March 24, 2018
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This week on the podcast, Hayley and Alex have a great conversation with Jim McAlpine about cannabis and fitness, his plans to open a cannabis gym and the 420 Games which he's bringing to L.A. (next weekend) and Denver, S.F. and Pittsburgh later this year.

Plus WeedWeek Canada correspondent Jesse Staniforth discusses whether Ontario will create a private REC market.

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Previous shows feature:

-Episode 10 Activist and entrepreneur Lukas Lucas on L.A.'s equity program
-Episode 9 Journalist David Bienenstock talks about social justice within the industry and his new podcast Great Moments in Weed
-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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WeedWeek Canada is a Saturday morning newsletter for professionals in the world's largest fully-legal cannabis market.

Today in WWCanada:
-Details on the historic Senate vote to legalize
-Why arresting budtenders doesn't close unli
-Gene Simmons (Yeah the guy in KISS)

And much more!

WWCanada is written by Jesse Staniforth, a freelance journalist in Montreal who has reported extensively on indigenous issues, cybersecurity, food safety, and cannabis for outlets including Leafly, ThinkProgress, The Walrus and Salon.
The 2018 U.S. midterm elections are coming. Register to vote and/or get the information you need to vote here.
Here's the news.
President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill (The Cannabist) which extends protections (MJBiz) for state legal MED businesses until September.

House Republicans blocked a provision expanding protections to REC businesses. Politico calls House Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R) -- no relation to AG Jeff Sessions --   the most powerful anti-pot official in D.C.

Legalization has become a core issue for Democrats , including those with presidential aspirations. A commentary piece at TownHall says conservatives should embrace legalization .
Most of Massachusetts has banned REC businesses .

Legalization is at issue in the Illinois Governors’ race where Democrat J.B. Pritzker favors reform and Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner does not. In a non-binding referendum, Chicagoans voted to legalize REC .

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy looked to legal states to calculate the $60M he thinks legal REC will add to state coffers. Lobbyists have flocked to the Garden State's legalization push. And here’s the latest REC proposal in the state.

A bill in New York would legalize MED for pets .

A Washington appeals court ruled a county can ban REC sales .

Michigan at least temporarily rejected the first two applicants for MED licenses. Six months before its supposed to open, some activists fear Ohio’s MED market won’t be ready .

Even some very conservative states appear open to CBD access .

Humboldt County, Calif. plans to expand its legal industry. But it has too much weed .

Tampa strip club owner and cancer patient Joe Redner, made the case to grow his own in court.

Canada’s Liberals salvaged their goal to open the REC market this summer , after the Senate passed legalization bill C-45. 🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada .

Health Canada wants cannabis distributed in “ the most boring packaging possible. ” A conservative senator worries that the proposed logo looks too much like that of Hockey Canada . 🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada .

Canada said it will not withdraw from three international treaties , which contradict legalization, but would remain compliant with the treaties’ “overarching goal.”

Ozy reports on how the drug war is reshaping Mexican politics ahead of the July presidential election.

Think tank Brookings Institution released a report on Uruguay’s cannabis program .
Sandoz, a Canadian subsidiary of Swiss pharma giant Novartis, will partner with Canadian MED producer Tilray to develop and distribute non-smokeable MED products. The deal marks the long anticipated arrival of Big Pharma in the cannabis industry.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tilray is owned by Seattle-based Privateer Holdings.
A beer turned cannabis exec says big booze is scared of cannabis and should be .

California’s legal market is in “crisis” the Sacramento Bee reports, citing lower than expected sales, burdensome taxes and regulations and a resilient black market. “ Nothing is going smoothly ,” an industry lobbyist told MJBiz.

What’s more, much of the state is a “ pot desert. ” (SacBee) For more see Leafly.  

The Denver Post editorializes in favor of dispensary “tasting rooms.” Hemp growers fear a Colorado bill would hand a CBD monopoly to U.K. firm GW Pharma.

The financial crisis of a decade ago helped to catalyze the green rush , Reuters reports.

The Wall Street Journal editorial page suggests the green rush has turned liberals into capitalists .

Cannabis investing analyst Alan Brochstein advises investors to avoid cannabis funds for now .

AdWeek says the industry still presents challenges for marketers .

WeedWeek Podcast co-host Hayley Fox reports women hold fewer than a quarter of L.A. cannabis licenses.

MJBiz found women hold seven of 139 board seats at leading Canadian cannabis companies, far lower than the roughly 20% national average in other industries.

A northern California grower received a $1M insurance payout after a wildfire destroyed his crop.

Cannabis job recruiting company Vangst raised $2.5M in seed funding , from investors including Lerer Hippeau, a New York fund known for media investing and Casa Verde, Snoop Dogg’s fund.  

A California marijuana business owner had his fast track global entry access stripped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “They’re treating me like a criminal,” Aaron Hertzberg said.

Canna Law Blog has a useful post on the essentials of cannabis compliance .

A study found cannabis workers are happy but need better safety training .

Colorado realtors oppose a proposed national DEA registry of illegal grow houses.

HSBC Global Asset Management said not owning pot stocks reduced a fund’s performance last year.

Ontario-based Cronos Group and L.A. dispensary chain MedMen announced a partnership (MJBiz) to open MedMen locations across Canada. MedMen plans to go public in Canada (MJBiz) later this year. MedMen spokesman Daniel Yi spoke to a Forbes contributor about its $1 billion valuation .

More Americans are buying pot (illegally) online , a study found.

A Maryland dispensary banned four patients for posting negative comments online.

Harvard Business Review says legalization and same sex marriage boost U.S. Innovation .

Community outreach, and customer loyalty programs are two ways for legal businesses to outfox the illegal market , according to MJBiz

Federal rules on workplace consumption won’t be in place before Canadian REC legalization . 🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada .

The National Post visited Canopy Growth’s “ experimental pot lab.

Canadian producer MedReleaf signed a deal with a distributor in Germany .

Dozens of Canadian mining and oil companies have switched to the cannabis industry  through reverse mergers and similar deals.

4Front co-founder Kris Krane says the industry should support advocacy .

Green Market Report is taking a survey of cannabis media , and will publish the results.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned young people that cannabis can be laced with the opioid fentanyl to addict users. There are no credible claims of this happening.
A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry says CBD may represent “a new class of treatment” for schizophrenia .

Early science suggests there are dangers associated with secondhand pot smoke .

The lack of uniform cannabis testing standards could lead to problems, the Washington Post reports.

Needy California patients struggle to access MED in the legal market.

A Maryland doctor entering the MED industry is married to a doctor being sued for overprescribing opioids .

Pennsylvania wants to host MED research in state. Ohio doctors can now apply to recommend MED.

A group of British Columbia activists worries legalization could be detrimental to food security in the province. 🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada .

Access to CBD oil for Alfie Dingley, a six year old boy with epilepsy , has become a cause celebre in the U.K.
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Following Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for federal prosecutors to pursue the death penalty for “ dealing in extremely large quantities of drugs. ” (CNBC) While this is assumed to apply mainly to opioids, it could also apply to state-legal cannabis businesses. The prospect, no matter how unlikely, has understandably made some in the cannabis industry uneasy (NBC).

Americans overwhelmingly oppose the death penalty for drug dealers.

A border patrol agent is on trial for killing a rock throwing teenager on the Mexican side of the border. The teenager was creating a distraction to assist drug smugglers.
Meanwhile, hundreds of millions reserved to mitigate the opioid crisis has gone unspent .

Two former executives with MED company Vireo who are accused of driving $500,000 in cannabis oil from Minnesota to New York appear likely to stand trial . The case has implications for the MED programs in both states as well as federally.

The N.Y. Times looks at why Compton and Oakland , two California cities damaged by the war on drugs, have taken divergent paths on legal pot. The reporter discussed the story as well .

A N.Y. Times op-ed discusses the new super-predator myth , and how minor pot crimes feed it.

Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada, isn’t ready to expunge past minor cannabis offenses.

Major recent pot busts in New York involved product sent by FedEx and through the mail .

The L.A. Times explains the stoned driving issue , from the cops’ perspective.
The DEA may make it slightly easier to import cannabis .

Police lying on the stand remains a problem in New York.

In need of new officers, Portland, Maine, police will allow recent cannabis users to join the force.

Detroit will pay out $225,000 for three dogs shot by police during a pot raid.

In Canada, arresting budtenders is not an effective way to shutter rogue dispensaries. 🍁For more subscribe to WeedWeek Canada .

Legalization in Canada could make it harder for Canadians to enter the US . Trying cannabis, at any time in the past, can be the basis for a lifetime ban on entering the US.  

Police in Northern Ireland will issue parents scratch and sniff cards so they can learn to recognize the smell of cannabis.
HuffPost talks to filmmaker Wendy Borman about her new documentary “ Mary Janes: The women of weed .” Borman coined the term “puffragette,” defined as “a man or woman who is building gender parity, social justice and environmental justice into the cannabis industry.”  
A “marijuana throne” is one way realtors tried to drum up excitement about an L.A. open house.

L.A. restaurants which want to serve THC-laced food should probably apply for a license , Eater says. A Brooklyn coffeeshop is selling CBD coffee .

An attempted crackdown on pot-themed Iowa State T-shirts cost taxpayers $1M .
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