February 3, 2018
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So much news.
Colorado politicians are leading a national coalition called Leaders for Reform to push back at Attorney General Sessions . Despite threats of a crackdown, January was a good month for cannabis , Vox says.

Former Congressman and libertarian hero Ron Paul said Sessions should resign for rescinding the Cole Memo, the existing federal protection for state legal cannabis businesses.

Republican Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (Fla.) are optimistic about cannabis reform in 2018. Rescinding the Cole memo “ awakened a sleeping giant, ” Rohrabacher said.

Cannabis businesses still have to pay their taxes . A report says the industry hated tax rule 280E creates an incentive to keep cannabis illegal .

Meanwhile the Treasury Department may end Obama era banking protections for cannabis businesses.
Donald Trump Jr. sort of made a pot joke on Twitter.

California officials are seriously considering a publicly-funded bank for cannabis businesses. The states legal supply chain is also seeing bottlenecks .

Oakland used a lotto to announce its first dispensary permit winners in more than a decade. San Diego reported a strong first month of REC sales.

Proposed legislation in Colorado would allow a home delivery pilot program in the state.

The federal prosecutor for Oregon said he wants to work with the state to eliminate its overproduction problem. Wholesale prices for trim (for oil extraction) and outdoor-grown flower have fallen as low as $50 a pound .

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker plans to meet with the federal prosecutor to discuss cannabis enforcement in the state.

Despite Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) push to legalize REC, only 42% of New Jersey residents favor it. A bill would limit the state to 80 dispensaries.

Leafly says a New Mexico REC bill is “ shockingly good ” but won’t pass.

Maine is still struggling to implement a voter approved REC program.

Florida Rep. Charlie Crist brought a MED patient to President Trump's State of the Union address.

Ballot initiatives in Michigan (REC), Oklahoma (MED) and Utah (MED) all appear on track to pass.

New bills would allow a limited MED program in Utah. The CEO of Overstock.com, Patrick Byrne is supportive .

South Dakota lawmakers voted in favor of drug tests for South Dakota lawmakers.

A Jackson, Miss. city councilman proposed decriminalizing .

Informed of a cannabis strain named Justin True-Dope, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said legalization was about public health and safety, not profit .

The Economist says Germany’s MED program is a mess . Proposed MED bills in New Zealand have run into opposition .

North Korea said the growing number of American marijuana users qualifies as a human rights abuse .

Cannabis activist and businessman Dennis Peron died at 71 . A gay veteran, Dennis returned to San Francisco from Vietnam with two pounds of weed. During the AIDS crisis he made MED available to patients and later helped to write Proposition 215, the country’s first MED law, which Californians passed in 1996.
The National Cannabis Industry Association board voted to remove Rob Kampia from the board. The move comes shortly after Kampia departed the Marijuana Policy Project, which he founded. In 2010, Kampia took a leave of absence from MPP to address his history of sexual harassment .

Kampia called his NCIA ouster a “coup” at a “broken institution.”
Delays in California have weighed on lawncare company Scotts Miracle-Gro . Its hydroponics subsidiary Hawthorne Gardening accounts for one-third of sales.

The N.Y. Times looks at the cannabis investing opportunity . Another story in the paper touts hemp as a building tool : “Mixing hemp’s woody fibers with lime produces a natural, light concrete that retains thermal mass and is highly insulating. No pests, no mold, good acoustics, low humidity, no pesticide.”

Bloomberg mapped cannabis prices across the U.S. It says New York City consumes more cannabis than any other city worldwide.

In Massachusetts and other states, companies are exploiting “gifting” loopholes in cannabis laws. For example, customers pay $55 for juice and the accompanying bag of weed is complementary.

Wary of the U.S. legal climate, Canadian producer Aphria agreed to sell its stake in a U.S. business. The company also agreed to pay C$826M for Nuuvera , a company without a Canadian permit, which has been acquiring properties in Germany and Spain.

Aphria said Ontario’s 21% jump in the minimum wage , to C$14/hour, will add about 6% to its cost per gram. Meanwhile the industry has boosted wages for security guards.

New York-based iAnthus Capital acquired Civita Medical, one of New York’s 10 MED license holders , for about $18M.

Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Reserve brand raised $12M in a deal led by Tuatara Capital.

After a landlord evicted social app MassRoots for lack of payment, the company relocated to a Denver co-working space, and has a “renewed focus on fundamentals,” CEO and founder Isaac Dietrich said.

A cannabis industrial park in Michigan is ahead of schedule .

AutoNation, the U.S.’s largest car dealer chain, will no longer care if a job applicant tests positive for marijuana.

The New Yorker has a piece, with some nice photos, on how California is making cannabis a wellness industry .

Dispensaries expect a big sales weekend ahead of the Super Bowl.

An Ontario man is converting his former elementary school into a grow house.

A Maryland community college professor wants to train workers for the cannabis industry.

Nevada’s chief REC regulator quit to pursue a job in the private sector. A successor will be named soon.

Canadian companies are moving into South American markets . And European markets. Colombian MED businesses could be ready to compete internationally by the end of 2018.

California brand Bloom Farms says it has donated 1M meals to the needy.

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An analysis wasn’t able to determine the implications of cannabis use for heart health. Cannabis' alleged benefits are also unclear for numerous health conditions , the Sacramento Bee reports.
Pot smokers scored better than abstainers in a memory test.

A Rhode Island lawmaker proposed including vapor and pot smoke in all second hand smoke laws . Published data found long term exposure to cannabis smoke doesn’t hurt lung function .

NPR talks to the founder of Facebook group, “ Pot Smoking Moms Who Cuss Sometimes.

Another analysis suggests cannabis use protects alcoholics’ livers .

In Texas, a six-year-old girl received the state’s first dose of legal CBD oil.

In Maine, patients use MED and kratom to quit opioids despite a lack of supporting evidence.

Vox explains Trump’s “ pathetic response ” to the opioid crisis.

In Portland, some veterinarians support CBD use in pets .

A survey of Native Canadians found they want cannabis regulated by “ traditional medicine people.

In the Netherlands, a survey found, more people seek drug treatment when stronger cannabis is on the market.
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San Francisco said it would clear 3,000 cannabis misdemeanor convictions dating back 40 years. In addition it will review almost 5,000 felony convictions for clearance or downgrading. San Diego said it was reviewing an additional 4,700 cases for review.

An Israeli cannabis agronomist working in Nevada and married to an American was forcefully deported for illegal drug trafficking.

Vice says the prevalence of former cops in the cannabis business , “raises questions about who gets favoured...and who will continue to be relegated to, and thrive in, the black market.”

Two Toronto cops were suspended after they allegedly consumed edibles , and called for help. A responding officer slipped on some ice and required medical attention.

Black people are still more likely to be arrested for marijuana related offenses than whites.

A leaked memo shows the Trump administration plans to increase its reliance on private prison companies , which supported Trump's campaign.

The Guardian has a story about a Vietnamese boy who was kidnapped and enslaved at 10 , and then labored for four years at a U.K. cannabis farm.

The ACLU threatened to sue after a Vermont official proposed using roadside, saliva drug tests .

Sixty five pounds of weed were found in a North Carolina police dispatcher’s home .

Draft legislation in Israel could soon decriminalize cannabis.
The L.A. Times visits Compton , home of “the Chronic” but not cannabis dispensaries.
In “High & Mighty” a new comedy series which screened at Sundance, Chelo Chavez (Jorge Diaz) is a “lovable lush” who acquires superpowers when he’s drunk or stoned.

Oregon’s HiFi Farms hosted a 420-friendly concert with performances of Haydn, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

A woman who disappeared after going to work on a Humboldt cannabis farm has surfaced on the current season of The Bachelor.

Spin profiles Ben Sinclair , who plays The Guy on High Maintenance.

Coachella promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group has supported anti-cannabis activists , Freedom Leaf found. Cannabis will not be permitted at the California music festival.
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