West Hollywood is set to have as many cannabis lounges as the rest of the country. Half of the city's 16 licensed sites, poised to open this year, will be edibles only, while the other half will allow smoking and vaping as well.
Cannabis jobs pay well and are plentiful, according to a new industry study. In spite of risks related to legality, a 76% increase in hiring occurred in 2018. The median starting yearly salary of $58,511 is 10.7% more than the national median salary.
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.
Will 2019 go down as the year California came down hard on the illicit market? Law enforcement activites on the Inland Empire suggest it will.
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If proposals put forth in an as-yet-unreleased World Health Organization memo are adopted later this year, future international treaties concerning marijuana will show the drug's status reclassified.
A swarm of lobbyists representing cannabis have descended upon D.C. and the new Congressional Cannabis Caucus has begun begin to manuever. However, 2019's D.Washington issue to watch for is the STATES Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate last year.
The STATES Act would leave control of marijuana to individual states. Cannabis Trade Assocation leader Neal Levine believes the President could sign the bill into law.
L.A. reached a long awaited milestone , when the city's Department of Cannabis Regulation issued its first temporary licenses.
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Former Mexican President Vincente Fox reiterated that legalization can end the cycle of violence created by prohibition, as well as enhance our species' notions of personal freedom. Fox would like to see all drugs made legal.
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