WeedWeek edition / February 24, 2020
SHARE:

Connect with WeedWeek on TwitterFacebookInstagram and LinkedIn!

Check out the WeedWeek Podcast’s new themed playlists: CBDMoneyEntrepreneurshipSustainabilitySportsAdventurePolicyActivismScienceCulture, and Psychedelia.

How can WeedWeek help you succeed? Take this anonymous two-question survey!

1 REC ON THE BALLOT

image
DREW ANGERER/ GETTY IMAGES
Not as toothless as he looks
Vermont Senator and REC legalization supporter Bernie Sanders won the Nevada primary, cementing his place as the frontrunner for the Democratic Presidential nomination. New York Times
  • If he's the nominee, he will be the first major party nominee to support REC legalization.
  • Sanders has said he would legalize nationally via executive order on the first day of his presidency, though that probably isn't possible. Marijuana Moment
  • In recent weeks, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has been trying to make his views on cannabis more palatable to Democrats. Canna Law Blog gives him a D-.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who's competing for the nomination, outlined her plan to legalize REC and prevent "Big Tobacco" from conquering the industry.
Marc Lotter, director of strategic communications for the Trump 2020 campaign, said marijuana should remain federally illegal. Tom Angell -- Forbes Are you registered to vote?

Quick Hit

  1. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continues to cultivate ties with the cannabis industry. WestWord
banner

2 CANNABIS INFLUENCERS’ TENUOUS BUSINESS

image
@KOALA.PUFFSS
With limited outlets available, social media influencers have become an important channel for cannabis brands to spread their name, especially in illegal markets. For the influencers, it can be lucrative, but they operate at constant risk of having their accounts shut down. Business Insider
  • Angela G., better known as @koala.puffss, (696,000 followers on Instagram) says Instagram deleted her seven times in 12 months.
  • Teresa Garibyan a.k.a. @trippy.treez (224,000 followers on Instagram) says she can make up to $1,500 per post.
  • A Facebook spokesperson said Instagram does not allow the advertising, sale or promotion of cannabis, including "paid influencer posts, product integrations and affiliate links." It does allow "marijuana advocacy content."
  • Google-owned YouTube seems to have similar policies.
Also in Business Insider:
This week on the podcast
Who Hurt Kristen Yoder?
Advertise with us!
Reach the highest minds in the
cannabis industry

Interested in advertising in the WeedWeek newsletter, website, or podcast? Reach out to our advertising team so we can help you spark up a campaign.

A note from the editor

Since 2015, WeedWeek has been the best way to keep up with the Green Rush. WeedWeek’s audience includes many of the most influential figures in cannabis because we are editorially independentAdvertisers have no influence on our editorial content.

Follow us on Google News, and be the first to see new WeedWeek stories.

We publish two free newsletters:

1) WeedWeek by founder Alex Halperin

2) WeedWeek California by Donnell Alexander

We also publish original reporting daily. The original WeedWeek newsletter has more than 8,000 subscribers and a weekly open rate above 25%.

Tips, comments and complaints to Alex alex@weedweek.net.

To advertise contact Lisa Marie Dudenhoeffer lisamarie@weedweek.net

4 STATE UPDATE

image
PHOTO BY MIKE SCHEID ON UNSPLASH
Coast to coast:

5 CANS LEACH THC FROM INFUSED DRINKS

image
PHOTO BY AVNISH RATHORE ON UNSPLASH
For a weed holder: Thum Down
Aluminum beverage cans suck the THC out of cannabis-infused drinks. The issue, which Canadian giant Canopy Growth has been aware of for almost a year, was one of the reasons it delayed its beverage launch last month. Yahoo Finance Canada
  • " Scientists have determined the liners can attract emulsified droplets of active cannabis ingredients over time when pot beverages are under pressure, leading to a less effective high when consumed."

Quick Hit

  1. Cyber hacks and fraud are among the most significant threats facing cannabis businesses, CNN reports.

PRE-ORDER "THE CANNABIS DICTIONARY!

6 MIXED SIGNALS ON RECOVERY

image
Major Canadian players are running low on cash, and their U.S. counterparts aren't doing much better, according to a new study from Ello. MarketWatch

7 GERMAN LAWMAKERS FAVOR REC REFORM

image
PHOTO BY MASSIMO VIRGILIO ON UNSPLASH
The Social Democratic Party, the more liberal of Germany's two main parties, endorsed decriminalizing REC and exploring methods for distribution. MJBiz
  • Though a majority of parliament favors reform, it is unlikely to be swift.
  • Germany is Europe's largest MED market. Cannabis Industry Journal

Quick Hit

  1. Cannabis may be to blame for a man's unwanted 12-hour erection. New York Post

8 DOCS UNSCHOOLED ON MED

image
Despite 70,000 legal MED plants growing in New Jersey, doctors in the state still know little about the drug and its medical uses, reports NJ.com. The same is likely true in much of the country.
  • Of New Jersey's four medical schools, only one teaches cannabis as anything other than a potentially addictive drug.
  • At Rutgers Medical School, cannabis comes up in neurology psychology for second year students. The class touches on the endocannabinoid system as well as CBD and THC.

Thank you to our Patreon supporters!

Brad Bogus
VP Growth and Marketing, Confident Cannabis Confident Cannabis is creating transparency in the cannabis industry.

Pamela Hadfield
Co-founder, HelloMD
HelloMD: The largest online community of health and wellness cannabis consumers. HelloMD on Instagram and Facebook

Spencer Vodnoy
CEO, Critical Mind Inc., Adelanto CA Affiliations: CA State Bar; Board member, Adelanto Growers Association
Critical Mind, Inc. is a Medical Cannabis Cultivation and Manufacturing Facility located in Adelanto, CA. Providing the highest quality Cannabis products. Compliance without Compromise! criticalmindinc.com

Click here to promote your brand on WeedWeek for only $100/month.

9 THE SHROOM RUSH?

image
PHOTO BY ISSY BAILEY ON UNSPLASH
Canna Law Blog has an interesting post comparing the cannabis and psilocybin movements.
  • Like cannabis, it describes psilocybin reform as advancing along a "two-track" model: local ordinances on one hand and pharmaceuticals.
  • The local ordinances, "Do not contemplate a commercial model and it seems unlikely that they will be lucrative."
  • However, "The FDA’s willingness to grant breakthrough therapy status to psychedelic drugs, as mentioned above, has put psilocybin approvals in an expeditious place."
  • Nearly 100 U.S. cities are exploring psilocybin decriminalization.

10 AMSTERDAM IS BECOMING JUDGIER

image
In a bid to curtail overtourism, Amsterdam is ending guided tours of its red light district. The city is also studying whether to restrict pot purchases by tourists. Washington Post
  • In Dutch, the country's "policy of tolerance" is called gedoogbeleid. Evidently, it has limits.
  • A survey found nearly a third of the 20M tourists who visit the city each year would be less likely to come if they couldn't buy pot.

Quick Hit

  1. The L.A. Times serves up a guide to enjoying cannabis in Las Vegas.