WeedWeek, 3/10/18: California Targets Weedmaps for Violations

Posted by | March 10, 2018 | Cannabis News, Weed Week News by Alex Halperin

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This week on the podcast, Hayley and Alex talk to longtime cannabis journalist David Bienenstockabout legalization, social justice within the industry and his new podcast Great Moments in Weed History co-hosted with Abdullah Saeed, formerly of Vice’s Bong Appetit.
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-Episode 8 Jackie Fox (Hayley’s mom) talks about becoming a MED user later in life.
-Episode 7 Dr. Peter Grinspoon, Harvard Medical School, on cannabis, opioids and the medical establishment.
-Episode 6 Anja Charbonneau, editor of design forward cannabis magazine Broccoli
-Episode 4 L.A. 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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POLITICS
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, a former executive at drugmaker Eli Lilly, said there’s “no such thing as medical marijuana.” He said the department The department is working on non-cannabis related ways to mitigate the opioid crisis.
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced legislation to protect banks who work with cannabis companies. Tom Angell also has the latest on veterans lobbying Congress for MED access.
California has already approved more than 2,000 growers licenses, but the Lost Coast Outpost suggests allowing too many growers sets them up to fail.
Nevada put off social use until 2019 (Las Vegas Sun). Regulators also decided tokeep the cannabis and gaming industries separate (Las Vegas Review Journal).
Pennsylvania appears poised to allow smokable flower, which would cut the cost of MED. A Florida judge will hear a case to allow smokable MED.
To increase minority ownership, the Maryland House voted to raise the number of grow licenses from 15 to 20.
Florida lawmakers are withholding $1.9M from the health department because of delays in MED licensing. Also in Florida, legislation on changing how a black farmer can obtain a growing license is headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) desk.
Illinois’ “cannabis candidate” Benjamin Wolf inflated his resume (Chicago Tribune) and allegedly abused women (Politico). Wolf denied any claims of abuse.
Tom Angell looks at the new politics of weed in Illinois.
Five measures to loosen cannabis laws could come before Arizona voters this year.
In Leafly, WeedWeek Podcast co-host Hayley Fox, asks whether expanding Los Angeles’ cannabis agency can boost equity ownership. Equity also got a boost in Massachusetts.
Oakland is considering legislation which would block pot companies from evicting existing tenants.
The D.C. Board of Elections blocked a ballot initiative, which it said would go against city law and Congress, to allow REC sales.
The UN drug enforcement board warned countries not to legalize marijuana🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada.
Canada’s First Nations’ (Native Canadians) want in on the REC industry🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada.
A decriminalization bill advanced in Israel.
Colorado Public Radio looks at the push to legalize psychedelic mushrooms in Denver.
BUSINESS
California’s cannabis regulatory chief Lori Ajax told Weedmaps to cease and desist stop promoting unlicensed businesses (OC Register). Lack of compliance could lead to civil or criminal penalties.
Weedmaps does not appear to have responded. (Sacramento Bee) In February, Weedmaps president Christopher Beals said, “The thing is, at the end of the day, we’re an information platform…We’re showing the same information that Google and Yelp and Craigslist and 30 other websites are showing.”
Ajax also sent letters to 900 pot shops suspected of operating without a state license.
Bloomberg says the US is giving away the $30 billion MED industry to Israel and Canada.
Delivery app Eaze’s policy team is hiring to prepare for expansion beyond California.
Business Insider’s Jeremy Berke profiles Navy Capital, a cannabis hedge fund which was up 127% in 2017. Berke also asks what the two highest valued cannabis companies, MedMen and Privateer Holdings, say about the industry.
Bloomberg reports companies are losing interest in employee pot tests.
New Women Grow Chair Chanda Macias defended the company against criticism.
Regulatory software company BioTrackTHC agreed to merge with diversified ancillary company Helix TCS to form what it claims is the industry’s largest ancillary company.
Denver restaurants reportedly can’t staff their kitchens because trimming buds pays better and is easier.
Big Think asks why cannabis companies keep losing their social media accounts.
California collectives which provided low-cost MED to the needy are struggling in the REC era (Sacramento Bee). So are smaller growers (Santa Rosa Press Democrat.).
Massachusetts growers say strict energy rules could force them to use energy efficient LEDs, which are far costlier, and produce lesser product. Read the whole piece by the Boston Globe’s Dan Adams.
Massachusetts pot lobbyists are out in force.
Modern farmer has a primer on indoor gardening.
Trade group National Cannabis Business Association, which has recently faced some tough media coveragehas a possible rival in the Western Regional Cannabis Business Alliance, which has nine state organizations and at least one lobbyist in D.C.
With a major court ruling coming soon, Canna Law Blog asks if CBD is legal.
Tattoo care could be a $1.6 billion CBD market.
Surprisingly, in 2016 Canada fell to second, behind the U.K., in legal MED production. 🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada.
Canadian producer Aurora Cannabis plans to follow competitor Cronos Group(National Post) onto an international stock exchange. For more see CNBC.
Canadian producer Canopy Growth is among the bidders for Spanish pharmaceutical firm Alcaliber, a major morphine producer. 🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada.
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