A proposal likely to go before Oregon lawmakers this year would allow interstate trade in cases where the Governor has made a pact with the governor of the receiving state. The glutted Oregon market has been difficult for businesses to navigate, and led to leakage onto the illegal market.
Under Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, REC legalization is moving forward, despite opposition from law enforcement.
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.
A paper in Gaming Law Review, looks at the impact of legalization on Nevada law. While the focus is primarily on how casinos can protect themselves against legal liability, it hints at ways legalization is changing the pace of Vegas. Alas, nothing yet on how REC affects gambling revenue.
One way to get around Canada's very strict restrictions on cannabis advertising is with geo-tagged cell phone ads. The basic idea is ID'd in a dispensary, it belongs to a person of buying age and can therefore receive ads. The Globe and Mail story is paywalled, but Jesse Staniforth breaks it down at 🍁WeedWeek Canada.
Alex Berenson, a former N.Y.Times reporter and author of the forthcoming book, "Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence" has a big N.Y.Times Op-Ed criticizing the rush to legalize.
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Six years after the state legalized REC, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said he plans to pardon thousands of people convicted of minor cannabis crimes. Inslee is seen as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.