Lori Ajax (R), head of California’s new MED agency, said she
anticipates its new regulations to take effect
January 1, 2018. California’s state assembly
passed a pot-tax bill
. Oregon is
scrambling to nail down
rules for edibles and other manufactured products.
Hawaii’s MED law provides
no legal path
for licensees to acquire their initial seeds or plants. Alaska awarded its
first business licenses
faces some backlash
in the state.
Michigan’s 2016 REC initiative
isn’t dead yet
. New rules could
shutter 150 pot shops in Detroit
, more than half the dispensaries in the city.
The federal government
won’t allow it’s water
to be used for pot growing. Washington state
accidently released data
from cannabusiness license applications.
Colorado dispensaries enjoyed their most successful month ever in April doing
$117.4 million in weed sales
. The figure topped their next most successful month, by about 17 %.
The Washington Post says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “
may have made the best case for legal pot ever.
” At a conference, Trudeau said, “Young people have easier access to cannabis now, in Canada, than they do in just about any other countries in the world…And whatever you might think or studies seen about cannabis being less harmful than alcohol or even cigarettes, the fact is it is bad for the developing brain and we need to make sure that it’s harder for underage Canadians to access marijuana. And that will happen under a controlled and regulated regime.
"The other piece of it is there are billions upon billions of dollars flowing into the pockets of organized crime, street gangs and gun-runners, because of the illicit marijuana trade, and if we can get that out of the criminal elements and into a more regulated fashion we will reduce the amount of criminal activity that’s profiting.”
Data firm BDS Analytics is
a proposed Colorado ballot initiative that would limit the THC content of pot products to 16 percent. According to the company, only 3 percent of flower on the state market falls beneath the threshold.
$215 million in venture capital in 2015
, according to firm CB Insights, up from $9 million in 2013.
Smoking cannabis during pregnancy may
increase the risks
associated with tobacco use during pregnancy, according to a study. Researchers found that chronic cannabis use
disrupts the brain’s “natural reward processes.
does not increase teen use
, a study found.
A judge ruled that Arizona
wrongly denied a hearing
to activists who sought to add Parkinson’s disease as a qualifying condition for MED. Vermont
hospice care, glaucoma and chronic pain as qualifying conditions.
Ninety percent of Minnesota patients
say MED works
, but theythink it’s too expensive. Pediatric oncologists are
generally open to MED use
by pediatric cancer patients.
President Obama has
commuted the sentences
of 348 federal inmates, more than the last seven presidents combined. Half were incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses.
In an unconnected move, a Utah man serving a 55-year minimum sentence in federal prison for dealing pot was granted clemency. His supporters included staunch conservative Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
wants to increase penalties for drug trafficking
, a measure focused on the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. Prince died of a Fentanyl overdose and the New York Times reports that it’s a
cash cow for Mexican drug cartels
. Most overdoses
involve a mix of drugs
, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines, The Guardian reports.
Underground growers and drug dealers have been systematically shut out
,” of the industry, the Guardian reports.
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz
opposed Florida’s 2014 MED amendment
which garnered 58 percent of the vote, two points shy of the needed 60 percent. This year, challenged from the left by Bernie Sanders-endorsed Tim Canova in a primary, she is reconsidering her position.
On drugs, Hillary Clinton is “
barely better than Trump,
” The Influence says.
A lawsuit is challenging
on political contributions political contributions from cannabusiness. The University of Missouri is under fire for censorship after
refusing to allow NORML Mizzou t-shirts
It also interviews hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa. “I smoke pot all day,” he said. “I wake up and get high. But I’m more like an on-the-low stoner now. I like to get high and be high when I’m places, as opposed to just smoking everywhere like I used to. I prefer indicas—they help me out the most. Some people say they slow you down, but they pick me up.” (I only saw
a few bonus questions
A U.K. cop
faces disciplinary proceedings
after going on patrol wearing an “I love weed” hat.
A West Hollywood restaurant
serves CBD cocktails
, MED card not required.
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