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U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) said the Justice Department
can still crack down
on state-legal cannabis. “I think there is some pretty significant evidence that marijuana turns out to be more harmful than a lot of people anticipated, and it's more difficult to regulate than I think was contemplated ideally by some of those states.”
The Obama era Cole Memo that allows the industry to exist, doesn't protect from prosecution, he added. "That's been perceived in some places almost as if it creates a safe harbor, but it doesn't. And it's clear that it doesn't,...That is, even if, under the terms of the memo you're not likely to be prosecuted, it doesn't mean that what you're doing is legal or that it's approved by the federal government or that you protected from prosecution in the future." See his complete remarks
(a 42-minute video on a variety of topics
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) introduced a bill to
enable MED research
. His speech included
lots of puns
, like, “It’s high time to address research” into MED. (High-larious!)
After a cannabis conference withdrew his speaking invitation, Trump ally and political gadfly Roger Stone
came to L.A. anyway
A poll found Massachusetts voters are
about the state’s ability to regulate REC. Maine lawmakers will consider
doubling REC taxes
In Pennsylvania, the Health Department will have to
justify any information
in MED business applications that they withhold from the public.
An unsuccessful license applicant is
to the consternation of some lawmakers.
Another Pennsylvania MED business is
seeking an injunction
against a subsidiary of Vireo Health. Vireo received a license despite criminal charges pending against two former employees for allegedly driving $500,000 in oil across state lines.
Marijuana Venture, the leading national business publication for the legal cannabis industry, will be producing a business-only national trade show called
The RAD Expo
. The show will be 100% focused on marijuana retail and dispensary business. Exhibitors will be companies who supply products and services to existing and future cannabis retailers.
The RAD Expo will be held at the Oregon Convention Center on January 17-18. Future/current owners, buyers and employees of marijuana retail stores are admitted FREE if they register in advance, or pay $25 onsite. The general public will not be allowed admittance.
Marijuana Venture Publisher Greg James: “We looked around and saw that the retail side of the business was not being well addressed … We’re following the same model as major traditional shows like CES and BookExpo in which buyers are always allowed in free. This promotes a lot of foot traffic and qualified buyers.”
Exhibiting WeedWeek readers can receive discounts of up to 40%, and save hundreds of dollars, with the discount code WW420.
California delivery app Eaze
to expand into REC.
Bailey Capital led the round. DCM Ventures, Kaya Ventures and FJ Labs also invested. Delivery services
the pivotal market.
California state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate John Chiang (D) said he will release a proposal for a
to serve the industry. Amid skepticism, Colorado-based Partner Colorado Credit Union thinks it can
serve cannabis companies nationwide
A Portland Mercury reporter
teases an upcoming story
about the regulatory struggles of Drip Ice Cream and Luminous Botanicals, two preferred craft cannabis brands that have been forced to stop selling products.
In the S.F. Chronicle’s Green State, I found some
big names in tech
who are involved in the green rush, whether they want to be or not.
Uruguay will allow
because banks don’t want to work with the pharmacies that currently sell pot.
The Green Market Report, a new site, wants to be the
CNBC of cannabis
. The CEO is financial journalist Debra Borchardt.
The Journal of Cannabis, a PDF magazine on “industrial hemp, MED, wellness, horticulture and culture” recently published its
Note: WeedWeek editor Alex Halperin is excited to be on a panel at the New West Summit.
Health and Science
Legislative alert: House Republicans are advancing legislation that
would gut the Americans with Disabilities Act. Senate Republicans are presenting a
new version of Obamacare repeal
that would likely cost tens of millions of Americans their health insurance. If enacted, both bills would have serious negative consequences for the health and well-being of your colleagues, customers, friends and families.To learn what you can do,
While teen cannabis use has not increased with legalization, adult use has. The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham points out 19% of cannabis users are daily users, up from 12% in 2002.
In response to the data, HIV-positive columnist Andrew Sullivan wrote about his
dependence on pot
The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee wants to develop a
national testing program
for marijuana products. (Also, cannabis journalist and activist Tom Angell has moved from MassRoots to a new home at
Netflix released a documentary
, about the opioid crisis in West Virginia.
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Rolling Stone tells the stories of five Americans
serving long sentences
for non-violent cannabis related offenses.
The Arizona Supreme Court
declined to hear
an appeal from Maricopa County (Phoenix) top prosecutor Bill Montgomery (R), who argues the county can ignore the state’s MED law because of federal illegality.
California State Senator Ted Gaines (R) asked Gov. Jerry Brown (D)to declare a
state of emergency
related to illegal grows in the state’s far north. In Siskiyou County, he writes, “
All laws regarding legal marijuana cultivation are being ignored by individual criminals, crime syndicates and drug cartels.
The L.A. Times
. The N.Y. Times finds growers in northern California who
their ways with legalization.
A beneficiary of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA or “Dreamers”) program
for possessing about a gram of weed.
Trump son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner hosted a discussion on
criminal justice reform
which included prisoner advocates. AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein did not attend. In 2004, Kushner’s father, a billionaire real estate developer, was convicted of crimes including witness tampering and spent more than a year in federal prison.
A dispensary employee was
A California bill would enable people who have been
arrested but not convicted
to protect that information from prospective employers.
Dr. Dina, “Pot doc to the stars
.” Dr. Dina, is not a doctor. She’s a partner at a West Hollywood dispensary Alternative Herbal Health Services and cannabis consultant on Netflix’s “Disjointed.” She claims to be the inspiration for the show “Weeds.”
High Times talked to
parents who use cannabis
Weed makes it easy to get down on the ground and play with your kids, a dad and entrepreneur said.
My former BusinessWeek colleague Roben Farzad wrote a book called “Hotel Scarface,” about the the Mutiny a 1970’s Miami hotel, where the drug war met the cold war. You can
pre-order it here
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