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52. Buck Angel: From Porn Star to “Tranpa”
This week Alex and Donnell sit down with LGBTQ activist and cannabis entrepreneur Buck Angel to talk about the queer community's role in cannabis legalization, Buck's experience being the first trans man in LA to have hormone replacement therapy, and how he made his way from porn star to public figure. Plus, CBD is on the rise.
U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr opposes legalization, but prefers the bipartisan STATES Act bill, which would allow states to determine their own cannabis laws, over the "intolerable" status quo.
Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Seth Mnuchin said he would review the SAFE Banking Act bill which would address the industry's access to financial services.
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By a 40-4 margin, New York City Council passed a bill which would stop most employers from testing job applicants for marijuana. Mayor Bill de Blasio supports (D) the bill and is expected to sign it.
Weeks after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) repealed a ban on smokeable MED, a bill banning THC levels over 10% is heading to the state's House. Supporters of the measure cited non-definitive research linking cannabis use with psychosis and violence.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who pushed through hemp legalization as part of the Farm Bill, promised to repair "glitches" in the industry. In several states authorities haven't been sure how to regulate the crop.
There are also questions about bank access for hemp businesses. McConnell, who is up for re-election in 2020, opposes marijuana legalization.
With the CBD market projected to reach $16B annually, the molecule is going ever more mainstream:
April saw the biggest week of the year thus far for M&A deals involving publicly traded pot companies. Of 11 deals, seven involved plant touching companies.
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A Massachusetts company called Home Grow Community is helping cannabis users grow at home. The company visits clients homes weekly to check in on their plants. It hopes to add technology which could perform some of these services remotely.
National Geographic profiles the Integral Ecology Research Center, a group trying to stop pollution associated with illegal grows in the Emerald Triangle. Founded by a married couple, the center opened in 2004 and has been criticized for co-operating with law enforcement.
Businesses suing the state of Nevada will ask a judge today to freeze the awarding of cannabis licenses. One lawsuit calls the state's process "arbitrary and capricious" and unconstitutional. The state Senate also unanimously passed a measure to release the names of licensees and applicants.
Coachella, which is owned by conservative Colorado billionaire Philip Anchutz, doesn't allow cannabis use, but various brands will be out in force at the side parties which spring up in the desert around Palm Springs, Calif.
The feds, in the form of the Bureau of Land Management, might be serious about stopping Burning Man this year.
San Francisco is likely to start awarding cannabis sale permits at festivals this year. 🌴For more see WW California.