In an interview with NPR program Detroit Today, the promenent New Yorker journalist Malcolm Gladwell identified himself as a legalization skeptic.
“To my mind, the important issue is not the economic one, it is the psychological and medical one...Research seems pretty clear that the kind of marijuana that’s being sold now, which has levels of THC that are seven or eight times higher than historically, has some quite serious side effects, not all of which we understand.” -- Malcolm Gladwell
Following months of delays, the east coast's first regulated REC market opened in Massachusetts. (NPR)
An Ohio judge ruled the state's requirement to reserve 15% of licenses for minority-owned businesses unconstitutional.
"The court finds the 15 percent set aside is not insignificant and the burden to be excessive for a newly created industry with limited participants," Judge Charles A. Schneider
The L.A. Times looks at REC legalization's momentum in Mexico, a country long ravaged by violent drug cartels.
The Baltimore Sun found large companies trying to acquire Maryland licenses, despite a state law trying to prevent this kind of consolidation.
“I don’t know how the commission is allowing this to happen,” said Del. Cheryl Glenn, a Baltimore Democrat who has worked to establish regulations overseen by the commission. “We are adamantly opposed to large out-of-state companies coming in and buying up licenses.”
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.
Hayley Fox has a big piece in Rolling Stone looking at the effects of cannabis use during pregnancy.
A N.Y. Times op-ed by cannabis writer Amanda Siebert enthuses over the research opportunities created by REC legalization in Canada.
Politico looks at the propsed ban on people with drug convictions working in the hemp industry.
Alt-rocker Dean Ween, half of the duo Ween, wants to open a 420-friendly concert venue in Denver. (Denver Post)