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This week on the podcast, Hayley and Alex talk to Lukas Lucas, a formerly incarcerated cannabis activist and entrepreneur, about prejudice within the industry, why L.A.’s equity program will work and how legalization could benefit African Americans.
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-Episode 9 Journalist David Bienenstock talks about social justice within the industry and his new podcast Great Moments in Weed
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-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
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Today in WWCanada:
–Economists say Canada may not be able to balance tax collection and reduced youth use while shrinking the black market
–Lots more on the fight to convert Ontario into a private market.
–Why cannabis equity investing is giving way to debt financing
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Here’s the news.
POLITICS
California may lower pot taxes (L.A.Times) to help businesses compete with the illegal market. The bipartisan legislation follows agitating by farmers. (Reuters)
Colorado unveiled a new symbol for all cannabis packaging. A new law in Washington will unclutter cannabis labels.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R), said legal states aren’t worried about a federal crackdown. The Boston Globe has the FAQ on the state’s new REC rules. The state will start accepting REC business applications next month.
Activists have sued Florida claiming state MED rules benefit major players and stifle competition.
A Maryland legislative effort to support minority-owned cannabis companies,would reportedly favor existing, white-owned licensees.
WeedNews suggests legalization may have helped Democrat and MED supporter Conor Lamb win a special Congressional election in Pennsylvania by less than 1,000 votes. Republican Rick Saccone, who voted against MED, lost the district which President Trump won by 20 points.
Debts approaching $9 billion make REC legalization an increasingly attractive option in Illinois.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) includes pot taxes in his budget proposal (Tom Angell). As they contemplate legalization, state lawmakers are emphasizing what it would mean for social justice (N.Y. Times) in the state.
New Jersey voters favor REC legalization (Tom Angell), a poll found. The state isalso mulling home grow (App.).
While Denver issued the first permit, Amsterdam style smoking lounges have arrived in several San Francisco dispensaries, and may be coming to West Hollywood later this year.
The Washington Post visits Humboldt where legalization challenges outlaw growers. I recently reported on the same topic for HuffPost.
Concerns about the application process led a judge to block Arkansas’ first MED licenses from being awarded.
A Delaware task force studying legalization voted to release a controversial report on legalization.
A CBD bill passed the Indiana legislature.
The Oklahoma Senate voted to implement stricter MED rules before the question goes to voters in June.
In National Review, drug policy scholar Jonathan P. Caulkins urges caution before rushing into a for-profit cannabis industry, which would be almost impossible to unwind.
Ontario’s new conservative leader Doug Ford, brother of deceased former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, said he’d like to see a more open cannabis market in Canada’s most populous province. 🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada.
Relatedly, the province released the new austere logo for the Ontario Cannabis Store to widespread ridicule. For more see Buzzfeed🍁For even more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada.
UN Secretary General António Guterres, praised decriminalization, which he enacted 20 years ago as president of Portugal.
BUSINESS
After California threatened Weedmaps with civil or criminal charges for promoting unlicensed dispensaries, Weedmaps responded that since the company isn’t a licensee the state doesn’t have the power to regulate it (MJBiz).
Weedmaps cited Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (Ars Technica) which essentially argues that the company is not responsible for the actions of its users. The same defense has been successfully deployed by Backpage, a classifieds site notorious for sex industry ads.
While Weedmaps struck a conciliatory tone (L.A.Times), it was as bold a rebuke to regulators as has been expressed by any cannabis company.
In an editorial, the Sacramento Bee criticized the company.
Alan Brochstein discusses five ways to invest in California cannabis.
Consumers are selling California-legal cannabis in Tijuana.
MJBizDaily asks if your business is ready for increased scrutiny while Jeff Sessions is attorney general.
The Seattle Times profiles edibles brand The Goodship, after it’s acquisition by Privateer Holdings, as it prepares to expand into California.
A first of its kind study determined legalization is a net economic benefit for Pueblo County, Colo. The police chief said the study didn’t take into account the homelessness and poverty his officers see. I wrote about Pueblo for the L.A.Times in 2016.
Delivery services are thriving in Florida, where it’s difficult to open a dispensary.
Snoop Dogg’s cannabis investing fund, Casa Verde Capital, raised $45M. (Snoop also released a gospel album this week, “Bible of Love.”)
Business Insider introduces the stars of cannabis finance.
Fast Company asks if MedMen will become the Starbucks of weed.
Reuters meets New Leaf Data Services which publishes wholesale price data.
Texas hasn’t legalized but entrepreneurs are preparing for the Lone Star green rush anyway.
Bloomberg profiles Hydrotherapy, Quebec’s only legal producer, which wants tofollow convenience stores’ path to global growth. 🍁For more subscribe toWeedWeek Canada.
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