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Politics

An amendment that would have allowed VA doctors to recommend MED in legal states passed both houses of Congress but was stripped from the legislation before it reached President Obama’s desk. Supporters of the bill are blaming Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R), who said "I don't think we have too few high veterans out there" earlier this year.

Kirk is in a tight race to keep his Senate seat against Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D), who lost both her legs when the helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down in Iraq. She has been more supportive of veterans’ access to MED.

The Washington Post finds 22 members of Congress who support legalization. Only one, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, (Calif.) is a Republican.

Pro-cannabis billionaire George Soros is a big Hillary Clinton supporter.

Responding to accusations that he was like Hitler, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he would like to “slaughter” 3 million drug addicts. Duterte’s ongoing drug war may be contributing to the country’s spike in HIV cases.

California’s elections watchdog said it would investigate legalization opponent Kevin Sabet’s political organization SAM Action for alleged tardiness in disclosing donors and failing to account for the spending of about $150,000. (Sabet didn’t respond to an email from WeedWeek requesting comment.)

Pro-cannabis Oakland is at an impasse about the industry’s future in the city. In Portland, activists want a 3% weed tax to support minority-owned cannabusiness.

A bill in Ohio would extend “ reciprocity,” to out-of-state MED card holders, as long as they're from states that don’t allow it to be smoked or grown at home.

The head of Arizona’s Department of Economic Security sent an anti-REC email to thousands of employees. Arizona votes on REC next month. The Village Voice looks at the REC votes in Massachusetts and Maine.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law creating statewide standards for MED manufacturers. He also signed legislation creating a class of license for “ micro-farmers” with 500 square feet or less of indoor grows and somewhat larger for outdoor grows.

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New Mexico’s legislature could legalize REC in a special session this weekend. A poll shows that Arkansans prefer the more restrictive of the two MED initiatives they’ll decide in November.

FuturePAC, which supports Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives, held a fundraiser at a grow.

Chelsea Clinton suggested that marijuana could cause fatal interactions with other drugs and then retracted the statement.

A ballot initiative Tuesday in Alaska could ban REC businesses in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which is both a population center and Alaska’s most celebrated growing region. MED is on the march in Idaho, which Boise-native Russ Belville says will be the last state to legalize.

After decades of gray market cannabis, the Netherlands could legalize growing.

Business
Social network MassRoots, defaulted on almost $1 million in debt payments and laid off about 40% of its staff, according to SEC filings. This week Chairman and CEO Isaac Dietrich, wrote an upbeat letter to shareholders that did not reference either setback. The company has raised more than $5 million.

Stock in GW Pharmaceuticals soared after the U.K. company announced more promising late stage data for its CBD childhood epilepsy drug Epidiolex.

Facebook can’t make up its mind about cannabis.

In SFWeekly, I wrote about what the Bayer/Monsanto merger means for cannabis. Vice asks if Blockchain financial technology can solve the industry’s banking woes.

Colorado’s new edibles labeling and packaging requirements take effect today. Legal states are befuddled by how (or if) to promote weed tourism.

Living next to an indoor grow can be a real drag. "They don't care about the communities that they're in, they don't care what their building looks like, they don't care what the community smells like, because they never are planning to bring their clients into these communities to do business," Denver activist Candi CdeBaca said.

A second Maryland company that was denied a MED license is joining a lawsuit against the state. The process is under scrutiny for successful applicants’ lack of racial diversity.

The SEC suspended a penny stock offering from company Med-X. In February, New Cannabis Ventures called the opportunity a “very bad idea” for investors. California company Terra Tech appears to have permanently reversed an aspect of its stock structure that New Cannabis Ventures warned could dilute the holdings of common shareholders.

Alan Brochstein, the stock analyst who founded New Cannabis Ventures, offers a few thoughts on how to invest in cannabis.

KQED asks what California legalization could mean for small growers in the Emerald Triangle.

A report from GreenWave Advisors says legal REC is cannibalizing the MED market. Wholesale prices are down about 40% from this time last year, according to Boulder-based Tradiv.

The investors on “Shark Tank” weigh in on whether they’d invest in cannabis. Built in L.A. lists 15 SoCal cannabis start-ups.
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Health and Science


Researchers at UCSF argue that the cannabis industry should be regulated more like tobacco than alcohol, for public health reasons. Sales should be “subject to a robust demand reduction program modeled on successful evidence-based tobacco control programs,” they write. REC sales are now treated more like alcohol, which the researchers consider more loosely controlled and easier to exploit. For example, alcohol advertising is much more widely permitted than tobacco advertising. 

Through the Freedom of Information Act, attn: reveals FDA’s thought’s on rescheduling marijuana, before the DEA decided not to. If I’m reading correctly, FDA seems skeptical of both the current system and DEA’s ability to reform it.   

A study found that smoking pot can increase the risk of psychosis relapse.

A bipartisan group of nine U.S. Senators has asked the DEA not to add kratom to the list of schedule I drugs. Signers included both Republican Senators from Utah, a nutraceutical industry hub. Vox explains the kratom situation here.

The University of New Mexico is establishing a MED research fund

Criminal Justice

Charlotte police said the appearance that Keith Lamont Scott was holding a marijuana “blunt” led them to escalate the encounter, before an officer fatally shot Scott.

An audit published by the justice department found that from 2010 to 2015 the DEA distributed $237 million in payments to 9,000 informants. No one, including the DEA, has the data necessary to assess the value for money. See the audit here.

Arcan Cetin, the 20-year old charged with killing five people at a mall in Washington state, had blamed marijuana for violent and troubling incidents in his past.

U.S. marijuana possession arrests reached a two-decade low in 2015. There were around 575,000, down from a peak of almost 800,000 in 2007.

Charlo Greene, who in 2014 quit a television reporter job on air to go into cannabis, faces 14 charges and up to 54 years in prison. The charges stem from raids and undercover purchases at her Alaska Cannabis Club following her “fuck it” sign off.

Massachusetts has to decide whether to move forward with thousands of prosecutions that a disgraced crime lab chemist worked on.

Law enforcement groups in Oregon want to uniformly make drug possession a misdemeanor, rather than a felony.

California Gov. Jerry Brown restored the voting rights of convicted felons serving in county jails and under supervised release. It does not affect those in federal or state prisons.

The Cannabist talks to Patrick Moen, a former DEA official who’s now an executive at cannabis investment firm Privateer Holdings.


Culture

A study found that people who consider the Bible the literal word of God, and those who frequently attend religious services, are less likely to support legalization.

Berkeley’s famous Amoeba Records won a dispensary permit, which it was depending on to stay open.

Willamette Week says recently renewed HBO show “High Maintenance” deserves a place in the made-up “ Things to Experience Stoned Hall of Fame.”

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The new book “ Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis,” by former Details editor Joe Dolce, comes out this week.

A Bremerton, Wash. man was banned from local buses for six months because he smelled strongly of cannabis. “From time to time, I smell like I just smoked some marijuana probably because I just did," he said. 

High Times found 18 great weed tattoos.
 
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