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Political trickster and Trump-supporter Roger Stone said he will “
not be silenced
” by liberal cannabis activists opposed his upcoming talk at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in L.A.
Stone, who has a long history of incendiary remarks on race and sex, claims he is being unfairly smeared. Jesce Horton, chairman of the Minority Cannabis Business Association said,
"The idea that cannabis business owners and activists can't assess for ourselves his deplorable rhetoric and his camp's self-serving intentions in the cannabis industry is sad."
In a long piece, Buzzfeed explains why
a national pot crackdown
would be a political and legal nightmare for the Trump administration, a “hydra.”
The site entrepreneur says
to better understand the forces shaping legalization.
Mendocino County government is
by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which local officials call unhelpful to regulation.
A Democratic Massachusetts state senator who opposed Massachusetts’ REC vote, was the
first of five members
named by Gov. Charlie Baker (R) to the state’s cannabis regulatory board.
Centrist organization Third Way published an
on the state of cannabis in the U.S.
In the Philippines, the killing of 17-year old Kian Loyd delos Santos has
to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
Dog-bites-man award: Colorado journalist Peter Marcus is
ditching the site he founded
ColoradoPolitics.com, to flack for growing dispensary chain Terrapin Care Station. Cannabis is more secure and more lucrative than journalism, Marcus said.
Seattle-based Privateer Holdings
. Privateer is parent company to Leafly, cannabis brand Marley Natural and Canadian MED producer Tilray. After a $75M raise in 2015, Privateer was valued around $500M. It did not update the valuation or name its new investors.
Silicon Valley eminence Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund participated in Privateer's 2015 raise. Geoff Lewis, the Founders Fund partner who
led the Privateer investment
recently departed Founders to start a new fund.
Edibles maker Dixie issued a voluntary
six product recall
in Colorado over potentially unsafe essential oils.
MJBizDaily dives deep into
troubles at networking company Women Grow
. Among other issues, the company left a bad taste with local leaders when it told at least 31 chapters that they were responsible for $36,000 in annual royalty payments to the the national chapter, far more than most could generate from sales.
The company still has support from some powerful women in the industry and is
about its future. For more
The number of female cannabis executives has
fallen to 27%
, still higher than most U.S. industries.
Until it’s federally illegal, the Nevada Gaming Commission said casinos should have
nothing to do
Taylor West, a former National Cannabis Industry Association executive who’s joining the industry, says the future of cannabis is
old people and office workers.
New Cannabis Ventures sees “
” for OTC cannabis stock Sunset Group.
Maryland, where no blacks won MED licenses and are eight times more likely to be arrested for weed,
illustrates “institutional racism”
a columnist writes in the Washington Post.
As Hurricane Harvey approached Texas, President Trump
former Maricopa County (Phoenix) sheriff Joe Arpaio. During his 24 year tenure, Arpaio was best known for his vicious and cruel treatment of Hispanics as he pursued undocumented immigrants. Arpaio was convicted last month of criminal contempt of court. To read more about Arpaio see this
2009 story from the New Yorker
by Phoenix New Times.
A third Montana dispensary employee has been
following a 2016 DEA raid.
Netflix dispensary sitcom “Disjointed,” gets lousy reviews from the
. The latter found an internet commenter who said “...aaand smoking weed just became uncool.” Star Kathy Bates
about her own cannabis use. Sitcom wizard Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men”) created the show.
Leafly recommends a few Reno dispensaries where you can stock up
en route to Burning Man
. Federal, state and local laws are all in effect at Burning Man. For more
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