The 116th Congress has diversity of gender and race, and a new tilt toward the left, all of which add up to optimism about pot reform. Twenty sixteen's election wake featured the cartoonishly anti-cannabis Attorney General Jeff Sessions pooping on the future. Looking today to D.C. today one sees Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee and an aggressive Cannabis Caucus, along with multiple pro-pot presidential candidates. Never not vote again.
After years of Western States carrying a disproportionate amount of the legalization workload, the fight(s) have come to the nation's capital.
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On Monday's podcast you can hear Cat Packer, Los Angeles' Director of Cannabis Regulation, talk to cohosts Alex Halperin and Donnell Alexander. In a rangy, sometimes surprising conversation, the woman overseeing the planet's largest metropolitan cannabis market discusses:
65. A Very Canadian Pot Scandal with Jesse Staniforth
Jesse Staniforth, Editor of WeedWeek Canada, updates Alex and Donnell on breaking Canadian stories. There is no lack of scandal: Cannabis giant Canopy Growth fired founder and CEO Bruce Linton and CannTrust, a major licensed producer, is estimated to lose C$350 Million for ignoring the law. New regulations limiting THC in edibles exacerbate the over-packaging crisis. The country continues to battle the illicit market which is now also available online and is known by the cool name "MOMS" (mail order marijuana sites). Plus, Alex and Donnell discuss Jay-Z's partnership with Caliva.
Major MedMen investors and one former board member have slapped the REC juggernaut with a $20 million lawsuit on Tuesday. The litigation comes in the direct wake of last fall's class action suit,which accuses the retailer of stiffing workers.
Deep pockets are for exactly this occasion...
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One need not visit Harborside's Salinas County facility to understand that small farmers are in a countdown to marginalization. Yet, a significant number of growers only now seem to be getting the news that mechanization is the way to go in the 21st-century.
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Thursday brought another 40 young businesses into City Innovate's 'Start-Up in Residence' program. Through a competitive process, "selected startups will volunteer their time with government agencies over 16-weeks to tackle civic challenges with new technology tools and services." Most of the 700 start-ups that applied last year were mainstream, but on Wednesday Co-CEO Jay Nath wrote to us of weed start-ups that, "When the next set of challenges come out (and with the growing number of cannabis friendly cities and states we could def see some opportunities) they will be notified."
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Weed Outlier: Where Were You When Malcolm Gladwell Publicly Flaunted his Ignorance?
Will you remember where you were or what you were smoking when celebrated thinker and author Malcolm Gladwell preceded an interview called "Is Marijuana as Safe As We Think?" with newly ubiquitous anti-pot author Alex Berenson by shamelessly constructing a series of strawman positions masquerading as moral concern and then experienced a rare public misstep? Just store that memory away. Gladwell's early assertion that post-sixties marijuana was akin to "near beer" sets the tone for an ensuing sophisticate ignorance that might have been laugh-aloud funny had it been printed in a less august publication. There's a willful blindness to Gladwell's piece, a will to swirl correlation into causation. With pot on the ballot in New York this year, the prose feels vaguely irresponsible.
After that intro, Berenson instantly begins to drive the questioning, and much of that questioning is wrong. To object here is not Gladwell's baliwick. Biases all-but inherent to the Jamaican-Canadian Gladwell's heritage -- contrary to reggae imagery, Jamaica has only recently begun to shed its conservative Christian attitudes toward pot -- show through the controversial piece. Weed Twitter let Gladwell have it, apparently to the storyteller's surprise.
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