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A study found that daily marijuana use is growing rapidly, especially among users who are “ poor and lack a high school diploma.” "What’s going on here is that over the last 20 years marijuana went from being used like alcohol to being used more like tobacco, in the sense of lots of people using it every day," according to one of the researchers. (See the study here.)

The number of U.S. cannabis users is set to exceed tobacco users within a few years.

In a victory for the industry, judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government cannot spend money to prosecute state legal marijuana businesses. The judge ruled that cannabis companies “are entitled to evidentiary hearings to determine whether their conduct was completely authorized by state law,” Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain wrote.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s pro-legalization stance is damaging his effort to attract anti-Donald Trump Republicans.

Nevada REC supporters reserved $800,000 worth of television ads in Las Vegas. Almost two-thirds of Californians support legalization according to a poll. 

In SFWeekly, I wrote that with its recent decision not to reschedule, the DEA is risking irrelevance on pot policy.

The Ohio Supreme Court may rewrite its ethics policy so lawyers can work with cannabis companies.

Scientists are skeptical about the DEA’s plan to expand cannabis research. The journal Nature explains the change.

Arizona opened the door to new MED dispensaries and received 750 applications for 31 permits. Oregon is swamped with 1,300 applications.

Angelenos want legal delivery.

In Maine, MED activist Dennis Hammac is wary of the state’s REC initiative.

The New York Times editorializes that marijuana should not be a Schedule I drug. The Post and Courier, South Carolina’s largest paper, wants to legalize MED.

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New Mexico mom Nicole Nuñez is suing the state over “arbitrary” supply limits. Nuñez’s eight month old daughter has a seizure disorder. A Michigan judge ruled that seedlings count as plants.

The four Colorado doctors suspended for overprescribing large plant counts will have to go through administrative hearings to try and get their licenses reinstated.  A judge tossed out a lawsuit they filed.

Anti-pot activists in Montana are crying foul after the state said they fell short on the number of signatures necessary to get an anti-MED initiative on the ballot. Due to a change in the law, any dispensaries in the state will be operating illegally as of August 31.

The New York Times looks into the Canadian dispensary scene as the country prepares for legalization.

The Department of Agriculture clarified some of the rules governing industrial hemp.

Kazakhstan plans to make paper from hemp. Sixty-five percent of New Zealanders favor legalization or  decriminalization.

Israel will make MED easier to obtain. An Israeli patient is suing the state over pesticides in MED.

Recently, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said legalization would lead the cannabis ads in primetime. It may, but the outcome isn’t guaranteed. Politifact amended its assessment of her comment.                         

In Utah, a plurality support MED. Maryland named the preliminary winners of MED business licenses.                                                                                                                                  
Tuatara Capital’s recent $93M raise shows that “Investors are definitely getting more comfortable with cannabis companies. Banks still are not,” Tom Quigley, CEO of online marketplace of The Gluu said.

The Walrus profiles Canadian outfit Canopy Growth, the world’s largest legal marijuana company.

ZDNet discusses the Microsoft/Kind Financial deal. Start-up Leaf which developed a home-grow system raised $2M. The company came out of incubator Canopy Boulder.

The Orange County (Calif.) Register visits Nemus Bioscience, a pharmaceutical company investigating medical uses of cannabinoids. It is working on new delivery mechanisms for THC-based glaucoma drugs.
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Marijuana Business Daily estimates that tourists in Colorado bought almost $100M worth of REC last year, about 17% of the state total.

Four cannabis companies made the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies. They are the media site Leafly, Apeks Supercritical, a manufacturer of extraction equipment, Marijuana Business Daily, and GrowersHouse.com, an equipment retailer. Inc. spoke to MBD’s Cassandra Farrington “ High priestess of marijuana business intelligence.”

The Cannabist introduces 10 executives who left leading companies to get into cannabis.

The industry is stepping up lobbying in Sacramento.

A former senior banker at Barclays’s has invested in a California pot endeavor.

Ebbu, the company featured in my story on the rise and fall of a modern weed dealer, announced a brand makeover. Michael “Dooma” Wendschuh, who left Ebbu, is pitching a new cannabis company Province.
      
The U.K.s National Health Service will test a CBD vaporizer for pain relief. California-based Cannabis Science is developing a cannabis inhaler for asthma.

A Spanish study found that cannabis use had a more severe impact on cognition for individuals with no family history of psychosis. Stat profiles Staci Gruber, a Harvard Medical School neuroscientist studying the effects of marijuana on cognition, brain structure and other metrics.

Many doctors feel they don’t know enough about MED. Lieut. General Nadya West, the Army’s top physician, is skeptical about treating PTSD with MED.

Vice met a doctor who treats cannabis use disorder.

Natural resources professor Ryan Stoa writes that as with wine, small-scale pot growers can continue to thrive in a legal market.

According to Drug Policy Alliance, there were almost 500,000 cannabis arrests in California between 2006 and 2015. Phoenix arrests more than seven people a day on marijuana charges.

Mexican police executed more than 42 suspected gang members on a ranch last year.  

The Justice Department said it would stop using private prisons on grounds that they’re more dangerous and less well run than public prisons. The move does not apply to most prisoners in the country, who are incarcerated under state laws.

The Obama administration has also awarded a $1B contract to private prison company Corrections Corporation of America to detain Central American asylum seekers.

Keeda Haynes, a public defender in Nashville spent years in federal prison for years on a marijuana conviction. She was at minimum security FPC Alderson at the same time as Martha Stewart who cooked with crab apples she picked on prison grounds.

A fire that destroyed dozens of homes in rural northern California last year, started at an illegal grow, officials said.

A Delaware judge ruled against a public employee who was fired for using MED to treat her Lyme Disease.

In the New York Times, Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder editorializes against mandatory minimum sentences.

A Canadian study found that the vast majority of home growers are otherwise law abiding. In Turkey, the head of an anti-drug NGO was found with 70 pounds of weed.

Ryan Kunkel, owner of Seattle dispensary Have A Heart alleges that a recent robbery was an inside job.

Christopher Barry, son of former D.C. mayor Marion Barry, died of a synthetic cannabis overdose.

Nashville and Memphis might decriminalize. Kentucky law blocks Louisville from attempting anything similar.

Creative joint rollers are all over Instagram. Cody VanGogh took 40 hours to make a Joan of Arc. Thegrasshoppa fashioned one into a functional crossbow.

Thousands  turned out  for a pro-legalization rally in Berlin. Colombians have a  flair with edibles .

The Kind learns about the peculiar allure of Sour Diesel. “It’s called the Sour Diesel because it soured countless friendships, business relationships, and everything else,” an authority said. “It was like a magical power. If you had it, people would do whatever you asked them to. But it was also an evil power, a lot of envy and jealousy surrounded it.”

Former Minnesota governor, professional wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura, criticized the DEA's decision not to reschedule. His new book, “ Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto,” drops next month.

Harvest, an upscale dispensary in San Francisco, will reserve its private consumption room for paying members.

A Nebraska dad who ate too many pot brownies called the family cat a “bitch.” He declined to be taken to the hospital.

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Alex 

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