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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
Gaynell Rogers, Director Alternative Health And Wellness Division,
Gretchen Gailey - EVP of Communications and Government Affairs,
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,
The L.A. Times explains the
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)
replacing soda taxes with pot taxes.
Ozy meets “
The Dagga Couple
” the middle-aged white pair whose case legalized MED in South Africa.
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.
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.
a California bank’s proposal to serve its MED industry.
Arkansas gave accountants the
to work green.
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.
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Legalization supporting New York City mayoral candidate Mike Tolkin (D)
lived as a homeless man
for a week to experience their struggle firsthand.
Someone in the U.K. shared their dealer’s very polite
out-of-office automatic text
, which alerts customers when he’ll get back to “regular scheduled hustling.”
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