS
Publicly-traded, North Carolina tobacco company Alliance One said it is entering the U.S. hemp market and the Canadian cannabis market (New Cannabis Ventures.) It has acquired controlling stakes in Canadian licensed producer Canada’s Island Garden, and applicant Goldleaf Pharm. For more see MJBizDaily.
MenMen claims to be the first billion dollar US cannabis company, after receiving a $30M investment at that valuation.
Vaporizer powerhouse PAX Labs named Silicon Valley veteran Bharat Vasan as its new CEO.
Paragon, a cannabis blockchain company which raised $70M in an initial coin offering, has been sued by investors who allege the company didn’t file its offering with regulators. In a statement, founder Jessica VerSteeg, a former Miss Iowa, said the company is “dedicated to staying compliant with all applicable laws.”
AdWeek looks at the industry’s ongoing social media woes.
In what was later determined to be a hack of Washington’s new track and trace software system, computer glitches caused havoc for retailers and vendors(MJBizDaily). The new system is from Colorado-based MJFreeway which has suffered a string of embarrassing problems. The Seattle Times has more on the scramble to keep product on shelves.
After a 40-month legal battle Colorado credit union Fourth Corner won conditional approval from the Federal Reserve to offer banking services to ancillary businesses, but not plant-touching companies. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appears to support bank access for cannabis businesses.
Partner Colorado Credit Union, which serves the industry, has been hit with a wrongful termination lawsuit which claims the plaintiffs witnessed CEO Sundie Seefried using cocaine. The company denied the allegations and called the suit groundless.
Colorado cannabis sales hit a record $1.5 billion in 2017.
According to ZipRecruiter, cannabis job postings climbed 445% in 2017.
A handful of companies own 30% of California’s 540 temporary licenses for “small” operations. Legalization has been tough for California’s pre-existing, unlicensed delivery services. It has also put pressure on cannabis events and festivals.
BDS Analytics/Arcview predict Florida will be a billion-dollar market.
In Oregon, state auditors found cannabis businesses can easily manipulate sales and inventory data before passing it to the state, creating potential for abuse. New Mexico wants to revoke a business’s license for submitting false audit reports.
An unsuccessful license applicant in Pennsylvania, is calling for a do-over which would halt the industry days before MED sales begin. The entity calls the state’s selection process “flawed, inequitable and unconstitutional.”
A member of Ohio’s MED advisory panel who quit said the state program plans weren’t working for patients. (Cleveland.com) (Cincinnati.com has the FAQ on Ohio’s MED industry, scheduled to open in September.)

Sunshine State cannabis advocate John Morgan will finally have his day in court, where he will argue that Florida should allow MMJ patients to smoke their legal medication.

A Leon County Circuit Court judge will hear arguments about the validity of Florida’s smokable medical marijuana ban next month, finally giving one of the Sunshine State’s most controversial legal weed regulations its day in court.

The lawsuit, first filed in July of this year by attorney and cannabis advocate John Morgan, seeks to remove a legislative amendment to Florida’s voter-approved medical marijuana law banning the sale and use of smokeable, whole-flower cannabis.

In November, 2016, Floridians passed a medical marijuana initiative that included a clause giving terminally ill patients the right to use full-strength marijuana under the “Right to Try Act,” with over 70% of the voters in favor. Before the program could be implemented, though, Sunshine State lawmakers flexed their red pens and legislative powers, amending the ballot initiative to ban smokable cannabis. That bill passed through the legislature with flying colors and support from both sides of the aisle.

For John Morgan, who wrote the successful medical marijuana initiative and has contemplated a run for Florida Governor in 2018, the post-vote changes have been a slap in the face to his ultimate goal: opening medical marijuana access to as many Floridians in need as possible.

“By redefining the constitutionally defined term ‘medical use’ to exclude smoking, the Legislature substitutes its medical judgment for that of ‘a licensed Florida physician’ and is in direct conflict with the specifically articulated Constitutional process,” the initial lawsuit filing states.

In the original MMJ legalization initiative, Morgan argues, the language allowed legislators to make decisions with regard to smoking in public places, but not as it pertains to use in private homes or for sale at licensed dispensaries.

“If something is not allowed in public, it is allowed in private,” Morgan said at a press conference announcing the lawsuit in July. “It’s as clear to all of you as it is to any first-grader taking first-grade logic.”

Now, after six months of waiting and at least one instance of regulatory action againstdispensaries selling whole-plant cannabis, Morgan and his co-plaintiffs will finally present their case to a judge.

According to the USA Herald, Circuit Judge Karen Gievers will hear arguments from Morgan’s lawyers and state regulators on January 25th.

In their arguments against smokable cannabis, Sunshine State legislators have argued that legal growth and access to whole-plant pot could create a “backdoor” to full legalization.

If Judge Gievers and the Circuit Court side with Morgan and his medical marijuana patient co-plaintiffs, Florida’s Department of Health will be responsible for crafting a new set of regulations that includes smoking.


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Zach Harris is a writer based in Philadelphia whose work has appeared on Noisey, First We Feast, and Jenkem Magazine. You can find him on Twitter @10000youtubes complaining about NBA referees.

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The world’s largest and most important REC market opens in California on Monday.
The Financial Times surveys some California companies. The AP meets some California edibles players. The Washington Post visits the future cannabis resort of Nipton, Calif.
One small-time Mendocino grower is worried about the future.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Green State has a REC launch guide including explainers on California’s cannabis lawstaxes and one from me on why it took so long. Mother Jones ran a quick guide on how it’s all supposed to workUSA Today has more.
One prominent L.A. dispensary may be closed Monday, in deference to legal concerns. SoCal Growers are moving out to the suburbs. For Green State, I wrote about the massive grows popping up in the California desert.
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson (D) wrote a blog post on the city’s regulatory approach. S.F. is launching a PSA campaign to warn kids about the risks of cannabis use.
In Leafly, Hayley Fox explains why California packaging rules will hit dispensaries hardest.
The Golden Gate transit authority followed S.F. to ban cannabis ads on buses and ferries.
At Rolling Stone, Amanda Chicago Lewis has industry predictions for 2018 including “the end of ‘indica’ and ‘sativa.” and the first legal consumption lounges.
The L.A. Times looks at how Congressional Republicans’ opposition has created a “wild west” distribution climate in D.C. “Nowhere is more pot sold so openly and publicly without any of the rules and regulations that elsewhere have come with legalization.” Through delivery service Trending Leafs, for example, customers buy an empty glass jar for $50 and it arrives containing “gifts.”
Eight Pennsylvania businesses can start growing MED. The Cleveland Plain Dealer editorialized that Ohio should redo its grow-license application process to correct for flaws and perceived biases.
Las Vegas’ Congresswoman Dina Titus (D) tweeted in favor of cannabis banking reform.
After the previous effort collapsed, Maine lawmakers anticipate an aggressive push to pass a REC law in 2018. New Hampshire lawmakers propose pardoning some with minor pot offenses and allowing MED patients to grow at home.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) will soon decide whether the state’s MED vote will be during the June 2018 primary or on election day in November. The Dallas Observer rounds up the Texas situation.
Nebraska Gubernatorial candidate Krystal Gabel (R) will campaign on full decriminalization, plus pardons for non-violent cannabis offenders. Gabel says Nebraska could be home to a multi-billion dollar hemp industry.
Missouri activists say they’ll have the 150,000 signatures they need for a MED initiative. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) says he’s “not there YET” on legal MED.
West Virginia’s Republican Senate Majority leader doubts legal REC would solve the state’s money woes.
Kevin Sabet’s anti-legalization group Project SAM saw a victory in that “No state legalized marijuana in 2017.” (West Virginia legalized MED in April.)
Tom Angell is offering a legislation tracking tool for cannabis laws in all 50 states. Here’s what’s on the 2018 legislative calendar.
Buzzfeed has a useful piece on everything that could go wrong with REC legalization in Canada.
A Chinese anti-drug official blamed legalization, in part, for climbing U.S. demand for synthetic opioids, many of which are manufactured in China.
BUSINESS
The lawyer for the former Chief Medical Officer of MED company Vireo Health has accused Minnesota law enforcement of evidence manipulation and witness intimidation. His client and another former employee face felony charges for allegedly smuggling $500,000 worth of cannabis oil from Minnesota to New York in an armored vehicle.
Canadian pot stocks soared in anticipation of California. Analyst Alan Brochstein warned investors that the market remains tricky.
Marijuana Policy Project founder Rob Kampia is no longer with the organization. He’s starting a new company called Marijuana Leadership Campaign. In 2010, Kampia took a leave of absence from the organization amid sexual harassment concerns. Tom Angell says a major newspaper story detailing further allegations against Kampia is in the works.
A bank ended its relationship with Sacramento canna-law firm Greenbridge Corporate Counsel after Greenbridge declined to provide information on its clients.
A Florida judge halted the award of a coveted Florida grow license to a black farmer, a provision of state MED law. It’s the latest twist in a complex legal case.
In the N.Y. Times, Julie Weed looks into how cannabis companies raise capital.
FiveThirtyEight says the market increasingly favors larger businesses.
Financial firm Edward Jones says Canadian pot stocks remain risky.
A new cannabis exchange traded fund started trading on NYSE Arca under the symbol MJX. Canadian MED producer Cronos Group is the fund’s largest holding. Seeking Alpha has more.
Operating company and consultancy MJardin raised $20M.
Canna Law Blog has some recommendations for protecting your business from employee malfeasance.
Privateer Holdings, parent company to Leafly, Marley Natural and Canadian MED brand Tilray, acquired Washington edibles brand The Goodship.
The Cannabist looked at 2017 in cannabis search trends on Google.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
More pregnant U.S. teenagers and young adults are smoking cannabis. Existing research suggests cannabis exposure in the womb can impair growth and neurodevelopment. For more see here, and here.
A medical review found several stroke cases in cannabis users who did not display other at-risk symptoms.
Colorado police suspect youth cannabis use has climbed since legalization, despite studies which found it has not. For more see here.
GW Pharmaceuticals has submitted its CBD epilepsy drug Epidiolex to the FDA for approval and expects a response on June 27.
Physician and Weedmaps advisor Dr. Bonni Goldstein writes about how cannabis may prevent serious illnesses.
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As part of a spending measure, Congress temporarily extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which blocks the Justice Department from prosecuting state-legal MED businesses, until January 19.
Politico reports on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ sustained attack on the amendment and what a crackdown might look like. Marijuana Policy Project’s (MPP) Morgan Fox “worries less about SWAT team raids than the possibility the Department of Justice would quietly send letters to landlords who rented to legal marijuana businesses to threaten them with asset forfeiture.”
Reason argues that a crackdown remains unlikely. Back in February, I argued something similar in Slate.
Federal pot policy stood still in 2017, Rolling Stone writes.
California lawmakers and craft growers say the state’s new REC rules favor large growers.  New environmental regulations for cannabis grows are coming to California as well. (Grows are damaging NorCal watersheds.)
Here are the stores and cities that will be open January 1. But regulatory controls against pesticides and other contaminants won’t yet be in place.
L. A. will send inspectors to dispensaries, the way it does with restaurants. The city also said it will not start to accept license applications  until January 3.
Los Angeles magazine offers a consumer’s guide for California’s REC system. S.F. could vote on creating a city cannabis agency in June.
Ten years after legalization, Michigan, the country’s second largest MED market,released applications for MED licenses. For more see here.
Alaska regulators warn the potency labels on cannabis products may be inaccurate.
New York lawmakers will hold a hearing on REC legalization in January. The Chicago Tribune discusses why Illinois has been slow to legalize.
The “Marijuana Doomsday Didn’t Come,” an opinion piece in USNews argues.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the REC market would open next summer, not July 1 as previously expected.
Austria’s new right wing government plans to ban the sale of cannabis seeds and plants. It’s currently legal to sell non-flowering plants.
After its experiment in drug decriminalization, Portugal is considering cannabis legalization.
New Zealand released a MED legalization bill. Iceland’s “Pirate Party” proposed legalizing MED.
BUSINESS
Inc. has a juicy story on the collapse of Tradiv, a promising online cannabis marketplace with funding from Poseidon Asset Management, Anslinger Capital, Sand Hill Angels and CanopyBoulder, among others. It involves sexual harassment allegations against co-founder Geoff Doran (he broadly denies them), and another co-founder, Aeron Sullivan, who had a religious awakening while on LSD.
Tripp Keber resigned as CEO of Colorado edibles brand Dixie. Keber will take on a role with BR Brands, an affiliate of private equity firm Rose Capital, which is building a portfolio of cannabis brands. At Dixie, he’ll be replaced by longtime partner Chuck Smith.
There’s been a shake-up at the National Cannabis Industry Association. Denver activist and entrepreneur Kayvan Khalatbari resigned from the board and Genifer Murray, former CEO of defunct start-up CannLabs, was terminated as chief of staff after only two months on the job. The industry’s largest lobby said it’s in stronger shape than ever, but Khalatbari said stay tuned for more info.
Rob Kampia, the former MPP head, who had to take a leave of absence in 2010 for lewd comments, is no longer on the Students for Sensible Drug Policy advisory board. More allegations surfaced about his time at the organization. And his former chief of staff Alison Green called him a “serial sexual harasser.” In a statement Kampia cited the MPP board’s position that no harassment had taken place since 2010.
Founder Isaac Dietrich reclaimed the CEO spot at MassRoots and the troubled company was, as of Thursdayfacing eviction from its Denver office for owing almost $40,000 in rent.
In California, the battle is on between big weed and craft weed.
MJBizDaily is following dispensary Berkeley Patients Group as it transitions into the legal REC market.
Talks are underway between California, the Feds and banks on how to offer financial services to the state’s cannabis industry.
Banks are skeptical about a proposed California plan to bring banks into the industry. Former California Attorney General Bill Lockyer (D) is starting a cannabis distribution business called C4 Distro.
First Green Bank, which offered banking to cannabis businesses in Florida, is exiting the business.
Nevada’s 273 cannabis businesses employ 6,700 workers. Alaska growers don’t like the state’s wholesale tax.
For the cannabis industry, CNBC says, bitcoin is an alternative to banks.
Fast Company asks if cannabis is imitating the tech industry’s lack of diversity.
KQED reports on unionizing workers. The piece focusses on Hugs Alternative Care in Sacramento, where CEO David Spradlin brought in the union in 2011. “My hope has always been that the cannabis industry doesn’t turn into 7-Eleven,” he said.
Insurer Lloyd’s of London rejects a Colorado homeowner’s claim on a house destroyed in a hash manufacturing accident.
Hawaii’s MED program needs more workers.
Snoop Dogg’s media outlet Merry Jane is partnering with Jack in the Box to offer the “Merry Munchie Meal.
Wal-Mart stopped carrying its “marijuana Christmas tree.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
Critics says the available data underestimates youth cannabis use in Colorado. They also say kids get cannabis from their parents and other family members. (Denver launched a campaign to prevent youth cannabis use. It includes a social media game show called “Weeded Out.
In Oregon, the number of teens who went to the ER or called emergency services for marijuana poisoning, climbed from 40 in 2015 to 70 in 2016.
In Texas, more than 345,000 epilepsy patients won’t be able to access MED under the state’s program.
Willamette Week examines a grassroots effort to fight a secretive attempt to patent cannabis genetics.
The VA is denying a story, (first broken by Tom Angell) that it has loosened its guidelines on MED.
Colleges remain dead set against cannabis use by students, for fear of losing federal funding.
Testing cannabis for contaminants remains a challenge for states.
U.S. life expectancy declined for the second straight year in 2016, due largely to a 21 percent jump in fatal opioid overdoses. In hard-hit Pennsylvania, authorities continue to endorse tough criminal penalties
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WeedWeek, 12/16/17: Peter Thiel’s Magic Mushroom Play to Begin Clinical Trials

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POLITICS
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with legalization opponents, Tom Angell asked Twitter if anyone could expand a photo of the agenda. It revealed “a concerted pitch during the meeting to convince Sessions to launch a federal crackdown on states that have ended cannabis prohibition.”
In an email, I asked attendee and anti-legalization activist Kevin Sabet if he could make a political case for a crackdown. He didn’t respond.
Reminder: The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which blocks Sessions’ Justice Department from prosecuting state-legal MED businesses, expires on Friday.
Doug Jones (D), the former prosecutor who won Sessions’ former Senate seat in Alabama, has far more liberal views on criminal justice reform.
California issued its first batch of cannabis business licenses. Fast Company asks if the market is ready after a year of wildfires.
The state created a digital tool to help grey market businesses go legit. Cheech Marin promoted it in a PSA.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died unexpectedly. As the city’s first Asian-American mayor, he faced criticism from elderly Chinese for his support for cannabis businesses. Acting mayor London Breed also supports legalization.
App looks at the path to legal REC in New JerseyEntrepreneurs are excited about weed in the Garden State.
Vermont could legalize REC within weeks. Hawaii voters oppose legal REC.
Cook County (Chicago) may give voters a chance to legalize REC. Hartford City Council supports REC legalization in Connecticut.
For cannabis, Leafly says the end of net neutrality, “could stifle advocacy efforts, hamper small businesses, and prevent medical patients from accessing vital information.”
City regulated consumption lounges may be coming to Vegas. Massachusetts approved a social use policy. Denver received its first application for social use from a business called The Coffee Joint.
Massachusetts is considering equity provisions to support minority cannabis entrepreneurs.
Maryland released data on diversity in the state’s industry.
An Arizona state senator wants to ban MED billboards. MED patient enrollment is way up in New Mexico.
Ohio defended its license award process against critics. A scorer had ties to a company awarded one of the 12 coveted large grow licenses.
More than 70% of Georgia Republicans support legal MED.
Canadian senators may want to grill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about legalization. And some conservatives in the body say REC legalization could be delayed past the anticipated July 1 launch. Ontario’s REC law takes effect July 1, 2018.
An opinion piece in iPolitics says it’s not a problem that Canadian legalization violates several international treaties.
Canadian provinces appear settled on a 75-25 revenue split with the federal government on pot taxes after rejecting a proposed 50-50 split. Coming soon, local governments politely ask for their share.
Provincial laws banning home grows could be overturned in court.
REC legalization appears to be working in Uruguay.
BUSINESS
Compass Pathways, a U.K. company investigating psilocybin as a treatment for depression, plans to begin clinical trials next year. Silicon Valley eminence Peter Thiel, whose Founders Fund previously invested in cannabis firm Privateer Holdings, is an investor.
As it tries to hold off a hostile takeover by Aurora, Canadian MED producer CanniMed says Aurora may have violated securities law as part of its bid.
Leafly’s Peter Hecht dives into the leadership struggle at troubled social app MassRoots. Alan Brochstein offers “seven warning signs investors should have heeded.”
Baker, a software platform for dispensaries to retain customers, raised $8M in a round led by Poseidon Asset Management. The company says revenue is up 600% since January.
Canna Law Blog discusses what blockchain financial technology could mean for cannabis.
Bloomberg looks at the racketeering (RICO) lawsuits threatening cannabis businesses. MJBizDaily has more on this “existential threat” to the industry.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram profiles two Texan executives at Colorado-based Organa Brands (O.Pen Vape.)
After Eugene Antifa activists disclosed ties between Oregon lab OG Analytical and white supremacists, consumers have directed anger against other businesses with OG in their name.
Debit app CanPay will offer cashless payments at some Maryland dispensaries. CanPay CEO Dustin Eide discusses how the service helped Hawaii’s MED program to go cashless.
A company dropped plans for a $20M grow in Michigan.
Canadian cannabis companies raised more than $1.5 billion in 2017. Even if you think it’s a bubble, It’s difficult to short sell Canadian pot stocks.
Lovell’s Drugs became the third Canadian pharmacy chain to sign a deal to sell MED.
An opinion piece at USNews asks how NAFTA will affect marijuana markets.
Quartzy looks at upscale smoking accessories and says, “For some cannabis-curious consumers, good design just might be the ultimate gateway drug.”
Weed and wine tours are increasingly a thing. California winery Rebel Coast released an alcohol-removed, cannabis-infused sauvignon blanc.
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HEALTH & SCIENCE
A study found THC may reduce the cognitive decline common in HIV patients. Another study found CBD can reduce symptoms in patients with psychosis.
A study found cannabis and vaping are more popular than cigarettes among teenagers. The study found teen cannabis use is largely holding steady while use of other illegal drugs has held steady or declined.
The World Health Organization said CBD doesn’t warrant international scheduling.
Pediatric healthcare workers have
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Cannabis and other substances just got decriminalized in Norway! Truly shows that the world is moving forward on the issue.

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Drug use should no longer be punished, but treated. The majority in the Storting now makes a historic transformation of Norwegian drug policy, and will transfer responsibility from Justis to health.

“The majority will stop punishing people who struggle, but instead give them help and treatment,” said Nicolas Wilkinson, SV’s health spokesman in the Parliament.

There are the parties Ap, Right, SV and Left behind the change. Wilkinson says it’s a march order to the government to start work on moving the first-line reaction to drug addicts from the courtroom to the health service.

“This is the start of a big rush reform. Now a big effort is being done to switch the system from punishment to help, says the SV representative.

<p> DISCRIMINALIZES: Nicholas Wilkinson (SV) is a member of the parliamentary majority who will transfer responsibility for the use of drugs from the justice sector to the health sector. </ p>
DISCRIMINIZES: Nicholas Wilkinson (SV) is in the majority of the majority who will transfer responsibility for the use of drugs from the justice sector to the health sector.

PHOTO: AUDUN BRAASTAD , NTB SCANPIX

“Now, a large aid device must be built up to allow the users to get help right away, from detoxification to the heaviest users and to the social follow-up of young people taken with a small dose,” Wilkonson told VG.

Not legalization

“It is important to emphasize that we do not legalize cannabis and other drugs, but we decriminalize,” said Sveinung Stensland (H), deputy chairman of the Storting Health Committee.

“The change will take some time, but that means a changed vision: Those who have a substance abuse problem should be treated as ill, and not as criminals with classical sanctions such as fines and imprisonment,” says Stensland to VG.

National Convention Resolutions

Prior to the National Assembly in the Right of the Spring, Minister of Health, Bent Høie (H) in VG, advised that he had turned from believing in punishment, rather to offer assistance and treatment .

A few days later, SV followed up with a similar country meeting decision . and in April, Ap agreed that drugs should still be illegal, but that addicts should get help instead of punishment.

The majority in the Storting writes in the statement that they “wish to transfer responsibility for the community’s follow-up for the use and possession of illicit drugs for their own use, from the justice sector to the health service.”

Disclaimers

But the Ap and the Right take a reservation that neither SV and Left are in:

It will still be a “ban on use and possession of drugs”. However, the two major parties agree to “change the authorities’ reactions to persons taken for use and possession of drugs, from punishment to help, treatment and follow-up.”

Moves threshold for punishment

– It is not free for drug crimes. But the threshold for punishment is moved. This can free resources from the police, which can be harder after traffickers, “said Wilkinson.

In February, the Health Committee in the Storting travels on a study trip to Portugal, which has implemented a similar reform with decriminalization.

Website research, no in 2016 had a major report on the experiences from Portugal.

PS: Frp and KrF disagree that drug addiction is resolved by decriminalizing drug use: “Decriminalizing even narcotic drugs is to deprive drug use and to send out signals that harm both use, environmental impact and testing”, they write.

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WeedWeek: MED Protections (Barely) Extended; L.A. Sets Rules

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1. President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to end net neutrality. As John Oliver put it, net neutrality prevents internet providers like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from engaging “in any sort of fuckery that limits or manipulates the choices you make online.
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So much news.
POLITICS
Congress extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which blocks the Justice Department from prosecuting state-legal MED businesses for two weeks, as part of the budget deal. It’s not clear whether the amendment will be re-extended.
Repeal of industry-despised tax rule 280E didn’t make it into the Senate version of the Republican tax bill, but Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R) hopes to get it into the final version. A Colorado dispensary is suing the IRS claiming 280E taxed them twice.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R), held a closed-door meeting with legalization opponents yesterday. Attendees included Ronald Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese III; Kevin Sabet, head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana; Harvard Medical School professor and member of President Trump’s drug and opioid abuse commission Bertha Madras; Robert DuPont, former head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse; and David Evans, executive director of the Drug Free Schools Coalition. It’s not clear if Sessions has met with legalization supporters as attorney general.
Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to regulate California’s largest REC market. The new rules promise extra support to entrepreneurs with past drug convictions and those in areas deemed most affected by the war on drugs. But there are tight zoning restrictions as well. For more see here and here.
Activists say the lack of size caps on commercial grows in California will make it harder for small farmers to survive. For more see here.
After falling short last session, Vermont appears set to legalize REC legislatively in early 2018. Massachusetts is considering social use.
San Francisco voted in favor of a proposed Sunset District dispensary, which has faced opposition from older Chinese residents.
Seattle Weekly looks back at five years of legal REC in Washington.
Maryland named a health system CEO as head of the state’s MED regulator. The previous director, a former state trooper, was the second to resign in two years.
In Michigan, proposed MED rules leaked to the press.
The U.S. Army is issuing more waivers for recruits who have used cannabis in the past.
Anne McLellan, who led Canada’s federal task force on legalization, predicts REC will pass the conservative Senate in time to meet the government’s July implementation deadline.
Canada’s First Nations demand control of the cannabis industry in their territories.
German activists collected 50,000 signatures, forcing the Bundestag to debate REC legalization. An Irish lawmaker said legal REC is inevitable within a few years. For more see here.
The U.K. has a cocaine glut.
A dispensary owner won a city council seat in a conservative Washington town.
Washington cannabis activist JoAnna McKee, died at 74. McKee, opened Seattle’s first dispensary in 1993, five years before Washington legalized MED. McKee was a fixture at cannabis hearings in the state legislature, known for wearing colorful eye patches.
BUSINESS
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Christie vs. NCAA, a case assessing whether New Jersey can partially legalize sports gambling. Christie has implications for whether the federal government can block state efforts to legalize cannabis. The judges appeared sympathetic to the case for federalism (states rights).
Oregon-licensed testing company OG Analytical and its co-owners are mutually severing ties after Eugene Antifa alleged the co-owners have ties to neo-Nazi groups. CEO Bethany Sherman denied being a neo-Nazi and said her only “crime is a thought crime.” At least one grower, HiFi Farms, ended its relationship with the lab.
A pesticide-related lawsuit against Canadian MED producer Organigram, is expanding its scope to claim the company’s product made people ill. The company said it has not received any evidence of sickened patients.
REC demand in Canada could be 40% higher than expected, according to Colorado research firm Marijuana Policy Group.
North American legal cannabis sales will reach about $10 billion this year.
After October wildfires destroyed dozens of NorCal cannabis farms, wildfires in southern California threatened to taint cannabis grown in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo counties.
Cannabis biotech firm, GW Pharmaceuticals plans to raise more than $250M from American depository shares.
Canna Law Blog discusses how to protect a business from bad-actor employees.
Oregon regulators launched a “Go legal!” campaign to promote the state’s industry.
Bloomberg discusses the partnerships cannabis brands use to expand across state lines.
Reuters finds top business talent going into cannabis. Lawyers are moving in as well, despite risks.
The Economist explains the industry’s cash problem. But more companies and states have figured out workarounds. Dispensaries remain skeptical about cryptocurrency, according to Green Market Report.
The U.S. Justice Department issued a reminder that cannabis businesses, including ancillary businesses, don’t have access to the U.S. bankruptcy system.
Ohio officials called for a freeze on MED licenses after it came out that a Maine cannabis consultant with a 2005 felony drug conviction evaluated license applications in the state. The consultant wouldn’t be eligible to receive an Ohio license.
Also in Ohio, a backer of the state’s failed 2015 legalization bid is threatening to sue the state.
Track and trace and advertising issues are the most common infractions by Washington cannabis businesses.
Aside from lawyer David Welch, the new owners of L.A.Weekly appear not to have ties to the cannabis industry.
OmniEarth, a start-up founded by Brigham Young University student Joseph Walker, has developed an organic fertilizer popular with cannabis growers. It’s made from nightcrawler droppings.
To save their businesses, a number of Oregon MED shops are converting to REC.
Denver’s city auditor says the cannabis regulator has improved but needs to be more transparent on how pot taxes get spent.
Leafly interviewed a cannabis packaging designer.
Canadian provinces are struggling to set cannabis prices. The idea is legal weed should be affordable enough to coax users away from the illegal market but not so cheap that younger people overconsume. Nova Scotia plans to sell REC in government liquor stores.
Colorado cannabis company MJardin has acquired a “major” stake in Ontario-based Grand River Organics, a “late-stage applicant” for a MED license. Terms were not disclosed.
Canadian producer Canopy Growth plans to build Denmark’s first legal MED grow.
New Frontier released a $149 report on the Brazilian market.
The Hemp Industries Association is suing the DEA, for classifying CBD as a controlled substance. Arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals are scheduled for February.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes for Health, acknowledged a lower rate of opioid overdoses and deaths in legal cannabis states. The data, he cautions, shows correlation, not necessarily causation.
The idea that certain drugs prime users to use more drugs, known as “common liability theory,” has breathed new life into the idea of gateway drugs.
Colorado has new rules for cannabis research. Colorado researchers will study

Nova Scotia announced on Thursday its plans to regulate legal cannabis sales when the recreational market opens next summer. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. will have full control over online and storefront sales, justice minister Mark Furey said at a news conference, following the strict regimes announced by Ontario and New Brunswick.

“The NSLC has the experience and expertise to distribute and sell cannabis, keeping it out of the hands of young people and making it legally available in a safe, regulated way,” Furey explained. Further details on how many storefronts will be open will be announced in the coming months.

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Anti-cannabis U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions implied a cannabis crackdown may be in the works. Without providing details he said the Justice Department is, “Looking very hard [at whether to go after legal states.] In fact, we had meetings yesterday and talked about it at some length,” Session said the department seeks a “rational” policy and reiterated his opposition to cannabis use. For more see Axios.
Former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele predicted any attempt at a crackdown would backfire. “In one sense, I’m like, ‘Go ahead, Jeff. Do your thing, baby. Bring it. Because you’ll have 18 states lining up to bring an immediate lawsuit pushing back on your crackdown,'” Steele told Civilized. “And that really blows up the conversation at the federal level.”
The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which protects state legal MED from federal prosecution, could expire Friday.
Despite support from Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R), the cannabis industry’s push to end hated tax rule 280E failed to be included in the sweeping tax bill the U.S. Senate passed last night. The bill needs to be reconciled with a version passed by the house before heading to the president’s desk. (New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman calls it “The Biggest Tax Scam in History.”)
CNBC explains how the tax bill could accelerate legalization.
MJBIz Daily has an FAQ on what California businesses need to know about the new state rules.
Rolling Stone looks at California’s truth in labelling requirement, and how it could help small farmers. New California rules also complicate selling cannabis at festivals and other events.
San Francisco passed rules for REC; Sales will begin January 5. Oakland passed rules for local regulation. Sacramento may try to create a racial equity program.
Wealthy, liberal Marin County, rejected all ten dispensary applications. In Bakersfield, a high-profile cannabis opponent is suing two people who revealed he has a MED card.
Michigan Republican consultant Scott Greenlee, announced a group which will oppose REC in Michigan. He said it has a broad-base of support but declined to say who’s bankrolling it. New Jersey towns skeptical of REC legalization have joined together to study the issue. (For more on New Jersey see here.) Michigan and New Jersey could both legalize next year.
Sixty-two percent of New Yorkers support legalizing MED, a poll found.
Washington state may allow limited home growing.
Legalization in New Jersey could disrupt Pennsylvania’s MED program. Departing N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (R), called pot taxes “blood money.
Several of Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates favor legal REC. (WeedWeek Forum recently published a piece on how to legalize in Connecticut.)
There’s some friction over the date for Oklahoma’s MED vote next year.
Some New Jersey Democrats are skeptical of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s (D) plan to legalize rapidly. Philly cannabis activist and writer Chris Goldstein writes about anti-legalization Democrats.
MED sales began in Marylandbut supply is short. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), demanded CBD products be removed from stores in 60 days.
Despite some confusing reports, President Trump aide Kellyanne Conway is not a new opioid crisis czar. David Frum at The Atlantic sees the political operative’s involvement in the crisis as a sign of the administration’s unseriousness on the issue. “It’s very difficult to imagine what relevant assets Conway could bring to the opioid czar job, even if it existed,” he writes.
Canada’s House of Commons passed the REC bill and the Senate has begun to debate. Some conservatives have vowed to fight legalization during what’s expected to be a months-long process. Some cities in British Columbia have begun to work on regulations. The province is expected to release rules early next year.
In Italy, the army has a monopoly on MED, and only produces one low-THC strain, The Washington Post explains. The Guardian studies Holland’s cannabis laws.
The state of South Australia, banned driving by MED patients with cannabis in their systems.
A court in Georgia, the nation, decriminalized.
BUSINESS
Canada’s industry appears to be entering a consolidation phase. Vice looks at Canadian MED producer CanniMed Therapeutics’ attempt to stave off a hostile takeover by Aurora Cannabis, a larger competitor.
Quartz explains how Canada will measure legalization’s economic impact. A report found eliminating Canada’s illegal market could hurt the national economy.
Canadian permit applications continue to climb. Former cops are moving into the country’s industry. Leafly tells how MED company Cronos Group, became the largest employer in a small Ontario town.
Canadian company CannaRoyalty said it will acquire California companies Kaya Management, which holds rights to Bhang vaporizer products and Alta Supply, a California distributor.
U.S. investors are looking to Canadian cannabis stocks which already have far higher market capitalizations than their American counterparts.
After failing to secure the necessary approvals from the Federal Reserve of Kansas City, Colorado’s Fourth Corner Credit Union is back with a more modest plan to bank the industry.
Julie Weed, at Forbes, has more on the industry’s ongoing bank woes.
Representatives of a Nevada gaming panel don’t know what to do about federal cannabis laws in the state where REC is legal. They’ll reconvene next year to discuss cannabis conventions.
Beleaguered tech company MassRoots entered a partnership with market research firm New Frontier. Deal terms and what the partnership would entail were not disclosed.
Enterprise software company MJFreeway disclosed it was involved in yet another cyberattack, this one in November 2016.
Ohio announced the winners of large-grow licenses choosing 12 companies out of 109 applicants. Winners include a former spokesman for Gov. John Kasich (R).
A judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit against an aspiring pot farm in Yamhill County, Ore. The N.Y. Times published a story about the nasty dispute in September.
Cannabis real estate investment trust Innovative Industrial Properties agreed to buy an Arizona property for $15M.
Jamaican farmers worry foreign companies will be legalization’s only beneficiaries.
Ozy takes another look at a bullish report on the European market. The report comes from Prohibition PartnersU.K. CBD use is on the rise.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, urged Health and Human Services Department nominee Alex Azar, to support MED as a way to mitigate the opioid crisis.
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WeedWeek, 11/25/17: More Layoffs at Privateer; More Fighting at MassRoots

Posted by | November 25, 2017 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to end net neutrality. As John Oliver put it, net neutrality prevents internet providers like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from engaging “in any sort of fuckery that limits or manipulates the choices you make online.
In an L.A. Times, Op-Ed, net neutrality supporter and FCC member Jessica Rosenworcel (D) writes:
“Net neutrality is the right to go where you want and do what you want on the internet without your broadband provider getting in the way. It means your broadband provider can’t block websites, throttle services or charge you premiums if you want to reach certain online content.”
The end of net neutrality could also make life more difficult for a federally illegal industry like cannabis.
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POLITICS
Rob Kampia, a longtime leader of the legalization movement, is stepping aside as director of Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which he co-founded in 1995. He will transition into a newly created strategic role.
Leafly’s Bruce Barcott asks whether past sexual harassment allegations explain Kampia’s abrupt move. A 2010 article in Washington (D.C.) City Paper headlined “The Breast Massage Will Happen” enumerated complaints of suggestive behavior several weeks after he had taken a leave of absence for therapy.
I just think I’m hypersexualized,” Kampia told the Washington Post at the time. Since the 2010 City Paper article, “there have been no allegations of inappropriate behavior against Rob or anyone else at MPP that I’m aware of.” a MPP spokesperson wrote to Leafly.
Canada’s Liberal Party government released proposed rules for the cannabis industry. For more see here and here. Legalization still faces opposition from conservative lawmakers.
Massachusetts plans to release a draft of its REC rules by year end.
Colorado’s new rules, including a path to create public-private MED research partnerships, take effect January 1.
A Los Angeles City Council committee approved rules on licensing, operations and other topics. Following industry concerns, the rules would allow provisional licenses for existing growers and manufacturers during the licensing period.
A new appropriations bill would lift the ban on a cannabis industry in D.C., where voters approved REC in 2014. But House Republicans continue to block the national industry from accessing banks.
Caregivers in Maine say new rules aren’t as bad as they expected.
Reuters profiles Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), a REC supporter who’s challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in 2018. Arizona voters oppose REC, according to a new poll.
In a speech, Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen (D), said, “When you put DEA agents and justice department officials to work on people who are selling marijuana; you are taking them away from people who are selling meth, crack, cocaine and heroin — opioids,” Cohen also criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his hardline stance on cannabis.
Sessions’ Justice Department is ending the Obama administration’s practice of changing policy through “guidance memos.” Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said the department would “proactively work to rescind existing guidance documents that go too far.” It wasn’t clear what this means for the 2013 “Cole Memo,” which enabled state legal marijuana industries to grow without fear of prosecution.
Dominic Corva, a scholar of cannabis and social policy, discussed equity programswith S.F. Weekly.
A bill in India proposes REC legalization.
BUSINESS
Privateer Holdings, parent company of web site Leafly, cannabis brand Marley Natural and Canadian MED producer Tilray, announced some layoffs, a few weeks after Leafly laid off 13 percent of its staff.
Privateer also called a lawsuit filed against the company by Master P “nonsense.” The suit alleges Privateer backed out of an agreement to distribute the rapper’s cannabis brand.
Ousted MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich is waging a proxy fight to remove three of the company’s directors — including Tripp Keber, CEO of edibles company Dixie, and Ean Seeb, co-founder of consulting firm Denver Relief — and the interim CEO. Dietrich, 25, remains the company’s largest shareholder. Dietrich told the Cannabist that he was “extorted based upon false and misleading information into giving up the company.”
LeafLink, an online commerce platform for dispensaries, raised $10M from investors including Nosara Capital, Snoop Dogg’s firm Casa Verde, and tech investor Lerer Hippeau Ventures.
Canada’s Aurora Cannabis launched a hostile takeover bid for fellow MED producer CanniMed.
Canada will calculate legalization’s economic impact using this equation, Bloomberg reports.
The Motley Fool says cannabis stocks are “destroying shareholder value.
Civilized suggests the industry is becoming less friendly to female executives, a phenomenon known as the “grass ceiling.” “Nobody cared when the dispensaries owned by the women in Colorado who started this industry were worth $2 million,” Wanda James, the first black dispensary owner in Colorado said. “But now that they’re 15- or 20-million dollar companies, a lot of the board members – i.e. men – are saying, ‘You can’t handle it from here on in.”
The industry is excited about Michigan, where more than 250,000 patients hold recommendations, second only to California. The state could vote on REC next year. But MED enforcement in the state remains “hazy.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at challenges the industry faces in Pennsylvania.
Cannabis is becoming a more important cash crop in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
All but one of the Florida MED office’s 35 hirees are processing patient ID cards. The state MED czar’s office blamed lawsuits for delays in implementing MED laws.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
A study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions found heart failure patients who used cannabis were less likely to die in the hospital than abstainers. The researchers had hypothesized the opposite. The study has not yet been peer-reviewed.
The Journal of the American Medical Association calls inadequate blinding of placebo controlled trials “the Achilles Heel of MED research.
The DEA is finalizing schedule II status for a synthetic THC drug called Syndros. The drug was developed by Arizona pharmaceutical firm Insys Therapeutics which opposed REC in the state. Last month, Insys’ billionaire founder John Kapoor was charged with racketeering and fraud related to the company’s marketing of a fentanyl oral spray.
The Conversation explains how science and technology assist with cannabis growing.
GQ calls CBD, “the drug you can do at work.
California’s fish and wildlife department will award $1.3M to four sites cleaning up illegal cannabis grows.
Pennsylvania released a list of doctors eligible to prescribe MED.
Podcast Science Vs. asks whether ecstasy is a “scary drug or promising therapy.
A Swedish court ruled a man paralyzed from the chest down can’t grow his own MED. Ireland issued its first MED license for treating pain.
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Phil Murphy (D), a progressive former investment banker, won the New Jersey gubernatorial race, leading to speculation that the Garden State could legalize REC by April. If so it would be the first state to fully legalize through the legislature and would make REC available across the rivers from New York City and Philadelphia respectively.
Ralph Northam (D), a physician who supports decriminalization, won Virginia’s gubernatorial race.
Detroiters passed two proposals to make life easier for dispensaries in the city. Local ballot initiatives in California fared well.
Rolling Stone reports on the transition to REC in California. Unnamed insiders called the process “Precarious.” “Disarray,” “Evolving,” “Complicated,” “Compartmentalized,” “Chaotic,” “Uncertainty,” “Clusterfuck,” “Capricious” and “a shitshow.”
S.F. Weekly discusses the transition with longtime Humboldt growers Tim Blake and Kevin Jodrey.
Two former San Francisco city supervisors are teaming up to support the city’s cannabis industry. For more see here.
In Massachusetts, the legalization movement’s social justice and pro-business oriented factions are at odds.
Reason’s Jacob Sullum weighs in on Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) veto of a state bill to regulate REC. Vermont could legalize through the legislature next year.
Maryland’s MED commissioner resigned for unspecified reasons. He’s the second to leave in two years.
President Trump will visit the Philippines this week and meet with President Rodrigo Duterte whose drug war has resulted in thousands of extra-judicial killings.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has started a political action committee (PAC) to defeat anti-cannabis candidates. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) takes on the industry-hated 280E tax rule.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said employees in safety-sensitive positions can’t test positive for cannabis, even if it’s legally obtained.
Pew Trusts’ Stateline looks into the nowhere to consume issue.
Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein asks ‘Why no politicians are championing legalization?’ Though the assertion isn’t quite correct, he attributes it to lack of organized pressure for legalization, and lack of faith that public opinion won’t shift back against the plant.
Canada’s Senate is the last obstacle to legalizing REC nationwide next year. The New York Times looks at what Canada still has to do before REC comes online.
Ireland is still weighing MED. Luxembourg could allow MED as well.
Five years after Colorado and Washington legalized REC, Leafly asks what we’ve learned.
BUSINESS
MJBizDaily reports on the crisis at MassRoots. In recent weeks the company fired CEO and founder Isaac Dietrich for undisclosed reasons, and then saw its bid to acquire CannaRegs for $12M fall apart.
In the first half of 2017, MassRoots saw its net loss jump fivefold year over year to $19.1M while revenue plunged more than 50%, to below $300k. The stock is down 80% this year.
MJBiz expects a big turnout at this week’s convention in Vegas. If you see me there, say hi.
Software company MJ Freeway suffered another outage.
The Chicago Tribune calls booze company Constellation Brands’ investment in Canadian grower Canopy Growth “one of the year’s most intriguing business deals.” Seeking Alpha weighs in as well.
Investors applauded a proposal to tax Canadian pot at $1 a gram or 10 cents on the dollar. But Alberta objects to splitting the proceeds evenly between the provinces and the federal government. The provinces should receive more since they’re doing more work, Alberta’s Finance Minister argues.
Colorado company LivWell took a “significant” stake in Alberta producer 51st Parallel.
Bloomberg says female cannabis entrepreneurs are getting pushed aside as the industry grows.
Leafly laid off 15, about 13% of its workforce. The company also named its new CEO and promoted the previous CEO, to COO of parent company Privateer Holdings.
Seventeen Canadian companies made recommendations on cannabis branding which they say are stricter than the rules for alcohol. Canada’s Financial Post says the “suits” are taking over the industry.
MJBiz asks whether advertising on billboards makes sense for cannabis companies.
California state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang (D) released recommendations for banking the industry.
Fortune explains why California pot taxes may be so high. The AP has more. Some California municipalities want to tax destroyed cannabis crops.
Colorado cannabis sales held strong at $136M+ in September. Sales for the first nine months of 2017 topped $1.16 billion according to the Cannabist, up 19% year over year.
An exchange traded fund shifted its focus from Latin American real estate to cannabis, annoying some investors.
The Motley Fool recommends “three cheapest marijuana stocks.”
Leafly explains why cannabis and cryptocurrency haven’t quite gelled.
Michael Llamas, the 33-year old former CEO of Medical Marijuana Inc. died in San Diego when he crashed his lime green lamborghini into a palm tree. Llamas resigned as CEO in 2012 after he was indicted in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme. Last year he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and was due for sentencing next month.
L.A. grower THC Design is releasing a cannabis powder.
The new owners of newspaper L.A. Weekly include cannabis attorney David Welch, but deny any deeper ties to the industry. Brian Calle, the libertarian former editor of the Orange County Register’s opinion page, will lead editorial.
Cannabis media is growing, but in Mexico the government denied a license to cannabis magazine Cañamo. The above Columbia Journalism Review article introduced me to the site LadyBud.
Science writer Gary Robbins will lead cannabis coverage at the San Diego Union Tribune.
Snoop Dogg’s venture capital firm Casa Verde invested in Cannalysis, a testing start-up.
A massive, tribe-owned dispensary outside Vegas opened a drive-thru dispensary.
Israel wants to export MED worldwide. Australian cannabis stocks are performing well.
Cannabis science jobs pay well CNN reports, and master growers can make more than $200,000 a year.
Colorado is partnering with Lyft to reduce driving while high.
Pot companies in the state struggle to find charities who’ll accept their donations.
Oregon delivery service Briteside parodies pharmaceutical ads in a new video. “Ask your doctor if cannabis is right for you,” it concludes. “It probably is.”
HEALTH & SCIENCE
The Cannifornian reports on veterans who use MED. An American Legion survey found 22 percent of veterans do.
At least two Pennsylvania doctors who won permission to recommend MED have had their medical licenses suspended. One is in jail, charged with threatening to kill a U.S. Marshall.
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Colorado marijuana shops maintain $136M pace for third straight month

Posted by | November 9, 2017 | Cannabis News

Colorado marijuana sales are holding steady.

Cannabis shops across the state sold a little more than $136.6 million in flower, edibles, concentrates and accessories for September 2017, according to The Cannabist’s calculations on tax statistics released Thursday by the state Department of Revenue.

It’s the third month in a row that combined recreational and medical cannabis sales reached $136 million; there were $100.8 million in recreational sales and $35.8 million in medical, The Cannabist’s extrapolations show.

Through nine months of 2017, Colorado shops rang up $1.16 billion in transactions, according to The Cannabist’s calculations. Through September of last year, sales totaled $974.3 million.

Three-quarters through 2017, marijuana sales totals are up 19 percent from the comparable period a year prior, according to The Cannabist’s archive data. The state report does not disclose sales data.

The annual growth rates have been steadily slowing since spring 2017, sliding down from 36 percent at the end of March to 23 percent in July and, now, 19.2 percent through September.

The leveling off of monthly sales and the slowing of annual growth rates align with projections previously made by economists and analysts. Sales will moderate as the market naturally matures and other states adopt recreational cannabis measures, industry observers have said.

The latest monthly report from the state revenue department lists marijuana taxes and license fees remitted by cannabis businesses during October. The receipts largely reflect sales made in September, but there is a potential for some variance because of incomplete or late returns from prior months.

Looking at state taxes and licensing fees, nearly $185 million has been collected through September 2017.

September is the third month during which marijuana sales have been subject to a new taxing structure.

The special sales tax rate for recreational marijuana increased to 15 percent from 10 percent in July, the result of a new law that also exempted recreational marijuana products from the 2.9 percent standard state sales tax. Medical marijuana and accessories are still subject to that 2.9 percent sales tax rate.

The Cannabist’s calculations for recreational sales in July, August and September 2017 are based on tax revenue reported for the new 15 percent sales tax rate.

Cannabist digital producer Aleta Labak contributed to this report.

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