While mainstream chroniclers of politics continue to marvel at the mere presence of D.C.'s Cannabis Caucus, an unprecedented number of bills with the words "marijuana" and "hemp" in them are emerging from both Sacramento and Washington D.C.
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Weeks after telling the public that the federal Food and Drug Administration would hold an April meeting that would clarify the government's position on CBD, department head Dr. Scott Gottleib quit his post.
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In an achingly long-awaited move, the Bureau of Cannabis Control announced that $10M will be available to qualifying city and county social equity programs. While the legal-weed social equity concept has swiftly traveled from its Oakland birthplace to Boston, application in its home state has been slow, harming the entrepreneurs it was supposed to benefit.
Applications are due by April 1.
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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.
Flow Kana CEO Mark Steinmetz thinks California has an unheralded advantage toward becoming the planetary marijuana industry leader: "The unique ecosystem that prohibition created." The off-grid growers in the Cali hills, of whom Steinmetz speaks, created a sustainable lifestyle that includes progressive approaches to farming and ownership. Our non-conforming farmers drive 80% of the national market.
The year has thusfar been marked by crackdowns on the non-compliant. What about the pioneering principles of farming that we would miss if those grows become gone?
A UC Berkeley research team revealed yeast engineered to make cannabinoids from a sugar called galactose.
The Keasling Lab team synthesized naturally-occurring cannabinoids and cannabinoid analogues. The study produced a wide range of cannabinoids, many of which only occur in the marijuana plant in tiny amounts.
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It's not even close. Cali is the single most expensive state in which to cop bud legally. You sorta knew it in your gut, but now Headset is offering numbers that bear out the visceral sense of overspending, and some more data.
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It's not as ridiculous as it sounds. Some people, especially MED patients who need weed, grapple with this issue all winter. One writer dove deep into the issue, armed with the belief that "Whenever the body doesn’t produce enough internal endocannabinoids, the immune system goes haywire."
There's not much surprise in the affirmative nature of the findings. But the details are pretty compelling.
Reverend James Young Phan operates Southern California's Hundred Harmonies Church, a marijuana-based religion. Law enforcement raided Hundred Harmonies, confiscating more than $30,000 in cannabis. Are churches like this legitimate faith-based institutions, a significant factor in the state's tax shortfall, neither or both?
Amanda Chicago Lewis reports from the pews.