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Legalization is ahead in
all nine states
where it’s on the ballot.
In Massachusetts, sheriffs have shown
to legalization. Eleven medical groups
, with the exception of Indian Americans who narrowly support it. The American Prospect says that in the upcoming votes, millennials and racial minorities are the
key voting blocs
Pro-legalization TV ads are
on the air
in Maine and Massachusetts.
Maine REC supporters have
outspent opponents 26-1
In the Washington Post, journalist Maia Szalavitz says we ignore the killings of drug users in the Philippines because drug users are “
” by mainstream society. “Nearly 3,000 people have already been gunned down, either by police or vigilante death squads, encouraged by Duterte, who has promised immunity. About 600,000 have also turned themselves in, many now caged in hideously crowded prisons that already look like concentration camps."
The president of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus said the group will
file emergency legislation
to block the state’s MED program until racial disparities in the industry are resolved. None of the 15 licenses awarded in the state went to black-owned businesses.
In Arkansas, MED activists have
from past defeat. Two-thirds of Utahns
, though a leaked video from 2010 suggests that
remain deeply wary of it.
Oklahoma could vote on MED in 2018.
There’s a new push to
in New Jersey.
. Chris Brown, the former mayor of a small city in Los Angeles County,
connects cities with cannabis businesses
Reuters spoke with California growers who
. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors
The effort to ban cannabis businesses in Alaska’s Mat-Su Borough failed. I
wrote about it
for High Times. REC sales are expected to
in the final frontier.
As Canada moves to legalize it has two options regarding international treaties to which it is a part. It could take a “
” against prohibition or quietly withdraw from the treaties and then attempt to re-enter them with exemptions. Canada being Canada, it is leaning towards the quiet approach.
Former Portuguese prime minister
is the U.N.’s new secretary general, leading to speculation that he could push against prohibition worldwide as he did in Portugal.
The New York Times visited Jamaica which is
betting on the plant
to charge the nation’s economy.
dispels the myth
that JFK used MED while in office.
The SEC is
publicly-traded Infinex Ventures and CEO Ronald Salem. The agency says infinex claimed to have access to $100M to invest in cannabis companies but had no “operations, specialized expertise, revenue, or funding.”
Gummies have dethroned chocolates as the
most popular edibles
the nearly $1M debt payment it owed and its executives took pay cuts.
A study found that indoor grows have
comparable to data centers.
Stock in Canopy Growth reached a
following a deal with Snoop Dogg’s brand Leafs by Snoop. Leafs is also embroiled in a
with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Denver packaging company High Supply
filed for bankruptcy
A piece in the Huffington Post suggests that much more work is needed
to market cannabis
to minority customers.
Real estate developer Peter Knobel plans to
increase his stake
in Colorado chain Native Roots.
Health and Science
A study found that early cannabis use is associated with “
abnormal brain function
” and lower IQ.
A study suggests CBD could be a
for cervical cancer.
Journalist Emily Willingham discusses what’s known about cannabis
related to autism.
President Obama’s “drug czar” Michael Botticelli,
that the federal government has dragged its feet on MED research. “It’s a somewhat fair criticism that the government hasn’t wholly supported research to really investigate what’s the potential therapeutic value,” he said.
A study found that legalizing MED can
boost workforce participation
by older adults. It found that the policy improves health for older men but has more mixed health results for women.
South Carolina is considering
jailing overdose victims
for three days. The Influence calls the idea “malicious and dangerous.” WRAL (Raleigh, N.C.) says communities nationwide want police to “
” cannabis law enforcement.
The DEA spent $73,000 to
eradicate cannabis in Utah
without finding one plant. Denver police are
by the amount of seized cannabis.
In Massachusetts, a National Guard helicopter raid
one pot plant from an 81-year old woman.
The trial of a Denver man who’s accused of killing his wife after taking edibles is set to begin in March. Attorneys for Richard Kirk have
changed his plea
from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity.
The Dallas Observer studied drug bust records from Love Field Airport and learned, among other lessons, that authorities will claim they can
see a nervous person’s heartbeat
. Also, elaborate ruses to hide contraband can backfire.
Share Christie, wife of Hawaiian cannabis activist Roger Christie, is
trying to stay out of prison
Oklahoma wants to
for non-violent female offenders.
A former U.K. Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt, says he was told to
stop asking tough questions
about prohibition. The U.K. is also
A quiz at The Marshall Project shows how criminal records
stick with people
for their whole lives.
about how the war on drugs has affected his family, part of the “Why I vote” video series.
Archaologists in northwest China unearthed a
2,500 year-old tomb
where a man was buried with cannabis plants. “Thirteen cannabis plants, each up to almost three feet long, were placed diagonally across the man's chest, with the roots oriented beneath his pelvis and the tops of the plants extending from just under his chin, up and alongside the left side of his face.” It’s more evidence that the plant was “very popular” across Eurasia in millennia ago.
Damian Marley, son of Bob, is
converting a California prison
into a large grow.
Margot Robbie appeared on
Saturday Night Live
wearing a weed-themed Alexander Wang dress. High Times interviewed SNL star and weed fan
The NFL banned
Check out this photo shoot in the New York Times Magazine on the “
” of industrial agriculture.
Temple University in Philadelphia will offer a course on
marijuana in the news
. A Canadian college will teach
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