WeedWeek edition / January 06, 2020
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1 TUCKER CARLSON HATES WEED

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While 55% of Republicans favor REC legalization, right wing Fox News personality Tucker Carlson voiced his emphatic opposition to Speaker of the House turned cannabis pitchman John Boehner(R) in an interview with Breitbart.
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Carlson said:
"John Boehner is like a marijuana lobbyist now, right?” Carlson said. “Waking up every morning taking a paycheck getting your kids to smoke more weed? Why isn’t John Boehner considered disgusting? I consider John Boehner disgusting. Why don’t most Republicans think that? You go from being Speaker of the House to being a weed lobbyist and nobody says anything? Like, that’s totally normal? Really John Boehner—are you making America better, pig? No, you’re not. You’re making it much, much worse. Ask anyone with teenage children what John Boehner’s doing for America. I’m serious—it’s disgusting.”

Last year in WeedWeek I asked if John Boehner is good for weed?

Quick Hit

  1. In case you missed it, just before Christmas, I looked at the cannabis regulation mess.
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2 FLA. REC INITIATIVE SUPPORTERS SUE STATE

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Supporters of Florida REC initiative Make It Legal Florida, which has raised money from MedMen and other MSOs, filed a lawsuit claiming new restrictions on paid signature collectors effectively impose a "stealth deadline" of Jan. 2 to collect 766,000 signatures, 30-days before the actual deadline of Feb. 1. If they lose, it could be a further impediment to getting REC on the ballot.
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  • Named defendants include Secretary of State Laurel Lee (R).

Meanwhile, MedMen, is backing out of Arizona where it has also supported a 2020 REC ballot initiative. In recent months the California company has laid off hundreds as its stock has tanked. "We are no longer in the land-grab growth phase of this industry," CEO Adam Bierman said. 🌴WW California has more.
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  1. Despite a software glitch, Illinois REC sales got off to a strong start with $3.2M in sales the first day. Customers included Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton (D).
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  2. In Illinois, MJBiz anticipates tough competition for licenses.

3 GALLUP SEES “REVOLUTIONARY” SHIFT IN VIEWS ON LEGALIZATION

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Pollster Gallup says the 2010s saw a "revolutionary change" in the American public's views on marijuana. In 2010, 46% of adults favored legal REC, today the number is about two thirds.

  • The change closely tracks attitudes to same-sex marriange.

An appendix to Chief Justice John Roberts' annual report on the judiciary notes the number of defendants accused of marijuana-related offenses dropped 28% in 2019. The total number of drug defendants climbed 5% overall and accounted for 28% of criminal defendants.

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This week on the podcast
The Elusive Tribe of Roger Obando

4 TRUMP BANS SOME FLAVORED E-CIGARETTES

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The Trump administration banned e-cigarettes in fruit and other flavors seen as appealing to children. Trump had initially called for a total ban on flavored vapes but walked it back amid fears of a backlash in an election year. The move was criticized by both public health and vaping advocates.
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  • Flavors like tobacco and menthol will still be allowed as will a broader range of flavors for "tank style" e-cigarettes, which consumers fill themselves.

Trump initially proposed the ban in response to the VAPI crisis generally agreed to have been caused by vitamin E oil added to unlicensed THC vapes. The change does little to address that issue, though the worst of it seems to be over.
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6 IS CBG THE NEXT CBD?

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The cannabinoid cannabigerol (CBG) seemed to all the buzz at MJBiz Con. Now Canna Law Blog takes a look at what CBG it is and what it might be worth to business.

  • CBG has a "precursor role" in synthesizing other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. It also may have health benefits but more research is needed.
  • Because it can be legally produced from hemp, regulations surrounding it may be less onerous than those around CBD.
  • However, the blog doesn't see it having much commercial potential until consumers take interest in it and it can be produced at scale

Meanwhile, scientists discovered a new phytocannabinoid Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabiphorol (THCP), which has an "affinity for the CB1 receptor" 30x stronger than THC🍁WW Canada has more.
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Quick Hit

  1. The N.Y. Times offers tips on traveling with MED.

7 PARTNERSHIPS: WHAT MAKES THEM WORK?

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In an extensive report, MJBiz assembles case studies and cautionary tales of partnerships between cannabis and mainstream companies.

Quick Hit

  1. The Weed Head put together a list of 65 Black and Hispanic men leading in cannabis.

8 AN ENDO ACTIVIST’S STORY

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I'm a bit late to this but in Forbes Javier Hasse tells the story of Lara Parker, a cannabis and endometriosis activist who writes for Buzzfeed. Endo is a painful condition which can impair women's sex lives.

Parker, whose book Vagina Problems, comes out later this year, writes:

“Marijuana is my medicine, full stop. I really can’t imagine my life without it, and I don’t want to...I wouldn’t be able to have much of a sex life without it as orgasms can be painful for me because of my conditions — cannabis-infused lube helps this. I wouldn’t be able to eat without the aid of CBD or straight THC, because I am always nauseous.”

9 EXHIBIT TAKES ON CANNA-WASTE

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A group called Carts for the Arts is taking on the waste generated by single use vapes, batteries and cannabis packaging. It argues:

"Legislation must change to enable closing the loop with a zero waste mindset; Manufactures must start considering how they can begin to redesign their products and brands must find a better way to introduce their products other than disposables." 

For more see Cannabis Business Times.

10 INFUSED “WINE”: IS IT ANY GOOD?

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San Francisco Chronicle wine critic Esther Mobley tries three THC-infused, non-alcoholic rosé products available in California. "Do they taste like bong water? No -- though they don't much taste like wine, either."

"The nose on the Saka is a dead ringer for strawberry Laffy Taffy, the palate reminiscent of Sweet Tarts. It’s candied-tasting, but there’s enough sourness to keep it from cloying. Viv & Oak is carbonated, which was a genius move; the bubbles help make up for some of the texture lost in the alcohol removal. It’s ultra-cloudy, the color of worn ballet slippers, and tastes like a melted cherry Popsicle, with just the slightest suggestion of a fresh cannabis aroma on the nose — like a subtle, winking warning."

A third brand, Rebel Coast, tasted most like weed, she wrote.