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.
Now headquarted in Toronto and publicly traded, Harborside will appeal its lost 280E case.
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The jig is up , the news is out: Legal cannabis is contributing to the environmental degredation of the planet. “The cannabis industry is a huge source of plastic waste,” according to Tim Goncharoff, Santa Cruz County’s zero waste programs manager.
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Positive news on the REC implementation front can, perhaps unfairly, be tough to find. But more than six months into its implementation, California's seed-to-sale tracking system is coming online with relative eaze.
Or hs it?
Dissatisfied industry voices complain that the Metrc system's incomplete contents make track- and-trace compliance a pointless government mandate, for now.
A Californian need not be an insider to know that banking within cannabis is a borderline non-starter. But banks have nothing on insurance, an industry which has similarly been kept out of the weed game by federal prohibitions.
As insurance companies remain on the sidelines, eyeballing the industry, "[f]rom seed to sale, cannabis businesses operating according to the law, need insurance protection," to cite Insurance Commissioner Ricaro Lara.
North Bay Journal
Hilary Bricken reminds us that as the legal cannabis industry continues to grow, licensee transactions are becoming more sophisticated and diverse. Some of the contracts are enormous and/or risky.
Here are the state's five most devastating agreements.
Canna Law Blog
Among the most convincing factors in the argument for legalization is the testimony offered by children whom cannabis has helped contend with illness. Perhaps only war veterans healed from their PTSD seem to convince skeptics more effectively than stories of children who no longer suffer from seizures.
Haborside patient Jayden David is one of the ill kids who changed weed, as news outlets all over the country covered his story. Inspired by stories like David's, Ireland launched a five-year MED pilot program.
After decriminalization wins in Oakland and Denver, advocates for the decriminalization of psychedelics are being mindful of messenging and have placed emphasis on the movement’s educational imperative while recognizing their practical limitations.
Sure, anyone can pair alcohol with cannabis. How though does one optimize the experience? Ngaio Bealum has some ideas.
Sacramento News & Review
Television, Facebook and Google are resistant to the cannabis industry. That means, in order to navigate cannabis as a marketer, your a brand's media messaging needs to be exceptionally innovative and organic.
Yet, that's not enough. In order to break through to an audience reared on misinformation about the drug, adverstisers and marketers must priortize educating consumers even over the particulars of the brand.
It seemed the delays were done, and then The City's 4/20 celebration went by without having bud products available for officially-sanctioned purchase and officially-sanctioned consumption. Then the Pride celebrations began to pass.
Outside Lands would be the next benchmark. And while it's unclear whether festival organizers have evenrequested a permit to sell weed and let attendees use it, sellers are poised and ready to pounce on the opportunity.