More newborns in Pueblo, Colorado are
testing positive for marijuana
, which can impair brain development in infants. The situation has led hospitals in the industry hub to support a ballot initiative that would ban REC sales in the county. Retired doctor Robert Alsever,
argued in favor of the ban
Cannabis can be transmitted through the placenta or breast milk. Second hand smoke is also problematic. One in six Colorado babies and toddlers
admitted to the hospital
with the lung problem bronchiolitis tested positive.
A Colorado bill to label pesticide-free weed
has been rejected
for fear that consumers would think marijuana is healthy. Denver activists want a “
” bill—consumption at private clubs and permitted events -- on the November ballot.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) said legalization in his state is “
beginning to look like it might work.
The California REC legalization initiative backed by billionaire Sean Parker and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said it has
collected 600,000 signatures
, almost twice the number needed to qualify for the November ballot. According to political watchdog
, the initiative has raised nearly $3.3 million, mostly from donors contributing more than $250,000. By comparison, the anti-legalization group Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) has raised less than $15,000. The largest individual contribution was for $2,975.
The federal government finalized a rule to ban e-cigarette sales to those under 18. California
raised the age for buying tobacco to 21
. It’s the second state, after Hawaii, to do so.
Canadian private equity firm Nesta Holding Co. has
acquired cannabis deals-site Wikileaf
for an undisclosed sum. Nesta CEO Chuck Rifici co-founded Tweed, a Canadian MED brand that gives its strains names like Clarence, Argyle and Balmoral. (Tweed is now owned by Canopy Growth Corp.)
Dispensaries aren’t legal in Canada, but they’re open anyway. A reporter without a prescription
bought some pot
at a Toronto dispensary. City officials subsequently implied that a
crackdown is coming
In British Columbia, dispensaries
risk fines of $250 a day to stay open
shuttered 22 dispensaries
. Loblaws, a big Canadian supermarket and pharmacy chain,
wants to sell MED
Robert Edward Forchion, the activist known as NJWeedman, has started a
crowdfunding campaign to cover his legal fees
. Med-West, a San Diego processor that was raided in January,
has one too
A new Denver facility, Good Life, Colorado,
plans to incubate edibles brands
Running a cannabis start-up is tough
, CNBC finds.
High Times has engaged a unit of publicly traded marketing firm Omnicom,
to take cannabis mainstream
. The firm’s April report, “
” costs $499.
The Influence asks what drug policy might look like in “the nightmare scenario”
if Donald Trump wins
the presidency. Trump's utterances on drug policy are inconsistent, but he claims to have never had an alcoholic drink. The Marijuana Policy Project
gives him a C+
Cheech and Chong
in a new video interview. Chong called him “an aptitude test for the American public.”
The number of banks
willing to work green
nationwide has climbed to 301, up from 51 in March 2014, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. Colorado’s Fourth Corner Credit Union is
for permission to operate from the federal government.
1-800-FLOWERS CEO Jim McCann is worried that his suppliers will
start growing flower, instead of flowers
The price of legal weed is falling
. A Denver resident ranted on Twitter about how legalization has
forced up living expenses
D.C. activist Adam Eidinger
discussed his “bud summit”
with the Obama administration.
Vice and The Influence published a piece on how
sex workers deal with intoxicated clients
. Drunks, they agree, are worst. Vice also had an unsettling piece on how foreign nationals can be
deported from the U.S.
for having smoked weed.
joked about his college pot smoking
during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
CBS had a big feature on
seniors who use cannabis
. Key stat: Americans over 65 are 14 percent of the U.S. population but account for 30 percent of the prescription drug market. “Seniors don’t want to get high; they want to get well,” Sue Taylor, a retired anti-drug school principal turned cannabis advocate said.
A Florida man
made a hemp car
out of a Mazda chassis. It runs on recycled agricultural waste.
Some serious runners
enjoy working out high
. One calls himself “The World’s Fastest Stoner.”
A Match.com poll found that
stoners have more orgasms
. Another high-end chef,
, wants in.
“It’s an injustice that we don’t talk about marijuana properly in Britain,”
singer Joss Stone
Alaska has a cute new
public service announcement
. Pro-legalization billboards in Arizona ask
“Have you talked to your parents about marijuana?”
They’re timed to coincide with Mother’s Day.