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Dennis Peron, the celebrated cannabis activist and backer of 1996’s Proposition 215, which legalized MED in California, opposes the state’s coming REC vote. “In 1996, it was like a dark room had been left for so long without any light. I let a little light in. A light of compassion, hope and empowerment. We empowered the patients and the voters and the people that don’t believe marijuana is a crime,” Peron said. “But Prop. 64 will destroy that power that we’ve had for the last 20 years.”

In the 1980’s, Peron worked to enable San Francisco AIDS patients to access MED. He’s one of a handful of people whose work is considered essential to the legalization movement.

Public support for REC legalization in the U.S. reached an all-time high of 57%, according to the Pew Research Center, up from 32% 10 years ago.
More than 900 days since Maryland legalized MED, legal sales have not begun. The earliest dispensaries could open is next summer at the earliest. REC supporters in Maine disagree on policy details.

A court ruled that Arkansans will get to vote on at least one of two MED proposals in November. An anti-MED group in Montana may have violated state election laws according to an official. In Arizona's industry, there are rumors of a “rigged” system for awarding business licenses.

If Denver voters pass the limited social use initiative, the situation at concerts will be a bit of a grey area. Though the situation is emphatically not urgent. Social use has picked up some last-minute opposition. Fourteen more Colorado counties are also voting on cannabis ballot measures.

Leaked emails suggest Hillary Clinton has mixed feelings about legalization. The Atlantic says the election could be REC’s “ point of no return.

A Drug Policy Alliance report found that in Washington and Colorado, the impact on traffic safety and child poisonings has been minimal. AAA opposes legalization.

Rand Corporation policy expert Beau Kilmer talked about what legalization could mean for road safety, youth consumption and other tricky issues with the L.A. Times. Journalist Johann Hari says fears surrounding legalization are largely unfounded.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills (D), a REC opponent, says the language in the state ballot measure could allow minors to consume.

A judge ruled that Missouri’s “ right to farm” law doesn’t apply to pot.

The U.K.’s pharmaceutical regulator said it considers some CBD products medicine. The agency said CBD can be “restoring, correcting or modifying” for “physiological functions” 

Turkey legalized growing for medical and scientific purposes in 19 of its 81 provinces.

In Ottawa, a city public health board said the legal purchase age for REC should be 25, citing brain development. Bruce Linton, CEO of major grower Tweed, said the age should be 19, same as the drinking age in most of Canada.

As Canada moves forward with plans to legalize next year, The National Post explores the “ hazy transition period.

I wrote about legalization opponents' final arguments for SFWeekly.

The International Criminal Court warned Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that extrajudicial drug related murders could fall under its jurisdiction. Duterte remains popular in his country.   
Shares in lawncare company Scotts Miracle-Gro have reached an all-time high following the company’s aggressive moves into cannabis. Canadian cannabis stocks are booming as well.

After defaulting on nearly $1M in debt and then clearing the situation, social network MassRoots raised $1.1M. In August,

The Denver Post’s Cannabist section surpassed High Times in unique monthly visitors for the first time.

Manufacturers in Oregon don’t like the state’s new product testing policies. August sales in Colorado set a new monthly record. says Prop. 64, has the best cannabis tax structure yet.

Men’s Journal visits North Bonneville, Wash., home of the country’s first town-owned pot shop. Cannabis Corner saved the city, population 1,005, from bankruptcy.

The Guardian asks if Big Pot is the new Big Tobacco. Cannabis Wire reports on how cannabis tourism is changing.

A weed-related land rush is on in California City, Calif. about halfway between Bakersfield and Barstow, after it chose to allow commercial indoor grows.

An Ohio mom has complained to fast food chain Wendy’s after it reportedly served her four-year old daughter fries dusted with pot. The girl said her fries “tasted funny and were yucky.”

Las Vegas casinos have no plans to be 420-friendly during the industry’s big post-election conference.  

Health and Science
A study found that heavy cannabis use can cause low bone density and osteoporosis. Another study found that early alcohol use and a history of cannabis use increase the likelihood of cocaine use.

“Extreme” exposure to second hand weed smoke can get people high.

New York explains why quitting weed can cause  very vivid dreams. It has something to do with REM.

Early MED researcher Dr. J. Thomas Ungerleider died at 85. The UCLA psychiatrist ran trials in the 1970s and 1980s that demonstrated benefits for chemotherapy and glaucoma patients.

Following a public outcry, the DEA took the unprecedented step of withdrawing its proposal to add kratom to the list of Schedule I substances.

Sixteen year old MED patient Coltyn Turner criticized legalization opponent Kevin Sabet.

A Danish couple face 10 years in prison for allegedly providing MED to cancer patients.
Criminal Justice

A study from the ACLU and Human Rights Watch found that more people are arrested for pot possession in the U.S. than for all violent crimes combined. See the report here.

Arizona’s REC debate has led to questions about how drug smugglers would adapt. REC supporters say traffickers will lose business. Opponents say they’ll switch to selling heroin and crystal meth.

Kansas attorney general Derek Schmidt (R) says Colorado cannabis is “ permeating” every part of the state.

The ACLU came to the defense of the sometimes unruly folks who hang out on Denver’s 16th Street mall and make some Denverites uncomfortable.

Ken Thompson, Brooklyn’s first Black district attorney and one of the country’s most progressive on cannabis prosecutions, died at 50, shortly after announcing that he had cancer.

Federal authorities will not file criminal charges against the wife of Utah gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz connected to her MED use.

“I would much rather my own children interact with drugs than with the police,” Columbia University psychology professor Carl Hart wrote. Tampa Bay Times writer John Romano says pot is safer than guns.


Cannabis lingo is evolving with legalization.

Activists in Philly are planning a “ pop-up weed garden” party on the art museum steps – the steps Rocky ran up – to celebrate two-years of decriminalization.  

Starting Monday, Americans can import Cuban rum and cigars for personal consumption.

Workers in downtown Cleveland reported a pot-themed car driving around passing out edibles. Detroit Metro Times meets the “ Sons of Hemp,” a group of activists and entrepreneurs in Motown.

It’s always a good time to revisit Michael Pollan’s 1995 New York Times Magazine piece “ How Pot Has Grown.”

I love that a group of San Francisco “chefs for higher” call themselves SousWeed. Recipes on the site include sea salt melon ice cream, harissa and sardine toast and lamb meatballs. Leafly talked to them.

Bonzai pot plants.
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