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In Vice, Chris Roberts reports the industry is getting nothing for the millions it has spent on lobbyists in Washington D.C. "As the industry struggles to translate that widespread support and success legalizing marijuana via ballot initiatives into concrete policy victories at the federal level, its big-spending approach is lining the pockets of K Street and, so far, not much else."
Politico says there are now five industry groups trying to change federal cannabis laws.
Former vice president and longtime senator Joe Biden entered the 2020 presidential race. Biden is among the favorites to win the Democratic nomination, but on marijuana legalization he's "basically the worst candidate in the race," says Rolling Stone.
Biden is among the few of the 20 Democratic candidates who has not endorsed legalization. During the race, observers expect Biden to soften his views on cannabis to catch up with public opinion. Even so, many on the left will want Biden to account for his many years as a leader of the war on drugs.
Other 2020 candidates:
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CEO, Critical Mind Inc., Adelanto California
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!
Canadian grower Canopy Growth's $3.4B deal to acquire U.S. operator Acreage Holdings upon federal legalization "shakes the foundation of what has been true," Keith Merker, the CEO of Canadian company WeedMD told Business Insider.
David Feldman, a cannabis lawyer at Duane Morris said waiting for more details about the agreement is "sort of like waiting for the Mueller report." Bloomberg scours the horizon for more cross border deals.
Minnesota MED company Vireo has secured a patent for "tobacco products infused with cannabis," which it plans to market as a safer alternative to tobacco. Don't expect to see cannabis infused cigarettes on shelves any time soon.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's (D) $10.6B budget proposal includes significant funds to crackdown on illegal cannabis businesses. In addition to funds for police overtime, it would allocate $10M to investigate unlicensed businesses.
An L.A. Times investigation found a pro-cannabis city councilwoman in the suburb of Lynwood has stakes in two grows and a cannabis consulting business, which had been paid almost $100,000 by Weedmaps.
Almost half of U.S. cannabis users think it's safe to drive high, according to a new survey of 1,200. Among all Americans, two thirds think it's unsafe to drive stoned.
Cannabis users are also much more comfortable than non-users riding in a vehicle driven by someone who is high.
She writes in AdWeek:
We have a huge opportunity to speak to women who want and use cannabis. Not CBD, but cannabis. Talking about CBD seems so delicate, so feminine. We imagine the woman who, at the end of a long day, hits the bathtub with a CBD bath bomb and tags it #SelfCareSunday. I’m not saying that women don’t want that experience but a lot of women also want a joint—and they don’t need to justify it with a bathtub...
this segment is becoming increasingly crowded, and many brands are overlooking the of all ages, colors and political views who want a little bit of the high.
Companies in Uruguay and Colombia announced they will be the first in Latin America to export MED to Europe. Uruguay's Fotmer Life Sciences and Colombia's Clever Leaves will begin exporting flower and oil to Germany, which with 700,000 patients is the largest market in Europe.
Kim Kardashian hosted a 'CBD baby shower' at her California home.
ElswThe Onion endorsed marijuana legalization:
We’ve been fighting since day one against restrictions on human freedom, and a world in which marijuana is legal is a world not far from legalizing assault or bestiality. We will break the stifling bonds of human morality once and for all.
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