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Politics  
A document preparing Hillary Clinton for her primary debates and released by WIkiLeaks suggests that as President she would continue President Obama’s hands-off policy towards state-legal marijuana industries, as long as they follow broad federal guidelines. Her talking points also suggest some openness to industry banking. (See page 97 of the document for more details.)

Other WikiLeaks reveals: 1) Clinton opposed legalization in a paid appearance in March 2014. 2) In a meeting with Black Lives Matter activists she said she supported the idea  of decriminalizing pot, but said she wasn’t sure how to implement it.

A new Gallup poll found that a record  60% of Americans support legalizing REC. Marijuana went unmentioned in all three Presidential debates.

In Arizona, both the presidential election and the REC vote are too close to call. Retailer Discount Tire donated $1 million to oppose REC in the state, leading to calls for a boycott. Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim McMahon, appears in a pro-REC ad in Arizona.

By counting representatives, Tom Angell at Marijuana.com suggests that the upcoming REC votes, if they pass, could make Congress much more amenable to legalization.

The opioid epidemic has contributed to a close race for REC in liberal Massachusetts, which in 1911 was the first state to ban cannabis. 

Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley convened an interfaith gathering to oppose the REC vote. “To me, this is greed trumping common sense and also undermining the common good,” he said. “It will change the culture of this state if this legislation is passed.”  Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has donated $1M to the opposition. 

The Mormon Church is urging adherents in California, Arizona and Nevada to oppose REC. In Colorado, the church opposes a medically assisted suicide amendment.

It’s not clear what kind of business environment Florida's MED initiative would create. Also, a printed Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale) mail-in ballot was missing the MED question. According to the Sun-Sentinel, county officials did not seem perturbed.

The AP reports that businesses are joining activists as major contributors on both sides for the upcoming state votes.  In SFWeekly, I said the pro-legalization TV ads fall short.

Arkansas found that both MED proposals up for a vote would cost more than they generate in taxes. The state’s surgeon general appeared in an anti-MED ad, calling it “drug abuse, not medicine.”

On Election Day, 50 Oregon towns and counties will vote on whether to opt back in to the industry. A similar initiative in Long Beach, Calif., has strong local support.

A poll found that most Montanans oppose the state’s MED initiative.

The Denver Post endorsed the city’s social use ballot initiative.

The New York Times editorializes: “States are driving the change in marijuana policy because they see the damage created by draconian drug laws on communities, families and state budgets. It’s time the federal government acknowledged these costs and got out of the way of states adopting more rational laws.”

Next year, Alaska’s Fairbanks Borough will vote on banning cannabis businesses. An Anchorage, Ak., elementary school apologized after parents received an ant-pot business robocall.

Detroit closed dozens of dispensaries for non-compliance.

Under heavy criticism for his war on drugs, the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte said he was realigning the country with China instead of the U.S. His aides were quick to backpedal.

The liberal Scottish National Party endorsed decriminalizing MED.

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Business

Innovative Industrial Properties, a cannabis Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. Led by experienced real estate executives, it plans to sell $175M worth of shares. The deal is the first of its kind.

If successful, the offering “will allow mainstream investors to participate in the cannabis industry indirectly and will provide much needed capital to the industry,” Alan Brochstein writes at New Cannabis Ventures.

Los Angeles County alone accounts for 27% of MED sales in California.

Bloomberg profiles Seattle edibles outfit Spot, which bets that a segment of consumers want to “microdose”: consume products that contain 5 mg of THC.

L.A.-based MedMen broke ground on a $15 million grow and production facility near Reno, Nev.

Australian MED entrepreneurs have big ambitions and the government may be on board. MED-pharma company Creso Pharma went public down under and closed 30% above its open price.

GW Pharma is dropping its U.K. listing to trade exclusively on NASDAQ.

A tax attorney tells The Cannabist that 280E, the section of the tax code that the industry feels is an unfair penalty, isn’t going anywhere.

U.S. marijuana stocks are still very risky.

Health and Science
 
Steep Hill, a testing lab, found that 84% of samples tested at its Berkeley facility over a 30-day period tested positive for pesticide residues, more than expected. Alarmingly, about 65% of samples tested positive for Myclobutanil, a common food pesticide that becomes highly toxic when heated.

In a debate, California congressional candidate and current Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones (R) cites the oft repeated statistics that emergency room visits and driving under the influence have increased in Colorado since legalization. Politifact rates this half-true: ER visits have increased, but it’s not clear about the driving.

While THC overdoses aren’t fatal, and these ER visits appear to rarely if ever result in lasting harm, a reader writes to say those visits can still be extremely unpleasant:  

“Very sorry to hear that you don't take the accidental ingestion of WAY to much edibles by high school students seriously. One of my daughter's friends (age 16) ended up at the ER after such an incident. She had her stomach pumped. This is gross. I really don't feel that it's okay because she recovered." 

New 3D-imaging from China has produced the most-detailed image yet of CB1, the brain’s primary THC receptor.  

Legal pot in Colorado appears to be getting more potent.

A new study looks at the environmental impact of grows in northern California.

Philly medical schools Jefferson and Temple announced a MED research partnership.

Israeli pharmacies will start selling MED.

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Criminal Justice
The largest group of U.S. police chiefs apologized for “ historic mistreatment” of minorities.

Two have been charged with assault following a grow explosion in the Bronx that killed a fire chief.

Two are dead and one more is in the hospital following a shooting at a house in Sebastopol, Calif. that authorities believe involved a pot deal.

A Mexican judge approved the extradition of drug cartel chief El Chapo to the U.S.

In Kansas, some law enforcement are less willing to issue citations for possession and juries appear less willing to convict.

An Oregon man was cited after he tried to buy a snowmobile on Craiglist for a pound of weed. The seller was a state trooper.

Culture

Magician and legalization supporter Penn Jillette talked to Marijuana Business Daily:

“What I’m really hoping for is that the marijuana industry can keep its funk.

“When Nevada first started with gambling, even though it was illegal, even though it was all very, very shady, there was a certain kind of individuality and honesty. Then, in the ’80s, corporations really took over Vegas and it got very homogeneous and very mall-style in general and McDonaldized.

“Certainly the trend is that marijuana is going to become legal throughout the USA and I just hope that the marijuana industry can keep that mom-and-pop, funky style that Vegas had in the ’60s, instead of becoming monochromatic like Vegas became in the late ’80s and ’90s.

“That’s the biggest challenge to the industry I can see – just keeping it fun and honest and human.”

Jay-Z endorsed REC in California. Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Vanessa Hudgens attended a pro-REC gathering in Beverly Hills.

Everyone loves the lady-stoner, just as long as she’s white,” Fusion says.

John Roselius, the “this is your brain on drugs” actor, voted early to legalize in California.

The NY Times goes deep on CBD treats for pets. Popular Science urges caution with them. 

Merry Jane checks out the cannabis culture in ‘Higherland’ (Ireland), where it’s illegal.

Philly has a weed mascot. His forebear Buddie was not well received in Ohio last year.
 
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