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GOP Congressional leadership
will block a House vote
on continuing the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment (previously Rohrabacher-Farr), which prevents the Justice Department from going after state-legal MED businesses. A failure to renew the amendment would be a major victory for anti-cannabis Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R).
Trump confidant Roger Stone
threatened to sue
the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition for $1M, after it dropped him as a speaker during an upcoming Los Angeles event. The Minority Cannabis Business Association and other groups were boycotting the event on account of Stone’s history of racially charged remarks. For more
L. A. city councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson is calling on the city to
recruit minority cannabis entrepreneurs
, create cannabis business incubators for them and do more to promote people of color in the industry.
Ontario dispensaries will be
run by the province
, the way liquor stores are in several Canadian provinces.
Cannabis professionals are
running for seats
in the Illinois and California legislatures and the New York City Council, among other posts.
German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz, head of the liberal Social Democrat party, said he
favors a national referendum
on legalization, but did not say how if he would vote. In the polls, he trails incumbent conservative Angela Merkel.
Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest producer, is
. Toronto-based MED producer Cronos Group has a new partnership to grow cannabis
on a kibbutz in Israel
for export. British Columbia-based Tilray will
to build a grow in northern Portugal and export product across the European Union.
The Baltimore Sun
some Maryland cannabis companies.
Following its acquisition of High Times, Oreva Publishing
acquired Here Publishing
which owns gay-oriented publications Out and The Advocate. The company, which is rebranding itself Pride Media, and has plans to go public, wants to acquire brands that have “strong emotional ties with a community.”
An anonymous survey conducted by Marijuana Business Daily found
17% of cannabis executives
are racial minorities. [Editor’s note: After three years covering this industry I’d estimate the figure is more like 2% or 3%.]
Arizona Attorney General is
suing Insys Therapeutics
over deceptive marketing of its fentanyl spray. The opioid maker donated to oppose REC in the state.
Paolo Duterte, son of Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte,
denied as “baseless” involvement in a $125M shipment of methamphetamine from China
. Duterte, whose father has encouraged extrajudicial killings of thousands of supposed drug dealers, declined to disclose a tattoo that allegedly links him to a crime syndicate. The younger Duterte, who is the vice mayor of Davao city, also declined to discuss his bank accounts, which he called “irrelevant.” President Duterte’s son-in-law has also been implicated and denied wrongdoing. For more
A Missouri NORML activist
is in trouble
after comparing police to the KKK.
The founder of Indianapolis’ First Church of Cannabis claims his
pet peacock was murdered
. He is also mourning the unexpected death of one of his goats.
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