Cannabis Wire published a three-part series on how the industry is learning how to lobby.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), who's replacing Rep. Pete Sessions as chair of the House Rules Committee, said he would allow the chamber to discuss cannabis bills, which Sessions refused to do. (Boston Globe)
California pot taxes climbed in the third quarter but still fell short of expectations (L.A.Times)
Illinois could legalize REC legislatively by the end of the year. (Chicago Tribune)
Oregon regulators appear to be cracking down on violations (Canna Law Blog)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the final farm bill will legalize industrial hemp. (The Hill)
A state senator filed two big cannabis reform bills in Texas (Cannabis Now)
Many Chinese-Canadians are concerned about legalization. (Hill Times)
“It’s not open to the public. We don’t drive around like the RTD picking people up off the street and selling tickets to anyone that would like. While these people are consuming, they are in the back of a $300,000 private for-hire limo bus.” My 420 Tours' Danny Schaefer.
The government-run Ontario Cannabis Store said its backlog has been cleared. (City News)
Publicly-traded Brink's signed a deal to provide security services for Canadian producer Canopy Growth. (BNN Bloomberg)
MJBizCon, the cannabis world's largest conference, drew 25,000 to Las Vegas, far more than last year's event (Review Journal).
N.Y.Times looks at the hot category of cannabis-infused drinks.
California company Bloom Farms said half its suppliers would be female owned or operated by the end of 2020. (Press release)
Israeli company Together bought a German company to begin MED exports to Germany (Globes)
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.
The Federal Government is looking to fund research into lesser known cannabinoids. (Marijuana Moment)
Less experience around cannabis, and greater religiosity appeared to contribute to why women do not view legalization as favorably as men. (Marijuana Moment)
Juul and its competitors will face strict new limits on e-cigarettes in "kid-appealing" flavors, but avoided a total ban. (Wired)
L.A. County is asking the public if it minds the smell of marijuana. (L.A. Times)
The N.Y. Times looks at Canadian efforts to curtail youth use.
A sentencing and prison reform bill could reach President Trump by the end of the year. (N.Y.Times)
Richard Kirk, a Colorado man who consumed edibles and then fatally shot his wife, blamed the edibles for his actions. "I believe 100% that can trigger a psychosis in someone that is otherwise completely mentally healthy," he said. (PBS)
The Atlantic has the story of a narcotics cop who's daughter's death from a heroin overdose forced him to rethink the war on drugs.
Malaysia is rethinking its strict drug laws, and could be the first country in Asia to legalize MED.
Ozy revisits the 1930's Reefer Madness propaganda campaign which led to the beginning of marijuana prohibition in 1937.